Martin Luther on today’s refugee and migrant crises
Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. |
29 November 2017
According to the United Nations, more than 65 million people (23 million of them refugees) are counted as forcibly displaced due to persecution, war and violence. That is about as many people as the population of New York state, Texas and Florida.
More than half are children under the age of 18. Only 1 percent get resettled each year. The numbers are staggering. For years, the United States has been a world leader in refugee resettlement. Yet to the dismay of refugee resettlement agencies and many citizens, President Trump recently lowered the cap on refugee admissions to 45,000—the lowest in decades—and we keep hearing of indefinite travel bans to the United States for travelers from various countries.
hrlc.org.au | 30 November 2017
The UN’s top expert on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has included criticism of the Australian Government in a scathing global report condemning deterrence-based responses to people seeking asylum.
Frank Brennan SJ | 30 November 2017
The CEO of the Australian Social Justice Council, Frank Brennan SJ, names what is happening on Manus Island a “humanitarian disgrace” and calls on both the Australian government and the Labor opposition to bring the 600 men on Manus Island to Australia for processing.
Cecily McNeill | 30 June 2017
While pondering the issues in our planet this month, two stories particularly caught my eye. One is that of a Syrian violinist, Alaa Arsheed, who looks at his shattered, wartorn world through an artist’s eye, using his talent to turn his apparently hopeless situation around. The other story is about those who buy shares in a company then challenge the company’s unjust practices at board level.
Frank Brennan | 31 August 2017
What possessed Filippo Grandi, the relatively new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to go public last week, having a go at Australia for our government’s treatment of unvisaed asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat? He repeated UNHCR’s demand that Australia terminate offshore processing of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island and that we not outsource our responsibilities to others, writes Frank Brennan for Eureka Street
| 31 August 2017
The NSW government has allocated $2.2 million to Catholic schools to help fund the provision of intensive English language classes for newly arrived refugee students from war-torn Syria and Iraq, reports Catholic Education Commission NSW.