Migration

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton

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The immigration minister’s remarks about Lebanese Muslims shows he is unaware of both the history of successful integration, and the direct consequences of his words The Guardian Antoun Issa The outrage directed at Peter Dutton over his misguided comments about Muslims of Lebanese background is a necessary pushback against the growing racist populism sweeping the Western world. Perhaps it was the victory of Donald Trump that emboldened Dutton to… I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my… Read More »

Secret emails reveal how Transfield got Nauru contract

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Why did Transfield get the contract to run the offshore detention center on Nauru when it had not even sent in an official proposal? Crikey Josh Taylor Emails obtained by Crikey show Immigration was so keen for Transfield to be given the contract to manage the Nauru offshore immigration detention centre back in 2012 that the department handed Transfield the proposal it had sent to rival company Serco. In September, the Australian National Audit Office delivered a scathing report of… Secret ... Read More »

Europe migrant crisis: A third of child asylum seekers ‘missing’ after Calais Jungle closure

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Nearly a third of the child asylum seekers being tracked by a refugee charity have gone missing since the “Jungle” migrant camp in the French city of Calais was dismantled last month, the organisation says. ABC Refugee Youth Service said it could not locate a third of the 179 children it had been tracking since authorities bulldozed the camp, home to up to 10,000 people fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The fate of children staying ... Read More »

Peter Dutton’s revisionist rhetoric is dangerous

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Peter Dutton has sought to rewrite history in a disgraceful appeal to prejudice. The Age In broad strokes, he set out to besmirch the legacy of migration to Australia during the Fraser years, by claiming “the reality is that Malcolm Fraser did make mistakes in bringing some people in”. It is obvious that Mr Dutton is not interested in learning from the past, but instead has a political aim in the present. Peter Dutton’s revisionist rhetoric is… Read More »

Hanson decries reverse racism in Australia

Pauline Hanson's One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson arrives at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Pauline Hanson has been labelled a "one-trick pony" as federal MPs react to the One Nation leader's explosive first speech to the Senate in which she warned Australia is being swamped by Muslims. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Pauline Hanson says Australians are fed up with reverse racism and being tolerant of immigrants with no intention of assimilating. SBS Pauline Hanson insists Australia has a reverse racism problem, telling defenders of race-hate laws to look at the way women who choose to wear mini skirts are being treated by Muslims. The One Nation leader says Australians are fed up with… Hanson decries reverse racism in… Read More »

Ask Shorten why you got death threats, Minister Dutton tells Labor MP

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has accused Labor leader Bill Shorten of misrepresenting him and whipping up a political storm. SBS Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says a Labor MP who has received death threats in the wake of his comments about migrants should look to her own leader for answers. Labor MP and counter-terrorism expert Anny Aly, who was born in… Ask Shorten why you got death… Read More »

How can the left respond to the global resurgence of far-right populism?

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Far-right movements have been successful globally by politicising hostility to immigrants and cultivating a resurgent ethnonationalism. The left can – and should – fight back The Guardian Jason Wilson When Donald Trump won the US presidential election, it was as if a great gear whirred and clanked into place, and the whole global machine was suddenly moving at a different velocity. It was just the latest victory for… How can the left respond to the global resurgence of… Read More »

Did Dutton’s anti-Muslim spray breach section 18C?

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The bigger question however is not Dutton’s legal but his moral culpability. Crikey Michael Bradley It’s best to always assume conscious intent behind politicians’ choice of language. That’s the lens to apply in considering… Did Dutton’s anti-Muslim spray… Read More »

Jan Fran has some words for Peter Dutton

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Peter Dutton has claimed that ‘mistakes were made’ allowing Lebanese immigrants into the country. SBS Jan Fran Lebanese Australian Jan Fran has some questions for him. Peter Dutton, despite being Minister for Immigration, is a little bit dubious that immigration is a good idea. Jan Fran has some words for… Read More »

France’s Sarkozy loses primary with hard-line on immigration

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PARIS — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his populist, hard-line stand on Muslims and immigration went down in defeat Sunday in France’s conservative primary for president. Boston Herald Associated Press Two ex-prime ministers will instead meet in a runoff next week for the nomination. The race was seen as an early measure of how the… France’s Sarkozy loses… Read More »

Australia is paying for Malcolm Fraser’s immigration mistakes, says Peter Dutton

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Immigration minister says many foreign fighters involved in conflict zones are descendants of migrants who came in the 1970s under former prime minister Helen Davidson Malcolm Fraser made mistakes in bringing some migrants to Australia and the country is paying for that now, Peter Dutton has said. The immigration minister made the… Australia is paying… Read More »

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 »