In a Jordan camp, outsiders seek Syrian brides (Washington Post)

In a Jordan camp, outsiders seek Syrian brides
By Taylor Luck, Washington Post
November 24, 2012

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan – Between bitter fall weather and unceasing war at home, Syrian refugees at this northern desert tent camp have enough problems. But fathers like Abu Yousef say they must also contend with something else: older Arab men in search of Syrian brides. Continue reading

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

UN High Commissioner for Refugees launches “State of the World’s Refugees” warns of worsening global displacement (UNHCR)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees launches “State of the World’s Refugees” warns of worsening global displacement
UNHCR (Press Release)
May 31, 2012

NEW YORK – The head of the UN refugee agency, António Guterres, warned today that factors causing mass population flight are growing and that the coming 10 years will see more and more people on the move becoming refugees or internally displaced persons. Continue reading

Rohingya in Bangladesh: Maintaining the Status Quo; Squandering a Rare Opportunity (Asian Tribune)

Rohingya in Bangladesh: Maintaining the Status Quo; Squandering a Rare Opportunity
Asian Tribune
November 1, 2012

A Refugees International Report

For decades, Burmese Rohingya fleeing persecution have sought refuge in Bangladesh. June’s inter-communal violence in Burma’s Rakhine State, as well as subsequent state-sponsored persecution and targeted attacks against Muslim populations, have cast an international spotlight on this neglected population, and offered an opportunity to resolve the status of both stateless Rohingya inside Burma and those Rohingya who are refugees in neighboring countries. Continue reading

Aid Worker Diaries – It’s Time for a New Approach to Urban Refugees (AlertNet)

Aid Worker Diaries- It’s Time for a New Approach to Urban Refugees
By Dale Buscher, Women’s Refugee Commission
November 20, 2012

They flock to cities like Nairobi, Cairo and Johannesburg seeking better opportunities and the chance to provide for themselves and their children—opportunities that are not available to them in the refugee camps.  Continue reading

Private Prison for Asylum Seekers on Pacific Island (CorpWatch)

Private Prison for Asylum Seekers on Pacific Island
By Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch
September 17, 2012

A logistics company that provides services to the mining and oil industry among others, has won a A$24.5 million (US$25.9 million) contract from the government of Australia to run a detention center for asylum seekers in the Pacific island nation of Nauru. 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