Asylum Seekers

Frenzied rescues save more than 2,000 asylum seekers

A total of 2,074 people brought to safety in a day of non-stop rescues of those stranded in the Mediterranean… Al Jazeera – News agencies More than 2,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic… An Italian coast guard spokesman said 19 rescue operations by the coast guard or ships operated by non… Frenzied rescues save… Read More »

Enough is enough – Manus attacks show Turnbull must immediately evacuate the Manus centre and bring the men to safety in Australia

The terrifying and violent attack on the men in the Manus Island regional processing centre last night is further proof that Prime… Human Rights Law Centre Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to investigate conditions on the… “Enough is enough. The men on Manus must immediately be… Enough is enough… Read More »

Demand for legal help from asylum seekers driving rise in pro bono work

Lawyers in Australia are working for free more than ever before with pro bono legal work at an all… Amanda Copp SBS Pro bono legal services have increased by almost 10 per cent from 2014 to 2016 according to the Fifth National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey. On average, lawyers did almost 35 hours of pro bono work each in… A key factor driving that increase is a rise in demand from asylum seekers and… Demand for legal… Read More »

‘I don’t understand how such a place became normal in the Australian psyche’

To my dear students, as of this month, I have resigned from my teaching position at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre after… Rosemary Brennan-Herrera The Sydney Morning Herald I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being students any teacher would hope… I will miss… I won’t miss the teaching… You attended classes in what can only be described as… ‘I don’t understand how… Read More »

Details of Australia’s asylum seeker boat turnbacks released in FoI battle

Partially redacted papers include Morrison’s order to force turnback… Tribunal rejects Guardian journalist’s bid for full disclosure of… Previously classified documents about Australia’s asylum seeker turnback missions have been released during a landmark court… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The administrative appeals tribunal has ruled that many documents sought under freedom of information laws on boat turnbacks will remain secret in… Details of Australia’s… Read More »

Australia’s government muddles its way through to hide details of boat turnbacks

Documents on turnbacks are the official record of one of the most important and divisive issues of our time, and they should be… Paul Farrell The Guardian It has been three years since the Australian government began turning back asylum seeker vessels at sea, and in that three years it… When the operations began in November 2013 under then immigration… Australia’s government muddles… Read More »

Call to limit asylum seeker detention to 90 days

Asylum seekers should not be held in immigration detention for more than 90 days, a parliamentary inquiry has… Tim Lester Brisbane Times The inquiry also says in cases where the Immigration Department fails to meet the 90-day deadline, it should be forced to publish the… But opposition MPs in the inquiry declined to back the contentious… Call to limit… Read More »

EU should apply effective asylum seekers policy!

If the EU fails in passing the difficult test of patience and ability to act promptly in the migrant policy, the current leaders will have to say goodbye to their posts Tomas Zdechovsky Daily Sabah Although the reverberations of last year’s migrant crisis are noticeable even today, a brief look at the print media or news servers gives the impression that the situation is returning back to normal. Yes, considering the… EU should apply… Read More »

The humanitarian crisis: Australia fiddles while the world burns

The Turnbull Government denies human rights to those who seek asylum while simultaneously lessening its efforts to prevent the conditions from which they wish to escape, writes Jake Watson. Jake Watson Independent Australia “We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.” These are the… The humanitarian crisis… Read More »

Pauline Hanson’s Muslim ban ‘what terrorists want’, says Turnbull

Terrorists’ objective is ‘to get broader society to turn on Muslims at large’, says PM after One Nation leader calls for… Australian Associated Press The Guardian The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has suggested Queensland senator Pauline Hanson is doing what Islamist terrorists want by promoting a Muslim… The prime minister was critical of the… Pauline Hanson’s Muslim… Read More »

What Canada’s ‘Yellow Peril’ teaches us about this migrant moment

History has plenty to tell us about this moment of fraught borders—and about the consequences of racist government… Christine Sismondo MacLeans It’s September 7, 1907, and a parade has just started on Main Street, just outside Vancouver’s City Hall, with hundreds marching to the tune of “Rule… The song was a strange choice, given that the… What Canada’s ‘Yellow… Read More »

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

A huge new artwork by Ai Weiwei in Prague attempts to put our attention back on the global refugee… BBC Rob Cameron meets the artist and takes a… A 70-m (230-ft) life raft hangs in the vast hall of Prague’s Trade Fair Palace. In it sit 258 faceless, inflatable… Although Ai Weiwei’s monumental new artwork is as light as air, it’s subject matter is… An exclusive tour… Read More »

In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

Six times in recent days, Marco Antonio Cabachuela, his wife, Irma, and their 3-year-old, Valerie, walked up to federal immigration officers at the Hidalgo, Texas, port of entry and asked for asylum. John Burnett npr And every night, they returned to an immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, where men and women sit listlessly in a shady courtyard. “They rejected it… In Their Search… Read More »