By Athira Murali

Mohsin Hamid’s migration tale in Booker shortlist

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The Pakistani-born Mohsin Hamid’s fourth novel, “Exit West,” takes the current Middle Eastern migrant crisis and injects a wizardry, an allegorical urgency, that declares this book’s intention to be art. In an unnamed city about to be wrecked by war — you will think Mosul or Aleppo — two students, Nadia and Saeed, begin a romance.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy’s first novel in 20 years, failed to make it onto the Man Booker Prize shortlist, even as a tale on the global migration crisis by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, alongside American authors Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund and George Saunders, as well as Ali Smith and first-time author Fiona Mozley, made it to the final six.

The six judges, headed by Baroness Lola Young, said the process of whittling down the 13 books that had made the shortlist to the final six had been a very difficult but interesting process.

The 13 authors who made it to the shortlist included many of literature’s biggest names alongside newcomers such as Mozley, whose powerful book on a family’s struggle to “retain its self sufficiency as the old ways succumb to the bland greed of the new normality”, made it a “timeless” and “timely” tale in the view of the judges.

 

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Why migrants need social citizenship

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Prominent political philosophers — including David Miller at Nuffield College, Oxford, and Joseph Carens at the University of Toronto — outline an account of “social membership” in receiving societies. This process unfolds over five to 10 years of work, everyday life, and the development of attachments. As Carens writes in Who Should Get In?(2003), after a period of years, any migrant crosses a “threshold” and is no longer a stranger. This human experience of socialization holds true for low-wage and unauthorized migrants, so a receiving society should acknowledge that migrants themselves, not only their economic contributions, are part of that society.

Carens and Miller apply this argument to the moral claims of settled migrants at risk of deportation because they are unauthorized or because the terms of their presence are tightly limited by work contracts.

 

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UNHCR steps up efforts towards alternatives to detention in Libya and solutions for vulnerable refugees

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UNHCR is currently negotiating with the Libyan authorities the establishment of an open reception centre that would allow refugees and asylum seekers freedom of movement, giving priority to the most vulnerable among them. In this reception centre, UNHCR could provide registration, accommodation, food, social services, counselling and support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and solutions in third countries for the most vulnerable.

UNHCR is working to assist and protect over 535,000 people in Libya, including over 226,000 Libyans displaced by conflict, 267,000 Libyans who have now returned to their homes but continue to be in a vulnerable situation and 42,834 registered refugees and asylum-seekers.

 

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‘A Child Is A Child’ – Unicef brings children to the fore in new migrant campaign from FCB and Rankin

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FCB Inferno has become the go-to UK agency for what we might call ’cause’ advertising and now it’s launching ‘A Child Is A Child’ for Unicef UK, directed by Rankin.

The film highlights the plight of children uprooted by war, poverty and disaster and urges people to see past the refugee and migrant labels and value each child as a child, first and foremost.

 

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‘It symbolises a lack of integration’ Fury as anti-migration ad condemns burka in poster

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Posters have appeared in railway stations around the country which feature a woman in a burka with the slogan: “Uncontrolled naturalisation? No to facilitated naturalisation”.

The poster was commissioned by a group of politicians working against the vote, led by Andreas Glarner of the right-wing People’s Party.

National Councillor of the Zurich Canton Rosmarie Quadranti from the centre-right Conservative Democratic Party (BDP) condemned the poster as ‘dirty campaign’ saying, “The burka has nothing to do with people who could benefit from facilitated naturalisation.”

 

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Norway And Belgium Become Latest Nations To Plead With Migrants To Stay At Home

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Norway has taken out a front-page advertisement in a major Afghan newspaper warning would-be migrants that potential asylum seekers “will be returned by force”, while the Belgian asylum secretary has written directly to migrants asking them not to come.

“Afghans without need for asylum coming the #Arctic_route from #Russia, risk being sent to #Kabul. 500 returned from #Norway 2014/15,” a tweet from the immigration directorate read.

While it is yet to be seen whether Norway’s newspaper adverts will deter newcomers, it will at least be seen by thousands, quite possibly unlike Belgium’s effort this week. Already fending off accusations that the nation has become a haven for Islamist ‘sleepers’ and now resembles a “failed state”, the Belgian government’s announcement to migrants may add to their embarrassment.

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September 2017

 SEPTEMBER 1 – 7

FRONT RUNNER IN AUSTRIAN ELECTION PROPOSES CUTS TO MIGRANT BENEFITS REUTERS SEPTEMBER 4
THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES HAVE BEEN LANGUISHING IN AN OVERCROWDED CAMP IN GREECE FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS LA TIMES SEPTEMBER 5
LEAKED DOCUMENT REVEALS UK BREXIT PLAN TO DETER EU IMMIGRANTS THE GUARDIAN SEPTEMBER 5
DESPERATE ROHINGYA FLEE MYANMAR CRACKDOWN IN GROWING NUMBERS, U.N. Says NY TIMES SEPTEMBER 6
STATELESS AND UNWANTED: WHO ARE THE ROHINGYA AND WHY ARE THEY FLEEING MYANMAR? HINDUSTAN TIMES SEPTEMBER 6

 SEPTEMBER 8 – 14

CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN NAMED MOST DEADLY ROUTE FOR MIGRANTS POLITICO SEPTEMBER 11
SMUGGLERS MAKE TEST RUNS WITH MIGRANTS ACROSS EVEN MORE DEADLY BLACK SEA ROUTE THE GUARDIAN SEPTEMBER 12
DON’T PUNISH THE DREAMERS—PUNISH THE CORPORATIONS DRIVING FORCED MIGRATION COMMON DREAMS SEPTEMBER 12
SMUGGLERS MAKE TEST RUNS WITH MIGRANTS ACROSS EVEN MORE DEADLY BLACK SEA ROUTE THE GUARDIAN SEPTEMBER 12

June 2017

 JUNE 1 – JUNE 7

MIGRANTS’ NEW ROUTE TO EUROPE: NUMBER OF REFUGEES USING PERILOUS CROSSING FROM MOROCCO TO SPAIN TRIPLES IN A YEAR AS OTHER ROUTES ARE SHUT DOWN DAILY MAIL JUNE 1
UTTARAKHAND CM SEEKS TO REVERSE MIGRATION WITH #SELFIEFROMMYVILLAGE CAMPAIGN HINDUSTAN TIMES JUNE 1
IMMIGRATION TARGET IS ‘AN AMBITION’, SAY CONSERVATIVES BBC JUNE 2
DAMNING MEDICAL TESTS REVEAL THREE-QUARTERS OF ‘CHILD’ MIGRANTS CLAIMING ASYLUM IN SWEDEN ARE ACTUALLY ADULTS THE SUN JUNE 2
MAY GIVES HERSELF FIVE YEARS TO HIT PARTY’S TARGET ON MIGRATION THE TIMES JUNE 2

 

 JUNE 8 – JUNE 14

‘WE MUST INTEGRATE THE DIASPORA IN OUR POLICIES ON MIGRATION’ DAILY OBSERVER JUNE 8
BUSINESSES ARE TOTALLY UNPREPARED FOR A NEW ERA OF LOWER MIGRATION SMALL BUSINESS JUNE 12
PROTECTION OF MIGRANT AND REFUGEE CHILDREN MUST BE AT CORE OF NEW GLOBAL COMPACTS – UN AGENCY UN JUNE 13
DANGER, EXTORTION, SUFFERING ON MIGRANT ROUTE TO EUROPE DAILY NATION JUNE 14
IOM, NIGER AUTHORITIES RESCUE 92 ABANDONED MIGRANTS FOX NEWS JUN 14
SOCIAL MEDIA USED TO EXTORT RANSOM FOR MIGRANTS HELD IN LIBYA AFRICA TIMES JUNE 15
MIGRANTS COMING INTO NEW ZEALAND AT A FASTER RATE OF KNOTS COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES: FIGURES STUFF JUNE 15
DON’T CLOSE BORDERS, MANAGE THEM: HOW TO IMPROVE EU POLICY ON MIGRATION THROUGH LIBYA  ECFR JUNE 15

 JUNE 15 – JUNE 23

MORE THAN 120 MIGRANTS FEARED DEAD AT SEA AFTER BOAT’S MOTOR STOLEN REUTERS JUNE 19
DO NGOS HELP OR HURT MIGRATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN? US NEWS JUNE 20
SUICIDES SURGE IN THAI REFUGEE CAMP: MIGRATION AGENCY KHAOSODENGLISH  JUNE 20
AFRICA PANEL, CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE CONSIDER MIGRATION SOLUTIONS ISSD JUNE 20
LEADERS AT EU SUMMIT TO REINFORCE LIBYAN COAST GUARD EU OBSERVER JUNE 22
POPULATION GROWTH SHARPEST IN 70 YEARS AFTER ‘RECORD’ MIGRATION LEVELS TELEGRAPH JUNE 22
MIGRATION HITS 72,000  ODT  JUN 23
THE JOURNEY IMPACTS MIGRANTS PHYSICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY DHAKA TRIBUNE JUNE 23

 JUNE 24 – JUNE 31

HARNESS ‘IMMENSE’ POTENTIAL OFFERED BY MIGRATION, UN OFFICIALS URGE AT GLOBAL FORUM UN JUNE 28
INDIA IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SENDERS OF MIGRANTS TO OECD COUNTRIES HUFFINGTON POST JUNE 29
MIGRATION: AN OPPORTUNITY OR PROBLEM? EURO NEWS JUNE 29
MIGRANTS HERE TO STAY IN EUROPE, NOW INTEGRATE THEM, OECD SAYS ARABNEWS JUN 29
A MIGRANT SUCCESS STORY FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO DUBAI VIA THE US THE NATIONAL JUNE 29

July 2017

  JULY 1 – JULY 7,  2017

ALGERIA TO GIVE LEGAL STATUS TO AFRICAN MIGRANTS ALJAZEERA JULY 4
ISS TODAY: MIGRATION AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM – A CHAIN OF FALSE LINKS? DAILY MAVERICK JULY 4
UN WARNS THAT ITALY CANNOT HANDLE MIGRANT CRISIS ALONE THE LOCAL JULY 4
Bill Gates warns that Germany’s open door policy to migrants will overwhelm Europe and urges leaders to ‘make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via current routes’ DAILY MAIL JULY 5
THE GREAT EXODUS: AS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MIGRANTS MAKE THEIR WAY ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN WHILE THE EU TEARS ITSELF APART OVER THE ISSUE, SUE REID PROVIDES HER DEVASTATING ANALYSIS DAILY MAIL JULY 5
AS ITALY TURNS INTO A MIGRANTS’ TRAP, HELP FROM EU FALLS SHORT THE GLOBE AND MAIL JULY 5
VIDEO SHOWS HUNDREDS OF COWNOSE RAYS SWIMMING THROUGH TAMPA BAY DURING MIGRATION ORLANDO SENTINEL JULY 5
THE GREAT EXODUS: AS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MIGRANTS MAKE THEIR WAY ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN WHILE THE EU TEARS ITSELF APART OVER THE ISSUE, SUE REID PROVIDES HER DEVASTATING ANALYSIS DAILY MAIL JULY 6
ECONOMISTS PROPOSE ‘ECONOMIC ZONES’ IN AFRICA TO HALT MIGRATION BREITBART JULY 7

  JULY 8 – JULY 14,  2017

DOZENS OF MIGRANTS FEARED DROWNED OFF LIBYA EURONEWS JULY 8
MIGRATION ONLY FACTOR BUMPING UP EU POPULATION EURACTIV JUNE 11
SWEDEN’S POPULATION GROWTH SECOND HIGHEST IN EU DUE TO MASS MIGRATION BREITBART JULY 12

  JULY 15 – JULY 23,  2017

WORKFORCE WOULD SHRINK WITHOUT MIGRANTS: STUDY SBS JULY 17
WILL AFRICAS GREAT GREEN WALL DISCOURAGE MIGRATION TO EUROPE?  THE GUARDIAN JULY 19
‘WOMEN ARE BEING ATTACKED EVERY DAY’: VIOLENCE AT SMALL TOWN FESTIVAL REIGNITES MIGRATION DEBATE THE LOCAL JULY 20
14,000 NIGERIANS TRAFFICKED TO ITALY IN SIX MONTHS INDEPENDENT JULY 21
NZ MIGRATION, TOURISM SOAR TO NEW ANNUAL RECORDS NBR JULY 21
AUSTRIA TELLS ITALY TO KEEP MIGRANTS OFF MAINLAND THE LOCAL JULY 21
‘DON’T THREATEN US’ EU IN CHAOS AS ITALY LAUNCHES FURIOUS ATTACK ON AUSTRIA OVER MIGRATION EXPRESS JULY 24
OVER 2,000 MIGRANTS HAVE DIED CROSSING THE MEDITERRANEAN SO FAR THIS YEAR THE NATION JULY 25
   JULY 24 – JULY 31,  2017
IN INDIA, WOMEN MIGRATE FOR WORK AT DOUBLE RATE THAN MEN DO HINDUSTAN TIMES JULY 25
CONFUSION ON UK BREXIT MIGRATION POLICY AFTER MINISTER’S COMMENTS EURONEWS JULY 27
GOVERNMENT DATA ON STUDENT MIGRATION ‘MISLEADING’, SAYS WATCHDOG INDEPENDENT UK JULY 27
THE EU CAN’T SOLVE ITALY’S MIGRATION CRISIS POLITICO JULY 28
178 MIGRANTS RESCUED IN ABANDONED TRAILER IN MEXICO UPI JULY 30

 

August 2017

  AUGUST 1 – AUGUST 7,  2017

MIGRATION OPENS THE DOOR TO ITALY’S POPULISTS FINANCIAL TIMES AUGUST 1
Migratory Notes reflects the movement of immigration from fringe topic to key beat  NiEMAN LAB AUGUST 2
The Largest Mass Migration to See a Natural Event Is Coming THE ATLANTIC AUGUST 3
ITALY’S ‘LORD OF THE SPIES’ TAKES ON A MIGRATION CRISIS NY TIMES AUGUST 4
AVOIDING THE TRAP OF IMMIGRATION PORN NY TIMES AUGUST 7
TRUMP’S BORDER WALL WOULD SLICE THROUGH WILDLIFE REFUGES AND CUT OFF U.S. TERRITORY IN TEXAS THE WASHINGTON POST AUGUST 7

  AUGUST 8 – AUGUST 14

ILLEGAL MIGRATION: 7000 NIGERIANS VANISHED IN DESERT IN 2016 DAILY TRUST AUGUST 8
MIGRANTS FACE ‘SLAVERY, TORTURE AND DEATH’ IN LIBYA EU OBSERVER AUGUST 8
SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS IN SAHARA DESERT HELP 1,000 MIGRANTS, SAYS UN MIGRATION AGENCY UN AUGUST 8
SMUGGLERS DROWN 55 PEOPLE AFTER THROWING 280 MIGRANTS INTO THE SEA OFF THE COAST OF YEMEN TO AVOID DETECTION DAILY MAIL AUGUST 11
‘SPAIN CLOSES IN ON GREECE AS A DESTINATION FOR MIGRANTS’ FINANCIAL TIMES AUGUST 11
YEMEN: AFRICAN MIGRANTS BEATEN, STARVED, SEXUALLY VIOLATED BY CRIMINAL GROUPS IPS NEWS AUGUST 14
SURVIVORS RECALL HOW TRAFFICKERS WITH AK47S FORCED DOZENS INTO SEA OFF YEMEN THE GUARDIAN AUGUST 14

  AUGUST 15 – AUGUST 23,  2017

SPAIN LACKS CAPACITY TO HANDLE MIGRATION SURGE, SAYS UN REFUGEE AGENCY THE GUARDIAN AUGUST 17
FLOW OF MIGRANTS TO ITALY SLOWS, BUT NOBODY KNOWS WHY NY TIMES AUGUST 18
IN SERBIAN REFUGEE CENTER, A ‘LITTLE PICASSO’ DREAMS OF ART AND ASYLUM NY TIMES AUGUST 19
MALTA ‘DENIES’ DEFEND EUROPE ANTI-MIGRANT BOAT ALJAZEERA AUGUST 19
WHY MORE MIGRANTS ARE DYING IN THE SAHARA NY TIMES AUGUST 22
  AUGUST 24 – AUGUST 31,  2017
NET MIGRATION TO UK DROPS TO LOWEST LEVEL FOR THREE YEARS THE GUARDIAN AUGUST 24
18,000 ROHINGYA MUSLIMS FLED MYANMAR IN LAST WEEK: MIGRATION AGENCY CBC AUGUST 29
TRYING TO BLOCK MIGRANTS WON’T WORK. EUROPE NEEDS A REALISTIC PLAN THE GUARDIAN AUGUST 30
AMNESTY WARNS AGAINST ‘OUTSOURCING’ MIGRANT CRISIS TO LIBYA  EURONEWS AUGUST 31
NEW ARRIVALS UPDATE: HOW IS GERMANY COPING WITH ITS REFUGEE INFLUX? THE GUARDIAN AUGUST 31