Asylum Seekers

Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees

COPENHAGEN — Lise Ramslog was out for a barefoot amble on the warm day last September that Europe’s refugee crisis came to her remote village in southern Denmark. The 70-year-old grandmother had planned a simple stroll. What she found in her quiet, coastal community were hundreds of… Source: Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees – The Washington Post Read More »

The Problem With the One-for-One Refuge Policy

The ‘one for one’ refugee policy means we’re picking and choosing among desperate people.. As the journalist Wolfgang Bauer reminds us, the Syrian people witness the horrors of the Paris and Brussels attacks every single day… Source: The Problem With the One-for-One Refuge Policy Read More »

‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children on Nauru

Two detainees received medical treatment following an alleged riot involving children at the Nauru detention centre overnight, in a dramatic escalation of tensions on the remote Pacific island.. ‘ We have been kept in hell for three years ‘ Video footage obtained by Fairfax Media appears to show frightening scenes including young people crying and saying “they are hitting us”, before screams and loud banging can be heard… Source: ‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children ... Read More »

EU outlines options for change to asylum system

BRUSSELS: The European Union executive made proposals on Wednesday to reform EU asylum rules in response to the chaotic arrival of over a million migrants and refugees last year that has strained the bloc’s cohesion. Reflecting divisions among member states, the European Commission offered options for amending what is known as the… Source: EU outlines options for change to asylum system | Arab News Read More »

The EU’s deal with Turkey on refugees is inhumane

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The forcible return of refugees from Greece to Turkey violates international humanitarian law and standards of decency.. The first boatload of refugees sailed from Greece to Turkey Monday, forcibly expelling refugees and migrants who fled their homelands for sanctuary in Europe. The deportations are part of a controversial deal with the European Union, an agreement… Source: The EU’s deal with Turkey on refugees is inhumane – The Boston Globe Read More »

The “Drowning” Argument

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Abbott, Morrison, Turnbull and Dutton are not to be believed when they express concern about people drowning in their attempt to reach safety.  Their policy (which Labor basically supports) seems to be this: “We are so concerned about you drowning, that we will punish you if you don’t drown.” The Federal election campaign of 2013 was the first time in our political history that… Source: The “Drowning” Argument | Julian Burnside Read More »

Asylum seeker children still in detention despite claims all have been released

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Peter Dutton tells News Ltd all children released after immigration department reclassifies sections of centres as ‘community detention’. The government has reclassified sections of detention centres as “community detention” in order to be able to claim that all children have been released from immigration detention… Source: Asylum seeker children still in detention despite claims all have been released | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career

From refugee to CPA, Denis Yengi has overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve success.. By Louise McCabe and Stephen Craft Denis Yengi has faced struggles most of us couldn’t begin to imagine. His happy childhood in South Sudan ended abruptly at age seven, when he and his family were forced to flee the… Source: INTHEBLACK – How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career Read More »

Time for a new conversation on asylum seekers

Will this be a fleeting, aberrant positive moment in the overwhelmingly bleak story of Australia’s treatment of those who seek protection by coming on boats without an invitation? Or will it be a tipping point?… Source: Time for a new conversation on asylum seekers Read More »

European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees

Struggling to cope with the influx of Syrians, the European Union has drafted confidential plans to send 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees back to the war-torn country. Afghanistan’s Government opposes the plan, saying it cannot guarantee their safety and does not have the resources to resettle them… Source: European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows

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Exclusive: A ReachTel poll of Victorian seat of Indi, New England in NSW and voters in South Australia finds just 26% support policy of sending all boat arrivals to offshore detention. The majority of voters in key marginal electorates want the federal government to take a more compassionate approach to asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by… Source: Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo

Carmen Lazar is used to receiving thanks from Syrian refugees, including digital bouquets of flowers posted on her Facebook page, but now the tireless president of the NSW based Assyrian Resource Centre has been called a “liar” by those who had hoped to call Australia home by now. As well as managing disappointment, other refugee organisations have been forced to lay off… Source: Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo Read More »

A proper comparison might show Italy is more hospitable to refugees than Sweden

European countries’ acceptance rates say more about where migrants come from than where they are headed. THE latest European asylum statistics seem to offer good news for refugees. They show the acceptance rate jumping by ten percentage points to 60% in the final quarter of 2015—the highest rate ever. Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands all granted asylum in record numbers… Source: A proper comparison might show Italy is more hospitable to refugees than Sweden | The Economist Read More »

Migrant crisis: Chaos on Greek islands as aid workers quit refugee camps

Scenes of chaos awaited thousands of EU staff due to start arriving on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday to begin processing asylum seekers under a controversial EU deal to deport them back to Turkey… Source: Migrant crisis: Chaos on Greek islands as aid workers quit refugee camps Read More »

Held in Greece beside a closed border and EU relocation law

‘We try to explain the situation to them but many remain hopeful the border will reopen’. Damian Mac Con Uladh in Ritsona The RAF’s Red Arrows could not have picked a more unsuitable location for their annual overseas training than the skies above the Ritsona refugee camp, one of dozens set up by… Source: Held in Greece beside a closed border and EU relocation law Read More »

These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind

For some asylum seekers, their “well-founded” fear of persecution is proven only after they’re repatriated. By Michelle Chen Two years ago, back in their hometowns in Bangladesh, they were ordinary young men whose political involvement didn’t go beyond local support for the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP)… Source: These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind | The Nation Read More »