"I live in Shetland. I am a Black woman in the middle of the North Sea, raising wild children in a wild place where the winds can be so strong, you can’t stand up. If the weather is bad, your boat literally doesn’t come in and the shelves in the local shops lay bare. Here, I am confronted with the fact that although I feel married to the landscape and committed to my relationship with the natural world, the human ‘natives’ don’t always recognise me as a fellow species, let alone local."
Dina Nayeri was just a child when she fled Iran as an asylum seeker. But as she settled into life in the US and then Europe, she became suspicious of the idea that refugees should shed their old identities and be eternally thankful
Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest project is an innovative and immersive account of the horrors faced at the Mexico-US border....."The experience plunges you into the disorientating and even terrifying situation. You walk into what is effectively an aircraft hangar shed: the installation has been set up at Cannes-Mandelieu airport, twenty minutes drive out from the centre. You take your shoes and socks off in a side room with other people’s boots and shoes littered about, and walk through into a space the size of a tennis court, covered in sand."
Short clip of Ai Wei Wei talking about the global crisis.
Translation: A tale of two fathers: ‘The way I miss my kids is indescribable’
Nazim’s story is one that highlights an impossible choice faced by many parents caught up in Syria’s brutal and devastating war. Should they illegally move their whole family, entrusting vulnerable children to smugglers who will rush them past militia checkpoints or put them in dinghies which have been known to capsize? Or should they leave them in a war zone with rapidly changing dynamics, sending one parent ahead to wait a year or more until they can all be legally reunited?
Translation: Do migrants have a voice in Irish arts?
Opinion: we may pride ourselves on our artistic and cultural exploits, but how aware and supportive are we of the work of migrant artists in Ireland?
Thirty-three groups ask government to let councils provide ‘independent oversight’ of housing for those seeking sanctuary
Like elsewhere in the UK, the Home Office policy of contracting out the housing needs of asylum seekers to private companies means housing conditions have deteriorated. Enforced destitution is also very visible – asylum seekers can be seen sleeping in parks or on the streets of Belfast, huddled together against the harsh northern climate.
An article from the London Review of Books on borders.
Irish Times article
An impassioned call to arms, a play and a campaign: Tanja is a dramatic exploration of immigration detention centres, starring Emily Ntshangase-Wood, a former Yarl’s Wood detainee.
Last week a list of more than 33,000 migrants who had died on their way to Europe made headlines worldwide after a Berlin newspaper printed it as a 48-page insert in its Nov. 9 edition.
10 day project tracing journey to and through Europe in real time.
Translation: Time to stand up for people in direct provision
We do not have to wait for a catastrophic story about an individual in direct provision. We know the system exists, and we know that the Irish government has the power to dismantle it
"while the headlines blare on about the distractions du jour, we are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement **on record**. an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. this past spring of 2017, i traveled to lesvos, greece, where i worked with a small NGO and saw the continual plight of families and children living in limbo with a scarcity of help and resources while the world marches on without paying attention. " - Amanda Palmer
There are an estimated 18,500 migrant children in Greek refugee camps,more than 2,500 of whom are unaccompanied. The country is facing a tremendous challenge to support them; there is no specific legal framework or adequate public support after years of austerity.
Last May, a Burmese man who spent eight years in direct provision before getting refugee status unanimously won his Supreme Court appealover laws preventing him working here before his status was decided.
Repeated efforts to cross the Channel to Britain have been made by migrants, prompting an Anglo-French operation to bolster security around the ports, including building razor-topped fences. Last year French authorities cleared the camp in an attempt to relocate people or send them to centres around the country where they could apply for asylum.
A production by Irish Modern Dance Theatre (John Scott) performed by 2 professional dancers and 11 torture survivors coming from 9 different countries. "Cast members, many now Irish citizens, have lost homes, careers, family and health but their dance celebrates the power of the human spirit, their dignity and determination and carries imprints from their lives, their loss and their future hopes...."
Interesting project using film so children and youth refugees can tell their stories. "Storytelling Without Borders is a creative and intersectoral partnership between six creative arts and humanitarian organisations in Sweden, Greece and Denmark. The Swedish organisation Historieberättarna is the founder of the Project and Filmcentrum is the coordinating partner."
Translation: Ellis Island
Between 1892 and 1927, almost 16 million people came to Ellis Island attempting to immigrate to the United States. For the 280,000 who were turned back, Ellis Island become the “Isle of Tears.” Meredith Monk and Bob Rosen chose this site as the setting for a historical/psychological ghost story about our ancestors.
A GROUP of teenagers from Direct Provision centres across Cork will showcase their talent and creativity by unveiling a mural at Fitzgerald’s Park this Friday.
Translation: Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation
While they pondered their predicament in a Harlingen, Texas, hospital, a Border Patrol agent showed up in the waiting room — Oscar Sanchez suspects a nurse turned them in — and said he could arrange for officers to escort the parents through the checkpoint to Corpus.
Ms Justice McGuinness will tell the Asylum Seekers Right to Work event that the well-known difficulties of those in the Direct Provision system are exacerbated by the length of time they remain in limbo.
“In the midst of a full-scale housing crisis, the Department of Justice is actively seeking to make asylum seekers homeless and destitute. It is cruel and inhumane,” states Nasc’s Legal Services Manager Fiona Hurley.
Translation: ‘We didn’t come to Ireland to claim benefits. That would be an embarrassment’
"We are the indigenous people who lived on that land before the establishment of Israel..."
Cromwell sent many Irish to Jamaica in the 1600s. The emigration continued for more than 200 years... "It was thought that the Irish would have a better chance of survival if they were introduced to the climate at a young age. Cromwell then sent 2,000 children between the age of 10 and 14 years."
Translation: Whats the story
Lives in Direct Provision Ireland
Translation: Syrians cook for locals as part of Sligo Global Kitchen event
Translation: Migrant Mother's and Lullabies
A Radio 4 Women's Hour report (at 11 mins in) about a project by Praxis, working with refugee women (including those who are 'illegal' or unreported) creating lullabies for their children, set to music and sung by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Article about one Woman's use of community and the arts to assist her while living in Direct Provision in Ireland.
Refugee Children have written a book of Fairytales. Two workers working with Refugee children in Greece have worked with the children to create a book of Fairytales.
Translation: THE TRAUMA OF FACING DEPORTATION
In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country.
Children's books that deal with the topic of refugees in an age appropriate manner.
Translation: Reception Conditions
Comparisons of conditions for asylum seekers in European countries
Selections of books for children to help them explore the issue of migration.
Link to IETM report which "highlights key areas where cultural interventions lead to tangible benefits, and emphasises the importance of a further tier of cultural projects that do not simply engage newcomers, refugees and migrants, but foster interaction and dialogue with wider European society."
Translation: Kids, refugees, questions
A video in which British children and child refugees ask and answer questions about the refugee crisis.....
Palestinian artist Mahmoud Hourani's silent play aims to discover why refugees are risking everything to reach Europe.
European Union governments’ policy responses to migration undermine refugee protection and human rights and diminish the EU’s moral standing, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
A podcast on the situation for LGBT refugees in Norway. - Anyone seeking asylum on the basis of LGBTI are faced with a demand from the Norwegian authorities that they must reflect carefully around their sexual identity. Who they are and who they will be. Many are connecting LGBTI with shame and stigma, and do not always want to explain the reason when they seek asylum. When they are rejected by the UDI, and information about their identity appears in the complaint to UNE, they are not believed, says Kaja Glenne Lund.
Article (and photographs) outlining a project where children who had travelled as refugees recreated images from their real life stories on theatre sets for a photo journalism project.
Article - including a number of video interviews with children - exploring the experience for asylum seekers living in the ‘Direct Provision’ system in Ireland which is the system used while processing asylum seekers claims for refugee status.
Story of the ‘Good Chance Theatre’ in the Jungle camp in Calais. How it came about, who supported it, why it was needed.