Refugees

Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

“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 »

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

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 »

Power Unconstrained

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

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

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

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 »

German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant Culture’ On Refugees

The German state of Bavaria passed a new law Friday to force the local “dominant culture” on refugees. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson The ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) argues the law is necessary after the massive influx of refugees during the last two years. Extra funding will go to schools and daycare centers where… German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant… Read More »

Retiring Chief Justice Robert French stands by silence on asylum seeker ruling

As he nears the end of eight years as the nation’s top judge, Robert French is standing by his response to critics of a controversial ruling on Australia’s asylum seeker policy. ABC Damien Carrick When the High Court struck down Labor’s Malaysia Solution in 2011 it ignited an attack on the courts from politicians the likes of which had not been seen since the Mabo and Wik decisions of the 1990s. Then prime minister Julia Gillard accused the court of… ... Read More »

Honeymoon for Syrian refugees over as ‘Month 13’ looms

Uncertainty is in store for many of the 35,000 Syrian newcomers to Canada who will see their financial support from Ottawa and private sponsors soon coming to an end. The Star By NICHOLAS KEUNG, Immigration reporter Bedrettin Al Muhamad and his wife, Mariam, have been taking English classes and… Honeymoon for Syrian… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times Roger Cohen MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by human hand. South Pacific waters lap onto deserted beaches. The jungle glistens… Broken Men in… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times By ROGER COHEN MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by… Broken Men in… Read More »

Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say

South Asia is the world’s most disaster-prone region according to the United Nations Thomson Reuters Foundation News Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday. Governments in South Asia have failed to… Climate refugees in South Asia need… Read More »

Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes refugees

Plans to use part of an aged-care facility in an outer Melbourne suburb as temporary housing for refugees have been welcomed by the local community. The Saturday Paper Denham Sadler But that hasn’t stopped anti-immigration protesters descending. In 1987 a species of butterfly thought to be… Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes… Read More »