Refugees

We’re quick to label refugees as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but they’re all entitled to protection

A refugee I met last year in Canada has been charged with beating his wife. The ensuing coverage has encapsulated the extremes of the immigration debate. Amos Roberts  The Guardian Man who beat wife said he didn’t know it was against the law,” read the headline. Underneath, a photo of a man I knew very well – a man I’d once sympathised with. A distinctive underbite, thick salt and pepper hair, olive skin. I read on, with mounting… We’re quick ... Read More »

A tougher language test would punish women like my mother, who have lost everything

My mother studied Australian history and politics for months to pass the citizenship test. It was painful, to say the least Abdul Karim Hekmat The Guardian It’s easy for an English-speaking, white politician to legislate a language test for Australian citizenship that even someone born in Australia would find hard to pass. The biggest impact would be on migrants or refugees – my mother, for example. Khal Bibi Hekmat never… A tougher language… Read More »

Malcolm Fraser’s widow Tamie condemns Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s treatment of refugees in Australia

Tamie Fraser AO, refugee advocate and wife of the late former Prime Minister Malcolm, has used World Refugee Day to criticise the current Liberal government’s stance on… ABC – Jon Faine “Last year I didn’t talk about this because there was an election coming up, but I can’t look at it any longer and say it’s OK. It’s not ok to treat refugees as they’re being treated in Australia at this… Mrs Fraser, who affectionately described herself on… Malcolm Fraser’s ... Read More »

Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor faces deportation after visa denied

Lawyers for Brisbane woman – whose campaign was supported by ministers and fellow former pupils – say decision will ‘rip her away’ from her… Naaman Zhou The Guardian Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been given six months to leave Australia despite a long-running national campaign for immigration minister Peter Dutton to intervene and… The former Yeronga state high school student had her application for a… Iranian asylum seeker… Read More »

Record 65 million people displaced in 2016: UN

Report released ahead of World Refugee Day shows a jump of 300,000 people uprooted over the past year. Al Jazeera and news agencies A record 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict or persecution by the end of 2016, the United Nations said. The record number includes 22.5 million refugees, 40.3 million internally displaced people and… Record 65 million… Read More »

Government to pay damages to 1,905 Manus Island detainees in class action

Detainees claimed physical and mental injuries in settlement believed to be worth tens of millions of dollars Ben Doherty The Guardian The Australian government has settled a class action with more than 1,900 Manus Island detainees and will pay damages believed to be in excess of… Lawyers for the detainees told the Victorian supreme court in Melbourne on Wednesday that they have reached a settlement with the Australian government and the operators of the… Government to pay… Read More »

Refugee-turned-lawyer helps others in Australia ahead of deportation deadline

Hundreds of Israeli commandos are headed to Cyprus as the two countries prepare to start a large-scale, week-long military drill Sunday. Jacqueline Breen ABC Ahmad Dostizada was 10 years old when his father left Afghanistan and travelled by boat to Australia to seek asylum for the family. After months in detention and years on a temporary protection visa, his father was recognised as a refugee, winning the right to bring his wife and… Refugee-turned-lawyer… Read More »

Far right raises £50,000 to target boats on refugee rescue missions in Med

Aid charities have saved more than 6,000 from drowning this year. Now anti-Islam ‘Identitarians’ are crowdfunding to pay for vessels to chase them down. Mark Townsend The Guardian Far-right activists are planning a sea campaign this summer to disrupt vessels saving refugees in the Mediterranean, after successfully intercepting a… Members of the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant “Identitarian” movement – largely twentysomethings often described as… Far right raises… Read More »

Australian government’s citizenship test moves political, not practical

No better than the old police gag: And when did you stop beating your wife, Sir? Editorial The Age There is consensus across the political spectrum that immigration has been a boon for this country. Australia is often, and rightly, held up as one of the most successful multicultural communities. We have long derived huge social and economic benefits from diversity. So the recent posturing, and… Australian government’s citizenship… Read More »

How we can help refugee kids to thrive in Australia

When we think about refugee children’s health, we tend to assume bad news. But refugee children are highly resilient. Karen Zwi The Conversation This means they can thrive, mature and develop despite poor circumstances, and can adapt despite severe and long-term hardship. Our newly published research is the first of its kind to track the long… How we can… Read More »

Odyssey Project

The Odyssey Project is an attempt to challenge the hostile discourse surrounding migrants, the Odyssey Project is a documentary following four humanitarian aid workers as they trace one of the main migration routes into Europe. Odyssey Project – Trailer/Appeal from Odyssey Project on Vimeo. We’ll be stopping off at key points and engaging locals population and refugee community through workshops, discussions and performances at “Routes Festivals”, piloted on events we’ve already run in Serbia. Project Description Whilst there are more ... Read More »

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

WASHINGTON — Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United… GARDINER HARRIS  The New York Times The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to… Quietly Lifts Limit… Read More »

Adelaide couple to live on the same food rations as a Syrian refugee

An Adelaide couple has agreed to live on the same food rations as a Syrian refugee as part of a national fundraiser to highlight the plight of those in camps. Brett Williamson ABC Willunga’s Nic and Jarrad Newbold said the gravity of the situation hit them when their rations arrived. “When I opened the box and looked into it I thought, what on Earth have I got myself into?” Nic said. “I think we waste more food than that [in ... Read More »

Somalis are fleeing famine — only to find death in a place of refuge

iN BAIDOA, Somalia — Aftin Noor stepped back from the tiny graves he’d been digging and surveyed his work. Max Bearak  The Washington Post Exhausted, he turned his palms skyward, squinting into the relentless midday sun, and asked God for an answer. “I dug three children’s graves this morning,” said Noor, his voice cracking, his undershirt soaked with sweat. “And I have dug 20 or more this month. Why?” The immediate answer is cholera. The Somalis are fleeing… Read More »

UN urges Libyan government to shut ‘inhumane’ refugee centres

Call comes as Libya Quartet meets in Brussels to discuss ways to prevent deadly Mediterranean… Patrick Wintour The Guardian The UN refugee agency has called on the Libyan government in Tripoli to close its refugee detention centres, describing conditions as inhumane and… The call comes as the Libya Quartet meets in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean from Libya to… UN urges Libyan… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s fake war on asylum seekers

Peter Dutton’s war on “fake refugees” is misleading, based on a false premise and dangerous in that it pre-empts a fair hearing of claims for refugee… Michael Gordon The Sydney Morning Herald The message is that thousands of asylum seekers who arrived on boats in the Labor years have not lodged protection claims because they are not refugees and are intent on taking the… Quite simply, the Minister for… Peter Dutton’s fake… Read More »