Tag Archives: asylum

Can we do it? A view of the refugee crisis response from Schorndorf, Germany

By Tina Kreitmayr I got back to Germany in September after a year abroad and I was very curious about the situation of refugees in my medium- sized, Southern German home town. I had heard all the great stories about public engagement in Berlin and Munich, but I did not quite know what to expect […]

Values-added: Social norms and the granting of asylum

With refugee resettlement becoming recognised as a significant and pressing policy issue in the Western world, it is important to consider the complexities of the way that international refugee law is interpreted at a domestic legislative level. Some types of refugee claims may be relatively straightforward in a legal context, such as systematic religious or political […]

Violating the Prohibition on Refoulement: How The US and Europe Fail Treaty Obligations in the Wake of Mass Migration

By Rosemary Laughton In French, refoulement means to drive back or reject. In law, refoulement is defined as the expulsion of someone who has the right to be recognized as a refugee. It is considered an offense so grave that international bodies expressly have prohibited it through treaties. In the wake of displacement after World […]

Alan’s story: You Have the Power

The world awoke today to news that Alan Kurdi, the little boy whose lifeless body was found on a Turkish beach yesterday, was part of a Syrian refugee family who may have applied for asylum in Canada – and been rejected. Suddenly, both the bloody Syrian conflict and the international migration crisis have landed on […]

Trampoline House: Space for Connection in Copenhagen

Starting from the end of May, against the backdrop of streets drowning in election posters, a series of cultural and artistic events emerge in the weather-wise frozen Copenhagen. It seems like all cultural operators and organizers are mobilizing themselves – and also the artists and their audience – by a more or less accidental common […]

Lessons and Concerns: The Differences Between the Response to Unaccompanied Child Migrants in 2014 and 2015

During the summer of 2014, the United States saw an unprecedented number of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border without their parents. U.S Customs and Border Protection reports a 48 percent decrease in Southwest Border apprehensions of unaccompanied child migrants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 compared to from FY 2014. While this is a […]

The European response to the Mediterranean refugee crisis: an update

By Mirijam Beutke 2015 has seen record numbers of refugees attempting to cross into Europe by sea. By mid-April, over 21,000 had arrived in Italy and at least 1,720 refugees had died trying to reach European shores. Within one week alone, between 12 and 19 April, more than 1,000 refugees travelling primarily from Libya, drowned […]

‘If we want people to come the legal way, we have to clean up our act’: Part II of The Migrationist’s one-on-one with the UN’s independent expert on the human rights of migrants

Earlier this week we posted Part I of our interview with François Crépeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. Crépeau is also the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where his research focus includes migration control mechanisms […]

Australian Migration Law Amendments: Deciding What it Means to be a Refugee

On December 5th the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Aslum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 (the Bill) passed through the senate. This has significant impacts on refugee law in Australia as the Bill increases Australia’s capacity to dodge its obligations under International Law. No references to the Refugees Convention or its Protocol Despite […]

Volunteer Attorneys Make a Difference in Immigrant Family Detention Centers

In response to the record numbers of Central American women and children apprehended at the southern U.S. border this year, the Obama administration has rapidly increased its use of family detention for the first time in many years, leading critics to denounce both the conditions in which these families are being held and the legal […]