The paradise paradox: Maldives, a sinking country?
- Environment and Energy, Human Rights and Migration, Op-ed
On August 20 the Italian ship U. Diciotti with approximately 190 refugees on board docked at the port of Catania, Sicily. Soon after, the Italian government refused to let people off the ship, under the orders of new interior minister Matteo Salvini. For five days the entire group was detained in the docked ship. Under pressure of international community, the passengers were finally allowed off the ship on August 26. A similar situation occurred in June 2018 with the vessel Aquarius, which has been refused access to ports in Italy and Malta in the end having gone to Spain.READ MORE
The Finnish Immigration Service operates a 20-bed facility in the city of Lahti offering mental health care services to asylum seekers. However, this unit is the only one of the type in the whole country and is insufficient and constantly full.READ MORE
For a long period of time Japan has been one of the world’s most homogenous countries; and even today only 2% of the population is foreign born. This is especially unusual given that large GDP countries like Japan generally tend to attract immigrants. But lately there is more and more evidence that their migration policies are finally going to be changed.READ MORE
The EU leaders agreed in June 2018 to set up migration centres in Africa. The decision brings more problems than hope that the migration crisis facing Europe would be solved.READ MORE
The US government is manipulating migrants by not bringing their children back. How is it possible that children became a blackmailing tool?READ MORE
Even though indigenous peoples are very vocal in advocating for their rights at the United Nations and supranational level and have been included into several Sustainable Development Goals, their position remains precarious. Their needs need to be addressed by implementation programs on a national level.READ MORE