asylum, migration, european union, united states, trump
Since President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on 27 January 2017 entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States,” traditional media outlets and social media have been in a frenzy of activity. Protests have taken place around the world and there have been reports of dramatic scenes at airports. Indignation against the Executive Order was understandable: although couched in the language of prevention of terrorism and protection of national interest, the discriminatory and arbitrary character of the measure was apparent. The Executive Order suspended the issuance of “Visas and other Immigration Benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern,” namely Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Furthermore, the Executive Order suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). Such discrimination against Muslim-majority countries and arbitrary refusal of admission to refugees rightly appalled politicians and civil society alike in countries around the world. Although the Executive Order has been suspended by a US federal judge, the Trump Administration is likely to issue another Order shortly.