Category Archives: Democracy And Refugees

Hungary’s migration migraine

By Andrew L. Urban. Budapest, October 3, 2016: It’s the morning after the referendum on migrants being sent to Hungary by the EU. The question was: “Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement … Continue reading

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Merkel’s mistake – feeling not thinking

By Andrew L. Urban. There’s an old saying: Life is a comedy for those who think, a tragedy for those who feel. If you think about it, the mass migration crisis drowning Europe (and many refugees), could have been managed … Continue reading

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Germany’s good deed gets punished

As this extract from the January 21, 2016, report by Der Spiegel staff proves, no good deed goes unpunished, and Germany’s naïve and self-destructive ‘good deed’ to welcome any and all comers is a sorry example of how. The numbers … Continue reading

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Where I’m from this is handled by men

By Andrew L. Urban. The personnel manager for a company in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg remembers how a male employee … asked to meet with a male colleague instead of her. “I have nothing against you,” he said, … Continue reading

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Leadership and common sense missing in refugee action

By Andrew L. Urban Reporting on parts of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s speech to The Association of Christian Intelligentsia in Budapest on Friday, October 29, 2015, Hungarian Spectrum blogger Eva Balogh was somewhat dismissive of Orbán: “As far as … Continue reading

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Global migration a challenge for democracy

By Andrew L. Urban Millions of people are taking life theatening journeys to seek new lives in the West. Some are indeed fleeing life threatening persecution at home. But many of the millions (over 50 millíon according to the UN … Continue reading

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Turning back the boats: Indonesia benefits

Open letter to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott MP, Shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison MP, Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor MP, by Andrew L. Urban June 6, 2013 Indonesia stands to benefit as much as does Australia – as do asylum seekers … Continue reading

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Framing policy: turning back the boats

An open letter to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison Dear Tony & Scott, Hearing Foreign Minister Bob Carr this morning (2/6/2013) on Australian Agenda (Sky News) talking about the asylum boats and the prospects of … Continue reading

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Managing refugees onshore

By Andrew L. Urban Another contentious refugee policy (they are all contentious) is the bi-partisan policy of isolating refugees in Australian detention centres during processing. It is contentious not between the two major parties but in the community, where humanitarian … Continue reading

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Ignore refugee boat arrivals?

By Andrew L. Urban During the many public debates about asylum seekers in Australia during 2010-11, when there was a significant increase in refugee boat arrivals from Indonesia, several commentators took the view that it was somehow ridiculous for public … Continue reading

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