Even a pandemic can’t stop the desperate flow of refugees to Europe

by Rashmee

Posted on April 19, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


In the circumstances, an EU humanitarian package might serve as a band aid but not much more. In the weeks since the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic, it’s become clear that the outbreak of disease can paralyse national economies but not the flight of desperate people across the Mediterranean to apparent safety. How else … Continue reading “Even a pandemic can’t stop the desperate flow of refugees to Europe”

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The migration compact doesn’t help a fraught debate

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


It’s being billed as the first international deal on the migration crisis but it’s not really an agreement to do much of anything. The UN Global Compact for Migration, the formal name for the document adopted December 11 in Marrakech, makes several declaratory statements. It also offers many sweeping suggestions but the compact does not … Continue reading “The migration compact doesn’t help a fraught debate”

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A terrible link between Paris attacks & asylum-seekers’ view of France?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2015


There is a disturbing kernel of truth in The Economist’s scathing view of November 7 about “the dispensable French”. It is as follows. There is a terrible – and unaddressed – link between the Friday, the 13th attacks on Paris and the fact that most asylum-seekers don’t want to go to / or stay in … Continue reading “A terrible link between Paris attacks & asylum-seekers’ view of France?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK