Murdoch Stephens for The Spinoff OPINION: The new government needs to roll back a policy that stops Africans claiming refugee status - and undermines the human rights at the foundation of our refugee policy, argues Murdoch Stephens. Politics make strange bedfellows and the campaign to double New Zealand's refugee quota has been bunking down with some truly odd folk as of late. New NZ refugee scheme labelled 'groundbreaking' Aziz Al-Sa'afin opens up about being a former refugee Funding boost for refugees in Budget 2018 Australians on the far right have been insisting New Zealand increase our quota to match theirs - roughly four times our intake on a per capita basis. If we want the right to comment on their deplorable treatment of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island, they say, we first need to increase our quota. These keyboard warriors seem reluctant to accept my thanks, as evidenced by their confused responses to my tweets of solidarity. (In fact multiple accounts making these … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why New Zealand can’t accept South African farmers in the refugee quota
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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has been critical of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door policy toward migrants and revealed that he might abandon his German citizenship. The designer argued that Merkel's ill-thought policy toward migrants resulted in the rise of "Neo-Nazis" in the country. In particular, he referred to the increasing popularity of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. "The AfD didn't exist, yet with one sentence she made it exist by alienating two million voters and sending 100 of these neo-Nazis into parliament," he said, referring to AfD's major success in last September's parliamentary election. These are not the first remarks of the kind made by Karl Lagerfeld. In November last year, the renowned fashion designer sparked outrage on social media after likening German leader Angela Merkel's liberal asylum policies to the Holocaust. READ MORE: Fashion … [Read more...] about Lagerfeld May Give Up German Citizenship Over Refugee Issue
UK By Mark Easton & Ben Butcher Home editor 24 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43826163 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsReality Check The UK has accepted more than 10,000 Syrian refugees in the past two and a half years - but analysis by the BBC shows large disparities in the numbers going … [Read more...] about Reality Check: Where have the Syrian refugees gone?
The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, says “like-minded” countries should come together to review the relevance of the 1951 United Nations refugee convention, arguing the document is outdated and does not account for the modern movement of people. In a wide-ranging interview with Guardian Australia conducted on Tuesday, Dutton flagged a reluctance to allow the elderly family members of immigrants to come to Australia, and a desire to incentivise new arrivals to move to regional communities. He also reaffirmed the country’s commitment to a non-discriminatory immigration policy. Dutton said he agreed with statements made by the British prime minister, Theresa May, and others suggesting the UN convention relating to the status of refugees could be modernised “or at least an update of the way in which the convention works and what it provides for”. He said countries’ efforts to resettle refugees were “token” given the numbers of displaced … [Read more...] about Peter Dutton says ‘like minded’ countries should rethink UN refugee convention
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere defended the law, which passed by a margin of 376 against 298, as "a compromise between humanity and responsibility... between generosity and realism". The measure was agreed Tuesday in ongoing coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative camp and the Social Democrats, in the hope of launching a new joint government by late March. Germany, which has taken in more than a million asylum seekers since 2015, stopped family reunions for such "subsidiary" status refugees in March 2016 to slow the mass influx. Those with subsidiary status are not considered political or war refugees, but are temporarily spared deportation on safety grounds. An increasingly heated debate on immigration has pitted left-leaning parties and pro-refugee groups against conservatives and the far-right, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. AfD lawmaker Christian Wirth argued that refugees should reunite with their families back in their … [Read more...] about Bundestag votes to sharply cap refugee family reunions