Poland’s refugee challenge: Play ball or sit on the sidelines

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Warsaw risks losing out if it’s not seen as a team player. Adam Traczyk Politico WARSAW — If Poland wants to play a major role on the European stage, it will have to make a U-turn on its approach to migration policy. Polish Minister of… Poland’s refugee challenge… Read More »

The difference between an expat and an immigrant? Semantics

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The argument that it’s not just executives and professionals, but also maids and other workers. Kieran Nash BBC News What is an expatriate, exactly? And when is an expat an immigrant — or not? The word expat is… The difference between… Read More »

Australia will support Donald Trump on strong border protection policies: Julie Bishop

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the Turnbull government will support Donald Trump’s “strong immigration and border protection policies”, as the leaders of Britain and Germany criticise an executive order banning entry to the… Tom McIlroy The Sydney Morning Herald Speaking in Los Angeles after events promoting Australian business and… Australia will support… Read More »

Trump’s order barring refugees flies in the face of logic and humanity

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With an irony that hasn’t gone unnoticed, US President Donald Trump signed his executive order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the US on January 27, Holocaust Memorial Day. Geoff Gilbert The Conversation The order’s instructions are harsh and shocking. Not only does it suspend the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days and all refugee arrivals from Syria indefinitely, it suspends all new arrivals from designated countries… Trump’s order barring… Read More »

Doctors plead for pregnant refugee on Nauru to be moved to Australian hospital

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Kuwaiti is more than 35 weeks’ pregnant, her baby is in breech and she has a fibroid or benign tumour on the wall of her uterus Ben Doherty The Guardian Doctors have pleaded for a heavily pregnant refugee on Nauru facing a complex and… Doctors plead for… Read More »

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting. I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum applications.. BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or not… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »

Europe needs refashioning to address its anger and fears

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Britain’s departure is an ideal chance for remaining states to rewrite the rules on taxation and… Lodewijk Asscher The Guardian With the rightwing and populist tide that seemingly holds Europe in its grip, scapegoat politics is gaining the upper… I share the passion of my progressive colleagues to provide a strong, social and… Europe needs refashioning… Read More »

Brussels gets ‘House of Cards’ treatment

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Drama weaves together political lobbying, terrorism and the migration crisis. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — Corruption, murder, and betrayal stalk the streets of Brussels — at least in a Dutch television series inspired by the U.S. hit “House of Cards” that premieres Friday. “Brussel” mixes the personal… Brussels gets ‘House of… Read More »

The New Australian Order: Moving Power From The Courts To Peter Dutton Doesn’t Just Harm Asylum Seekers

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A new report shines a light on the growing powers of the Minister. When norms like the presumption of innocence are challenged, we all lose, writes Max Chalmers. Max Chalmers New Matilda Imagine a neighbour accuses you of a crime. The police investigate and… The New Australian Order… Read More »

Meet the father and son walking from Adelaide to Canberra to help refugees

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‘I owe it to my children to fight for the Australia I love, and that’s the Australia that gives people a fair… Alyssa Braithwaite SBS A father and his 13-year old son are walking from Adelaide to Canberra to protest the Australian government’s refugee policy and call for an end to offshore… Adelaide criminal lawyer Adam… Meet the father… Read More »

Should asylum seekers be allowed to work during their application?

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Should asylum seekers be allowed to work in their host countries? Debating Europe The 1951 UN Convention on Refugees – which all EU members have signed – states that refugees “lawfully staying” in a country should have the right to… But an application for refugee status can take months… Should asylum seekers… Read More »

Germany to review over 500 asylum applications over security risk

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Authorities have lost track of three people who may post a threat, MP said. Cynthia Kroet Politico Authorities are investigating 547 asylum seekers who may pose a security threat to Germany, according to the country’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, Reuters reported Thursday. De Maizière told parliament… Germany to review over… Read More »

Immigration Department spent more than $1 billion without proper authorisation, independent audit alleges

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper… STEPHANIE ANDERSON ABC A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed “significant… Immigration Department spent… Read More »

Donald Trump hails Brexit, says it will be ‘very hard’ to keep EU together amid refugee crisis

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Wading into foreign affairs days before his inauguration, US President-elect Donald Trump has told European media that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “end up being a great thing” and the bloc will continue to break… ABC AP/Reuters The incoming president, in an interview published on… Donald Trump hails… Read More »

Donald Trump says Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ on migrants

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US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than 1m… BBC He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe’s most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for… Mr Trump was… Donald Trump says… Read More »

Immigration should not divide black and Latinx people

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Undocumented immigration is not a Latinx-only phenomenon and should not be a Latinx-only concern. Jason Nichols Al Jazeera News Only days away from the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, much of the discourse of his incoming administration has surrounded the building of a wall between the US and its longtime ally, Mexico. Trump made undocumented… Immigration should not… Read More »