Displacement and refugee resettlement affects entire families, from newborn infant to oldest grandparent. The UNHCR and organizations such as IIRI work hard to service all of these people, provide the best care, and reunite families.
It’s Independence Day today in India, but the only thought running through the Indian mind is the never ending argument that ultimately begged for me to switch the channel from the news telecast I had begun to watch with my mother last night. The issue? The supposedly ‘humanitarian’ concern…
The following email has circulated around the office, and I figured that I would reach out to the Tumblr community. If you or anyone you know is from Rhode Island and is an immigrant or refugee, share your story! Just send us a message :)
I wanted to reach out to all of you because for the…
More than two dozen Palestinian refugees forced out of Iraq after the US invasion are feared lost at sea, including entire family groups with young children.
They were among dozens of people aboard rickety boats that left Indonesia in late June bound for Australia but have been lost without trace for a month and a half. Australia has denied reports that it holds them in detention.
The Palestinians were among hundreds who had made circuitous journeys over many years from Iraq to Jordan and then to Cyprus where their asylum applications were rejected and they faced harsh conditions.
After reaching Cyprus, some set out for Malaysia, where it is possible under certain conditions for Palestinians to go without visas, and then onwards to Indonesia where people smugglers are paid to take them to Australia by boat.
Palestinians in Iraq faced violence and persecution after the 2003 US invasion. They were collectively blamed without any evidence for suicide bombings that were part of Iraq’s post-invasion sectarian civil war. Many spent years stranded at the Iraq-Jordan border.
Australia: “very grave fears” for missing refugees
Some of those attempting to reach Australia already have relatives living there. Those relatives had been told by the smugglers that their relatives had reached Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, and were in Australian detention, according to Australian ABC TV’s Lateline.
“There is no evidence that those people have arrived in Australia,” Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare told reporters, “So we now have very grave fears for the safety of those people.”
The Electronic Intifada spoke to Omar Shoeib, the brother of Amira Shaaban Shoeib, 32, who is among the missing along with her husband and four children. Omar said he had spoken to his sister on 28 June when she was in Indonesia, preparing to depart, and had heard nothing from her since then.
Plight of missing refugees ignored
Palestinian filmmaker and human rights advocate Osama Qashoo, who has spent time in Cyprus and knows many of the families personally, wrote about the plight of the refugees there and those missing at sea in a recent piece published by Ma’an News Agency:
On June 21, 27 and 29, three asylum seeker vessels heading from the port of Pelabuhan Ratu on the south-eastern coast of Java, a popular embarkation point for Australia’s coast, disappeared. The boats were overladen with men, women and children desperately seeking a new life when they sank.
Such tragedies are all too common in the world of people smuggling. But this horror has an extra dimension to it, as the majority of the missing passengers were Palestinian refugees. This has led to a cruel fiasco of disinterest from all the regional authorities, who, even 30 days after the disappearance have failed to send out any search party for the missing. The trail of disinterest spreads from the Australian government right the way to the Palestinian Authority itself.
Whilst other families of the missing have received some contact and support from the authorities, the Palestinian families, in Iraqi refugee camps, are still left without news of their relatives. Some 28 Palestinians were in the boats believed to have sunk between Indonesia and Australia.
For an entire month now, families of the Palestinian refugees from Iraq have been waiting for news of their family members still missing at sea. Their story is the tragedy of the ongoing Palestinian refuge issue itself. The grandparents of those missing were forced to flee their homes in the cities of Acre and Haifa in 1948 after the creation of Israel. After years of hardships, roaming from refugee camp to refugee camp in the Middle East, these families arrived, penniless and stateless, in Iraq.
**Please also see yesterday’s and today’s Quick Clips Special Editions, with coverage of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.**
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**This Quick Clips edition focuses exclusively on additional coverage of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Stay tuned for a second e-mail with additional immigration clips.**
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This list is stil a work in progress, but I really wanted to get it posted. I have either read parts of/all of the texts below or they have been recommended to me. Please reblog and add your own suggestions to the list. Each time someone adds…
Listening to Arabic songs, especially older ones, always bring me this eerie sadness that I always forget I have. A sadness that I never got the full experience of my Syrian culture and sadness from the fact that I used to be more “arab” just a few years ago. It brings back a feeling of something…
**This Quick Clips edition focuses exclusively on coverage of today’s launch of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.**
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Music is a big part of how many of us celebrate the Fourth of July — whether it’s hearing “The Stars and Stripes Forever” while you watch fireworks hit the sky or turning up the radio at a backyard barbecue. That made Tell Me More’s Michel Martin wonder about music that captures the immigrant experience.
Immigration songs have a long history in America, from Pete Seeger’s “No Irish Need Apply” on down. Over the last 20 years, several themes have emerged from the bulk of immigrants that have come from Central and Latin America: the dangerous trek to the States, missing home, how immigrants are treated and illegality. Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras, the hosts of Alt.Latino, share these lyrical themes on Tell Me More.
MILES SOLAY I dream of fire but I sleep so cold I raise the red flag on The Alamo I want to show you how our lives unfold Deep inside underneath it all When you eat that salad and put on your shoes Stare at that screen we’re looking out at you The people who…
i met a gentleman today who genuinely thought it would be right to send all of the children of immigrants (and the parents as well) who are undocumented back to their countries of origin after having grown up in the US.
please sign and pass this around. also please make the call if possible. the ICE office will be open to take messages Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM (although they sometimes close early, especially on fridays).
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Hello. I am Pratik Chhetri, a Nepali national, and currently a Masters in Science (M.S.-Chemistry) candidate at Central Michigan University. Life has been very different for me and my family since May 31, 2011. Because of a tragic accident last year (see ‘My Story’ below), my family has had to go through a very difficult time emotionally, psychologically and financially.
I have set up this donation account to help alleviate some of the financial burden from my family’s shoulders. YOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!
On May 31, 2011 after my graduation from CMU, my mom, Geeta Chhetri, and I were traveling when the bus we were riding was overturned on I-95 in Virginia because the bus driver fell asleep at the wheel. [My mom came to the US for the first time to attend my graduation ceremony.] My mom suffered from severe spinal cord injuries and was at an Intensive Care Unit of a Virginia hospital for a month. Consequently, she now has limited mobility in her arms and is paralysed below her waist confining her to a wheelchair. I suffered from several fractured vertebrae myself, although compared to my mom’s injuries- these seem minor. My sister Pragati, a registered nurse in Nepal, had to come over, to take care of my mom and me since both of us were at the hospital then. My sister is still in the US, and my mom is almost totally dependent on her (physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, bathroom needs, etc.)
I am currently a graduate student with limited stipends (<$1200 a month). With almost $700 a month in rent for a two-bedroom, wheel-chair accessible apartment, and about $250- 300 a month for food (for my mom, sister and me), there is not much left for other expenses. Here, other expenses include attorney’s fees, my mom’s medications (which are about $250 a month, but soon expected to exceed $400 a month), and other immigration-related fees for my sister and my mom.
Besides those costs, I am also applying to various schools to further my education (doctoral degree- PhD) in biomedical sciences/ biochemistry. The money raised from this website will NOT be used in the application process for my higher education, but please understand that I do need to be able to save some money from my monthly stipends, in order to do so.
At the moment, this fundraiser is primarily to help cover the expenses for my mom’s immigration process (explained in the next section), and to help cover the cost of her medicines.
Attorney’s fees: $1500 left (discounted rate, given financial conditions of my family)
Expert witnesses at the immigration court: $2000-$2500 (These professionals have credible academic degrees and work experience on political, and religious cultures in Nepal, and would testify on why my mom cannot return to Nepal.)
Medications: $400 a month for the next 12 months ($400*12= $4800)
Please click the link to learn more. Pratick is friends with my good friend Libby. He is an awesome dude, studying awesome things. In addition to all he studies and helping his mom, he is an activist for making medicine developed by University’s safe and affordable through CMU’s chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. CMU’s UAEM was the first undergraduate UAEM in the country, and continues to be an example for other UEAMs with Pratick as its leadership.
So Me, my brother, and my parents went to a immigration Lawyer to talk seek counseling and potential use of the Deferment Act, and all was going well until the lawyer actually started to speak. he made a unneeded comment that I should just go back to mexico anyways. I questioned why I would go to a country that I don’t know of that I don’t want to go back to, and then he went on to insult me for 45 minutes about me being spoiled and shameful and scared and unAmerican and to my father who interruped the lawyer because he was going waaaaaayyy off track about what the meeting was all about. The lawyer started to insult my father, who was just trying to get the meeting back on track. The lawyer, being arrogant and rude, said, “you just want to get to the legal stuff, but you don’t want to listen to the middle part.” No shit asshole, that’s what we’re paying the meeting for. My family paid $100 to get insulted by a old man with too much experience winning that it’s made him rude and arrogant and self righteous. Can you believe he told my dad to stop being a coward, be like jesus and go and open an orphanage in Mexico? that’s really easy for a rich man to tell somebody to just go and do that. the lawyer told a man, who is raising 6 kids, working two jobs, trying to support an entrepreneurship (in the USA), paying bills, to go build an orphanage. Again, a self righteous, arrogant, old man. He’s the best immigration lawyer in the state, but too bad he’s the biggest asshole as well. I’m illegal, I just want to be legal in the country I grew up in and finally not be so afraid to be who I want to be.