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US asks refugees to swear oath to God during six-hour 'extreme vetting' interviewsEU: Older Refugees Stranded in GreeceTwo Coalition MPs join Tim Watts in call for more private sponsorship of refugeesLiberal & National Politicians Join Forces With Labor To Call For A Bigger Refugee IntakeUN urges Libya to free refugees asylum seekersWhat The Parties Are, Or Rather Aren't, Saying About RefugeesUK election: What it means for aid and developmentPoliticsNow: Live coverage of Australian politicsUN urges Libya to release all refugees, asylum seekersWhy Poland doesn't want refugeesUN refugee chief urges Libya to free refugees and asylum seekersUN refugee chief Grandi in Libya: UNHCR ramping up its humanitarian responsePeter Dutton's fake war on asylum seekersOut of the Shadows'He wants them to fail': Lawyers furious over Peter Dutton's 'fake refugees' deadline

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The world needs more humanity if it's going to solve the refugee crisis, activists urge at TED conference
Washington PostApril 27, 2017

Luma Mufleh, a Muslim born in Jordan who was granted political asylum in the United States because she is gay, shared personal accounts of working with refugees outside Atlanta. Mufleh is the founder of Fugees Family, which she began as a soccer ...more »

'We're eating the Mercedes'
POLITICO.euApril 26, 2017

At the alliance headquarters, Stoltenberg has confirmed that a number of former Turkish officers have requested asylum across Europe but has otherwise made only guarded comments about the situation, saying all allies, including Turkey were expected to ...more »

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US asks refugees to swear oath to God during six-hour 'extreme vetting' interviews
The Sydney Morning HeraldMay 23, 2017

American officials have commenced "extreme vetting" of refugees at Australia's offshore detention centres, with lengthy interrogations about their associates and any links to Islamic State. Representatives of the US Department of Homeland Security left ...more »

EU: Older Refugees Stranded in Greece
Human Rights WatchMay 23, 2017

(Athens) – Unnecessary delays and arbitrary barriers are keeping older refugees and asylum seekers stranded in Greece, unable to reunite with family members who have legal status in the European Union, Human Rights Watch said today. .... law is ...more »

Two Coalition MPs join Tim Watts in call for more private sponsorship of refugees
The GuardianMay 23, 2017

In a week when the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, branded some asylum seekers “fake” refugees and warned the so-called “legacy caseload” of about 7,500 people to formally apply for protection by 1 October or face deportation, the two MPs took the ...more »

Liberal & National Politicians Join Forces With Labor To Call For A Bigger Refugee Intake
BuzzFeed NewsMay 23, 2017

Broadbent has joined forces with Labor MP Tim Watts and Nationals MP Andrew Broad to call on the government to dramatically increase the number of refugees resettled in regional and rural communities in Australia via private channels such as businesses ...more »

UN urges Libya to free refugees asylum seekers
Daily SabahMay 22, 2017

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Sunday urged Libyan authorities to free all asylum seekers and refugees from its detention centers as he visited Tripoli. ... He said that doing so could take time for political and security reasons ...more »

What The Parties Are, Or Rather Aren't, Saying About Refugees
HuffPost UKMay 22, 2017

Yet somehow, despite negotiations for Britain's exiting of the EU underway and a General Election imminent, refugee policy has fallen off the political radar almost completely. ... Indeed, the section of their manifesto dedicated to their approach to ...more »

UK election: What it means for aid and development
EURACTIVMay 22, 2017

Britain will go to the polls on 8 June with aid and development spending under unprecedented scrutiny. Two years after the UK became the first major economy to meet the UN target of devoting 0.7% of gross national income to aid, the Whitehall vultures ...more »

PoliticsNow: Live coverage of Australian politics
The AustralianMay 22, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull has declined to call asylum-seekers who have failed to lodge claims for protection “fake refugees”, as Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has done, but says the government will ensure the nation's humanitarian intake is not “abused” by ...more »

UN urges Libya to release all refugees, asylum seekers
Aljazeera.comMay 21, 2017

The head of the UN refugee agency has urged Libyan authorities to free all asylum seekers and refugees from its detention centres. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, visited one of the detention centres in the Libyan capital ...more »

Why Poland doesn't want refugees
POLITICO.euMay 21, 2017

WARSAW — The right-wing Polish government is under fierce pressure from the EU to finally begin accepting asylum seekers. But it's the country's leading opposition party that's paying the political price. Poland, along with Hungary, has flatly refused ...more »

UN refugee chief urges Libya to free refugees and asylum seekers
Daily MailMay 21, 2017

"I hope first of all that asylum seekers and refugees can be taken out of detention centres," UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said after visiting one centre in the Libyan capital. "I fully appreciate that the government has security ...more »

UN refugee chief Grandi in Libya: UNHCR ramping up its humanitarian response
UNHCRMay 21, 2017

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today that it is stepping up its presence and programmes in Libya in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis resulting from conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy in the North ...more »

Peter Dutton's fake war on asylum seekers
The Sydney Morning HeraldMay 21, 2017

Peter Dutton's war on "fake refugees" is misleading, based on a false premise and dangerous in that it pre-empts a fair hearing of claims for refugee status. The message is that thousands of asylum seekers who arrived on boats in the Labor years have ...more »

Out of the Shadows
Mail TribuneMay 21, 2017

He received his Green Card, which authorized him to live and work in America permanently, through marriage, although Salvadoran refugees were also able to apply for political asylum. In 1993, he became a United States citizen. Ayala eventually teamed ...more »

'He wants them to fail': Lawyers furious over Peter Dutton's 'fake refugees' deadline
The Sydney Morning HeraldMay 21, 2017

Refugee lawyers are furious over what they are calling a breach of faith from the Turnbull government in its new deadline for boat arrivals to lodge their asylum claims. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Sunday announced a "non-negotiable" October 1 ...more »

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