As the northern hemisphere wends its way into summer, my sense of calm has been broken by the anguished cries of refugees the world over who have been denied their human right to a life free of war or poverty. Maybe it’s my advanced age and knowing that I will be dead soon that makes me angry and resolved not to remain quiet. I cannot sit back in good conscience while the world my generation built is left to turn feral in the hands of right-wing populists and indifferent capitalists. Too many people died and too many lives were cut short or mangled by the Great Depression and the Second World War for me to accept that the architecture of fascism being built by Donald Trump along with demagogues in Europe and Asia should be allowed to go unchallenged. I am a very old man whose only weapon is that I have endured the catastrophic history of the 20th century and I am not afraid to tell younger generations what I saw and experienced in my youth. I want my memories to be a … [Read more...] about ‘I’m 95, I saw the 1945 refugee crisis firsthand and I have a warning’
Refugee crisis explained
On the arid Italian island of Lampedusa, known as the “door of Europe”, 400,000 migrants have arrived by way of the Mediterranean sea in just the past two decades. With a population of 6,000 and an economy that runs on fishing and tourism, it’s emerged as an unlikely port in the storm of Europe’s immigration crisis, welcoming asylum seekers from Syria, Libya, Eritrea, Gambia, the Maghreb, Sudan and Tunisia, whose coast is just 70 miles away. Lampedusa, though, is not only a site of salvation. It’s also where families claim the remains of their loved ones, whose bodies are often retrieved in the cast nets of local fisherman. It’s here where the new HBO documentary It Will Be Chaos begins, at the southernmost tip of Italy, as locals and migrants alike await the corpses of the more than 350 refugees who died in the infamous 2013 shipwreck off the coast. In the opening scenes, industrial-sized cranes lift caskets holding the mostly Somali and Eritrean … [Read more...] about ‘A tale of two crises’: a husband and wife document Europe’s refugee crisis
Sputnik: Will Italy continue to refuse migrants? Francesca Totolo: I suspect that Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will continue to stick with this policy. He knows very well that he can’t discard the major promises he made during the election campaign. 80% percent of Italian citizens have asked the new government under Giuseppe Conte, to close the Sicilian ports to stop illegal immigration. After the refusal to allow the Aquarius to dock, Salvini has been very clear on his stance towards the NGO’s, who since 2015 have brought hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants to Italy. Sputnik: What impact have the refugee crisis and illegal immigration had on Italy? Francesca Totolo: There are currently 600,000 illegal migrants in Italy who have not obtained or applied for international protection. Even after orders of expulsion by the Italian government, they remain free … [Read more...] about Italian Journalist Explains What Impact Refugee Crisis Has on Italy
World Bulletin / News Desk Gaza is home to almost two million Palestinians, the majority of whom are long-term refugees. It’s been run by Hamas since elections in 2007: the group is designated as a terrorist organization by Israel, the US and the EU among others. The West Bank is governed by the Palestinian Authority, which is currently controlled by Fatah, rivals of Hamas. 2. The event that changed Palestinians The dominant event for Palestinians in Gaza during the past century has been the Nakba of 1948, when hundreds of thousands were driven from, or else fled, their homes in what is now modern-day Israel as the state came into existence. The right of return to ancestral homes (or "Haq al-Awda") is the over-riding long-term priority for many Palestinians: it forms part of United Nations resolution 194. 3. Palestinians recall what was lost Palestinian houses and cinemas, shops and mosques, train stations and markets were all lost in 1948. Tarek Bakri, a researcher and … [Read more...] about Gaza crisis explained in 6 points
Dealing with the refugee crisis has proved to be an insurmountable task for Europe, due to the apparent lack of a coherent immigration policy and political indecisiveness. Europe’s cohesion comes out shaken as a result, EURACTIV.gr reports. Poor reception infrastructure, and difficulties caused by a bureaucracy unable to meet the basic needs of the refugees have lead to overpopulation – and Aegean islands are a prime example. The direct outcome is an unprecedented emergency situation. “In recent years, migratory flows have intensified, posing a challenge for MEPs and every citizen of the EU, as the Dublin Regulation has proved inadequate and ineffective in practice, accumulating crowds of immigrants and problems on European coasts,” Greek MEP Eva Kaili (S&D) told EURACTIV. “We are a union of 28 member states and, as is the case today, those who guard the borders of Europe in the Mediterranean and the Aegean, such as Greece, bear the greatest … [Read more...] about The EU’s refugee crisis: Effective handling or botched up policy?