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Executive Summary for August 8th

We review the latest issues related to refugees, including a new report blaming the E.U. for migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, Bangladesh calling out Myanmar over Rohingya failures and a Brazilian judge reopening the border with Venezuela.

Published on Aug. 8, 2018 Read time Approx. 2 minutes

Amnesty Blames E.U. For Trapping Refugees and Migrants in Libya

Some 721 people died on the Central Mediterranean route in June and July. A new report from Amnesty details the deaths and blames the E.U.

The surge in deaths is not an “inescapable misfortune,” it says, but the direct consequence of Italy closing its ports and the hostile treatment of sea rescue NGOs. E.U. actions amount to a deliberate strategy to trap tens of thousands of refugees and migrants in Libya, where they risk torture and terrible conditions, according to the report.

Bangladesh Calls on U.N. Security Council to Act on Myanmar

Bangladesh has said Myanmar is not creating the right conditions for the return of 1 million Rohinghya refugees. Bangladesh, which is hosting the Rohingya, called on the U.N. Security Council to take action against its neighbor.

Bangladesh’s U.N. ambassador said in a letter to the council, “We regret that the necessary conditions for safe and sustainable return do not exist in Myanmar. Nor has Myanmar taken any demonstrable effort to address the concerns of the Rohingyas and the international community.”

Brazilian Judge Reopens Border to Venezuelan Refugees

A Brazilian appeals court has reopened the country’s border with Venezuela. A lower court in northern Roraima state had closed the border on August 5. Roraima state authorities have been trying to slow the influx of refugees but the federal government has opposed the move.

Nearly 33,000 Venezuelans have requested asylum in Brazil, while another 25,000 have entered the country on work or humanitarian visas, the U.N. refugee agency said. Only a small number of refugees have been relocated elsewhere in Brazil from Roraima, leading to complaints that the state is overwhelmed.

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“Feeling excluded and labeled as the enemy can have detrimental consequences on the Syrian diaspora’s emotional, psychological and thus productive capabilities. Psychologists have long explained that belongingness is a fundamental need.”

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