Category Archives: Asylum Seekers

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

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Labor MP admits asylum policy ‘very harsh’ (Sydney Morning Herald)

Labour MP admits asylum policy ‘very harsh’
Sydney Morning Herald
November 25, 2012

Federal government minister Tony Burke says denying asylum seekers the right to have a job is “very harsh” but is a policy needed to stop people drowning at sea. Continue reading

Citing bias, court orders review of deported Libyan family (CBC)

Citing bias, court orders review of deported Libyan family
By Maureen Brosnahan, CBC
November 20, 2012

Canadian immigration officials say they will comply with a Federal Court order to review the case of a family that was deported four years ago to Moammar Gadhafi’s Libya, where the father was imprisoned and tortured in that country’s notorious Ain Zara jail.  Continue reading

The UK Border Agency must end this culture of disbelief (The Guardian)

The UK Border Agency must end this culture of disbelief
By Diane Taylor, The Guardian
November 22, 2012

The UK Border Agency has come under fire in a report from the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine, for allowing a huge backlog of asylum cases to build up and for misleading parliament about how it has dealt with this backlog. The report focuses on 147,000 legacy cases – asylum seekers who made a claim before March 2007 – and says that this group has spent an average of seven years waiting for a decision. Continue reading

Greece: Migrants Describe Fear on the Streets (HRW)

Greece: Migrants Describe Fear on the Streets
Human Rights Watch
July 10, 2012

(Athens) – The Greek authorities are failing to tackle a rising wave of xenophobic violence that has left migrants afraid to walk the streets.  Continue reading

Asylum seeker houses ‘unfit for children’ (The Independent)

Asylum seeker houses ‘unfit for children’
By Nina Lakhani, The Independent
November 20, 2012

Housing provided to asylum seeker families is unfit for children, a Parliamentary inquiry has been told. Continue reading

REFUGEES: Changing the odds in Europe’s asylum lottery (IRIN)

REFUGEES: Changing the Odds in Europe’s Asylum Lottery
IRIN
November 21, 2012

JOHANNESBURG – Desperate to escape the conflict in Syria, but reluctant to see out the war in a dusty refugee camp in Jordan, Emmad Saeed* and his family paid smugglers to take them to Europe. They hoped to reach relatives in Germany or Sweden but their smugglers guaranteed only that they would get to Europe, and the country their small boat washed up on was Greece. Continue reading