Migration

Monash student, Hazara refugee and human rights advocate wins prestigious Scholarship to Oxford University

Sitarah Mohammadi was eight years old when she first learnt to read and write. Born in Afghanistan, she was told that girls and women were second-class, they had no rights and that they didn’t need an education. Monash University It was only when she escaped to Australia that she was given the chance to go to school, and to realise just how lucky she was. Growing up as a Hazara refugee in Australia has taught this Monash international relations and ... Read More »

A new bombing in Afghanistan and the tragedy of refugees

One of the participants in a research project I am working on was recently killed in the Afghan city of Jalalabad in a suicide bombing attack targeting Sikhs and Hindus. Liza Schuster The Conversation The young women I work with who had interviewed him and his family are shattered, and his distraught wife in agony. Like so many others over the past few years, he was killed by the so-called Islamic State (IS). And like other victims of IS in ... Read More »

Can the bond between Macron and Merkel keep the rest of the EU united?

Summitry is a staple of international diplomacy and the European Union is no exception. Summits raise expectations: of last-minute, heroic breakthroughs; of meaningful change. Helen Drake The Conversation They exist to punctuate the tensions of international relations with images of harmony and hope that may well be illusory. In the EU, summits are often a last resort to reach agreement. Approaching the EU’s long-awaited summer summit in the final week of June, the stakes were high and expectations already low. ... Read More »

Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her… Katrin Bennhold and Melissa Eddy The New York Times It was a spectacular turnabout for a leader who has been seen as the standard-bearer of the liberal European order but who has come under intense pressure at home ... Read More »

Germany’s Angela Merkel prevents the breakup of her government with immigration deal

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel avoided the breakup of her government on Monday, emerging from an immigration fight with her coalition intact but fragile. James McAuley and Luisa Beck The Washington Post A clash that lasted weeks ended in an uneasy truce when Merkel and her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), reached a compromise on immigration policy with partner Christian Social Union (CSU). Interior Minister and CSU leader Horst Seehofer backed off his threat to resign and potentially bring down ... Read More »

12-year-old Gives Powerful And Moving Speech At “Families Belong Together” Rally In DC

12-year-old Leah from Florida is the daughter of undocumented immigrant parents. This is a speech she gave at a “Families Belong Together” rally in Washington, DC in protest of the current administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. WYSK In her powerful speech, Leah fights through her tears to talk about the “constant fear” she lives in of her mom being taken away from her. “It’s scary. I can’t sleep, I can’t study, I am stressed. I’m afraid that they will take ... Read More »

Is it time for Australian states to step up on asylum seeker support?

The cruelty of the federal government’s immigration services is well-established, but what’s happening in the states and territories? This is the focus of a new report out today. Chris Woods Crikey Last week, the Department of Home Affairs began rolling out staggered cuts to support services for around 1500 people seeking asylum. The government’s decision to kick people off Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) — which amounts to $35 per day coupled with some healthcare services — follows years of ... Read More »

ACT excluding asylum seekers from accessing essential services: report

A new report finds laws and policies in the ACT are excluding asylum seekers and refugees from accessing essential services. Han Nguyen The Canberra Times The report, State of Refuge, to be published Monday by the Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project, analysed how state and territory governments were faring in attempts to fill gaps left by the Commonwealth. The report looks into three service areas: education, health, and housing. One of the report’s authors, Julia Wallace, said the report found the ACT was ... Read More »

Photos From the Nationwide “Families Belong Together” Marches

Across the country yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in small towns and big cities to march and voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Alan Taylor The Atlantic Demonstrators in more than 700 locations called for the swift reunification of immigrant families separated by border agencies, and an end to the policies that cause so many separations. Collected here, photos from Indianapolis, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., ... Read More »

Before he was murdered, here is what a disabled asylum seeker had to say about Britain’s ‘hostile environment’

Kamil Ahmad, a disabled man, fled his home in Iraqi Kurdistan after being tortured and imprisoned. Rebecca Yeo The Conversation He arrived in Bristol, England, in 2012 hoping to find peace and safety, but his application for asylum was refused. On July 7, 2016, Kamil was murdered. This was almost exactly three years after the murder of another disabled refugee from Iran, Bijan Ebrahimi, also in Bristol. Official enquiries have taken place into the two murders, which were both found ... Read More »

Julian Burnside: Every Immigration Minister since 2002 is guilty of human rights abuses

We need to recognise that the human rights abuses of asylum seekers is our nation’s awful legacy, and Julian Burnside knows who is to blame. Paul Gregoire The Big Smoke The Norwegian freighter MV Tampa entered Australian waters on 29 August 2001, carrying 433 asylum seekers who’d been stranded in a fishing boat in the Indian Ocean. The vessel crossed the maritime boundary close to Christmas Island, despite having been refused entry by Australia. After a period of being detained at ... Read More »

French police foil far-right cell’s plan to kill imams, veiled women

Paris: They called themselves Operational Forces Action, a small, right-wing vigilante group from all over France that had planned to kill Muslim civilians, prosecutors say. Adam Nossiter & Aurelian Breeden The Sydney Morning Herald New York Times Police cracked the cell over the weekend, with prosecutors saying it had begun testing explosives. The group was planning to kill veiled women, imams and recently released Islamist prisoners, and wanted to attack mosques and halal grocery stores, according to French news media. All ... Read More »

EU leaders reach breakthrough deal on migrant crisis

Brussels: European leaders meeting to solve the continent’s migrant crisis have reached a a deal of sorts after all-night talks in Brussels to overcome Italian demands for more help. The Canberra Times, Reuters, AP They struggled to overcome deep divisions at the tense summit that yielded vague pledges to strengthen external borders and explore new migrant centres. The meeting underscored how Europe’s 2015 spike in immigration continues to haunt the bloc despite a sharp drop in arrivals of people fleeing conflict ... Read More »

Europe’s migration crisis: Could it finish the EU?

Hardened Eurosceptics might love to think the EU’s in trouble, but as leaders gather in Brussels for their summer summit on Thursday, dedicated Europhiles are also sounding the alarm. Katya Adler BBC “The fragility of the EU is increasing,” warns EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. “The cracks are growing in size.” It’s been easy to get distracted this last couple of weeks by the new Italian government and its headline-grabbing rejection of NGO migrant rescue boats. But Mr Juncker is ... Read More »

US ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy still violating fundamental human rights laws

After public outcry and political pressure, President Donald Trump ended the practice of separating children from their families at the border in an executive order signed on June 20. Jeffrey Davis The Conversation However, he left in place requirements to prosecute or at least detain immigrants who may have entered the country unlawfully – including children and asylum-seekers. On June 25, border control officials announced that families crossing the border would not be detained until sufficient detention space was made ... Read More »

‘You hate us that much?’ Mother of refugee who killed himself on Nauru berates Australia

Fazileh Mansour Beigi has pleaded with the Australian Border Force to give her son Fariborz’s body back so she can bury him Ben Doherty and Saba Vasefi The Guardian The mother of Fariborz Karami, the Iranian asylum seeker who died by suicide on Nauru two weeks ago, has pleaded with the Australian Border Force to give her son’s body back so she can bury him “anywhere but Nauru or Iran”. In an excoriating letter written to the ABF, Fazileh Mansour Beigi ... Read More »