The stories we are publishing today in observance of World Refugee Day are powerful examples of individuals who have overcome obstacles thrust upon them through no fault of their own. They arrived in their places of refuge or resettlement unsure and often alone, and have thrived as writers, musicians, social workers, advocates, and more. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, sons, friends—and neighbors.
In a tweet on Monday, President Trump confirmed that his White House is intent on forcing asylum seekers appearing at U.S. borders to be sent to Guatemala if they have transited Guatemala on route to the United States. The White House plan to secure Guatemala’s agreement to this arrangement is an astonishing distortion of U.S. law on asylum that could put thousands at grave risk.
The registration period for Venezuelan refugees in Trinidad and Tobago ends on Friday, June 14, but thousands remain unregistered. Refugees International is gravely concerned about the possibility that arrests and deportations may follow and urges the government of Trinidad and Tobago to extend the registration period.
Refugees International submits a statement for the record, denouncing the “Remain in Mexico“ policy and the crisis at the U.S. southwest border. Read our statement on legislative options that create pathways forward to address the crisis.
We, the undersigned organizations, members of the Working Group on Venezuelan Human Mobility, would like to express our concern over the recent decision adopted on June 6, 2019 by the Peruvian government, which requires Venezuelan citizens to present a humanitarian visa at the border to enter Peru. Said measure will enter into effect on midnight, June 15, 2019.
Refugees International President Eric Schwartz says agreement extending the “Remain in Mexico” policy “is wicked and immoral because it deliberately imposes grave risks upon highly vulnerable children, women, and men in violation of the most fundamental principles of decency.”
As Mozambique prepares to host an international pledging conference May 31-June 1 for reconstruction following cyclones Idai and Kenneth, Refugees International urges donor governments, UN agencies, and most importantly, the Mozambican government to prioritize support for cyclone-affected communities in three ways: boost funding for immediate lifesaving assistance, invest in work opportunities for displaced people, and prepare for a looming food crisis.
Refugees International is deeply alarmed by the Ethiopian government’s renewed effort to carry out forced returns of internally displaced people in the country’s south.
Although the president’s comments on refugees and asylum were short on details, they foreshadow a parade of horribles that will perpetuate his administration’s unmitigated hostility toward asylum seekers.
Statement from Senior U.S. Domestic Advocate, Yael Schacher on the Ninth Circuit’s Ruling on “Remain in Mexico” Policy.
Refugees International joins 30 other international, implementing, and advocacy nonprofit organizations in respectfully request that in FY 2020 Congress prioritizes funding for the State, Foreign Operations bill and provide a 302(b) allocation of at least $57.4 billion. Within this increase, we ask that Congress appropriates meaningful increases for good governance programs and poverty-focused development and humanitarian programs.
Since the Syrian regime and its Russian ally stepped up their bombardment of Idlib province in February, more than 140,000 civilian men, women, and children have been forced to flee for their lives. It is difficult to overstate the urgency of this looming humanitarian disaster if nothing is done to protect these people who often have lost everything.
Refugees International and 76 other organizations call on Congress in an advocacy letter to oppose any legislation that would expand the scale or length of immigrant family detention, overturn the child protection policies and laws currently governing the treatment of migrant children in custody, or undermine asylum protections.
Eliminating poverty-focused assistance to Central American and abandoning the poor and vulnerable communities with whom we work is short-sighted and counterproductive.
Refugees International urges the EU and its governments to urgently evacuate from Libya refugees and migrants currently in detention centers.
We joined a letter calling for the Trump Administration to withdraw Ronald Mortensen’s nomination to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, whose nomination was resubmitted on January 16, 2019.
As organizations who implement and/or support programs that address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza, we are grateful to Senator Merkley and co-sponsors Senators Coons, Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Leahy, and Van Hollen for introducing Senate Resolution 171.
Progress for Venezuelans seeking protection in Trinidad and Tobago has been a point of political debate for some time now. Last Thursday, April 4, the government of Trinidad and Tobago introduced a proposed policy to allow Venezuelans to register to remain in Trinidad and Tobago for up to one year. In an open letter sent to Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley earlier this morning, Refugees International’s President Eric Schwartz welcomes this proposed policy. However, Schwartz also raises concerns about the registration process and the guarantee of essential rights like access to work and education.
Refugees International and over 50 other organizations issued a statement condemning announced plans by the Trump administration to end foreign assistance programs in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Refugees International is deeply concerned about plans announced by the government of Bangladesh to begin relocating Rohingya refugees to Bhashan Char, an isolated island more than 30 miles off the coast of Bangladesh.