Honduran and Cuban migrants cross the Rio Grande River on the U.S.-Mexico border, June 26, 2019.
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The dire conditions that brought waves of Cubans to the US in the 1980s and 1990s are again escalating on the communist island, provoked by Trump-era sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australia has a long history of incarceration of migrants, Indigenous people and those considered 'enemies' of the state. This has formed a 'template' for modern-day quarantine and detention policies.
For the first time, a woman has been appointed to the hawkishly masculine home affairs portfolio. Whether this will bring a change of approach on asylum seekers and other issues remains to be seen.
Refugees waiting in line to register for the Moira refugee camp in Greece that burned down in 2020.
As governments use the pandemic as an excuse to double-down on border closures, refugees are losing vital protection
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To make sure the COVID rollout is accessible to all people living in Australia, the government should consider a migrant amnesty.
The government lost another appeal in the fight over whether a Sri Lankan family can stay in Australia. It's time to ask a fundamental question: is this hardline approach appropriate anymore?
The hardship of the pandemic has exposed the extreme nature of a policy the prime minister didn't even appear to know about.
If history is any guide, the new US president’s forward-thinking approach toward refugee resettlement could help drive Australia’s commitments to refugee protection, too.
In the Howard government, there was near-consensus in Cabinet that an ETS was eventually likely. A spike in asylum-seeker arrivals stimulated the hard "deterrent’ strategy" that would morph into the "Pacific Solution" in 2001.
Members of Anqa - a marketplace led by refugee business founders.
Refugee businesses provide opportunities for those who find that the doors to employment are often closed to them – even if they are well qualified.
The migrant label sticks.
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It's other people who label somebody a migrant – and it's a label that sticks.
South African civil society organisations march against xenophobia in Johannesburg in 2019.
Radio and television were found to be potentially highly influential in promoting positive public attitudes towards immigrants.
New data shows self-harm incidents in immigration detention have spiked his year amid concerns over the pandemic. We must take steps to reduce asylum seekers' vulnerability and prevent further harm.
A Syrian refugee holds up a sign with a portrait of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during a protest outside the headquarters of the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, demanding to be moved out of Lebanon, in September 2020.
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As countries around the world develop their own private sponsorship systems, they should acknowledge how elusive refugee status can be. Policy-makers should proceed accordingly.
Asylum seekers carry their belongings, Lesbos, Greece, September 11 2020.
The pact is largely characterised by the continuation of older ideas, despite the change in tone.
Denying protection to asylum seekers is neither sustainable nor defensible as long-term policy. Here are ways to make the screening process at airports more just when the borders do reopen.
Lesbos in state of emergency after fires at the Moria camp.
After fire destroyed a migrant reception centre on the Greek island of Lesbos, the EU needs a more welcoming approach to asylum.
Talk of an 'invasion' is exactly what prevents meaningful action.
At times of economic crisis, our feelings towards migrants can become hardened.
Border Force officials offer help to a dinghy carrying asylum-seekers from Syria, August 10 2020.
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