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Frankie Boyle TV - Noam Chomsky - UN 1951 Refugee Convention - Ian Hislop TV - Samantha Power - Panorama TV - Urkhan Alakbarov - Tariq Ramadan - Robert Fisk - Stacey Dooley TV - The Insider: Reggie Yates TV - Bernard Kalume Buleri & Congo, My Precious 2017 - Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil TV -

 

 

108,255.  The best hope for refugees sadly is that they become aquatic.  Frankie Boyle’s New World Order I, BBC 2017    

 

 

110,060.  If we think we have an immigrant crisis today which is non-existent, what’s it going to be like when tens of millions of people are fleeing from rising sea levels?  Noam Chomsky, The Alien Perspective on Humanity 16th August 2017, Youtube 51.14 

 

 

108,258.  Owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.  UN 1951 Refugee Convention

 

 

107,941.  In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 2nd January 1906 a boat approached British shores with an unusual cargo.  Aboard were ten American sailors who had just been saved from death on a shipwreck … First, they had to meet the British authorities: the crew were questioned, refused entry, and incredibly, ordered back out to sea.  Why?  The shipwrecked sailors were officially destitute, alien immigrants.  (Immigration & Refugee)  Who Should We Let In? Ian Hislop on the First Immigration Row, BBC 2017

 

 

108,256.  Half of Syria’s refugees are children, and we know what can happen to children who grow to adulthood without hope or opportunity in refugee camps.  The camps become fertile recruiting grounds for violent extremists.  Samantha Power

 

 

89,739.  Hundreds of thousands landing on Europe's shores.  The beginning of the long road north ... Many fleeing the war in Syria.  Others are escaping poverty.  All desperate for something better ... Europe is divided.  (European Union & Refugee)  Panorama: Europe’s Border Crisis: The Long Road, BBC 2015

 

89,740.  107,000 people landed on the Greek islands this August alone.  (European Union & Greece & Refugee)  ibid.

 

89,741.  This is chaos in slow motion.  (European Union & Chaos & Refugee)  ibid. 

 

89,742.  She’s on the bus, but the little girl isn’t ... It’s up to the people in the crowd to reunite mother and child.  And all this to move people a mile.  (European Union & Bus & Refugee)  ibid.

 

 

110,935.  Africa’s European dream: for people-smugglers it’s a billion pound business.  Now, Europe’s under pressure to crack down but at what cost?  And will the migrant crisis ever end?  (Africa & Smuggling & Immigration & Refugee)  Panorama: Africa’s Billion Pound Migrant Trail, BBC 2017

 

110,936.  The EU is spending tens of millions supporting the Libyan coastguard to stop more boats, board them and take them back to Libya.  (Africa & Smuggling & Immigration & Refugee)  ibid.    

 

110,937.  Migrants about $1,500 for a place amongst its boats.  (Africa & Smuggling & Immigration & Refugee)  ibid.  

 

 

108,257.  So often the world sits idly by waching ethnic conflicts flare up as if these were mere entertainment rather than human beings whose lives are being destroyed.  Shouldn’t the existence of even one single refugee be a cause for alarm throughout the world.  Urkhan Alakbarov  

 

 

108,259.  Your enemy is not the refugee.  Your enemy is the one who made him a refugee.  Professor Tariq Ramadan  

 

 

108,260.  So Donald Trump is going to fuck them all.  No excuses for such filthy words today.  I’m only quoting the man whose Pentagon offices he just used to disgrace himself – and America.  For it was Secretary of Defence James ‘Mad Dog’ Mathis who told Iraqis in 2003 that he came ‘in peace’ – he even urged his Marines to be compassionate – but said of those who might dare to resist America’s illegal invasion of their country: ‘If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.’

 

There’s no getting round it.  Call it Nazi, Fascist, racist, vicious, illiberal, immoral, cruel.  More dangerously, what Trump has done is a wicked precedent.  If you can stop them coming, you can chuck them out.  If you can demand ‘extreme vetting’ of Muslims from seven countries, you can also demand a ‘values test’ for those Muslims who have already made it to the USA.  Those on visas.  Those with residency only.  Those – if they are American citizens – with dual citizenship.  Or full US citizens of Muslim origin.  Or just Americans who are Muslims.  Or Hispanics.  Or Jews?  Refugees one day.  Citizens the next.  Then refugees again.  Robert Fisk, ‘Donald Trump’s arbitrary, cruel ban on refugees from Muslim countries sets a chilling precedent’, article Indepndent online 28th January 2017 

 

 

110,645.  Europe is in the grip of a huge migration crisis.  An influx of millions fleeing Europe and seeking new lives.  I’m travelling to Europe’s gateway Greece to follow the journeys of migrant children caught up in the chaos.  I see the suffering of the most vulnerable.  (Greece & Refugee)  Stacey Dooley: Migrant Kids in Crisis: Greece, BBC 2016

 

100,646.  A third are under 18.  (Greece & Refugee)  ibid.

 

 

130,011.  I’ve come to Syria to meet women who left the West to join the so-called Islamic State.  Now IS has been defeated, their home countries don’t want them back: they see them as a threat.  Most now claim the didn’t know anything about the brutality of IS.  They say they stayed at home and cooked.  (Islamic State & Bride & Syria & Kurds & Refugees)  Stacey Dooley for Panorama, Stacey Meets the IS Brides, BBC 2019

 

130,012.  Since then the Kurds who fought IS to gain control of this part of Syria have been left with radicalised foreigners nobody wants.  (Islamic State & Bride & Syria & Kurds & Refugees)  ibid.  

 

130,013.  One of the female guards was stabbed to death.  Shamima Begum, who left the UK when she was fifteen … is no longer here, but I would like to talk to other British women in the camp.  (Islamic State & Bride & Syria & Kurds & Refugees)  ibid.   

 

130,014.  Support for IS is still very strong.  (Islamic State & Bride & Syria & Kurds & Refugees)  ibid.   

 

130,015.  … Inside their tents, but with the atmosphere so tense [sic] …  (Islamic State & Bride & Syria & Kurds & Refugees)  ibid.   

 

130,016.  They [Yadizi women] were saying some of the Isis women were far worse than the men … No-one saw anything apart from an oven.  (Islamic State & Bride & Syria & Kurds & Refugees)  ibid. 

 

130,017.  I finally hear British accents.  (Islamic State & Bride & Syria & Kurds & Refugees)  ibid. 

 

130,018.  I didn’t turn my back on democracy.  You did.  You knew what Isis stood for.  (Islamic State & Bride & Syria & Kurds & Refugees)  ibid.  Stacey to Isis women 

 

130,019.  It’s hard to know where the truth lies.  (Islamic State & Bride & Syria & Kurds & Refugees)  ibid. 

 

 

111,272.  I’m going to spend a week living less than forty miles from the Syrian border inside the largest refugee camp in Iraq.  The Insider: Reggie Yates, BBC 2017

 

111,273.  Since the war in Syria first began nearly 11 million people have left their homes in search of safety.  ibid.

 

111,274.  Smugglers operating within the camp offer an illegal service - taking refugees across the border into Turkey and beyond.  It’s a vast criminal network stretching across Europe worth an estimated £4 billion.  ibid.

 

111,275.  Europe is a sort of pipe-dream, but it’s a dream that can all too easily get you killed.  ibid.

 

 

122,864.  ‘Congo was the property of King Leopold II, the King of Belgium.  It was mainly diamonds and gold that he was taking from the country.  To get the gold, to get diamonds, he had to impose a quota on the locals … He did monstrous, horrible things in this country … After the Belgiums came independence.  Now we became free … Before leaving, the Belgians had taken care to hide many minerals.  And then they sent mercenaries just to recoop all the minerals and goods of the Belgians.  They fought FRDC (Congolese army) and all the population of Congo had to run to Rwanda.  So we became refugees.’  (Congo & Refugee)  Bernard Kalume Buleri, interview Congo, My Precious, RT 2017

 

 

124,691.  In the middle of the night the Italian coastguard had received reports that a boat carrying migrants from Africa was in trouble … More than 800 people were feared dead.  (European Union & Refugees)  Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil III: Unstoppable

 

124,692.  The arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants on Europe’s shores threatened to tear the continent apart … Fences went up across Europe.  (European Union & Refugees)  ibid.

 

124,694.  The European Council agreed a plan to share a limited number of migrants around Europe but it would only be done on a voluntary basis.  (European Union & Refugees)  ibid.

 

124,695.  Civil war was now driving millions our of Syria creating the biggest wave of refugees to hit Europe since the Second World War.  (European Union & Refugees)  ibid.