News Selection – Migration
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Migration.
Are refugees welcome in East Africa or not?
16/11/2018: Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya have welcomed more than two million people fleeing civil war and famine, but these refugees find themselves unsettled, plagued by xenophobia, corrupt officials and funding shortfalls from international donors. Source: The East African
Angola: Stop Abusive Expulsions of Migrants
15/11/2018: Over 400,000 people were forcibly returned or fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo during October following the Angolan government's operation targeting illegal diamond mining in its Lunda Norte province. Source: Human Rights Watch
UN rights chief warns Bangladesh over violation of refugee law
13/11/2018: Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has voiced concern at the “terror and panic” among Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, who are at imminent risk of being returned to Myanmar against their will. Source: UN News
UN sounds alarm as Venezuelan refugees and migrants pass three million mark
8/11/2018: The number of refugees and migrants who have left Venezuela worldwide has now reached three million, flagging the need to increase support for the countries which are hosting large numbers of displaced Venezuelans. Source: UN News
Flag revoked for Aquarius migrant rescue ship
2/11/2018: The last private search vessel in the Mediterranean is unable to sail, with campaigners blaming pressure from Italian government.
Source: The Guardian
What is the UN migration pact — and why do some oppose it?
2/11/2018: The UN's Global Compact for Migration sets out non-binding guidelines for an integrated approach to international migration. Why are some nations so vehemently against it.
Myanmar/Bangladesh: plan puts Rohingya at risk
2/11/2018: The Myanmar and Bangladesh governments should immediately suspend the proposed repatriation of Rohingya refugees set for mid-November, Human Rights Watch has said. The expedited plan would put the lives and liberty of refugees at risk. Source: Human Rights Watch
Trump heightens anti-immigrant rhetoric at White House
2/11/2018: Donald Trump has stepped up his rhetorical attack over immigration before next week’s midterm elections, using a White House address to float what is possibly an unconstitutional clampdown on asylum seekers. Source: The Guardian
Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to begin Rohingya repatriation in November
30/10/2018: Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to begin by November the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees, though doubts about a speedy return to Myanmar are likely to persist. Source: Channel NewsAsia
Latin American asylum seekers hit US policy “wall”
29/10/2018: Under international law the US is obligated to allow asylum seekers to enter and file claims. However, immigration officials at the Mexican border have for months been shifting toward legally dubious practices.