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How Europe's far right fell in love with Australia's immigration policy
Conjuring an imaginary “queue” was a clever way to conflate two different sorts of refugees in the mind of the public: those who manage to reach UN camps and patiently wait for years to be resettled, and those who flee their homelands and attempt to claim asylum upon arrival in Australia. But there is no such queue, because countries are not obliged to take in refugees assigned for resettlement by the UN; if they do, it is purely good will. Signatories to the UN refugee convention are, however, obliged to assess the claims of asylum seekers reaching their shores. Australia is a society obsessed with rules and fairness, and the queue-jumping argument resonates perfectly with a population primed to think in terms of orderly regulations, most of whom have never faced state-sponsored violence or war crimes.

More than 51,000 asylum seekers arrived in Australia by sea between 2009 and 2013.

The EU has earmarked around $2bn in the past two years to address the drivers of migration.

Libya offers a worrying picture of what the future might hold if politicians like Espersen and Le Pen get their way, or if these sorts of outsourced solutions come to be seen as palatable by mainstream parties.

The EU has declared it a goal to “significantly reduce migratory flows by enabling the Libyan coast guard to ‘rescue’ a higher number of migrants and bring them back to Libya before they reach EU ships or EU territory”,

if the Australian model is adopted more fully in Europe, then there will be no hope for legitimate refugees to claim asylum through legal channels, and more of them will seek illegal paths to Europe.

The far right’s goal is to make European social benefits the exclusive property of native-born citizens, a hard-earned jackpot to be protected from the grasping hands of supposedly undeserving new arrivals.

“We are encumbered throughout ex-Christian Europe by the phenomenon of compassion,” he tells me, hinting at the logical endpoint of the policies his ideas have unleashed. “Compassion is fabulous … but it is obvious that without the use of force, we will never stop the invasion.”
far-right  australia  reportage  refugee  2010s  crisis  europe  politics  today 
november 2017 by aries1988
Judith Kerr on refugees, Hitler and ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’

We loved the change, the interest of different places, and learning a language. I think the language is a huge thing because something that appears impossible, suddenly you find you’ve done it. I loved the brevity of French after the endless sentences in German. In 1935, two years after arriving in Paris speaking no French, she and her brother finished top in French in the final exams, she writes.
children  book  writing  writer  uk  ww2  nazi  kid  memory  refugee  france 
october 2017 by aries1988
街头摄影师刘涛的前半生:为了等一只猫跳到窗框上

刘涛此前的拍摄都是在合肥,他在这里出生、读书、工作。除此之外,他对世界的认识都来自书籍和网络,他每天在自家的电脑上浏览大量摄影作品,看玛格南大师,看Flickr上国外摄影师刚出炉的作品,看森山大道的摄影集—— 拍照都是一回事儿,跟日本新宿比起来,合肥的区别也不大。他最喜欢的摄影师是Alex Webb,刚出名时接受记者采访,刘涛说,Alex把城市里的建筑、栏杆、街上的行人都拍得很有味道,这些元素合肥也有。

回到合肥,刘涛带回来了德国的毛病,更格格不入了。刘涛也开始像德国人一样,买一罐啤酒边走边喝,别人就觉得我这人有点……合肥街头很难找到不吃菜,一个人光喝酒的。

去年6月份开始,我们单位搞了一个步数比赛,到现在正好一年。我去年平均每天走2万5千步,周末不拍照步数少一些。街拍时一天走15公里,肯定胖不起来了。
hefei  photography  life  city  street  germany  story  refugee  moi 
august 2017 by aries1988
sven_shi:德国难民-墙外楼
比如难民营中的公共厕所。今年10月在汉堡兴建的难民营中就有一个19岁的居住者因为厕所的使用问题纵火烧毁了新建的难民营,在这之前还有很多因为使用厕所而爆发的群殴事件。公共厕所一直是很多难民营的大难题。原教旨主义者采取中世纪的方法,在使用厕所后用手清洁,而后在洗脸池中用清水冲洗。这样的方式很容易引起其他使用厕所人的不满。同时他们还时常禁止他人在自己经常使用的公共厕所中使用卫生纸。这样的行为自然也很容易诱发冲突。
deutschland  refugee  temoignage  integration  germany 
november 2015 by aries1988
Why welcoming more refugees makes economic sense for Europe | New Scientist
Any pull is insignificant compared to push – such as the ever-increasing hardship in Middle-Eastern refugee camps, Goldin says.

Germany had 200,000 more deaths than births in 2012, more than compensated by 391,000 immigrants. In contrast, UK prime minister David Cameron bowed to public pressure and this week said the country would take just 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

Those travelling on their own can look up how-to guides written by others who’ve made it. One refugee showed a reporter at Public Radio International a video explaining, step-by-step, how to get across the Serbian-Hungarian border. Others post real-time updates about what areas are safe to travel through – where water is safe to drink, for example.
2015  refugee  middle-east  europe  analysis  economy  opinion  population  germany  numbers 
september 2015 by aries1988

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