Canada accused of treating Tamil asylum seekers like prisoners (the Guardian)

Canada accused of treating Tamil asylum seekers like prisoners
By Bilbo Poynter, The Guardian
November 29, 2012

When the sea-battered cargo ship MV Sun Sea attempted to reach land off Vancouver Island on Canada‘s west coast in 2010 – overloaded with nearly 500 Tamil asylum seekers – its weary inhabitants couldn’t have known that they would soon be used as political pawns in their chosen safe harbour of Canada, but that’s exactly what happened. Continue reading

New UNHCR head urges Hong Kong to protect refugees and asylum seekers (South China Morning Post)

New UNHCR head urges Hong Kong to protect refugees and asylum seekers
By Joanna Chiu, South China Morning Post
December 2, 2012

The new head of the UNHCR in Hong Kong has made an unusually forceful call for the government to take responsibility for protecting refugees in the city. Continue reading

Man seeks damages over detention treatment (ABC News)

Man seeks damages over detention treatment
Loukas Founten, ABC News
November 30, 2012

An Iranian man is seeking damages from the Federal Government, claiming he was mistreated during his nearly five years in immigration detention. Continue reading

ILO Produces Guide for Lebanon’s Domestic Workers (Migrant Rights)

ILO Produces Guide for Lebanon’s Domestic Workers
Migrant Rights
November 29, 2012

On Tuesday, the International Labor Organization (ILO) along with Lebanon’s Ministry of Labor launched an interactive web guide for migrant domestic workers. Continue reading

Ottawa offloading refugee resettlement to private groups (CBC)

Ottawa offloading refugee resettlement to private groups
CBC
November 26, 2012

The federal government is seeking to offload some of its international promises to refugees onto the private sector. Continue reading

Human Smuggling series: Free on streets of fear (Times Colonist)

Human Smuggling series: Free on streets of fear
By Katie Derosa, Times Colonist
November 24, 2012

Chandru is in limbo. The 25-year-old Sri Lankan refugee has been waiting in Thailand for five years to be resettled in a safe country. He spent four years of that time locked in an overcrowded, windowless cell in the immigration detention centre in Bangkok. Continue reading

Workers without Borders (The Hindu)

Workers without Borders
The Hindu
November 14, 2012

It may no longer be just anecdotal that every third person in Kerala is a migrant worker from outside the State. Along with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Kerala is experiencing a massive influx of migrant workers into its emerging urban areas and its hinterland. Continue reading