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21 June 2017

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Refugees or migrants? When it comes to children who cross international borders without papers, there’s no easy answer. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Refugee or Migrant? Sometimes the Line is Blurred

Australia - The Conversation: A dozen years before the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe’s shores would force policymakers to take heed, Michael Winterbottom’s 2002 docudrama In this World brought the inside story of international migration to the big screen, writes Parvati Nair.

In charting the risky, clandestine journey to Europe of two Afghans – the teenage Jamal and 30-something Ineyatullah from the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in Pakistan’s northwest – the film demonstrates the simple but not uncontroversial truth: Jamal and Ineyatullah are at once refugees and migrants.

Like so many immigrants, they simply seek a better life, one of freedom, opportunity and dignity. At the same time, these Afghans are also refugees – people displaced by conflict and poverty – seeking a better life.

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A woman cries in a rescue boat near Lampedusa, Italy, after being picked up by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, an organization based in Malta, on May 24, 2017. Her baby drowned at sea. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

On World Refugee Day, 5 Correspondents Reveal What It’s Like to Cover the Crisis

United States - The Washington Post: World Refugee Day is observed each year on June 20.  On this day, refugee advocates urge people to focus on the plight of those who have been displaced by famine, war and oppression, writes Jennifer Hassan.

By the end of 2016, more than 65 million people worldwide were forced to leave their homes due to conflict and persecution, data published by the UN Refugee Agency reveals.  That's an average of 28,300 people per day, almost 20 people every minute.

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Abubakarr: "Home is a place where I feel safe and secure to express my feelings without fear of being captured and tortured."
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Pew Research Center: Global Attitudes & Trends Origins and destinations of European Union migrants within the EU


“I think if migration can be discussed in a rational way, that will create a much better environment in our societies that are all multiethnic, multicultural, multireligious, and at the same time that will also help refugees benefit more easily from the protection rights they are entitled to receive.” –  UN Secretary General António Guterres. Read the tweet here.


Migration in the News

  • ANSA reported that nearly 2,000 migrants and refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2017.

  • The Conversation reported that the number of authorities and organizations involved has made rescue operations in the Mediterranean more complex.

  •  AJ+ reported that while the Mediterranean migrant and refugee crisis may not be in the headlines as often these days, it is anything but over.

  • Voice of America reported that the Red Cross has launched a smartphone app to help refugees and migrants arriving in Italy access information and services, including medical, psychological and legal support.

  • India Today reported that wars and disasters left 65.6 million people displaced in 2016, a United Nations report released on World Refugee Day revealed.

  • Brookings Institution reported that the issue of statelessness is often overlooked in discussions around refugees and forced migration.

  • CGTN reported that Afghanistan is struggling with a growing number of returnees not only from Iran but also from Pakistan and Europe.

  • Papua New Guinea’s The National reported that IOM has urged Papua New Guineans to embrace refugees as fellow human beings to help contribute to national development.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian ran an opinion piece noting that seven years of anti-migrant policies in the UK have resulted in people with rights to housing losing out. It called on housing associations to pledge to be open and fair.


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