This Week in Restoring Family Links News

Do you follow @intlfamilylinks (Restoring Family Links’ account) on Twitter? See an interesting article but just don’t have the time to read it? “This Week in RFL News” is a weekly blog segment that highlights and summarizes some of the news items posted by RFL’s twitter.

Refugees and the State: This week, the Restoring Family Links’ Twitter shared a number of stories highlighting the ongoing struggles around the world that refugees face in relation to the actions of host and resettlement nations. In Australia, the state has largely denied its responsibilities to asylum seekers by sending them back to Indonesia or to offshore detention centers. For many unaccompanied minors, this has meant being stuck in detention in Indonesia with little hope of being resettled in another country. This past week, refugee activists and churchgoers in Australia came together to protest this treatment of refugees. Another refugee protest has been taking place in Germany where a lengthy asylum process and poor treatment of refugees has left many refugees homeless. In Lebanon, as the rising number of refugees continues to put a strain on the nation, the government seeks to limit the number of new arrivals. Elsewhere, a study finds that Canada’s new system for processing refugee claims turns gaining entry into the nation into a luck of the draw. And in the US, Wyoming continues its debate on opening a refugee resettlement program in the state.

Helping Refugees: While refugees continue to face struggles around the world, there is plenty of work taking place to help refugees. Despite the current difficulties faced by refugees in Australia, there are plenty of organizations working to help those already in the nation, including this organization helping refugees learn how to swim. This week the blog also highlighted the work of the American Red Cross and the ICRC to help Iraqi refugees obtain proof of their time in detention following the First Gulf War. In addition to the Red Cross, numerous organization from Catholic charities in Kansas to resettlement agencies in Wisconsin help newly arrived refugees adjust to their new lives in the US.

South Sudan: As the conflict continues in South Sudan, leaders from the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations call on the international community to support the work being done to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the conflict. Likewise, government officials have pledged support for these efforts and made numerous statements condemning the ongoing violence in the world’s newest nation. Condemnation has also been made of some rebel factions for their use of child soldiers and their lack of adherence to international humanitarian law.