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FactCheck: are Australia's refugee acceptance rates high compared with other nations?

“We want to end the tick and flick approach of this [Labor] government that has seen nine out of 10 people found to be refugees when that doesn’t match what we are seeing in other places around the world…...
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'I was 14 when I was sold'

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Laxmi's story of being kidnapped and trafficked in Nepal is not an isolated case but, as this graphical account shows, things are not always what they seem.

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 11:14 PM

It is sad to see the many different ways the poverty stricken and uneducated regions of the world are exploited, especially the children. Nepal is so poor that most of the recruiters for the predatory foreign networks are often locals who either take their relatives or abductees sent back to find a replacement. The animation helps add clarity and approachability to a bleak and difficult topic.

Chris Costa's curator insight, November 30, 2015 9:33 AM

It's heartbreaking to see the plight children living in other parts of the globe, making me all the more appreciative of my uneventful upbringing in the US. Child labor is a practice that many Americans associate with the 19th century, but it continues to be widespread in many parts of the world, as is the case in Nepal. Educational opportunities are few and far in between for many Nepalese, who's short-term financial struggles rob their children of long-term opportunities for success. Many are kidnapped from their homes, or sold by their families to pay off debt with skyrocketing interest rates. The same also holds true for young female sex workers, who suffer an enormous amount of physical and psychological harm at the hands of their kidnappers and their clients. Economic pitfalls and a lack of access to education helps to perpetuate this cycle of abuse, as people are unaware of their rights in addition to lacking the education to advance economically in their societies. The Nepalese national government and several international rights groups are hard at work to combat these harmful practices, but they are fighting an uphill battle against an illicit institution that has ingrained itself in Nepalese society and culture. Great strides are being made, but much still has to be done for the youth of Nepal.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 8:22 AM

Teaching about human trafficking and child slavery can be very disconcerting and uncomfortable.  How much of the details regarding these horrific situations is age-appropriate and suitable for the classroom?  The BBC is reporting on events with sensitive stories to both give a human face to the story, while protecting the identity of under-aged victims (to read about the production of this comic, read Drawing the News.)  I encourage you to use your own discretion, but I find this comicbook format an accessible, informative and tasteful way to teach about human trafficking in South Asia to minors.  It is a powerful way to teach about some hard (but important) aspects of globalization and economics. 


As geographer Shaunna Barnhart says concerning this comic, "It moves from trafficking to child labor to pressures for migration for wage labor and the resulting injustices that occur. There's differential access to education, gender inequality, land, jobs, and monetary resources that leads to inter- and intra-country trafficking of the vulnerable. In the search for improved quality of life, individuals become part of a global flow of indentured servitude which serves to exploit their vulnerabilities and exacerbate inequalities and injustice. Nepali children 'paid' in food and cell phones that play Hindi music in 'exchange' for work in textile factories - cell phones that are themselves a nexus of global resource chains and textiles which in turn enter a global market - colliding at the site of child labor which remains largely hidden and ignored by those in the Global North who may benefit from such labor."


Tags: Nepal, labor, industry, economic, poverty, globalization, India.


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160,000 Palestinian refugees below poverty line in Lebanon | Maan News Agency

160,000 Palestinian refugees below poverty line in Lebanon | Maan News Agency | Human Rights Resources | Scoop.it
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Out of Sight, In Our Minds

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The children of Australia's Manus Island detention centre deserve to have their story heard.
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Child starved to death after benefits delay

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The government has been warned it must urgently fix flaws in its support system for successful asylum seekers, after a destitute child starved to death in temporary accommodation in Westminster.

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Julie Owens - Why I am backing the Houston Report on Asylum Seekers

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Member for Parramatta, NSW discusses her views on the Houston Report


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Asylum seekers to arrive on Nauru | National | BigPond News

Asylum seekers to arrive on Nauru | National | BigPond News | Human Rights Resources | Scoop.it
A chartered aircraft is expected to land on Nauru with about 40 male asylum seekers on Friday morning.

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Nauru transfers tell lie to smugglers' rhetoric: Bowen - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Nauru transfers tell lie to smugglers' rhetoric: Bowen - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Human Rights Resources | Scoop.it
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says efforts to warn asylum seekers against trying to reach Australia are working well, as a second group of Sri Lankans arrived on Nauru.

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Year 10 AC Geographies of Human Wellbeing | Global Education

Year 10 AC Geographies of Human Wellbeing | Global Education | Human Rights Resources | Scoop.it

Geographies of Human Wellbeing explores the nature of wellbeing using indicators and online data analysed using a variety of ICT and mapping techniques. It is aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Geography – Year 10, Unit 2: Geographies of human wellbeing.


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, August 14, 2013 2:27 AM

Great case studies here to embeed Asia Cross-curriculum priority an Intercultural Understanding...

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China's one-child policy creates massive gender imbalance

The Chinese government says its so-called "one-child policy" has succeeded in reining in its population. But more than three decades after the policy's imple...

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Christina Dadaian's comment, July 5, 2013 4:13 PM
They'll have to balance out eventually. Either that or have the entire population suffer. It may take time but I imagine that things will correct themselves before it's too late.
Brooklyn McKenzie's comment, August 2, 2013 12:14 PM
It's kind of sad. I hope that those four brothers will some day find the love of their life. It must be pretty sad to see happy couples when you're single. Maybe one day things will even out.
Shelby Porter's curator insight, September 21, 2013 5:28 PM

This video gives a summary of the extreme consequences the "one-child policy" China has set in place. There are so many more men than women now, many are left to be bachelors for life. Many Chinese women are moving into the city looking for a rich and powerful man, and they succeed because there men are eager to marry. The Chinese have always had a preference for male children over female children. Now that the difference in population in so high, the government has made it illegal for doctors to tell parents the sex of their child before birth. This is a great example of the different kinds of culture that exist on the other side of the world. 

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Indian MPs back death penalty for some rapes - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indian MPs back death penalty for some rapes - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Human Rights Resources | Scoop.it
Indian MPs have passed a bill containing harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty if a victim dies.
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Video Review: Reality show participants walk a mile in the shoes of asylum-seekers

Video Review: Reality show participants walk a mile in the shoes of asylum-seekers | Human Rights Resources | Scoop.it
"ONE of the great challenges, I think, in modern TV, with so many choices and so many channels, is how to make important stuff interesting," director Ivan O'Mahoney is saying, and with some passion, too...

"Even those of the six who didn't change their positions came to appreciate that the discussion is not as simple as they had always thought," O'Mahoney says. "I don't want viewers to think that we want to manipulate them into being extremely welcoming of asylum-seekers or that we have a position that they are all bad and unwelcome."

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Official Website: Go back to where you came from - standing in the shoes of asylum seekers

Official Website: Go back to where you came from - standing in the shoes of asylum seekers | Human Rights Resources | Scoop.it
Join the conversation about immigration, take an interactive asylum seeker's journey, read about the participants, and watch the trailer for the world-first TV event.

[In this reality TV show, six Australians walk in the shoes of asylum seekers by taking the journey in reverse that asylum seekers take to get to Australia. Doing role plays like this can deepen a sense of empathy.]
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Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:38 AM
I love this show so much, I was introduced to it in high school. It's the ultimate change of places and I find it so interesting to watch everyone's opinion changing over the series. Using this in the classroom would be fantastic for higher year levels as you'd be able to cover much more and even show episodes. In the younger levels, however, I'd probably gain inspiration from the series (such as scenarios or events) and find common themes to use in activities - an example might be role play with students switching characters/situations.
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Threat of Nauru has refugees homesick

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OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott says claims asylum seekers do not want to live on Nauru proves the offshore plan is a good deterrent.

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What does the Australian public really think about asylum seekers?

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'The June parliamentary debate, following record boat arrivals and loss of life at sea, led to surveys conducted for the major dailies. Reporting a Nielsen poll on 2 July, The Age headlined “Most blame government for boat people deadlock”. Almost a week later, Newspoll for the Australian produced a different result: “All sides damned”.

 

 

The failure to consider inconsistent findings, or to explain the trend of opinion, is typical of media discussion of polling on issues other than the standing of political parties and their leaders, which are tracked almost weekly from one election to the next.'


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Irini Kassidis's curator insight, November 2, 2013 10:48 PM

A very interestigng article discussing people's views on the issue of Asylum seekers.  The surveys that were conducted find that some people were confused and uncertain.  This proves to me that some people might feel this way because they don't know much about the issue and need to be educated about it

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Australia Transfers First Group of Refugee Claimants to Nauru ...

Australia Transfers First Group of Refugee Claimants to Nauru ... | Human Rights Resources | Scoop.it
The Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen told the local media, during a press conference in Sydney, that the transferred asylum seekers will remain in a camp in Nauru until their asylum requests are processed on ...

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