Waiting for another executive order

In the first week since his inauguration, Donald Trump has signed several executive orders. According to various reports, the next executive order suspending the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program for four months will be signed as early as this afternoon. Signing this order  on January 27—the Holocaust Remembrance Day—is indeed cruelly ironic.  In 1939, the United …

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Bicske refugee camp to close at the end of December

Just a quick trip to the refugee camp in Bicske, a small town outside Budapest, before the camp closes at the end of December.  Bicske, which has been operating as a refugee facility for over two decades, is being shut down as part of a government-mandated wave of camp closures. It is difficult to say …

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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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The U.S. Refugee Resettlement System: A Different Kind of Integration Challenge

This is a blog post of mine published on the Sussex University website in conjunction with a recent conference on refugee resettlement. The U.S. refugee resettlement system is the largest in the world. Since 1975, over 3 million refugees have been resettled in the United States. It has garnered bipartisan endorsement in Congress as well …

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Miresevini ne Amerike! or Welcome to America!

Those were the words that welcomed weary Kosovar Albanians airlifted out of Macedonia to Fort Dix, New Jersey in 1999. I remember May 6, 1999 when the first plane carrying 453 Kosovar refugees arrived on a nearby McGuire Airbase as if it was yesterday. These Muslim refugees were greeted warmly and compassionately not only by …

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