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Migration & border policy links: What the US wants, Afghanistan, Rohingya repatriation and more

This week's links also include a tracking matrix for patterns of displacement and a lecture on how migration has shaped New Zealand.

Afghanistan refugees in Pakistan (Photo: Saeed Ahmad/Getty Images)
Afghanistan refugees in Pakistan (Photo: Saeed Ahmad/Getty Images)

  • Reflecting on the failures of offshore processing, UNHCR’s Regional Representative, Thomas Albrecht, urges the Australian government to step up, share responsibility and do its bit to create durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers.
  • The ‘likelihood of successful assimilation and contribution in the US’ are reported to be a potential new criteria in US refugee resettlement assessments.
  • Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to draw up a repatriation plan which will see a number of the 500,000 Rohingya who have crossed the border in the last few weeks return to a resettlement camp in Rakhine state.
  • This Amnesty International report calls on European nations to cease deportation and voluntary repatriation to Afghanistan.
  • UN Global Pulse and UNHCR have co-published a white paper on social media and forced displacement.
  • View the IOM’s Tracking Matrix to see recent patterns of displacement in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Nigeria and South Sudan.
  • Overseas Development Institute’s Marta Foresti outlines three requirements which are essential to the success of the Global Compact on Migration.
  • Focusing on the experiences of migrant sex workers, Dr Sine Plambech outlines the role of debt in shaping migration pathways.
  • Brookings Institute’s William H Frey analyses recent US Census data in order to question President Trump’s preoccupation with reducing immigration of ‘low-skilled’ migrants from Latin America. 
  • Click here to listen to a University of Auckland lecture series on the theme 'Nation Transformed: the place of migration in 21st century Aotearoa-New Zealand'.
  • The European Commission proposed three policy reforms to the European Agenda on Migration: a new resettlement scheme for at least 50,000 refugees; a pilot project for legal migration; and new measures to make the EU’s return policy more effective. Thomas Spijkerboer breaks these down In a Border Criminologies guest post.

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