We too have got pens and phones….

The right-wing (they claim to be non-partisan sic!) research organization known as Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has reacted to the now famous quote by President Obama--"I've got a pen, and I've got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive action"--with a long backgrounder outlining 79 immigration …

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Become a border hunter…

The Hungarian police is recruiting 3,000 "border-hunters" to join some 10,000 police and soldiers patrolling a razor-wire fence built to stop refugees crossing the border from Serbia. The recruitment posts are scattered all over Budapest, including the Keleti Railway Station that became a de facto refugee camp for tens of thousands of people fleeing violence in …

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Brussels or Budapest, that was the question…

Foto by Elzbieta M. Gozdziak Caption Translation: Do not take chances, vote "No" In October 2 referendum Hungarians were asked a simple question: "Do you want the European Union to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the consent of the National Assembly?" Voter turnout was only 39 percent, far short of …

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Building Contact between Immigrants and Host Communities is Vital to Integration, guest post by Jonas Bergmann

Extensive evidence shows that fostering contact between natives and immigrants decreases intergroup prejudices, anxieties, and perceived threats, which can pave the way for successful integration, social cohesion, and development. The growing scale of human mobility worldwide has rendered immigration a salient topic with a prominent place in public discourse. European citizens, for instance, currently perceive …

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Catholic Poles react to Pope’s washing the feet of refugees

On the evening he was betrayed, Jesus "poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him" (John 13:5). On Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees, declaring them children of the same God. …

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