Migration

In post-coup Turkey, Jews plan their future abroad

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Of the 4,500 Sephardic Jews who have applied recently for Spanish citizenship, at least 2,600 are Turks. ISTANBUL — At a chic café overlooking the Bosphorus, two Turkish Jewish women are discussing their plans to emigrate when the call to Friday prayers blasts from the loudspeakers of a nearby mosque. Unable to talk over the… In post-coup… Read More »

Refugee deal: United Nations to determine numbers to be resettled in US from Manus Island, Nauru

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The United States Government says the United Nations will decide how many refugees it accepts from Australia’s offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island. By PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek and political reporter Stephanie Anderson The statement from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration comes two days after the head of… Refugee deal: United… Read More »

I’m a rabbi, and I’m applying for a German passport. Here’s why

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My parents’ homeland has dealt with its Nazi past. After the Brexit vote, I want to embrace my continental European origins Julia Neuberger As a child I had German au pairs, and my refugee mother spoke German to her parents, as their English was not entirely fluent. But I was aware that… I’m a rabbi, and… Read More »

Lifetime ban on asylum seekers ‘not connected’ to US deal, says immigration head

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Michael Pezzullo says the US did not ask for the plan to permanently ban boat arrivals from entering Australia Gareth Hutchens The head of the immigration department has confirmed that legislation banning asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever entering Australia is not… Lifetime ban on… Read More »

NFPs Protest Lifetime Ban on Refugee Visas

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The Uniting Church in Australia has described as “immoral” the proposed legislation for a lifetime ban on visas for refugees who have arrived by boat since 2013. UnitingJustice Australia has written to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the proposed legislation, saying the ban served no purpose and… NFPs Protest Lifetime… Read More »

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detention

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Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detentionEvery Australian prime minister from John Howard onwards should be investigated for crimes against humanity in relation to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers, according to a group of international… Heath Aston The Sydney Morning Herald The group of seven British, American and Australian lawyers, which includes high-profile barrister and refugee advocate Julian Burnside, has petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the treatment of asylum seekers ... Read More »

NXT member Rebekha Sharkie will not support Coalition’s proposed immigration laws

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South Australia’s Nick Xenophon Team MP Rebekha Sharkie has announced she will not be supporting the Federal Government’s proposed immigration laws, contrary to the party leader. By Michael Coggan The Government is proposing a life-time ban on asylum seekers being held on Manus Island and Nauru from entering Australia. In a… NXT member Rebekha… Read More »

The Voter Fraud Lie We Can’t Shake

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Early voting is underway, and according to Donald J. Trump, so is voter fraud. By DALE HO  Almost daily, he proclaims that “large-scale voter fraud” is happening and that the election is “rigged.” Politicians across the spectrum have criticized this nonsense as divorced from reality, deleterious to our democracy and… The Voter Fraud… Read More »

Italy abused migrants’ rights due to EU pressure, Amnesty says

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Italy has committed human rights abuses that may amount to torture in some isolated cases as it tries to process the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees arriving by boat, Amnesty International says. Italy’s Interior Ministry had no immediate comment on the Amnesty report, which included allegations of beatings, electric shocks and… Italy abused migrants… Read More »

More migrants from around the world making way to US border

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WASHINGTON: An increasing number of people from far-flung corners of the world quietly have tried to sneak into the United States among the hundreds of thousands of other, mostly Latin American migrants caught at the Mexican border in the last year, according to arrest data from the Homeland Security Department. Associated Press The arrests of more than 8,000 people from India, China, Romania, Bangladesh and Nepal between October 2015 and the More migrants from… Read More »

For Helping Immigrants, Chobani’s Founder Draws Threats

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By many measures, Chobani embodies the classic American immigrant success story. By DAVID GELLES  Its founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, is a Turkish immigrant of Kurdish descent. He bought a defunct yogurt factory in upstate New York, added a facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, and… For Helping Immigrants… Read More »

Could a mild outbreak of humanity be behind the Coalition’s cynical new asylum politics?

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Given the government might be about to present some refugees on Nauru and Manus with an opportunity to get out of limbo, perhaps it’s best we don’t look too closely while they mask it with deranged, macho theatrics Katharine Murphy Inside the Coalition, there is a strong expectation that the government will shortly unveil a third country resettlement deal to try and… Could a mild… Read More »

Same old rhetoric cannot justify banning refugees from Australia

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The federal government has announced that asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat will never be allowed to enter the country on any permanent or temporary visa, including a tourist visa. Alex Reilly This applies to all of the 2500 asylum seekers who have been detained on Nauru or Manus Island at one time or another since the… Same old rhetoric… Read More »

Taskforce to Take Action To Protect Migrant Workers

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A newly established Migrant Workers’ Taskforce, set up by the federal government, has agreed to a program of action to deal with the exploitation of migrant workers in Australia’s workplaces. Lina Caneva, Editor Minister for Employment Senator Michaelia Cash said the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce was set up to bolster the government’s efforts to protect at-risk workers. Chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO, the… Read More »

Asylum seekers face lifetime ban from entering Australia if they arrive by boat

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New law to include refugees and will apply to any adult sent to Manus Island or Nauru since July 2013 Gareth Hutchens The Turnbull government plans to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia. The ban will apply to any adult who has been sent to… Asylum seekers face… Read More »

Perth lawyer raised in Ugandan refugee camp after fleeing South Sudan wins industry award

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A Sudanese-born lawyer who grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda has won an industry award for his contribution to criminal law in Western Australia. COURTNEY BEMBRIDGE Louis Kristopher has worked closely with the African community in Perth, offering free legal advice and mentoring young people, to… Perth lawyer raised… Read More »