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I spent 6 weeks in Japan reporting on a thing that doesnโ€™t get much attention: The thousands of asylum seekers from across the world who fly into Tokyo. Almost none win legal refugee status. Many get detained. And so I went to find out why, and what it means. #RefugeesInJapan 1/?
This week, @WNYC & @Gothamist launch an audio series detailing what I learned. Japanโ€™s immigration issues parallel those in the U.S., because this is a global phenomenon: Weโ€™re in an age of mass worldwide displacement, and the systems we have to deal with that are obsolete. 2/?
Japan, the U.S. & 143 nations signed the U.N. refugee accords, but international law no longer protects asylum seekers fleeing for new reasons: Climate change, sexual violence, ethnic strife, police corruption, poverty. Many are dismissed as mere economic migrants. 3/?
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Today is #InternationalMigrantsDay

Our country is a beacon of freedom. But there is one type of freedom that is not talked about much: freedom of movement. It may be voluntary or forced, but one thing is clear: it must be with dignity.
Today, I honor my parents, displaced in the Partition of India. I honor the clients from 115 countries I've served for 15 years, many right here in Virginia. I honor our lawmakers, advocates, teachers, and men & women in uniform who have fought to protect freedom of movement.
And today, I call out the opportunistic bigots who've been fomenting at the mouth at America's magnificent diversity. I call out the elected "leaders" who gorge themselves on a diet of division. I call out the prison-industrial complex for profiting from human incarceration.
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1/ Stellar statement by @Stuart_McDonald in the House of Commons on #InternationalMigrantsDay. Acknowledging the contribution migrants make to the UK and calling on the government to finally end the uncertainty over #citizensrights for EU citizens in the UK & @BritishInEurope
2/ "Prime Minister might just be able to salvage one thing meaningful from the ongoing talks in Brussels [...] she should seek to ring-fence the agreement on #citizensrights so that even in a dooms day scenario of no-deal those rights would be protected" @Stuart_McDonald says
3/ "It's worth trying [to ring-fence #citizensrights] because not trying means all the 3 million have to rely on is unilateral promise [...] and @BritishInEurope risk losing rights" @Stuart_McDonald continues on the danger of no-deal Brexit
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'Non-citizen' (Hannan).
'Citizen of nowhere' (May).
'Mother of all problems' (Seehofer).

I am a migrant.


My professional and personal life.

I am a migrant.


Work-related travel and collaborations (Europe only).

I am a migrant.


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Thread: As a refugee advocate & doing my radio program 'Voices of Eritrean Refugees' since 2008, I have met many refugees whose stories has given me many sleepless nights and had me often question humanity. I will try to share as many stories as I can.
1, Keshi Okbay (Priest Okbay) was a 36 years old man, comes from a very rural area in #Eritrea. After serving in the military service for many years he decided to leave the country and made it to #Sudan, he was then kidnapped at the border by a group of Rashida
1/1, they took him to a house and there he met 28 other kidnapped Eritrean refugees in they chained all 29 together and put them in a pick up truck and covered them with blankets and started driving. After 13 days they arrived in Sinai and sold the group at an auction.
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