If you’ve watched the international news today, you’ve probably seen something about the European Union’s new policy concerning immigrant deportation. For those who might wonder, the line between refugee and immigrant is often blurred. A layman’s definition might be something like this: refugees are forced from their countries due to war, persecution, or famine (an immediate threat to life); immigrants cross boarders for economic or social reasons (more of a quality of life issue). By this oversimplified definition, the Iraqis and Afghanis that we work with here are refugees, while the Moroccans and Egyptians are GENERALLY immigrants. Hope that helps. HERE is an article from the Washington Post concerning the new immigration law and the change it represents.
The European Parliament approved new rules Wednesday designed to standardize the dramatic differences in member countries’ treatment of illegal immigrants, whose presence is one of the most heated political issues in Europe today.
The measure, which would allow countries to jail illegal immigrants for as long as 18 months pending deportation, was decried by human rights organizations as promoting excessive detention. Supporters defended it as providing greater protections for the foreigners in countries that now permit indefinite detentions and grant detainees few legal rights. Continue reading HERE.