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Guernica at 80: Nearly 4,000 child refugees arrive in the UK – archive, 1937

2017-05-23 11:11, theguardian.com


On 23rd May 1937, thousands of children were sent to the UK following the bombing of GuernicaStanding on the deck waving handkerchiefs and even sliced bread that they had pocketed at breakfast, thousands of half-starved children from northern Spain finally arrived in Southampton aboard the Habana, an old cruise liner that had gone to rescue them.Their arrival was covered by a host of newspapers, i

Carne y Arena review - dazzling virtual reality exhibit offers a fresh look at the refugee crisis

2017-05-22 20:22, theguardian.com


Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest project is an innovative and immersive account of the horrors faced at the Mexico-US border Related: The Day After review - Hong Sang-soo"s boozy comedy is diverting but slight So – the envelope is pushed a little further, the limits of cinema questioned a little harder, the rectangular perimeter fence of the movie screen challenged a li

The reception of Basque refugees in 1937 showed Britain at its best and worst - Letters

2017-05-22 18:53, theguardian.com


Daniel Vulliamy and Simon Martinez on their family links to the children who fled the Spanish civil war on the Habana and were evacuated to the UKOn this day 80 years ago, after German planes had bombed the north of Spain, particularly around Bilbao and Guernica, an old cruise liner, the Habana, docked at Southampton. On board were almost 4,000 refugee children from both sides of the conflict plus

How asylum seekers could help ease Finland"s tech skills shortage

2016-06-07 06:00, theguardian.com


Pioneering programme is teaching refugees coding so they can become developers and is helping them integrate in societyProblem one: Finland’s otherwise flourishing startup scene has a chronic shortage of developers.Problem two: the 32,000-plus asylum seekers who arrived in the Nordic country last year – many young, highly educated and computer literate – face waiting for years before they la

EU considering working with Sudan and Eritrea to stem migration

2016-06-06 19:36, theguardian.com


Proposal intended to stop refugees reaching southern Europe, according to draft document seen by the Guardian Europe is considering whether to forge ahead with a plan to work with repressive African regimes in an attempt to stem migration flows, according to the draft version of a policy expected to be finalised by European officials on Tuesday.To stop refugees reaching southern Europe from Africa

A drag queen"s heels and a miner"s boots: show lets you walk a mile in their shoes

2016-06-06 16:06, theguardian.com


In the latest part of her ‘empathy museum’, Clare Patey invites audiences to put on a stranger’s footwear and take a walk while listening to the shoe-owner’s personal story on headphonesPeople often have a deep attachment to their shoes – much deeper than to any item of clothing. A well-worn, much loved pair almost becomes a part of you. We use shoes to express who we are, and we make sn

Jordan says intelligence officers killed in refugee camp attack

2016-06-06 09:00, theguardian.com


Government says five dead in ‘terror attack’ on office of General Intelligence Department in Baqa’a camp near AmmanFive people have been killed in an attack on Jordanian intelligence officers at a refugee camp near the capital, Amman, the Jordanian government has said.The government described the incident as a “terror attack” and said it targeted a General Intelligence Department office

European churches say growing flock of Muslim refugees are converting

2016-06-05 14:01, theguardian.com


Anecdotal evidence suggests rising pattern of Muslims becoming Christians, with some churches conducting mass baptisms A growing number of Muslim refugees in Europe are converting to Christianity, according to churches, which have conducted mass baptisms in some places.Reliable data on conversions is not available but anecdotal evidence suggests a pattern of rising church attendance by Muslims who

Periscope CEO: ‘Facebook is shamelessly following us into live video. It’s flattering’

2016-06-05 08:45, theguardian.com


Kayvon Beykpour, the 27-year-old developer behind the live-streaming app, on the competition – and why footage of a puddle in Newcastle made such a splashIn March 2015, Twitter announced that it had acquired Periscope, a little-known startup. In the year since, the company’s app – which lets users stream video of themselves live from anywhere in the world – has been used to broadcast foota

EU referendum live: Nigel Fararge to lead Thames flotilla in Brexit call

2016-06-03 10:03, theguardian.com


Live coverage as Michael Gove prepares to put the case for Leave after prime minister is accused of ‘scaremongering’ in TV grillingSign up to receive our morning briefing emailToday’s briefing: what we learned from Cameron’s TV grilling 11.03am BST Miliband defends PM"s #EU debate performance and sets out "social justice case" for EU membership. https://t.co/z0iziJLMPSDavid Miliband is cam

EU referendum live: Cameron says Brexit would be "economic self-harm"

2016-06-03 09:42, theguardian.com


Live coverage as Michael Gove prepares to put the case for Leave after prime minister is accused of ‘scaremongering’ in TV grillingSign up to receive our morning briefing emailToday’s briefing: what we learned from Cameron’s TV grilling 10.35am BST I’ve been listening to what Nigel Farage had to say just now on LBC. The idea of a flotilla of boats coming up the Thames (see 9.37am) is to

Bodies of migrants who died when boats sank wash ashore in Libya

2016-06-02 20:23, theguardian.com


At least 85 bodies found on beaches in Libya a week after hundreds of migrants drowned trying to cross the MediterraneanThe bodies of at least 85 migrants who drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean were found washed up on beaches in western Libya near the city of Zuwara on Thursday, a Red Crescent official said.Hundreds of migrants died in boat accidents last week as departures from the North A

Why are German Turks demonstrating against their government? – video

2016-06-02 17:37, theguardian.com


Turkish residents of Berlin take to the streets in front of the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin on Thursday to protest against the German government’s decision to label the 1915-16 killings of Armenians by the Ottoman empire as genocide. Turkey has long denied the label, insisting the deaths in the region were caused by civil war. The motion has damaged relations between Turkey and Germany wi

Canadian officials can"t find brother-in-law of displaced Tunisian president

2016-06-02 16:01, theguardian.com


Belhassen Trabelsi and his family were due to be deported from Canada last month after being denied a refugee claim, but have since disappeared The Canadian authorities were unable to locate the brother-in-law of the deposed Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali when it came time to deport him last month, according to a judicial source.Belhassen Trabelsi and his family flew to Montreal in Jan

Turkish anger as German MPs prepare to vote on Armenian genocide

2016-06-02 04:00, theguardian.com


Thursday’s ballot on whether to pass a symbolic resolution on first world war massacre is ‘ridiculous’, says Turkish prime ministerThe European Union’s refugee deal with Turkey championed by Angela Merkel will be put under further strain on Thursday as the German parliament votes on a symbolic resolution on the Armenian genocide.The five-page resolution, co-written by parliamentarians from

German MPs" Armenian genocide vote threatens EU-Turkey refugee deal

2016-06-02 04:00, theguardian.com


Ballot on whether to pass a symbolic resolution on first world war massacre is ‘ridiculous’, says Turkish prime ministerThe European Union’s refugee deal with Turkey championed by Angela Merkel will be put under further strain as the German parliament votes on a symbolic resolution on the Armenian genocide.The five-page resolution, co-written by parliamentarians from the Christian Democrats,

Yusuf Islam to highlight plight of child refugees in rare London show

2016-06-01 16:22, theguardian.com


Singer formerly known as Cat Stevens will perform at Central Hall Westminster to launch new single, He Was AloneSinger Yusuf Islam is to headline a rare live concert just yards from the Houses of Parliament, with a new single released to draw attention to the plight of lone child refugees. Related: Q&A: Yusuf Islam Continue reading...

Pussy Riot"s Masha Alyokhina brings play to UK

2016-06-01 11:42, theguardian.com


Burning Doors, put on by Belarus Free Theatre, will draw on the experiences of artists jailed and censored in RussiaThe horrific experiences of being imprisoned, tortured and vilified as a political artist in Russia are to be brought to the UK stage in a debut play written by a member of Pussy Riot.Burning Doors, which will be put on by Belarus Free Theatre, will be created by Masha Alyokhina, one

Syrian refugees find a welcome and some familiar fragility in Mali

2016-06-01 06:00, theguardian.com


Despite its poverty and security problems, Mali has provided a haven for some fleeing Syria’s civil warFearful of the Mediterranean crossing and confused by reports of a European refugee lockdown, Syrians are seeking the precarious safety of Mali – which is itself on humanitarian life support and faces severe security challenges.“Even this is better than aerial bombardments,” says former I

Paris mayor plans official camp for homeless refugees

2016-05-31 16:18, theguardian.com


Anne Hidalgo says current situation, with makeshift migrant settlements springing up before being cleared, is not acceptableAnne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has said the first official refugee camp in the French capital should open within weeks to accommodate “several hundred” homeless asylum seekers. Hidalgo told a press conference that the humanitarian-standard camp, in the north of the cit

EU referendum live – Vote Leave backtracks on energy bills claim

2016-05-31 13:21, theguardian.com


Live coverage as Johnson and Gove target fuel prices, Remain puts the business case, and latest poll shows gap narrowing between in and outRead the EU referendum morning briefingMichael Gove’s morning interviews - SummaryChris Grayling’s Vote Leave speech - SummaryLunchtime summary 2.07pm BST More fantasy economics from Vote Leave: leaving EU would lead to smaller economy, a hole in public fin

UK Border Force given new powers to protect coast

2016-05-31 13:11, theguardian.com


Package of measures includes powers for officers to board boats and arrest anyone suspected of attempting clandestine entryNew powers for Border Force officers to board boats and arrest anyone they suspect of attempting a clandestine entry to Britain have come into force as part of a package of measures ordered earlier this year by the home secretary, Theresa May.The boost to the “maritime capac

Mediterranean death toll has reached more than 2,500 this year, says UN

2016-05-31 10:20, theguardian.com


Total of 204,000 migrants and refugees have crossed since January, with at least 880 deaths in the past week aloneMore than 2,500 people have died trying to make the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe so far in 2016, the UN has said, a sharp jump from the same period last year.At the same time about 204,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean since January, a figure that h

Mediterranean death toll at least 880 last week, says UN

2016-05-31 10:20, theguardian.com


Total of 2,510 migrants and refugees have died attempting crossing this year, compared with 1,855 by this time last yearAt least 880 migrants and refugees died trying to cross the Mediterranean last week, the United Nations refugee agency has said, giving updated figures after interviewing survivors brought to Italy. Related: More than 700 migrants feared dead in three Mediterranean sinkings Cont

Graters and guitars: making a living in Malawi’s refugee prison

2016-05-31 06:00, theguardian.com


When refugees from Africa’s conflicted Great Lakes region seek peace in Malawi’s Dzaleka camp, they often find that they cannot leavePatron Palushang, 36, leans over the half-finished guitar on his workshop table, closely inspecting the wood. Behind him, the bodies of three other instruments sway slightly in the wind. Fixed to the wall is a sheet of paper with his business motto: “We give ne

EU referendum live – Leave victory "could scrap VAT on energy bills"

2016-05-31 05:52, theguardian.com


Live coverage as Johnson and Gove target fuel prices, Remain puts the business case, and latest poll shows gap narrowing between in and out 6.52am BST Good morning and welcome to the start of the Guardian’s daily EU referendum coverage as the campaign begins in earnest (all that campaigning so far? Consider it an amuse-bouche, perhaps one you didn’t order but took a taste of anyway, just to be

Claims of mass refugee immigration to UK branded "false and bogus"

2016-05-30 23:01, theguardian.com


Migration Watch report that free movement rules will allow up to 500,000 refugees into the UK from elsewhere in Europe is criticised by remain campaignerA new report saying that up to half a million refugees and their relatives could move to Britain after 2020 because of free movement rules has been branded “false and bogus” by the campaign to stay in the EU.The Migration Watch study argues th

Venice architecture biennale pavilions – a souped-up pre-school playground

2016-05-30 11:56, theguardian.com


Uruguay opens a swap shop, Australia makes a splash with its pool while Germany and Austria’s pavilions tackle the refugee crisis with varying success – the architectural equivalent of a UN summit is as kooky and curious as everAlejandro Aravena’s biennale: ‘We can’t forget beauty in our battles’“I’ve come to collect my soil,” says a man wearing a green plastic sack, hauling a fi

Venice architecture biennale review – a souped-up pre-school playground

2016-05-30 11:56, theguardian.com


Uruguay opens a swap shop, Australia makes a splash with its pool while Germany and Austria tackle the refugee crisis with varying success – the architectural equivalent of a UN summit is as kooky and curious as everAlejandro Aravena in Venice: ‘We can’t forget beauty in our battles’“I’ve come to collect my soil,” says a man wearing a green plastic sack, hauling a five-litre bucket o

More than 700 migrants feared dead in three Mediterranean capsizals

2016-05-29 17:47, theguardian.com


UNHCR says it is now certain that last week the deadliest since April 2015 as rescue teams describe shocking scenesMore than 700 people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean last week, the deadliest for Europe-bound asylum seekers in more than a year.The casualties happened in three separate incidents on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after more than 13,000 people set sail from Libya f

Twenty people rescued from inflatable boat in Channel

2016-05-29 13:24, theguardian.com


Those on board, believed to be refugees, were picked up on Saturday night and are being interviewed by immigration officialsUp to 20 suspected refugees have been rescued from the Channel after the inflatable boat they were in started taking on water following what is believed to have been an attempt to cross from mainland Europe.Those on board were picked up late on Saturday night and taken to the

Nineteen people rescued from inflatable boat in Channel

2016-05-29 11:16, theguardian.com


Those on board, believed to be refugees, were picked up on Saturday night and are being interviewed by immigration officialsNineteen people have been rescued from the Channel after the inflatable boat they were in started taking on water following what is believed to have been an attempt to cross from mainland Europe.Those on board, believed to be refugees, were picked up late on Saturday night an

Over 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean this week - UN

2016-05-29 09:46, theguardian.com


Refugee agency says survivors from three shipwrecks being taken to Italian ports but hundreds of people still missingMore than 700 migrants are feared dead in three Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks off southern Italy in the last few days as they tried to reach Europe in unseaworthy boats, according to the UN refugee agency.Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for UNHCR, said on Sunday that an estimated 100 peop

Refugee crisis: 13,000 people rescued in Mediterranean in one week

2016-05-29 01:10, theguardian.com


More than 660 saved by flotilla of coast guard and navy ships in one day as warmer weather leads to surge of people attempting to cross from Africa A flotilla of ships saved 668 people from boats in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday, authorities in Italy said, bringing the week’s total of refugees plucked from the sea to 13,000 people. The rescues by the Italian coast guard and navy ships, aide

Protests grow as Greece moves refugees to derelict warehouses ‘not fit for animals’

2016-05-28 12:53, theguardian.com


Closure of Idomeni sees families living in military-run accommodation blocks with no running water or electricityConditions inside a network of new permanent refugee camps in Greece have been described as so bleak and lacking in basic amenities that they are “not fit for animals”. Around 3,000 refugees were last week transported to the sites after a vast makeshift camp at Idomeni, near Greece

Italian navy recovers 45 bodies after refugee boat sinks

2016-05-28 01:26, theguardian.com


Coastguard sent in rescue ships after receiving a call for help reporting 350 people in the water The Italian navy has recovered the bodies of 45 people who drowned on Friday, while dozens of others are still missing in the third major tragedy in the Mediterranean in as many days.Italian coastguards sent in rescue ships after a call for help reporting 350 people in the water, just one day after an

Civilians flee the offensive on Fallujah – in pictures

2016-05-27 20:36, theguardian.com


Refugees have been urged to leave Fallujah as conditions worsen in the besieged Iraqi city. The US-led coalition has carried out four days of airstrikes, killing more than 70 insurgents and Isis fighters Continue reading...

Martin Rowson on Britain and Libyan refugees – cartoon

2016-05-27 19:10, theguardian.com


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Experience: my army platoon abandoned me in the desert

2016-05-27 13:00, theguardian.com


One morning, I was bringing food and water over the hill as usual, only to find the refugee camp was deserted It was the first week in March 1991 and my army unit was told that Operation Desert Storm was over. I was relieved the war had ended; I looked forward to going home and seeing my family again. We had been in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for three months; but before we could leave, we n

Scotland has taken in more than a third of all UK"s Syrian refugees

2016-05-27 12:29, theguardian.com


Home Office reveals 1,602 people have been resettled so far under plan to take in 20,000, with only 33 housed in LondonScotland has welcomed more Syrian refugees than any other part of the UK since David Cameron said Britain would resettle 20,000 people, while only 33 people have been accepted by London local authorities, figures show. Continue reading...

No fanfare or free schooling for the wrong victims of Boko Haram

2016-05-27 11:23, theguardian.com


Nigerian women in refugee camps ask why they have not received same treatment as 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from ChibokWhen Serah Luka was rescued from Boko Haram captivity last week, the Nigerian army celebrated the freedom of a second schoolgirl kidnapped from Chibok two years earlier. But after the Chibok parents support group, who campaign for the release of the 219 teenagers taken from the tow

Lifeboat: children"s illustrators raise money for refugees – in pictures

2016-05-27 11:20, theguardian.com


Emily Gravett on how she garnered the support of her fellow children’s books illustrators from Chris Riddell to Axel Scheffler to raise money for The School Bus ProjectAll of the illustrations in this gallery (and more) will be up for auction from June 1 -17 2016• Also read The Day The War Came by Nicola Davies and join the #3000chairs campaign Continue reading...

South Asian migrants say they were put in "body bags" for deportation from US

2016-05-27 11:00, theguardian.com


Immigration officials admit using ‘minimum force’ but deportees claim they tased, punched and kicked a group of 85 Bangladeshis, Nepalis and IndiansA group of south Asian migrants have said they were forcefully placed in “body bags” and tased by Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) officers as they were being deported from the US, allegations that have raised red flags for advocates

Brexit would pose a "serious risk" to global growth, say G7 leaders

2016-05-27 03:34, theguardian.com


Surprise declaration from summit in Japan states that Britain leaving the EU would ‘reverse the trend towards greater global trade and investment’The G7 leaders have issued a joint declaration in which they warn that Britain leaving the European Union would be a threat to the global economy.In a 32-page declaration, which also included concerns about geopolitical conflicts, terrorism and the r

Cruelty to asylum seekers dressed up as compassion is the scandal that bedevils Australia - Antony Loewenstein

2016-05-27 01:45, theguardian.com


We took issue with Peter Dutton’s comments about refugees but the greater issue is public acceptance of abuses against asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus From Austria to Hungary and the Netherlands to Norway, Europeans are backing populist, far-right parties and ideas. The so-called Donald Trumps of the continent. Austria’s leader Norbert Hofer pledged to “stop the invasion of Muslims” by b

G7 summit: leaders say Brexit would be "serious risk to global growth" – live

2016-05-27 01:13, theguardian.com


Live coverage of the second day of the Group of Seven meeting in Japan, ahead of Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima 2.12am BST The declarations are coming thick and fast now: this one deals with Britain’s potential exit from the European Union (a referendum is taking place on 23 June):UK exit from EU would reverse trend toward greater global trade, investment and jobs.Brexit would be [

Netherlands considers banning use of phones on bikes

2016-05-26 18:07, theguardian.com


Dutch government said in 2014 that smartphones played a role in one in five bike accidents involving young cyclistsDo not text and ride. That’s the message from the Dutch government, which is considering banning the country’s millions of cyclists from using their mobile phones while on two wheels. Related: Utrecht"s cycling lessons for migrants: "Riding a bike makes me feel more Dutch" Conti

What impact do shocking and dramatic photos have on you?

2016-05-26 15:21, theguardian.com


On the frontpage of many papers today is a picture of a boat carrying migrants capsizing in the Mediterranean sea. How do such photos affect you?It’s likely that today you were confronted with the arresting image of a boat, which carries migrants, capsizing in the Mediterranean. It tipped over “due to overcrowding and instability caused by the high number of people on board”, the Italian nav

G7 summit opens in Japan – in pictures

2016-05-26 14:50, theguardian.com


The global economy, terrorism, refugees, China’s maritime claims and the EU referendum headlined a packed agenda as world leaders began two days of talks in Ise-Shima Continue reading...

G7 summit: Obama says Trump has "rattled" world leaders – live

2016-05-26 10:44, theguardian.com


Live coverage as group of seven convenes at Ise-Shima, with global economy, terrorism, refugee crisis and South China Sea high on agendaJuncker: Boris Johnson peddling unreal stories about EUChina to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific 11.44am BST Here’s more about what Obama said about Donald Trump. Ask about the reaction of world leaders to Trump, Obama said: “The world pays attention

Boris Johnson says near record migration figures show "scandalous" government failure - live

2016-05-26 10:00, theguardian.com


Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happenMigration figures - Summary 11.00am BST Vote Leave has taken the unusual step of issuing a lengthy statement from Boris Johnson about today’s migration figures. You can read it in full here.Here are the key points.If you vote IN on 23 June, you are kissing goodbye permanently to control of immigration. You are voting for th

G7 summit: Obama describes North Korea as the "big worry for us all" – live

2016-05-26 09:41, theguardian.com


Live coverage as group of seven convenes at Ise-Shima, with global economy, terrorism, refugee crisis and South China Sea high on agendaJuncker: Boris Johnson peddling unreal stories about EUChina to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific 10.41am BST Obama said the world is “surprised” by the prospect of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president. He added that Trump had “rattl

UK immigration increased by only 20,000 in 2015, official figures confirm - live

2016-05-26 09:02, theguardian.com


Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happenMigration figures - Summary 10.02am BST Boris Johnson, the lead figure in the Vote Leave campaign, has just told Sky News that the immigration figures are “scandalous”.I will post the quotes shortly. 9.55am BST Here are some key points from the ONS net migration figures.Of all EU2 citizens who came to the UK in YE Decembe

G7 summit: Juncker aide says Boris Johnson as leader is "horror scenario" – live

2016-05-26 07:23, theguardian.com


Live coverage as group of seven convenes at Ise-Shima, with global economy, terrorism, refugee crisis and South China Sea high on agendaJuncker: Boris Johnson peddling unreal stories about EUChina to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific 8.23am BST A popular request from below the line:Oh gods!Claire, is it possible to have another picture of the depiction of the G7 summit leaders as comic su

G7 summit: talk turns to Brexit as world leaders meet in Japan – live

2016-05-26 03:58, theguardian.com


Live coverage as group of seven convenes at Ise-Shima, with global economy, terrorism, refugee crisis and South China Sea high on agenda 4.58am BST While the G7 leaders begin their talks on Thursday afternoon, their spouses are due to visit Mikimoto pearl island in the nearby town of Toba, where they will watch a demonstration by Japan’s female free divers.Ama – women who dive without breathin

G7 summit: Obama, Abe, Cameron among world leaders in Japan – live

2016-05-26 00:29, theguardian.com


Live coverage as group of seven convenes at Ise-Shima, with global economy, terrorism, refugee crisis and South China Sea high on agenda 1.29am BST Welcome to the first of our two days of live coverage of the G7 meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan.The leaders of seven countries – US president Barack Obama, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, German chancellor Angela Merkel, UK prime minister David Camer

Italian navy saves 550 refugees as smugglers" trawler capsizes in Med

2016-05-25 17:42, theguardian.com


Praise for sailors’ swift action as damatic photographs show overloaded boat turning over as naval vessel approachesMore than 500 people narrowly escaped drowning on Wednesday after their smugglers’ boat capsized in the southern Mediterranean, a series of dramatic photographs have revealed.As Italian naval ships approached to rescue the stricken asylum-seekers, their boat – a repurposed traw

Parents" anger at refugee welcoming prompts council apology

2016-05-25 16:44, theguardian.com


Staff and parents at the Teesside primary school ‘shocked’ to see Syrian new arrivals given tea at council building on its groundsCouncil officials in Teesside have apologised after the arrival of a group of Syrian refugees was met with complaints from teachers and parents at a school.The staff and parents at Overfields primary school in Redcar and Cleveland were said to have been taken aback

Five refugees drown after boat overturns off Libyan coast

2016-05-25 15:40, theguardian.com


Italian navy pulls at least 550 to safety after heavily overcrowded vessel capsizes At least five refugees have drowned off the Libyan coast after the heavily overcrowded boat they were sailing on overturned, the Italian navy has said. Continue reading...

What happened to the 12 Syrian refugees rescued by the pope?

2016-05-25 14:56, theguardian.com


When Pope Francis saved a dozen refugees from a Lesbos detention centre and took them to Rome it was ‘like a miracle’, one of them said. A month on, what is their new life like?Ramy Alshakarji was still coming to terms with the idea that at last he was safe – he was leaving Lesbos after all, one of 11 refugees rescued by the pope last month – when he found himself at the centre of an impro

Pegida activists protest at images of non-white German footballers on Kinder bars

2016-05-25 12:02, theguardian.com


Members of anti-refugee group protest against marketing campaign preceding European championships this summerSupporters of Germany’s anti-immigration movement Pegida have expressed outrage that the blue-eyed blond boys on the packaging of Kinder chocolate bars are being replaced by children of African and Middle Eastern appearance – seemingly unaware that they are childhood photographs of play

Swedish court upholds Julian Assange arrest warrant

2016-05-25 09:46, theguardian.com


Court says ‘there is still probable cause for suspicion’ against WikiLeaks founder who has taken refuge in London embassyA Stockholm district court has upheld an arrest warrant against Julian Assange, saying there is still “probable cause for suspicion” against the WikiLeaks founder.Assange is wanted in Sweden over allegations of rape dating from 2010, which he denies, but he has not been

Molly Crabapple: the sketcher blurring activism and art

2016-05-25 08:00, theguardian.com


Armed with her paintbrush, the illustrator and journalist is redefining reportage with her portraits of Guantánamo Bay, Trump and Syrian refugeesMolly Crabapple is sitting in an appropriately noirish and velvety Soho club, talking animatedly about the “global slide to authoritarianism”. “I’m American: tangerine Hitler is our Republican presidential frontrunner, but Russia has Putin, and E

Lorry drivers the "cogs" in people smuggling ring, court told

2016-05-24 18:10, theguardian.com


Two men stand accused of conspiracy to facilitate illegal entry to UK after 35 Afghan asylum seekers found at Tilbury DocksTwo lorry drivers were the necessary cogs in the wheel of an international people-smuggling ring that led to the discovery of more than 30 Afghan asylum seekers in urgent need of medical attention inside a shipping container at Tilbury Docks in Essex, a court has heard.The gro

Turkey threatens to block EU migration deal without visa-free travel

2016-05-24 17:08, theguardian.com


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For the Record: 60s Pop Through the Lens – in pictures

2016-05-24 14:00, theguardian.com


A new exhibition in London celebrates the cultural boom of the 60s, as captured by photographer Stanley Bielecki. Shooting Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Supremes, the Polish refugee who arrived in Britain after the second world war worked for titles including Pop Weekly, Teen Beat and Melody Maker Continue reading...

Blair: it is "not yet a proven" that Corbyn can win an election - live

2016-05-24 13:24, theguardian.com


Prime minister takes questions from airline staff 2.24pm BST Leaving the EU would be an “extraordinarily irresponsible thing to do at a very dangerous moment”, and be “absolutely applauded in Moscow”, Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, told MPs on Tuesday.He seized the opportunity presented by an appearance before the Commons defence committee - chaired by the Brexit supporter Julian L

Divert 10% of EU funds to deal with refugee crisis, says Germany

2016-05-24 09:55, theguardian.com


Development minister Gerd Müller also says EU’s mechanisms for responding to refugee crisis are not fit for purposeGermany wants to divert 10% of the EU budget towards dealing with the refugee crisis, after a lack of joined-up thinking exacerbated the challenges posed by irregular migration to Europe.The German development minister, Gerd Müller, said the EU’s current mechanisms for respondin

How we survived: child refugees given a stage to tell their stories

2016-05-24 09:33, theguardian.com


Award-winning French photographer Patrick Willocq has recreated the experiences of children who have fled Burundi and Syria using personalised theatre sets. From perilous journeys to the battle to adapt to new environments, these are their stories Continue reading...

For Austria’s far right, defeat may be a springboard - Jeremy Cliffe

2016-05-24 07:00, theguardian.com


Strategic mistakes by Austria’s coalition played into the Freedom party’s hands – and are an object lesson for centrist politicians in Europe and North AmericaPhew. By the narrowest of margins Norbert Hofer, the presidential candidate of Austria’s far-right Freedom party (FPÖ), lost to Alexander Van der Bellen, the pro-refugee former leader of the country’s Green party. Polls suggested

Idomeni: Greek riot police move in before dawn to clear out refugee camp

2016-05-24 04:20, theguardian.com


Operation under way to relocate around 8,400 people from informal settlement on Macedonian border to purpose-built camps, say Greek authoritiesGreek authorities have begun an operation to evacuate the country’s largest informal refugee camp of Idomeni.The operation began at dawn on Tuesday and journalists were barred from the area. Government and police officials have said the people in Idomeni

Ex-president of the Maldives granted asylum in UK

2016-05-23 18:24, theguardian.com


Malé government calls diplomatic situation ‘charade’, after jailed former leader Mohammed Nasheed was only allowed to go to Britain on medical grounds Britain has granted political refugee status to the former president of the Maldives, who was jailed in 2015 after a trial that drew widespread international criticism for being part of a slide to authoritarianism in the country .His lawyer dis

Rightwing violence surges in Germany

2016-05-23 16:22, theguardian.com


Interior ministry reports ‘unacceptable’ increase in number of hate crimes, with attacks on asylum seekers’ homes soaringThe number of violent crimes with a rightwing political motive rose more than 40% in Germany last year accompanying a large influx of migrants into the country, the government has said. The number of crimes committed by foreigners was also up more than 10%.German authoriti

Greece on brink of bailout funds after approving more austerity - business live

2016-05-23 09:50, theguardian.com


Greek bonds and shares are rallying on hopes that the eurozone will hand over billions in loans tomorrowLatest: Greek bonds and shares are rallyingLast night: Greece paves way to bailout cashPhotos: MPs vote as demonstrators protestEurozone private sector growth hits 16-month low 10.50am BST Greek media are reporting that prime minister Tsipras will meet with German chancellor Angela Merkel shortl

Euroscepticism is a lonely idea without serious foundation - Boris Vezjak

2016-05-23 08:00, theguardian.com


Slovenia cannot afford an exit, economically or politically – and despite the EU’s flaws, we should not reject its project of inclusive, democratic society• View all articles in our EU voices seriesA few weeks ago the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis described the position of his Slovenian counterpart Dušan Mramor during the Greek crisis last year as surprisingly hostile, almo

Burundi exiles record forgotten victims of political crisis

2016-05-23 06:00, theguardian.com


With moving personal testimonies, site chronicles deaths of civilians caught up conflict over president’s third term. Global Voices reportsBy gathering personal testimonies and information on citizen deaths, a project run by Burundians in exile is recording the stories of those killed during the current political crisis.Violence broke out last year when the president, Pierre Nkirunziza, announce

When the world failed Syria, Turkey stepped in. Now others must help - Recep Tayyip ErdoÄ

2016-05-23 05:00, theguardian.com


As my country hosts the first humanitarian summit, we look to global leaders to follow our example on the refugee crisisToday the first world humanitarian summit opens in Istanbul, bringing together heads of state, prime ministers and cabinet members from more than 100 countries and reflecting the United Nations’ appreciation that Turkey currently hosts more refugees than any other country. But

Sexual health gets little attention in a crisis, with devastating results - Tewodros Melesse

2016-05-22 08:00, theguardian.com


Women are 14 times more likely to die than men in a crisis. We are calling on the world humanitarian summit to prioritise reproductive healthcareAbout 125 million people are affected by crises. A quarter of those people are female and of reproductive age – and women are 14 times more likely than men to die in a crisis.On Monday global thinkers, activists and politicians will come together for th

Across Africa, the worst food crisis since 1985 looms for 50 million

2016-05-22 06:00, theguardian.com


A second year without rain threatens to bring catastrophe for some of the poorest people in the world. Donor countries, in the grip of wars and refugee crises, have been slow to pledge funds. But by the time they do, it could be too lateHarvest should be the time for celebrations, weddings and full bellies in southern Malawi. But Christopher Witimani, Lilian Matafle and their seven children and fo

Across Africa, the worst famine since 1985 looms for 50 million

2016-05-22 06:00, theguardian.com


A second year without rain threatens to bring catastrophe for some of the poorest people in the world. Donor countries, in the grip of wars and refugee crises, have been slow to pledge funds. But by the time they do, it could be too lateHarvest should be the time for celebrations, weddings and full bellies in southern Malawi. But Christopher Witimani, Lilian Matafle and their seven children and fo

France grants asylum to family forced into hiding after fleeing Syria

2016-05-21 23:03, theguardian.com


Campaign to allow Al Elfis to stay succeeds after decision to expel them overturnedEight-year-old Houmam Al Elfi knew nothing of the politics of war, refugees and migration. He was too young to be sure why his family fled from their home in Homs, Syria, four years ago as the city was pounded to rubble, or what they were doing living in hiding in France. All he knew was he wanted to go to school.To

Syrian refugees bring life back to Swedish city – with shisha clubs and falafel cafes

2016-05-21 12:22, theguardian.com


Migrants fleeing war in the Middle East have brought new culture and a trade revival to MalmöWhen Fisal Abo Karaa stepped off the train in Malmö’s central station this time last year, exhausted after a long journey by train and boat, he looked like any other victim of Syria’s terrible civil war.It wasn’t until April, when Malmö’s main shopping street was filled with the sound of Syrian

Syrian refugees give new life to struggling city of Malmö

2016-05-21 12:22, theguardian.com


Migrants fleeing war in the Middle East have brought a vibrant culture and a trade revival to Sweden’s third cityWhen Fisal Abo Karaa stepped off the train in Malmö’s central station this time last year, exhausted after a long journey by train and boat, he looked like any other victim of Syria’s terrible civil war.It wasn’t until April, when Malmö’s main shopping street was filled with

The New Odyssey and Cast Away review – stories from Europe’s refugee crisis

2016-05-21 08:00, theguardian.com


These detailed, passionate reports from journalists Patrick Kingsley and Charlotte McDonald-Gibson of perilous journeys across the Mediterranean aim at producing better policy through empathySpring is here, migration season in the Mediterranean. Warmer temperatures and fewer storms mean more boats putting out for Europe from Africa and Turkey. More boats mean more destitute migrants landing in Les

Laura Poitras on her new Julian Assange film: ‘Few people could stand the pressure he is under’

2016-05-20 17:28, theguardian.com


The Oscar-winning director of Citizenfour, about Edward Snowden, is back with a fly-on-the wall view of Julian Assange’s bid to escape extraditionJulian Assange, his white-blond mop of hair cut and dyed a dusty orange, puts coloured contact lenses in. He pulls on biker leathers, hides his face behind a helmet and takes his motorcycle for a ride. Assange is in disguise, in one of his last moments

Syrian refugee wins appeal against forced return to Turkey

2016-05-20 15:48, theguardian.com


Decision by Greek asylum service to overturn deportation order throws EU-Turkey migration deal into chaosThe EU-Turkey migration deal has been thrown further into chaos after the Greek asylum service ruled against sending a Syrian refugee back to Turkey, potentially creating a precedent for thousands of other similar cases.In a landmark case, officials upheld the appeal of an asylum seeker who had

Hundreds of UN schools in Middle East attacked, damaged or closed

2016-05-20 13:08, theguardian.com


Almost half of schools in Syria, Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Jordan have been disrupted by conflict, says reportMore than 300 schools run by the United Nations have been attacked, damaged or rendered inoperable by armed conflict and violence in the Middle East over the past five years, disrupting the education of thousands of children, a new report says.In Syria, more than half of schools

Children fleeing conflict deserve more than razor wire and border fences - Carsten Völz and Andreas Papp

2016-05-20 12:00, theguardian.com


The world humanitarian summit must prioritise the protection of the 30 million children displaced by conflict and crisisNearly 60 million people are displaced by conflict and crisis – an unprecedented number in modern times. More than half are under 18, creating challenges for host communities that must provide education and care for children who have lost their families or are separated from th

Humanitarian aid quiz: are you good in a crisis?

2016-05-20 11:13, theguardian.com


Reckon you could teach world humanitarian summit delegates a thing or two about aid? Take our quiz and find out if you’re a wizard on human welfareThe UN is currently responding to four "level-3" emergencies – the highest classification given for humanitarian crises. They are in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and where?South SudanAfghanistanThe GambiaIn 2015, the UN experienced the largest funding shortfa

UK"s ‘chaotic system’ leaving refugees homeless, says charity

2016-05-20 07:36, theguardian.com


Refugees ending up on streets because of four-week limit to find work and accommodation, says Refugee CouncilUp to 10,000 newly recognised refugees are being left at risk of becoming homeless and destitute each year because of the chaotic system of government support, the Refugee Council has said.The charity’s research revealed that many were ending up on the streets because of the four-week lim

UK"s ‘chaotic system’ leaves refugees on the street, says charity

2016-05-20 07:36, theguardian.com


Refugees risk becoming homeless because of strict four-week limit to find work and accommodation, says Refugee CouncilUp to 10,000 newly recognised refugees are being left at risk of becoming homeless and destitute each year because of the chaotic system of government support, the Refugee Council has said.The charity’s research reveals that the strict four-week limit in which new refugees have t

England v Sri Lanka: first Test, day one – live!

2016-05-19 16:19, theguardian.com


Live updates from the first Test of England’s summerECB chairman predicts England day-night Test ‘will happen’Email will.macpherson.freelance@guardian.co.uk or tweet @willis_macp 5.15pm BST And bad news from Headingley, where play has officially been abandoned. Play officially abandoned. 5.15pm BST In a brief interlude from chatting about extra-terrestrials, we mentioned a game between the r

Marina Lewycka: ‘Finding something funny in the bedroom tax was a challenge’

2016-05-19 14:33, theguardian.com


The bestselling author on dark humour, struggling to write villains and why she can’t wait to be old and bolshie‘At the moment the big fashion is for crime and horror,” comic novelist Marina Lewycka tells me over coffee and pastries, “but when I go to the pictures and it’s something scary, I can hardly watch. I like to be cheered up by things, and it’s not be

Ai Weiwei says EU"s refugee deal with Turkey is "immoral"

2016-05-19 12:00, theguardian.com


Unveiling work documenting his time on Lesbos, Chinese artist describes getting caught up in ‘shameful humanitarian crisis’The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has described the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey as shameful and immoral as he unveiled the artistic results of his stay on the Greek island of Lesbos.Speaking in Athens, where the works are going on public display for the first time from Frid

Kindertransport survivors on today"s child refugees

2016-05-19 11:38, theguardian.com


With a memorial service planned for Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Czechoslovakia before the second world war, we hear from one of those he saved and others on living a new life in the UK Continue reading...

Human traffickers "using migration crisis" to force more people into slavery

2016-05-19 06:18, theguardian.com


EU report warns that children have become preferred target for criminal gangs amid concern over thousands of minors disappearing from official viewCriminal gangs are taking advantage of Europe’s migration crisis to force more people into sex work and other types of slavery, according to an EU report on human trafficking.Children have become a preferred target for traffickers, the report warns, a

Chinese, Germans and Britons most welcoming to refugees, says report

2016-05-19 00:01, theguardian.com


Global poll finds 10% would take in refugee – rising to 29% in UK – with Australia fifth on Amnesty index despite hardline policiesThe people of China, Germany and the UK are the most welcoming to refugees in the world, according to an Amnesty International survey on attitudes towards those fleeing war and persecution.In a global survey of 27,000 people across 27 countries, nearly 70% said the

The Guardian view on Libya: a nation’s tragedy, a continent’s problem - Editorial

2016-05-18 18:26, theguardian.com


Europe must not close its eyes to the fate of one of Africa’s best-resourced countries. The bloody chaos there could all too easily find its way to the continent’s shoresLibyans are the first victims of a dysfunctional state that has neither stabilised nor unified since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. But Europe can be affected, too. If Libya doesn’t find a way out of its current s

Only 177 Syrian refugees resettled in EU under deal with Turkey

2016-05-18 15:07, theguardian.com


Five member states have taken between five and 55 people each under controversial agreement that is at risk of unravellingFewer than 200 Syrians have been resettled in Europe under the EU’s controversial refugee deal with Turkey, figures from the European commission have revealed.EU leaders agreed in March to take one Syrian from Turkey for every irregular migrant sent back across the Aegean Sea

Europe relocates 177 Syrian refugees from Turkey after EU deal

2016-05-18 15:07, theguardian.com


European commission data shows only a small number have been found homes in five member states since agreementFewer than 200 Syrians have been resettled in Europe under the EU’s controversial refugee deal with Turkey, figures from the European commission have revealed.EU leaders agreed in March to take one Syrian from Turkey for every irregular migrant sent back across the Aegean Sea. Since the

Top 10 refugees" stories

2016-05-18 11:33, theguardian.com


The current trauma of displaced people on the move in Europe is nothing new, and accounts of forced migration have been told since the earliest times. These are some of the bestThere’s a paradox inherent in the many and varied experiences of refugees. Their journeys over thousands of miles – epic quests across deserts, mountains and seas – are not normal. But refugees themselves – for all

Enough hysteria over the migration crisis. It"s time to get rational – video

2016-05-18 06:00, theguardian.com


With wars raging across the globe, argues the Guardian’s migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley, it is impractical to try and stop people coming to Europe. Our best option is to resettle hundreds of thousands of migrants in EuropeThe New Odyssey: the story of Europe’s refugee crisis by Patrick Kingsley is published by Faber Continue reading...

Love’s runaways: the gay Ugandans forced into exile - Mark Gevisser

2016-05-18 05:00, theguardian.com


Banished from home and beaten, gay teenagers have sought refuge in Kenya. But instead of finding acceptance, they are treated with suspicion and contemptAfter my meeting with Michael Bashaija in July 2015, I dropped him on the Ngong Road to get a matatu (minibus) back to where he lived, outside the city, in a communal house with 20 other refugees. I watched him tuck his long braids back into his r

Refugees will repay EU spending almost twice over in five years - report

2016-05-18 04:01, theguardian.com


Investigation into impact of refugees in Europe finds rising public debt will be offset by a much greater rise in GDPRefugees who arrived in Europe last year could repay spending on them almost twice over within just five years, according to one of the first in-depth investigations into the impact incomers have on host communities.Refugees will create more jobs, increase demand for services and pr

"Nearly half of my life has been war – I want to go back and rebuild Syria"

2016-05-17 11:15, theguardian.com


Thirteen-year-old Helen Kassmou’s dream is to become an architect so she can go back to rebuild her country after the warHelen is playing a game that involves massacring a screen full of animated fish on her mum’s phone. “Yes it’s fun!” she says, but there’s an underlying sadness to this – her mother used to play it with the sound up to soothe the children to sleep at night in a Turk

Corbyn more popular than ever with Labour members, poll suggests - Politics live

2016-05-17 08:52, theguardian.com


Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including speeches from David Cameron and John McDonnell 9.52am BST On the Today programme this morning John Redwood, the Conservative former minister and leading Brexit campaigner, backed Sir Richard Dearlove’s comments about Turkey. (See 9.34am.) He said:I fear that [Dearlove] is right that the European Union is harmin

Story of cities #44: will Dadaab, the world"s largest refugee camp, really close?

2016-05-17 06:30, theguardian.com


Twenty-five years after it opened, Kenya has announced its third biggest ‘city’, the Dadaab refugee complex, is to be shut down. But for many residents, this sprawling slum in an inhospitable desert is the only home they knowRead more articles in the series hereKenya’s third biggest city, after Nairobi and Mombasa, is not a city at all but a refugee camp – the world’s largest. This year

Refugee: an examination of the global migration crisis – in pictures

2016-05-16 19:54, theguardian.com


The work of international photographers illuminates this crisis affecting millions across the world in Refugee, at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The exhibit highlights their journeys and arrivals and includes portraits of new Americans, and runs until 21 August Continue reading...

Angelina Jolie Pitt calls for generosity towards refugees

2016-05-16 17:52, theguardian.com


UN special envoy criticises Donald Trump on immigration, saying ‘America is built on people coming together for freedom’UN special envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt has urged the international community to respond to Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the second world war with generosity and not the “politics of fear”. Related: Angelina Jolie "very disheartened" by US handling of refugee crisis

Syrians returned to Turkey under EU deal "have had no access to lawyers"

2016-05-16 17:08, theguardian.com


Refugees report being detained indefinitely in poor conditions and not being allowed to rejoin family members in Turkey The first Syrians to be deported by plane under the EU-Turkey deal have been detained in a remote camp for the past three weeks with no access to lawyers, casting further doubts over EU claims that they are being sent back to a safe third country.With hundreds more likely to be e

Foreign ministers hold Vienna talks as Isis threat to Libya grows

2016-05-16 05:00, theguardian.com


Tripoli is likely to submit requests for western partners to assist it with arms, training and intelligence at Vienna meeting Leading foreign ministers from Europe and the Middle East are to meet in Vienna to discuss how to bolster support for the UN-backed Libyan government in the face of deepening splits in the country over political legitimacy, oil resources and Islamic State.Elaborate plans to

Ministers to discuss plan to help government in Libya gain foothold

2016-05-16 05:00, theguardian.com


Tripoli is likely to submit requests for western partners to assist it with arms, training and intelligence at Vienna meeting Leading foreign ministers from Europe and the Middle East are to meet in Vienna to discuss how to bolster support for the UN-backed Libyan government in the face of deepening splits in the country over political legitimacy, oil resources and Islamic State.Elaborate plans to

Global crises overwhelming aid system, says migration chief

2016-05-14 19:06, theguardian.com


Istanbul summit to tackle growing demands on aid agencies struggling to cope with competing emergenciesThe world’s top official managing migration flows has warned that the global aid system is crumbling under an overwhelming number of crises, from wars across the Middle East and Asia to natural disasters and earthquakes. Related: Why is the cost of hosting refugees falling on the world"s poores

David Miliband: close the world"s refugee camps

2016-05-14 09:21, theguardian.com


Former UK foreign secretary calls for wealthy nations to accept nearly two million of the most vulnerable refugeesDavid Miliband, the former UK foreign secretary, has called for an end to the refugee camp system and the reform of humanitarian institutions “that were designed for yesterday’s problems, not tomorrow’s”.Wealthy nations should accept the most vulnerable 10% of the world’s 19.

Close world"s refugee camps, says David Miliband

2016-05-14 09:21, theguardian.com


Former UK foreign secretary calls for reform of humanitarian institutions and urges wealthy nations to accept 6m of most vulnerable refugeesDavid Miliband, the former foreign secretary-turned-NGO chief, has called for an end to the refugee camp system and the reform of humanitarian institutions “that were designed for yesterday’s problems not tomorrow’s”.Wealthy nations should accept the m

Munich police brace for rival protests at anti-refugee party"s meeting

2016-05-13 16:47, theguardian.com


Right- and leftwing protesters expected at Alternative for Germany event in beer hall where Adolf Hitler once gave a speech Rival demonstrations are expected to take place on Friday night outside one of Munich’s best-known beer halls, where Adolf Hitler gave his first political speech and where the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is hosting a meeting.Police in the southern German ci

12,000 people trapped in Syria refugee camp by bombs, shells and bullets

2016-05-13 14:11, theguardian.com


Save the Children says Palestianian refugee camp Khan Eshieh cut off by heavy shelling, with supplies of food and medicine running out A new siege at a refugee camp in Syria has left 12,000 people, including 3,000 children, running out of food and medicine as they endure shelling, barrel bombs and sniper fire, Save the Children said on Friday. The international charity said the last remaining open

Refugees urge Kenyan leaders to rethink closure of Dadaab camp

2016-05-13 05:00, theguardian.com


Residents in world’s biggest refugee camp, some of whom have lived there for decades, tell of their sadness at decision Residents of the world’s biggest refugee camp have called on the Kenyan government to reverse plans to close the settlement, saying proposals for forced returns of Somalis to their war-torn country would amount to a mass death sentence.Abdullahi Aden Hassan, a father of nine

David Wojnarowicz: still fighting prejudice 24 years after his death

2016-05-12 23:15, theguardian.com


Best known for an image on a U2 album cover, the painter and photographer was was also an Aids activist whose message of defiance from the late 80s reverberates in American politics todayYou might not be familiar with the American artist and activist David Wojnarowicz’s name, but if you’re of a certain age, you have probably seen at least one image by him. His photograph of buffalo tumbling of

Children"s services call for funds to deal with rise in child refugees

2016-05-12 17:06, theguardian.com


UK council leaders welcome government decision to take in more lone refugee children but say they need extra resourcesCouncil leaders, children’s services and foster carer networks have called on the government to properly resource local authorities to cope with the expected rise in unaccompanied child asylum seekers entering Britain.They have warned that existing funding is inadequate to meet t

Children"s services call for resources to deal with rise in child refugees

2016-05-12 17:06, theguardian.com


British council leaders welcome government decision to take in more lone refugee children but say they need extra fundingCouncil leaders, children’s services and foster carer networks have called on the government to properly resource local authorities to cope with the expected rise in unaccompanied child asylum seekers entering Britain.They have warned that existing funding is inadequate to mee

When it comes to interracial romances, the movies need to catch up

2016-05-12 16:43, theguardian.com


Almost 50 years after Kirk and Uhura’s kiss on Star Trek, there are plenty of parts for black women - provided they want to play blue- or green-skinned aliens …“Interspecies love is in the air!” enthuses one movie fansite at the prospect of the forthcoming Warcraft movie.There’s a lot to get up to speed with in Warcraft. The original video games were so wildly popular that their communit

Refugees and the European Union – Politics Weekly podcast

2016-05-12 16:06, theguardian.com


Patrick Kingsley, Alex Duval Smith and Jennifer Rankin join Tom Clark to discuss Europe’s response to the refugee crisis on its southern shores; the EU’s deal with Turkey and the future of the continent’s asylum systemLast year, more than a million refugees came across Europe’s borders. European countries first scrambled to provide shelter, then provided onward transport and eventually beg

Human rights body makes rare bid to halt Salvadorian woman"s deportation

2016-05-12 13:41, theguardian.com


The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says lives of woman and her daughter, 12, would be at risk in El Salvador where she fled violence and rapeThe deportation of a woman and her 12-year-old daughter from the US to El Salvador should be halted because their lives are at risk, a human rights monitoring body has said in an unusual intervention. Related: Homeland security secretary defends de

Angela Merkel is suddenly looking politically mortal

2016-05-12 11:29, theguardian.com


Will the German chancellor survive to serve another term? Should she?Europe’s most important politician took a bit of a pasting from the Brexit camp this week for allegedly throwing her weight around in David Cameron’s company. She’s had a rough few months since the Syrian refugee crisis hit Germany and is suddenly looking politically mortal. But does Angela Merkel deserve it? Yes and mostly

Ham and the curse of "first world problems"

2016-05-12 11:00, theguardian.com


It is possible to disapprove of machine-cut jamon and to feel outrage over Syria at the same time. Not that everyone agrees with me …A few weeks ago I tweeted disapprovingly about a restaurant which was machine-cutting rather than hand-slicing its premium Spanish ham. This is a crime against jamon. I thought the world should know. Swiftly someone replied with three entirely predictable words:

Protesters occupy immigration department building in Melbourne

2016-05-12 07:45, theguardian.com


Group calling for improved treatment of asylum seekers refuse police instructions to vacate the building on Lonsdale Street More than 100 refugee advocates and protesters have taken over the federal immigration department building in Melbourne, chanting “Bring them here” and “We can be better than this”.The protesters were refusing police instructions to leave the building in Lonsdale Stre

Kenya says it will shut world"s biggest refugee camp at Dadaab

2016-05-11 18:24, theguardian.com


Government vows to close camp, home to 330,000 mostly Somali refugees, and send them back home or on to other countriesKenya has vowed to close the world’s biggest refugee camp within a year and send hundreds of thousands of Somalis back to their war-torn homeland or on to other countries, a plan decried by aid and human rights groups as dangerous, illegal and impractical.Kenya says it needs to

Cameron v Corbyn PMQs verdict: scattergun with some illumination

2016-05-11 11:33, theguardian.com


The prime minister and Labour leader clash over workers’ rights, corruption measures and child refugeesCorbyn has been using his six questions at prime ministers questions to focus on one issue. Last week the elections, the week before that, and the week before that academies, and the week before that the Panama Papers. But this week he used a more scattergun approach tackling the government’s

Dadaab closure: how 600,000 refugees got caught up in Kenya’s electioneering

2016-05-11 09:34, theguardian.com


Plan to close the world’s largest camp is illogical and illegal – but scores much-needed political points, argues the Daily MaverickThe Kenyan government has announced that it will attempt to close all of the country’s refugee camps, a move that could displace an estimated 600,000 vulnerable people.However, it’s no coincidence that just a week before the statement the Kenyan president Uhur

Your #3000chairs for child refugees – in pictures

2016-05-11 09:00, theguardian.com


Nicola Davis’s poem The Day The War Came and subsequent Twitter campaign resonated with readers concerned about the UK government’s attitude to taking in 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian children. Here is a selection of the empty chairs you’ve made to symbolise the plight of those childrenYou can contribute your chair hereSee the chairs shared by children’s illustrators and authors here Continue

Bangladeshi refugee dies on Nauru of suspected heart attack

2016-05-11 04:20, theguardian.com


Man, 26, who checked himself into hospital suffering chest pains, dies before medical transfer to Australia could take placeA 26-year-old Bangladeshi refugee has died in Nauru hospital from suspected heart failure. The man – a boat-borne refugee sent to Nauru by Australia – checked himself in to Nauru hospital two days ago with chest pains. Plans were made to take him to Australia by air ambul

Homeless at home: most displaced people found in Syria, Yemen and Iraq

2016-05-10 23:01, theguardian.com


Report delves into the numbers overshadowed by the refugee crisis – the 28m people forced by violence or disaster to live elsewhere in their country last yearConflict, violence and natural disasters forced nearly 28 million people to leave their homes and move somewhere else within their countries last year, according to a report.The figures from the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displa

The Guardian view on European politics: Vienna calling - Editorial

2016-05-10 18:07, theguardian.com


The resignation of the Austrian chancellor, under pressure from a resurgent far right, is frightening in its own right. But it also betrays the chill political winds blowing across a whole continentThe Austrian chancellor’s decision to step down on Monday served as another warning of how polarised politics is spreading across Europe, and also of the high price being paid by the mainstream. Werne

Talking about refugee ‘pull factors’ wilfully misses the point - Sally Hamwee

2016-05-10 15:24, theguardian.com


The UK government’s determination to create a hostile environment for immigrants is a xenophobic betrayal of our nation’s welcoming reputationSome years ago I remarked to a colleague how distasteful it was for parliamentarians to talk as if the atlas was still almost all coloured pink, as it was when Queen Victoria was on the throne. Though my colleague is by instinct far more rebellious than

Two migrants pulled from icy waters off Denmark

2016-05-10 14:01, theguardian.com


Pair recovering in hospital were part of a group of four attempting to cross the strait to Sweden to ask for asylumTwo people are in hospital after authorities pulled them from icy waters off Denmark as they tried to reach Sweden by boat to ask for asylum. The rescued migrants were part of a group of four who attempted to cross the strait between Denmark and Sweden, where the water is about 8C (46

Non-Syrians denied asylum claims under EU-Turkey deal - MEPs

2016-05-10 11:50, theguardian.com


Politicians say interviews with refugees reveal they were not given chance to ask for asylum in Greece or TurkeyHundreds of non-Syrian asylum seekers deported under the EU-Turkey migration deal were not allowed to claim asylum in either Greece or Turkey, a group of European politicians has claimed.After interviewing 40 of the deportees, the three MEPs have concluded that, despite EU promises, the

Turkish border guards "continuing to shoot and beat refugees"

2016-05-10 09:33, theguardian.com


Human Rights Watch says guards killed five people, including a child, in March and April, and urges Ankara to investigateTurkish border guards are continuing to shoot and beat Syrian refugees trying to cross into Turkey, according to Human Rights Watch, which is calling on the country to investigate abuses.The advocacy group said on Tuesday that Turkish border guards in March and April used excess

Don"t just condemn humanitarian law violations. Stop them - Stephen Twigg

2016-05-10 08:40, theguardian.com


In the name of war, hospitals and camps for stranded people have been bombed. Leaders at the world humanitarian summit must hold those responsible to accountThe recent airstrike on a camp for Syrians displaced from their homes is the latest in a long line of tragedies resulting from the disregard that certain parties to conflict hold for international humanitarian law.The UN under-secretary genera

Unicef calls for 300 child refugees to be let into UK to attend school

2016-05-09 17:41, theguardian.com


Charity, religious leaders and Yvette Cooper call for vulnerable minors to be fast-tracked into country in time for term in SeptemberUp to 300 of the most vulnerable refugee children already in Europe should be allowed into Britain for the start of the school year in September, says a letter to David Cameron from Unicef and a number of religious leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury.Yvet

Brexit could turn Irish border into new Calais, says EU commissioner

2016-05-09 16:19, theguardian.com


Former Irish cabinet minister says there are growing fears in Dublin that country could be used as back door into UKPoliticians in the Irish Republic fear their border towns could become the “new Calais” if Britain votes to leave the EU, as irregular migrants use Ireland as a back door into the UK, according to an EU commissioner.The commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, said on Monday tha

Refugees hold key to German economic growth, IMF says

2016-05-09 15:26, theguardian.com


Policies to integrate migrants into labour market will help counter effects of ageing population, organisation saysThe International Monetary Fund has urged Germany to do more to help find work for the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the country, saying such moves would help counter the effects of an ageing population. Related: Germany unveils integration law for refugees Continue reading...

Werner Faymann quits as Austrian chancellor

2016-05-09 11:12, theguardian.com


Faymann, who faced calls to resign after a rightwing populist dominated last month’s presidential election, says he has lost support of party colleagues Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann has resigned after losing the support of his colleagues in the Social Democratic party.Faymann had been under pressure from trade unionists and the SPO youth wing for his tough stance on asylum laws and for the

Juliet Stevenson: why I bought a double decker bus on eBay

2016-05-09 06:00, theguardian.com


The actor talks about helping refugee children, losing her ‘big brother’ Alan Rickman – and why she turned down Steven SpielbergFirst excursions on to eBay often tend toward the modest. A pair of shoes, a coffee table. A bicycle, at a push. Not so for Juliet Stevenson. “It’s surprisingly easy to buy a double-decker bus, you know, once you start looking,” says the 59-year-old actor, pic

Eurovision song contest 2016: latex, chiffon and a little bit of politics

2016-05-08 17:23, theguardian.com


This year’s Eurovision will feature a dance sequence evoking the refugee crisis even though politics is not strictly allowedIt’s time for the chiffon, the latex and the pyrotechnics, the hair extensions, the semi-clad dancers and the strangely discordant backing vocalists, the terrifying key changes, the neon-white smiles and the political (nul) point-scoring.However, this time the organisers

The coming refugee crisis: when home leaves us - Vicki Arroyo

2016-05-08 04:00, theguardian.com


Louisiana’s sinking Isle de Jean Charles shows the urgent need for measures to combat climate changeAs seas rise, as floods and droughts become more extreme, as crops fail and as storms intensify, the world will increasingly face a new challenge – climate refugees.In the US, witness the recent plan by the federal government to resettle a Native American tribe before their Isle de Jean Charles

My family fell victim to a warming world. Now we need to build for this new reality - Vicki Arroyo

2016-05-08 04:00, theguardian.com


Louisiana’s sinking Isle de Jean Charles shows the urgent need for radical measures to combat climate changeAs seas rise, as floods and droughts become more extreme, as crops fail and as storms intensify, the world will increasingly face a new challenge – climate refugees.In the US, witness the recent plan by the federal government to resettle a Native American tribe before their Isle de Jean

No money for food, clothing or a home: how asylum seekers are left destitute on UK streets

2016-05-07 23:05, theguardian.com


Some of the UK’s 3,300 refugees who are denied jobs or benefits are turning to volunteer centres like the one in east London for foodThe bright open room is scattered with people and their belongings in various well-worn bags, like a station waiting room. A few chat in low voices, a mixture of accents but in their common language of English. Related: Home Office set to deport more asylum seekers

The refugee children of Idomeni: alone, far from home but clinging to hope

2016-05-07 23:04, theguardian.com


They have fled their wartorn homelands in Syria and Afghanistan. Now they are stuck in northern Greece – so close to a new lifeIn the hours before he disappeared, Kusai talked about returning home to Syria. Navigating the Islamist checkpoints and shoot-to-kill Turkish border guards to reach the destroyed city of Aleppo was preferable to waiting for the border to open.The 16-year-old, a slight bo

Should David Cameron’s U-turn on unaccompanied child refugees be celebrated?

2016-05-07 07:00, theguardian.com


Councils are willing to help but will be reluctant until it is clear who will pay for the extra school places and private foster care requiredIs David Cameron’s U-turn on unaccompanied child refugees good news?The government’s offer of sanctuary was widely welcomed, but there is huge uncertainty about what the rather vague commitment will mean in practice. Some of this confusion is to be expec

EU-Turkey visa deal on brink as ErdoÄ

2016-05-06 17:53, theguardian.com


Refugee pact appears in danger of falling apart as Turkish president tells Europe: ‘We’ll go our way, you go yours’A visa-free travel deal between the EU and Turkey was on the brink of collapse on Friday night, after Turkey’s president insisted he would not change his country’s anti-terrorism laws, a key condition of the agreement.“We’ll go our way, you go yours,” said Recep Tayyip

UN outrage over refugee deaths as bombing denied by Syrian government

2016-05-06 17:38, theguardian.com


Russia says none of its aircraft had flown over camp near Aleppo as UN officials say attacks could amount to war crimeSyria’s military command has denied it carried out airstrikes on a refugee camp near the Turkish border that killed at least 28 people, but a senior UN official said initial reports suggested a government plane was responsible for the “murderous attacks”.Ban Ki-moon, the UN s

UN "outrage" over refugee deaths as bombing denied by Syrian government

2016-05-06 17:38, theguardian.com


Russia says none of its aircraft had flown over camp near Aleppo as UN officials say attacks could amount to war crimeSyria’s military command has denied it carried out airstrikes on a refugee camp near the Turkish border that killed at least 28 people, but a senior UN official said initial reports suggested a government plane was responsible for the “murderous attacks”.Ban Ki-moon, the UN s

Syrian military denies it carried out airstrikes on refugee camp

2016-05-06 17:38, theguardian.com


Russia says none of its aircraft has flown over camp near Aleppo as UN officials say attacks could amount to war crimeSyria’s military command has denied it carried out airstrikes on a refugee camp near the Turkish border that killed at least 28 people, but a senior UN official said initial reports suggested a government plane had mounted the “murderous attacks”.Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary

Canada wildfire evacuees head south as new images reveal devastation

2016-05-06 13:09, theguardian.com


Helicopter leads initial convoy of 400 vehicles through Fort McMurray as airlifts from work camps continue Have you been affected?A convoy of evacuees from the wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray in western Canada began heading south on Friday, in a slow-moving exodus that crawled along the highway and through the burned city they had hurriedly evacuated just 72 hours earlier.The wildfire refugees were

Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees head south in mass road convoy

2016-05-06 13:09, theguardian.com


Helicopter leads initial convoy of 400 vehicles through Fort McMurray as airlifts from work camps continue Have you been affected?A convoy of evacuees from the wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray in western Canada began heading south on Friday, in a slow-moving exodus that crawled along the highway and through the burned city they had hurriedly evacuated just 72 hours earlier.The wildfire refugees were

Radiohead release trailer for new track

2016-05-06 11:53, theguardian.com


Watch Thom Yorke wander alone in a carpark in a new clip of what could be a second track taken from their anticipated ninth album Radiohead have released what appears to be another trailer for a second track. Related: "Disarmingly melodic": fans (and a newbie) review Radiohead"s new single Burn the Witch Continue reading...

Pope Francis castigates Europe in speech on solidarity

2016-05-06 11:27, theguardian.com


In Charlemagne prize acceptance speech, pontiff criticises union’s position on refugees, economy and youth employmentEurope is struggling to live up to the vision of its founders, Pope Francis has said in a powerful speech that asked: “What has happened to you, the Europe of humanism, the champion of human rights, democracy and freedom?”Speaking as he became the first pope to accept the pres

Pope Francis urges Europe to return to postwar principles

2016-05-06 11:27, theguardian.com


In Charlemagne prize acceptance speech, pontiff criticises union’s position on refugees, economy and youth employmentEurope is struggling to live up to the vision of its founders, Pope Francis has said in a powerful speech that asked: “What has happened to you, the Europe of humanism, the champion of human rights, democracy and freedom?”Speaking as he became the first pope to accept the pres

The refugee children choosing between work and war – video

2016-05-06 06:03, theguardian.com


13-year-old Hamza is a Syrian refugee in southern Turkey. He and his brothers have no school to go to and no father. So they work 12-hour days, six days a week, to support their family, or risk becoming desperate enough to return home to join the civil war Continue reading...

A truth we hate to admit – we are one people in Europe - Natalie Nougayrède

2016-05-06 06:00, theguardian.com


It’s telling that it took Obama, an outsider, to remind us how much the European people have in common“I say to you, the people of Europe, don’t forget who you are. You are the heirs to a struggle for freedom.” With those words, in a speech given in Hanover at the end of his European tour, Barack Obama did what no European leader has ventured to do in a long time, which is to give an “ad

From war in Syria to a Turkish sweatshop for child refugees

2016-05-06 06:00, theguardian.com


Vast numbers of young Syrians in Turkey and beyond are having to work instead of going to schoolHamza sits at a sewing machine in a gloomy warehouse in southern Turkey, where he works 12 hours a day, six days a week. The Syrian can perform most of the roles on the assembly line: he knows how to mould leather into the shape of a shoe, or attach its sole with glue. Today Hamza threads its different

Syria accused of airstrike on refugee camp as Assad pushes for "final victory"

2016-05-05 23:46, theguardian.com


UK-based monitor says dozens have died after attack near border with Turkey while US condemns Assad’s ‘unacceptable statement’The government of Bashar al-Assad has been accused of bombing a Syrian refugee camp near the Turkish border, in an attack that activists and officials said left dozens of civilians dead and wounded.The airstrikes on Thursday afternoon near Sarmada, a town in Idlib pro

Paul Ryan declines to support Donald Trump as Republican standard-bearer

2016-05-05 21:57, theguardian.com


House speaker says ‘I’m just not ready to do that at this point’Reluctance lays bare brewing civil war; Trump responds carefullyMore than 80% of Trump fans see refugees as threat to US, survey findsCampaign live: latest election updatesHouse speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected Republican official, has said he does not yet support Donald Trump as the party’s presumptive president

Syrian government accused of airstrike on refugee camp

2016-05-05 19:26, theguardian.com


UK-based monitor says dozens have died after airstrike near border with Turkey, with toll likely to riseThe government of Bashar al-Assad has been accused of bombing a Syrian refugee camp near the Turkish border, in an attack that activists and officials said left dozens dead of civilians and wounded.The airstrikes on Thursday afternoon near Sarmada, a town in Idlib province just 20km away from Re

The Guardian view on Syria: the agonies of Aleppo - Editorial

2016-05-05 18:06, theguardian.com


There can be no meaningful settlement to the civil war without an elusive, enduring truce in the shelled-out remains of what was once a nation’s second cityAleppo was once Syria’s second largest city, with 2 million inhabitants and a vibrant tourist industry around its 13th-century citadel, its Umayyad mosque, its ancient souk. After nearly five years of civil war, the city is an open wound, t

Deadly airstrike hits refugee camp in northern Syrias

2016-05-05 17:21, theguardian.com


UK-based monitor says at least 28 dead after airstrike near border with Turkey, with toll likely to riseAt least 28 people have been killed in an airstrike on a refugee camp in northern Syria near the border with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said. The UK-based monitor said a camp near Sarmada, in the north-western Idlib province was struck on Thursday afternoon. The death to

The lesbian rapper who escaped forced marriage in Somalia

2016-05-05 10:31, theguardian.com


Somali rapper and anti-FGM campaigner Berlin escaped being murdered by relatives when she was outed as a lesbian• ‘Treat me with dignity’: Somali anti-FGM rapper Berlin – videoUntil the end of last year, Berlin was leading an engaged and active life in Uganda, running successful anti-FGM programmes, competing in freestyle rap competitions and involved in LGBT rights groups. “I was changi

Who’s making sure the Saudi bombs keep falling on Yemen? The Tories - David Wearing

2016-05-05 10:08, theguardian.com


Human rights groups want to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia – yet Conservative politicians have voted to let the killing continueWe now have a real insight into the moral character of the Conservative government. Three thousand unaccompanied child refugees saw Britain’s door slammed in their face, before the resulting outcry forced a partial climbdown. Disabled people have had vital support t

Homesick, lonely, sleepless – and these are the lucky child refugees

2016-05-05 08:05, theguardian.com


The scale of the struggle faced by young arrivals trying to adapt to a new country is revealed, as Britain prepares to accept more unaccompanied youngstersKawkeb Hassan has started sucking her thumb again. It’s a comfort thing. The nine-year-old wakes in the night crying and misses school a lot. Her brother Rassim, who helped her escape the perils of Damascus for the uncertainties of a future in

Quarter of child refugees arriving in EU travelled without parents

2016-05-05 08:05, theguardian.com


Almost 368,000 minors sought asylum in Europe last year, the majority Syrian, Afghan or IraqiA quarter of all child refugees who arrived in Europe last year – almost 100,000 under-18s – travelled without parents or guardians and are now “geographically orphaned”, presenting a huge challenge to authorities in their adopted countries.A total of 1.2 million people sought asylum in the EU in 2

Radiohead"s Burn the Witch may be critique of refugee crisis, says animator

2016-05-05 07:41, theguardian.com


Virpi Kettu suggests the band’s latest video and title could allude to the ‘blaming of different people’The animator of Radiohead’s Camberwick-Green-meets-The-Wicker-Man video for Burn the Witch has suggested the clip might have been a commentary on Europe’s refugee crisis.In an interview with Billboard, Virpi Kettu said the band may have wanted to increase awareness of the issue, especi

How do we make life better for people living as refugees for generations? - Laurie Lee

2016-05-05 06:00, theguardian.com


Humanitarian funding increasingly has to be about meeting long-term needs. How do we make sure lives are not put on hold?It was once just a remote, semi-arid area of north-eastern Kenya, a nowhere land where droughts were frequent and visitors rare. But a quarter of a century after the first refugee camps were constructed in Dadaab, it has become the third largest population centre in the country

John Crace’s sketch: LOQs give Dave a break

2016-05-04 20:20, theguardian.com


Dave cheered up a bit as Leader of Opposition questions descended into a toxic mix of competitive racism and electioneeringDave was fed up. Being prime minister wasn’t as much fun as he had hoped. Half his party now hated him for supporting the EU, Boris was gunning for his job, he’d been made to do a photo op with the comatose Zac – Jesus, was the guy alive or not? – and now he’d been f

The Guardian view on Cameron’s offer to refugee children: it’s the least he could do - Editorial

2016-05-04 18:20, theguardian.com


The prime minister bowed to the threat of defeat. Some lone child refugees will be given a home in the UK. It is a welcome concession, but not nearly enoughDavid Cameron has bowed to backbench pressure as well as something like national moral anguish, and announced that Britain will take in some unaccompanied child refugees. It is a welcome and long-overdue concession. But the policy shift is hedg

European commission faces challenge to grant visa-free travel to Turks

2016-05-04 17:11, theguardian.com


EU executive gives provisional blessing to key scheme in deal with Ankara, as asylum rules overhaul also hits troubleThe European commission faces an uphill battle to grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel through most of Europe by the end of June, a crucial element of the EU’s deal with Ankara to curb refugee arrivals.A related plan to overhaul asylum rules was also running into trouble just h

EU referendum: Cameron gives evidence to liaison committee - Politics live

2016-05-04 15:43, theguardian.com


Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and Cameron’s evidence to the liaison committee on the EU referendumCameron announces climbdown over child refugeesMy snap PMQs verdictPMQs verdictPMQs - Verdict from the Twitter commentariatLunchtime summary 4.43pm BST Cameron says he does not want to “over-emphasis the

Poverty driving Syrian men and boys into the arms of Isis

2016-05-04 14:10, theguardian.com


Poverty, desperation and the desire for revenge – more than religious motivation – are pushing Syrians to join extremist groups, according to International AlertPoverty, desperation and the desire for revenge are the key factors pushing young Syrians to join Isis and other extremist groups – and are more significant than ideological or religious motivation, according to research by a peace-b

European commission urges EU backing for visa-free travel for Turks

2016-05-04 12:35, theguardian.com


Commission says Ankara has met most of 72 criteria for Schengen zone waiver, and is expected to meet remaining five soon The European commission has urged EU member states and MEPs to back visa-free travel for Turkish nationals, one of the terms of a deal on refugees struck between the Brussels and Ankara in March.The commission said on Wednesday that Turkey had met most of the 72 criteria needed

David Cameron announces concessions on Syrian child refugees

2016-05-04 11:41, theguardian.com


PM signals partial climbdown in face of backbench revolt over UK’s refusal to allow entry to child refugees already in EuropeDavid Cameron has said his government will not stand in the way of an amendment by Lord Dubs paving the way for the UK to take unaccompanied refugee children who have already arrived in Europe. The prime minister gave credit to the Labour peer, who was a refugee himself as

George Osborne signals concessions over Syrian child refugees

2016-05-04 09:40, theguardian.com


Chancellor signal climbdown in face of backbench revolt over UK’s refusal to let in refugees who are already in EuropeThe chancellor, George Osborne, has signalled that the government is considering a partial climbdown to allow more Syrian children to come to the UK after a group of MPs said they were certain to rebel on the issue.In face of growing pressure to do more to help unaccompanied refu

Labour"s antisemitism review must be more than "political posturing", says chief rabbi - Politics live

2016-05-04 09:32, theguardian.com


Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and Cameron’s evidence to the liaison committee on the EU referendum 10.32am BST The Electoral Commission has got a meeting today with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service at which it will try to persuade them to apply for a court order to extend the time limit for

David Cameron faces Tory rebellion over Syrian child refugees

2016-05-04 09:02, theguardian.com


MP warns that group of up to 30 Conservatives will rebel unless David Cameron allows more children into UKA group of Tory rebels are “100%” certain to vote against the government unless David Cameron backs down by allowing more Syrian children to come to the UK, a Conservative MP has warned. An attempt to get Britain to take 3,000 child refugees from the EU was blocked in a Commons vote last M

EU executive to propose asylum reforms and approve Turkey visa deal

2016-05-04 06:17, theguardian.com


European commission proposes ‘solidarity contributions’ by states that do not take in refugees, to support those that doEuropean countries that refuse to give shelter to refugees could be forced to pay into the coffers of states that do, under plans to be unveiled by the European commission on Wednesday. The idea is part of a long-awaited proposal to reform the EU’s asylum rules, which were

Former Kindertransport refugee calls on Cameron to admit 3,000 Syrian children

2016-05-04 06:02, theguardian.com


Sir Eric Reich, who was evacuated from Europe to Britain, calls on parliament to show same compassion he received in 1939 fleeing the Nazis as a childA former Kindertransport refugee has called on David Cameron to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria. Related: "It was life and death for us and it"s the same today": Kindertransport children speak Continue reading...

Kindertransport man to Cameron: let in 3,000 Syrian child refugees

2016-05-04 06:02, theguardian.com


Sir Eric Reich, who was evacuated from Europe to Britain, calls on parliament to show same compassion he received in 1939 fleeing the Nazis as a childA former Kindertransport refugee has called on David Cameron to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria. Related: "It was life and death for us and it"s the same today": Kindertransport children speak Continue reading...

Refugee held illegally after Home Office refused to believe he was 16

2016-05-04 05:00, theguardian.com


Call for investigation into case of Syrian boy who was locked up for almost a month despite having documents proving identityA 16-year-old Syrian asylum seeker, who travelled through nine countries without his family, finally reached safety in the UK only to find himself unlawfully locked up by the Home Office for almost a month because officials did not believe his age.Lord Alf Dubs, the Labour p

EU refugee crisis: closed-door countries could be asked to help cover costs

2016-05-03 18:57, theguardian.com


European commission proposes ‘solidarity contributions’ by states that do not take in refugees, to support those that doEuropean countries that refuse to give shelter to refugees could be forced to pay into the coffers of states that do, under plans to be unveiled by the European commission on Wednesday. The idea is part of a long-awaited proposal to reform the EU’s asylum rules, which were

German founder of Pegida fined €9,600 for Facebook posts

2016-05-03 17:27, theguardian.com


German court found posts by Lutz Bachmann, founder of the anti-Islam movement Pegida, calling refugees ‘cattle’ and ‘scum’ counted as racial incitementThe founder of the German anti-Islam protest movement Pegida has been hit with a €9,600 (£7,600) fine for a Facebook post branding refugees “cattle”, “scum” and “trash”.A Dresden court on Tuesday ruled that Lutz Bachmann’s p

#3000chairs: the empty chairs of Syrian child refugees – in pictures

2016-05-03 16:41, theguardian.com


Last week we published Nicola Davies’ moving poem The Day The War Came which drew attention to the 3000 unaccompanied Syrian children who the government decided NOT to give a safe haven to in the UK. Nicola called on everyone who was outraged at this to paint/draw/sketch an empty chair and shared it on Twitter with #3000chairs. Here are just a some of the hundreds that poured in from illustrator

Police officers sacked over Bijan Ebrahimi murder case

2016-05-03 16:40, theguardian.com


Avon and Somerset police has sacked PCs Leanne Winter and Helen Harris for their handling of the case of a disabled refugee in Bristol who was murdered by his neighbourTwo police officers have been sacked over their dealings with a Bristol refugee who was murdered after being wrongly branded a paedophile by his neighbours.PC Leanne Winter and PC Helen Harris were dismissed without notice by Avon a

Ministers to "look again" at immigration bill over child refugees plan

2016-05-03 15:19, theguardian.com


David Cameron’s spokeswoman indicates that he is considering concessions over call to accept 3,000 child refugees from EUDavid Cameron is considering further concessions on Britain accepting unaccompanied child refugees from Europe, officials have admitted.After suffering a defeat in the House of Lords last week at the hands of Labour peer Lord Dubs, the prime minister’s spokeswoman said minis

Ai Weiwei is making a feature film: I"m worried

2016-05-03 13:35, theguardian.com


As an artist and philanthropist he is revered, but posing as Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi was an egotistical stunt – Ai’s art is best when he is not at its centre Ai Weiwei is making a feature film about the plight of refugees. Will it be a serious response to tragedy – or a monument to self-indulgence? I ask this because Ai’s initial artistic response to the refugee crisis does not inspire c

Self-immolation: desperate protests against Australia"s detention regime

2016-05-03 12:29, theguardian.com


On Nauru, a man has died and a woman is in a critical condition, adding to toll of suicides and self-harm at offshore detention centres The video footage shot on a mobile phone last Wednesday is unsteady but clear enough.It shows a man, drenched in liquid, standing alone in a clearing, pleading. No one, it seems, wants to stand near him. In the background, the white shirts and blue caps of staff f

Self-immolation: the final protest of refugees caught in Australia"s punitive regime

2016-05-03 12:29, theguardian.com


On Nauru, a man has died and a woman is in a critical condition, adding to the toll of suicides and self-harm at its offshore detention centres The video footage shot on a mobile phone last Wednesday is unsteady but clear enough.It shows a man, drenched in liquid, standing alone in a clearing, pleading. No one, it seems, wants to stand near him. In the background, the white shirts and blue caps of

‘I"ve tried to find a way to enjoy this life’: Syrian refugees one year on

2016-04-30 10:00, theguardian.com


Last year, Patrick Kingsley travelled to 17 countries and talked to hundreds of refugees as they made the journey of their lives across Europe. What happened next?When Mohammad el-Haiba first spots his boyfriend Youssef outside the German train station, it takes him a few moments to work out whether to approach him. Staring back at him from the entrance, Youssef is just as confused. They stand the

"It was life and death for us and it"s the same today": Kindertransport children speak

2016-04-30 08:00, theguardian.com


With the government refusing to let 3,000 child refugees enter the UK, Guardian readers tell how they escaped the Holocaust – and why Britain must step up againAt a time when many people were trying to flee Hitler’s regime and the world was on the brink of war, the Kindertransport scheme saved thousands of children who otherwise would have been sent to death camps. Jewish and Quaker groups app

Obama administration warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

2016-04-29 18:43, theguardian.com


US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has painted a stark picture of communities displaced by rising Arctic temperatures that are ‘washing away’ townsThe Obama administration has warned the US will need to deal with a wave of “climate refugees” as the Arctic continues to warm, joining with the Canadian government to express alarm over how climate change is affecting indigenous communities.Sal

Tory backbenchers seek compromise over immigration bill vote

2016-04-29 17:47, theguardian.com


Ministers under pressure over plight of unaccompanied child refugees after Labour peer tables amendmentBackbench Conservative MPs unhappy with the government’s refusal to take in more unaccompanied child refugees from Europe are negotiating with ministers to find a compromise to stave off a possible government defeat next month.Ministers are under growing pressure over the plight of unaccompanie

Could Italy be the unlikely saviour of Project Europe?

2016-04-29 16:00, theguardian.com


Italy is resuming its historic role as a source of Europe’s best ideas and leadership in politics, and also, most surprisingly, in economics As the European Union begins to disintegrate, who can provide the leadership to save it? German chancellor Angela Merkel is widely credited with finally answering Henry Kissinger’s famous question about the Western alliance: “What is the phone number fo

The world adores Justin Trudeau. In Canada, we"re still reserving judgment - Rebecca Shapiro

2016-04-29 14:44, theguardian.com


The global focus on the Canadian prime minister’s good looks and athletic prowess distracts from his thin political resumeThe world has fallen in love with Justin Trudeau – the panda-cuddling, wheelchair-carrying, refugee-welcoming Prime Minister of Canada. Glossies from Vogue to Vanity Fair constantly fawn over his good looks and youthful exuberance. And large swaths of the internet can’t g

Labour antisemitism crisis: party deals with fallout of Livingstone suspension – live

2016-04-29 10:18, theguardian.com


Follow the latest developments after former London mayor is suspended over offensive Hitler and Zionism comments 11.10am BST Though the speech was focussed on Europe and security, as well as deep dig at the strategy of his rivals, Farage didn’t miss the opportunity to take aim at Labour’s problems."No longer are we the party accused of harbouring extremists," Farage says with a wry smile. pic.

Wife of man who died after setting fire to himself in Nauru slams delay in care

2016-04-29 09:56, theguardian.com


The 23-year-old Iranian asylum seeker died in hospital on Friday, but his wife says treatment on Nauru was sub-standard and blames Australian officials for delays in moving him to BrisbaneThe wife of the 23-year-old Iranian refugee who died after setting himself alight in protest on Nauru has criticised delays in getting him off the island for medical care.The death of the man, Omid, in a Brisbane

Nauru rape victim"s health not "exceptional" enough to fly to Australia for abortion, court told

2016-04-29 07:09, theguardian.com


Senior border protection official says despite advice from five medical experts, he stood by his judgment that she could be treated in Papua New GuineaThe serious neurological, physiological and psychological conditions of an African refugee who became pregnant after being raped on Nauru were not exceptional enough to warrant her being brought to Australia for medical treatment, a senior official

Fears grow in Burundi as executions and desertions undermine army

2016-04-29 06:00, theguardian.com


Murder of senior officers and secret defections weaken security forces that once symbolised national unity, heightening prospect of civil conflictAssassinations of senior officers and secret defections are crippling Burundi’s army, one year into a crisis that has created hundreds of thousands of refugees and led to the revival of hate speech previously used to fuel genocidal massacres.The milita

"They are falling apart": the fate of lone children in Calais" refugee camp

2016-04-29 06:00, theguardian.com


As the UK vacillates over admitting unaccompanied minors, boys as young as 10 make their own nightly efforts to get inA typical day for the group of 10- to 13-year-olds who live in the Calais refugee camp without their parents begins sometime around four o’clock in the afternoon, when they wake up.There is nowhere on site to take a shower, and the wooden shacks and caravans where they live in gr

Chasing Asylum: documentary reveals impact of Australia"s detention regime – video trailer

2016-04-29 05:16, theguardian.com


Chasing Asylum looks into the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how leaders decided to choose detention over compassion and deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. The feature length documentary is directed by Eva Orner, producer of the Academy award winning film, Taxi To The Dark Side Continue reading...

Refugee who set himself alight on Nauru dies in hospital

2016-04-29 04:29, theguardian.com


Omid, 23, dies in Brisbane after setting himself on fire outside refugee centre during a visit by UN officialsThe 23-year-old Iranian who set himself alight in protest outside a refugee compound on the island of Nauru has died in a Brisbane hospital.Omid was a recognised refugee who was living in Nibok settlement on Nauru with his wife. He set fire to himself during a visit by UN officials on Wedn

Refugees stranded on UK military bases in Cyprus given fresh hope

2016-04-28 16:31, theguardian.com


High court orders Theresa May to reconsider refusal to allow six families entry into BritainMore than 30 refugees who have been stranded in UK sovereign military bases in Cyprus since 1998 have been given fresh hope of finding a permanent home in Britain.The high court in London has ordered the home secretary, Theresa May, to reconsider her refusal to allow the six families entry on grounds she di

Rights concerns put EU-Turkey deal in peril as MPs brawl in Ankara

2016-04-28 15:14, theguardian.com


Suspension of Turkish parliament halts passage of laws needed to win European support for visa-free travel for TurksA key deadline looks increasingly likely to be missed in plans to grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel in the EU as part of a vital migration deal, after fighting in the parliament in Ankara and a stern warning of no special favours from Brussels.Brawling between ruling party and

Human rights concerns put Turkey deal in peril as MPs brawl in Ankara

2016-04-28 15:14, theguardian.com


Suspension of Turkish parliament halts passage of laws needed to win European support for visa-free travel for TurksA key deadline looks increasingly likely to be missed in plans to grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel in the EU as part of a vital migration deal, after fighting in the parliament in Ankara and a stern warning of no special favours from Brussels.Brawling between ruling party and

EU opposition puts Turkey deal in peril as MPs brawl in Ankara

2016-04-28 15:02, theguardian.com


Suspension of Turkish parliament halts passage of laws needed to win European support for visa-free travel for TurksA key deadline looks increasingly likely to be missed in plans to grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel in the EU as part of a vital migration deal, after fighting in the parliament in Ankara and a stern warning of no special favours from Brussels.Brawling between ruling party and

Brawling in Turkish parliament puts EU refugee deal in peril

2016-04-28 14:09, theguardian.com


Ankara parliament suspension halts passage of laws needed to win European support for visa-free travel for TurksA key deadline looks increasingly likely to be missed in plans to grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel in the EU as part of a vital migration deal, after fighting in the parliament in Ankara and a stern warning of no special favours from Brussels.Brawling between ruling party and pro-

Ban Ki-moon attacks "increasingly restrictive" EU asylum policies

2016-04-28 10:41, theguardian.com


UN secretary general makes speech to Austrian parliament a day after Vienna passes law giving police power to reject asylum seekers at borderThe UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has hit out at “increasingly restrictive” European asylum policies in a speech to the Austrian parliament, which has voted to bring in some of the continent’s most stringent laws after a far-right politician won th

Utrecht"s cycling lessons for migrants: "Riding a bike makes me feel more Dutch"

2016-04-28 09:00, theguardian.com


Refuge cities In a city where more than 60% of journeys are made by bike, a local community group is using cycling as a tool to integrate people from immigrant backgrounds into their new nation. Peter Walker pays a visitNaima gingerly pedals her bike round a corner of the car park and comes to a slightly wobbly halt. Feet safely back on tarmac she explains why, 27 years after coming to the Netherl

Utrecht"s cycling lessons for refugees: "Riding a bike makes me feel more Dutch"

2016-04-28 09:00, theguardian.com


In a city where more than 60% of journeys are made by bike, a local community group is using cycling as a tool to integrate people from immigrant backgrounds into their new nation. Peter Walker pays a visitNaima gingerly pedals her bike round a corner of the car park and comes to a slightly wobbly halt. Feet safely back on tarmac she explains why, 27 years after coming to the Netherlands from Moro

Should Europe pay to stop refugees fleeing oppressive Eritrea?

2016-04-28 07:00, theguardian.com


As politicians grapple with the migrant crisis experts say cash will only prop up the abusive regime – not stop the exodusThe migration crisis has dominated headlines and confounded politicians, but still very little is known about Eritrea, a country from which an estimated 5,000 people are fleeing each month. Despite unaccompanied children from Eritrea being the largest group to seek refuge in

There are policy alternatives to locking up refugees in Pacific gulags - Richard Ackland

2016-04-28 05:37, theguardian.com


The closure of Manus Island offers Australia’s hapless politicians the opportunity to work with Indonesia on a sensible solution to boat arrivals Peter Dutton is a desperate man, clinging to the wreckage of a failed policy. The best he could come up with after the supreme court of Papua New Guinea’s intervention in our migration policy is that asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island should

Austria set to bring in stringent new law on asylum seekers

2016-04-27 18:03, theguardian.com


MPs vote in favour of law that will allow police to reject asylum seekers at border without processing individual claimsAustria is expected to bring in some of Europe’s most stringent asylum legislation, days after a far-right politician won the first round of the country’s presidential elections.MPs voted on Wednesday in favour of a new law that will allow police to reject asylum seekers at t

Tory who rebelled over child refugees bill urges MPs to back new proposal

2016-04-27 17:04, theguardian.com


Stephen Phillips writes to fellow Conservatives after the first amendment was voted down on MondayA leading Conservative rebel against Downing Street’s refusal to accept child refugees from Europe has written to colleagues urging them to defy the whip next week if the government will not back down.Stephen Phillips, the Conservative MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, launched the attempt to force

High school basketball player says he was unaware he is actually 29

2016-04-27 16:04, theguardian.com


Jonathan Nicola arrested in Canada for supplying false informationSays his mother could not remember his exact date of birthA South Sudanese player who starred for his high school basketball team as a 17-year-old student but was later arrested on suspicion that he was, in fact, 29, has insisted he made an honest mistake – because he didn’t know his real age.Jonathan Nicola, who at 6ft 9in and

Warsan Shire: the Somali-British poet quoted by Beyoncé in Lemonade

2016-04-27 14:00, theguardian.com


She was London’s Young Poet Laureate, becoming a voice for its marginalised people – now her work has been recited by the queen of pop She writes of places where many Beyoncé fans rarely go, the portions of London where the faces are black and brown, where men huddle outside shop-front mosques and veiled women are trailed by long chains of children. Warsan Shire, the Somali-British poet whose

David Cameron rejects peers" call to admit more refugee children

2016-04-27 12:08, theguardian.com


PM says refugees in Europe cannot be likened to Jewish children fleeing Germany in 1930sDavid Cameron has rejected an attempt by the House of Lords to force the UK to take in child refugees from Europe, arguing that they are in safe countries and not comparable to those fleeing Nazi Germany.The prime minister defended his position amid a standoff between the Commons and Lords about the plight of c

These refugees are children, cold, alone and at risk. That’s why I voted to help them - Stephen Phillips

2016-04-27 10:54, theguardian.com


Against the Tory whip, I voted to accept 3,000 lone child refugees into the UK. My conscience tells me I am right. The government should change its mindWhat goes on in the rarefied atmosphere of the House of Commons is not normally on the radar of the 15-year-old refugee being pimped out on the streets of Paris or Rome. For unaccompanied minors who have made it to Europe, life is all too often bru

Manus Island detention centre to close, Papua New Guinea prime minister says

2016-04-27 06:12, theguardian.com


Australian government will be asked to make alternative arrangements after supreme court ruled detention regime was unconstitutionalThe immigration detention centre on Manus Island will close, and the Australian government is requested to find alternative arrangements for its detainees, the Papua New Guinean prime minister has announced.http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/apr/27/peter-d

Former refugee Aliir Aliir set to make AFL debut for Sydney Swans

2016-04-27 05:06, theguardian.com


Defender to take bow against Brisbane Lions this weekendAliir was born in a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to AustraliaKenya-born Sudanese refugee Aliir Aliir will take the next step of his eventful life journey on Sunday, when he makes his AFL debut for Sydney against Brisbane. Aliir, who was drafted at No44 in 2013, will replace injured Swans fullback Ted Richards for the clash at the Gabba

Lords try again to overturn Tory refusal to help child refugees in Europe

2016-04-26 19:29, theguardian.com


Peers hope to win over Conservative MPs after voting to set a quota on total unaccompanied children allowed into UKThe plight of child refugees stranded in Europe has become the centre of a battle between the House of Commons and the Lords, after peers voted in support of a second proposal urging the government to take action.Peers voted by 279 to 172, a majority of 107, for an amendent to the imm

Europe’s failure on refugees echoes the moral collapse of the 1930s

2016-04-26 17:18, theguardian.com


British MPs have voted down a plan to admit just 600 child refugees a year. With governments across the continent abdicating responsibility, this is an ethical catastrophe of historic proportionsIn 1938, representatives from 32 western states gathered in the pretty resort town of Evian, southern France. Evian is now famous for its water, but back then, the delegates had something else on

Fresh proposal to help child refugees stranded in Europe tabled

2016-04-26 15:59, theguardian.com


After government vote against accepting 3,000 children into UK, Labour peer’s proposal sidesteps financial issues by not giving specific numberA new proposal to help child refugees stranded in Europe has been tabled and is expected to pass in the House of Lords on Tuesday evening, following the government’s vote against accepting 3,000 children into the UK.The amendment to the immigration bill

Athens under pressure: city races to clear port"s refugee camp before tourists arrive

2016-04-26 13:28, theguardian.com


Refuge cities The port of Piraeus and a disused airport are focal points for Athens’ difficulties in dealing with the ongoing refugee crisis. The city’s mayor admits it is paying heavily for flaws that should have been addressed long agoEven now, two months and 20 days after her journey from Afghanistan began, Haliva Khaveri still thinks of Greece – the country across the sea, the coastline

How do you feel about MPs voting against the child refugee amendment?

2016-04-26 09:57, theguardian.com


An amendment to the immigration bill, which would see the government offer sanctuary to thousands of child refugees, has been rejected. Tell us your views MPs have rejected an amendment to the immigration bill, which compelled the government to offer sanctuary in the UK to 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe.The move follows a Commons debate on Monday where cries of “shame” erupted

Child refugee fight has caught public"s imagination, says peer

2016-04-26 09:34, theguardian.com


Lord Dubs tables new proposal after immigration bill amendment to let 3,000 unaccompanied minors into UK defeatedLord Alf Dubs, the Labour peer leading the charge to urge the government to do more to help child refugees stranded in Europe, says he is determined to continue the fight because it has “caught the public’s imagination”.Dubs, who was brought to Britain from Czechoslovakia as part

Labour says "fight will go on" after Tories vote down child refugee plan

2016-04-26 07:38, theguardian.com


Government defeats immigration bill amendment that would have let 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian minors enter UKLabour’s shadow immigration minister, Keir Starmer, has promised that “the fight will go on” to force the UK to do more to help some of the thousands of unaccompanied child refugees stranded in mainland Europe.In a vote in the House of Commons on Monday night, the government narrowly d

Papua New Guinea court rules detention of asylum seekers on Manus unconstitutional

2016-04-26 06:13, theguardian.com


Supreme court orders PNG and Australian governments to immediately move people out of detention centre on Manus island The detention of asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island is illegal, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court has ruled, finding it to be in breach of the country’s constitution.The full bench of the court ruled the incarceration of asylum seekers and refugees was in breach of the

Tories vote against accepting 3,000 child refugees

2016-04-25 21:32, theguardian.com


The amendment to the immigration bill would have allowed thousands of unaccompanied Syrian minors to enter the UKA high-profile campaign for the UK to accept 3,000 child refugees stranded in Europe has failed after the government narrowly won a vote in the House of Commons rejecting the plan on Monday.MPs voted against the proposals by 294 to 276 after the Home Office persuaded most potential Tory

Republican sling insults after Kasich-Cruz alliance to stop Trump – campaign live

2016-04-25 18:23, theguardian.com


Ted Cruz and John Kasich band together with a new plan to fight Donald Trump, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battle it out in Pennsylvania 7.17pm BST Donald Trump warned attendees of his Warwick, Rhode Island rally today that Syrian refugees could break into their homes - a racist-fueled line since there’s no evidence of crimes by Syrian refugees in the area.Donald Trump says there are

Selling Serco: documentary-maker Molly Dineen on why she shot a corporate promo

2016-04-25 18:00, theguardian.com


Molly Dineen has made an inhouse film for crisis-hit firm Serco full of happy prisoners and grateful asylum-seekers. Why?‘How do we make our people feel less like shit?” This was one of the most pressing questions for Rupert Soames when he took control of the crisis-ridden outsourcing firm Serco.The £1.05bn organisation – which runs prisons, air-traffic control hubs, train lines and governm

US warships may join EU in patrolling waters off Libya

2016-04-25 16:04, theguardian.com


Meeting of G5 proposes EU and Nato work together off Libyan coast to shut down networks smuggling refugees from AfricaAmerican warships may join European Union vessels off the coast of Libya by the summer in a Nato-led attempt to slow the flow of refugees from Africa into Europe, it emerged at a meeting of the G5 world leaders in Hanover. Related: Italy"s plan to combat Libyan migrant smugglers co

Italy"s plan to combat Libyan migrant smugglers could mean chasing shadows

2016-04-25 15:48, theguardian.com


Fears of a refugee wave through north Africa are based on thin evidence and deploying naval vessels may have little effect on dinghies already at seaThough migration levels from Libya are no higher than they were last year, European governments are terrified that the closure of the refugee route from Turkey to Greece will prompt a new surge through the north African country towards Italy. Over the

Government accused of "shabby tactics" in trying to block help for child refugees

2016-04-25 15:08, theguardian.com


Critics say ministers are trying to derail efforts to get 3,000 children stranded in Europe accepted in the UKThe government is engaging in “shabby parliamentary tactics” as it tries to block extra help for 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees stranded in Europe, according to MPs and peers.Charities led by Save the Children are urging MPs to back an amendment to the immigration bill on Monday ni

Ministers urged to let in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees

2016-04-25 06:00, theguardian.com


MPs to vote on Lords amendment which would force the government to admit youngsters from war-torn countriesOpposition MPs hope to inflict an embarrassing defeat on the government on Monday over its refusal to extend help to unaccompanied child refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries who are stranded in Europe.Charities led by Save the Children are urging MPs on both sides of the house to

Barack Obama to send more soldiers to fight Islamic State in Syria

2016-04-25 02:21, theguardian.com


US president expected to give details of new deployment during visit to HanoverBarack Obama is expected to announce a plan to send another 250 US soldiers to Syria to help local forces fight Islamic State militants, it has been reported. Related: "My soul is in Damascus": portraits of life on the refugee trail Continue reading...

Austrian far-right party wins first round of presidential election

2016-04-24 21:28, theguardian.com


Norbert Hofer of the Freedom party takes 36.7% of the vote as candidates from the two governing parties fail to make runoff Austria’s far-right won more than a third of the vote in the presidential election on Sunday and will face an independent in next month’s run-off, dumping out the country’s two main parties from the post for the first time.It was the Freedom Party’s best result in a

My family came to the US as refugees, says George Clooney

2016-04-24 21:02, theguardian.com


We must do more for victims of war and persecution, says film star, who reveals his own ancestors’ flight from famine-ravaged IrelandRefugees are “people, just like you and me”, George Clooney has said in a speech urging humanity to do more to help those escaping war and persecution.The Oscar-winning actor opened up over his own ancestors’ struggles in fleeing the famine in Ireland in the

Humanitarian prize for woman who saved lives of 30,000 children

2016-04-24 21:02, theguardian.com


Marguerite Barankitse awarded inaugural Aurora prize and heralded by George Clooney for her actions during civil warRefugees are “people, just like you and me”, George Clooney has said in a speech urging humanity to do more to help those escaping war and persecution.The Oscar-winning actor opened up over his own ancestors’ struggles in fleeing the famine in Ireland in the 19th century and ca

Barack Obama hails Angela Merkel over handling of refugees

2016-04-24 18:36, theguardian.com


US president to meet Merkel, Hollande, Renzi and Cameron over EU naval patrols in Libyan waters to stem flow of migrantsUS president Barack Obama said Angela Merkel was on the right side of history with her management of the refugee crisis and praised the German chancellor as a steady and trustworthy ally with a really good sense of humour, as he embarked on the final phase of the last official Eu

Migration crisis: Obama hails Merkel over handling of refugees

2016-04-24 18:36, theguardian.com


US president to meet Merkel, Hollande, Renzi and Cameron over EU naval patrols in Libyan waters to stem flow of migrantsUS president Barack Obama said Angela Merkel was on the right side of history with her management of the refugee crisis and praised the German chancellor as a steady and trustworthy ally with a really good sense of humour, as he embarked on the final phase of the last official Eu

Migration crisis: Obama and EU leaders to discuss naval patrols in Libya

2016-04-24 14:05, theguardian.com


US president to meet Merkel, Hollande, Renzi and Cameron over most serious intervention since toppling Gaddafi Barack Obama is to meet with the most four senior European Union national leaders to discuss stemming the flow of migrants from Libya by placing EU naval patrols in Libyan waters. The patrols, the most serious intervention in Libya since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, would be c

Tomorrow, we have a chance to stop the death of innocents - Rowan Williams

2016-04-23 23:03, theguardian.com


During the Second World War, our parents and grandparents had no doubt: refugee children had to be given succour and safetyRabbi Harry Jacobi was one of 10,000 Jewish children saved from Nazi-controlled territory on the eve of the Second World War by those who recognised their plight and the necessity to act. Born in Berlin, his family sent him to Amsterdam, as his uncle had agreed to sponsor him.

David Cameron faces knife-edge vote on child refugee policy

2016-04-23 21:00, theguardian.com


Tory MPs join chorus of calls for UK to admit more unaccompanied young people fleeing war-torn homelandsDavid Cameron faces the possibility of a humiliating Commons defeat on Monday over policy on child refugees, as Tory MPs demand that the UK admits more unaccompanied young people who have fled to Europe from their war-torn homelands.At least a dozen Tory MPs were said to be considering whether t

Home Office ‘shamefully’ used new refugee law to deport 700 people secretly

2016-04-23 18:53, theguardian.com


The government deported 700 people under Dublin rules and allowed 20 unaccompanied children trapped in Calais to enter UKThe Home Office has been accused of “shameful” behaviour for using the agreement that allows vulnerable children to seek asylum in the United Kingdom to secretly deport more than 700 people.By contrast, the Home Office has allowed just 20 unaccompanied children stranded in t

Merkel accused of turning a blind eye to plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey

2016-04-23 18:42, theguardian.com


Germany’s chancellor has come under fire for the €6bn deal that effectively passes the refugee buck back to the country’s authoritiesGerman chancellor Angel Merkel flew into southern Turkey late on Saturday to inaugurate the EU’s new aid programme for Syrians in the country, amid concerns that her visit both validates Turkey’s creeping authoritarianism and overstates the EU’s humanitar

Angela Merkel in Turkey – in pictures

2016-04-23 16:34, theguardian.com


German chancellor visits refugee camp in Nizip, near Gaziantep and Syrian border, as she prepares to inaugurate EU-Turkey migration deal Continue reading...

Angela Merkel to launch EU aid programme for Syrians on Turkey visit

2016-04-23 13:50, theguardian.com


German chancellor will attend photocall with Ahmet DavutoÄ

Syrian refugee crisis underestimated by British public, finds humanitarian study

2016-04-22 12:16, theguardian.com


Humanitarian index reveals that Britons believe 300,000 people have fled Syria, despite official figures suggesting nearly 5 million have been displacedThe British public underestimates the number of refugees fleeing Syria by 4.5 million people, a report has found.Nearly 5 million Syrians have been displaced by the civil war, yet Britons believe the figure to be closer to 300,000, the study says

"My soul is in Damascus": portraits of life on the refugee trail

2016-04-22 12:00, theguardian.com


In a moving series of sketches, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad captures gruelling journeys blighted by poverty and exploitationLast summer, the Turkish port city of Izmir became the springboard for hundreds of thousands of refugees hoping to reach Greece. They came looking for smugglers to take them to sea – and lifejackets to keep them alive. Every third shop on Fevzi Pasha Boulevard, a wide shopping street

Volunteer stories: "I will never forget how cold the little boy’s body was I carried that day"

2016-04-22 09:00, theguardian.com


From burying the dead in Lesbos to saving desperate refugees from traffickers in Budapest, volunteers share their stories of responding to one of Europe’s worst humanitarian crisesAcross Europe, volunteers have been moved to act to help refugees seeking safety; from sea rescues, to teaching languages. Here, volunteers share stories from their involvement over the past months, revealing the emoti

Angela Merkel faces call to raise freedom of speech on Turkey visit

2016-04-22 08:11, theguardian.com


German chancellor is under pressure to raise freedom of speech issues while also mending relations over visa dealAngela Merkel is facing dual pressure to both raise freedom of speech issues and patch up fraying diplomatic relations with Turkey during a visit to Gaziantep province on Saturday.The issue of visa-free travel, one of the key elements of the month-old deal between the European Union and

Angela Merkel faces balancing act on visit to Turkey

2016-04-22 08:11, theguardian.com


German chancellor is under pressure to raise freedom of speech issues while also mending relations over visa dealAngela Merkel is facing dual pressure to both raise freedom of speech issues and patch up fraying diplomatic relations with Turkey during a visit to Gaziantep province on Saturday.The issue of visa-free travel, one of the key elements of the month-old deal between the European Union and

The winners of the Sony world photography awards 2016 – in pictures

2016-04-22 06:00, theguardian.com


Documenting everything from eagle hunters to failed boxers and Afghan refugees, 230,103 entries from 186 countries were whittled down to these winners of the world’s largest photography competition Continue reading...

Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500%

2016-04-21 18:58, theguardian.com


Steep increases likely to prevent those with few resources from challenging decisions to deport themAsylum and immigration tribunal fees are set to increase by more than 500% in order to help pay off the Ministry of Justice’s funding deficit.The proposed steep rise in application costs aimed at raising £37m a year is likely to serve as a deterrent to many, preventing those who have arrived in t

Singer MIA faces criticism for comments on Beyoncé and Black Lives Matter

2016-04-21 17:26, theguardian.com


Maya Arulpragasam said Black Lives Matter is the only problem talked about in the US and called on Beyoncé to highlight plight of other groups, such as SyriansMIA has been criticised for her comments about Beyoncé, the Black Lives Matter movement and the lack of similar protest organisation aimed at addressing violence towards Muslims.In an interview in the Evening Standard, the singer (whose re

Up to 3,000 child refugees to be resettled in UK in next four years

2016-04-21 11:35, theguardian.com


New ‘children at risk’ scheme is over and above existing programme offering places to 20,000 Syrian refugeesUp to 3,000 Syrian and other child refugees from camps in the Middle East and North Africa are to be resettled in Britain over the next four years, the Home Office has announced.The new “children at risk” British scheme is over and above the government’s existing programme offering

Students Speak: if you were head of the UN, what would you do?

2016-04-21 11:21, theguardian.com


As the UN prepares to choose a new leader to replace Ban Ki-moon when he steps down this year, we want to know how you’d approach the top jobAs Ban Ki-moon prepares to step down as UN secretary general at the end of the year, his potential successors are making their ambitions known. The list of declared candidates so far includes the head of the UN Development Programme, Helen Clarke, the forme

Happy 200th birthday Charlotte Brontë! How well do you know the author? – quiz

2016-04-21 07:00, theguardian.com


How many sisters did Charlotte Brontë have? Which previously male name did she popularise as a female name? Take our quiz and find out1 How many sisters did Charlotte Brontë have?Two Three Four Five 2 As children, Charlotte and her brother Branwell wrote stories set in a fantasy world. What was the name of that world?Narnia Angria Rodania Eldasia 3 Under what male pseudonym did Charlotte Brontë

EU"s refugee deal with Turkey condemned by Council of Europe

2016-04-20 15:32, theguardian.com


Human rights body says agreement at worst breaks international lawEurope’s leading human rights body has issued a stinging indictment of the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey, which it said at worst exceeds the limits of what is permissible under international law.A report from the Council of Europe’s assembly listed numerous concerns on human rights, from keeping migrants in overcrowded and ins

Poles apart: Gdansk divided as city grapples with immigration and identity

2016-04-20 13:36, theguardian.com


Refuge cities In a country where xenophobia is increasingly rife, Poland’s longest-serving mayor is intent on building a safe haven for his city’s ‘invisible’ immigrants. After all, he says, integration is in the town’s DNAJudging by the behaviour of some of its football fans, Gdańsk might not be expected to extend a warm welcome to any refugees arriving in this port city on Poland’s

Unaccompanied child refugees to be dispersed through UK

2016-04-20 11:56, theguardian.com


Immigration minister says plan will help councils such as Kent and Croydon where child refugees are concentratedA new national dispersal scheme for unaccompanied child asylum seekers in Britain is to get under way in July as Home Office ministers prepare to announce a new scheme to take Syrian child refugees directly from camps in the Middle East.The number of unaccompanied child refugees in Brita

Hundreds feared dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya

2016-04-20 11:18, theguardian.com


Up to 500 people may have drowned after overloaded boat sank in MediterraneanHundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week, in what would be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in months.Up to 500 Africans may have sunk aboard a repurposed fishing boat that smugglers had overloaded with refugees hoping to reach Italy from eastern Libya, survivors told the UN ref

Adaptation of Trojan Women starring Syrian refugees set for UK tour

2016-04-19 23:06, theguardian.com


Queens of Syria, based on antiwar play by Euripides, will open at Young Vic in July and explore themes of loss, flight and exileAn acclaimed adaptation of The Trojan Women with an all-female cast of Syrian refugees recounting their stories of loss, flight and exile is coming to the UK for a three-week run.First performed in Amman, Jordan, in 2013, Queens of Syria will open at the Young Vic in earl

Head of German anti-Islam group on trial for hate speech

2016-04-19 14:56, theguardian.com


Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann was charged with inciting hatred through Facebook posts allegedly branding refugees ‘cattle’The founder of Germany’s xenophobic and anti-Islam Pegida movement has appeared in court on hate speech charges for allegedly branding refugees “cattle” and “scum” on social media.Lutz Bachmann, founder of the far-right Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation

‘We’ll make ​our country​ great again’​: ​project shows true face of Somalis

2016-04-19 14:33, theguardian.com


From the boy who wants peace to the activist who lost her legs in a landmine blast, their stories challenge stereotypes. Global Voices reportFor many people it is easy to stereotype Somalis as agents of terrorism, annoying refugees, gun-wielding pirates or competing warlords. Not the peaceful, resilient people they really are, say the team behind Somali Faces – an online project highlighting the

"Peaceful and resilient": project shows true face of Somalis

2016-04-19 14:33, theguardian.com


From the boy who wants peace to the activist who lost her legs in a landmine blast, their stories challenge stereotypes. Global Voices reportFor many people it is easy to stereotype Somalis as “agents of terrorism, annoying refugees, gun-wielding pirates” or “competing warlords.” Not the peaceful, resilient people they really are, say the team behind Somali Faces – an online project high

Refugee babies detained on Greek island "not getting adequate milk"

2016-04-19 12:36, theguardian.com


Asylum seekers being held in detention centre allege babies under six months old are being given just 100ml of milk a dayBabies detained in Greece under the terms of the EU-Turkey migration deal are being denied access to adequate supplies of milk formula, refugees and aid workers have alleged.Approximately 25 babies under the age of six months, whose mothers are unable to breastfeed, are being gi

EU referendum: Gove "has record of making false Europe claims" – live

2016-04-19 09:13, theguardian.com


Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including Michael Gove’s speech on the EUMichael Gove’s Today interview - SummaryGove ‘simply wrong’ about EU and intelligence agencies, says Grieve 10.05am BST In his Today interview Michael Gove said that the European court of justice was now restricting what the intelligence services can do. He will go further i

EU referendum: Michael Gove"s Today interview - Politics live

2016-04-19 08:34, theguardian.com


Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including Michael Gove’s speech on the EU 9.34am BST Here are the key points from Michael Gove’s Today interview, including from his introductory three-minute mini-PPB. Although Gove put in a confident performance - he is one of the very best debaters in UK politics - some of his answers, particularly on economics, left

UN ambassador Samantha Power"s motorcade kills child in Cameroon

2016-04-18 21:50, theguardian.com


Power, aides and journalists were headed to meet refugees and others displaced by the years of brutal attacks across west Africa in the war against Boko HaramUN ambassador Samantha Power’s trip to Cameroon’s frontlines in the war against Boko Haram started horrifically on Monday as an armored Jeep in her motorcade struck and killed a young boy who darted into the road.The incident occurred nea

"Here it is a big dream": Syrians taken in by Vatican begin new life in Rome

2016-04-18 18:13, theguardian.com


Trastevere becomes temporary home for twelve Syrian asylum seekers after Pope Francis offers sanctuary after Lesbos visitHot water, a plate of lasagna, the pleasure of a walk, and a night of peaceful sleep. Then, a breakfast with coffee, milk, bread and jam.Twelve Syrian asylum seekers woke up to a new world in the heart of Rome on Monday, in the bustling neighbourhood of Trastevere, which has bec

Theresa May imposes 72-hour limit on detention of pregnant asylum seekers

2016-04-18 16:09, theguardian.com


Campaigners disappointed home secretary has decided against outright ban of practice despite House of Lords voteCampaigners have criticised as disappointing the home secretary’s plan to place a 72-hour limit on the detention of pregnant women held at immigration detention centres.Theresa May confirmed her intention to end the routine detention of pregnant women following a House of Lords vote la

This ludicrous election to replace Lord Avebury should be boycotted - John Lubbock and Seth Thévoz

2016-04-18 10:02, theguardian.com


The campaigner wanted House of Lords reform so a fitting tribute would be for the Lib Dems to refuse to fill his place. The byelection process is farcical“Piss and wind” was the late Lord Avebury’s opinion of the standard of debate around the House of Lords. Much of the reverence for the chamber is based on romanticised idealisation, he complained. The crusading hereditary peer – a champio

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone at Pope Francis’s refugee gesture - Peter Ormerod

2016-04-18 09:37, theguardian.com


There are many things wrong with the Catholic church, but they doesn’t justify criticising the pope’s offer of sanctuary to 12 refugeesWhen it comes to Pope Francis, the voice of the naysayer is never far away. “It’s all very well him talking about refugees,” it may say, “but you don’t see him on Lesbos, do you?” Then the pope goes to Lesbos. The voice pipes up again: “You don’

‘Desperate’ Palestinian refugees starve as battle rages in Damascus

2016-04-17 17:08, theguardian.com


Thousands of civilians hunker down in refugee camp ravaged by fighting between Isis and al-Nusra Front in SyriaThousands of civilians are trapped in “desperate” humanitarian conditions in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus where fighting has been raging for days between Islamic State fighters and other extremists, the UN has warned. UNRWA, the Palestinian refugee agency, said at the weeken

Pope Francis hailed as saviour by Syrian refugees

2016-04-17 14:14, theguardian.com


Refugee families taken to Vatican express gratitude to pontiff for his ‘gesture of hope’ in rescuing them from LesbosThe Syrian refugees taken in by Pope Francis following his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos have hailed the pontiff as a “saviour” for offering them a new life.In a hugely symbolic move seen as a lesson in solidarity for Europe, Francis, who is himself the son of Italian

Theresa May to put 72-hour limit on detention of pregnant asylum seekers

2016-04-17 07:00, theguardian.com


Home secretary to defy Lords’ demand for all-out ban after outcry greeted news that 99 pregnant women had been held at Yarl’s WoodTheresa May will announce plans to place a 72-hour time limit on the detention of pregnant women at immigration centres after the House of Lords voted in favour of an all-out ban.Last year a report from the Inspectorate of Prisons found that 99 pregnant women had be

Syrian family who fled Homs for safety get a cold shoulder from France

2016-04-16 23:04, theguardian.com


The al-Elfi family settled in Béziers, only for officials to call for their expulsionThe plaque on Béziers’s municipal theatre harks back to one of many occasions in the city’s long history when it opened its arms to foreigners. “Belgian refugees express their profound gratitude to the Biterroise [Béziers] population for the welcome they received between 1939-1941,” it reads.Long before

‘Before they are numbers, these people are human beings’: pope’s poignant visit to refugees in Lesbos

2016-04-16 17:53, theguardian.com


After a tour heavy on symbolism and replete with emotion, Pope Francis shared his plane back to the Vatican with 12 refugees as he called for the EU to learn lesson of humanityIt lasted barely five hours, began on the asphalt of an island airport, moved to a prison-like camp, stopped at a harbour and ended on the runway again. But when Pope Francis’s lightning tour of Lesbos was over on Saturday

Pope Francis takes refugees to Rome after Lesbos trip

2016-04-16 10:16, theguardian.com


Pontiff visits Greek island to highlight refugee crisis, telling crowds: ‘We hope the world will heed these scenes of tragic need’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 pope made the unprecedented interv

Pope Francis to offer refugees a Vatican home during Lesbos trip

2016-04-16 10:16, theguardian.com


Pontiff visits Greek island to highlight refugee crisis, telling crowds: ‘We hope the world will heed these scenes of tragic need’Pope Francis is to offer a home in the Vatican to a small group of highly vulnerable refugees facing deportation from the Greek island of Lesbos, in a rebuke to the EU’s policy of sending migrants back to Turkey.The pope was to make the intervention on Saturday du

Pope Francis to offer refugees a home in Vatican during Lesbos trip

2016-04-16 10:16, theguardian.com


News comes as pontiff visits Greek island to highlight refugee crisis unfolding across continentPope Francis is to offer a home in the Vatican to a small group of highly vulnerable refugees facing deportation from the Greek island of Lesbos, a dramatic rebuke to the European Union’s policy of sending arriving migrants back to Turkey.The leader of the Roman Catholic church is to make the interven

Pope Francis "to offer refugees a home in Vatican" during Lesbos trip

2016-04-16 09:15, theguardian.com


News comes as pontiff visits Greek island to highlight refugee crisis unfolding across continentPope Francis is reportedly to offer a home in the Vatican to a small group of highly vulnerable refugees facing deportation from the Greek island of Lesbos, in a dramatic rebuke to the European Union’s policy of sending arriving migrants back to Turkey.The leader of the Roman Catholic church is to mak

Inside Momentum: ‘The idea that we’re all rulebook-thumping Trotskyites is silly’

2016-04-16 09:00, theguardian.com


It is a breakaway group intent on dragging Labour left and getting Jeremy Corbyn elected. But who are Momentum’s members, and will they achieve their aims – or tear the party apart?It’s a Wednesday night on Whitechapel Road in east London, and outside the London Muslim Centre they are queueing round the block. Hundreds, mostly under 30, have come to spend two hours listening to a few people

Pope Francis arrives in Lesbos to highlight humanitarian crisis

2016-04-16 07:57, theguardian.com


Pope and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew to turn spotlight on Europe’s controversial deal with Turkey to end refugee crisisPope Francis, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest defender of refugees, travelled to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday morning to highlight the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Europe.The Roman Catholic leader will spend five hours on the island with the Ecu

Pope Francis flies to Lesbos to highlight humanitarian crisis in Europe

2016-04-16 06:35, theguardian.com


Pope and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew to turn spotlight on Europe’s controversial deal with Turkey to end refugee crisisPope Francis, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest defender of refugees, flies into Lesbos on Saturday to highlight the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Europe.The Roman Catholic leader will spend five hours on the island with the Ecumenical head of world Orthodox

The idealists of Lesbos: volunteers at the heart of the refugee crisis

2016-04-15 11:18, theguardian.com


Pope Francis is to visit the island where more than 50,000 people are thought to have spent time helping those fleeing warAn air of expectancy hangs over Lesbos before Pope Francis’s visit. Security is being tightened; beaches are being cleaned. In the island’s town hall, the mayor, Spyros Galinos, has invested in a guest book, which he hopes the pontiff will be the first to sign. In Moria, th

EU relocates just 208 refugees from Greece after deal with Turkey

2016-04-15 11:00, theguardian.com


Union fails to honour pledge to help with fallout from agreement, taking in a fraction of 6,000 people it should have welcomedEuropean countries have failed to uphold a pledge to help Greece cope with the fallout from the EU-Turkey deal, relocating less than 3.5% of the refugees they promised to accept when the deal was first agreed.According to figures released by the EU this week, just 208 refug

Nowhere to run: Burundi violence follows escapees across borders

2016-04-15 05:00, theguardian.com


Attackers are entering refugee camps in Tanzania and other neighbouring countries to hunt down opponents and their relativesTeams of thugs are slipping out of Burundi and into refugee camps in neighbouring countries to launch murderous attacks on exiles, as government militias’ campaign of terror spills over the country’s borders, survivors say. The central African nation slid into violence la

Thousands of refugees flee for Turkish border after surprise Isis attack

2016-04-14 17:29, theguardian.com


Syrian refugees flee after camps are overrun by Isis but find themselves being shot at by Turkish border troopsA new wave of refugees has fled northern Syria for the Turkish border after Islamic State opened fire on communities that had sheltered them, killing at least three people and uprooting thousands more.The killings came as the terror group pushed back Syrian opposition forces who had edged

Germany unveils integration law for refugees

2016-04-14 14:08, theguardian.com


Asylum seekers face cuts to support if they reject mandatory measures such as classes in language and cultureGermany has announced new legal measures requiring migrants and refugees to integrate into society in return for being allowed to live and work in the country.Under the coalition government’s measures, announced on Thursday morning, asylum seekers face cuts to support if they reject manda

Returning refugees to Yemen may breach human rights, says UK

2016-04-14 11:50, theguardian.com


UK Home Office assessment appears to contradict Foreign Office advice that there is no need to suspend Saudi arms salesIndiscriminate acts of violence by both sides in the civil war in Yemen, including Saudi bombing of medical centres, is so widespread that the UK Home Office has declared that sending asylum seekers back to most parts of the country would likely be a breach of the European convent

EU referendum: Corbyn says pro-Europe stance is "not half-hearted" – live

2016-04-14 09:52, theguardian.com


Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Corbyn’s speech on the EU referendum 10.52am BST Q: How can we achieve change when we are only one voice in 28?Corbyn says we are not just one voice in 28. He says he has been building alliances in Europe, for example on the refugee crisis. 10.49am BST The media questions are over. Now Corbyn is taking qu

Obscure German law gives Angela Merkel a diplomatic headache

2016-04-14 08:04, theguardian.com


Turkish president wants German comedian prosecuted for satirical poem – and chancellor needs his support on refugeesFrom eurozone turmoil to refugee crisis via diplomatic tensions with Russia, Angela Merkel has in recent years managed to weather more than one global storm. Yet this week an obscure paragraph in the German penal code has landed the chancellor in such an awkward predicament that so

United Nations candidates compete for secretary general job in debate – live

2016-04-13 22:34, theguardian.com


This year’s open hustings is the first of its kind as eight people will face questions about war, refugees, climate change and how to forge agreements between 193 nations Members event: meet the candidates for next secretary generalCandidates for UN top job given public hearing 11.29pm BST Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the first ever public debate in the election for the next head of

New species of Manus Island rat named after detainees in "solidarity" gesture

2016-04-13 22:04, theguardian.com


Team including Tim Flannery dub previously unknown species, which weighs nearly half a kilogram, Rattus detentus – Latin for ‘detained’ Manus Island’s newest “detainee” may have been on the island hundreds of thousands of years.Rattus detentus, an ancient, isolated and previously unknown species of the genus Rattus – a rat – has been so named for the Latin “detained”, “in ref

Unaccompanied children as young as six arriving at British ports

2016-04-13 18:00, theguardian.com


House of Lords committee told of 60% rise in number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Kent since last yearChildren as young as six are arriving without their parents at British ports to claim asylum, members of the House of Lords have been told.The news emerged as local authority officials gave evidence to a Lords committee on unaccompanied child asylum seekers. Continue reading...

Read my lips: what your voice reveals about you

2016-04-13 17:06, theguardian.com


From gender transition to asylum seeker applications, how you talk can mask or betray your true self. A new exhibition goes beyond class and geography to examine why the way we speak mattersThe word ‘egophony’ is what the doctor calls it when you’re having a stethoscope put to your chest, to check your breathing. So it’s being used as a metaphor for diagnosing who you are, where you’re f

Bahraini activist tells London court he has duty to stop arms trade

2016-04-13 16:53, theguardian.com


Isa al-Aali is one of eight people on trial over protests at international arms fair in London last year A Bahraini activist has told a London court that he blocked a lorry from entering an international arms fair to prevent people from being killed in the future.Isa al-Aali, 21, who was granted asylum in the UK last year, denied breaking the law. He told Stratford magistrates court in east London

Home Office subjects asylum seeker to 407-mile detour across UK

2016-04-13 14:40, theguardian.com


Mohamed Ahmed was released from detention and sent to Liverpool, only to be returned to his accommodation in London, 22 miles from where he was being held An asylum seeker who was released from detention was subjected to an extraordinary nine-day, 407-mile detour by the Home Office costing at least £5,000 to the taxpayer before being returned to his accommodation 22 miles from the original detent

Hosting refugees now uses 9% of foreign aid budgets

2016-04-13 09:10, theguardian.com


Surge in aid from many European countries driven by expenditure on looking after refugees at home, where spending has nearly doubledThe amount of foreign aid money rich nations spend on dealing with the impact of the refugee crisis at home has almost doubled over the past year and now accounts for 9% of all development expenditure, according to the latest official figures.The preliminary statistic

EgyptAir plane hijacker claims asylum in Cyprus

2016-04-13 08:07, theguardian.com


Seif Eddin Mustafa is fighting extradition to Egypt after forcing Airbus A320 to land at Lanarca airportCyprus’s interior minister says a man who has admitted hijacking a domestic EgyptAir flight and diverting it to Cyprus is claiming political asylum.Socrates Hasikos said 59-year-old Seif Eddin Mustafa’s asylum claim would be examined before a request by Egyptian authorities for his extraditi

Bono: send Amy Schumer and Chris Rock to fight Islamic State

2016-04-13 07:29, theguardian.com


U2 singer reassures Senate subcommittee he is serious about using comedians to humiliate ‘goose-stepping’ Isis with the power of laughterNever one for holding back on an opinion, Bono has come up with a new way of destroying Islamic State – not with bombs, but with belly laughs. The U2 singer said sending comedians such as Amy Schumer and Sacha Baron Cohen would be an effective alternative t

Bono says send Amy Schumer and Chris Rock to fight Islamic State

2016-04-13 07:29, theguardian.com


U2 singer reassures Senate subcommittee he is serious about using comedians to humiliate ‘goose-stepping’ Isis, adding that refugee crisis is issue of national securityNever one for holding back on an opinion, Bono has come up with a new way of destroying Islamic State – not with bombs, but with belly laughs. The U2 singer said sending comedians such as Amy Schumer and Sacha Baron Cohen woul

Calais"s youths: the unaccompanied minors left in political limbo

2016-04-13 05:00, theguardian.com


There are roughly 150 lone children in the Jungle with relatives in the UK, yet there is a lengthly and complex process between them and a potential reunionA Labour peer who was saved from the Nazis as a child refugee and brought to Britain in the 1930s, has voiced fears over the number of unaccompanied children who have vanished from a camp outside Calais.Speaking just days after it emerged Briti

"We are the forgotten people": the anguish of Australia"s "invisible" asylum seekers

2016-04-13 00:07, theguardian.com


Nearly 29,000 asylum seekers are in Australia on temporary ‘bridging visas’. These people may be free from detention but – with many denied education, healthcare and the right to work – they remain locked in desperate poverty and with no idea what their futures hold. A Guardian Australia investigationJuly nights were freezing. The barbecue, though, was warm, a bulwark against the cold of t

Bulgaria announces investigations into several ‘migrant hunters’

2016-04-12 21:13, theguardian.com


Government to search for further vigilantes targeting refugees after arrest of a wrestler Dinko Valev, following claims it was turning a blind eye to assaultsBulgaria has announced investigations into several “migrant hunters” after being accused of turning a blind eye to vigilantes targeting refugees travelling to Europe from Turkey.The interior ministry said on Tuesday that Dinko Valev, a se

Bulgaria arrests three accused of vigilante attacks on migrants

2016-04-12 18:26, theguardian.com


Government announces detentions after claims it was turning a blind eye to assaults, including tying up refugeesBulgaria has announced the arrest of three “migrant hunters” after being accused of turning a blind eye to vigilantes targeting refugees travelling to Europe from Turkey.The interior ministry said on Tuesday it had arrested Dinko Valev, a semi-professional wrestler who boasted earlie

Bulgaria arrests three vigilantes accused of attacks on migrants

2016-04-12 18:26, theguardian.com


Government announces detentions after allegations that it was turning a blind eye to acts including tying up asylum seekersBulgaria has announced the arrest of three so-called migrant hunters after being accused of turning a blind eye to vigilantes targeting asylum seekers travelling to Europe from Turkey.On Tuesday, the interior ministry said it had held Dinko Valev, a semi-professional wrestler

Almost 6,000 refugee children went missing last year, says Germany

2016-04-12 17:05, theguardian.com


Interior ministry figures highlight growing concerns that criminals are preying on young people arriving in Europe 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

Tell us what it"s like to live in Lesbos

2016-04-12 15:53, theguardian.com


Pope Francis is set to arrive on the Greek island on Saturday to show his support and solidarity for refugees. We’d like to know what life is like in LesbosΟ Πάπας Φραγκίσκος ετοιμάζεται να έρθει στη Λέσβο το Σάββατο για να δείξει την συμπαράσταση και αλληλεγγύη του προς τους πρόσφυγες.

Merkel stresses value of free speech in row over ErdoÄ

2016-04-12 15:17, theguardian.com


German leader says she will not compromise principles to save refugee deal as Turkey demands comedian’s prosecutionThe German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has insisted she will not compromise on fundamental democratic principles to protect the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey after the Turkish president sought the prosecution of a German comedian for a crude poem about him.“I want to stress again

Merkel stresses commitment to free speech in row over ErdoÄ

2016-04-12 15:17, theguardian.com


German chancellor will not back down on fundamental values to save migrant deal as Turkey demands comedian be prosecutedGerman chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted she would not compromise on fundamental democratic principles to protect the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey after the Turkish president sought the prosecution of a German comedian for a crude poem about him.“I want to stress again w

UK inflation hits 15-month high; Greek bailout talks adjourned – business live

2016-04-12 11:34, theguardian.com


All the day’s economic and financial news, as Britain’s consumer prices index hits its highest level since December 2014Full story on inflationExplainer: What is inflation?UK price inflation up 0.5% in MarchConcern grow after Greek talks delayed again 12.30pm BST Greece’s inability to wrap up negotiations with creditors last night has fuelled fears that the talks could drag on until the earl

Human rights groups sound alarm over safe zones for Syrian refugees

2016-04-12 06:00, theguardian.com


Areas established for geopolitical goals may put refugees in danger, aid workers and rights groups warnSetting up refugee “safe zones” on the Syrian side of the Turkey-Syria border and refusing to allow those fleeing the conflict to seek international protection could be a violation of international law and put vulnerable people at risk, human rights groups and aid workers have warned.While Tu

Turkey asks Germany to prosecute comedian over ErdoÄ

2016-04-11 18:09, theguardian.com


Jan Böhmermann accused Turkish president of ‘repressing minorities, kicking Kurds and slapping Christians’ in satirical sketchIn Turkey, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄ

Sanctuary or ghetto? How Mannheim created a "city within a city" for refugees

2016-04-11 06:00, theguardian.com


Refuge cities The ‘square city’ has long been a pioneer in its approach to welcoming migrants – but now Mannheim is attracting criticism for the ‘ghetto’ character of its giant refugee camp, as Germany agonises over how to integrateWhen the foreigners arrived at the central station, they were met by crowds of cheering Germans. Brass bands played cheerful tunes; the greeting committee car

Fewer than 0.1% of Syrians in Turkey in line for work permits

2016-04-11 05:00, theguardian.com


Critics say law does not offer refugees route to legal labour market as it requires employers to offer contracts and pay minimum wageFewer 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 r

Hundreds hurt in police clashes at Greece-Macedonia border

2016-04-10 18:34, theguardian.com


More than 300 migrants treated for injuries after police used teargas, stun grenades and plastic bullets to drive back people from border fenceDozens of migrants and refugees were wounded on Sunday when Macedonian police fired teargas and rubber bullets at crowds on the Greek side of the border, aid workers said, in an act condemned by Greece as “dangerous and deplorable”.More than 10,000 migr

The world looks away as blood flows in Burundi

2016-04-10 06:05, theguardian.com


More than a quarter of a million people have fled in terror as opposition militias plot their return. Without international assistance a humanitarian disaster loomsThierry wants to talk, but chokes on memories of blows and stabs punctuated by the sound of his father pleading for his life before masked men hacked him to death. He shrinks into himself, cold and small on a damp wooden bench just insi

Revealed: immigration officers allowed to hack phones

2016-04-10 00:21, theguardian.com


Home Office granted powers to snoop on detention centre refugees three years ago by amendment to 20-year-old Police ActImmigration officials have been permitted to hack the phones of refugees and asylum seekers, including rape and torture victims, for the past three years.The revelation has sparked outrage among civil rights groups and campaigners for rape victims, who said that it was distressing

The Observer view on how Poland’s new government and the future of the EU - Observer editorial

2016-04-09 23:08, theguardian.com


The institutions of Europe are being seriously tested for the first time since the second world warLast week, groups of Catholic women walked out of church services in Poland in protest at a letter read out by priests calling for a tightening in the country’s abortion laws. As we report from Warsaw today, it is a sign of the growing influence of socially conservative Catholic values in the polit

Labour’s Keir Starmer: ‘If we don’t capture the ambitions of a generation, it doesn’t matter who is leading the party’

2016-04-09 07:00, theguardian.com


The former director of public prosecutions has started his career as an MP in the thick of it – as a shadow home office minister, advising on counterterrorism powers and immigration – but he does not have his sights on the leadership … yetKeir Starmer will be on crutches in the House of Commons next week. He says he wishes he could report that he ruptured the ligaments in his left knee makin

Living in Canada: share your photos and experiences

2016-04-08 15:59, theguardian.com


While there seems to be plenty to admire about Canada from afar, we’d like to hear about what life in the country is really likeAccording to the World Happiness Report 2016 Update, released last month ahead of UN World Happiness Day on 20 March, Canada is the sixth happiest country in the world. It’s way ahead of both the neighbouring United States (13) and the United Kingdom (23). From an out

Golden years: Sicily at the British Museum

2016-04-08 13:00, theguardian.com


Greek temples and cyclops skeletons made Sicily an early tourist destination, but few people know about its glory days under Norman occupation. As its treasures go on display at the British Museum, Nicholas Wroe travels to the Mediterranean and back in timeIt was around 1500BC that sea-faring Greek traders first made landfall on a highly fertile island lying conveniently at the heart of the Medite

Thirteen North Korean restaurant workers defect to South Korea

2016-04-08 12:18, theguardian.com


Workers who managed North-controlled restaurant in unnamed third country admitted on humanitarian groundsThirteen North Korean restaurant workers participated in what South Korea called an unprecedented mass defection this week, attributing the incident to recently tightened UN sanctions. The workers – 12 women and one man who managed the government-controlled restaurant in an unnamed third coun

Greece resumes migrant deportations to Turkey

2016-04-08 09:13, theguardian.com


Protesters jump into sea as boats take second group from islands amid ongoing political and civil unrest over refugee crisisGreece has lifted its suspension of the EU-Turkey migration deal, deporting a second group of migrants to Turkey after a four-day pause amid administrative chaos and civil unrest.Greece began deporting 150 people from the islands of Lesbos, Samos and Kos early on Friday – t

Protests as second migrant ferry leaves Lesbos for Turkey

2016-04-08 06:59, theguardian.com


Boat leaves Greek island as part of Brussels deal to stem irregular migration, while activists chant ‘EU shame on you’A ferry carrying 45 migrants has left the Greek island of Lesbos for Turkey, the second such journey carried out under a controversial EU deal to stem the refugee crisis.A second boat carrying a larger group was scheduled to leave the island later on Friday, state television re

Angelina Jolie Pitt to give keynote speech as part of BBC"s migration special

2016-04-07 23:01, theguardian.com


UNCHR special envoy’s broadcast on refugee crisis will be centre of World on the Move day involving radio and televisionAngelina Jolie Pitt will give a keynote speech on the refugee crisis next month as part of a day of live BBC programming exploring issues around migration.The speech by the Hollywood star, who is a UNCHR special envoy, will be broadcast on 16 May on Radio 4, BBC News and the BB

Shami Chakrabarti: "Blair and Brown tried to woo me" – video interview

2016-04-07 14:49, theguardian.com


Shami Chakrabarti tells Owen Jones that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, among others, tried to woo her politically during her tenure as the director of Liberty, the role she recently left after more than a decade at the helm. Chakrabarti also condemns David Cameron’s use of ‘dehumanising’ language during the refugee crisis in Europe and discusses the importance of the Human Rights Act with the

Dheepan review – a crime drama packed with epiphanic grandeur

2016-04-07 14:00, theguardian.com


Jacques Audiard’s confident Palme d’Or-winner has a rare and keen interest in its characters – a trio of Tamil refugees in Paris – and an exhilarating mastery of styleThere is such exhilarating movie mastery in this powerful new film about Tamil refugees in France from director Jacques Audiard, who gave us A Prophet, Rust and Bone and The Beat That My Heart Skipped. It’s bulging with gia

Refugees in Greece warn of suicides over EU-Turkey deal

2016-04-07 13:44, theguardian.com


Afghans and Syrians on Chios say policy will lead to ‘terrible scenes’, as concerns grow over 13 deported ‘by mistake’Afghans and Syrians detained in a camp on the Greek island of Chios say they will kill themselves if they are expelled from the EU under its migration deal with Turkey.On Monday, 202 migrants were forcibly returned from Lesbos and Chios to the Turkish coast under the landma

Gothenburg"s refugee youths: "Come and meet us – nobody is here to be violent"

2016-04-07 11:24, theguardian.com


Refuge cities The sympathy of last autumn towards asylum-seeking minors in the Gothenburg suburb of Mölndal has been drowned out by anger and suspicion – but the city is working hard to help these lone adolescents start afreshWhen Mustafa made it to Gothenburg in June, one of 35,000 unaccompanied minors to have claimed asylum in Sweden last year, a wave of compassion was sweeping the country. T

Pope Francis to visit Lesbos in show of support for refugees

2016-04-07 10:56, theguardian.com


Pontiff will arrive on Greek island later this month as he bids to draw attention to frontline of Europe’s migration crisisPope 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

EU unveils plans to reform asylum rules to help frontline members

2016-04-06 14:06, theguardian.com


European commission vice-president sets out two options as he says refugee/migrant crisis shows present system is not working EU authorities in Brussels have called for a reform of European asylum rules to ease the strain on countries such as Greece and Italy that are struggling to cope with a large influx of people.About 1.1 migrants and refugees arrived in the EU last year, bringing the bloc’s

EU to set out proposals for overhaul of European asylum rules

2016-04-06 07:26, theguardian.com


European commission will publish paper suggesting changes after migration crisis left current Dublin regulation unworkable EU authorities in Brussels will unveil long-awaited proposals to overhaul European asylum rules, following the arrival of more than 1.1 million refugees and migrants last year.The rules, known as the Dublin regulation and dating back to the 1990s, require refugees to seek asyl

"Nobody wants to stay in Lebanon. It’s a miserable life"

2016-04-06 06:00, theguardian.com


Syrians may be taking refuge in this tiny country, but corruption, unemployment and poverty mean many of its own young people are desperate to get away From the window of his childhood home in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Mohammad Safwan gazed at a Mediterranean that two weeks earlier had claimed the lives of his father, mother, three sisters and sister-in-law. The last froze to death in the se

Border force warns terrorists could enter EU by abusing asylum checks

2016-04-05 23:45, theguardian.com


Frontex border agency’s annual risk analysis echoes previous warnings that irregular migratory flows could be used by terrorists to enter the EUThe EU’s border force has warned that terrorists may have infiltrated Europe by hiding among asylum seekers, noting that two of the bombers in last November’s Paris attacks arrived on the continent in a smuggling boat from Turkey.Frontex’s annual r

Border force report warns terrorist may enter EU by abusing asylum checks

2016-04-05 23:45, theguardian.com


Frontex border agency annual risk analysis echoes previous warnings that irregular migratory flows could be used by terrorists to enter the EUThe EU’s border force has warned that terrorists may have infiltrated Europe by hiding among asylum seekers, noting that two of the bombers in last November’s Paris attacks arrived on the continent in a smuggling boat from Turkey.Frontex’s annual risk

David Cameron claims victory in battle with EU over migrant arrival rules

2016-04-05 23:01, theguardian.com


No 10 says that UK pressure has stopped scrapping of the Dublin regulation, which states refugees must claim asylum in the first country they arrive inDavid Cameron will claim on Wednesday that Britain has won a battle in the EU that will prevent more asylum seekers from travelling to the UK and allow those who do arrive to be returned to elsewhere in Europe.Downing Street said “intense lobbying

Pope Francis set to visit Greece to show support for refugees on Lesbos

2016-04-05 15:06, theguardian.com


Greek authorities say plans approved for papal visit to island in company of head of Eastern Orthodox churchThe pope has asked to visit Greece to show support for refugees there, and Greek church authorities have approved plans for a papal trip to Lesbos, officials said Tuesday.The Greek Orthodox church added that it had invited ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew, the head of the Eastern Orthodox ch

Running through conflict: the Palestine Marathon

2016-04-05 10:57, theguardian.com


The Right to Movement running group highlights the lack of freedom of travel caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whether passing through refugee camps or road blocks, the competitors race with heart and passion Related: Running the first Bethlehem marathon “It was amazing!” Continue reading...

Greece may have deported asylum seekers by mistake, says UN

2016-04-05 10:24, theguardian.com


Thirteen of 202 people returned to Turkey under EU migration deal may not have had chance to claim for asylumSome of the first people to be deported from Greece under the terms of the EU-Turkey migration deal may not have been given the chance to claim for asylum, the UN refugee agency has said.Police “forgot” to process the asylum claims of 13 of the 202 asylum seekers sent back to Turkey on