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News Round Up In-Brief
- The U.S. Agency for International Development is set to direct $419 million in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees and is now committed to spending $4.5 billion to help address conditions inside Syria and refugee camps.
- The Canadian Government is gearing up to help resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees. Reports have indicated that the refugees will receive minimum health care benefits and the government will take the responsibility of only 40 per cent of the refugees while the remaining refugees will be sponsored by private groups.
- Contra Costa County is set to launch a $1 million dollar pilot program aimed at providing health care to one–fifth of the county’s undocumented immigrants.
- Recent studies suggest that political protests by major Latin American communities and cities could be counterproductive in the long run as it could lead to potential supporters’ hesitation from getting involved, perhaps because seeing a protest in person triggers different emotions as compared to hearing about it on the news.
- Kentucky’s independent health insurance exchange has largely avoided the kinds of technical issues that led to the cancellations of authorized immigrant healthcare policies and has received 24,303 immigrants’ enrollment in Medicaid and 3,460 immigrants’ enrollments in a qualified health plan.
- The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Carereports reasons for which over 500,000 immigrants have been denied or lack health services.
- The Director of immigration law and policy research at the Economic Policy Institute says that with the reduction of undocumented immigrants in the US, political leaders should now focus on policies that will encourage immigrants’ contribution to the labor market, such as providing training and English programs, and bring in foreign nationals who have a positive influence on the American economy.
- According to Rosa Aranda, a deaf undocumented immigrant living in San Diego, high levels of discrimination against deaf people in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Colombia, among others, has led to the increasing number of disabled immigrants taking asylum in the United States.
- After a long battle by the civil rights group, mentally disabled immigrants now have the right to legal representation and over 900 immigrants who were previously deported will now have the opportunity to return to the United States to contest their expulsion.
- New research published in the Journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology debunks portrayals of Latinos as drug dealing, violent criminals, showing that immigrant youth have been found to be less involved in problem behavior such as violence, crime and misuse of alcohol and drugs.
- Julian Cancino, a female-to-male transgender man, was denied transition-related care and proper health care coverage, such as doctor-recommended cervical cancer screenings, blood pressure tests, chlamydia tests, cholesterol tests, and access to the diagnosis and treatment of preventable diseases because he was an undocumented immigrant.
- Several hungry and desperate refugees who were living off the land for food while fleeing their country have become severely ill and are being hospitalized due to the consumption of poisonous ‘death cap’ mushrooms.
- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is set to distribute 70,000 dignity kits, which will include basic hygiene and healthcare items for refugee women. Mobile clinics will also be set up at strategic points with gynecologists and nurses equipped to do safe-deliveries for around 4,200 pregnant women and attempt to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections for 1,400 women at risk for sexual violence.
- ISIS has been warning Muslims in its “caliphate” to stay where they are, as they view the migration to Europe as a setback to their plans to expand their self-proclaimed caliphate.
- Some migrants seeking refuge from poverty and persecution feel that Germany gives special preference to people from Syria which has led to over 30 per cent of the immigrants from other places falsely claiming of being Syrian.
- “Unfortunately only when the poor enter the halls of the rich, do the rich notice that the poor exist,” said U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres while telling reporters the world waited too long to respond to the refugee crisis.
- With the growing fear of terrorism, rape, robberies and crimes, 97 per cent of residents in a small town called Gabcikovo in Slovakia have voted against the harboring of war refugees from Syria; say the refugees should be taken in by the rich Arab states in the Persian Gulf.
- Germany has provided three proposals for the integration of refugees into the German culture; the refugees must be loyal to Germany’s Constitution, they must be aware of the equality between men and women in the country and lastly they must receive the language courses provided to them with commitment. Failure to accept any of the proposals will lead to consequences such as denial of state benefits.
Prepared by Priyanka Rao