Articles

3/28/19, Sentinel Colorado: FLEETING REFUGE: Immigrant refugees have helped create what Aurora is today, and that’s changing fast

It’s a priority to creating a welcoming and constructive environment for refugees said Ricardo Gambetta-Alvarado, the City of Aurora’s liaison to the Immigrant and Refugee Commission. He touted Aurora’s refugee integration plan – the only one in Colorado, he said – as proof that Aurora is uniquely welcoming to people who fled persecution.

Although the city wants to be welcoming, federal policymakers decide how many refugees and immigrants the country will accept. Since his election in 2016, President Donald Trump fulfilled campaign promises to limit legal immigration into the U.S., including immigration by refugees.

3/27/19, The Nation: The Nigerian asylee running New York City’s only homeless shelter for refugees.

As immigrants in the United States, both documented and not, are increasingly under attack—stripped of their status, arrested, and deported—it’s critical that their stories are heard across these borders. “Migrant Voices” is an oral testimony project from The Nation exploring, and listening to, a variety of immigrant voices: from recent arrivals to asylum seekers making their case in the courts, from the undocumented keeping under the radar to the DACAmented on the front lines—people from all over the world who have fled or left their homes and are looking to find, or keep, their place in America.

This is the first installment of this series, and there will be a new one each month—follow the series here.

3/27/19, NBC News: Man stopped by ICE uses ‘know your rights’ training, prevents immigrants’ arrest

3/27/19, New York Times: Italy’s Right Links Low Birthrate to Fight Against Abortion and Migration

3/26/19, The Nation: What I Saw at the Dilley, Texas, Immigrant Detention Center

In 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, an estimated 7,200 migrants were denied permission to apply for asylum after their credible-fear interviews and were placed in expedited-deportation proceedings. An analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University found that in June 2018, 85 percent of initial asylum reviews found that the asylum seeker did not have a credible fear of persecution. That was twice the number from the previous year.

3/26/19, NPR: Pentagon Takes $1 Billion From Military Personnel Account To Build Border Fence

3/27/19, Immigration Impact: Immigrants Are Regularly Kept Locked up for Months After Deportation Orders

3/26/19, New York Times: Poland Bashes Immigrants, but Quietly Takes Christian Ones

3/26/19, UNHCR: UNHCR says funds urgently needed for displaced Cameroonians

3/26/19, Refugees Deeply: In Jordan, Some Refugee Fathers Find a Place to Be Vulnerable

3/26/19, New York Times: Testing Novel Power, Trump Administration Detains Palestinian After Sentence Ends

Mr. Hassoun is difficult to deport because he is stateless. He was born in Lebanon, which did not grant him citizenship and has declined to take him. While the Palestinian Authority said he may go to the West Bank, Israel and Jordan have not consented to letting him get there, according to his volunteer lawyers, Nicole Hallett and Jonathan Manes of the University at Buffalo School of Law.

3/25/19, Immigration Impact: Making Sense of the Rising Number of Families Arriving at the Border

3/25/19, New York Times: Border Patrol Takes a Rare Step in Shutting Down Inland Checkpoints

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3/25/19, WNYC: Fewer Undocumented Immigrant Crime Victims Are Stepping Forward

3/23/19, New York Times: ‘I Can’t Be Myself Here’: At the Border, Transgender Women Navigate 2 Worlds

3/23/19, Reuters: Over 100 Central American migrants detained in northern Mexico

3/22/19, The Guardian: Gripping refugee tale wins Waterstones children’s book prize

The novel tells the story of a nine-year-old refugee called Ahmet, who has fled the war in Syria. When the children in his class find out he is separated from his family, they come up with a plan to help.

3/22/19, Equal Times: After fleeing conflict at home, African refugees battle racism in Jordan

3/22/19, Roll Call: Lawmakers from both parties resist humanitarian and refugee aid changes

Opinion

3/23/19, New York Times: Our Chess Champion Has a Home

The Adewumis have decided that they will not spend a cent of the $200,000 GoFundMe money on themselves. They will take out a 10 percent tithe and donate it to their church, which helped them while they were homeless, and the rest will be channeled through a new Tanitoluwa Adewumi Foundation to help African immigrants who are struggling in the United States the way they were a week ago.

There’s a risk that a triumph like this leaves the impression that charity is the solution rather than a way to fill gaps: Fundamentally we need comprehensive systems in place to support needy kids. We would never build a bridge or subway with volunteers and donations, so why entrust an even more urgent cause — homeless children — to charity?

3/22/19, The Guardian: UK asylum system compounds trauma of torture victims

3/22/19, Washington Post: Why women have become targets in the immigration fight

2/18/19, New York Times: A Nation of Weavers

Publications

Refugee Studies Centre: Forced Migration Review 60 on ‘Education: needs, rights and access in displacement’ is now online

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review on ‘Education: needs, rights and access in displacement’ is now online at www.fmreview.org/education-displacement.

Education is one of the most important aspects of our lives – vital to our development, our understanding and our personal and professional fulfilment throughout life. In times of crisis, however, millions of displaced young people miss out on months or years of education, and this is damaging to them and their families, as well as to their societies, both in the short and long term. In FMR issue 60, authors from around the world debate how better to enable access to quality education both in emergency settings and in resettlement and asylum contexts.

These authors represent governments, international donors, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, academia, local education projects and a legal firm. And some of the authors have themselves experienced the challenges of learning and teaching while displaced.

FMR 60 also includes two ‘general’ articles, one on localisation and one on implementing the Global Compacts.

The issue will be available in English, Arabic, Spanish and French.

To read individual articles or download the full pdf, please visit www.fmreview.org/education-displacement. To request print copies, please email fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk.