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Asylum Seekers

Israel’s Chilly Reception for African Asylum Seekers

The New York Times | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices

Israel’s policy toward African asylum seekers is to pressure them to self-deport or, as the former interior minister Eli Yishai put it, to &ldq...

This Online University For Refugees Was Inspired By Cofounder's Chance Encounter With Gambian Refugee

HuffPost Germany | Sara Elkamel | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact

How can the millions of refugees arriving in Germany be integrated? This will be Germany's biggest challenge. Many politicians and experts would agre...

Israeli Politicians Set the Stage For Murder of Eritrean Asylum Seeker

Yohannes Woldemariam | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Yohannes Woldemariam

Israeli racism towards African asylum seekers and the Bete Israel community (Ethiopian Jews) is blatant. In the hierarchy of dehumanization, African asylum seekers find themselves in the most wretched conditions in Israel.

He Saved A French Journalist In Syria. Now He Seeks Asylum In A Europe That Doesn’t Want Him.

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

MYTILENE, Greece -- On a cold February day in Syria nearly four years ago, Edith Bouvier lay strapped to a stretcher inside a water pipelin...

Danes Buy Ads Apologizing For Government's Anti-Migrant Stance

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.06.2015 | World

After Denmark's government issued ads in four major Lebanese newspapers on Sept. 7 discouraging people from migrating to the country, Danish...

Next Wave of Migrants Will Be from Ukraine

Diane M. Francis | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Diane M. Francis

Without relief, Europe may end up with another deluge of asylum seekers, this time from Ukraine. Already, Russia's occupation of nine percent of Ukraine has displaced 1.4 million internally and continuing military incursions will result in the dislocation of millions more.

Wanting to Preserve Your Way of Life Does Not Make You Racist or Fascist

Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

I have been trying to find the language to express my discomfort with the presumption that anyone who does not welcome very large numbers of refugees into Europe with widely opened arms is somehow resurrecting the ghost of Hitler. Or the right language to express the proscribed thought that those in Eastern Europe who want to settle only Christian refugees might have appropriate reservations about the very real difficulties of integrating very different cultural and religious practices into their distinct way of life.

Finnish Demonstrator Dons KKK Costume To Protest Asylum Seekers

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.25.2015 | World

HELSINKI, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Demonstrators threw stones and launched fireworks at a bus full of asylum seekers arriving at a reception center in Lah...

A Numbers Game: The U.S. Is Still Falling Short with Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Nadeen Aljijakli | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Nadeen Aljijakli

The ability of the U.S. to regain credibility as the world's leader in refugee resettlement will lie in its proposed numbers and true impact. The U.S. does not need a divisive political solution to save Syrian refugee lives -- only one that is sincere, humanitarian, and rises to the occasion.

Americans Must Respond to Refugee Crisis in Europe, US

Rev. Gradye Parsons | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Gradye Parsons

America can and should do better by Syrian refugees, and refugees and asylees worldwide. As Americans pray for refugees and their safe passage in Europe, the country -- and especially people of faith and conscience -- must also look at our own borders.

Former Eritrean Asylum Seeker: I Love My Country But I Have No Hope Of Returning

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.21.2015 | World

George Ghebreslassie sought political asylum in the United States after fleeing his home country, Eritrea, in 1999 because of growing violen...

The Afghan Express

John Toomey | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
John Toomey

In the latter half of the 1900's, Afghan camel drivers arrived in Australia to help explore a way into the countries previously-undiscovered central region. The harsh terrain could only be survived by hardened warriors who knew well how to endure such conditions.

Meet the Young Leader Competing to Be the First Openly Gay Man in Space

Katie Sgarro | Posted 08.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Sgarro

Sayid hopes to use this opportunity as a vehicle to create meaningful, positive social change within the realm of LGBTQ human rights back on Earth.

Australia Reveals Over 600 Asylum Seekers Turned Back At Sea

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.06.2015 | World

SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Australia has turned around more than 600 asylum seekers trying to reach its shores on 20 separate boats since enacting con...

How I Co-Founded a Startup Without a Technical Background

Katie Sgarro | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Katie Sgarro

The thing about startups is that they can actually change the world and anyone with a vision can start one. A year ago, I would have rolled my eyes and chalked this thinking up to blind optimism. I lived in a world where technology was solely for finding information and communication purposes.

Elise Foley

More Mothers, Children To Be Released From Immigrant Detention | Elise Foley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is making good on its promise to limit the detention of immigrant families by beginning to release women and ch...

Do Refugee Rights Privilege the Persecuted?

Keeya-Lee Ayre | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Keeya-Lee Ayre

Refugees have a clear legal status, IDPs and other forced migrants do not. This means that, even though international intentions may be benevolent, one set of people are given a different set of rights to all other groups of people, though their situations may be extremely similar.

Calais Migrants Storm Channel Tunnel In Desperate Bid To Reach Britain

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2015 | World

Dozens of migrants trying to stow away on vehicles crossing the Channel by tunnel between France and England broke through perimeter fences at Calais ...

Elise Foley

Babies Are Coming To The U.S. To Work, According To Border Patrol | Elise Foley | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security argued that deportation proceedings should continue against a child because she "...

The Truth About Immigration Detention in the U.S.

Katie Sgarro | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Sgarro

Immigration detention centers are a nightmare for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the United States. Immigration detention is not a criminal system. Yet the ugly truth is that immigration detention centers remain largely indistinguishable from prisons.

Record Numbers Risk Lives at Sea and Find Closed Doors

Gerry Simpson | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
Gerry Simpson

Across the world, unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers and migrants are turning to boat smugglers and risking or losing their lives in the world's oceans. So far this year at least 1,800 people have drowned in the Mediterranean. Instead of mustering life-saving political will, countries are responding with policies to keep them out and deter others from heading their way.

EU Asylum Policy: The Necessity For a Shared Responsibility

Athéna Tacet | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

It's time for the EU Member States to agree on a common supranational policy that will overcome national interests for the purpose of reducing the human cost of migrations while respecting Europe's commitment to the rights and freedoms of asylum-seekers.

The Shame Of America's Family Detention Camps

The New York Times | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

The president’s new policies apply only to immigrants who have been in the United States for more than five years; they do nothing to address the em...

Australia's New Immigration Law Shifts Regional Focus to Security

Kyle Knight | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Kyle Knight

This week's passing into law of Australia's Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation.

Sophia Jones

At Least 348,000 People Risked Death At Sea This Year In Search Of A Better Life, U.N. Says | Sophia Jones | Posted 12.10.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- The United Nations’ refugee agency slammed the international community today for “losing its focus on saving lives” as hundreds of t...