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Asylum Seekers

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

Elise Foley

U.S. Deportations Put Asylum Seekers At Risk, Human Rights Watch Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Border agents are failing to identify people who could have credible claims to asylum, allowing them to be deported to face possibly dan...

Back to the Dark Ages? The Imminent Danger of a Regional Domino Effect in Obama's Hardline Policy for Mothers Fleeing Central America

Galya Ruffer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Galya Ruffer

It is imperative that we stop jailing mothers and children systematically in so-called family detention centers, where they face continued fear and uncertainty instead of safety and succor. It shouldn't be this way.

Jesuits Urge Humanitarian Protections for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Be Upheld

Christian Fuchs | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Christian Fuchs

The Society of Jesus in the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA continue to urge the government not to roll back humanitarian protections for refugees and asylum seekers simply because more people need it.

The Silent War in the Cradle of the Mediterranean

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Tens of thousands of migrants have landed on Italian shores so far this year 2014 and the number is expected to soar past the record of 63,000 set in 2011 during the Arab Spring uprisings.

Bodies in the Desert

Tsega Gebreyesus | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Tsega Gebreyesus

Since gaining independence from Ethiopia in 1993, Eritrea has been led by an increasingly authoritarian regime with a zero-tolerance policy to opposition.

Afghan Hero Of 'Lone Survivor' Now In Danger

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Afghan man who saved the life of a U.S. Navy Seal and was featured in a blockbuster film that grossed millions of dollars says that h...

A Young Gay Man in Yemen: 'A Rainbow That Is My Shadow'

Elham Manea | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Elham Manea

He grew up and so did his shadow; but the older he got the more he realized that everywhere he went his rainbow cast its shadow. Society feared it most.

Life on Hold: Asylum Delayed

Carmen Iguina | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Carmen Iguina

Detaining individuals for months while they wait for a "reasonable fear" determination is not only in violation of the immigration laws, but is also costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Migrant Children Are Children First

Maria Teresa Rojas | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Maria Teresa Rojas

Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.

LGBT Exodus From Russia: Stories of Exile

Priyanka Gupta | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Priyanka Gupta

Anatoly escaped Chelyabinsk, a major Russian city near the Ural Mountains in July; a month after the controversial gay propaganda bill was passed by the state Duma and signed into a law by Putin.