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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&nb...

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

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?

A Litmus Test of Our Solidarity

Peter Wittig | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Peter Wittig

The refugee crisis is not only a European challenge, but rather one facing Western civilization and what we stand for. The international community will have to work together to address the circumstances that cause people to flee their homelands in the first place.

Refugees And Responsibility In Europe And The U.S.

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Pierre Guerlain

The genie cannot be put back in the bottle and wars cannot "unhappen". Yet besides the humanitarian help which decency dictates should be offered to refugees, the resort to diplomacy instead of war would also help millions of people now fleeing their countries and trying to make a new life elsewhere.

7 Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Continued warfare in Syria, and violence in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, has contributed to the surge of refugees from those countries, while deteriorating economic conditions in places like Sub-Saharan Africa has led people to Europe in search of a better life.

Why the U.S. Should Dedicate a New Statue of Liberty to Europe

Alex Gorlach | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Alex Gorlach

BERLIN -- What we are witnessing today is the first of the long predicted "migration of nations," a circumstance that in itself has the capacity to change many realities we all grew up with. Mass emigration on this order has been predicted as a result of climate change, droughts and dearth. But this exodus is due to a terrible war that is shaking up an already roiling region -- the Middle East.

A Reminder That A Syrian Migrant's Son Gave Us The iPhone

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business

A Hungary ruled by right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban doesn't deserve to produce the next iPhone. The populist leader has spewed&nb...

What You Need To Know About Europe's Asylum Process

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.03.2015 | World

The European Union is expected to receive its highest-ever annual number of asylum applications by the end of this year, after a record-breaking ...

In Europe, the Word 'Migrant' Is Not the Problem

Lolita Brayman | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Lolita Brayman

The focus should instead be on the set of criteria that, if met, qualifies an individual for asylum, regardless of one's label. We can start by underscoring humanized commonalities between all groups - migrants and refugees are all people in search of a better life.

Josh Duggar's Rehab: Welcome to the Dark Ages

Brad Lamm | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Brad Lamm

Duggar's double-life adds to the intrigue like some soap opera storyline. Yet the reality of treatment for a sex addict means stepping into the 21st Century, not rehashing voodoo Christian approaches that cause more harm than good like the spot Duggar has been admitted.

From a Recipient of Birthright Citizenship: Immigration Made America Great, Because Immigrants Are Us

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Whether we are descended from majority who came here willfully and found a better life, or from the many who came here unwillingly and lived lives of destitution and terror, the fact remains: We are all transplants, all the descendants of immigrants who desired to have a flourishing life.

Making History: Telling My Story to the U.N. Security Council

Subhi Nahas | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Subhi Nahas

Three years ago, when I escaped Syria, or even three months ago when I arrived in the United States, I would never have imagined I would be selected to make an historic address to the United Nations Security Council about the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees like me.

Honoring Rockhaven Sanitarium, America's First Feminist Asylum

Sezin Koehler | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts
Sezin Koehler

The intersection of stardom and madness, mystery and decay meet at the crossroads of Rockhaven Sanitarium. The once-thriving refuge for troubled minds now sits fallow, crumbling and silent as it awaits an uncertain future, much like its past residents.

Recommitting to the US Refugee Protection System on the 35th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

Donald Kerwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

The US refugee protection system has long been a centerpiece of the international refugee regime and US humanitarian programs. US protection policies and practices -- for better and worse -- have immense human consequences and influence on other states.

Jacob Kerr

LGBT Asylum Seekers Not Getting Enough Relief, Report Finds | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the United States awaits a major Supreme Court decision that could legalize gay marriage across the nation, there are more than 70...

A Right to Safe Haven

Widney Brown | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Widney Brown

As World Refugee Day approaches, it is worth remembering that the right to seek asylum was established during the post-WWII realization that the Nazis were able to kill so many people because there were no safe havens for those fleeing Hitler's murderous plan. Seventy-five years later, the right to seek asylum has been eviscerated, and now, the reality has reached dire levels.

The Role of the EU Delegations in Saving Lives and Ensuring Security

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

Seeking international protection, people from Syria and Eritrea, Niger, Mali, Libya, Somalia among others, are escaping their countries and embarking in hopeful journeys across the deadly Mediterranean' sea routes.

Devastating Cluelessness

Nuri Kino | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

Five years ago, while working for the Swedish Public Radio, I read close to hundred asylum cases. I had received the authority to read Christian Iraqi's documents. They had all been rejected on their asylum applications. Many of the decisions were incomprehensible.

This American Soldier Saved The Life Of A Baby In Iraq. He Just Attended Her High School Graduation.

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 06.05.2015 | Teen

A Kurdish-American teenager invited the soldier who saved her life to her high school graduation. Lt. Col. Greg Pepin first met Lava Barwari 19 ye...