Tag Archives: Refugees

New MP Ibrahim Omer’s election highlights the challenges refugees from Africa face in New Zealand

Ibrahim Omer campaigning with Labour MP Chris Hipkins during NZ’s 2020 general election. GettyImages Samuel Judah Seomeng, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington and Caroline Bennett, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington The election of Labour candidate Ibrahim Omer on October 17 makes him New Zealand’s first African MP and one of only two former refugees …

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New EU migration pact driven by political compromise, not humanitarianism

Asylum seekers carry their belongings, Lesbos, Greece, September 11 2020. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA-EFE

Romit Bhandari, Coventry University The EU has revealed its long-awaited pact on migration and asylum. Brought forward by a week, the timing seems an attempt to pacify the outrage over the devastating fire at the Greek refugee camp Moria that started on September 8. Images of the fires showed an unprecedented – but predictable – human catastrophe. Some 13,000 people …

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University education in refugee camps must meet refugee needs

Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages

Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages Paul O’Keeffe, Université de Genève and Abdeljalil Akkari, Université de Genève In recent years there’s been an increasing demand for higher education in refugee camps across Africa. This is because young people in camps (or coming into camps) are finishing school or looking for something to do, and because humanitarian-development initiatives promote education …

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