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Through Our Eyes pictures taken by young migrants in Greece

Teenage asylum seekers document daily life in a camp on Samos Island This collection of photographs taken by teenage asylum seekers in Samos offers an intimate and powerful portrait of the hardship they face at the islands refugee camp, which was built for 650 people but is home to more than 4,000. The camp is one of five registration centres, or hotspots, for asylum seekers on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/12/through-our-eyes-pictures-young-migrants-samos-greece

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‘You were a prosecutor!’ Katie Pavlich rips Kamala Harris’ deportation talking points manual to shreds

Kamala Harris is among the candidates in the Dem 2020 field who are trying to make the most out of recent Trump comments about possible deportations, and she’s really going all-in: Mass deportations are cruel and violate our values. As this president rips more families apart, let’s remember that history has already shown us what happens when governments begin rounding people up by ethnic group. This would be a shameful stain on our country. https://t.co/habT23JayV — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 18, 2019 Katie Pavlich called out several things wrong with…

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‘There aren’t many fairytale endings’: behind the bleak immigration exhibition

The work of 75 artists from over 15 countries is being shown at a tough, timely exhibition looking at displacement and migration on a global scale Last Wednesday, the ongoing border dangers faced by migrants while attempting to find asylum in the US. Its a sad day to talk about this, there arent many fairytale endings, said Massimiliano Gioni, the artistic director of New Yorks New Museum, the same day. Together with associate curator Natalie Bell, hes assembled a timely new exhibition focusing on the history of migration in America.…

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Mediterranean will be ‘sea of blood’ without rescue boats, UN warns

Refugee agency says risk of people dying attempting crossing is at its highest The risk of migrants and refugees becoming shipwrecked in the Mediterranean and dying at sea is the highest it has ever been due to a lack of NGO rescue ships and the conflict in Libya hastening departures at an alarming rate, the UN has warned. If we do not intervene soon, there will be a sea of blood, said Carlotta Sami, the spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in Italy. With favourable sea conditions, thousands of…

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Trump administration moves spark fears of new immigration crackdown

Trump denies plans for big action but officials suggest otherwise, raising prospect of renewed family separations Donald Trump insiders increase in migrant arrivals. A senior official told reporters the White House was crafting a plan that would target asylum-seekers anew and possibly bring back a version of Trumps deeply unpopular policy of family separations. Under a prospective policy the administration calls binary choice, migrant parents would be forced to choose between being detained with their children in jail-like facilities or agreeing to a separation under which children would be taken…

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Anti-migrant feeling fuels Swedish far right as election looms

Popular concern looks likely to propel Sweden Democrats to a possible 20% of the vote Last month, yards from the Social Democrats booth in Rinkeby town square, where Kersten Aggefors is handing out leaflets for the party that has finished first in every Swedish election since 1917, masked young people set five cars ablaze. A few days earlier, eight unidentified men had attacked the towns half-built new police station, crashing through the gate and hurling rocks and firecrackers at security guards, apparently in retaliation for a drug bust. In January,…

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Italian minister declares victory as Spain accepts rescue boat

Matteo Salvini, who refused to let ship carrying 629 refugees and migrants to dock, says: We have opened a front in Brussels Matteo Salvini, Italys far-right interior minister, has declared victory after a standoff over the fate of 629 people on a humanitarian rescue boat prompted Spain to agree to accept them. The impasse, after the populist and far-right government in Italy refused to allow the MS Aquarius to dock over the weekend, suggested that Europe could face a humanitarian crisis this summer as it comes to grips with the…

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‘I dont know where my family is’: Cameroon’s refugees flee brutality

Cameroons ruthless conflict has splintered families and forced tens of thousands of people into Nigeria, where they lack shelter and food You cant sleep, says bishop Andrew Nkea, of the Mamfe diocese in south-west Nigeria, but most are sleeping rough in abandoned buildings, or out in the open. What began as a request for English to be used in the courtrooms and public schools of the countrys two anglophone regions has escalated into this crisis. If the situation is not defused through dialogue, the entire country could be destabilised before…

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Anti-Muslim campaigners denied entry to UK at border

Martin Sellner and Abel Bodi stopped at Stansted en route to far-right event in London Two prominent anti-Muslim campaigners have been denied entry into the UK ahead of a conference held by Britains newest and most active far-right group. Martin Sellner, from Austria, and the Hungarian Abel Bodi were due to attend the private Generation Identity conference in London on Saturday. They were detained at Stansted airport the second time in a month that Sellner, the leader of Generation Identity, has been prevented from entering the UK by border officials.…

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Survivors recall how traffickers with AK47s forced dozens into sea off Yemen

At least 51 confirmed dead as survivors tell the Guardian of beatings and threats of shooting if they did not comply Traffickers used beatings and the threat of shooting to force more than 100 refugees, including children who could not swim, to jump into heavy seas off the coast of Yemen last week, survivors have said. At least 50 people were killed. The incident is the latest in a series in which hundreds, possibly thousands of refugees have died. Survivors contacted in Yemen told the Guardian that crewmembers armed with…

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Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July

More forceful action by Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Italy to 11,500 last month The Italian government has hailed a fall of more than 50% in the number of migrants from Libya reaching its coastline in July as a potential turning point made possible by tougher actions against smugglers operating in the Mediterranean. The number of migrants reaching Italy fell to 11,459 in July from 23,524 in June and 23,522 in July last year. Over the past few years the summer months have been the…

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Blocked in the Balkans: the refugees that Europe won’t allow in

Many of Serbias 7,600 refugees had hoped to live elsewhere in the EU but are trying to adapt to life in the Balkans When the Faqirzada family set out for a future in Europe, they did not imagine it like this. As far as they were concerned, Europe meant Germany: their oldest son was already at university in Munich, and they would surely join him in the country. The five two parents and three teenage children followed the same route through the Balkans that brought about 1 million people into…

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would do at every age: when I would get married and when I would have kids and when I would open…

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Peter Dutton’s office tells Canadian-Australian: ‘go back to US and deal with Trump’

Doug Stetner, who has represented Australia in underwater rugby, called Duttons office to voice support for asylum seekers A Canadian-born Australian citizen who called Peter Duttons Brisbane office to voice opposition to treatment of asylum seekers says an electorate officer told him to go back to the United States then and deal with Trump. Doug Stetner, an Australian citizen for 21 years, who represented the national mens team at the 2015 underwater rugby world cup in Colombia, said the response from the immigration ministers staffer was both offensive and comical.…

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25 years of mandatory detention from ‘interim measure’ to immovable policy | Eve Lester

The human effects of this 25 year-old stopgap policy have been massive. So many have suffered terrible indignities, but it was never meant to be like this Twenty-five years ago, 5 May 1992, seemed to be just another day at the office. I was working at a community legal centre in Melbourne. Our office was a windowless cubbyhole in a Migrant Resource Centre in a back street of Prahran a space shared with another community legal centre, social workers, English as a second language teachers and countless community groups, their…

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