The term ‘refugee’ has been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years to generally mean ‘a person who has sought refuge’. The legal definition, set by the 1951 Refugee Convention, is far less flexible in who it does and does not apply to, and subsequently afford rights to. Article 1 of the Convention defines a […]

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By Alex Johnson Next month will mark the 26th anniversary of the ‘Pan-European Picnic’, a day that changed the face of Europe. On 19 August 1989, Communist Hungary stopped policing its border with Austria, allowing some 600 East Germans holidaying at Lake Balaton to cross over to the West. Soon after, the Hungarian authorities officially […]

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By Gloriana Sojo with contributions from Megha Rimal and Deepan Acahrya The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) designated June 20 World Refugee Day: the day the world celebrates ‘the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees’. Much of what we know and see of refugees concerns their initial displacement in the midst […]

By Alex Johnson “They are all slashing their wrists apparently. Let them slash their wrists.” These are the words of a guard at Yarl’s Wood asylum detention centre captured by an undercover film broadcast in March. Staff at the facility were recorded referring to detainees as “animals” and “bitches” while encouraging violence and racism. Following […]

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Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Despite declarations […]

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On April 10, 2015, then-Attorney General Eric Holder issued a legal decision that, while only five pages, will have immense consequences for noncitizens facing deportation as a result of prior criminal convictions. The opinion reintroduces stability and clarity to immigration proceedings by vacating (setting aside) an earlier opinion by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who […]

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It is a dull, drab and dingy world in which Children of Men unfolds. 2027 London presents itself in fading colours, public spaces are dominated by brutal security infrastructure and the city itself shouts its deep unease in xenophobic warning signs and radical graffiti. Outside the city, the English countryside breathes a worn-out air of spent […]

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Apprehensions of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and families at the U.S. Southern border are down from last spring, and this is due in part to an increase in border security at Mexico’s southern border. This increase in Mexican immigration enforcement is partially funded and encouraged by the United States, and it is not clear that […]

Anupa was born in the U.S. just a few months after her parents and older brother emigrated from Nepal. Throughout her childhood and teen years, the time she spent visiting Nepal was integral to the development of her identity. “Splitting my time has left me with deep connections both to my 40+ first cousins (who […]

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by Gloriana Sojo Sita was not forced to seek asylum in the corner of Nepal. She was not persecuted in Bhutan, and she was not born in the Beldangi refugee camp. Sita went to Beldangi by choice. She married into it. And now, she’s stuck. Originally from India, Sita met a Bhutanese refugee in the northern […]

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