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Asylum Seekers

Emboldened By Trump, Hungary Hardens Draconian Refugee Policies

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.08.2017 | World

Hungary will soon submit controversial plans to automatically detain asylum seekers to the European Union. Chief government spokesman Zoltán Kovács...

The Greek asylum crisis: moving beyond the blame game to a real solution

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.26.2017 | World
The Conversation Global

Only long-term integration policies will keep people safe from appalling camps conditions. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters Anna Triandafyllidou, European Uni...

Why don't refugees just stay in Turkey or Greece?
We asked them

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.13.2016 | World
The Conversation Global

Better living conditions in Greece would encourage more migrants to stay. Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters Katie Kuschminder, European University Instit...

Take These Precautions Before Trump Takes Office

Glenn Magpantay | Posted 12.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Glenn Magpantay

There are a number of measures that LGBT Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders should do to protect themselves and their families under a Trump Administration.

Leaders Must Recognize Migrants as Human Not Hapless

Robtel Neajai Pailey | Posted 09.22.2016 | World
Robtel Neajai Pailey

Contrary to the dehumanising rhetoric that punctuates current debates about mobility across the Mediterranean, the Sahel and the US-Mexico border, what awaits most undocumented migrants is not 'heaven on earth' but rather an endless checklist of unmet primal desires.

Oromo Asylum Seekers In Egypt Are Self-Immolating Out Of Desperation

Refugees Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 09.16.2016 | World

Frustrations among Oromo refugees from Ethiopia stranded in Egypt over long waits for their claims to be processed by the U.N. refugee agency and the ...

U.S. Should Provide Asylum To Pakistani Christians Stuck In Thailand

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Thailand is a prime tourist destination, a favorite for pleasure-seekers around the world. But that's not why nearly 10,000 Pakistanis have ended up in Bangkok, most of them living an underground existence in some of the city's poorer neighborhoods.

Biden Is Dangerously Unaware Of The Tragedy Asylum Seekers Face

Tom Andrews | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Vice President Biden's widely reported claim, late last week, that the Administration has "embraced a fundamentally different approach" to the "hard trade-offs" posed by the Central America migration crisis is either ill-informed or disingenuous.

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 Parodi | Posted 04.04.2016 | Technology
Mariya Parodi

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.