Refugees

Donald Trump hails Brexit, says it will be ‘very hard’ to keep EU together amid refugee crisis

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Wading into foreign affairs days before his inauguration, US President-elect Donald Trump has told European media that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “end up being a great thing” and the bloc will continue to break… ABC AP/Reuters The incoming president, in an interview published on… Donald Trump hails… Read More »

Germany comes to terms with its forgotten Namibian death camps

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Decades before the Nazis, thousands of men, women and children were exterminated on the direct orders of the leadership in Berlin David Olusoga The Guardian One morning last summer, I was ushered into a little office in the BotswanaNational Archives. I’d asked the archivists to… Germany comes to terms with… Read More »

I swam for my life, I swam in the Olympics, and now I want dignity for all refugees

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My name is… Yusra Mardini World Economic Forum  Yes, I’m the girl who swam for her life, then swam at the… But I guess you’ve heard that… It’s about my other name, my other… You see, my name is… At least, that’s what they call… I swam for… Read More »

Manus Island refugee who had breakdown found ‘hungry and homeless’

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Behaviour of Hamed, who has been released from Lorengau prison following an acute mental health episode, described as erratic and bizarre Ben Doherty The Guardian A refugee jailed following an acute mental breakdown in the Manus Island detention centre has been released from prison, only for… Manus Island refugee who… Read More »

Refugees Welcome

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Ordinary Canadians, trying to intervene in one of the worst problems on earth. Desperate Syrians, shocked that strangers were adopting them for a year. We spent a year asking: How will this work out? A series by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn The New York Times Refugees Welcome… Read More »

Europe is failing to help a generation of traumatised children

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Eight million child refugees is a mental health time bomb. The Guardian Joan Smith Ignoring it now would be a terrible mistake Everyone knows there’s an… Europe is failing to help a… Read More »

Refugee praised as ‘inspirational’ by BBC deemed inadmissible to Canada

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An activist praised for her “campaigns for independence for Balochistan” from Pakistan has had her asylum hearing suspended by Canadian border-enforcement authorities. The Star Nicholas Keung A refugee named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women in 2016 has had her asylum claim suspended by Ottawa because of her activism. Karima Mehrab was recognized by… Refugee praised as ‘inspirational’ by… Read More »

Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

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“It is time for weapons to be still forever and actively seek negotiated solution,” Francis says in Vatican address. Al Jazeera Pope Francis has urged an end to the fighting in Syria as he gave his Christmas address at the Vatican, saying “far too… Pope urges end… Read More »

Mediterranean crossings death toll ‘highest ever,’ says UN

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UN Refugee Agency calls death toll a ‘devastating milestone.’ By ESTHER KING Politico The number of migrants who have died crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 is the highest ever recorded, the United Nations Refugee Agency said in a statement Friday. Mediterranean crossings death… Read More »

Thousands of refugees left in cold, as UN and EU accused of mismanagement

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United Nations refugee agency and EU’s Echo aid department accused of failing to properly ‘winterise’ camps The Guardian Patrick Kingsley The UN refugee agency and the EU’s aid department have been accused by other aid groups of mismanaging a multimillion-pound fund earmarked for the most vulnerable refugees in Europe, leaving thousands sleeping in… Thousands of refugees left… Read More »

Nauru refugee says medical treatment withheld after he had heart attack

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‘Yusuf’ says medical transfer to Papua New Guinea did not eventuate and he still suffers from chest pains and numbness The Guardian Melissa Davey A refugee on Nauru says he has been denied appropriate medical treatment since suffering a heart attack more than one month ago. On 5 November the… Nauru refugee says… Read More »

Japan civic groups help refugees, despite official reluctance

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Japan is known for its negative attitude to immigration. Asia Times Satoko Horii Japan is known for its negative attitude to immigration. While the door has been… Japan civic groups help… Read More »

Power Unconstrained

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The federal government attacks its watchers Arena Magasine Spencer Zifcak In recent years the federal government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. One by one, statutory offices have… Power… Read More »

Protesters in Adelaide call for Australia to increase intake of Syrian refugees

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Hundreds of protesters from South Australia’s Middle Eastern and African communities have called for Australia to take more refugees from war-torn Syria. ABC Isabel Dayman A crowd of about 300 men, women and children gathered on the steps of the South Australian Parliament, chanting “down, down, Assad down” and “stop bombing the children of Syria”. Australians For Syria South Australian… Protesters in Adelaide call for… Read More »

Wonder and Worry, as a Syrian Child Transforms

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Canada welcomes Syrian refugees like no other country. The New York Times By CATRIN EINHORN and JODI KANTOR  But for one 10-year-old’s parents, is she leaving too much behind? TORONTO — As soon as Bayan Mohammad, a… Wonder and Worry… Read More »

Asylum seekers will welcome another New Year still in limbo

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The remote Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus Island will be among the first places in the world to celebrate the arrival of 2017. Brisbane Times Madeline Gleeson Some 1500 refugees and asylum seekers will be there to greet it, stranded in a combination of semi-detention and community residences. Four New Years into their… Asylum seekers will welcome… Read More »