Migration

Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land?

People who reflexively blame the wrong party for criminal acts are either misinformed or disingenuous. The sad truth is that in the Palestinian territories, Christians are forced to live like dhimmis — second-class citizens who survive largely by the… Source: Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land? Read More »

The “Drowning” Argument

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Abbott, Morrison, Turnbull and Dutton are not to be believed when they express concern about people drowning in their attempt to reach safety.  Their policy (which Labor basically supports) seems to be this: “We are so concerned about you drowning, that we will punish you if you don’t drown.” The Federal election campaign of 2013 was the first time in our political history that… Source: The “Drowning” Argument | Julian Burnside Read More »

Asylum seeker children still in detention despite claims all have been released

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Peter Dutton tells News Ltd all children released after immigration department reclassifies sections of centres as ‘community detention’. The government has reclassified sections of detention centres as “community detention” in order to be able to claim that all children have been released from immigration detention… Source: Asylum seeker children still in detention despite claims all have been released | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Time for a new conversation on asylum seekers

Will this be a fleeting, aberrant positive moment in the overwhelmingly bleak story of Australia’s treatment of those who seek protection by coming on boats without an invitation? Or will it be a tipping point?… Source: Time for a new conversation on asylum seekers Read More »

Germany can take that smug look off its face

The AfD and the insurrection led by Donald Trump are both a visceral reaction to voters’ fears about immigration, terrorism and the arrogance of the powers-that-be. Each gains strength in the electronic echo chambers of social media… Source: Germany can take that smug look off its face Read More »

European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees

Struggling to cope with the influx of Syrians, the European Union has drafted confidential plans to send 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees back to the war-torn country. Afghanistan’s Government opposes the plan, saying it cannot guarantee their safety and does not have the resources to resettle them… Source: European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows

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Exclusive: A ReachTel poll of Victorian seat of Indi, New England in NSW and voters in South Australia finds just 26% support policy of sending all boat arrivals to offshore detention. The majority of voters in key marginal electorates want the federal government to take a more compassionate approach to asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by… Source: Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo

Carmen Lazar is used to receiving thanks from Syrian refugees, including digital bouquets of flowers posted on her Facebook page, but now the tireless president of the NSW based Assyrian Resource Centre has been called a “liar” by those who had hoped to call Australia home by now. As well as managing disappointment, other refugee organisations have been forced to lay off… Source: Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo Read More »

Schengen agreement: Closing borders isn’t the answer to terrorism in Europe

Many of the terrorist attacks carried out in Europe recently were by “homegrown” jihadists. So where does this leave populist foreign politicians who are critical of Europe’s open borders? Paola Totaro writes. The Economist magazine’s front cover pretty much nailed it: “Europe’s new normal” said the headline… Source: Schengen agreement: Closing borders isn’t the answer to terrorism in Europe – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism

Eastern Mediterranean cities that view migration as a threat today thrived on the ubiquitous presence of multicultural societies a century ago. Iason Athanasiadis opens our Reviving Cities series by explaining that the roots of today’s slow-motion refugee ‘disaster’ can be found in the region’s trend towards introversion… Source: Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism | Refugees Deeply Read More »

A proper comparison might show Italy is more hospitable to refugees than Sweden

European countries’ acceptance rates say more about where migrants come from than where they are headed. THE latest European asylum statistics seem to offer good news for refugees. They show the acceptance rate jumping by ten percentage points to 60% in the final quarter of 2015—the highest rate ever. Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands all granted asylum in record numbers… Source: A proper comparison might show Italy is more hospitable to refugees than Sweden | The Economist Read More »

These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind

For some asylum seekers, their “well-founded” fear of persecution is proven only after they’re repatriated. By Michelle Chen Two years ago, back in their hometowns in Bangladesh, they were ordinary young men whose political involvement didn’t go beyond local support for the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP)… Source: These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind | The Nation Read More »

We welcomed refugees in 1945. We can’t abandon them today – video

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Harry Leslie Smith saw the full potential of human cruelty while he was serving Britain during the second world war. But, he says, his country showed huge compassion by settling 200,000 Polish refugees in 1945. Harry Leslie Smith, Bruno Rinvolucri and Leah Green The Guardian Today, however, he believes politicians are turning their backs on humanity by rejecting refugees fleeing war. Smith will be speaking at the Bradford Literary Festival on 23 May His book, Harry’s Last Stand, is available ... Read More »