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Brexit and Europe from the perspective of a citizen of nowhere | Richard Seymour on Patreon
A brisker way to put this is that capital can't be a citizen of nowhere, because it is loyal to what exists. The name for ‘nowhere’ used to be utopia, literally a non-place. To be a citizen of nowhere is to be a utopian, to have loyalties to a country that doesn't yet exist. And it may be the only space from which the apparent choice between Europeanism and racist nationalism is apprehensible as a double-bind.
Europe  identity  mythology  history  migration  borders  Frontex  refugees  Mediterranean  Turkey  Brexit  Leave  Islamophobia  UK  politics  territory  capitalism  dctagged  dc:creator=SeymourRichard 
8 hours ago by petej
A Deadly Welcome Awaits Syria’s Returning Refugees – Foreign Policy, Feb 6, 2019
s the Syrian war draws to an end and the barrel bombs stop terrorizing the country, Syrians are being encouraged to return home by the countries to which they have fled. Those who do so, however, are finding the persecution that caused them to flee has not gone away. Some Syrians who have returned have disappeared into the country’s notorious prison system, a stark reminder of the dangers the country’s former refugees face.

Foreign Policy has spoken to the relatives of two such Syrians, and activists claim there are many more. Several others, meanwhile, have been rounded up and conscripted into the army.
Palestinians  Mar15  Germany  refugees  arrest 
2 days ago by elizrael
‘No one can guarantee our safety’: Syrians stuck in squalid exile | Global development | The Guardian, Jan 22, 2019
“No one in Damascus, Beirut, or anywhere in the world can guarantee safety from Assad,” said Aref al-Homsi, a resident of one of the Arsal camps. “The Lebanese who want to say it’s a paradise there have a reason to do so – to please their masters. This is a regional agenda, not a Lebanese one. Those who return face jail or conscription. [The regime] will not act with humility. They will act with vengeance.”

In Arsal, Farid Qarquor ducks questions about what might await him at home, preferring to focus on what he and his family are dealing with now. “We’ve been here for over five years; we fled from Flita,” he said. “It’s been the hardest winter so far.

“It’s difficult to get by. We have no jobs and no residency permits. The UN also took away our welfare cards. We now have to somehow provide for our own food, gas and healthcare. The owner of the land here also charges us for rent for our tent. We are lacking basic needs.
poverty  Mar15  refugees  Lebanon  refoulment 
2 days ago by elizrael
In first ‘organized’ refugee returns from Jordan, dozens of Syrians head back to Damascus suburb - Syria Direct, Jan 16, 2019
“The names that have an ‘X’ [next to them] are not supposed to return,” Hamra said, referring to Syrians displaced outside the country who—whether as a result of perceived anti-government political activities or unresolved military service files—are wanted by the Syrian government.

Those wanted by the government will need to “settle their status” with the government before returning.

But at present, no such mechanism is in place in Jordan.  

According to the list of names seen by Syria Direct, five out of around one hundred names have a tell-tale blue ‘X’ beside them in addition to one name with a note saying “dodged mandatory [military service].”

For those who are not wanted by the government—or at least for men aged 18-42—only one condition applies upon return: mandatory military service for those who have not yet completed it. However, Hamra assures that returnees are granted a six-month grace period upon return.

Even so, most of the returnees were women and children, according to committee member al-Khateeb.
Mar15  refugees  refoulment  Jordan  Damascus  recruitment  SAA  taswiye 
2 days ago by elizrael
Palestinian Refugees of Syria’s Yarmouk Camp: Challenges and Obstacles to Return | Arab Reform Initiative, Jan 1, 2019
In addition, the fear of arrest or detention by Syrian authorities is high. Again, this concern is shared by all Palestinians in Syria, including those who support the regime. Interviewees spoke of acquaintances who were detained simply because they had names similar to the names of men wanted by the regime and could thus be exchanged for ransoms or bribes. Others also noted the insecurity and disorder that has emerged in many areas under the control of militias hired by the regime, who exercise control over people’s daily lives.
HLP  refugees  Palestinians  Lebanon  Mar15  recruitment  SAA 
2 days ago by elizrael
Iraqi Refugees in North Aleppo Countryside: Interview :: Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Feb 17, 2019
We the people are content in the camp, from the aspect of the hospital, the aspect of food, the aspect of a place to sleep, the aspect of the location. As I told you yesterday, the suffering only among us is when you are separated from your family: your wife sleeps in a tent and you sleep in a tent. The big tent in width is around 10m, and in length around 25m-30m, taking in around 50 people: 50 people in every tent. The tent of men. The tent of women likewise the same.
Iraq  refugees  Aleppo  aid  Turkey 
2 days ago by elizrael
Medevac hopes are dashed by Coalition's cowardice and legal sophistry | Nick Martin | Opinion | The Guardian
Further suggestion that Australian politicians and activists are poorly prepared for the flexible repertoire of means available to DIBP to implement and sustain the border regime.
australia  asylum-seekers  mandatory-detention  politics  refugees  legislation  reading 
3 days ago by attentive
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RT : 5 years ago in Indonesia were scattered & scared of each other. Smugglers able to spread rumo…
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6 days ago by kcarruthers
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RT : So let me get this right. We have spent $16B on dealing with less than 2000 who came by boat while 64,000…
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7 days ago by kcarruthers
المدن - مطلوب للاحتياط؟.. مليون ليرة سورية لـ"كف البحث" Dec 1, 2018
ووثقت "المدن" اعتقالات طالت عشرات العائدين عبر الحدود السورية–اللبنانية، من قبل الشرطة العسكرية، التي بدأت تُكثف نشاطها في معبر جديدة يابوس، بُعيد صدور قرار العفو.
سائق على خط دمشق–بيروت، أكد لـ"المدن" تسجيل أربعة اعتقالات يومياً، على الأقل، من قبل الشرطة العسكرية، لأشخاص تأكدوا من شطب اسمائهم من قوائم دائرة الهجرة والجوازات، قبل عودتهم إلى سوريا.
SAA  recruitment  refugees  Lebanon  refoulment 
10 days ago by elizrael
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RT EUHomeAffairs: RT UNmigration: Only 1% of the world’s 24.5 million get the chance to be resettled.

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