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Falling short in refugee resettlement

Politics | Fewer persecuted Christians find safety in the United States each year
by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/16/20, 03:44 pm

Mana grew up in a nominally Muslim family in Iran, but at the age of 20, she married a devout Islamic man. He became physically abusive when she failed to read the Quran or pray according to Islamic customs. On two occasions Mana said her husband beat her badly enough that she believed he meant to kill her. Then things got worse when he found her watching online classes on Christianity.

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Stateless: No home away from home

Television | Compelling Netflix drama tells the stories of asylum-seekers in Australia from different perspectives
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/16/20, 03:37 pm

In Stateless, the lives of four individuals converge at the Barton Immigration Detention Center, located on a barren parcel of terrain in South Australia. One is an immigrant seeking asylum, and the other three are white Australians. Such a formula seems ill-suited to a political statement on refugee welfare. So, while the new Netflix limited TV series (rated TV-MA for occasional strong language and isolated moments of sensuality) does pro­ject concern for displaced persons, the personal dramas command center stage.

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A closed door

Immigration | The number of Christian refugees soars as the number the United States admits dwindles
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/14/20, 03:57 pm

One worrying trend that persists in the midst of a pandemic: a refugee crisis rivaling any witnessed in modern history. An estimated 26 million people meet the formal definition of refugee, having fled their countries with a well-founded fear of persecution.

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