European Union, Human Rights, LGBT

Migrants and Possible Asylum Seekers Being Deported from EU to Alleged Unsafe Third Country

The discussion in this video sheds some rational light on the European Union, the migrant inflow into the EU, and the lack of solidarity among EU Member States to settle this matter under both EU and international law.

In the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees, it was affirmed that asylum seekers, defined as persons suffering persecution, violence, and life-threatening, human rights abuses, have the right to move to other countries to escape these conditions. The foundation for this understanding can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in December 1948. The European Union, likewise, has enacted laws and regulations to deal with asylum seekers moving to the EU.

This present situation deals basically with three types of migrants:

people fleeing Syria,

economic migrants who face no credible human rights abuses in their home countries, and

asylum seekers who qualify as persons fleeing persecution, violence, or death under international law.

At present, there is no bureaucracy of qualified persons in place to deal with the sifting of true asylum seekers from the hoards of other migrants besieging the EU. And because of this mass human migration, the rule of law has broken down and the EU, in its struggle to survive, is trying to do what it can to stay together.

The discussion in this video, moderated by Martine Dennis of Al-Jazeera, brings together three experts:

Basal Kale – Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey),

Yves Pascauau – Director of Migration and Mobility Policies, European Policy Centre, and

Bill Frelick – Refugee Rights Program Director, Human Rights Watch.

With regards to the right of the EU to send asylum seekers to a “safe” third country, it is alleged that Turkey is not a “safe” country. In these mass deportations there are qualified asylum seekers who either were not given a chance to make their claims or didn’t know that they were supposed to do so. (For LGBTI persons, timely claim-filing can be especially difficult to do, because of the need to stay closeted as long as possible to avoid violence from other refugees.–Ed)

Is the migrants’ deportation from Greece legal?
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France 24 en français : Equality for Muslim men AND women in French society.

Note: France 24 broadcasts the news in French, English, and Arabic. Unfortunately, the news items are not always the same.

This article presents a cultural problem in Muslim culture that is counter to that in French society. Traditionally, Muslim women have been treated as inferior to men when it comes to equal rights and job salaries. The CFCM (Conseil française du culte musulman) has gone on record denouncing this situation as offending the Koran as well as French society.

As a new member of the (United Nations) NGO Committee on the Status of Women, I see the human rights of all persons needing to be affirmed and supported worldwide. Acculturation into a new country of residence includes the recognition and acceptance of equality among all its members. The old ways have to go and new ways have to be taken on. (This can be especially difficult for asylum seekers suffering trauma from persecution and torture.)

Le CFCM s’engage en faveur de l’égalité hommes-femmes http://f24.my/1TmQrJ1

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BBC News: The tattoo artist turning 21 in a refugee camp in Lesbos

This young man made it safely to the European Union and now lives in an “unofficial” refugee camp where he turned 21. The honeymoon period has started. But his real task now, if he is a valid asylum seeker and not just an economic migrant to be deported later, is to…

Friday, March 4, I attended a Refugee Resettlement Training Program here in Salem, Oregon. We will be receiving valid asylum seekers who have been investigated, examined, told to tell their stories over and over, checked and rechecked by US security agencies. These persons and their families have languished overseas in “official” refugee camps, sometimes for decades. Very fortunate indeed are the persons who get to board planes going to the United States.

The flood of migrants into Europe that is still going on has generated a lot of news attention and has threatened the breakup of the European Community. My hope is that the conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere will cease and the economic migrants that have flooded Europe will go home on their own volition. Eventually, reason will prevail, international law will be respected, and those with valid asylum claims will get to stay wherever the European nations decide to let them stay. The others WILL be deported.

For LGBTI asylum seekers they have a heavy burden of disclosure that must be made at the start of the asylum seeking process. If this disclosure is not fearlessly proclaimed from the start, their claim can be denied. The threat of violence from others in the refugee camps is very real. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has a Training Program for the Protection of LGBTI Persons in Forced Displacement to attempt to decrease violence towards LGBTI persons in the camps. I do not know to what and how much this program has been implemented.

It is so sad to see others seeking safety die before one’s eyes. Tattoos are a craze with the young and he is young. But does he QUALIFY for asylum wherever he may want to live?

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

The tattoo artist turning 21 in a refugee camp in Lesbos_88615037_88614574.jpgRami is a tattoo artist from Iran, and he recently turned 21, spending his birthday in a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos.
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BBC News: UK EU exit would be global economy ‘shock’ – G20 leaders

Whether out of the US or the UK, I am hearing the same selfish, individualistic, conservative mindset:

What do YOU know? You don’t belong to the ____!

or

This is OUR business! Stay out of it!

and

We can do what WE want to and YOU can go to ****!

The reality about life in the 21st Century is that we live in a world C O M M U N I T Y, not as a collection of isolated monads. Competent world leaders know this and try to keep the political areas they govern within that context. “Going it alone” may have been the way to live in the American Wild West, but it doesn’t work now in our internationally-integrated economic, social, military, and multi-governmental landscape.

I lived in France at the start of the Cold War. The Cold War was a preventive war where the US and USSR came terribly close to blowing up the world. (And it won’t be until 2063 when the US National Archives will release what really happened in the Assassination of President “Ich bin ein Berliner” Kennedy.) The Berlin Wall had just been erected and the balance of power in Europe was tilted in favor of the Soviets. There was talk back then about a Common Market and a European Free Trade Association for Scandinavia. For the most part European unity was still in its infancy.

Now, more than 50 years later, Russia is a federation, the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain are down, and the success of the EU living in peace and prosperity has earned it a Nobel Prize. This state of affairs came at the terrible price of two world wars, a nuclear arms race, and worldwide human suffering.

As an American with family in the EU, I hope the UK stays in the EU. In the face of the crisis in Ukraine, I fear that if any EU member state pulls out, that will just encourage Russia to increase its political pressure against EU sovereignty. Both Sweden and prospective-member Turkey are feeling this pressure now.

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

UK EU exit would be global economy ‘shock’ – G20 leaders_88475195_88475194.jpgFinance ministers from the world’s leading economies warn of a “shock” to the global economy if the UK leaves the European Union.
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Europe: Refugees vs Economic Migrants (Al-Jazeera)

Safeguarding national sovereignty demands that migration be controlled. And Europe may seem to be late in the game in doing this. International law recognizes the right of relocation on very specific grounds. In the mass confusion of the last year and now, a lot of people have flooded into Europe who may or may not be eligible for relocation. Those deemed not eligible will eventually be returned to their home countries.

Cold, hard, and cruel. Call it what you will, but that is immigration law. People who are assigned to administering immigration law I do not envy. But the national security of the nation demands it.

In this Al-Jazeera piece there are links, in red, to additional information about migration. Migrants living above the Arctic Circle in a ski resort have to be a hardy bunch. The Scandinavian countries may be imagined as European oases, but it gets COLD up there in winter.

Refugees vs economic migrants: Europe changes rhetoric
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BBC News: EU for beginners

The European Union with its vast geography, strategic location, and population of approximately 500 million inhabitants, is definitely a major player on the world stage. This BBC News article is a “nuts & bolts” overview of how the EU works as a broad, democratic organization representing the interests of its member states.

For readers interested in following the operations of the EU on a regular basis, there are free apps at the App Store.

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

EU for beginners0What it is and what it does
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Spanish civil servant off work unnoticed for six years – BBC News

Mr. Garcia was a pragmatist. He spent his “spare time” between work assignments studying philosophy. What a noble thing to do! Needless to say he kept his mind sharp for the convenience of his employer. As a dutiful employee he did what his superiors told him to do. Is it really his fault that he had no work to do?

This can be the plight of so many workers who are too old for starting over again in a new job, but not old enough to retire on Social Security. You can’t quit if you have no where else to do. And retirement and other long term employment benefits must be safeguarded for one’s “golden years”.

Why didn’t Mr. Garcia ask for work to do? That wasn’t in his job description. What kind of workplace disturbance would that create? Maybe he should have stopped by now and then with donuts, made coffee, sharpened pencils–that sort of thing.

A good attorney will help Mr. Garcia out of this “misunderstanding”. Most likely there is a legal statute + countersuit Mr. Garcia can pursue for his “public humiliation” over this situation that was really no fault of his own.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35557725

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