By Ashley Cartagena

NEWS ITEMS: JUNE 2016

   JUNE 1 – JUNE 5, 2016

UK Schools with large numbers of EU Migrant pupils ‘perform better’ UK Independent June 1
Hungarian Police secure migrant camp, block protests from leaving Reuters June 1
Lessons from Lesbos: Can tourism survive amid migrant crisis? CNN June 1
EU’s anti-migrant operation turns into massive rescue mission UK Independent June 1
A Dutch architect’s plan to put Europe’s refugees on a man-made island near Tunisia The Washington Post June 1
MIGRANTS SET CAMP ON FIRE IN GREECE, 6 INJURED Greek Reporter June 2
When Ebola hit liberia, refugees took frontline health role UNHCR News June 2
Last journey: the migrant who lost everything BBC News June 2
African Union’s Inaction in the migrant crisis is a cause for concern Ventures Africa June 2
How Europe can alleviate its migrant crisis – and save itself New York Magazine June 2
Syrian refugees share one thing they can’t live without CNN June 2
The forgotten story of European refugee camps in the Middle East The Washington Post June 2
ATLEAST 117 BODIES FOUND OFF LIBYA AS SMUGGLING BOAT SINKS The Seattle Times June 3
Councils Demand more funding for child refugees care costs BBC News June 3
Olympic history made: Refugee team revealed for Rio 2016 Games CNN June 3
Their own public Idaho The Economist June 4
Finding our humanity in the refugee crisis: a call to action The Huffington Post Blog June 4
UN App to feed Syrian refugee children in Ramadan Al Jazeera June 5

   JUNE 6 – JUNE 12, 2016

REFUGEE WOMEN ON GREEK ISLANDS IN CONSTANT FEAR News Deeply June 6
Meet the team of refugees set to compete at the Rio Olympics Mashable June 6
Fire ravages Dusseldorf refugee centre in Germany BBC News  June 7
What’s at Stake when Syrian Refugees are Smuggled to the US MSNBC June 7
Making giant chessboard from refugee life jackets Al Jazeera June 7
Refugee Men forced to sell sex to survive in Greece The Guardian June 7
U.N. Unveils arabic smartphone app to feed Syrian Refugee Children Huffington Post June 7
GERMANY’S GRAND REFUGEE EXPERIMENT Washington Post June 8
The quiet crisis of Europe’s pregnant refugees News Deeply June 8
Syrian Refugees admitted to US Spike CNN June 8
We built this city: How the Refugees of Calais became the camp’s architects The Guardian June 8
Experts sound alarm over mental health toll borne by migrants and refugees The Guardian June 8
Police arrest wrong person in hunt for people smuggler The Independent June 9
Iraq refugees return home: ‘Europe didn’t welcome us’ USA Today June 9
PROTESTERS INTERRUPT DONALD TRUMP OVER SYRIAN REFUGEE REMARKS TIME June 10
Timely ‘Dheepan’ Puts Face to Refugee Crisis San Diego Union-Tribune June 10
Refugee children labor in Turkish factories ABC News June 10
Young refugees gather to share ideas at UNHCR Global Summit UNHCR News June 10
The Child Migrants of Africa The New York Times June 10
Idaho man charged after Syrian Refugee is struck ABC News June 10
Clinical program receives grant to launch Syrian resettlement project Harvard Law Today June 10
Stranded in a refugee camp, Syrian photographer teaches budding artists PBS Newshour June 11
Nashville Refugee Farmers grow food for Bonnaroo Festival The Tennessean June 11
REFUGEE LIFE AT GREECE’S HARA HOTEL AL JAZEERA JUNE 12
Emotional Toll of reporting refugee crisis surprises news organizations The Guardian June 12
Without help, families face lonely search for Europe’s missing refugee children The Jerusalem Post June 12
Traffickers exploiting young refugees in French camps, UNICEF says The Guardian June 13

   JUNE 13 – JUNE 19, 2016

‘Brexit’ Vote Has European Workers in Britain Unsure of Future The New York Times June 13
Canterbury Tales rebooted with refugee stories of trafficking and detention The Guardian June 13
German man shoots five-year-old refugee girl and teenager with air rifle The Independent June 13
At Least 60,000 Migrants Died or Went Missing in Past 20 Years Voice of America June 14
Powerful Images Show Fathers Caring For Their Children On The Refugee Trail The Huffington Post June 14
A bit of progress with a big question mark: The EU’s slow-moving migration policy Deutsche Welle June 15
Iraqi refugee who raped 10-year-old boy at swimming pool in Austria jailed for six years The Independent June 15
Manus refugee having breakdown was beaten and jailed, say detainees
The Guardian June 15
New Security on Greek Islands Reduces Access News Deeply June 15
The European Union Can’t Outsource Its Refugee Crisis Bangkok Post June 15
Making a living on Syria’s refugee trail BBC June 15
Texas Loses Its Syrian Refugee Lawsuit The Atlantic June 16
England fans accused of mocking refugee children in France as they pay one to down a pint and have others ‘fight’ over handfuls of coins The Telegraph June 16
Refugee crisis: 20 children among dead in Niger desert Al Jazeera June 16
Jo Cox: The Labour MP who campaigned tirelessly for refugees The Independent June 16
White House sees surge in Syrian refugee admissions this year Reuters June 16
‘Europe’s refugee shame’: Doctors Without Borders rejects EU funding over Turkey deal RT June 17
Temer Ends Brazil’s Plan to Host 100,000 Syrian Refugees TeleSur English June 17
Greek refugee camps: ‘Children grow sicker every day’ Al Jazeera June 18

   JUNE 20 – JUNE 26, 2016

Global forced displacement hits record high UNHCR June 20
The Other Major Refugee Crisis: 3 Million Afghans Wall Street Journal June 20
Commentary: For refugees, awkward truths about U.S. asylum Reuters June 20
Refugees: From Syria to Somalia, tales of displacement Al Jazeera June 21
Is it racist to complain about EU migration? CNN June 22
Migration continues to hit record levels Radio New Zealand June 22
Net migration pushes UK population to over 65 million as London grows by 135,000 people The Evening Standard June 23
Blaming Muslims, at First, in Norway The New York Times June 24
Aziz Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family  The New York Times June 24
Syrians mourn the refugee star dancer who was driven to suicide The Guardian June 26
Syrian Refugees List Their Campsite on Airbnb Atlas Obscura June 26
It’s Time for Europe to Walk Away From Its Refugee Deal With Turkey Foreign Policy June 26
Emotional trauma leaves deep wounds for Syria’s child refugees Al-Monitor June 26
Sweden murder probe after refugee centre death The Local.Se June 26
Kenya aims to cut size of Somali refugee camp by about half by end-2016 Reuters June 26

   JUNE 27 – JUNE 30, 2016

Cameron condemns xenophobic and racist abuse after Brexit vote The Guardian June 27
After a campaign scarred by bigotry, it’s become OK to be racist in Britain The Guardian June 28
Cameron tells EU leaders they must offer UK more control over immigration The Guardian June 28
Curfew and raids in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon after series of blasts Middle East Eye June 28
Tackle migration or risk more exits, Hungarian PM tells EU Reuters June 29
Smugglers Use Uber-Registered Drivers to Move Migrants to U.S. Border Fortune June 30
Syrian refugee praised after handing in €50,000 he found hidden in donated wardrobe The Telegraph June 30

Hamsa (2016)

Hamsa

“Hamsa is a documentary and educational platform with an audacious goal: motivate viewers to alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis. The short documentary highlights one family’s struggles after reaching Germany, and allows those watching to put a face to the global issues. Hamsa is a Syrian refugee and mother of three who migrated with her husband from Homs, Syria, to a small German village in September 2015. The BBC’s interview with Hamsa intrigued two English filmmakers based in New York who contacted Hamsa about telling her story.”

Read More on ALTERNET and watch the trailer below

Syrian Refugee’s Viral Story Found Him a Home

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“Mohsen’s story went viral after he was filmed being tripped up by a camerawoman as he fled police near the Hungarian border with Serbia last September. He was carrying his youngest son Zaid, then 7, in his arms at the time, and the two fell sprawling on the ground.

Footage of the incident helped bring him to the attention of a soccer training school in Getafe on the outskirts of Madrid, which found him work as a liaison officer. Zaid, now a year older, as well as 17-year-old Mohammed, who was in Germany at the time, live in the neighborhood with their father.

Mohsen’s wife and two other children remain in Mersin, southern Turkey. The family left the war-torn Syrian town of Deir el-Zor together around four years ago.

“I see my future here,” says Mohsen, whose eyes light up when talking, in broken English, about the local junior team he sometimes helps train, Villaverde-Boetticher.”

Read more from The New York Post

A New Documentary Takes us Inside Australia’s Refugee Detainment Camps

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“Over the last few years, the Australian government has been leaning hard into an anti-refugee plan known as “the Pacific Solution.” Created to stop the arrival of boats filled with asylum seekers from countries like Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, the Pacific Solution is a program that reads like something out of Donald Trump’s playbook: deter refugees from trying to enter your country by capturing every single one and indefinitely locking them up in a detainment camp on a remote island. It’s cruel, but as shown in the new documentary Chasing Asylum, it has worked with shocking effectiveness. […]

In Chasing Asylum, Australian director Eva Orner breaks the veil of secrecy around the camps with a compilation of footage that was illegally recorded by whistleblowers and social workers inside the detention centers. VICE spoke with her in Toronto, before the film’s premiere at Hot Docs, to hear more about what went into the film and the repercussions of blowing the whistle on an entire country.”

Read more about the documentary on VICE and watch the trailer below


What the Refugee Crisis tells us about Journalism

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“Take any crisis that makes the headlines — the flow of refugees in the Middle EastEurope and the Horn of Africa; outbreaks of deadly or devastating viruses such as Ebola or Zika; drought emergencies in Ethiopiaand Malawi. Does journalism help to explain them? Or solve them?

These questions were asked at the Polis conference of the London School of Economics on 21 April. The day focused on the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. And the title, Journalism and Crisis, was meant to reflect both the humanitarian crisis and the crisis in reporting brought about by the digital age — the “leaps in technical capability”, new finance structures and explosion of social media power that Columbia School of Journalism director Emily Bell powerfully charts.

This double meaning reverberated throughout the day’s discussions. And looking at how the refugee crisis is reported was revealing of the state of journalism. But this is not merely about journalistic self-reflection or navel-gazing. It’s about the difference journalism makes to how societies deal with crises.”

Read more from Scidev.net

Refugee social media doesn’t always reflect reality

Refugee Social Media

“The Guardian ran an interesting article about Gambian refugees, many of whom are disappointed to discover their lives aren’t much better in Europe than they were at home.

One small detail about these struggling refugees that stuck out to me in the piece: Migrants, worried they will disappoint their families back home, don’t post about their struggles online. “Social media is more commonly used to suggest they are living the high life.” Makes sense to me—online, many of us project a far rosier portrait of our lives than reality would reveal. Add the fact that many of these refugees’ families made financial sacrifices to send them to Europe, and it makes even more sense. ”

Read More on Fast Company’s site

NEWS ITEMS: MAY 2016

 MAY 1 – MAY 8, 2016
THE HUMAN FACE OF THE REFUGEE CRISIS THE GUARDIAN MAY 1
THE REFUGEE CRISIS IS HUMANITY’S CRISIS NY TIMES MAY 2
REFUGEES REVIVE FADING ITALIAN VILLAGES AL JAZEERA MAY 2
PUERTO RICANS LEAVING ISLAND FOR US IN RECORD NUMBERS CNN MAY 2
‘PROTECTION’ FOR LOW-SKILLED MIGRANTS LEADS TO ABUSE THE JAKARTA POST MAY 2
SYRIAN REFUGEE CARRIES OLYMPIC TORCH THROUGH BRASILIA UNHCR NEWS MAY 3
A MODEL TO STEM MASS MIGRATION? CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR MAY 3
EU MAY FIND COUNTRIES FOR REJECTING REFUGEES EU OBSERVER MAY 3
A GENERATION OF SYRIAN CHILDREN WHO DON’T COUNT REUTERS MAY 3
‘FORCED EXILE,’ SAY PUERTO RICANS LEAVING ISLAND AMID FINANCIAL CRISIS NBC NEWS MAY 3
DAVID CAMERON ANNOUNCES CONCESSIONS ON CHILD REFUGEES THE GUARDIAN MAY 4
HERE’S WHAT THE EVERYDAY LIVES OF REFUGEES LOOK LIKE SLATE MAY 4
ONE REFUGEE’S LIFE IN DIPLOMATIC LIMBO TIME MAY 4
THEY MET AT A REFUGEE CAMP AFTER THE HOLOCAUST. NOW THEY SAY THEY LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM. THE WASHINGTON POST MAY 4
ORDINARY GREEK GRANDMOTHER’S EXTRAORDINARY KINDNESS TO REFUGEES CNN MAY 4
THE BOMBING OF A SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMP THE ATLANTIC MAY 5
AFGHAN FILM STAR IN FRENCH EXILE AFTER DEATH THREATS THE LOCAL FR MAY 5
TEACHERS’ EFFORT STEMS DISTRESS MIGRATION THE HINDU MAY 5
THE MIGRATION PROJECT HELPS GUATEMALAN FAMILIES FIND MISSING LOVED ONES PRI MAY 5
REFUGEE VOICES IN FILM: AN ALL DAY EVENT AT 2016 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL INDIEWIRE MAY 5
AT REFUGEE CAMPS, BIRTH CONTROL IS CRUCIAL AND IN SHORT SUPPLY QUARTZ MAY 5
RADIOHEAD’S BURN THE WITCH MAY BE CRITIQUE OF REFUGEE CRISIS THE GUARDIAN MAY 5
MOMA’S INSECURITIES EXHIBITION TO ADDRESS THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS DE ZEEN MAGAZINE MAY 6
LUCINE KASBRIAN’S “PERSPECTIVES OF EXILE” ARMENIAN WEEKLY MAY 6
WHAT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL GOT WRONG ABOUT PUERTO RICAN “REFUGEES” HUFFINGTON POST MAY 6
THE REFUGEE CHILDREN OF IDOMENI: ALONE, FAR FROM HOME BUT CLINGING TO HOPE THE GUARDIAN MAY 7
KENYA SAYS IT WILL SHUT DOWN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP NPR MAY 7
LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS: COUPLE WEDS AT REFUGEE CAMP CNN MAY 7
THE ADORABLE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN A GERMAN KID AND A SYRIAN REFUGEE THE WASHINGTON POST MAY 7
EU’S MIGRATION WOES THREATEN A CRISIS OF EUROPEAN VALUES THE WALL STREET JOURNAL MAY 8
SYRIAN REFUGEES IN GREECE FEEL BETRAYED BY THE WEST NEWSWEEK MAY 8
 MAY 9 – MAY 16, 2016
RISKS OF INACTION ARE CONSIDERABLE’, SAYS BAN, URGING NEW COMPACT ON REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS UN NEWS CENTRE MAY 9
RISKS OF INACTION ARE CONSIDERABLE’, SAYS BAN, URGING NEW COMPACT ON REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS UN NEWS CENTRE MAY 9
MIGRATION PLAYED SMALL PART IN DUTCH POPULATION GROWTH NL TIMES MAY 9
AROUND 230 UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT CHILDREN REGISTERED IN SERBIA INSERBIA MAY 10
‘REFUGEE MINOR’ WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULTED 10YO GIRL SENTENCED IN SWEDEN RT MAY 10
GERMANY AND TURKEY IN EU MIGRANT DEAL STAND-OFF OVER TERRORISM LAWS THE TELEGRAPH MAY 11
EUROPE BECOMING ‘BAD WORD’ DUE TO MIGRANT CRISIS, OTHER WOES: ITALY MINISTER REUTERS MAY 11
CALAIS JUNGLE ‘EVICTION’ DISPLACED JUST 10 PERCENT OF MIGRANTS, AND NOW THEY’RE BACK BREITBARTMAY 11
40,000 NON-MUSLIM MIGRANTS HARASSED IN GERMAN CENTERS OVER THEIR RELIGION -ACTIVISTS RT MAY 12
ONS ANALYSIS DISPROVES ‘MISSING MILLION OF MIGRANTS’ ACCUSATIONS THE GUARDIAN MAY 12
MIGRANT MONEY PUTS AID IN THE SHADE SCIENCE DAILY MAY 12
TWO BODIES FOUND ON MIGRANT WRECK, BUT 600 STILL ON BOARD THE LOCAL IT MAY 12
EU PLANS FLOATING MIGRANT CENTRES OFF LIBYA THE TELEGRAPH MAY 12
TURKEY THREATENS TO UNLEASH MIGRANT WAVE ON EUROPE BREITBART MAY 12
MIGRATION MINISTER VOWS TO EVACUATE MAKESHIFT CAMP AT PIRAEUS BY MID-JUNE EKATHIMERINI MAY 13
ITALY UPS MIGRANT CONTROLS AT ALPINE PASS TO STOP AUSTRIAN CHECKS
 BUSINESS INSIDER MAY 13
MIGRANT WORKERS STRANDED IN MALAYSIA BROUGHT HOME REPUBLICA NEPAL MAY 13
TURKEY’S ANTI-TERROR LAW HAS BECOME ‘ACHILLES HEEL’ OF EU MIGRANT DEAL: TURKEY’S BOZKIR REUTERS MAY 13
ITALY NOW EUROPE’S TOP SPOT FOR MIGRANT ARRIVALS DEUTSCHE WELLE MAY 13
GERMANY IS TRYING TO TEACH REFUGEES THE RIGHT WAY TO HAVE SEX WASHINGTON POST MAY 13
MNTUC TO HELP CONSERVE MIGRANT WORKERS’ SPACE ASIA ONE MAY 13
MIGRATION CRISIS CHALLENGES NORDIC COUNTRIES NPR MAY 14
EU MIGRATION COSTS BRITAIN £3M EVERY DAY, SHOCK REPORT WARNS THE SUN MAY 16
TRUMP’S CLAIM THAT ‘YOUNG, STRONG MEN’ DOMINATE THE EUROPEAN MIGRANT CRISIS WASHINGTON POST MAY 16
MIGRANT WORKER PROGRAM CALLED ‘WORSE THAN SLAVERY’ AFTER INJURED PARTICIPANTS SENT HOME WITHOUT TREATMENT CBC NEWS MAY 16
 MAY 17 – MAY 24, 2016
 MAY 25 – MAY 31, 2016

Working From Home – A Photo Essay

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These migrant workers travel wherever they can find employment. Some just for a season before returning home, others from city to city or country to country constantly looking for work. The photojournalist Irving Villegas has been documenting the lives of seasonal workers in different countries

Germany

Asparagus season

Every year about 270,000 workers come to Germany for the asparagus harvest, most of them from Poland and Romania. Without these people, it would be impossible to reap the crop because most unemployed Germans are not willing to do the job. They work every day for 10 hours, starting at 5am. They earn 27 to 57 cents for each kilo harvested depending on the size of the asparagus

In the grass, lying in the shade of a tree, a woman takes a 10-minute break. Her room key is hung around her neck so she doesn’t lose it

The field work in the sun, rain and cold in Fuhrberg, near Hanover, is backbreaking.

Visit The Guardian to read more and to see the entire Photo Essay

Bouchra Khalili: The Mapping Journey Project

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Bouchra Khalili: The Mapping Journey Project
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
April 9–August 28, 2016

This exhibition presents, in its entirety, Bouchra Khalili’s The Mapping Journey Project (2008–11), a series of videos that details the stories of eight individuals who have been forced by political and economic circumstances to travel illegally and whose covert journeys have taken them throughout the Mediterranean basin. Khalili (Moroccan-French, born 1975) encountered her subjects by chance in transit hubs across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Following an initial meeting, the artist invited each person to narrate his or her journey and trace it in thick permanent marker on a geopolitical map of the region. The videos feature the subjects’ voices and their hands sketching their trajectories across the map, while their faces remain unseen.

The stories are presented on individual screens positioned throughout MoMA’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium. In this way, a complex network of migration is narrated by those who have experienced it, refusing the forms of representation and visibility demanded by systems of surveillance, international border control, and the news media. Shown together, the videos function as an alternative geopolitical map defined by the precarious lives of stateless people. Khalili’s work takes on the challenge of developing critical and ethical approaches to questions of citizenship, community, and political agency.

Visit MOMA for more information and to plan your visit.

The Deadly Journey From Libya’s Migrant Jails

VICE News

From VICE News:

“Desperate to escape conflict and poverty, thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the perilous journey to Europe each year, with many crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa in rubber dinghies and wooden boats.

In the wake of the decommissioning of Mare Nostrum, a search and rescue operation run by Italy, the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), launched their own vessel, named the Bourbon Argos, to find those stranded at sea and save those in trouble on one of the deadliest routes to Europe.”

Read More from VICE here.