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Trump’s Asylum Proclamation and the False Distinction Between “Migrant” and “Refugee” | The New Yorker
This story of undeservedness rests on the distinction between refugees and migrants; the latter word has come into particularly wide usage since the so-called caravan became a feature of Trump’s campaigning in advance of the midterm elections. The people coming to the border from Latin America are fleeing gang violence and extreme poverty. Under existing U.S. asylum rules, neither circumstance would entitle them to asylum protection, though the Obama Administration recognized the fear of gang violence as grounds for asylum. But the distinction between the two words is a legal fiction: it asserts that economic hardship is somehow separate from political disenfranchisement and political persecution. Implicit in this claim is the view that economic inequality across nations is somehow natural, and therefore the citizens of wealthier nations have no responsibility to shelter those who are fleeing poverty elsewhere. The distinction between political and economic migrants is relatively new, dating to the second half of the twentieth century. But now that climate change is displacing tens of millions of people, its immorality comes into ever greater relief.
USA  immigration  asylum  refugees  migrants  Mexico  borders  dctagged  dc:creator=GessenMasha 
4 weeks ago by petej
Citizens Of Nowhere | The Disorder Of Things
Theresa May inveighed against ‘citizens of the world’ in the name of bringing to heel a disembedded capitalism that no longer serves the needs and interests of the community (when have Conservatives done this?). In fact, by disingenuously synonymizing this category with ‘citizens of nowhere’, she also mobilizes and rides a wave of increasingly racist, xenophobic public antipathy towards immigrants and asylum seekers. As political theorists, we might begin to draw a much-needed distinction between ‘citizens of the world’, at home everywhere, and ‘citizens of nowhere’, and to question whether both can fit comfortably under the rubric of cosmopolitanism. As human beings, we might seize on May’s epithet—‘citizens of nowhere’—and, in the manner of Woolf’s Society of Outsiders, make something beautiful and fierce out of it.
citizenship  MayTheresa  cosmopolitanism  privilege  AppaduraiArjun  post-nationalism  identity  refugees  migration  asylum  Yarl'sWood  WoolfVirginia  exclusion  politics  Brexit 
october 2017 by petej
Pope Francis: prioritise migrants' dignity over national security | World news | The Guardian
“While massive numbers of people have been forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, natural disasters and the scourge of poverty, migration should nevertheless be recognised, not as a new phenomenon, but rather as a natural human response to crisis and a testament to the innate desire of every human being for happiness and a better life.

“This reality, with its important cultural and spiritual dimensions, is having a significant impact on attitudes and reactions all over the world.”
refugees  migrants  asylum  migration  safety  dignity  security  PopeFrancis 
august 2017 by petej
EU call to aid vulnerable refugees amid rising Mediterranean death toll | World news | The Guardian
Only €90bn of a promised €202bn from European national capitals has so far materialised. The UK has paid in €0.6bn of its promised €3bn, far less than Italy, which has paid €32bn, and lagging behind France, Germany and Spain, which have put in €3bn each, according to the latest data from the European commission.
EU  Europe  refugees  Mediterranean  sea  Africa  Libya  asylum  UK 
july 2017 by petej
Why Al Jazeera will not say Mediterranean 'migrants' - Al Jazeera English
"There is no "migrant" crisis in the Mediterranean. There is a very large number of refugees fleeing unimaginable misery and danger and a smaller number of people trying to escape the sort of poverty that drives some to desperation."

"Migrant is a word that strips suffering people of voice. Substituting refugee for it is – in the smallest way – an attempt to give some back."
Mediterranean  sea  refugees  migrants  crisis  war  media  language  dehumanisation  demonisation  racism  asylum 
november 2016 by petej
Repowering Europe: How To Combat Austerity, Alienation and Brexit
"The decisive cause is: 15 or 20 years ago the European Union was associated in the heads of the majority of its citizens with prosperity, progress and modernisation. The EU held out a promise that everybody or at least most people would be better off in future.

Today we can see – certainly since the outbreak of the financial and economic crisis – a stagnant economy, disappointingly weak levels of investment as well as a dramatic decline in the labour market. In the crisis-ridden countries of the south, especially, youth unemployment has soared to 40 to 50 per cent for some time now. The outcome: there’s an increasing competitive pressure on the employment market, public budgets are constrained. Neoliberal apologists and conservative politicians are trying to reframe the financial and economic crisis as a crisis of the European welfare state. Insecurity spreads far and wide."
Europe  EU  nationalism  populism  UK  Brexit  crisis  economy  unemployment  globalisation  taxAvoidance  growth  livingStandards  inequality  refugees  asylum  politics 
october 2016 by petej
Vilifying the asylum seeker next door is just plain racist | Housing Network | The Guardian
In the final fortnight of campaigning, there seemed to be a rush to mollify voters who wanted out for reasons that were straightforwardly xenophobic. People who claimed migrants and asylum seekers were given plush houses while white Britons languished on waiting lists, and that migration was the lone cause of the housing crisis were described as having “legitimate concerns”, rather than being flat out wrong.

Migration did not cause the housing crisis. The crisis is not borne out of a simple imbalance between supply and demand, but a complex series of factors, from shifts in tenure, geographical inequalities, land-banking, the death of social housing and so on. Migration enables us to actually build houses, at a time when Britain has a construction skills gap, while academic research shows migration has little impact on local house prices, and often slightly lowers them.

I’ve heard fantastical stories about the luxurious living conditions of asylum seekers from people who’ve never met any

Preciousness about who does, and who does not, deserve a roof over their head extends beyond race, to single mothers and unemployed families, but is always particularly virulent when the people involved are not white.
refugees  asylum  demonisation  racism  xenophobia  housing  UK  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=FosterDawn 
july 2016 by petej
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