Migration

The EU’s emphasis on migrant returns has some serious human rights problems

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In yet another move intended to increase migrant returns, the European Commission has presented new measures for an “efficient and credible” return policy in the European Union. Daniela DeBono The Conversation One might read the March 2 2017 announcement as part of the perennial performance put on by EU member states to demonstrate control and assert their authority to affect deportations. Various official speeches… The EU’s emphasis… Read More »

Liberal defenders of free speech curiously silent over banning of Bassem Tamimi

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Where were the advocates for changes to 18C, who so fiercely defended free speech, when a Palestinian activist had his visa… Jeff Sparrow The Guardian Less than a fortnight after the 18C debate inspired so many thunderous denunciations of censorship, the Liberals have been… The Turnbull government has intervened to prevent the Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi from lecturing in Australia, cancelling his… Liberal defenders of… Read More »

‘I don’t understand how such a place became normal in the Australian psyche’

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To my dear students, as of this month, I have resigned from my teaching position at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre after… Rosemary Brennan-Herrera The Sydney Morning Herald I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being students any teacher would hope… I will miss… I won’t miss the teaching… You attended classes in what can only be described as… ‘I don’t understand how… Read More »

Birmingham woman standing in defiance of EDL protester goes viral

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Photograph of young woman becomes symbol of city standing up to far-right group English Defence League during… Frances Perraudin North of England reporter The Guardian A photograph showing a young woman smiling bemusedly at an incensed English Defence League protester has… The image, which has been shared thousands of times on social media, was captured during a demonstration by the… Birmingham woman standing… Read More »

Drop The Target: Senior Conservative MPs demand five-year immigration ban

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Pro-Brexit politicians tell PM their hardline plan ‘will deliver on the will of the… Rachael Revesz Independent Senior Conservative MPs are demanding Theresa May impose a five-year ban on unskilled immigrant visas, arguing the focus should be on… Leave Means Leave, a hardline pro-Brexit group that wants to leave the EU single market and “take control” of the UK’s borders, is… The group, which includes at… Drop The Target… Read More »

Palestinian activist’s Australian visa cancelled on eve of speaking tour

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Government says there is a risk people may react adversely to Bassem Tamimi’s presence, and his views on the Middle… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The federal government has cancelled the visa of an outspoken Palestinian activist on the eve of his Australian speaking tour… The activist, Bassem Tamimi, was due to board a plane this week to begin his… Palestinian activist’s Australian… Read More »

Trump’s immigration agenda is alive and well in Austin. So is the fear it’s struck in immigrants’ hearts.

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Rumor and terror in one immigrant community Dara Lind Vox It was a Thursday morning in Austin, and suddenly ICE was… A hotline for deportation-fearing immigrants — which typically got a call or two a day — started fielding a call a minute, overwhelming the volunteers manning the… The pleas were vivid: They just took away a member of my family. They just raided my neighbor’s house. They followed him and… Trump’s immigration agenda… Read More »

The ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’

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Dina Nayeri was just a child when she fled Iran as an asylum… But as she settled into life in the US and then Europe, she became suspicious of the idea that refugees should shed their old identities and be eternally… The Guardian A few weeks ago I dusted off my expired Iranian passport photo, an unsmiling eight-year-old version of me – stunned, angry… The ungrateful refugee… Read More »

Details of Australia’s asylum seeker boat turnbacks released in FoI battle

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Partially redacted papers include Morrison’s order to force turnback… Tribunal rejects Guardian journalist’s bid for full disclosure of… Previously classified documents about Australia’s asylum seeker turnback missions have been released during a landmark court… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The administrative appeals tribunal has ruled that many documents sought under freedom of information laws on boat turnbacks will remain secret in… Details of Australia’s… Read More »

One man’s quest to save the Jewish Iraqi language

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On Friday mornings in a class on the heritage of Babylonian Jewry, Oded Amit has taught a small group of Israelis to speak Jewish Iraqi, the language of his ancestors. Jacky Hugi Al Monitor Amit, 70, was born and raised in Baghdad, and Jewish Iraqi was the language in which his mother raised him. “It’s a beautiful… One man’s quest… Read More »

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

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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

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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 »

Multiculturalism will only work if all Australians sign up, Coalition’s first policy statement says

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The Federal Government’s first policy statement on multiculturalism declares it a “success” but says every Australian must sign up to shared values and mutual obligations. Jane Norman ABC Releasing Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful today, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja said the Coalition had put its stamp on the “unifying” statement, which is also the first since 2011. The son of… Multiculturalism will only… Read More »

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

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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 »

Nations have separated children from parents before. It never ends well.

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The Trump administration’s new family separation plan would be cruel — and likely ineffective. Nara Milanich The Washington Post The Trump administration has already proposed a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a ban on travel from six countries, a shutdown of the refugee program and extensive detentions and deportations of undocumented… Nations have separated… Read More »

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

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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 »