refugee-situation

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The Superlatively Superfluous Adventures of Legolas (&Tauriel)

Dateline: Laketown Refugee Camp (10/40)

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Granted, nobody in these movies is three-dimensional—but there seems to be a deliberate ban on developing Thranduil.

The Superlatively Superfluous Adventures of Legolas (&Tauriel)

Dateline: Laketown Refugee Camp (14/40)

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Since Feren and Tauriel ignore each other, I figure they must not get along.

The Superlatively Superfluous Adventures of Legolas (&Tauriel)

Dateline: Laketown Refugee Camp (20/40)

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The Superlatively Superfluous Adventures of Legolas (&Tauriel)

Dateline: Laketown refugee camp (36/40)

tumblr is so big on social justice and everybody pats their own shoulders daily for supporting whatever minority’s rights is popular to support right now… but the fact that i still see more posts about Minaj than i see about the refugee situation, even after that photo of Aylan Kurdi, is so fucking sad. usa people will always be priority, no matter what. and then here i am in budapest, thousands of refugees everywhere, but tumblr could give less of a fuck.

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The Superlatively Superfluous Adventures of Legolas (&Tauriel)

Dateline: Laketown refugee camp (39/40)

The refugee situation in Austria right now:

As some of you might know I’m from Austria and currently living in Vienna. Tons of trains filled with Syrian refugees pass our cities daily. My family and hundreds of other people try to help as much as they can. My sister in law went into the trains today, giving away food, blankets and meds (she’s a nurse.) She’s currently sitting at home, sobbing so hard, she can barely breathe. You might ask why, and I’ll tell you why. Because the trains were filled with little children lying on the ground sick and from exhaustion, and no one was able to tell if they’d even make it into the next city. This is happening in a so called first world country, in the year 2015. And the government ain’t doing shit. My father is a 49 year old Muslim, and he and his community including my 11 and 6 year old brothers went to the Viennese train station today and tried to help as much as they could. And there is still a political party active in Austria, that is officially blaming all this on the Muslims, and they are officially racist. Government in Austria failed with this topic. They failed big time. And the people won’t take their shit anymore. It feels like for the first time in forever people actually go out on the streets and make their feelings and thoughts about this public. And they help. As much as they can. On a daily basis I can see pictures of my friends collecting clothes, meds and food in their cars and giving it to the refugees. Humanity takes action. Because things like that can’t be ignored. We are all in this shit together, so let’s stick together and try to help as much as we can. #refugeeswelcome

anonymous asked:

Heya! First of, I agree with you about the 'refugee crisis' and the awful reaction of some people. Just out of curiosity, how is the situation in Switzerland? Many countries of the EU have already taken in refugees/ or are now going to be forced to take some, but what action does Switzerland take?

WHOOPS okay, sorry for the delay but here’s how it is:

Generally speaking, even though we are not part of the European Union we are part of the UN and one of the constitution that every country automatically ‘signs’ once they join the UN is that the right of asylum is a human right.

According to the swiss law of asylum, a refugee is a person who is in immediate danger because of factors like race/ethnicity, religion, nationality, affiliation with a social (sub-) community or their political views - this is specific to threat to one’s life, one’s body and/or freedom.

The Swiss asylum law is part of the country’s constitution and with that it is binding - the law itself is heavily based on the Geneva Convention on Refugees of which we are a contracting member state. One of the foundations of the Geneva Convention is the ‘Non-Refoulement-Principle’ which states that a person who is being persecuted in their country of origin for any of the reasons listed above cannot be sent back (‘right of asylum = human right’).

Additionally, we are also part of the Dublin Regulation (along with every EU-member state as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). As stated here, “The aim of the Regulation is to the ensure that one Member State is responsible for the examination of an asylum application, to deter multiple asylum claims and to determine as quickly as possible the responsible Member State to ensure effective access to an asylum procedure.

The above a very broad picture of what the constitution entails when it comes to refugees. There has been a recent national revision that got accepted by popular vote which dictates that the focus needs to be put on a quicker and more efficient asylum procedure (with regards to the Dublin regulation).

Despite the laws and regulations, I think the main problem we have is that except for the fact that the country is bound to a number of constitutional regulations, there is no actual procedure that managed to prove itself and stick around - revisions on the asylum law keep happening and the political parties are very disjointed when it comes to potential ways to entangle the situation and make way for a (positive) progression.

In about two weeks, there will be a very important national vote which will determine the parties and politicians who are going to be represented in the parliament for the coming 4 years. One thing that’s very noticeable is that there is a distinct lack of discussion when it comes to the question of the future of the Asylum Law among politicians despite it being heavily featured in national/international media (for obvious reasons). There is a lot of uncertainty and fear among the general public and personally I think that the fact that nobody really knows how to address it is a big factor in all of this. If you factor in our current (stable) economic situation compared to a lot of other European countries including some of our immediate neighbours, the underlying worry of a lot of people is partly existential as well. It’s the same old formula: the more a person subjectively feels they could lose, the more paranoid they get.

I used to work in a statistics office where we had to call a percentage of the general population in order to conduct studies on behalf of the federal statistical office. I was one of maybe 50 or so people doing the same and I worked around 10 hours a week: at least two or three times a week I would find myself talk to someone who got very upset and angry at the government and would specifically tell us that they don’t have any spare room for ‘those damn refugees’ and that the government can look for someone else to fuck over. A lot of my work colleagues had experienced the same thing as well. If you think about it, every year we would have to call a random selection of 3% of the genpop and of those 3% each one of us would get a couple of people a week who seemed to be legitimately worried that the government would force them to take active part in taking in refugees or immigrants (it’s a very common characteristic for people like this that they wouldn’t know how to differentiate between terms such as ‘refugee’ and ‘immigrant’ or the like - to them, they are all potential criminals and home wreckers). 

Worries and concerns like this are quite absurd if you ask me; not only are we the only country in the world with a direct democracy as an active political system (which, by definition, means that people have a lot of agency and the right to contest almost any law), but the government also definitely does not have the power to ‘force’ anyone to do anything within their own privacy. Nevertheless, angry outbursts like that appear to be quite common.

And that’s what I think is the main issue: people are misinformed, the media is fueling controversy and fear, the government keeps putting things off and officials prefer to remain unspecific and on ‘safe ground’. In fact, the only political party that is quite vocal when it comes to the future of the asylum law is the right-wing party. Their catch-phrase is ‘Putting an end to the Asylum chaos’ and they like to point out that in a couple of years, we’ll have 10 million people living here (Population is a little over 8m right now) and only 50% of those will be ‘actual Swiss people’. It’s actually incredibly upsetting and a lot of the imagery they are using is very similar to how the Nazis used to draw so-called predictions regarding the future of their country and population.

Unfortunately, the right-wing party is gaining a lot of ground in the political landscape and even a lot of younger people are starting to sympathise (if you want to believe recent non-official polls). 

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Basically, the question of what kind of actions Switzerland is going to take is easy to answer on the one hand - because, yes, we are going to be taking in refugees because not only is it international law, it is also clearly stated in our constitution and we are part of the Dublin (and Schengen) agreement. The latest prediction I’ve heard is that ~5000 is a likely number per year but word keeps changing. 

However, on the other hand it’s quite complicated as well because the details keep changing and the way the population feels and reacts has a MAJOR impact on how the future of the Asylum Law is going to look like. Bottom line is that a lot of people are anxious and unsure - the media and extremist parties know how to work with that a little too well and it’s upsetting. 

I must say, I’m incredibly disappointed with what seems to be a complete Scriptural illiteracy when it comes to supporting or opposing the Syrian refugee situation.

No matter what side you are on, please understand the context of the Scripture you are using. 2 John verses 10 and 11 are not a mandate to avoid Muslims as false teachers, it’s a statement about preachers who do not preach the true Gospel. And Matthew 25:40 is not a mandate for accepting Muslims, it’s actually a statement about how you are to treat fellow believers (hence the statement, “you did it to one of these brothers of Mine”).

For the Christian, we are explicitly given the commandment in John 13:34-35, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” It’s how we are to treat other Christians. Now, beyond that Jesus commands His followers to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matt. 28:19) So we are to share the truth of Who Jesus is to all people (those who wish us harm as well). And we can do this because Jesus has been given all authority in Heaven and earth.

So whatever side you find yourself, Love His people and proclaim His grace. I’m pretty sure all this can be done beyond arguing a policy position of a secular nation with misapplication of Scripture on social media.

—  Bryan LaBerge
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Additional photos of Crown Princess Victoria looking fabulous at her first engagement since giving birth to Prince Oscar, who will be 1 month old on Saturday.

Victoria attended the 2016 Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture titled “Evolving Threats, Timeless Values: The United Nations in a Changing Global Landscape” at Stockholm City Hall. In the lecture, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the many challenges facing the world, specifically highlighting refugee situations and climate change.