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    Re: Mediterranean drownings, Mare Nostrum and Triton

    Clashes occur at the Hungarian border and the question is how long Hungary will hold out. Meanwhile, more refugees move through Croatia and Slovenia. Though neither country has a government that is as racist as Hungary's, there are very real risks in Croatia: as a result of the post-Yugoslav wars, large areas still contain land mines.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34275400

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he is "shocked" after Hungarian police fired tear gas and water cannon to force migrants back from its border.

    Mr Ban said such treatment of asylum seekers was "unacceptable".

    Hundreds were involved in clashes at the Hungary-Serbia border on Wednesday, trying to breach a razor-wire fence.

    More than 5,000 migrants have entered Croatia so far - avoiding Hungary - police say, and another 7,266 entered Germany on Wednesday.

    German police said this was more than double the number that crossed the previous day, adding that most were picked up on the border with Austria.

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    Chaos at the Croatian-Serbian border, since police at the most used border crossing were extremely understaffed.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34283152

    Amid chaotic scenes in Croatia, crowds of migrants briefly broke through riot police lines at the border with Serbia.

    People waiting for hours in blazing heat at Tovarnik grew frustrated, though the situation is quieter now.

    Croatia is struggling to deal with at least 7,300 arrivals since Wednesday morning after Hungary closed its border with Serbia, blocking the previous route into the European Union.

    EU leaders will hold an emergency summit next week to discuss the crisis.

    Croatian officials say migrants must apply for asylum there or be treated as illegal immigrants.

    Authorities seem to be overwhelmed and surprised by the number of migrants - most of whom wish to travel on to other EU countries. The Croatian interior minister has said the country is "absolutely full".
    Croatia said it would allow migrants to travel into northern Europe, but officials in Slovenia - which borders Croatia to the north - have said they would tighten their border security and would stick to rules which require asylum-seekers to register on arrival.

    Slovenia, like Hungary, is an entry point to the Schengen zone, which normally allows people to travel between member countries without restrictions.

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    The redistribution scheme has been passed with a Qualified Majority, some eastern countries continue to resist.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34332759

    EU leaders meeting in Brussels are set to approve a plan to relocate 120,000 migrants across the continent, despite fierce opposition from some members.

    Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against the mandatory quota scheme.

    Wednesday's emergency summit will also focus on tightening EU borders and boosting aid to neighbours of Syria, from where many migrants come.

    EU leaders have struggled to find a co-ordinated response to the crisis.

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    Asylum applications from Western Balkan non-EU countries are a sizeable minority in several EU member states. Not all people from those countries are illegitimate asylum seekers, but a large number are economic migrants who don't escape destitution.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34392080

    Germany's cabinet has approved a new asylum law aimed at reducing the number of migrants arriving from the Balkans.

    The change, which will need parliamentary approval, would prevent people from Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania from seeking asylum in Germany.

    Border controls were imposed by Germany to slow the influx of migrants and refugees earlier this month.

    The UN refugee agency says more than 514,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year.

    The majority have come via Greece and almost 3,000 people have died on the journey or are missing, it says.

    Germany alone expects between 800,000 and one million people to seek asylum in 2015, more than four times the number last year.

    Although the largest number are from Syria, almost 40% of asylum applications have come from countries in the Western Balkans, including Kosovo, Albania and Serbia.

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    Attacks on asylum seekers' houses have increased vastly in Germany this year.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34487562

    The German government says there have been almost 500 attacks on homes intended for asylum seekers this year - three times more than in 2014.

    German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called such violence "shameful". Two-thirds of the attacks were carried out by locals who had no previous criminal record, he said.

    Germany expects to host at least 800,000 asylum seekers this year.

    Bavaria's leaders have demanded that Berlin restrict the numbers arriving.

    The southern state's conservative CSU government opposes Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door policy for refugees. Yet formally the CSU is allied with her Christian Democrats (CDU).

    Many of the migrants reaching central Europe via the Balkans have expressed a wish to settle in Germany.

    Germans are split over Ms Merkel's welcome for refugees from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones. That welcome does not extend to non-EU economic migrants.

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    Tsipras has made some excellent comments.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ay-authorities

    Greece’s prime minister has lashed out against European “ineptness” in handling the migration crisis after 22 people drowned in two shipwrecks on Friday.

    The merchant marine ministry said 19 people were killed and 138 rescued near the eastern Aegean Sea island of Kalymnos, in one of the worst accidents in Greek waters since the mass migrant flows started after the outbreak of war in Syria.

    At least three more people died when another migrant boat sank off the nearby island of Rhodes, and three more were missing. On the islet of Agathonissi, a fisherman recovered the body of a boy missing from yet another accident on Wednesday.

    Nearly 600 people have been rescued by the coastguard in the past 24 hours, while thousands more have made it safely to the islands.
    The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, accused Europe of an “inability to defend its (humanitarian) values” by providing a safe alternative to the dangerous sea journeys.

    “I want to express ... my endless grief at the dozens of deaths and the human tragedy playing out in our seas,” he told parliament. “The waves of the Aegean are not just washing up dead refugees, dead children, but (also) the very civilisation of Europe.”

    Tsipras accused western countries of shedding “crocodile tears” over children dying in the Aegean but doing little for those who make it across.

    “What about the tens of thousands of living children, who are cramming the roads of migration?” he said.

    Tsipras blamed the migrant flows on western military interventions in the Middle East, which he said furthered geopolitical interests rather than democracy.

    “And now, those who sowed winds are reaping whirlwinds, but these mainly afflict reception countries,” he added.
    If only he also had a go at the fetishistic thirst for more border controls to prop up the military-industrial complex it would be a perfect statement.

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    The AKP's electoral success means that a deal with Turkey will probably be extortionate. There's much good in replacing irregular migration with official alternatives in Turkey (ending the drownings in the Aegean), but it's becoming doubtful whether it's worth the price.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...eu-on-refugees

    Europe is praying that the return of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) to a solid parliamentary majority will help it cope with the mass movement of people northwards and westwards from the Middle East. There is a strong chance the prayers will end in tears.

    On Monday, the European commission had only good things to say about the triumph of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s irascible leader.

    Sunday’s election “reaffirmed the strong commitment of the Turkish people to democratic processes”, Brussels said. “The EU will work with the future government to enhance the EU-Turkey partnership and cooperation across all areas.”

    The main “area” is immigration since Turkey is the pivotal country between Europe and Syria and is the main source of the hundreds of thousands of people trekking up the Balkans to the gates of the EU.
    Besides, the main reason European countries want to involve Erdogan is to have him be their gatekeeper. I doubt we need to accept Erdogan's price for just offering a safer alternative to refugees.



    It's reported that October was a record month for refugees entering Europe.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ctober-un-says

    More than 218,000 people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in October – a monthly record and nearly the same number as in the whole of last year, according to the UN.

    Last month, 218,394 people crossed the sea – all but 8,000 of them landing in Greece – compared with 219,000 arrivals during all of last year, UN figures showed.

    The soaring numbers of arrivals last month brought to more than 744,000 the number of people who have made the journey so far this year.

    The October figures show that despite the increasingly harrowing conditions at sea at the onset of winter, refugees from Syria and other trouble spots continue to pile into boats heading west amid fears that Europe is poised to close its borders.
    About 3,440 people have died, or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, this year, according to data by the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, last week.

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    Some media have reported that Sweden would close its borders for refugees. That's some seriously dishonest reporting, as Sweden did introduce border controls but will not send refugees back.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-border-checks

    Sweden is introducing border checks for the first time since the start of the refugee crisis, hours after its prime minister asked European counterparts at a high-level migration conference in Malta to do more to help his country and Germany care for refugees arriving on the continent.

    Swedish police will monitor trains and ferries arriving from mainland Europe and stop anyone without valid travel documents. Officials stressed that anyone seeking to apply for asylum in Sweden would not be turned back, and said the intention is to deter those hoping to cross Sweden to reach other Scandinavian countries, and to create a more orderly process of arrival for refugees.
    Sweden is proportionally bearing the biggest burden of the European migration crisis, with 10,000 asylum-seekers arriving every week, and no more short-term space to house them. Migration officials expect the country to absorb at least 170,000 asylum seekers by the end of the year, within a total population of 10 million. Britain, with a population of more than 60 million, has pledged to receive 4,000 Syrian refugees in the same period.

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    This feature on Quartz by a Polish woman abroad puts the official line of the Polish government in perspective. A country of 36 million fears that some 4,500 refugees will shatter their culture.

    http://qz.com/529130/polands-refugee...u-think-it-is/

    Refugees and migrants who are arriving in Europe en masse are not exactly pounding at Poland’s door. They are not even knocking: In fact, there is little to suggest they even want to settle in Central Europe’s largest country. No one in Poland is struggling with an influx of people from the Middle East and Africa—but the country has a refugee problem. And the problem is a horrifying display of xenophobia and historical amnesia, demonstrated in the country’s parliament, at dinner parties, on the streets, and, overwhelmingly, on the internet.

    The migration “crisis” has been a hot-button issue in the campaign for this weekend’s parliamentary election. The fear-mongering rhetoric from the likely winners is reminiscent of Nazi propaganda during World War II, when Hitler’s cronies justified their anti-Semitic policies with claims that typhus was a disease of the Jews.

    “There are already signs of emergence of diseases that are highly dangerous and have not been seen in Europe for a long time: cholera on the Greek islands, dysentery in Vienna. There is also talk about other, even more severe diseases,” Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Law and Justice, the opposition party that is most likely to win the upcoming election said just last week. “Also there are some differences related to geography, various parasites, protozoa that are common and are not dangerous in the bodies of these people, (but) may be dangerous here. Which doesn’t mean there is a need to discriminate anyone, but you need to check.”


    Juncker, of whom I'm not quite the biggest fan, did to his credit respond rather forcefully to all those cynics who seek to exploit the attack in Paris to fan a witch hunt against refugees.

    There are also possibility that the passport that was found near one of the attackers was counterfeit. After all, members of genocidal petty fiefdoms aren't scrupled about using forged documents. Who could have known?

    http://neurope.eu/article/juncker-re...he-terrorists/

    The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, stated from the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, that “those who organized, who perpetrated the attacks {in Paris} are the very same people who the refugees are fleeing and not the opposite. And so there is no need for an overall review of the European policy on refugees.”

    Meanwhile, US intelligence told CBS news that the Syrian passport recovered on Friday night and has been the main evidence that has been used to link terrorism with asylum seekers may well fake. The picture does not match the name according to US intelligence sources. However, the fake passport business is booming in Turkey for immigrants who want to appear Syrian. Also, passport making offices have been captured by ISIL in Syrian territory.

    The Polish government was swift on Saturday, after the Paris attack to announce that it will no longer participate in the EU’s resettlement plan for refugees.

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    Republicans vote a ban on Syrian refugees through the House with their Democratic useful idiots. President Obama will veto it.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34870724

    The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that tightens restrictions on the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, amid security concerns.

    Dozens of Democrats joined Republicans as the House passed the measure 289-137, in a rebuke to the White House.

    President Barack Obama has said he will veto the legislation.

    The bill follows the attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead, claiming to the be the work of Islamic State.
    Thanks, Obama! The current pale hysteria about Syrian refugees is absolutely unwarranted, morally and epistemologically.

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    Turkey abuses Syrian refugees, sooner because of than despite the agreement with the EU.

    http://europe.newsweek.com/amnesty-i...d-405288?rm=eu

    Turkish authorities have been “unlawfully apprehending”, “detaining” and “pressuring” refugees and asylum-seekers to return home, according to a new Amnesty International report released on Wednesday.

    The report, called Europe’s Gatekeeper , documents how the European Union (EU) is in danger of being complicit in what Amnesty called “serious human rights violations” against refugees and asylum-seekers, after EU leaders signed an agreement on November 24 with the Turkish government to curb the number of refugees entering Europe.

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    The EU intends to finilise an unlikeable agreement with Turkey. A key aspect of the deal is that refugees who reach Greece by boat will be returned to Turkey and lose any right to asylum in the EU. In exchange the EU will admit as many refugees from Syria (and only Syria) as there have been readmitted by Turkey from Greece. However, the plan seems illegal, immoral and impossible.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...refugee-crisis

    One in, one out. That was the unexpected compromise occupying EU and Turkish leaders in Brussels as they sought a means of managing Europe’s refugee crisis.

    Details were still being hammered out on Monday as the talks reached witching hour, and the plan may yet fold. But at one point European top brass were at least considering the orderly resettlement of one Syrian directly from Turkey in exchange for each asylum seeker it readmits after they land on the shores of neighbouring Greece.

    For some, it felt like progress. Such a scheme could see an end to the chaos in the Aegean, while ensuring that Europe lived up to its humanitarian obligations. Syrians could still have a future in Europe, while being discouraged from trying to get there haphazardly. Suddenly the hubristic claims made at the start of the day by Donald Tusk, the European council president, seemed to make more sense.
    http://www.politico.eu/article/euroj...lym-syria-war/

    Any deal on migration that the EU strikes with Turkey would be almost impossible to implement, according to an assessment prepared for Eurojust, the EU’s judicial cooperation agency.

    The report was delivered at a Eurojust meeting at its Hague headquarters last month, according to a person familiar with the matter. A copy was provided to POLITICO.

    The report suggests Turkey lacks the political will and the infrastructure to help stem flow of migrants into Europe.

    “Contrary to EU opinion, migrants leaving Turkey is a dominant idea favored by the Turkish government and people — i.e., they support smugglers getting immigrants leaving Turkey,” it states.
    http://www.unhcr.org/56dee1546.html

    GENEVA, March 8 (UNHCR) – The United Nations Refugee Agency today distanced itself from an outline joint EU-Turkey deal to solve Europe's refugee crisis, saying it was concerned with some aspects of the proposal although it was not yet privy to all the details.

    "As a first reaction, I am deeply concerned about any arrangement that would involve the blanket return of anyone from one country to another without spelling out the refugee protection safeguards under international law," Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said on Tuesday.

    Grandi, who was speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the occasion of International Women's Day, stressed that legal safeguards would need to govern any mechanism under which responsibility would be transferred for assessing an asylum claim.

    "An asylum-seeker should only be returned to a third state, if the responsibility for assessing the particular asylum application in substance is assumed by the third country; the asylum-seeker will be protected from refoulement; and if the individual will be able to seek and, if recognized, enjoy asylum in accordance with accepted international standards, and have full and effective access to education, work, health care and, as necessary, social assistance," he detailed.

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    UNHCR, MSF, Save the Children and two other aid organisations have pulled out of Greece out of protest over putting refugees in detention centres.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu...-idUSKCN0WO31Z

    The United Nations refugee agency dealt a blow to EU efforts to stem the biggest humanitarian crisis in generations on Tuesday, saying it would no longer assist in the transfer of migrants and refugees arriving in Greece to "detention centers".

    The European Union reached a deal with Turkey just four days ago aimed at halting the flow of migrants across the sea to Greece, but the UNHCR said the deal was being prematurely implemented without the required safeguards in place.

    It said migrants were being held against their will at reception facilities on several Greek islands, and it would not transport people there from the beaches and to and from ports. It will continue to provide other services including counseling to refugees, it said.
    Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it was pulling out of one center on the island of Lesbos "because the EU-Turkey deal is turning reception centers to deportation centers.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a6948586.html

    Four international aid organisations have followed UNHCR in refusing to work in new refugee detention centres on the Greek islands, in protest at the “unlawful” implementation of the EU-Turkey deal.

    Save the Children said it would no longer be providing assistance to refugees at any of the five refugee “hotspots” it was operating across the Greek islands, due to fears they would now be used to hold migrants for indefinite and unlawful periods of time, since the deal came into force on Sunday.

    The Norwegian Refugee Council also said they would no longer be providing assistance at the Vial registration centre on the island of Chios.
    Meanwhile the International Rescue Committee echoed the UNHCR in saying it would no longer provide transport for refugees to the Moria facility in protest at its new use.

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    Pope Francis addressed the European response to refugees, beside several other topics, in his Good Friday Prayer for criticism.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-over-refugees

    Pope Francis decried what he called Europe’s “indifferent and anaesthetised conscience” over refugees, during Good Friday prayers in Rome during which he also criticised pedophile priests, arms dealers and fundamentalists.

    Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful gathered for the service at the city’s Colosseum, where thousands of Christians are believed to have been killed in Roman times.

    “O Cross of Christ, today we see you in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas which have become insatiable cemeteries, reflections of our indifferent and anaesthetised conscience,” the 79-year old pontiff said, referring to the thousands who set off in unseaworthy boats to reach Greece and the rest of Europe.

    The pope has long called for the global community to open its doors to refugees and fight xenophobia – appeals which have intensified since a controversial deal between Europe and Turkey to expel migrants arriving in Greece.

    Earlier in the day, the pontiff washed and kissed the feet of refugees, including Muslims, at a shelter outside Rome — a gesture of welcome at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has risen after the Brussels and Paris attacks.

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    Turkey sends refugees, including unaccompanied children, back to Syria, as Amnesty plausibly argues. This makes sending them to Turkey illegal without question, bypassing the other debate about legality.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...h-human-rights

    Serious concerns have been raised about the viability and legality of the EU-Turkey refugee deal just three days before its implementation, after rights campaigners alleged that Ankara had been deporting hundreds of refugees back to Syria on a daily basis in recent weeks, and the Greek asylum service said it needed more staff to make the deal work.

    In a double blow to the deal, the most senior Greek asylum official, Maria Stavropoulou, called for a 20-fold increase in personnel – while Amnesty International alleged that unaccompanied children were among scores of Syrians illegally expelled from Turkey since January. Hours later, the UN refugee agency again called for a halt to the deal unless Turkey could guarantee refugees’ basic rights.


    Canada will accept an additional 10,000 refugees, raising their total to 35,000.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-john-mccallum

    Canada will take in an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees, adding to the more than 25,000 already received in the last few months, said immigration minister John McCallum.

    McCallum told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp he was responding to complaints from Canadian groups who want to sponsor Syrian refugees but did not have their applications processed quickly enough to be among the government’s initial target of 25,000.

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    The first three boats have gone from Greece to Turkey, mostly Pakistanis who were sent back before the implementation of the Knaus plan.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...urkey-underway

    Three boats carrying the first migrants to be deported from Greece to Turkey under an EU deal with Ankara have made the short journey across the Aegean Sea to the Turkish port of Dikili.

    Two boats carrying 131 deportees arrived from Lesbos. A third, carrying 66 people, came from the nearby island of Chios.

    Under the deal with the EU, Ankara is supposed take back all migrants and refugees who enter Greece illegally, including Syrians, in return for the EU taking in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and rewarding it with more money, early visa-free travel and progress in its EU membership negotiations.

    Officials from the EU border agency Frontex said the Lesbos boats were carrying mostly Pakistanis who were already being deported to Turkey before the deal’s creation. As such Monday’s deportations are not a true test of whether the agreement can stop the flow of mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis to Greece.
    The first Syrians are also supposed to arrive soon in Germany from Turkey, also as planned under the scheme. Yes, the Knaus plan is ridiculously focused on Syrians alone, as if there were no good reasons for Afghanis, Iraqis and Eritreans to seek asylum in the EU.

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    Lesbos, one of the Greek islands that get many refugees on their shores, will get a papal visit later this month. The pope intends to raise political issues there and will meet the oecumenical patriarch and prime minister Tsipras there.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...gration-crisis

    Pope Francis will visit the Greek island of Lesbos on 16 April, the Vatican has said, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis.

    Hundreds of thousands of people, many fleeing the war in Syria, have arrived on the Aegean island over the past year, but under a contested plan the European Union started returning newcomers to neighbouring Turkey this month.

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    Re: Mediterranean drownings, Mare Nostrum and Triton

    It doesn't look as if the current European approach, the "Knaus Plan" or "Samsom Plan", entailing rapprochement to Turkey, is going to be terribly effective. It's most notable effect may be to kill more people at sea, as Operation Triton (initially) did.

    https://theconversation.com/european...-the-med-56625

    It is estimated that in 2015, more than a million people crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in search of safety and a better life. 3,770 are known to have died trying to make this journey during the same period. This so-called “migration crisis” is the largest humanitarian disaster to face Europe since the end of World War II.

    That’s why we’ve been working to examine the conditions underpinning this recent migration across, and loss of life in, the Mediterranean.

    Our first research brief , based on interviews with 600 people, including 500 refugees, shines a light on the reasons why so many risk everything on the dangerous sea crossing. It also offers an insight into why the EU response has been so ineffective.

    One of the main problems with the current approach to this crisis is the assumption that refugees and migrants are drawn towards particular countries because they offer employment, welfare, education or housing. This ignores the fact that in 2015 over 90% of those arriving by sea in Greece came from the world’s top-ten refugee producing countries, 56% from Syria. The ‘migration crisis’ is in fact a crisis of refugee protection.

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    I personally hadn't much of an idea of what motivated Afghanis to flee their homeland apart from Taliban, Al-Qaida and a Daesh affiliate, which seems to me, unlike to the average dork or demagogue, more than sufficient reason to seek refuge. However, the EU is more involved than I thought, and its role is sordid.

    https://theconversation.com/presiden...-to-stay-57134

    Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, recently made a very blunt statement that has left the public shocked. In an interview with the BBC, he said he has no sympathy for the tens of thousands of Afghans fleeing their country.

    Complaining that his government has spent “hundreds of millions of dollars [on people] who want to leave under the slightest pressure”, Ghani said Afghans who flee are breaking the social contract. They are impoverishing their families and abandoning their country when it needs them most. In his view, they are making a voluntary choice to leave rather than staying to rebuild.

    This, in spite of acknowledging that 2015 had been an extremely challenging year – that the Taliban was stronger than ever and that Daesh (Islamic State) and al-Qaeda remain a threat.

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    Unintelligent people often wonder why Syrian refugees would want to go to Europe if they are in 'safe' Turkey. The answer is, besides that Turkey isn't safe for them, that it is normally impossible for them to sustain themselves there.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...r-work-permits

    Fewer than 0.1% of Syrians in Turkey currently stand to gain the right to work under much-vaunted Turkish labour laws, undermining EU claims that the legislation excuses a recent decision to deport Syrian asylum-seekers back to Turkey.

    Turkish employers have allowed roughly 2,000 – or 0.074% – of Turkey’s 2.7 million Syrians to apply for work permits under new legislation enacted two months ago, according to government figures provided to aid workers at a meeting in late March. The number of permits granted has not yet been disclosed.

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    More on missing refugee children.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...t-year-germany

    Almost 6,000 refugee children and minors were reported missing in Germany last year, according to its interior ministry, amid growing concerns that traffickers and criminals are preying on thousands of vulnerable young people travelling amid the flow of refugees into Europe.

    The exact scale of the crisis is unclear, because rudimentary and overwhelmed registration systems mean Europe does not have a clear picture of the number of children arriving on its shores, or close tracking of their onward route.

    Some of those who vanish may never have registered, paranoid that officials will lock them up. Others may have been reunited with families and not told local officials. But there is little question that others have fallen into the hands of traffickers, and thousands more are at risk from criminals.

    European Union estimates that at least 10,000 child refugees had disappeared after arriving in the continent were “very likely to be underestimated”, a senior official at Unicef warned on the day the German numbers were released.

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    Pope Francis will take the concretely low but highly symbolic number of twelve refugees back to the Vatican (note that Vatican City's permanent population is around 700, so almost 2% of Vatican inhabitants will be refugees, well above the EU average). He met several refugees, prime minister Tsipras, the oecumenical patriarch and the archbishop of Athens and Greece.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...isis-in-europe

    Pope Francis has taken a dozen highly vulnerable refugees who faced deportation from the Greek island of Lesbos back to Rome, offering them refuge in a rebuke to the EU’s policy of sending migrants and refugees back to Turkey.

    The leader of the Roman Catholic church made the unprecedented intervention on Saturday during a trip to the island to highlight the refugee crisis unfolding across the continent.

    The pontiff spent five hours on Lesbos with Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, and Ieronymos II, the archbishop of Athens and Greece, meeting refugees and holding a service to bless those who have died trying to reach Europe.

    Fuelling belief that the Catholic church is at odds with the EU’s stance on the crisis, Pope Francis took 12 refugees back to the Vatican. An official confirmed all those taken from the camp were Syrian Muslims, six of them minors who arrived Lesbos before the deportation deal came into effect.


    Slavery among Syrians in Lebanon is escalating ever more.

    https://theconversation.com/syrian-r...oitation-57521

    Five years after the beginning of the Syrian conflict, Syrians now make up the largest refugee population in the world. Of the 5m women, men and children who fled Syria, more than 1m sought protection in Syria’s neighbour and former “colony”, Lebanon. But safety eludes them: hundreds of thousands of refugees who’ve fled to Lebanon now face abject poverty, living in precarious and often unsafe accommodation, and scraping by with the barest of means.

    A new report from the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, supported by the Freedom Fund, has also found that more and more refugees in Lebanon are falling prey to slavery and exploitation.

    One of the biggest problems is child labour. We estimate that 60-70% of Syrian refugee children (those under 18) in Lebanon are working. Rates are even higher in the Beqaa Valley in the east of the country, where children aged as young as five pick beans, figs and potatoes. In towns and cities, Syrian children work on the streets, begging, selling flowers or tissues, shining shoes, and cleaning car windscreens. Children also work in markets, factories, auto repair shops, aluminium factories, grocery and coffee shops, in construction and running deliveries.

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    A survey done by Amnesty shows rather widespread support for accepting refugees, though there's a clear NIMBY effect visible.

    http://www.vox.com/2016/5/20/11716382/refugee-poll

    The world is facing a refugee crisis unlike any it's seen in 70 years, and possibly ever. Millions of people have fled their home countries due to war or persecution. But in many of the rich countries that could help, attempts to take in refugees are politically controversial at best. Often, the fear of a populist backlash leads officials to limit, or outright abandon, the refugees they could help.

    But what if that fear of backlash is overblown? What if people in these countries are actually more supportive of refugees than their politicians are?

    That's the implication of a survey conducted by the pro-refugee human rights group Amnesty International, released this week. Amnesty surveyed people in 27 countries — 27,000 people overall — about how they felt about refugees and how comfortable they'd be with refugees settling near them. The results make it pretty clear: Some people are inhospitable to refugees, but a lot more are interested in doing more to help them.

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    The EU is planning on giving money to several important origin and transit countries for migration to the EU, which includes Eritrea. Horrible idea, anybody who thinks moneyrolling the Eritrean regime is a sensible idea is utterly bonkers.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...lity-migration

    There is nothing especially seismic about the latest version of the EU’s migration policy, which was unveiled on Tuesday afternoon. The central premise is the same one that Europe has long employed: asking the developing world to deal with migration, so it doesn’t have to.

    In a carrot-and-stick approach, Europe is offering aid, trade and expertise to countries bearing the brunt of migration flows in the Middle East and north Africa. Those that fail to comply will not get the aid or the trade. “There are consequences,” one EU memo ominously reads, “for those that refuse.”

    Those taking the carrot will be expected to make life a bit better for the millions of migrants within their borders. Above all, they are tasked with readmitting the few who manage to escape – and to stopping the rest from leaving in the first place. It is the EU-Turkey deal, but repeated across the southern Mediterranean and the Sahara.

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