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EU executive to propose reforming asylum system | Reuters 4.5.2016 FirstPost: World

BRUSSELS The European Union's executive will propose a reform of the bloc's asylum rules on Wednesday, EU sources said, that reflects caution in the face of deep divisions among governments about how to handle the migration crisis. The European Commission last month floated scrapping a rule in the so-called Dublin system that gives responsibility for handling asylum claims to the first EU state a person enters -- a rule that has placed heavy burdens on Greece and Italy

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EU refugee crisis: closed-door countries could be asked to help cover costs 4.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

European commission proposes ‘solidarity contributions’ by states that do not take in refugees, to support those that do

European countries that refuse to give shelter to refugees could be forced to pay into the coffers of states that do, under plans to be unveiled by the European commission on Wednesday.

The idea is part of a long-awaited proposal to reform the EU’s asylum rules, which were stretched to breaking point by the arrival of more than one million refugees and migrants last year.

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German founder of Pegida fined €9,600 for Facebook posts 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

German court found posts by Lutz Bachmann calling refugees ‘cattle’ and ‘scum’ counted as racial incitement

The founder of the German anti-Islam protest movement Pegida has been hit with a €9,600 (£7,600) fine for a Facebook post branding refugees “cattle”, “scum” and “trash”.

A Dresden court on Tuesday ruled that Lutz Bachmann’s posts counted as racial incitement since they had stoked hatred against refugees on a public forum.

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Little Messi flees Afghanistan, appeals to UN after 'threats' 3.5.2016 TOI: All Headlines
Little Messi flees Afghanistan, appeals to UN after 'threats'
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Jewish leader urges Sweden to prioritize anti-Semitism fight 3.5.2016 TOI: All Headlines
Jewish leader urges Sweden to prioritize anti-Semitism fight
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#3000chairs: the empty chairs of Syrian child refugees – in pictures 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Last week we published Nicola Davies’ moving poem The Day The War Came which drew attention to the 3000 unaccompanied Syrian children who the government decided NOT to give a safe haven to in the UK. Nicola called on everyone who was outraged at this to paint/draw/sketch an empty chair and shared it on Twitter with #3000chairs. Here are just a some of the hundreds that poured in from illustrators, authors and children

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Police officers sacked over Bijan Ebrahimi murder case 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Avon and Somerset force sack PCs Leanne Winter and Helen Harris for their handling of case of disabled refugee in Bristol murdered by his neighbour

Two police officers have been sacked over their dealings with a Bristol refugee who was murdered after being wrongly branded a paedophile by his neighbours.

PC Leanne Winter and PC Helen Harris were dismissed without notice by Avon and Somerset police on Tuesday for their handing of the case of Bijan Ebrahimi, who was beaten to death and his body set on fire.

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Ministers to 'look again' at immigration bill over child refugees plan 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

David Cameron’s spokeswoman indicates that he is considering concessions over call to accept 3,000 child refugees from EU

David Cameron is considering further concessions on Britain accepting unaccompanied child refugees from Europe, officials have admitted.

After suffering a defeat in the House of Lords last week at the hands of Labour peer Lord Dubs, the prime minister’s spokeswoman said ministers would “look again” at the immigration bill.

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Ai Weiwei is making a feature film: I'm worried 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

As an artist and philanthropist he is revered, but posing as Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi was an egotistical stunt – Ai’s art is best when he is not at its centre

Ai Weiwei is making a feature film about the plight of refugees. Will it be a serious response to tragedy – or a monument to self-indulgence? I ask this because Ai’s initial artistic response to the refugee crisis does not inspire confidence.

Related: Ai Weiwei poses as drowned Syrian infant refugee in 'haunting' photo

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Self-immolation: desperate protests against Australia's detention regime 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

On Nauru, a man has died and a woman is in a critical condition, adding to toll of suicides and self-harm at offshore detention centres

The video footage shot on a mobile phone last Wednesday is unsteady but clear enough.

It shows a man, drenched in liquid, standing alone in a clearing, pleading. No one, it seems, wants to stand near him. In the background, the white shirts and blue caps of staff from the UN high commissioner for refugees are apparent.

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A generation of Syrian children who don't count 3.5.2016 TOI: Home
The country has more refugees per head of the population than any country in the world, but it is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and has not allowed the U.N. to set up formal camps for Syrians.
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Doctor, artist, engineer, blogger: human stories of Malta's own migration crisis 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Refuge cities An immigration influx triggered in 2002 by the Somali civil war ended in mysterious circumstances last year. Alexander Masters visits Malta’s capital, Valletta, to hear the experiences of some who have forged new lives there “The refugee situation in Malta is changing so fast!” exclaimed Dr Ahmed Bugri. I’d caught up with him in Republic Square, Valletta’s main cafe piazza, as he rushed between meetings with government ministers. A well-known figure in the city (“I can be recognised by my loud African shirt”), Ahmed arrived 26 years ago – when “there were only three black people on the islands, and one of them was me”. The Maltese immigration crisis is a decade ahead of the rest of Europe. It began in 2002, during the fierce fighting of the Somali civil war , peaked in 2004 when Malta joined the EU , and ended – eerily, abruptly, and so far without a decent explanation – just as the main European crisis was beginning in ...
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European commission set to approve Turkish citizens' visa-free travel 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Approval expected on Wednesday, despite Ankara having not met all the conditions stipulated in deal with EU over refugees

The European commission is poised to recommend visa-free travel for Turkish citizens in Europe’s borderless Schengen zone, one of the terms of a controversial deal over refugees struck between the EU and Turkey in March.

Approval from the commission is expected to come on Wednesday, according to sources in Brussels, even though Ankara will fall short of the 72 political and technical conditions on border control and passports set out in the agreement.

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European Union set to extend Schengen border controls 3.5.2016 TOI: All Headlines
European Union set to extend Schengen border controls
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Alf Dubs: ‘Antisemitism, Islamophobia and racism are all equally abhorrent’ | Rachel Shabi 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

The peer who fled the Nazis, aged six, on Labour’s troubles – and his attempts to make the government accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees

The public support Lord Dubs received when the Labour peer’s amendment to the immigration bill passed through the Lords in March took him by surprise. “I’ve had people in the street shouting at me, saying well done,” he says. “And you know, when politicians in the street normally get shouted at, it’s with abuse.”

Related: Diane Abbott says claims of antisemitism within Labour are smear

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'Asylum seeker boat' arrives in Cocos Islands 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Observers say the boat, reported to be carrying asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, arrived on Monday

A wooden boat, which observers said was clearly an asylum seeker vessel, made it to the Cocos Islands under its own steam and without interception on Monday.

Related: Witnesses in Christmas Island class action exempt from Border Force Act secrecy provisions | Richard Ackland

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Refugee Sets Herself Alight at Immigration Camp on Nauru 3.5.2016 newindianexpress.com
His actions were a protest intended to coincide with a visit to the island by representatives of the U.N. refugee agency.
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‘No govt plan benefit for villagers in 45 years’ 3.5.2016 TOI: Jaipur
Spearheaded by Bhati, nearby villagers and donors replenished the burnt down village with everything from food grain, oil, cots, utensils, buckets, fans to stuff that the villagers living in abject poverty could have never even thought of.
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UN refugee agency appoints Cate Blanchett as global Goodwill Ambassador 3.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, May 3 : The United Nations refugee agency on Monday announced the appointment of Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett as a global Goodwill Ambassador.
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Peter Dutton accuses refugee advocates of encouraging suicide on Nauru 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Campaigners say immigration minister’s comments are ‘offensive and demeaning’

The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has blamed refugee advocates for the suicide attempts on Nauru and Manus, alleging they are encouraging detainees to self-harm in the hope of getting to Australia.

A second refugee, Hodan Yasi, self-immolated on Nauru overnight and is in a Brisbane hospital in a critical condition.

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