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Asylum Seekers

U.S. Will Ramp Up Efforts To Help Central American Refugees

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. will expand refugee screening in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, in an attempt to stem the growing tide of families and un...

Obama Facing Party Flare-Up Over Deportation Raids Hours Before State Of The Union

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama comes to Congress on Tuesday for the State of the Union, he'll be facing a bit of insurrection within his ow...

The Numbers Of Mothers And Kids Picked Up At The Border Are Rising Again

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

The numbers of undocumented mothers and children apprehended along the southern border are up significantly from last fiscal year, according to data r...

#ShadowsSpeakUp Instagram Campaign to Raise Awareness for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

Katie Sgarro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katie Sgarro

LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. currently suffer from a severe lack of attention and resources. AsylumConnect (a volunteer initiative that seeks to provide LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. with lifesaving online informational resources) is trying to change that.

Nancy Pelosi: Mothers And Children Picked Up In Deportation Raids Face Mortal Danger

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized President Barack Obama's recent deportation raids, telling reporters on Thursday that some of...

Some Women, Kids Picked Up In Raids May Be Able To Stay In U.S.

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An immigration court granted temporary relief late Tuesday to four families picked up by deportation raids, according to attorneys, call...

Congress Funds 55 New Immigration Judge Teams -- Extensive Backlog Requires More

B. Shaw Drake | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
B. Shaw Drake

Immigration is perhaps the most bogged down in partisan rhetoric of any issue in the United States. But this year, Republicans and Democrats found enough common ground to address a vital piece of the system.

No Way Out

Katie Sgarro | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Katie Sgarro

Although often lauded as one of the most generous in the world, the U.S. asylum system remains conspicuously flawed. Many potential asylum seekers are...

Central American Moms And Kids Are Still Coming To The U.S. For Safety

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of mothers and children being apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border is going up, again. After crossings by unaccompanied ...

A New Low: Stealing Family Heirlooms in Exchange for Protection

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The refugee crisis in Europe has shown the very real limits to the social coherence and solidarity that seemed to form the basis for the European Union until now. But even within the climate of hostility against asylum seekers in Europe, Denmark stands apart as one of the worst aggressors.

Immigrant Detainee Hunger Strike Grows As Men Plead To Be Released

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Men in six immigrant detention centers have joined a hunger strike to demand they be released and granted asylum in the U.S. because the...

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 “make t...

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 agree...

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 pipeline turned sm...

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 citizens ...

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 Laht...

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 violence and hum...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 cont...