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Refugees Seeking U.K. Asylum May Be Thwarted By Religious Bias

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion

Roughly 77 percent of the world's population lives under conditions of strict religious restrictions and hostilities, according to Pew Forum. But as w...

Germany And Refugees: The Perils Of Failed Integration

Markus Ziener | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Markus Ziener

Europe is struggling with a refugee crisis of epic proportions. Whether the various efforts to stem the tide will bring about a significant drop in the number of immigrants is yet unknown. But what already is clear: Germany, which has taken the brunt of the immigrants in Europe, has a Herculean task.

With application in process in Austria, a young Iraqi asylum seeker finds solace in volunteering

Raluca Besliu | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Raluca Besliu

Engrossed in reading a book, Zaid Salah waited patiently on a bench, after arriving early to our meeting. He looked modernly elegant in his long trenc...

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.

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...

The Potential of Migrants

Simone Cipriani | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Simone Cipriani

A migrant who works is a burden removed from state budgets, and one who develops a new business linked to his/her home country promotes a more stable society for the African continent.

White House Isn't Backing Down On Deportation Raids Targeting Families

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House plans to stay the course on its policies toward undocumented mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America, e...

Cologne's Police Chief Ousted As Stories Of NYE Chaos Emerge

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.08.2016 | World

They lost control. Newly released police reports paint a picture of utter chaos amid the New Year's Eve attacks in Cologne, Germany -- as well as auth...

Accountability and Human Rights Needed in U.S. Approach to Central America

Kimberly Krone | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Kimberly Krone

There's growing evidence that Mexico is violating the rights of migrants and preventing children from seeking asylum and other forms of protection. Mexico is increasingly detaining and deporting children, in violation of its domestic law and obligations under international human rights law. The U.S. is actively supporting these policies.

Asylum Seekers Detained in Aurora

Sen. Jessie Ulibarri | Posted 12.29.2015 | Politics
Sen. Jessie Ulibarri

I was shaken out of my holiday bliss when I received a call from a concerned constituent about a group of seventeen aspiring Americans being detained at a for-profit prison, GEO, located in Aurora, CO, just outside of my district.

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...

"I'm going back to Syria!" by Mohamed Salih Abubakr from Sudan

YaLa Young Leaders | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
YaLa Young Leaders

No, the war is not over. ISIS is not defeated, Assad didn't step down, and all the dozens of terrorists groups are still destroying Syria. Which is wh...

Foreigners, Christmas, and Muslims -- The Gift of the Magi

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Peace at Christmas cannot be understood unless we remember the violence imposed on Jews living under the violent rule of the Romans.

Refugees Suffer At A Serbian Rest Stop, But The Government Won't Let NGOs Help

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

ADASEVCI, Serbia -- On a brisk November night, over 1,000 refugees and migrants paced the cracked pavement of a poorly lit gas station or idled in the...

Values-Added: Social Norms and the Granting of Asylum

Keeya-Lee Ayre | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Keeya-Lee Ayre

LGBTIQ rights activists in Turkey, where homosexuality is not a crime, but many individuals face discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Ph...

If Only the People Could Talk

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Sandra A. Grossman, Esq.

For far too long we have utilized "realism" as an excuse for restrictive policies that equate security with the need to resort to force and repression. With hindsight, this narrow view has proven to fail time and again, not only damaging our values, but also our security.

Refugees Will Not Be Deterred By The Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.19.2015 | World

ERBIL, Iraq -- Iraqis and Syrians fleeing violence back home still plan to seek sanctuary in Europe, undeterred by the Islamic State’s massacre of ...

A Window Into Life in Syria: Why the U.S. Must Resettle Syrian Refugees After Paris

Matthew La Corte | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

The Paris attacks happen every single day in Syria. Millions are fleeing because of it. The U.S. must remain the humanitarian leader it claims to be by accepting refugees and trusting our multi-layered, multi-agency, multi-year refugee vetting process.

Harvard Law Professors and Scholars: State Governors Have No Legal Authority to Block Refugees

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, more than half the nation's states are vowing to bar Syrian refugees. But do they have the legal authority to do so? Harvard Law professors say the answer is clear: No.

Defining Welcome to Refugees by Religion, Race, or Ethnicity Aids Haters & Conflict

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Religion, race, ethnicity, or even tribe, (as in South Sudan), are frequently employed as the weapon to target potential victims and as means for authoritarian political leaders to rationalize their hold on power by promoting fear of the other and hate.

Transforming the European Refugee Crisis into Opportunity - Looking at the Evidence

Dr. Alessio J.G. Brown | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Dr. Alessio J.G. Brown

The refugee crisis represents one of the largest challenges for European societies, labor markets, and the unity of the EU. If Europe wants to master this humanitarian challenge without surrendering its core values, it needs to resort to smart solutions based on empirical evidence.

Asylum: What You Should Know Before Applying

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

An Unwelcome Guest at Embassy Managua: What Happens When an American Gets in Trouble Abroad

ADST | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
ADST

Finally, after six weeks we got the right instruction that we had been asking for, which was permission for the Embassy to give him back to the Nicaraguan authorities. We had considered every option. Could we fly him out? How could he get to the airport? He couldn't leave legally.

An Immigrant Asks

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Lee-Sean Huang

You say that a wave of immigrants will overwhelm you and threaten your way of life in the United States and in Europe. Have you so little confidence in your civilization now?