Migration

EU increases Schengen visa fee to €80

The European Union passed a regulation on June 6 on the visa code regulation to improve conditions for legitimate travelers, as well as increase the tools available to respond to the… Ankara Hurriyet The new regulation includes allowing for applications to be lodged up to 6 months, and no later than 15 days, before the trip, providing for the possibility of the application form to be filled in and… The regulation also increased the costs of visa processing from €60 ... Read More »

UK has updated the way it measures integration – now it’s everybody’s job to make refugees welcome

With the number of displaced people in the world at record levels and a growing global focus on the integration of refugees into new communities, the UK government has decided to update a… Jenny Phillimore The Conversation The Home Office’s new Indicators of Integration, which I helped to design as part of a small team of academics and researchers after a wide-ranging consultation, are intended to be a tool to help national and… It’s currently unclear how well refugees are ... Read More »

A blind refugee has been held in Australian detention for nine years

The United Nations has blasted the Australian government for detaining the man, who also has mental health issues. Nick Baker SBS A United Nations working group has called on the Australian government to immediately release and compensate a 35-year-old Tamil refugee with multiple disabilities who has been in detention for more than nine years. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention wrote a “scathing” report about the individual being held since 2010, which has been seen by SBS News and ... Read More »

EU sued at International Criminal Court over Mediterranean migration policy – as more die at sea

In the same week that more migrant lives were lost at sea, the EU’s migration policy in the Mediterranean has been brought to the attention of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Maurice Stierl The Conversation It emerged on June 3 that the ICC had received a legal submission calling for the EU and some of its member states to face prosecution for enacting migration policies “intended to sacrifice the… The sharply worded submission was brought by international lawyers who have ... Read More »

Manus Island detainee Farhad Bandesh’s new song The Big Exhale – music video

The Kurdish artist and asylum seeker has been held on Manus Island for nearly six years Source: Wantok Musik The Guardian Manus Island detainee Farhad Bandesh releases… – video – His new song The Big Exhale was written and recorded across borders with the help of David Bridie (Not Drowning, Waving) and Jenell Quinsee, who connected with Bandesh through the Writing Through Fences initiative. A new music video, made in collaboration with Melbourne City Ballet, features the dancer Bilal Zeine ... Read More »

How many more people must die on Manus before Australia ends indefinite detention?

Refugees were counting down the days to the election. But our hopes have been dashed and the future is grim Behrouz Boochani The Guardian It is noon … there is no sign of that scorching Manus sun. The moist clouds assail the Manus Island sky … the weather is pleasant. I can’t say it feels like springtime, but it’s tolerable in contrast to the searing tropical heat. When the weather is like this the refugees from the different prison camps ... Read More »

‘Internet brides’ abused and held captive in suburban Australian homes

An explosion of social media sites promoting prospective young Asian brides has caused a spike in abuse and exploitation, with reports some women are being held captive in suburban homes in… Erin Parke ABC Six women from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines have revealed their stories to ABC News in the hope of preventing other women being lured into abusive relationships with… “We have seen some horrendous cases where there’s been really severe physical violence and where women have simply ... Read More »

To tackle climate change, immigration and threats to democracy, Europe’s fractious new Parliament will have to work together

The European Union has survived its latest contest between pro-EU and anti-EU forces. Garret Martin The Conversation Helped by high turnout, pro-EU centrist and leftist parties together won more than two-thirds of seats in the European Parliament elections held in 28 countries from May 23 to 26. Populist parties intent on destroying the EU from within made only modest gains, increasing their share from 20% to 25% of the 751 seats. The European Parliament – one of the three institutions ... Read More »

UK government ‘risks another Windrush’ over EU citizens, MPs say

The government runs the risk of another Windrush scandal if “serious concerns” about its EU settlement scheme are not addressed, MPs have said. BBC The Commons Home Affairs Committee said technical issues had “blighted” the scheme, with some struggling to navigate the online application system. It said people who have lived for years in the UK could face uncertainty over their rights and eligibility to remain. But the Home Office said the scheme was “performing well”. It had “taken… UK ... Read More »

Destitute children unlawfully denied support by local councils

Campaigners say policy affecting hundreds of families stems from excessive focus on parents’ immigration status ‘Mummy, are we poor?’: the destitute children denied help by councils Local councils are unlawfully denying destitute children support because their parents’ immigration status is under suspicion, the Guardian can reveal. Aamna Mohdin The Guardian Families whose immigration status becomes insecure can quickly become destitute because they lose their right to work and access benefits. Such families who have dependent children can seek support under ... Read More »

Child migrants around the world are being denied their human rights

At 3am we were forced to leave the bus station. We were caught by the police. They asked if we had passports. We said no, we are from Afghanistan, please help us – the police drove away. Afghani refugee, 15, on meeting police in Paris Authors: The Conversation Abed – not his real name – had been in Paris after a treacherous overland journey from Afghanistan. He is one of many youngsters whose families fear the situation in their own ... Read More »

I feel free: Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon’s journey from horror to hope

Nyadol Nyuon is a commercial litigator at the prestigious Melbourne law firm, Arnold Bloch Leibler. She was born in the Itang refugee camp in Ethiopia, in 1987. Hannie Rayson WAtoday When Nyuon was four years old, there was conflict in Ethiopia. Her mother gave birth to her little sister, Nyanhial, and just two weeks later the family was forced to walk back to South Sudan. Her mother carried the baby in a bucket on her head. That journey took 40 ... Read More »

Thai dissidents living in exile fear for their lives after a string of disappearances and murders

A string of mysterious murders and deportations across South-East Asia has Thai dissidents fearing for their lives and members of a controversial folk band say they may be targeted next. Liam Cochrane ABC The band Faiyen, which means “cold fire” in Thai, fled the country after the 2014 coup and has written songs criticising the military government and the monarchy. Late last week, the band posted a chilling message on Facebook. “We … fear for our lives. Many trusted people ... Read More »

Suicide crisis on Manus and Nauru island as six people make attempts on their lives after federal election result

Results of the federal election caused a suicide crisis on Manus and Nauru island Refugees at detention centres on the islands took to Twitter to express fear Up to six people have reportedly attempted to take their own lives since Sunday A total of six people have made attempts on their lives on  Manus and Nauru after the results of the federal election were announced, it has been claimed. By LAUREN FERRI FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA and AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS Refugees at ... Read More »

Kon Karapanagiotidis: What the Morrison Government means for refugees

Our doors [at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre] have just opened for the first time since a Morrison Government was elected. Kon Karapanagiotidis Independent Australia I’m hurting just like I imagine you all are right now and I have shed more tears than I could have thought possible over this last weekend. But I feel most devastated for people seeking asylum, who were desperately holding onto the hope that a more compassionate government would be ushered in on Saturday. Still, ... Read More »

Migration is a growing issue, but it remains a challenge to define who actually is a migrant

According to the United Nations, more people live in a country other than their place of birth today than ever before. Authors: The Conversations The 2017 migration statistics show that about 34 people out of every 1,000 lived away from their place of birth. This number was over 31 in 2010, and 28 in 2000. Although the number of migrants is expected to grow, a clear understanding of contemporary migration remains a challenge. Defining who is a migrant This challenge ... Read More »