한국인이주자로 여기저기 살아보기(1): 영국편

[2012년 영국거주당시 Frontline Club에서 북한의 김정일 사망에 대한 기자회견중] 한국을 떠난지 11년차. 이젠 1년에 한두번씩 주로 일때문에 부모님과 형제자매가 있는 고향에 돌아가도 전혀 내집같지 않고, 길거리를 나다녀도 여행자 기분이다. 2015년 외교부 통계에 의하면, 나같이 해외에 거주하는 외국국적동포나 재외동포가 7,185명이라고 하는데, 중국에만 2,586명, 자료를 자세히 보니 조선족을 다 넣어놨고, 자료는 재외동포로 대사관등에 등록한 자들을 모아놓은 것이라…

Aung San Suu Kyi’s challenging task for Myanmar Muslims

This blog is based on the author’s recent fieldtrip to Malaysia and Myanmar on 28 July – 6 August 2016, during which she interviewed officials from UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Malaysian and Myanmar governments, human rights activists, researchers, Rohingya refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kuala Lumper (KL), Yangon and…

Australia’s asylum policy, time to act before the September Summit in NY

The past week was not good for Australia’s human rights records. Last week, there were reports about child abuses in juvenile detention centres in Northern Territory. This week, the human rights violations and daily attack against refugees and asylum seekers in Nauru cover the news headlines. Australia’s offshore asylum processing centres and human rights abuses…

Australian migration should look to Asia, not Europe

Humans migrate to more secure places for their survival. Migration is one of the most common evolutionary behaviour in the natural world humans belong to. Some people have to look for a safer place to escape from imminent danger. Others do so because they deem there are better chances of short-term and long-term survival in…

Two Faces of Migration

*This is the original version of “High Court detention-centre decision highlights duelling forces in migration,” The Interpreter, 11 February 2016. On 3 February 2016, the Australian High Court ruled its offshore detention centres as lawful institutions. It is a country’s sovereign right to determine how to treat asylum seekers in their territory. The High Court’s…

Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders

One of the most prominent mass migration issues that dominated the mainstream media in 2015 was the boat people in Australia. Most of them come from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Iran or Myanmar/Burma where they face violence or persecution. In 2012 -3, more than 18,000 people arrived in Australia through illegal channels by sea, compared…

ISIS recruits from the Asia-Pacific

The biggest threat to national security, involving migrants, is the ISIS’ reach to vulnerable migrant groups to recruit them. ISIS is known to be actively recruiting fighters and families from wider Asia, including Rohingya fleeing Myanmar and seeking asylum in Indonesia and Malaysia, Uighurs in Xinjiang, Tajik migrants in Russia and even migrant Indonesian domestic…

North Korean Kidnapping in Southeast Asia

Among many issues that the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (UN COI) on the human rights situations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) covered in their 2014 report was the kidnapping of foreign nationals by North Korean spies under the direct order by Kim Jong Il, the father of the current leader Kim…

What is life like for North Koreans in Britain?

Some 700 North Koreans now live in the United Kingdom. So why do they leave South Korea, and what role could they have when the peninsula is unified? By Jiyoung Song   More and more North Koreans are living in Britain, with the number seeing a steep hike between 2006 and 2009, although many North…

Karen Refugees and Education at the Thai-Burma Borderlands

Given the diversion of the international funds into Burma, community-based education across the Thai-Burma border is the solution for relieving human insecurity of this vulnerable migrant group at the borderlands.   Mobility, only a halfway through human right  Mobility gives freedom for human beings. However, it is not a human right. Article 13 of the…