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Rachel Pistol


How welcoming Great Britain was to refugees in the 1930s and 1940s depended on many factors, including the age, gender, class and profession of an individual. Members of some of the British professions did all they could to rescue their persecuted brethren from the continent, while others did all they could to bar those who might potentially cause competition in the job market. This article considers how welcoming the professions and general public were to the internees in the years preceding the Second World War, how popular opinion changed after the fall of France and the Low Countries, and how Eleanor Rathbone and some of her peers campaigned to debunk the popular myths surrounding the refugees. Much of the rhetoric from this time period will seem familiar to those reading the newspapers and listening to news reports nowadays, showing how much still needs to be learned from this turbulent time in history.

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Clay Clemens

Green backing for her refugee policy gave her some immunity from attack. Meanwhile, broad antipathy for Donald Trump underscored her global stature, and she continued outpolling any likely spd rival. With support for the Union stabilizing in surveys

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Two of the Same Kind?

The Rise of the AfD and its Implications for the CDU/CSU

Matthias Dilling

voting behavior, such a heterogeneous support coalition has often been characteristic of populist radical right parties. 62 Yet, the refugee issue blurs the boundary between these groups. Opposition to Merkel’s refugee policies has been widely shared by

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The Boy on the Beach

The Fragility of Canada's Discourses on the Syrian Refugee "Crisis

Petra Molnar

The contours of Canadian refugee policies have in recent years fluctuated from a narrative of 'bogus' refugees requiring a tough approach of interdiction to one of urgent humanitarian assistance. These rapid discursive shifts highlight the fragility of how Canada's humanitarian responses, and its place in the world, are conceptualized. Using the case study of Canada's responses to the Syrian conflict, this short paper argues that state responses must be critically interrogated in order to move away from homogenizing narratives grounded in tropes such as ‘fear’, ‘floods’ and ‘crisis’, which continue to impact how state, media, and public discourse handle the influx of refugees. Examining how the Canadian state performs its sovereignty in response to the Syrian conflict is instructive to reveal its broader nation-building projects, ones which utilize particular tropes of fear to justify suspicion and exclusion of bodies that have been cast as dangerous and uncontrollable. While Canada is once again presenting itself as a global leader in refugee and human rights issues, it remains to be seen whether these more humane policies can withstand the continuing millennial border anxieties of the West when facing the prospect of resettling increasingly large numbers of refugees.

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Governing Global Aeromobility

Canada and Airport Refugee Claimants in the 1980s

Bret Edwards

, these critiques formed an alternative idea of citizenship in 1980s Canada based on a more humane, open door refugee policy. The architects of this counter-discourse operated with signposts different from the dominant version by aligning the national

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Cause or Consequence?

The Alternative for Germany and Attitudes toward Migration Policy

Hannah M. Alarian

, does not appear to be enough to prevent normalizing the party's anti-immigrant and refugee policy platforms. Instead, German parties would be wise to renew their attention to preventing the far right's success in future national, and likely state

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The “Alternative for Germany”

Factors Behind its Emergence and Profile of a New Right-wing Populist Party

Frank Decker

topic, as the fdp moreover also joined the chorus of Merkel critics who objected to her refugee policy. Reaching New Electoral Heights Due to the Refugee Crisis The crisis proved to be an unexpected gift for the AfD. Whereas infighting caused

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Refuge and History

A Critical Reading of a Polemic

Benjamin Thomas White

repressing it, or both. Much worse is the historical narrative of the events of summer 2015. For Betts and Collier, the “crisis” was that EU refugee policy was no longer effectively keeping refugees out. The stockade appeared, for a moment, to be breached

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The Left Party and the AfD

Populist Competitors in Eastern Germany

Jonathan Olsen

profound policy differences. This is most obviously the case in regards to refugee policy, multiculturalism, and Islam. Thus, the AfD argues that Germany’s borders should be closed, rejects any accompanying family immigration for refugees, states that

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Sacred Welcomes

How Religious Reasons, Structures, and Interactions Shape Refugee Advocacy and Settlement

Benjamin Boudou, Hans Leaman, and Maximilian Miguel Scholz

, Jewish, and Muslim conceptions of migration and refuge in contemporary national and transnational contexts. Religious justifications for refugee policies and religious organizational support for refugees— especially local support—overlap extensively