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What happened when migrants moved into my family’s Sicilian village | World news | The Guardian
Refugees are breathing vibrant new life into the dying home town of Lorenzo Tondo’s father-in-law. If only Italy’s ascendant rightwingers saw it that way
refugees  migration  personalaccount  Sicily  Italy  Guardian  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
The NYTimes shouldn’t have relied so heavily on that Facebook and anti-refugee study.
This means that even if there is extremely strong correlation between anti-refugee sentiment on Facebook and attacks in the real world, this study isn’t designed to assess if one is causing the other.
Facebook  refugees  racism  xenophobia  extremism  Germany  research  review  author:FelixSalmon  Slate  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
Opinion | Germany’s Political Crisis Has Just Begun - The New York Times
The fight over refugees has introduced a new climate of fear-mongering and brinkmanship.
politics  immigration  refugees  AfD  CSU  review  Germany  EuropeanUnion  NYTimes  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
Are asylum rights misguided? - Marginal REVOLUTION
In closing, I would note that asylum rights seem to be creating major political problems for Europe.  Partially for non-rational reasons, many voters view asylum-linked immigration as “more out of control” than other kinds of migration.  And the EU arguably has poorly designed institutions for handling asylum, and doling out relative responsibilities to member nations.  Plus Europe is very close to the Middle East and Africa.  Reforming the treatment of asylum in Europe might well improve the functioning of democracy there and actually put immigration on a more stable path.
asylum  refugees  migration  review  author:TylerCowen  MarginalRevolution  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
What Immigration Crisis? The U.S. Isn’t Being Swamped - Bloomberg
In other words, although the issue of children at the border presents a moral crisis, Central American immigration is not at a crisis level overall, nor likely to become so. Trump is spreading alarm over a phenomenon that will probably dwindle away from now on. The problem of unaccompanied children at the border is a problem, and one that Trump will hopefully handle better in the future. But the U.S. isn't in danger of being inundated by Central Americans.
migration  refugees  immigration  review  DonaldTrump  decline  USA  Mexico  CentralAmerica 
june 2018 by inspiral
Five myths about the refugee crisis | News | The Guardian
The cameras have gone – but the suffering endures. Daniel Trilling deconstructs the beliefs that still shape policy and public opinion
refugees  migration  review  Europe  Guardian  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
Two years on, has Angela Merkel's welcome culture worked in Germany? | World news | The Guardian
One Syrian family’s story of adjusting to a new life speaks volumes about Germany’s attitude towards refugees on the eve of national elections
refugees  personalaccount  Syria  Germany  Guardian  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Facts about migration and crime in Sweden -
In recent times, simplistic and occasionally completely inaccurate information about Sweden and Swedish migration policy has been disseminated. Here, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs looks at some of the most common claims.
migration  refugees  statistics  Sweden  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Dzhangal | Autograph ABP
Photographer Gideon Mendel has created a powerful installation using objects he gathered during visits to the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais.

By focusing on items such as toothbrushes, playing cards, worn-out trainers, teargas canisters, and children’s dolls, Mendel conjures alternative portraits of the 'Jungle' residents that also stand in for the plight of displaced people everywhere. 
GideonMendel  photography  exhibition  refugees  Calais  Jungle  London  AutographABP  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
These Are The Criminals and Corporations That Have Gotten Really, Really Rich Off The Refugee Crisis - The Huffington Post
The biggest refugee crisis in recorded history has engulfed continents, swung elections and fueled the rise of nativism. It has also made a lot of people very, very rich. These are the stories of the CEOs, criminal masterminds, pencil-pushers and low-flying vultures who have figured out how to profit from global instability, also known as human suffering.
refugees  migration  organisedcrime  Niger  Italy  Sicily  Germany  Turkey  Syria  Europe  HuffingtonPost  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Key findings on international migration | Pew Research Center
Millions of people have migrated from their homes to other countries in recent years. Some migrants have moved voluntarily, seeking economic opportunities. Others have been forced from their homes by political turmoil, persecution or war and have left their countries to seek asylum elsewhere.

To mark International Migrants Day this Sunday, here are our key findings about international migration trends.
migration  refugees  statistics  research  USA  global  Europe  Germany  Russia  UK  UAE  Canada  France  Australia  Spain  Italy  India  Ukraine  Thailand  Pakistan  Kazakhstan  PewResearch  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of world's refugees | World news | The Guardian
The six wealthiest countries in the world, which between them account for almost 60% of the global economy, host less than 9% of the world’s refugees, while poorer countries shoulder most of the burden, Oxfam has said.

According to a report released by the charity on Monday, the US, China, Japan, Germany, France and the UK, which together make up 56.6% of global GDP, between them host just 2.1 million refugees: 8.9% of the world’s total.

Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world's population, says Oxfam
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Of these 2.1 million people, roughly a third are hosted by Germany (736,740), while the remaining 1.4 million are split between the other five countries. The UK hosts 168,937 refugees, a figure Oxfam GB chief executive, Mark Goldring, has called shameful.

In contrast, more than half of the world’s refugees – almost 12 million people – live in Jordan, Turkey, Palestine, Pakistan, Lebanon and South Africa, despite the fact these places make up less than 2% of the world’s economy.
refugees  population  statistics  country  USA  China  Japan  Germany  France  UK  Turkey  Palestine  Pakistan  Lebanon  SouthAfrica  Oxfam  critique  Guardian  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Millions of people fleeing their homes suffer unnecessarily because of a lack of political will and humanitarian assistance.
refugees  crisis  Sahel  Yemen  Rohingya  Myanmar  Bangladesh  Iraq  CentralAfricanRepublic  WesternSahara  NorthKorea  Sudan  Indonesia  WestPapua  NorwegianRefugeeCouncil  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Refugees will repay EU spending almost twice over in five years - report | World news | The Guardian
Refugees who arrived in Europe last year could repay spending on them almost twice over within just five years, according to one of the first in-depth investigations into the impact incomers have on host communities.

Refugees will create more jobs, increase demand for services and products, and fill gaps in European workforces – while their wages will help fund dwindling pensions pots and public finances, says Philippe Legrain, a former economic adviser to the president of the European commission.
refugees  economy  impact  advocacy  Europe  EuropeanUnion  review  TentFoundation  LSE  Guardian  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Smartphone use on the refugee trail | Ars Technica
What role do smartphones play in the refugee crisis that has left almost 60 million people displaced from their homes because of violence and war in places like Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq?
Tech has made this crisis “very different than any other refugee crisis before," Brian Reich told us. Reich is the managing director of The Hive, a special US-based project of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. "They have access to the Internet. They are using Facebook and Whatsapp to communicate with each other, to share information about the safest route.”

However, Reich noted, “Technology is also creating, in many ways, some of these situations—or making some of these situations more challenging. The same people that those in the Middle East and in Latin America are fleeing from—the terrorists, the gangs—are also on Facebook and are texting and use those social networks to continue to terrorize.”

We spoke to Reich—and to some Iraqi refugees now in California—about just how crucial a smartphone is when one is a refugee. Check out the video above.
smartphones  refugees  review  opportunity  mobile  ArsTechnica  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees - The Washington Post
The decision by authorities to prosecute Ramslog — and to charge hundreds of other Danish citizens with a similar crime — is to many here just the latest evidence of a society that, when faced with an unparalleled influx of migrants and refugees, has taken a nasty turn.

In that respect, Denmark has company: Across Europe, a once-tender embrace of those fleeing conflicts on the continent’s doorstep has evolved into an uncompromising rejection.
immigration  refugees  Denmark  DanishPeoplesParty  Syria  critique  EuropeanUnion  WashingtonPost  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Liberal, Harsh Denmark by Hugh Eakin | The New York Review of Books
In January, more than 60,000 refugees arrived in Europe, a thirty-five-fold increase from the same month last year; but in Denmark, according to Politiken, the number of asylum-seekers has steadily declined since the start of the year, with only 1,400 seeking to enter the country. In limiting the kind of social turmoil now playing out in Germany, Sweden, and France, the Danes may yet come through the current crisis a more stable, united, and open society than any of their neighbors. But they may also have shown that this openness extends no farther than the Danish frontier.
immigration  migration  refugees  politics  culture  Islam  Denmark  critique  NYReviewofBooks  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Terrorism, Migrants, and Crippling Debt: Is This the End of Europe? | Vanity Fair
Traveling from a locked-down Brussels to a grieving Paris to a refugee camp in Greece, Henry Porter reports on the European Union’s existential crisis.
refugees  immigration  EuropeanUnion  brexit  ISIS  ageingpopulation  history  Europe  critique  VanityFair  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Cologne Attacks Trigger Raw Debate on Immigration in Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE
New Year's Eve in Cologne rapidly descended into a chaotic free-for-all involving sexual assault and theft, most of it apparently committed by foreigners. It has launched a bitter debate over immigration and refugees in Germany -- one that could change the country. By SPIEGEL Staff
NewYearsEve  refugees  immigration  integration  rape  sexism  Cologne  Germany  Spiegel  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Some of Syria’s Neighbors See an Economic Boost from Refugees - Real Time Economics - WSJ
Having left possessions behind and in need of goods and services, refugees are lifting demand, said World Bank economist Massimiliano Cali. Desperate to work, they’re benefiting businesses, especially those in Turkey, by providing what tends to be cheaper labor and filling jobs often passed over by locals, Mr. Cali said.
Syria  refugees  impact  economy  employment  Turkey  Lebanon  Jordan  WallStreetJournal  2015 
january 2016 by inspiral
On Perilous Migrant Trail, Women Often Become Prey to Sexual Abuse - The New York Times
“Everybody knows there are two ways of paying the smugglers,” she said. “With money or with your body.”
refugees  rape  sexism  Syria  critique  NYTimes  2015 
january 2016 by inspiral
World's refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million: U.N. | Reuters
The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have "far surpassed" a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday.
refugees  statistics  global  UNHCR  Reuters  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Hiding in plain sight: inside the world of Turkey's people smugglers | World news | The Guardian
Thousands of refugees are continuing to board boats to Europe everyday despite the worsening winter weather
refugees  smuggling  Turkey  Syria  Greece  Guardian  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Syrian Refugees Don’t Pose a Serious Security Threat | Cato @ Liberty
Of the 859,629 refugees admitted from 2001 onwards, only three have been convicted of planning terrorist attacks on targets outside of the United States, and none was successfully carried out.  That is one terrorism-planning conviction for every 286,543 refugees that have been admitted.  To put that in perspective, about 1 in every 22,541 Americans committed murder in 2014.  The terrorist threat from Syrian refugees in the United States is hyperbolically over-exaggerated and we have very little to fear from them because the refugee vetting system is so thorough.  
refugees  terrorism  USA  statistics  critique  CATOInstitute  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Status of Syrian Nationals Residing in Turkey | The Disorder Of Things
The status of Syrians living in Turkey is precarious at best. While on the short term, they are provided with necessary services, they are unable to work legally. Turkish authorities is doing a lot to provide for the Syrians, but there are structural issues that cannot be addressed by Turkey alone. While Syrians can live in Turkey, they cannot leave. While they can have certain legal protections under the temporary protection status, they have to wait “in line” for years on end to be even considered for a line in the UNHCR relocation “pool.” Turks and Syrians are developing and antagonistic relationship towards one another. From the taxi drivers in Edremit, to airport personnel in Istanbul, everyday Turkish citizens are enacting and internalizing the border in their own ways by regulating, reporting, suspecting the Syrian mobilities. European (b)ordering practices are becoming increasingly internal to Turkish citizens. While the Readmission Agreement was primarily introduced to prevent irregular migration through Turkey, it was presented to the domestic constituency in Turkey as a road map for visa-free travel to Europe. So in other words, while not discussed openly, the plight of Syrians living in Turkey has become a stake in the Turkish government’s bargaining position for visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the EU. This is the current status of Syrian nationals living in Turkey.
Turkey  Syria  refugees  review  TheDisorderofThings  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Paris is being used to justify agendas that had nothing to do with the attack | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian
The Paris attackers weren’t Syrian, and they didn’t use encryption, but the US government is still using the carnage to justify attempts to ban them both
terrorism  encryption  ISIS  backdoor  refugees  Syria  USA  Republicans  critique  Guardian  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Economics of Syrian Refugees - The New Yorker
As many people have pointed out in recent days, Steve Jobs’s biological father was a Syrian migrant who met his mother while teaching and studying at the University of Wisconsin. If we did the right thing and helped to alleviate the current humanitarian crisis, there would be no guarantee that we’d get another Jobs. But we could be pretty sure that, eventually, the Syrian refugees would repay the favor, and then some.
refugees  Syria  Turkey  Lebanon  USA  economy  employment  NewYorker  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees - The Washington Post
The very same refugees entering Europe are often the very same civilians who face the indiscriminate violence and cruel injustice in lands controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (though, it should be noted, many in Syria are also threatened by the brutal actions of the Syrian government). Globally, studies have shown that Muslims tend to make up the largest proportion of terror victims, with countries such as Syria and Iraq registering the highest toll.

If Muslim refugees come to Europe and are welcomed, it deeply undercuts the Islamic State's legitimacy. Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has helpfully catalogued some of the Islamic State's messages on the refugees pouring into Europe from the Middle East. The messages give the impression of deep discomfort and even jealousy that the Muslim population the Islamic State so covets for its self-proclaimed "caliphate" would rather live in "infidel" Western lands.
refugees  terrorism  ISIS  Paris  Syria  immigration  WashingtonPost  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Economic Impact of the European Refugee Crisis - The Atlantic
The EC says 3 million people could arrive in Europe by the end of 2017, and add about 0.25 percent to the bloc's GDP.
refugees  migration  Europe  EuropeanUnion  Syria  economics  TheAtlantic  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
“Hello Father, The Boat is Sinking, So I Will Die.” — Ghost Boat — Medium
Life jackets that kill. Ships that are never meant to make it. Could the Ghost Boat have really reached European shores?
Mediterranean  refugees  Europe  Syria  Africa  GhostBoast  Medium  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
The Roots of the Migration Crisis - WSJ
The Syrian refugee disaster is a result of the Middle East’s failure to grapple with modernity and Europe’s failure to defend its ideals
Syria  refugees  Europe  crisis  migration  EuropeanUnion  critique  InternationalRelations  WallStreetJournal  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral
How Germany Became the Epicenter of Europe's Refugee Crisis - The Atlantic
Imagine that civil wars in Central America doubled the number of undocumented immigrants entering the United States. Now imagine all those migrants heading to California.
Syria  refugees  Germany  InternationalRelations  review  TheAtlantic  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral

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