by Brian Bilston
They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way
(now read from bottom to top)
© Brian #Bilston
With kind permission of the poet](https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/refugees/)
Political debate and cross vetoes crack EU migration policy
> The approval of the last chapter of the pact to change the #asylum system stagnates and faces the rejection of partners such as #Poland and #Hungary. Brussels is fighting to save its controversial agreement with #Tunisia to curb arrivals
Polish far-right party jostles for third-place powerbroker role
> President Andrzej Duda, a PiS appointee, recently compared #Ukraine to a drowning person who clings on to their rescuer, endangering both their lives. Government officials have signalled that the benefits enjoyed by Ukrainian #refugees will end next year and not be renewed.
https://archive.ph/2023.09.24-053609/https://www.ft.com/content/080a68c7-e4d2-4814-915b-6b19b62e9b08 #Poland #FarRight
Mexico-US border: Nearly 9,000 asylum seekers, migrants cross in 24 hours
With temporary status for Venezuelans, the Biden administration turns to a familiar tool
> A political, social and economic crisis over the last decade has pushed millions of Venezuelans into poverty, with teachers, professors and public employees relying on side jobs or money from relatives abroad to make ends meet. At least 7.3 million have left the country, with many risking an often-harrowing route to the #US https://news.yahoo.com/temporary-status-venezuelans-biden-administration-050539562.html #Venezuala #immigration #JoeBiden #migration #refugees
> Between Sept. 1 and 18, border agents at the Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL) processed 2,053 asylum seekers, for an average of 114 a day.
https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/the-number-of-asylum-seekers-at-the-montreal-airport-has-quintupled-since-2019-data-shows-1.6573710 #migration #refugees
I missed this. Hauptführerin Suella Braverman is now starving an estimated 1000 of the 8,000 Afghan refugees brought to the UK under its resettlement scheme. Their food & cooking facilities have been withdrawn from the hotels they have been ordered to quit by the end of this month.
As ever, the cruelty is the point.
#Refugees #HomeOffice #Afghanistan #SuellaBraverman
#Netherlands - Gov't looking for 1,200 shelter spaces for asylum seekers by Monday, incl. 550 for kids
> ... asked municipalities to create hundreds of shelter spaces for #asylum seekers. He needs 450 spots from Saturday, including 250 for unaccompanied children. From Monday, he needs another 750 places, of which 300 are for unaccompanied children, NOS reports.
https://nltimes.nl/2023/09/22/govt-looking-1200-shelter-spaces-asylum-seekers-monday-incl-550-kids #migration #refugees #immigration
#Migrants dying at sea ‘not just numbers’, says pope in Marseille – video - https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2023/sep/22/migrants-dying-at-sea-not-just-numbers-says-pope-in-marseille-video #asylum #Refugees #People
Cartoonists create colouring book for refugees in rebuff to UK government
"The British public who chipped in to fund the colouring book are sending a clear message to the government: give children arriving in this country, having fled war and persecution the warm welcome to Britain they deserve"
West’s ‘plundering’ of Africa blamed for migrant crisis
> “This escalation of the migrant crisis is one of the appalling consequences of the plundering of natural resources of countries made poor by #slavery, #colonisation and Western #imperialism, terrorism and internal armed conflicts,” he added.
https://www.dawn.com/news/1777231 #migration #immigration #refugees #asylum
Fear of X-ray age tests ‘may force UK child asylum seekers to flee’ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/sep/22/fear-of-x-ray-age-tests-may-force-uk-child-asylum-seekers-to-flee?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Immigrationandasylum #UKnews #Refugees
"Far-right leaders are setting many parts of the #EU agenda. Aggressive #migration policies that include the illegal pushback of #refugees, and are grounded in racist, demonising narratives, are increasingly favoured by mainstream European leaders."
Europe is sleepwalking into a far-right trap. Who will sound the alarm? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/sep/21/europe-welcome-threat-eu-far-right-refugees?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
Oh wow, I only just found out: https://newnaratif.com/story-fellowship-2023/ - call for submissions deadline THIS SUNDAY, 24 Sept.
Mobility, Home, and Belonging Across East and Southeast Asia:
This fellowship aims to give back power with a chance to tell their own stories. We aim to conduct a capacity building, in the form of a Story Fellowship grant and mentoring, for migrant and undocumented communities in the regions. Through this programme, we aim to publish stories that highlight voices, concerns, and aspirations from the communities.
(...) Selected fellows will receive training and mentoring on storytelling and advocacy by experts in journalism and human rights advocacy, as well as US$1,000 per contribution to fund their proposed work.
#TootSEA #SoutheastAsia #EastAsia #journalism #fellowship #writing #WritingGrants #publishing #Malaysia #Singapore #Indonesia #Philippines #Myanmar #Thailand #Laos #Vietnam #Cambodia #Brunei #Taiwan #Japan #SouthKorea #migration #refugees
With 3 million #Ukrainian #refugees projected to permanently stay abroad and birthrates dramatically low, the country faces huge #demographic & economic challenges - impacting everything from exchange rates to direct #GDP losses of up to $113 bn till 2032.
So, a majority society that always and everywhere wants to determine everything even that #refugees in the Sahara or on the #Mediterranean do not trade illegally with sand or salt water, can hardly be called otherwise than totalitarian.
Or what exactly is the Mediterranean to protect against? From living Refugees?
📄 New article by CPC-CG members Jackie Wahba OBE and Valentina Di Iasio for the #Economics Observatory discusses how understanding the factors affecting choice of destination is a first step towards helping #policymakers design better schemes for #asylumseekers 👇
In das Gesundheitszentrum in Hajnówka🇵🇱 werden seit über 2 Jahren Geflüchtete von der polnisch-belarussischen Grenze geschickt.
Während zu Beginn vor allem Unterkühlungen u. Dehydrierung zu behandeln waren, sind es seit dem Bau des Grenzzauns hauptsächlich Patient*innen mit komplizierten Frakturen in das Krankenhaus, an Armen u. Beinen, teilw. gleichzeitig, der Wirbelsäule o. der Beckenknochen.
🇵🇱|🇧🇾 "Unsere Patienten baten oft darum, sie länger im Krankenhaus zu lassen, weil es ihr Leben retten würde", sagt Tomasz Musiuk, stellv. Direktor des Krankenhauses in Hajnówka in Podlachien, "so kam es manchmal vor, dass eine Person länger im Krankenhaus blieb, nicht nur um sie medizinisch, sondern auch psychisch auf die Beine zu stellen"
Italy migration: Lampedusa Island records rise in migration
Nein zu Faesers Abschiebeplänen! #NoBorders #NoNations #StopDeportations
Demonstration Mittwoch, 27.09. um 15 Uhr #Berlin #MigrationIsAHumanRight
"Die Bundesinnenministerin #NancyFaeser will die Abschiebegesetze verschärfen. Anfang August hat sie dafür einen “Diskussionsentwurf” vorgelegt.
Es ist an uns allen, gegen die brutalen Abschiebepläne von Nancy Faeser und die inhumane Asyl- und Migrationspolitik zu protestieren!"
#Refugees #SPD #Bundesregierung #Deutschland #Migration #Antireport
DEBUNKED A flood of misinformation about migrants in Lampedusa
> Thousands of individuals predominantly from sub-Saharan Africa, have recently arrived on the small Italian island of #Lampedusa, reigniting the discussion on the #EU and European states' approach to handling illegal #immigration. Amidst this context, people online have been sharing three deceptive videos with the intent of disparaging #migrants arriving in #Italy
https://observers.france24.com/en/europe/20230919-a-flood-of-misinformation-about-migrants-in-lampedusa #migration #asylum #refugees #misinformation
#Syria #refugees #earthquake
🚨 https://gofundme.com/f/help-refugee-and-earthquake-victim-children 🙏 😰
"Some families living in the camps are unable to secure some of the necessities of living due to the high prices, the situation is deteriorating and we must work to secure a decent life for these children."
I am organazing a #webinar The Ebb and Flow of Trinidad and Tobago's Migratory Legal System: Impact and Challenges on Venezuelan Migrants.
You are invited to register and join the event via
Inspector says #HomeSecretary halted annual review of ‘#AdultsAtRisk’ days after he raised concerns
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/sep/19/suella-braverman-stopped-immigration-centre-inspections-despite-safeguarding-warnings #ToryPoliciesInAction #ToryInhumanity #TheCrueltyIsThePoint #Accountability #Immigration #Refugees #asylum #GTTO
#EU Kommission und #Meloni Regierung beschließen Schulterschluss gegen #Migration
"Nach der massiven Verschärfung des #Asylrechts in #Deutschland wird nun auch auf EU-Ebene härter gegen Migration vorgegangen. Bei ihrem Besuch auf #Lampedusa traf sich Kommissionspräsidentin #VonDerLeyen mit der faschistischen Premierministerin Italiens Giorgia Meloni und stellte einen 10-Punkte-Plan vor."
Crossing the Channel: A Sudanese refugee’s extraordinary journey to the UK | Witness Documentary
Fleeing Sudan: A Refugee’s journey to Europe | Witness Documentary
EU chief visits Italy, promises action plan amid surge of asylum seekers
Italy migrant crisis: Ursula von der Leyen is visiting Lampedusa
Italy refugee crisis: Ursula von der Leyen to visit Lampedusa
Analysis: Concerns raised in Brussels over EU-Tunisia migration pact
Article from 1 February 2018
‘Migrants are more profitable than drugs’: how the #mafia infiltrated #Italys #AsylumSystem
#Crime families have cashed in on the ‘refugee industry’.
Joy, a young Nigerian woman, was standing in the street outside the sprawling, overcrowded Cara di Mineo reception centre for asylum seekers in central Sicily, waiting for someone to pick her up when I met her. It was late summer 2016, and the weather was still hot.
Article from 20th June 2019
Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?
How the Italian mafia makes millions by exploiting migrants.
On 6 August last year, 14 immigrant farmhands in Foggia, on the ankle of the Italian boot, were coming home from a 12-hour shift picking tomatoes in 40C heat. The minibus carrying them was registered in Bulgaria; the driver didn’t have a licence or insurance.
How the Italian mafia makes millions from tinned tomatoes – video
If your tinned tomatoes come from southern Italy, it’s likely that organised crime had a hand in getting them from the farm to the supermarket shelf. The mafia controls much of the region's agribusiness, and it's big business, adding billions of euros to its yearly turnover. So how is the mafia making all this money, when tinned tomatoes are so cheap?
"Today was an opportunity for Keir Starmer to inject some decency and compassion into the debate around refugees. Instead, he chose to mirror the gimmicks and divisive rhetoric employed by the Conservatives.
Smash the gangs’ may get him a headline in the Sun, but it’s not a plan.”
Steve Smith, CEO Care4Calais on Labour's plans to stop small boat crossings.
#AsylumSeekers #LabourParty #UKPolitics #Refugees
New lawsuit filed against Greece on behalf of refugee shipwreck survivors
'It was either the sea, lynched, or abandoned in the desert'
Contains graphic descriptions of torture ans violence
P.S. I'm a #humanist, #progressive & expert in #policy whose parents were #WWII #refugees & whose grandfather died b/c he couldn't get a visa. That govt pays my family #reparations to this day b/c of what the Nazis did to him. Abandoning humans fleeing war is inhumane, abandoning #Afghanistan when the #US promised safety AND when the only result would be Taliban rule, DEMANDS we honor the the military we sacrificed & help the #Afghans who worked w/ & BELIEVED in us that now fear for their lives.
Fighting intensifies in Lebanon’s Ein el-Hilweh camp despite truce talks
Lebanon’s PM says Syrian refugee influx could upset ‘demographic balance’
while investing in fossil fuels - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/sep/07/private-equity-climate-crisis-disaster-cleanup #ClimateCrisis #Greedagedon
EXCLUSIVE: Aid workers ‘demand sex for food’ in Mozambique’s refugee camps
Workers are preying on desperate women and girls with promise of food, while refusing to feed elderly people.
#Bibby #Stockholm #migrants / #refugees describe 'shock and fear' in letter
Conflict in Sudan has forced more than 300,000 #refugees to flee to neighboring Chad
#Krakow main square on #Ukraine independence day - it has been preempted by a dozen or so of what looked like #Polish ultranationalists suggesting " #Poland had enough of the Banderovites" (there were three times more police than protesters) but they couldn't spoil the mood of hundreds of #Ukrainian and #Belarusian #refugees , celebrating indepent #Ukraine's 32nd birthday
'A far-right backlash against the home secretary’s asylum policy has brought a deluge of hate to a peaceful Welsh town'
By Aditya Chakrabortty, v @therightarticle
Solche und ähnliche autoritäre Kontrollvorhaben werden von Staaten und Behörden (oft in Kooperation mit privaten Unternehmen) gerne an Geflüchteten oder anderen Gruppen getestet und optimiert, die rechtlich schlechter gestellt und ihrer Gnade ausgeliefert sind. So gibt es etwa in #Australien seit einigen Jahren eine "Cashless Welfare Card", die arbeitslose und #Sozialhilfe empfangende Menschen statt Bargeld/Kontoeinzahlungen erhalten und die so programmiert wurde, dass nur bestimmte Waren an bestimmten Orten damit erworben werden können.
Dazu drehte juicemedia bereits 2020 eine sehenswerte Folge:
Forget oil, the next global wars will be over water.
It’s bad now because humans have chosen to ignore increasingly dire warnings for well over 50 years.
It’s only going to get much, much worse — really quite quickly.
The coming tsunami of drought refugees moving north will make the Channel crossings look like a day at the boating lake.
You can’t whine you weren’t warned.
Until last month, newly recognised refugees and survivors of trafficking had 28 days to find alternative accommodation after receiving a “notice to quit” before being evicted from Home Office accommodation they had lived in while officials were processing their claims. The Home Office has now reduced this to a minimum of seven days, so thousands could become homeless.
Two years after the Taliban swept back to power, many Afghans who helped Canada’s military and qualify for resettlement programs remain in limbo in Pakistan.
They live precariously, fearing deportation, confined to hotel rooms, their children unable to attend school.
#BBCNews - The #Ukrainian #refugees returning to war-torn homeland
Anybody want to help get this in some little kid's hands Tuesday? It is it great shape except tires are shot. I have training wheels and a replacement seat previously donated. I added this set of two tires and tubes to the wish list. I have six other larger kids bikes to fix and probably have most needed parts.
#bike #RecycledCycles #kids #refugees
As #migration returns to the top of #Europe ’s political agenda, including in Britain, Europe’s border and coast guard agency said on Friday irregular arrivals had risen by 13% between January and July to 176,100, the highest number for the period since 2016'
Weeks of the government screaming that of course the Bibby Stockholm barge is safe and anyone suggesting otherwise is an idiot biased lefty lawyer - then days after the first asylum seekers are moved there they have to be evacuated because of potentially deadly bacteria. Their lives have been uprooted and health put at risk for performative cruelty https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/aug/11/legionella-discovery-forces-asylum-seekers-off-bibby-stockholm-just-days-after-arrival
But oh, it gets worse, as #Refugee charity, #Care4Calais is now reporting the government did NOT inform #Refugees about the presence of #Legionnaire's disease on the #BibbyStockholm prison barge, or immediately move them off once they knew it was there.
Worse, there is the possibility they were still moving refugees onto the barge even once the problem was known.
Every day, Britain slips closer to the dystopian end-times world from Children of Men…
(seriously, what kind of psychopath thought up the idea of putting them on a barge?)
...And it ends with this total kicker.
"Oxford-based GP Dr Dominik Metz said that he was concerned about risks to #AsylumSeekers, after one of his patients who was being treated for latent #Tuberculosis was told he was being moved to the barge."
The slowest of slowclaps now ensues. Also, note the use of 'migrants'.
"But test results showing traces of the bacteria came back only after migrants had moved to the barge..."
“I feel they are being treated like livestock, only slightly worse, as livestock are prohibited from being transported with active infection” - the doctor treating an an asylum seeker with latent tuberculosis who’s been told they will be moved onto the Bibby Stockholm barge https://inews.co.uk/news/home-office-asylum-seeker-tb-bibby-stockholm-health-fears-2537035
This Friday we see refugees being herded into prison barges & being micro monitored with all resources available to UK authorities
While a ‘Variant of Interest’ (WHO) runs amok across the country as authorities announce that no one under 65 will get a booster.
Long Covid has, & still is smothering the lives of millions, but that isn’t important, whereas kettling thousands of victims in a cramped barge is 'OK'
Arrogant & irresponsible, the Tory’s new norm!
From Homeless Network Scotland: "The Illegal Migration Act bans almost everyone fleeing war and persecution from claiming asylum in the UK. You can add your name to this open letter to the Prime Minister organised by the joint council which includes the Scottish Refugee Council and Just Right Scotland. Take action now" -- https://www.jcwi.org.uk/not-in-our-name-sign-our-open-letter-to-the-pm
Corporate profits are responsible for 60% of inflation, but sadly no one can think of a way to slow inflation down, not even the politicians who are owned by corporations. It’s not like taxing the shit out of profits would help us transition to clean energy to avoid an influx of refugees when wild fire reduces southern Europe to ash. #politics #ClimateChange #refugees #corruption #Profit https://normalislandnews.substack.com/p/british-gas-thrilled-to-announce?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email
Rainbow Railroad is announcing the launch of a new, historic partnership with the Government of Canada, allowing for more LGBTQI+ refugees to safely resettle in Canada.
Gets even worse. Majority owner of company that ran Manus Island’s immigration detention centre transferred more than $1.2 million to his mum that worked at Home Affairs.
Untenable for @AlboMP
to leave the 75 refugees still trapped in PNG there
#Refugees from #Sudan talk yo #BBCNewsday about their living conditions in #Egypt