Paris refugee shelter opens to take migrants off street

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A refugee shelter with beds for 400 single men opened in Paris on Nov. 10, part of an ongoing drive to take asylum-seekers off French streets after the demolition of the Calais “Jungle” camp. PARIS – Agence France-Presse The center in a disused railway yard near Gare du Nord station will take in 50-80 people a day – the estimated number of migrants who… Paris refugee shelter… Read More »

NXT member Rebekha Sharkie will not support Coalition’s proposed immigration laws

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South Australia’s Nick Xenophon Team MP Rebekha Sharkie has announced she will not be supporting the Federal Government’s proposed immigration laws, contrary to the party leader. By Michael Coggan The Government is proposing a life-time ban on asylum seekers being held on Manus Island and Nauru from entering Australia. In a… NXT member Rebekha… Read More »

Australia’s fall from Lucky Country to Cruel Country

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They were young men – call them Liam and Ben – best mates, far from home, full of chutzpah and crazy self-belief. Elizabeth Farrelly They’d been through a lot together and landed on this idyllic-looking tropical island. One day they were swimming near a waterfall when, stupidly, Liam drowned. He was a poor swimmer, got stuck under a… Australia’s fall from… Read More »

Italy abused migrants’ rights due to EU pressure, Amnesty says

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Italy has committed human rights abuses that may amount to torture in some isolated cases as it tries to process the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees arriving by boat, Amnesty International says. Italy’s Interior Ministry had no immediate comment on the Amnesty report, which included allegations of beatings, electric shocks and… Italy abused migrants… Read More »

Could a mild outbreak of humanity be behind the Coalition’s cynical new asylum politics?

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Given the government might be about to present some refugees on Nauru and Manus with an opportunity to get out of limbo, perhaps it’s best we don’t look too closely while they mask it with deranged, macho theatrics Katharine Murphy Inside the Coalition, there is a strong expectation that the government will shortly unveil a third country resettlement deal to try and… Could a mild… Read More »

Same old rhetoric cannot justify banning refugees from Australia

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The federal government has announced that asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat will never be allowed to enter the country on any permanent or temporary visa, including a tourist visa. Alex Reilly This applies to all of the 2500 asylum seekers who have been detained on Nauru or Manus Island at one time or another since the… Same old rhetoric… Read More »

Westpac and Thrive Partnership to Help Refugees Start Businesses

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Banking giant Westpac and refugee microfinancing charity Thrive have joined forces in a $2 million partnership to support refugees to establish their own businesses in Australia. Pro Bono Australia Lina Caneva Westpac has also seconded a chief operating officer (COO) to develop all elements of Thrive’s operations, from credit policies to loan documents, and help establish it as a stand-alone entity. Westpac said it would provide funding without… Westpac and Thrive Partnership to… Read More »

Asylum seekers face lifetime ban from entering Australia if they arrive by boat

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New law to include refugees and will apply to any adult sent to Manus Island or Nauru since July 2013 Gareth Hutchens The Turnbull government plans to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia. The ban will apply to any adult who has been sent to… Asylum seekers face… Read More »

The Guardian view on child refugees: too little, too late

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The Calais camp has been allowed to grow from problem to crisis, a disaster for the migrants and shaming for the government Editorial At last, child refugees are being rescued from the squalor and danger of the Calais camp and brought to Britain. But the process has taken far too long; and even now it… The Guardian view… Read More »

Perth lawyer raised in Ugandan refugee camp after fleeing South Sudan wins industry award

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A Sudanese-born lawyer who grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda has won an industry award for his contribution to criminal law in Western Australia. COURTNEY BEMBRIDGE Louis Kristopher has worked closely with the African community in Perth, offering free legal advice and mentoring young people, to… Perth lawyer raised… Read More »

Australia’s Poisonous Refugee Policy

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Governments tend to dislike being called torturers. By WALEED ALY That’s why the George W. Bush administration went through such legal contortions to exclude waterboarding from the definition of torture. That this relied on a definition too idiosyncratic for anyone outside the Republican Party hardly mattered because it allowed President Bush to say, “the United States does not torture,” with a… Australia’s Poisonous Refugee… Read More »

Robert Manne: How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers

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­ If you had been told 30 years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed. Robert Manne In 1992 we introduced a system of indefinite mandatory detention for asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Since that time, we have accepted the… Robert Manne: How… Read More »

Calais ‘Jungle’ cleared of migrants, French prefect says

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France says that it has completed an operation to move thousands of migrants out of the “Jungle” camp in Calais. Fabienne Buccio, the prefect of Pas-de-Calais, said it was “mission accomplished” for the operation, which began on Monday. The announcement came as parts of the Calais ‘Jungle’ cleared… Read More »

Challenging the ‘birthright lottery’ can provide a better way to view refugees

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­ One of the great obstacles in securing more humane approaches to refugee issues is the perception on the part of politicians that harsh treatment of refugees is a vote-winner with at least some of their constituents. This way of thinking hardly points to great skills of leadership. “I must follow the… Challenging the ‘birthright… Read More »

Calais migrants: France begins to clear ‘Jungle’ camp

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More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais. The camp has been housing at least 7,000 people in squalid conditions. Migrants queued peacefully to be processed, and the… Calais migrants: France… Read More »

My mother is vetted every day of her life

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I doubt my mother would pass the “extreme vetting” process Donald Trump has in mind for refugees seeking a new life in the United States. By Lev Golinkin After 26 years in this country, she still speaks with a heavy accent, misplaces tenses, mumbles. She doesn’t know the… My mother is… Read More »