Tag: Refugees and Displaced Persons

‘Criminals?’ Hardly. That’s Who the Caravan Flees.

As thousands of Honduran migrants seeking asylum in the United States trek northward through Mexico, President Trump has pledged to stop them at the border by militarizing it with armed federal troops, under the guise of protecting Americans from “criminals” and an “invasion.” What he fails to recognize is that […]

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After Migrants Drowned at Sea, Debate Over Who Should Have Saved Them

ROME — Dozens of migrants — possibly more than 100 people — drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe this month after their boat sank and passengers waited in the water for hours until a rescue ship arrived, according to Doctors Without Borders. European airplanes dropped lifeboats […]

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Fields Medal Is Stolen Minutes After It’s Given in Brazil

A 14-karat gold medal often described as the Nobel Prize for mathematics was stolen minutes after it was awarded to a Cambridge University professor at a ceremony in Brazil on Wednesday. Caucher Birkar, 40, a former refugee of Kurdish Iranian origin, was one of four joint recipients of the Fields Medal, which is awarded every […]

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How One Agency Built a Multimillion-Dollar Business in Migrant Children

Even as children were arriving, Cayuga Centers continued to advertise for more foster families and for staff, holding weekly on-the-spot job interviews. Separately, it has put out notices requesting bilingual foster families, advertising in English and Spanish the $1,000 a month per child in tax-free payments foster families could receive. Every morning, cars roll up […]

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Mai Skaf, Syrian Actress Who Defied Assad Regime, Dies at 49

Mai Skaf, a Syrian actress who fled to France to avoid arrest after defying political suppression by President Bashar al-Assad, was found dead on Monday in her apartment in Paris. She was 49. Her death was confirmed by her cousin Dima Wannous, an author, who did not specify a cause. A colleague, Faris al-Hilou, said […]

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Swedish Student Blocks Afghan’s Deportation by Refusing to Sit Down on Flight

OSTERSUND, Sweden — A Swedish student activist stopped the deportation of an Afghan man this week by refusing to take her seat on a packed Turkish Airlines flight, and her dramatic video of the tense standoff has gone viral. The student, Elin Ersson, initially bought a ticket because she believed that a 26-year-old man from […]

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Trump’s New Target in the Politics of Fear: Citizenship

However, it is still possible for someone to lose his citizenship if it can be shown he acquired it fraudulently. A prominent case of this is John Demjanjuk, the Ukrainian-American autoworker who was accused of being the notorious guard Ivan the Terrible, responsible for gassing hundreds of thousands at Treblinka and lying on his citizenship […]

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Australians Protest Five Years of Offshore Detention Policy

Thousands protested in cities across Australia on Saturday to mark five years of a policy under which asylum-seekers and migrants have been turned away and detained on remote Pacific islands. Messages were read aloud from those still languishing in deteriorating conditions on the islands, years after being detained. Since 2013, anyone trying to reach Australia […]

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Women Ask ‘What if It Were Me?’ and Rush to Aid Separated Families

Julie Schwietert Collazo unrolled a giant sheet of paper at her kitchen table in Long Island City, Queens, on a recent morning. As her three children played nearby, she began going down a list of names written on it in purple marker. “Hillary Estefany. Hillary Alejandra,” she read, explaining they were 19-year-old twins whose brother […]

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Closed for Business: Trump Administration Moves to Shrink Grounds for Asylum

Albert Einstein became one of the original poster children, literally, for refugee resettlement after he was banned, along with all Jews, from academic work in Germany. Mikhail Baryshnikov and other Russian ballet dancers followed decades later when they were famously offered protection from Soviet oppression in the United States and Canada. These cases were clear-cut […]

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We Need to Offer More Than Asylum

The 1951 standards can be stretched to cover those who flee under such conditions. However, Mr. Sessions and European restrictionists deploy the letter of the law, no matter how outdated, as grounds for rejection. And at the same time, they abrogate the migrants’ right, enshrined in those same international agreements, to seek protection even if […]

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In Conservative Munich, a Theater Turns Radical and Defends Refugees

Trautwein’s newspaper is howling into the void, compared with the megaphone of Nazi propaganda, yet the uncomfortable facts he sends to his émigré readers still annoy party officials in Berlin. While the threat of violence often hovers over the characters, Feuchtwanger shows us that it is the destabilizing, disruptive experience of exile that is the […]

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When America Incarcerated My Family

For a visit to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, my grandmother sewed the girls white pongee dresses with red and blue belts, and matching red and blue capelets. When the family first heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 on the radio, they dismissed it as the work of a few fanatics. […]

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A Homecoming for Nigerians Who Fled Militants. All That’s Missing Is the ‘Home.’

ABUJA, Nigeria — More than four years ago, Islamist militants from Boko Haram invaded the town of Bama in northeastern Nigeria, setting up a new headquarters there and sending tens of thousands of people fleeing for their lives. For years many of those residents of Bama lived in squalid camps or other temporary housing as […]

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Stateless and Poor, Some Thai Boys in Cave Had Already Beaten Long Odds

MAE SAI, Thailand — Adul Sam-on, 14, has never been a stranger to peril. At age 6, Adul had already escaped a territory in Myanmar known for guerrilla warfare, opium cultivation and methamphetamine trafficking. His parents slipped him into Thailand, in the hopes that proper schooling would provide him with a better life than that […]

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When a Baby Is an Everyday Reminder of Rohingya Horror

Once neighbors suspect the provenance of a baby, the humiliation can be stifling. At the Kutupalong refugee camp, two women were sequestered in the back of a shelter. Outside, amid the mud and sewage, men tugged at a manually powered Ferris wheel, a brief moment of delight for an uprooted community. Children shrieked in glee. […]

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‘Fraternité’ Brings Immunity for Migrant Advocate in France

PARIS — “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” is not just France’s motto, it is the law. In fact, the nation’s highest constitutional tribunal decreed on Friday, it can now be a defense against prosecution. In a landmark decision, the Constitutional Council said that a French farmer was not guilty of a crime when he smuggled migrants into […]

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Anne Frank’s Family Was Thwarted by United States Immigration Rules, New Research Shows

The report was released 76 years after the Frank family went into hiding on July 6, 1942. Researchers drew on dozens of pages of correspondence between Mr. Frank and friends, much of which was first made public in 2007, as well as records involving United States immigration policy. Anne Frank’s diaries describing her time in […]

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