Libyan coast guards kill 5, Canadians getting harsher on immigration, and LGBTI safe-house for refugees opens in UK.
5 migrants, including a young child died Tuesday after Libyan coastguards prevented them from reaching a charity-run boat by beating them violently. The Libyan patrol boat had been sent to assist a struggling dinghy when it encountered the German Sea Watch vessel, who were attempting to also rescue the migrants. 26 additional bodies were recovered over the past weekend.
Despite ramping up immigration quotas in response to new anti-immigration US policies, Canadians have shifted in their views vis-à-vis immigration. 27% of responders to an online government survey believe that the new quota is too high, 4% more than last year. 70% see immigration as being a positive influence – down 2% from a decade ago. 89% said they were comfortable with people of different races and religions, down from 94% in 2005.
Micro Rainbow International is an organization that is opening safe-houses for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. The organization supports over 150 individuals each year and receives free legal assistance from the London firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. According to Sebastian Rocca, MRI’s Founder and CEO, “Homosexuality is criminalized in over 70 countries and more than 1000 people … seek asylum in the UK every year. MRI … provides them with vital social inclusion activities, peer support groups, and employability programs.”