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Asylum Seekers

Greece Faces Steep Choice: Extradite Alleged Turkish Coup Plotters, Or Grant Them Asylum

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.22.2016 | World

ISTANBUL ― When Greece promised to return Syrian and other refugees to Turkey under a controversial European Union deal, it probably never thought i...

Changes To Sweden's Asylum Policies Leave Many Afghan Refugees With Uncertain Futures

Refugees Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.20.2016 | World

Sweden has a reputation for championing refugee protection. But recent changes to its asylum policies – especially the repatriation of Afghans to an...

UN Refugee Agency, Rights Groups Concerned Over EU Asylum Rules Plan

Reuters/ HuffPost | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 07.14.2016 | World

The United Nations’ refugee agency says it has concerns about new European Union plans for more unified asylum rules across the bloc. The European C...

A Milestone In The Immigration Court Backlog Points To Progress

B. Shaw Drake | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
B. Shaw Drake

There are more immigration judges on the bench today than ever before -- an important step forward in the fight against the ballooning backlog, demonstrating that the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) can grow its corps of judges.

Report Warns Of 'Right-Wing Terrorist Structures' In Germany Amid Growing Violence

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 06.28.2016 | World

Germany saw a sharp rise in far-right violence in 2015, a year in which it took in more than one million migrants, according to a report on Tuesday th...

To the Right, to the Right, to the Right, to the Right

Zoha Qamar | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Zoha Qamar

Since an overdue focus on the Syrian refugee crisis in global headlines, nations across Europe have experienced a steep rise in the popularity of far-right political parties. With many of the foundational ideals of such parties pointing inwards to directly and solely support especially native born citizens, it is clear that such politicians are rising in favor built off the rallying hate of innocent refugees.

They Are Persecuted Again -- This Time in Europe

Nuri Kino | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Nuri Kino

Let me summarize: Christians are being slaughtered because of their faith in Syria and Iraq. Those who are fleeing to neighboring countries can't stay in the refugee camps, because they are being persecuted there too.

Yoga And Dance Programs For Incarcerated Women And Refugees In Sweden

Rob Schware | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Josefin Wikstrom, who has been practicing yoga for the past 24 years. She has been dancing since she was a teenager, and teaching yoga the past 10 years in Sweden and internationally.

What It's Like to Volunteer with Refugees in Greece

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Sarah Illingworth

A "lifejacket graveyard" on Lesvos, Greece. Photo credit: Josh Webb. For the last five months Josh Webb has been volunteering at Moria refugee camp ...

Syrian Hoops Star Flees War, With Eyes on NBA

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Tara Kangarlou

When the Syrian civil war broke in 2011, he was playing professional basketball in South America -- little did he know that only a year after his return back home to Syria in 2013, he'd be fleeing his war-torn country to North America.

One Country's Scheme To Cut Down On Asylum Seekers: Pay Them To Leave

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 04.30.2016 | World

In an effort to cut down on costs associated with housing the many refugees arriving to the country, Norway announced this week that it will offer a s...

Great Challenges Raised in Entrusting Data with Ethical Questions

Mariya Yefremova | Posted 04.04.2016 | Technology
Mariya Yefremova

Can we see data as essential, even vital, to human rights protections? How informed is data and how informed can data-informed policing truly be? Can ...

Asylum Seekers To Clinton: Don't Let Us Be Deported To Our Deaths

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Seven asylum seekers and their supporters gathered outside the Brooklyn campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on...

Facilitated Return: Resettlement and Repatriation in the Global Migration Crisis

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

As migrant laws and international conventions governing the treatment of asylum seekers come under greater scrutiny, long-term plans for the repatriation of refugees to African countries are being negotiated as a part of the solution to the global migration crisis.

How Danish Citizen Groups Are Pushing Back Against Harsh New Anti-Immigrant Laws

Louise Stigsgaard Nissen | Posted 03.04.2016 | World
Louise Stigsgaard Nissen

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- The government's strong rhetoric and strict immigration laws are pitting followers and opponents against each other, unleashing a climate of almost all-out war.

It's Not Just a Humanitarian Crisis. It's a Mass Violation of Human Rights.

Viviana Waisman | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Viviana Waisman

The lack of access to asylum and other protections is leaving thousands of children in highly vulnerable situations. This is not just a humanitarian crisis. We are witnessing a series of gross human rights violations. Lets call things by their real name.

What the Last Generation of Refugees in Olof Palme's Sweden Can Teach Europe Today

George Papandreou | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
George Papandreou

ATHENS, Greece -- Europe can, and must, prepare for the return of so many who will be called upon to rebuild destroyed societies. Crucially, they will become the architects and engineers of new societies that can withstand the authoritarianism of dictators, fundamentalists and populists.

Why Asia Doesn't Have a Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
Kishore Mahbubani

SINGAPORE -- The Trump-Sanders surge sends a clear signal that Americans are losing faith in their political establishment. In theory, America has a government of the people, by the people and for the people. In practice, it has a government chosen by the people to serve special interests, not their interests.

AsylumConnect Launches New Resource Catalog for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers in Seattle, WA

Katie Sgarro | Posted 02.18.2016 | Impact
Katie Sgarro

Cell phones continue to act as lifelines for marginalized and impoverished populations. One such population is LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. LGBTQ asylum seekers are people who are coming to the U.S. due to persecution in their home countries.

Democratic Lawmakers Want Kids In Immigration Proceedings To Get a Fair Shot

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not what most people would picture when they think about courts: toddlers, children and teenagers arguing against government lawyer...

Germany's Biggest Trade Union Has An Idea To Integrate Refugees In The Workforce

HuffPost Germany | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact

The German Industrial Union of Metalworkers, or IG Metall, wants to introduce an "integration year” for refugees, to prepare them for the German lab...

Far From Enough: the U.S. and EU Donated Less Than $5 per Capita to Syrians Last Year

Jan Egeland | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Jan Egeland

OSLO, Norway -- Governments closing their borders to Syrian refugees often claim they help Syrians best "in their own region." But it is a myth that they provide Syrian war victims with significant aid. It may be a surprise to many that the assistance to the Syrian crisis has been so halfhearted and halfway compared to the magnitude of the needs.

Why Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Merkel Are Wrong About Compassion

Christina Patterson | Posted 01.27.2016 | World
Christina Patterson

In the months since Merkel's welcome, barbed wire fences have gone up across Europe. More men, women and children have climbed into boats. It took a photo of a dead toddler to trigger a wave of what you could call compassion. The trouble is that compassion isn't the same as a policy. And there doesn't seem to be all that much doubt that the policy has failed.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries A/W 2016-17: 'Generation Africa' Tackles the Refugee Crisis with Fashion

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.18.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Backstage at the 'Generation Africa' show, photo by Trevor Stuurman I'll admit that the fashion show I most look forward to at every edition of Pitti...

How the German Mood Has Morphed From Conceit to Self-Doubt After Cologne

Alex Gorlach | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Alex Gorlach

BERLIN -- The events in Cologne on New Year's Eve have turned the rhetoric in Germany on its head. Conceit and complacency have given way to searching self-doubt, as if waking up with a nasty hangover on New Year's Day.