Refugees

Cate Blanchett to star in Stateless, a new TV series about immigration detention in Australia

Jai Courtney, Asher Keddie, Fayssal Bazzi and Yvonne Strahovski sign on to appear in ABC six-part drama series The Guardian Cate Blanchett has co-created and will star in a new television drama about Australia’s onshore immigration detention regime. Stateless, a six-part drama series for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, will focus on four characters whose paths cross when they are caught up in Australia’s immigration system and held in one of Australia’s desert-based detention centres. The characters include a flight attendant fleeing a ... Read More »

Charging asylum application fees is the latest way the US could make immigrants pay for its red tape

The Trump administration wants to make people fleeing persecution in their home countries pay for something they’ve long gotten for free: the right to apply for asylum in the United States. Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes The Conversation As an immigration attorney and a law professor who has represented people seeking asylum for over a decade, I believe this change, which could go into effect as soon as the summer of 2019, would be not just cruel but also unusual. At present, ... Read More »

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis: How to Get to Talks?

After twenty months of clashes, the government and the separatists are both refusing to give ground. ICG Both sides must explore compromise solutions aimed at a level of regional autonomy somewhere between the secession the separatists yearn for and the fake decentralisation proposed by Yaoundé. What’s new? The conflict in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon is deadlocked. There is no dialogue between Yaoundé and the separatists, who are both refusing to give ground: the government is counting on a military ... Read More »

Three months on from the medivac bill, refugee and journalist says ‘nothing has changed’

Iranian-Kurdish refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani has criticised the federal government’s medivac bill three months after it came into effect, saying a list of sick refugees he… Hannah Barry The Age Speaking at Perth’s Curtin University’s fourth annual human rights lecture on Monday, Boochani delivered the keynote address via video link and spoke about colonialism’s impact on… Boochani spoke from Port Moresby, where he is temporarily based for an interview with United States officials, and said it was important for ... Read More »

Nauru counsellor escaped a refugee camp only to put himself back in a detention centre

Riziki Saidi has plenty of reasons to never want to set foot in a refugee camp again. Instead, he decided to return to work as a torture and trauma counsellor at the Australian Government’s detention centre on Nauru. Gabriella Marchant ABC He would like to go back there again after recently finishing a 12-month contract on the Pacific island. Mr Saidi spent eight years raising six children in a camp with his wife, Mwajemi, after a harrowing journey fleeing their ... Read More »

Morrison brings immigration centre stage with freeze on refugee intake

Scott Morrison will seek to bring the debate over immigration and refugees to the centre of the election campaign, with an announcement that a Coalition government would freeze the humanitarian… Michelle Grattan The Conversation He will contrast this with Labor plans for an increase in the humanitarian component, claiming this would cost many billions of dollars and challenging Bill Shorten to produce more detail… So far immigration has not had a prominent place in the campaign. The border security issue ... Read More »

Migrants and the media: what shapes the narratives on immigration in different countries

If you want to spoil a movie for yourself, wait for a nice dramatic moment and then imagine what it was like to shoot it: the cameras, sound and lighting crews all around; the portable toilets round the… Rob McNeil The Conversation If a film is to succeed, it needs us to suspend our disbelief and not think about the process. But when we consume news media, we need to do the opposite – and think carefully about how and ... Read More »

Central American women fleeing violence experience more trauma after seeking asylum

The number of Central American women who make difficult, often harrowing, journeys to the United States to flee domestic and gang violence is rising. Laurie Cook Heffron The Conversation I’m a social science researcher and a social worker who has interviewed hundreds of women after they were detained by immigration authorities for my research about the relationship between violence against women and migration. I find that most female asylum seekers experience trauma, abuse and violence before they cross the U.S. ... Read More »

Christchurch attack survivors to be offered New Zealand residency

Survivors of the Christchurch mosque attacks and their families who had been living in the country will be offered New Zealand residency under a special visa. AAP – SBS New Zealand is set to grant permanent residency to all survivors of the mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques. Fifty people were killed and 50 others wounded at Friday prayers in the country’s worst peacetime mass shootings. Suspected white supremacist, Australian Brenton Tarrant, was charged with 50 counts of murder. The government ... Read More »

Turkey’s Killing Fields

“The Thirty-Year Genocide” Turkey’s Destruction of Its Christian Minorities, 1894-1924 By Benny Morris and Dror Ze’evi By Bruce Clark The New York Times Using the word “genocide” to describe an episode of mass killing has consequences. If the horrors are unfolding now, it invites other countries to intervene and punish the perpetrators. If the unspeakable events are in the past, the word’s use can affect the way they are discussed, by historians or ordinary people. Once the term “genocide” has ... Read More »

Militia detains migrants at gunpoint along the US-Mexico border

A video has emerged of armed right-wing militia members stopping over 300 migrants as they cross the Mexico border into the US state of New Mexico. BBC The group calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots, and are seen in the Facebook clip standing over migrants sitting on the desert ground. The group’s actions have been condemned by civil liberties groups and New Mexico state officials. The militia supports President Donald Trump’s plan for a border wall. The incident comes amid ... Read More »

Employers wary of hiring refugees and migrants to help fill shortages need help understanding the law

A recent survey I conducted of employers in Coventry in the West Midlands found that while 80% of the businesses we interviewed had hard-to-fill job vacancies, less than 5% had employed a… Catherine Harris The Conversation Yet, for most refugees, integration into their new home is heavily dependent on having a job. Finding employment is not only essential for refugees’ autonomy, but it can also improve language skills, increase cultural awareness, build local and social networks, and… If someone has ... Read More »

Malta reaches deal to allocate 64 migrants in four EU countries

Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg agreed to share the responsibility Laura Kayali Politico Malta struck deals with Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg to welcome 64 migrants rescued at sea in early April, the Associated Press reported Saturday. “All 64 migrants onboard Alan Kurdi will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg thanks to effective coordination by the European Commission and Malta,” Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. “None will remain in Malta, which cannot… Malta reaches deal to… Read More »

DLA Piper teams up with refugee advocates for access to justice

Global firm DLA Piper has partnered with the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre to deliver its first Australia-based Know Your Rights Legal Empowerment Program. Jerome Doraisamy Lawyers Weekly DLA Piper‘s Know Your Rights program has been successfully delivered across a number of cities to date including Bangkok, Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Hamburg, Cologne, Brussels, Milan, Luxembourg and Rome, and has now come Down Under. It is a “signature part” of the firm’s global pro bono practice that focuses on access to ... Read More »

The potential of refugee entrepreneurs is huge. But they need our help

Refugees are already equipped with the key skills to succeed in business and their contribution can be worth billions of dollars Philippe Legrain The Guardian Kinan Al Halabi arrived in Australia in 2016 as a refugee from the civil war in Syria. He spoke English, had a university degree, had taught computer science in Syria and had experience working for Swedish telecoms company Ericsson. Yet his qualifications weren’t recognised in Australia and obtaining an Australian degree would have taken three ... Read More »

Dog whistles, regional visas and wage theft – immigration policy is again an election issue

Immigration policy will be a major issue in the 2019 federal election. We know this because immigration has featured significantly at every Australian election since the 2001 “children overboard” election. Jock Collins The Conversation David Marr and Marian Wilkinson argued in their 2003 book, Dark Victory, that willingness to play the race card in relation to boat people was a decisive factor in John Howard’s election victory. For Tony Abbott, “Stop the boats” was a major campaign theme when the ... Read More »