Migration

The legality of off-shore detention

In 2002 Australia, along with more than 80 other nations, acceded to the Rome statute by which the International Criminal Court was created.  The court is the first permanent court ever established with jurisdiction to try war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of genocide regardless of the nationality of the perpetrators and regardless of the place where the offences occurred. Julian Burnside John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations As part of the process of implementing the International Criminal Court ... Read More »

I visited the Rohingya camps in Myanmar and here is what I saw

Myanmar recently claimed to have repatriated its first Rohingya refugee family. Cresa Pugh The Conversation But, as an official from the United Nations noted, the country is still not safe for the return of its estimated 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees, who fled to Bangladesh in 2017 to escape an ongoing state-sponsored military campaign and… Indeed, in recent times, the Myanmar military has been building a fence along the 170-mile border and fortifying it with landmines, to prevent the Rohingya from ... Read More »

Italy’s Matteo Salvini shuts ports to migrant rescue ship

A rescue ship carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy’s new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. BBC Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party, promised during Italy’s recent general election to take a tough stance against migration. He says Malta should accept the Aquarius, but it refused, arguing that it falls under Italy’s jurisdiction. Italy is the main entry for migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe. German charity SOS Méditerranée says the ... Read More »

Dying refugee on Nauru barred from coming to Australia for palliative care

Border force tells 63-year-old with advanced lung cancer he can go to Taiwan or return to Afghanistan Ben Doherty The Guardian A dying Afghan refugee held on Nauru will not be allowed to come to Australia for palliative care. The Australian Border Force has told 63-year-old Ali*, who is suffering advanced lung cancer, he is deemed to have “refused treatment” because he declined to be moved to Taiwan to die. He told the ABF he did not want to go to Taiwan because he ... Read More »

Forced marriage convictions are welcome but for many victims stigma is still judge and jury

In the four years since a change in the law regarding forced marriages in England and Wales, there have been two cases where parents have been convicted of forcing their daughters to marry by taking them out of the… Geetanjali Gangoli The Conversation One case, in Birmingham in May 2018, involved taking a daughter to Pakistan, the other – in Leeds, also in May 2018 – involved a couple luring their daughter to Bangladesh for a… These were the first ... Read More »

Senior politicians in Australia have committed crimes, says top lawyer

The top politicians in this country are guilty of major criminal offences, but they are unlikely ever to be tried for them, says lawyer Julian Burnside. Karl Quinn The Sydney Morning Herald “I think it’s pretty clear that Australian prime ministers and immigration ministers are guilty of criminal offences against our own law,” says the Melbourne-based QC. “The problem is that no one can bring a prosecution for those offences without the approval of the Attorney General. Take a lucky ... Read More »

Bavaria plans tougher approach to asylum-seekers in Germany

Bavarian State Premier Markus Söder has unveiled new measures to speed up the asylum process and deport rejected applicants. Christoph Hasselbach DW He believes the rest of Germany should follow his lead. With Bavaria’s elections only a few months away, State Premier Markus Söder of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) is advocating a tougher stance on asylum-seekers. The CSU, which has traditionally dominated Bavarian politics, fears large numbers of voters could turn their backs on the party and support the far-right ... Read More »

Syrian refugees in America: The forgotten psychological wounds of the stress of migration

War in Syria and the refugee crisis have been the subject of a heated debate in United States politics, leading to a travel ban and drastic reduction in the number refugees to the U.S. this year. Arash Javanbakht The Conversation We occasionally hear about brutal deaths and starvation of civilians in Syria from the news, as a far concept happening in another world. This is a group of people who may justifiably feel betrayed by the world. But what do ... Read More »

Brexit has made us more relaxed about immigration, not less

Voters have a keen nose for authenticity. Indeed, they value it regardless of whether they necessarily share a politician’s views. Mark Wallace iNews It’s not uncommon to hear people say that while they didn’t agree with Margaret Thatcher, at least she stood up for what she believed in – or to express their contempt for Tony Blair’s weasel words, even if they broadly liked his actual policies. In recent y ears, the mercurial quality of authenticity has become all the ... Read More »

SNP’s Ian Blackford warns May over ‘new Windrush generation’

Theresa May has been warned she risks creating a “new Windrush generation” by charging undocumented children living in the UK lawfully thousands of pounds. Paris Gourtsoyiannis The Scotsman The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has written to the Prime Minister urging her to waive fees of up to £10,000 which risk denying more than 100,000 people their right to stay in the UK and become British citizens. Campaigners say the fees put tens of thousands of people, born in the ... Read More »

5 Latino authors you should be reading now

You likely recognize that the depiction of Latin American immigrants in politics today – as a menacing mass of recalcitrant Spanish-speaking invaders – is overwhelmingly negative. Laura Lomas The Conversation What you may not know is that stereotypes suggesting that Latin Americans represent a threat to United States culture are not just morally repugnant – they’re also historically inaccurate. Spanish-language literature actually predates the Puritans’ writing in English by nearly a century. As my research reveals, many renowned Latin American ... Read More »

Spiderman of Paris shows the superhuman demands placed on migrants to earn their citizenship

Video footage of a man in Paris scaling four floors of a building to save a child dangling from a balcony has gone viral. Katherine Tonkiss The Conversation The man, Mamoudou Gassama, a 22-year-old undocumented migrant from Mali, arrived in France only a few months ago following a perilous journey through countries including Burkino Faso and Libya and across the Mediterranean. His seemingly superhuman rescue earned him the nickname “the spiderman of the 18th” after the district in Paris where ... Read More »

What’s it like to be young and from overseas in Australia?

The first ever census of young Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds paints a mixed picture of optimism and belonging against a backdrop of ongoing discrimination By Professor Johanna Wyn, Dr Rimi Khan and Dr Babak Dadvand, University of Melbourne The majority of refugee and migrant young Australians feel strongly that they belong here, despite almost half experiencing some form of discrimination or unfair treatment in the past twelve months, the first Multicultural Youth Australia Census shows. Nearly 2,000 young ... Read More »

Super Saturday: Greens attack Josh Wilson over offshore detention

Greens Fremantle candidate Dorinda Cox has attacked Labor’s Josh Wilson over his party’s support for the offshore detention of asylum seekers, accusing him of lacking compassion after a… Nathan Hondros WAtoday Ms Cox urged Mr Wilson to support closing offshore detention centres on Manus and Nauru and “bring the refugees to Australia”. “I know Fremantle,” Ms Cox said. “This is a progressive and caring community and we are absolutely horrified by the organised suffering going on in offshore camps that ... Read More »

Universities need to do more to support refugee students

In the past two decades Australian universities and schools have received growing numbers of students from refugee backgrounds. This is in line with increasing numbers of people accepted through… Authors: The Conversation But there are concerns refugee students are denied access to equitable educational opportunities as a result of: the challenges of settlement competing demands on their time due to family responsibilities (both in Australia and back home) financial concerns and getting trapped in low-skilled jobs. In addition, transition is ... Read More »