This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Venezuela’s Refugees Crisis Soars as Economic Disaster Worsens Number of migrants leaving Venezuela reaches three million Venezuela’s Refugees Crisis Soars as Economic Disaster Worsens The socialist poster child, Venezuela, is facing mounting crises as the country continues to crumble. Socialism has been a disaster every time it has been tried, whether it has been abandoned – as in North Korea, Sweden, Russia, China, Cuba, or East Germany – or where it has been allowed to lead to total financial disaster, as in Venezuela. In Venezuela, the refugee crisis and the economic crisis continue to reach fresh levels while the overweight socialist president, Nicolás Maduro, who stuffs himself while his people starve to death, shows no hint of wanting to abandon the disaster. On Thursday, Venezuela’s year on year inflation rate was 833,997 percent. The International Monetary Fund predicted … [Read more...] about World View: Venezuela’s Refugees Crisis Soars as Economic Disaster Worsens
Bhutan refugee crisis
In June of 2015, the Secretary of Interior Dr. Sándor Pintér, filed a legislative bill in the Hungarian Parliament to overhaul the country's asylum proceedings and to restructure the border police force. The Parliament debated the bill and overwhelmingly approved it on March 6, 2017, with 138 members voting "yes", 6 voting "no", and 22 members abstaining. The Asylum Amendments became the new Asylum Law in March of 2017 and contains four main provisions: The Government has the authority to designate "transit areas" around the country, which are places of temporary stay for applicants of asylum in Hungary. The primary purpose of the law is to prevent the free movement of individuals that have been denied asylum or those that have pending asylum applications. The Government can seek relocation remedies against those individuals that flee from the "transit zones" while their applications are pending, and transfer them back to the transit zones anywhere in the country. … [Read more...] about Is Hungary’s approach to the refugee crisis a test of the European Union unity?
Memorial to early 1990s war in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Clay Gilliland, CC BY-SA With peak season approaching for refugees making treacherous journeys to and through Europe, don't be surprised if we are told again that this is unprecedented. In fact, Europe has coped with comparable situations – not least the Balkan crisis of the early 1990s. It tends to be overlooked that the Yugoslav experience has informed EU refugee policy this time around. Arguably this has made the situation better than it might otherwise have been. Contrary to popular belief, similar numbers of people from the former Yugoslavia sought asylum in northern Europe as Syrians have more recently – as demonstrated below. Indeed, more sought asylum from the former Yugoslavia in Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the UK than from Syria so far. Asylum applications from Yugoslavs and Syrians Sources: UNHCR, Eurostat. Looking at … [Read more...] about How the spectre of Yugoslavia looms over EU’s handling of the refugee crisis
Refugees crossing the Hungarian border. Photo: APA Tensions within Austria's government, stoked by the refugee crisis, burst into the open on Thursday as the head of the conservative People's Party threatened to scupper the ruling coalition after less than two years in office. "If we are unable to show soon -- by which I mean in the coming months -- that we are willing and able to govern, then it makes little sense to keep messing about," Deputy Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner said in a newspaper interview. "I say quite openly that after the Upper Austria state election (last weekend) I am not prepared to be an idle passenger," he said. Mitterlehner's People's Party (ÖVP) is junior partner to the centre-left Social Democrats (SPÖ) of Chancellor Werner Faymann in an unloved "grand coalition" which is due to remain in office until 2018. Last weekend however, both parties suffered disastrous losses in local elections in Upper Austria where the far-right Freedom Party … [Read more...] about Tensions in government as refugee crisis bites
close Video What is causing families to flee Central America? Thousands of families are leaving Guatemala and other countries in Central America; Genevieve Wood of the Heritage Foundation shares insight. Two senators on different sides of the political divide agreed on Sunday that the issue along the border is a “refugee crisis” and not an “immigration crisis,” but were split on why thousands of families are fleeing Central America for the United States. Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Angus King, I-Maine, agreed that the people attempting to cross the U.S. southern border illegally were coming here for a better life, but the former believes it is for economic reasons while the latter says it’s because of violence in Central America. “They’re fleeing violence,” King said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “This is different from the waves of illegal immigrants coming 15 to 20 years ago mostly from Mexico, … [Read more...] about Senators talk of ‘refugee crisis,’ but divided on reasons why Central American migrants come to US