Analysis

Passing the Parcel: The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean April 16, 2019

The modern UN Refugee Convention is now so flea-bitten it’s been put out to the garbage tip of history. At least the enthusiastic fleas think so, given their conduct as political representatives across a range of parliaments keen on barbed wired borders and impenetrable defences. Across Europe,..

America is not full. Its future rests with young immigrants. April 10, 2019

President Trump’s pronouncement that the U.S. is “full” and that there is no need for attracting future immigrants is exactly the opposite of what our demographic future portends. If anything, the nation is sputtering from historic demographic stagnation. We recently registered the slowest..

Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno’s Assange Problem April 3, 2019

Political asylum is an accepted if often ignored right. It is also at the mercy of those interests that grant it. Ecuador’s repeated insistence on conditioning Julian Assange’s stay in its London abode is tantamount to corroding the idea of asylum to vacuity. You are granted asylum as a..

Asylum seekers returned from Mexico for first U.S. court hearings March 19, 2019

Lizbeth Diaz, Jose Gallego Espina, TIJUANA-SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Asylum seekers sent to wait in to Mexico under a controversial new Trump administration policy crossed into the United States on Tuesday for their first hearings in U.S. immigration court, harboring hopes a judge would allow them to..

Publicised Cruelty: Scott Morrison Visits Christmas Island March 12, 2019

His visit struck a sour note. The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was making an effort to show he cared: about those intangible things called borders, secure firm and shut to the unwanted human matter coming by sea. The distant Australian territory of Christmas Island was selected to..

How hard is it for Venezuelans to get asylum in the U.S.? March 5, 2019

The Florida Democrats portrayed President Donald Trump as a hypocrite on Venezuela. While Trump states his support for the Venezuelan people, the party said he isn’t actually helping those who flee such brutality once they arrive on U.S. soil. "The Trump administration has denied almost half of..

Excessive immigration is fueling social discontent March 4, 2019

Around much of the world, including Western Europe and North America, far-right political movements are on the rise. Many labels, such as white supremacy or neo-fascism, can be applied, but labeling just describes the phenomenon, it doesn’t necessarily explain anything, and it certainly doesn’t..

IT Services Companies And Clients Bear Brunt Of H-1B Crackdown February 25, 2019

New U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data reveal the Trump administration’s crackdown on high-skilled immigration has hit the information technology (IT) services sector the hardest. Such services have been important in making U.S. companies more competitive and increasing U.S...

After long wait, U.S. moves forward with proposal to end work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders February 23, 2019

The spouses of certain U.S. visa holders granted permission to work under an Obama-era rule are now one step closer to seeing that authorization removed. The proposed regulation was officially delivered to the Office of Management and Budget for review Wednesday, according to a government..

Is Trump Changing His Policy On High-Skilled Immigration? February 21, 2019

During his State of the Union address, on February 5, 2019, Donald Trump declared, “I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.” The remarks and those that followed the next day raised two questions: 1) Is this a change in Trump..

Latinos have become less likely to say there are too many immigrants in U.S. February 20, 2019

A quarter of Hispanics say there are too many immigrants living in the U.S. today, down since early 2000sThe share of Latinos who say there are too many immigrants living in the United States has declined sharply over the past decade and a half, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of..

Trump again dares courts to stop him February 19, 2019

By Stephen Collinson, Washington (CNN)The legal confrontation over Donald Trump's immigration national emergency is becoming the most important test yet of his vision of an unfettered presidency immune to norms that check executive power. The President hit back Tuesday after 16 states filed a..

Death by Video: Morrison Combats Refugees By Film February 18, 2019

Caught in the backwater of the world’s existence, Australia struggles for relevance in various ways. It might show itself a leader in creating a sovereign fund (too late for that now); it might demonstrate, in various ways, a singular approach to solar energy (impossible, we are told, on that..

Refugees as Business: The Paladin Group Contract February 16, 2019

Despair breeds profits; disturbances supply opportunity. The genius and venal nature of human nature will always see a possible buck from an impossibly cruel situation. Globally, a study should be done about how many billions goes into the supply of contracts, tenders and sweetheart deals to..

Sickness and Paranoia: The Morrison Government’s Refugee Problem February 15, 2019

The passage of amendments to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) by the Australian House of Representatives and the Senate this week was less a case of celebration than necessitous deliverance. The mental wellbeing of asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, or lack thereof, has been documented..

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