Refugees

Australia’s government muddles its way through to hide details of boat turnbacks

Documents on turnbacks are the official record of one of the most important and divisive issues of our time, and they should be… Paul Farrell The Guardian It has been three years since the Australian government began turning back asylum seeker vessels at sea, and in that three years it… When the operations began in November 2013 under then immigration… Australia’s government muddles… Read More »

Short Film: How Water Gets From The Nile To Thirsty Refugees

“Water was the biggest thing,” says journalist Tim McDonnell of the scene at the refugee settlement of Palorinya in northern Uganda. Marc Silver npr Since December, 146,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border, fleeing the violence of the civil war. And without enough… Short Film: How… Read More »

Call to limit asylum seeker detention to 90 days

Asylum seekers should not be held in immigration detention for more than 90 days, a parliamentary inquiry has… Tim Lester Brisbane Times The inquiry also says in cases where the Immigration Department fails to meet the 90-day deadline, it should be forced to publish the… But opposition MPs in the inquiry declined to back the contentious… Call to limit… Read More »

Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act ‘of generosity’ but also of ‘enlightened self-interest’ – UN chief

Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the parties to the conflict in Syria and the countries that have influence over… UNnewsCentre “This is the moment for all countries that are involved, directly or indirectly in the conflict, to put aside their differences and… Supporting Syrian refugees… Read More »

Private Contractors Force Feed Refugees To States That Quit The Program

The Thomas More Law Center has initiated a lawsuit on behalf of the Tennessee General Assembly. Jim Simpson The Daily Caller The suit charges that the government is violating both the U.S. Constitution’s Spending Clause and the 10th Amendment by forcing Tennessee to cover the costs of refugee resettlement in the state even though Tennessee… Private Contractors Force… Read More »

Justin Trudeau’s #WelcomeRefugees policy to be assessed in live study

A four-year study is beginning in Canada to assess the successes and failures under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policy to welcome refugees from Syria. Zoe Daniel ABC About 40,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada over the last year, with roughly a third sponsored by Canadian citizens motivated to bring people to safety. Professor Jill Hanley… Justin Trudeau’s #Welcome… Read More »

Pauline Hanson’s Muslim ban ‘what terrorists want’, says Turnbull

Terrorists’ objective is ‘to get broader society to turn on Muslims at large’, says PM after One Nation leader calls for… Australian Associated Press The Guardian The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has suggested Queensland senator Pauline Hanson is doing what Islamist terrorists want by promoting a Muslim… The prime minister was critical of the… Pauline Hanson’s Muslim… Read More »

Urgent Messages to the Muslim World

A dangerous message is being sent to the Muslim world by the West: There is nothing that moderate Muslims or anyone else should fear from radical Islamic terrorism! Nonie Darwish Gatestone Institute Look at us Western governments! We are bringing… Urgent Messages to… Read More »

Why denying refugees the right to work is a catastrophic error

It’s not just fleeing conflict that makes victims out of refugees – it’s also denying them the means to become autonomous and… by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts The Guardian From the 1980s on, a dominant international approach has been taken towards the majority of the world’s… Concentrated in a small number of host countries, close to… Why denying refugees… Read More »

Will Turkey abandon the refugee deal and risk losing a bonanza of money?

Last week Turkey threatened Europe to reinstate capital punishment and to drop the EU-Turkey pact which was signed one year ago. Chris Anyfantis European Sting The desperate need of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to gain more power has forced Turkish officials to release accusations to Europe and especially to the Netherlands, Germany and Brussels in view of the upcoming… Will Turkey abandon… Read More »

How Erasmus+ could benefit refugees

The European Commission’s Erasmus+ mid-term review must consider how to harness the potential of the scheme in addressing Europe’s shifting realities. Michael Gaebel Euractiv Providing grants to refugee students and academics is one way to start, writes Michael Gaebel. Michael Gaebel is… How Erasmus+ could… Read More »

What Canada’s ‘Yellow Peril’ teaches us about this migrant moment

History has plenty to tell us about this moment of fraught borders—and about the consequences of racist government… Christine Sismondo MacLeans It’s September 7, 1907, and a parade has just started on Main Street, just outside Vancouver’s City Hall, with hundreds marching to the tune of “Rule… The song was a strange choice, given that the… What Canada’s ‘Yellow… Read More »

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

A huge new artwork by Ai Weiwei in Prague attempts to put our attention back on the global refugee… BBC Rob Cameron meets the artist and takes a… A 70-m (230-ft) life raft hangs in the vast hall of Prague’s Trade Fair Palace. In it sit 258 faceless, inflatable… Although Ai Weiwei’s monumental new artwork is as light as air, it’s subject matter is… An exclusive tour… Read More »

Balkan migration route is ‘not closed’

One year on from when the borders were sealed, refugees are still using South East Europe to enter the… By Andrea Dernbach | Der Tagesspiegel | translated by Sam Morgan EURACTIV But now the journey is more difficult, expensive and brutal. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports. Despite the Balkan migration route having been officially closed for 12 months, Austrian Interior Minister Hans-Peter Doskozil and his Slovenian counterpart, Boštjan Šefic, have complained that it is still… Balkan migration route… Read More »