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Behrouz Boochani, voice of Manus Island refugees, is free in New Zealand 14 Nov 3:59am Behrouz Boochani, voice of Manus Island refugees, is free in New Zealand
Kurdish Iranian refugee and journalist – a multiple award-winner for documenting life in Australia’s offshore detention system – has left Papua New Guinea
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Syrian refugees ask Norway police to investigate war crimes 13 Nov 11:23am Syrian refugees ask Norway police to investigate war crimes
Torture survivors file dossier of evidence against 17 high-ranking Syrian officials Syrian refugees in Norway have joined a pan-European drive for justice over torture, extra-judicial killings and other abuse, making a landmark request for Norwegian police to investigate atrocities committed during Syria’s long civil war. Five torture survivors
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Prague to honour little-known saviour of refugees fleeing Nazis 9 Nov 7:01pm Prague to honour little-known saviour of refugees fleeing Nazis
Czech capital hopes award will rescue Jewish aid worker Marie Schmolka from obscurity An aid worker who helped refugees flee the Nazis is to be honoured by Prague in a move historians hope will rescue her name and heroic deeds from obscurity. Marie Schmolka will be awarded honorary citizenship of her native city by the local municipality in recognition of what experts describe as a central role in saving large numbers of Jews and opponents of Hitler before the second world war.
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Hundreds of migrants removed from makeshift camps in Paris – video 7 Nov 12:15pm Hundreds of migrants removed from makeshift camps in Paris – video
French police officers have begun clearing more than 1,000 migrants and refugees from a makeshift camp in northern Paris, where they had been sleeping rough in squalid conditions for months. The move comes after the country’s centrist government set out Emmanuel Macron’s
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Sadako Ogata obituary 7 Nov 7:55am Sadako Ogata obituary
Independent-minded head of the UN agency for refugees, who expanded its role to help millions more displaced peopleSadako Ogata, the first female head of the United Nations refugee agency, who has died aged 92, was frequently underestimated by those meeting her for the first time. It was a mistake few of them made a second time. When Ogata took up the post at the headquarters of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva in February 1991, staff knew almost nothing about her. First impressions were that she was too quiet, too self-effacing, too timid. There were doubts about whether she was up to the challenge of running one of the world’s biggest humanitarian organisations.
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French police begin clearing makeshift migrant camp in Paris 7 Nov 3:14am French police begin clearing makeshift migrant camp in Paris
More than 1,000 people have been sleeping rough for months in squalid conditions Hundreds of French police have begun clearing more than 1,000 migrants and refugees from a makeshift camp in northern Paris, where they had been sleeping rough for months in squalid conditions. Police arrived at the site near Porte de La Chapelle before 6am local time (0500 GMT) on Thursday, after the country’s centrist government set out Emmanuel Macron’s
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Head of UN Palestinian refugee agency steps down amid misconduct inquiry 6 Nov 12:28pm Head of UN Palestinian refugee agency steps down amid misconduct inquiry
Pierre Krähenbühl is accused of abuses of authority and having affair with an employee The head of the main UN agency for Palestinian refugees has been forced to stand down after becoming embroiled in a scandal involving accusations of nepotism, abuses of authority and having an affair with an employee. In a statement on Wednesday, UNRWA said Pierre Krähenbühl had temporarily stepped aside from his role as commissioner general at the agency after an internal investigation found “management issues” on top of existing concerns.
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Rohingya must be repatriated safely to Myanmar, UN chief warns 3 Nov 11:20am Rohingya must be repatriated safely to Myanmar, UN chief warns
The head of the UN has called on Myanmar to take responsibility for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees and work towards their safe return to the country from Bangladesh.
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Outrage in Calais over death of Nigerian man in tent 3 Nov 10:15am Outrage in Calais over death of Nigerian man in tent
Man tried to light a fire to keep warm and died from smoke inhalation Aid groups have protested over “inhuman” conditions for migrants and refugees
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Turkey Wants Refugees to Move to a ‘Safe Zone.’ It’s a Tough Sell. 1 Nov 2:35pm Turkey Wants Refugees to Move to a ‘Safe Zone.’ It’s a Tough Sell.
With forces from the Assad regime deploying in their old lands, Syrians are afraid to go back home.
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Turkey Wants Refugees to Move to a ‘Safe Zone.’ It’s a Tough Sell. 1 Nov 5:00am Turkey Wants Refugees to Move to a ‘Safe Zone.’ It’s a Tough Sell.
With forces from the Assad regime deploying in their old lands, Syrians are afraid to go back home.
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Rescued at sea: how did refugees’ lives in Europe turn out? 27 Oct 6:15am Rescued at sea: how did refugees’ lives in Europe turn out?
In June 2018, Italian photographer Nicoló Lanfranchi joined the last ship patrolling the Mediterranean to save refugees. Then, over many months, he tracked them down to their new homes
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Turkey accused of using threats and deception to deport Syrian refugees 25 Oct 12:00am Turkey accused of using threats and deception to deport Syrian refugees
Amnesty claims people bussed out in handcuffs were beaten or signed ‘voluntary return’ forms in belief they would get blankets
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The five brothers forced apart by the war in Syria – podcast 24 Oct 10:00pm The five brothers forced apart by the war in Syria – podcast
International correspondent Michael Safi tells Anushka Asthana how he tracked down five brothers separated by the war in Syria. Plus: Labour’s Lisa Nandy on why MPs should compromise on Brexit for the good of democracy The nine-year war in Syria has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, and millions of people have fled the country. Among the refugees were five brothers from the south-western city of Dara’a, where the uprising against the Assad regime began. The brothers separated and are now dispersed across five countries.
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Lord Dubs: Britain’s ‘hardening’ stance on asylum means children will suffer 24 Oct 9:14am Lord Dubs: Britain’s ‘hardening’ stance on asylum means children will suffer
Labour peer heads push to ‘save family reunion’ amid fears Brexit will stop young refugees from joining relatives in UK Britain’s “hardening” attitude to asylum seekers threatens to end one of the last safe routes for children to reach the UK, Alf Dubs has said. Lord Dubs believes the Home Office is targeting a permanent reduction in childrens’ rights, under an EU law known as
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Refugees tell of horrific journeys to Britain while crammed in back of lorries 24 Oct 6:58am Updated Refugees tell of horrific journeys to Britain while crammed in back of lorries
Sabir Zazai (pictured, left) said that every moment in the truck he came to the UK felt like his life was ending as he fled the Taliban dictatorship of Afghanistan.
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Peter Dutton expects US to take another 250 refugees from Australia – politics live 22 Oct 3:32am Updated Peter Dutton expects US to take another 250 refugees from Australia – politics live
Just six months on from the election and tensions are rising as Senate estimates resume and calls ramp up for greater press freedom. All the day’s events, live
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SIEV X disaster: Iraqi man charged in Australia in connection with deaths of 350 people 19 Oct 2:12am SIEV X disaster: Iraqi man charged in Australia in connection with deaths of 350 people
Maythem Radhi accused of being part of syndicate that charged 421 mostly Iraqi and Afghan refugees for place aboard Indonesian boat An Iraqi man has been charged in Australia with people-trafficking in connection with the drowning deaths of more than 350 asylum seekers in the 2001 SIEV X tragedy. Maythem Radhi, 43, was arrested at Brisbane airport late Friday after being extradited from New Zealand and has been charged with “organising groups of non-citizens into Australia”, police say.
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SIEV-X disaster: Iraqi man charged in Australia in connection with deaths of 350 people 19 Oct 1:41am SIEV-X disaster: Iraqi man charged in Australia in connection with deaths of 350 people
Maythem Radhi accused of being part of syndicate that charged 421 mostly Iraqi and Afghan refugees for place aboard Indonesian boat An Iraqi man has been charged in Australia with people-trafficking in connection with the drowning deaths of more than 350 asylum seekers in 2001, police said Saturday. Maythem Radhi, 43, was arrested at Brisbane airport late Friday after being extradited from New Zealand and has been charged with “organising groups of non-citizens into Australia”.
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‘It’s Not a Choice:’ Syrians Flee After Turkish Forces Bombard Their Homes 18 Oct 5:34pm Updated ‘It’s Not a Choice:’ Syrians Flee After Turkish Forces Bombard Their Homes
Since Turkish forces attacked Kurdish-controlled territory in northeast Syria, almost two thousand refugees have fled the country. We spoke with some of them in Bardarash refugee camp, across the border in Iraq.
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Canadian elections: can Justin Trudeau hold on to power? – video explainer 18 Oct 5:34am Canadian elections: can Justin Trudeau hold on to power? – video explainer
The Canadian prime minister’s progressive shine is looking tarnished and shop-worn as the nation heads to the polls on 21 October  –  and Justin Trudeau is now in the fight of his political life. In 2015, Trudeau was a proudly progressive candidate who promised to fight climate change, repair a broken relationship with Indigenous people and resettle Syrian refugees, but fours years of scandals have left young voters uncertain of Trudeau’s promise to do politics differently, as the Guardian’s Canada correspondent, Leyland Cecco, explains
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Refugees bury 10-month-old son killed by rocket in Turkish border town 11 Oct 4:27pm Refugees bury 10-month-old son killed by rocket in Turkish border town
The baby who died was born to Syrian parents yet his coffin was draped in a Turkish flag.
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Turkish president threatens to send 3.6m refugees to Europe 10 Oct 1:14pm Updated Turkish president threatens to send 3.6m refugees to Europe
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warns he will ‘open the gates’ if Syria assault is called an ‘occupation’ The Turkish president has threatened to “open the gates” for Syrian refugees in his country to migrate to Europe if the continent’s leaders label Turkey’s military campaign in north-eastern Syria an “occupation”. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned European Union states he would “open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way” during a combative speech at a meeting of lawmakers from his Justice and Development (AK) party on Thursday afternoon.
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The US withdrawal from northern Syria creates the perfect conditions for war crimes | Simon Tisdall 7 Oct 12:55pm The US withdrawal from northern Syria creates the perfect conditions for war crimes | Simon Tisdall
Erdoğan aims to expel refugees and force Kurdish forces away from Turkey. It will result in enormous damageDonald Trump’s rash and foolish decision to pull the remaining US ground troops out of northeast Syria is a shocking betrayal of the Kurdish forces that were instrumental in destroying the Islamic State “caliphate”. It opens the way for a vicious, protracted struggle between
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Unwilling and fearful refugees should not be forced to return home 7 Oct 3:00am Unwilling and fearful refugees should not be forced to return home
From Tanzania to Bangladesh, refugees are increasingly under pressure to repatriate even in the face of obvious danger Tanzania
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Tanzania warns return of hundreds of Burundian refugees is just the start 7 Oct 2:00am Tanzania warns return of hundreds of Burundian refugees is just the start
Burundians who fled political violence at home complain of pressure tactics as 600 people are repatriated voluntarily Nearly 600 people who fled political violence in Burundi have been repatriated voluntarily from Tanzania amid warnings from the country that it plans to return all Burundians taking refuge there, willing or not. The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, announced the return last week, saying that about 590 Burundian refugees had left Tanzania in buses for Gisuru, in eastern Burundi, where there is a transit centre for returning refugees, witnesses said.
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6 Oct 7:58pm The Canadian boss who rescued 300 Syrian refugees
Entrepreneur Jim Estill spent CA$1.5m of his own money to bring Syrian refugees to Canada.
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Greek PM: EU states must do more to share burden of hosting refugees 4 Oct 2:37pm Greek PM: EU states must do more to share burden of hosting refugees
Kyriakos Mitsotakis vows to take tougher line on migration by stepping up deportations The Greek prime minister has called for sanctions to be imposed on EU member states that refuse to share the burden of hosting refugees, as the country struggles to handle burgeoning numbers of asylum seekers. Amid mounting tensions over the dramatic increase in men, women and children crossing from Turkey, Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned that his centre-right government would take a tougher line than its leftist predecessor, stepping up deportations and internationalising the issue.
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Under Pressure, New Zealand Ends a Refugee Policy Branded Racist 4 Oct 1:29am Under Pressure, New Zealand Ends a Refugee Policy Branded Racist
The revoking of restrictions on Middle Eastern and African refugees lifted a political millstone from around Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s neck.
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Riots at Greek refugee camp on Lesbos after fatal fire 30 Sep 9:33am Updated Riots at Greek refugee camp on Lesbos after fatal fire
Government says it will step up transfers to the mainland after unrest at overcrowded camp Greek authorities are scrambling to deal with unrest at a vastly overcrowded migrant camp on Lesbos after a fire there left at least one person dead. Officials said they had found the charred remains of an Afghan woman after the blaze erupted inside a container used to house refugees at the Moria reception centre on Sunday. The fire was eventually extinguished by plane.
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Riots follow deadly fire at Lesbos refugee camp – video 30 Sep 9:05am Riots follow deadly fire at Lesbos refugee camp – video
Refugees clashed with police on the Greek island of Lesbos after a deadly fire at a crowded migrant camp prompted riots and led to authorities using teargas to restore order. The blaze, which erupted at a container inside the Moria camp on Sunday, is thought to have killed at least two people, though the death toll remains unclear. The camp hosts about 13,000 people but has facilities for just 3,000
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Unveiling Monument to Migrants, Pope Francis Urges Compassion for Refugees 29 Sep 2:50pm Updated Unveiling Monument to Migrants, Pope Francis Urges Compassion for Refugees
The pope unveiled the sculpture in St. Peter’s Square during a special Mass and portrayed migration as an opportunity to “promote the integral human development of all people.”
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‘Feel like I’m living on death row’: refugees forced to choose between visa limbo or family separation 28 Sep 4:00pm ‘Feel like I’m living on death row’: refugees forced to choose between visa limbo or family separation
US resettlement offers hope for refugees denied permanent entry to Australia. But there’s a catch “I’ve been told if I don’t accept this offer, I would not have any future in Australia,” says Elika*. “It took years for me to learn that the sudden death in Iran is easier than the slow death in Australia. I’m exhausted and feel like I’m living on death row now.”
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Peter Dutton appeals federal court ruling over medical transfer of refugees 27 Sep 3:34am Peter Dutton appeals federal court ruling over medical transfer of refugees
Lawyers for refugees say case important given the government wants to repeal medevac legislation Peter Dutton is seeking to appeal in the high court a federal court ruling relating to dozens of medical transfers of asylum seekers and refugees. The government argued the federal court had no jurisdiction to hear cases brought on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers in offshore centres on Manus Island and Nauru, who were seeking urgent medical transfer to Australia.
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Trump sets cap for refugee admission at an all-time low 26 Sep 6:20pm Trump sets cap for refugee admission at an all-time low
Of the 350,000 expected to seek asylum, only 18,000 will be admitted over the next fiscal year The Trump administration will admit no more than 18,000 refugees over the next fiscal year – the lowest number since the US began its refugee program in 1980. More than 350,000 people are expected to seek asylum over the next year, the State Department said in a press release, but added that “he current burdens on the US immigration system must be alleviated before it is again possible to resettle large number of refugees.”
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Birmingham school row: ‘This is made out to be just Muslims v gays. It’s not’ 21 Sep 1:29pm Birmingham school row: ‘This is made out to be just Muslims v gays. It’s not’
As the new term starts, and a court case looms, teachers, parents and demonstrators at Birmingham’s Anderton Park primary tell their side of the story“People of quality respect equality,” says Aisha, shyly sticking rainbow feathers on to the peace posters she’s just made. The teenager is one of half a dozen Muslim pupils from South and City College Birmingham attending a creative workshop promoting LGBTQ rights in the city. They are joined by Muslim girls and women, mothers, students and refugees, who have crammed into the Ort gallery to meet and collaborate with members of the local Muslim LGBTQ community. A two-year-old careers between the tables, which are scattered with paint pens, rainbow paper and pots of glue. One mother in a niqab who homeschools her three children tells me she’s here to make sure they understand “how to respect other people who might be different”. Another, a migrant from Iraq, listens carefully to the experience of Mayzar Shirali, who runs a Persian LGBT asylum and refugee support network, and is hoping today is “an icebreaker”.
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Bahamian evacuees find welcome in Florida but politics dog their presence 11 Sep 3:50pm Updated Bahamian evacuees find welcome in Florida but politics dog their presence
Immigration authorities separate 12-year-old Bahamian girl from her godmother and place her in unaccompanied migrants shelter They descended the cruise ship’s gangplank at the Port of Palm Beach looking like refugees from a war zone. Some carried babies and small children; others clutched small bags of possessions snatched hastily from the rubble of their ruined homes; most had just the clothes they stood in. For the 1,435 weary Hurricane Dorian evacuees from the Bahamas who disembarked the Grand Celebration liner and stepped on to the dockside at the weekend there were the pressing concerns of where they would find immediate shelter.
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Leak suggests UN agency self-censors on climate crisis after US pressure 11 Sep 1:00am Leak suggests UN agency self-censors on climate crisis after US pressure
International Organization for Migration apparently amends programme documentation to avoid conflict with US ‘political sensitivities’ Leaked communications suggest that the UN’s refugee agency is censoring itself on the climate crisis and the global compact on migration, following pressure from the US government. An email sent by a US-based official of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 28 August to colleagues around the world relayed that the US state department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) told the agency documents related to programme activities it funds “must not be in conflict with current [US government] political sensitivities”.
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Turkey’s Radical Plan: Send a Million Refugees Back to Syria 10 Sep 1:56pm Turkey’s Radical Plan: Send a Million Refugees Back to Syria
Facing economic troubles in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing a plan to resettle refugees in a United States-controlled swath of Syria.
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‘Life-saving’: hundreds of refugees to be evacuated from Libya to Rwanda 10 Sep 11:04am ‘Life-saving’: hundreds of refugees to be evacuated from Libya to Rwanda
First group expected to leave dire detention centres in days, as UN denies reports that plan is part of EU strategy to keep refugees from Europe Hundreds of African refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libyan detention centres will be evacuated to Rwanda under a “life-saving” agreement reached with Kigali and the African Union, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. The first group of 500 people, including children and young people from Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan, are expected to arrive in Rwanda over the coming days, out of 4,700 now estimated to be in custody in Libya, where conflict is raging. The measure is part of an “emergency transit mechanism”, to evacuate people at risk of harm in detention centres inside the county.
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Turkey, Long a Haven for Syrian Refugees, Is Sending Them Home 10 Sep 10:12am Updated Turkey, Long a Haven for Syrian Refugees, Is Sending Them Home
Facing economic troubles in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing a plan to resettle refugees in a United States-controlled swath of Syria.
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Manus and Nauru refugees in Australia on medical grounds can apply for US move 6 Sep 12:53am Manus and Nauru refugees in Australia on medical grounds can apply for US move
They will have until 20 September to apply, in what Amnesty International describes as a significant ‘game changer’ Refugees who were previously detained on Manus or Nauru but are now in Australia can apply for US resettlement. The “significant” shift, which was revealed in an immigration document, suggests the US could eventually reach its 1,250 cap on cases.
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A Million Refugees May Soon Lose Their Line to the Outside World 5 Sep 6:43am A Million Refugees May Soon Lose Their Line to the Outside World
As Bangladesh vowed to cut off mobile phone access in Rohingya camps, refugees who fled terror in Myanmar despaired over their future.
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‘I thought psychologists were for crazy people’: can therapy help refugees? 31 Aug 5:00am ‘I thought psychologists were for crazy people’: can therapy help refugees?
Their journeys over, many asylum seekers in Europe find themselves struggling with mental health problems. Seven people – and the therapists working with them – share their stories For Muntaser, it’s the memory of militiamen raiding his village in Darfur. For Ahmad, who fled Afghanistan as a child, it’s the terrible vision of his father murdering his mother and sister. Abdul saw his home city devastated by Saudi bombs. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have crossed deserts, the snows of the Alps, or Balkan forests carrying the weight of similarly traumatic events, to find a new life in an increasingly inhospitable Europe. Once they get there – if they do – how do they begin to process the painful experiences that prompted their journeys?
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Greek police raid Athens squats and arrest migrants 26 Aug 12:48pm Greek police raid Athens squats and arrest migrants
About 100 people held after new prime minister vows to bring ‘order’ to Exarcheia area Greek police have arrested about 100 people in dawn raids on squats in Athens mostly occupied by refugees and migrants. Dozens of officers cleared four sites in the Exarcheia neighbourhood of the capital. Helicopters flew overhead and the neighbourhood was flooded by police during the operation.
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Greek police raid Athens squats and arrest migrants – report 26 Aug 7:26am Greek police raid Athens squats and arrest migrants – report
About 100 people held after new prime minister vowed to bring ‘order’ to Exarcheia area Greek police have arrested about 100 people in dawn raids on squats in Athens, the state news agency AMNA has reported. Dozens of officers cleared four sites that had been occupied for several weeks, mainly by refugees and migrants, in the Exarcheia neighbourhood of the capital.
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Athens police poised to evict refugees from squatted housing projects 26 Aug 2:00am Athens police poised to evict refugees from squatted housing projects
A self-governing community in central Athens which has helped house refugees is threatened by a government crackdown It’s just after 5am in the central Athens neighbourhood of Exarcheia. A group of Afghans and Iranians are sitting down together for breakfast in the middle of the street, with a banner that reads “
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UN agency accused of pressuring refugees to return to Bangladesh 26 Aug 2:00am UN agency accused of pressuring refugees to return to Bangladesh
Complaint against International Organization of Migration of ‘severe concerns’ over treatment of rescued migrants in Tunisia The UN migration agency is the subject of a formal complaint after “severe concerns” were raised about its treatment of Bangladeshi refugees, including children. A Tunis-based NGO, Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux (FTDES), filed a complaint to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) this month, after migrants alleged officials and diplomats had put pressure on them to return home following weeks at sea.
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Nauru election: president Baron Waqa loses his seat 25 Aug 2:29am Updated Nauru election: president Baron Waqa loses his seat
Results come amid continuing humanitarian crisis for almost 300 refugees still on the island Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, has lost his seat in parliament. Election results from his electorate of Boe show that Waqa, who has been president since 2013, lost to Asterio Appi and Martin Hunt.
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Rohingya refugees shot dead by Bangladesh police during gunfight 24 Aug 9:10pm Rohingya refugees shot dead by Bangladesh police during gunfight
The two men had been accused of killing a ruling party official but activists say the shooting appeared to be staged Two Rohingya refugees were shot dead by Bangladesh police during a gunfight in a refugee camp on Saturday after they were accused of killing a ruling party official, police said. Nearly one million Rohingya live in squalid camps in southeast Bangladesh; 740,000 fled a 2017 military offensive against the Muslim minority in Myanmar.
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Ai Weiwei cites change in German attitudes as reason for move to UK 22 Aug 2:22pm Ai Weiwei cites change in German attitudes as reason for move to UK
Chinese artist and activist will relocate to Cambridge after four years living in Berlin The Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei is swapping his adopted home of Berlin for Britain, saying German society has become intolerant of refugees and that he feels like a man without a home. The artist is to move to Cambridge with his partner and 10-year-old son, but will keep a studio in the German capital.
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Rohingya refugees turn down second Myanmar repatriation effort 22 Aug 12:49pm Rohingya refugees turn down second Myanmar repatriation effort
Bangladeshi official says potential returnees fear for their safety in Rakhine state A second attempt to repatriate the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh has failed after the authorities failed to convince the refugees it would be safe to return. The Myanmar government
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Rohingya repatriation fails as no one turns up 22 Aug 6:26am Rohingya repatriation fails as no one turns up
An attempt to repatriate more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar appears to have failed after no one agreed to return.
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22 Aug 4:07am Rohingya say no to repatriations
Bangladesh and Myanmar were set to start repatriating Rohingya refugees Thursday, a move that has been widely resisted by many living in the sprawling camps on the border between the two countries.
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Rohingya refugees refuse to return to Myanmar without their rights 21 Aug 3:50pm Rohingya refugees refuse to return to Myanmar without their rights
Families chosen for repatriation are too scared to return and fear not being given citizenship Plans to begin repatriating the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled ethnic cleansing in Rahkine state in 2017 look likely to fail once again, with the refugees refusing to go back to Myanmar voluntarily. Over 3,000 Rohingya were placed on a list of refugees and
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Remaining Manus Island refugees offered voluntary relocation to Port Moresby 19 Aug 6:59pm Remaining Manus Island refugees offered voluntary relocation to Port Moresby
Amnesty International cautiously welcome Papua New Guinea’s offer but say it is not a ‘fix-all’ for six years of ‘terrible treatment’ All remaining refugees on Manus Island can relocate to Port Moresby, the Papua New Guinean government has said, offering to continue providing accommodation and health services in the capital city. According to refugees on Manus Island, notices were issued on Monday informing the
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Greek NGO helping child refugees wins $2m humanitarian prize 19 Aug 11:50am Greek NGO helping child refugees wins $2m humanitarian prize
Metadrasi provides translators, transport and helps find homes for unaccompanied minors An NGO helping migrant and refugee children in Greece has won the world’s biggest annual humanitarian award. Metadrasi received the $2m (£1.6m) Hilton humanitarian prize for its “innovative approach to welcoming refugees and protecting unaccompanied minors”, the Conrad N Hilton Foundation said.
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Myanmar and Bangladesh to start sending back thousands of Rohingya 15 Aug 7:55pm Myanmar and Bangladesh to start sending back thousands of Rohingya
Fresh attempt at repatriations agreed but refugees fear they will return to persecution and violence Myanmar and Bangladesh will attempt next week to repatriate thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, officials said on Thursday, nearly a year after a major attempt failed. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine
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14 Aug 12:22pm Drive-in sex booths proposed for airport
Berlin's former Tempelhof airport has witnessed some major events in its time -- a Nazi airfield during World War II, it was the site of the Berlin airlift during the Cold War, and most recently an emergency shelter for refugees fleeing Syria.
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Asylum seekers moved to a prison complex in PNG 12 Aug 4:22am Asylum seekers moved to a prison complex in PNG
The men were being moved to the Bomana Immigration Centre, a detention facility annexed to the Bomana prison in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea’s immigration department has moved dozens of asylum seekers to a Port Moresby prison complex. The men, who have all been deemed non-refugees, were being moved on Monday to the Bomana Immigration Centre, a detention facility annexed to the Bomana prison.
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8 Aug 12:10am Venezuelan refugees recruited as child soldiers in Colombia: Report
As Venezuelans flee their country in search of safety and economic security, another set of dangers awaits them across the border.
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Using drones to watch refugees drown exposes the inhumanity of border enforcement | Phil McDuff 6 Aug 9:02am Using drones to watch refugees drown exposes the inhumanity of border enforcement | Phil McDuff
Too many of us believe in a myth of a border that can be humane because it scares us to face up to the bloody reality“If I had ignored those cries for help, I wouldn’t have had the courage to face the sea again.” This is what Sicilian fisherman
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Colombia Offers Citizenship to 24,000 Children of Venezuelan Refugees 5 Aug 6:59pm Updated Colombia Offers Citizenship to 24,000 Children of Venezuelan Refugees
More than 1.4 million Venezuelans have sought refuge in Colombia. Children born there were undocumented. This decision lets them access education and health care.
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U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees Faces Accusations of Misconduct 30 Jul 10:55am Updated U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees Faces Accusations of Misconduct
An internal ethics report alleges that an “inner circle” in the agency’s top management engaged in abuses of authority for personal gain and for suppressing dissent.
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AFP dropped medevac leak investigation despite just 11 people being sent final file 29 Jul 11:28pm AFP dropped medevac leak investigation despite just 11 people being sent final file
Labor demands Peter Dutton explain findings of internal investigation into medevac leak The Australian Federal Police dropped an investigation into the source of leak on apparent security risks in the medevac legislation claiming over 200 public servants had access to parts of the document, even though only 11 had the final classified file, documents obtained by Guardian Australia reveal. The legislation, which passed parliament this year, facilitates the transfer of refugees from Manus and Nauru to Australia for medical treatment.
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Officials at UN agency for Palestinians accused of ethical abuses 29 Jul 1:17pm Officials at UN agency for Palestinians accused of ethical abuses
Investigation launched into UNRWA over alleged nepotism and discrimination Senior figures at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees have been accused of serious ethical abuses, including nepotism, according to an internal review. “Credible and corroborated” allegations were made last year in a confidential internal ethics report by and about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), according to the AFP news agency,
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Syrian refugees in Beirut and Istanbul detained and deported 29 Jul 12:00am Syrian refugees in Beirut and Istanbul detained and deported
Lives put at risk as thousands face forcible return to warzones under air attack
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About 150 Migrants Drown in Shipwreck Off Libya 26 Jul 10:42am About 150 Migrants Drown in Shipwreck Off Libya
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said those who drowned were probably trying to reach Italy, whose anti-immigrant government has sought to seal its coastline.
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Glasgow asylum-seeker evictions begin amid warning of homelessness crisis 26 Jul 4:53am Glasgow asylum-seeker evictions begin amid warning of homelessness crisis
Scottish Refugee Council concerned that contractor Serco is targeting most vulnerable refugees first The mass eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow by the private housing provider Serco has begun, the Guardian has learned. The action had been threatened for more than a year and is being challenged in the courts. The Scottish Refugee Council said it had been contacted by two men who were made destitute after the locks were changed at their accommodation and their property removed by Serco.
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About 150 Migrants Drown off Libya in Largest Loss of Life in Mediterranean This Year 25 Jul 4:32pm Updated About 150 Migrants Drown off Libya in Largest Loss of Life in Mediterranean This Year
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said those who drowned were probably trying to reach Italy, whose anti-immigrant government has sought to seal its coastline.
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‘I cannot stay, I cannot go’: the Manus refugees trapped in a catch-22 24 Jul 9:39pm ‘I cannot stay, I cannot go’: the Manus refugees trapped in a catch-22
One wants to live in PNG, but can’t. Another can go to the US but doesn’t want to leave his disabled toddler. Australia’s offshore processing system has no exit plan, leaving hundreds in a cruel limbo
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EU countries agree plan to handle migrants and refugees 23 Jul 4:53am EU countries agree plan to handle migrants and refugees
Macron says 14 states back mechanism to redistribute people saved in Mediterranean
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Bangladesh prepares to move Rohingya to island at risk of floods and cyclones 19 Jul 1:01am Bangladesh prepares to move Rohingya to island at risk of floods and cyclones
Foreign minister defends controversial proposal as ‘only solution’ despite misgivings of human rights campaigners The first Rohingya refugees could be relocated to an island in the next few months under controversial plans drawn up by the Bangladesh government, the country’s foreign minister has said. Some of the nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees who fled a
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Croatian police use violence to push back migrants, says president 16 Jul 12:00am Croatian police use violence to push back migrants, says president
Human Rights Watch calls on Croatia to end illegal practice of forcing people back over Bosnian border After months of official denials, Croatia’s president has admitted that the country’s police are involved in the violent pushbacks of migrants and asylum seekers apprehended inside the country. The best chance for thousands of refugees stuck in Bosnia is to cross its border with Croatia to make it to the European Union. For the past year there has been
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Europe Shut These Migrants Out, Then Libyan Rebels Bombed Them 11 Jul 6:15pm Updated Europe Shut These Migrants Out, Then Libyan Rebels Bombed Them
A July 2 airstrike in Libya killed more than 50 migrants and refugees at a detention center. Our investigation found that they were being held less than 100 yards from a weapons depot that had been struck two months earlier.
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Descendants of Jews who fled Nazis unite to fight for German citizenship 10 Jul 12:00am Descendants of Jews who fled Nazis unite to fight for German citizenship
Hundreds of applicants turned down by the government are now looking for answers A group of more than 100 descendants of Jewish refugees who fled the Nazi regime are challenging the German government’s rejection of their applications to restore their citizenship. Anyone who was deprived of their German citizenship during the 12 years of Nazi dictatorship on political, racial or religious grounds – as well as their descendants – is potentially eligible for its restoration, according to a clause enshrined in the country’s constitution.
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GCSE English Literature course to include novels about refugees and teenage fathers 9 Jul 8:20am GCSE English Literature course to include novels about refugees and teenage fathers
Awarding body Pearson, which owns Edexcel, said the list has been extended 'in response to student and teacher feedback around the lack of diversity of British texts'.
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The sea captain facing jail after saving the lives of refugees – podcast 8 Jul 10:00pm The sea captain facing jail after saving the lives of refugees – podcast
Carola Rackete defied Italy’s ban on migrant rescue ships by forcing her way into the port of Lampedusa last week. She tells the Guardian’s Lorenzo Tondo she would do it all again, even though she faces a lengthy trial and a possible jail sentence. Plus: Simon Jenkins on the leaked diplomatic cables of the UK’s Washington ambassador, which were highly critical of Donald Trump
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Church of England rejects plea for worshippers to pay to help train refugees 8 Jul 4:55am Church of England rejects plea for worshippers to pay to help train refugees
The plan called for each of the 42 dioceses to 'provide the financial support' for at least one qualified refugee - such as a doctor, lawyer or teacher - to gain their accreditation in the UK.
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The Guardian view on a Libyan crisis: made worse by outsiders | Editorial 7 Jul 1:25pm The Guardian view on a Libyan crisis: made worse by outsiders | Editorial
Coddling a warlord and preventing refugees from fleeing conflict is no way to foster stability in north AfricaTwin tragedies, within hours of each other, have finally returned attention to the vulnerable migrants desperate enough to seek a better and safer life in Europe via
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‘Saving lives is no crime’: migrants rescuer facing jail would do it again 7 Jul 4:00am ‘Saving lives is no crime’: migrants rescuer facing jail would do it again
A Spaniard who went to sea to save refugees could go to prison in Italy for 20 years. He talks about
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Kindness saved us from the Nazis. Now we must help child refugees 6 Jul 11:00am Kindness saved us from the Nazis. Now we must help child refugees
Dame ‘Steve’ Shirley is urging other Kindertransport survivors to donate their restitution money to aid today’s children fleeing war and conflictEighty years ago this weekend a frightened five-year-old arrived at Liverpool Street station in London, clutching the hand of her older sister. Vera and Renate Buchthal had been put on a Kindertransport train in Vienna by their mother as the Nazi grip on Germany and Austria tightened and Jews feared for their lives. A few weeks ago,
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Four LGBT Syrian refugees arrive in UK in time for Pride 5 Jul 8:44am Four LGBT Syrian refugees arrive in UK in time for Pride
Four men are first of 15 to be brought from Turkey after long wait for resettlement Four newly arrived LGBT Syrian refugees will be able to openly express their sexual identity when they join the
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Libya may shut migrant detention centres after deadly airstrike 4 Jul 10:10am Libya may shut migrant detention centres after deadly airstrike
Reports suggest guards shot at refugees as they tried to flee after first missile hit Libya’s government is considering closing all migrant detention centres in the wake of an airstrike that killed 53 people after it was reported that guards shot at detainees trying to flee the attack. Overnight the air force of General Khalifa Haftar kept up its air bombardment of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, mounting raids on the international airport.
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Burundi rejects claims of human rights abuses as ‘lies from far away’ 4 Jul 6:44am Burundi rejects claims of human rights abuses as ‘lies from far away’
Government dismisses UN allegations of summary executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and sexual violence Opponents of Burundi’s government are being subjected to numerous human rights violations, according to a UN commission. Returning refugees and even Catholic bishops are being targeted, the commission found, as well as those who refuse to join the ruling party or its youth wing, the Imbonerakure, which is
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Italian judge orders release of ship captain who rescued refugees 2 Jul 5:36pm Updated Italian judge orders release of ship captain who rescued refugees
Carola Rackete, a German national, was arrested for breaking a naval blockade An Italian judge has ordered the release of the German captain of a migrant rescue ship who had been placed under house arrest for breaking an Italian naval blockade. Carola Rackete was arrested after
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‘The boats are coming’ is one of the greatest lies told to the Australian people | Behrouz Boochani 1 Jul 2:00pm ‘The boats are coming’ is one of the greatest lies told to the Australian people | Behrouz Boochani
Over the years the policy of imprisoning refugees could have easily been overturned but there are still political and financial gains to be made In less than a month the political strategy of exiling and incarcerating refugees on Manus Island and Nauru will hit the six-year mark – we enter the seventh year of illegal imprisonment. If we pay attention to the discourse and propaganda techniques of consecutive governments over these years we notice that essentially the same language and rhetoric has been maintained without the slightest change. Every government has imposed the same logic on society: the policies have been designed and implemented to “stop the boats”. As a result of this simplistic reasoning they have justified an inhumane political program. The most prominent slogan for groups opposing this policy over all these years has been “Bring Them Here”. This slogan has been the basis for many pro-refugee activist groups and featured in so many campaigns to free the refugees from offshore prisons. Unfortunately, this slogan and these campaigns have been unsuccessful in achieving their objectives.
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Syrian refugees forced to destroy their own homes in Lebanon 30 Jun 12:00am Syrian refugees forced to destroy their own homes in Lebanon
Demolition ordered by military leaves 5,000 families homeless again, says charity Syrian refugees in Lebanon are being forced to tear down their own homes in the face of an aggressive new campaign by the Lebanese authorities to pressure refugees into returning home. In the border town of Arsal, informal settlements that house 55,000 refugees were the scene of frantic activity under the hot summer sun on Friday as young men took apart the breeze-block homes with pickaxes, hammers and drills, covering the ground in rubble and dust.
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‘I almost got killed’: the Hmong refugees who call the US home 28 Jun 2:00am ‘I almost got killed’: the Hmong refugees who call the US home
As Trump attempts to dismantle the resettlement program, the city of Wausau is a microcosm of the challenges and opportunities that come from welcoming refugees
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Avowed Neo-Nazi Admits to Murder of German Politician 26 Jun 10:33am Updated Avowed Neo-Nazi Admits to Murder of German Politician
The 45-year-old suspect said he alone had planned and carried out the murder of Walter Lübcke, who had expressed support for refugees.
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The USA is imprisoning people it finds undesirable. Australia has already lived this nightmare | Jason Wilson 26 Jun 12:53am The USA is imprisoning people it finds undesirable. Australia has already lived this nightmare | Jason Wilson
To disestablish these camps anywhere, we need to oppose them everywhere. Australia’s economy is increasingly in the doldrums, but our leaders can point to a successful export of their own devising. In the US, the Trump administration is bedding down and expanding its network of punitive refugee camps. Like Australia’s, they have a dual function: as a deterrent to pursuing the right of political asylum, and as a political weapon. Australia’s nightmare, like the USA’s, has been long in the making. It is a bipartisan creation. Labor, under Paul Keating, instituted the policy of mandatory detention. John Howard did much of the work of shaping it into permanent nightmare, and of turning the issue of refugees into a cudgel with which to smite political opponents.
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Refugees Got Talent: UN-backed show aims to change perceptions 23 Jun 9:12am Refugees Got Talent: UN-backed show aims to change perceptions
Poet, dancer and a reggae singer were among those displaying their skills in Sicily A teenage poet from Nigeria, a reggae singer from Sierra Leona and a Colombian dancer were among those competing in Sicily this weekend in a UN-backed talent show aimed at reshaping the narrative around migrants. Refugees Got Talent, the first event of its kind to be held on an international level, featured dozens of people seeking shelter from war-torn countries, as well as victims of human trafficking. This weekend, 13 finalists showed off their skills in Catania, performing songs, music, art and theatre in front of a judging panel that included the British actor Douglas Booth.
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Perfect mix: using cooking to link refugees and neighbours 23 Jun 4:29am Perfect mix: using cooking to link refugees and neighbours
A growing number of projects in the UK are using food as a way to help immigrants learn English and combat isolation On a recent Sunday, in a large hall in St Alban’s church in Birmingham, a group of immigrants from Iran, Turkey and Iraq sit for lunch with volunteers from a charity called
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Peter Dutton claims asylum seekers refusing resettlement in US due to medevac laws 23 Jun 3:50am Peter Dutton claims asylum seekers refusing resettlement in US due to medevac laws
Home affairs minister alleges 250 applications for medical transfer being reviewed by ‘activist’ doctors Peter Dutton claims asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island and Nauru are refusing resettlement offers in the United States because of the
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Record refugee evictions at camps in France to halt Channel crossings 22 Jun 9:00am Record refugee evictions at camps in France to halt Channel crossings
Calais-based human rights observers report ‘relentless harassment’ of asylum seekersBritish and French authorities have ramped up attempts to prevent refugees reaching the UK with camp evictions in north France running at several a day, new analysis reveals. More than 800 clearances of migrant camps near the ports of Calais and Dunkirk have been recorded since last August, a zero tolerance strategy that campaigners say is designed to stop migrants attempting to cross the Channel by boat.
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Snapshot of hope: child refugees share their dreams through Polaroids – in pictures 20 Jun 8:16am Snapshot of hope: child refugees share their dreams through Polaroids – in pictures
To mark World Refugee Day, Save the Children invited children living in settlements in Jordan, Bangladesh and Uganda to draw their hopes and memories on a portrait of themselves
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Canada took in more refugees than any other country in 2018, UN says 19 Jun 4:53pm Canada took in more refugees than any other country in 2018, UN says
Canada resettled 28,100 refugees last year, overtaking the US for the first time since the 1980 Refugee Act, UN report found Canada took in more refugees than any other country in the world in 2018, according to a
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Number of People Fleeing Conflict Is Highest Since World War II, U.N. Says 19 Jun 7:26am Number of People Fleeing Conflict Is Highest Since World War II, U.N. Says
“We have become almost unable to make peace,” the high commissioner for refugees said, as the global population of those displaced by conflict reached 70.8 million last year.
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Eiffel Tower artwork unveiled showing 2000ft-long line of hands to raise awareness of refugees 16 Jun 11:35am Eiffel Tower artwork unveiled showing 2000ft-long line of hands to raise awareness of refugees
French street artist Guillaume Legros, known as Saype, has unveiled a huge painting on the Champ de Mars as a tribute to a charity which rescues drowning migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
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Thousands of Syrian refugees could be sent back, says Lebanese minister 15 Jun 12:00am Thousands of Syrian refugees could be sent back, says Lebanese minister
Gebran Bassil claims many refugees are not living in political fear, but stay for economic reasons As many as three quarters of Syrian refugees in Lebanon could return to Syria because they face no fear of political persecution or threat to their security, Lebanon’s controversial foreign minister has said. Gebran Bassil also urged the UK to rethink how it was spending aid money on keeping 1.5 million refugees in Lebanon, where he said they were taking the jobs from the Lebanese, and undercutting wages.
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When Rohingya Refugees Fled to India, Hate on Facebook Followed 14 Jun 3:00am When Rohingya Refugees Fled to India, Hate on Facebook Followed
After posts on the social network contributed to Myanmar’s genocide of Rohingya Muslims, Facebook vowed to fix the problem. Then the vitriol moved to India.
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Home Office labelling child asylum seekers as adults leads to abuse 29 May 6:43am Home Office labelling child asylum seekers as adults leads to abuse
Court of appeal rules assessment to determine age of young refugees is unlawful Child asylum seekers are suffering abuse when the Home Office and local authorities wrongly classify them as adults, the Guardian has learned. Evidence of children being physically attacked, neglected or abandoned when wrongly treated as adults, puts further pressure on the Home Office after a
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21 May 2:43pm Election sparks wave of suicide attempts
A shock Australian election result has sparked a wave of suicide attempts among refugees held in the Manus Island detention center off Papua New Guinea, activists say.
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Transfer of vulnerable child refugees from France to UK to end, charities say 17 May 6:08am Transfer of vulnerable child refugees from France to UK to end, charities say
Home Office refuses to confirm plans, but campaigners warn Dubs scheme closure would leave minors facing ‘daily risk’ of abuse The scheme to transfer vulnerable child refugees from France to Britain is being ended, the Guardian has learned, leaving hundreds of lone children facing a “daily risk” of exploitation in Dunkirk and Calais. Charities in France say they have been told by French authorities that only nine more children, who have already been identified, will be transferred to the UK under the
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Pope Francis Urges Bulgaria to Open Its Heart to Refugees 6 May 12:15am Updated Pope Francis Urges Bulgaria to Open Its Heart to Refugees
On his first visit to the Balkan nation, the pope also spoke of mending ties to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, but he got a cool reception.
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Pope Champions Refugees in Visit to Bulgaria, a Country Hostile to Them 5 May 8:01am Updated Pope Champions Refugees in Visit to Bulgaria, a Country Hostile to Them
Francis began his first visit to Bulgaria and North Macedonia on Sunday by pushing to mend the 1,000-year schism between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.
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Refugees missing out on jobs in UK, say humanitarian groups 2 May 4:17am Refugees missing out on jobs in UK, say humanitarian groups
New guidelines drawn up to help employers recruit and support refugees at work Refugees are underrepresented in the UK workforce and opportunities for them to contribute to growth and better integrate in the country are being missed, humanitarians have warned. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in conjunction with the charity Business in the Community (BITC) and the UK government, have drawn up guidelines on how to help businesses recruit refugees.
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Refugees are missing out on jobs in UK, charities warn 2 May 1:00am Refugees are missing out on jobs in UK, charities warn
New guidelines drawn up to help employers recruit and support refugees at work Refugees are underrepresented in the UK workforce and opportunities for them to contribute to growth and better integrate in the country are being missed, humanitarians have warned. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in conjunction with the charity Business in the Community (BITC) and the UK government, have drawn up guidelines on how to help businesses recruit refugees.
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Nauru contract standoff causes chaos and confusion as refugee services left in limbo 30 Apr 2:44am Nauru contract standoff causes chaos and confusion as refugee services left in limbo
Island’s government extends Canstruct’s contract at 11th hour but not before asylum seekers were told to clear out A refusal by Nauru to agree to a contract extension until the 11th hour has caused chaos and confusion on the island, after refugees and asylum seekers were told to clear out of the processing centre and warned healthcare may stop. Australia and Nauru have been working towards Nauru taking over contracts to provide welfare and garrison service to the 400 or so asylum seekers and refugees on the island, but Nauru has struggled to be ready.
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Venezuelan refugees feared drowned en route to Trinidad 25 Apr 5:08pm Venezuelan refugees feared drowned en route to Trinidad
More than 30 souls set sail on fishing vessel Jhonnaly Jose that capsized in heavy seas More than 30 Venezuelans are missing, feared drowned, after their boat sank attempting to reach Trinidad in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The fishing vessel, Jhonnaly Jose, had left the port city of Guiria but capsized in rough seas near the uninhabited Patos Island, 3 miles (5km) from the Venezuelan coast. The boat’s official manifest recorded 25 passengers, but sources say additional passengers boarded unlogged. Most of the passengers were women.
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Footage shows refugees hiding as Libyan militia attack detention centre 25 Apr 8:42am Footage shows refugees hiding as Libyan militia attack detention centre
At least two people reportedly killed in shooting at Qasr bin Ghashir facility near Tripoli Young refugees held in a detention centre in Libya have described being shot at indiscriminately by militias advancing on Tripoli, in an attack that reportedly left at least two people dead and up to 20 injured. Phone footage smuggled out of the camp and passed to the Guardian highlights the deepening
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Corner Office: David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee: ‘The Devil Can’t Have the Best Tunes’ 18 Apr 5:34pm Corner Office: David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee: ‘The Devil Can’t Have the Best Tunes’
The son of World War II refugees, Mr. Miliband walked away from British politics. Today he works to bring food, aid and education to refugees around the world.
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Fighting in Libya will create huge number of refugees, PM warns 15 Apr 1:38pm Fighting in Libya will create huge number of refugees, PM warns
Fayez al-Sarraj says Khalifa Haftar’s attack on Tripoli ‘will spread its cancer through Mediterranean’ Hundreds of thousands of refugees could flee the fighting caused by Khalifa Haftar’s
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15 LGBT refugees say UK Home Office has ‘abandoned’ them to danger in Turkey 15 Apr 1:00am 15 LGBT refugees say UK Home Office has ‘abandoned’ them to danger in Turkey
The group, many now in safehouses, say they are at risk of homophobic discrimination Fifteen LGBT Syrian refugees are launching a legal challenge on Monday against the Home Office claiming they have been abandoned to a life of danger in Turkey, despite promises to bring them speedily to safety in the UK. The Home Office accepted all 15 on to a
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Have we, Australia, become a country that breeds mass murderers with our words? | Richard Flanagan 14 Apr 1:01am Have we, Australia, become a country that breeds mass murderers with our words? | Richard Flanagan
We are better than our politicians’ dark fears. We are not their hate. We are optimistic about a country built on openness I have only ever heard Behrouz Boochani’s voice through speakers. One day, he will stand here before us, and we will hear and see him in the flesh. As a free human being. And I am here today to say that day is coming. Because change is coming. You can feel it, you sense it. It is coming and it will not be denied. But it needs us to fight for it and to keep fighting for it, and we need to fight for it, not only for the refugees of Manus and Nauru, but for our own salvation.
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Steve Bannon ‘told Italy’s populist leader: Pope Francis is the enemy’ 13 Apr 7:53am Steve Bannon ‘told Italy’s populist leader: Pope Francis is the enemy’
Trump’s ex-strategist advised Matteo Salvini ‘to target pontiff’s stance on plight of refugees’Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon advised Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini to attack the pope over the issue of migration, according to sources close to the Italian far right. During a meeting in Washington in April 2016, Bannon – who would within a few months take up his role as head of Trump’s presidential campaign – suggested the leader of Italy’s anti-immigration League party should start openly targeting Pope Francis, who has made
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Fears grow over migrant rescue boat stranded for a week 11 Apr 7:30am Fears grow over migrant rescue boat stranded for a week
Vessel barred from entering Italy or Malta since picking up dozens of refugees on 3 April Concerns are rising for the wellbeing of 64 people stranded on a migrant rescue vessel in the Mediterranean for a week because neither Italy nor Malta will allow the boat to dock. The migrants and refugees were rescued from a dinghy off Libya on 3 April by a rescue boat operated by the German NGO Sea-Eye and named Alan Kurdi after the Syrian boy who drowned in 2015.
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Alarm bells raised over migrant rescue boat stranded for a week 10 Apr 10:29am Alarm bells raised over migrant rescue boat stranded for a week
Vessel has been barred from entering Italy or Malta since picking up dozens of migrants and refugees on 3 April Concerns are rising for the wellbeing of 64 people stranded on a migrant rescue vessel in the Mediterranean for a week because neither Italy nor Malta will allow the boat to dock. The migrants and refugees were rescued from a dinghy off Libya on 3 April by a rescue boat operated by the German NGO Sea-Eye and named Alan Kurdi after the Syrian boy who drowned in 2015.
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Boy confronts far-right activists protesting against Roma refugees in Italy – video 5 Apr 9:44am Boy confronts far-right activists protesting against Roma refugees in Italy – video
A 15-year-old boy is being hailed as the ‘hero of the left’ after he stood up to far-right activists during violent protests in Rome. Simone was filmed speaking out in defence of minorities on Tuesday, when hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate against the temporary rehousing of 70 Roma people in Torre Maura, a Rome suburb
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More refugees in Australia for treatment than there are on Nauru and Manus, says official – politics live 3 Apr 10:09pm Updated More refugees in Australia for treatment than there are on Nauru and Manus, says official – politics live
The Labor leader will give his party’s 2019 budget reply tonight, with bigger tax cuts for workers among the promises. All the day’s events, live
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‘We are superhero girls here’: how football is helping refugees in Lebanon | Suzanne Wrack 2 Apr 5:51am ‘We are superhero girls here’: how football is helping refugees in Lebanon | Suzanne Wrack
Barcelona are running a programme in the Bekaa Valley, aiming to harness football’s ability to break down the barriers society constructs between people and cultures
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Only one person has been transferred under medevac law, refugee advocates say 2 Apr 12:05am Only one person has been transferred under medevac law, refugee advocates say
As the new process for bringing sick refugees to Australia faces unexplained delays, others who have come are being held under guard in hotels More than a month after the medevac bill passed the Australian parliament, just one person is believed to have been transferred under the law. The Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force refuse to say how many transfers have occurred, but according to advocates and detainees only one of more than 25 people brought to Australia for treatment in recent weeks has been under the new law.
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Exclusive: Calais child refugees went on hunger strike after UK transfer delays 31 Mar 9:27am Exclusive: Calais child refugees went on hunger strike after UK transfer delays
Long wait for Home Office decision led to at least one child attempting suicide, the Guardian has learned Children who were forced to languish in Calais for up to a year as they waited for the Home Office to transfer them to the UK went on hunger strike and in at least one case a child attempted suicide, the Guardian has learned. Senior officials at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) raised concerns with the Home Office about the health and welfare of at least 35 children held at a centre in Calais in a series of emails seen by the Guardian.
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Ship hijacked by migrants off Libya escorted to Malta 28 Mar 8:21am Updated Ship hijacked by migrants off Libya escorted to Malta
Vessel changed course after rescued migrants realised they were being taken back to Libya A merchant ship hijacked by refugees and migrants off the coast of Libya has been escorted to Malta by the country’s armed forces. Armed military personnel stood guard on the ship’s deck and a dozen or so migrants were visible as the Elhibru 1 docked at Boiler Wharf in the city of Senglea. Several police vans were lined up on shore and four men who were believed to be suspects in commandeering the vessel were led off in handcuffs.
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Rescued migrants hijack merchant ship off Libya 27 Mar 1:39pm Rescued migrants hijack merchant ship off Libya
Italian media reports that the 108 people picked up by Elhiblu 1 hijacked it when they learnt that they were being returned to Libya A merchant ship has been hijacked by refugees and migrants that it had rescued off the coast of Libya, and is now heading towards Malta, the Italian deputy prime minister and Maltese authorities have said. Corriere della Sera and Italian news agencies reported that 108 people were picked up by the cargo ship Elhiblu 1, and hijacked the vessel when it became clear that it planned to take them back to Libya.
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EU to stop Mediterranean migrant rescue boat patrols 27 Mar 12:36pm EU to stop Mediterranean migrant rescue boat patrols
Decision to end sea patrols on 30 September follows threat from Italy to veto entire rescue operation The European Union is to stop the sea patrols that have rescued thousands of refugees and migrants from the central Mediterranean, after Italy’s populist government threatened to veto its entire search-and-rescue operation. Operation Sophia, which has two vessels and five planes and helicopters, was set up in 2015 to prevent loss of life at sea in a year when 3,771 people died or went missing attempting to reach Europe in rickety boats.
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Survivors reveal horrors faced by refugees in Libya including forced incest and women raped to death 27 Mar 6:27am Survivors reveal horrors faced by refugees in Libya including forced incest and women raped to death
Migrants travelling to Europe face routine rape and sexual torture, especially in Libya (pictured a refugee camp in Tripoli), with men facing abuse nearly as regularly as women.
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Refugees Who Sheltered Edward Snowden Are Given Asylum in Canada 26 Mar 5:15am Updated Refugees Who Sheltered Edward Snowden Are Given Asylum in Canada
A Filipino woman and her daughter arrived in Toronto, while five others who allowed the former National Security Agency contractor into their Hong Kong homes are awaiting decisions.
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ISIS bride Lisa Smith begs to be rescued from Syrian refugee camp 25 Mar 8:52pm Updated ISIS bride Lisa Smith begs to be rescued from Syrian refugee camp
Lisa Smith, 37, has lost her husband and is now living in the al-Hol refugee camp (where she is pictured) with her two-year-old daughter along with hundreds of other ISIS refugees.
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Refugees face routine sexual violence in Libyan detention centres – report 25 Mar 12:10pm Refugees face routine sexual violence in Libyan detention centres – report
Abuse often filmed and sent to victims’ relatives, Women’s Refugee Commission finds Refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe from Africa are being subjected to horrific and routine sexual violence in Libyan detention centres, a survey has found. People arriving at the centres are “often immediately raped by guards who conduct violent anal cavity searches, which serves the dual purpose of retrieving money, as well as humiliation and subjugation”, the report by the Women’s Refugee Commission says. Many of the victims have been forcibly returned to the country by the Libyan coastguard under policies endorsed by the European Union.
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UN to explore wave of deaths linked to food aid porridge in Uganda 21 Mar 9:27am UN to explore wave of deaths linked to food aid porridge in Uganda
World Food Programme halts distribution of fortified cereal as four people die and hundreds suffer suspected food poisoning The World Food Programme and Ugandan government have launched an investigation into deaths linked with the distribution of fortified porridge to refugees and people suffering from malnourishment. The health ministry was alerted to reports of possible food poisoning among people who had consumed Super Cereal, a blended food designed to prevent malnutrition, in the north-east region of Karamoja on 12 March.
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Italian authorities order seizure of migrant rescue ship 20 Mar 6:24am Italian authorities order seizure of migrant rescue ship
Volunteers rescued about 50 people off Libya on Tuesday in defiance of government order Italian authorities have ordered the seizure of a charity rescue ship after the vessel defied the government’s order not to bring refugees and migrants to Italy. On Tuesday, volunteers onboard the Mare Jonio
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Christchurch shootings: First funerals for victims of mosque attacks 20 Mar 12:14am Updated Christchurch shootings: First funerals for victims of mosque attacks
A father and son who came to New Zealand as refugees from Syria are laid to rest.
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FIFA Foundation Community Programme – in pictures 19 Mar 5:00am FIFA Foundation Community Programme – in pictures
Star striker Samuel Eto’o represented the UNHCR Sport and Cooperation Network in Cameroon to coach child refugees from neighbouring Central African Republic, part-funded by the Fifa Foundation
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Q&A recap: Liberal senator Linda Reynolds appears to link terrorism to refugees 18 Mar 3:56pm Q&A recap: Liberal senator Linda Reynolds appears to link terrorism to refugees
Reynolds says passage of medevac bill made her ‘almost physically ill’ because she ‘lived through terrorism and … the Bali bombings’ Liberal senator Linda Reynolds has told ABC’s Q&A program that the passage of
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Sajid Javid urged to act on refugee family reunification bill 15 Mar 12:26pm Sajid Javid urged to act on refugee family reunification bill
Letter from dozens of MPs calls on home secretary to pass bill pending for a year into law Nearly 70 MPs have written to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, urging him to act over proposed legislation that would relax restrictive rules for reuniting refugees with their families. Current immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. They are unable to submit applications for their parents, grandparents, siblings or children over 18.
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Billions pledged to help refugees inside Syria and on borders 14 Mar 1:25pm Billions pledged to help refugees inside Syria and on borders
Numbers returning to Syria likely to exceed those leaving for first time during conflict Foreign ministers have pledged as much as $5bn (£3.8bn) to help Syrian refugees inside the country and on its borders, as European officials consider the possibility of large-scale refugee returns later this year if Russia can persuade President Bashar al Assad to stop his regime’s systematic intimidation and obstruction. At a pledging conference in Brussels on Thursday, both Jordanian and Lebanese leaders warned of social upheaval in their own countries if assisted returns to
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Russian and Syrian airstrikes intensify on rebel-held Idlib 14 Mar 5:55am Russian and Syrian airstrikes intensify on rebel-held Idlib
Attack comes as Brussels pushes for Assad to agree to a UN-sanctioned political settlement Russia, in its first major assault for months, sent in aircraft to attack the Syrian rebel-held town of Idlib as foreign ministers gathered in Brussels to pledge as much as a further $5bn (£3.8bn) to cover the humanitarian cost of refugees. The Syrian army attack, backed by the Russian warplanes, was seen as the most extensive bombardment on the north-western province of Idlib, the last rebel-held enclave in the eight-year civil war. A full-scale assault could see the 4 million refugees outside Syria swell by hundreds of thousands.
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UK pledges £400m to Syrian crisis 8 Mar 9:04pm UK pledges £400m to Syrian crisis
Funds will provide essential aid to those living in Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries.
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Syrian refugees launch legal bid to try Assad for crimes against humanity 7 Mar 3:00am Syrian refugees launch legal bid to try Assad for crimes against humanity
International criminal court asked to rule in case brought by 28 people who fled civil war Syrian refugees who fled to Jordan after being tortured and witnessing massacres have submitted dossiers of evidence to the international criminal court in a novel attempt to prosecute President Bashar al-Assad. Although Syria is not a signatory to the court, based in The Hague, lawyers in London are relying on a precedent set by the ICC in extending jurisdiction to the crime of forcible population transfers.
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Salvini crackdown: bulldozers clear Italian camp housing 1,500 refugees 6 Mar 9:56am Salvini crackdown: bulldozers clear Italian camp housing 1,500 refugees
San Ferdinando shanty town cleared in first major eviction after launch of hardline immigration measures More than 1,500 people are being ousted from the refugee camp at San Ferdinando, in southern Italy, in the first major eviction since Italy’s rightwing populist government’s immigration measures kicked in. On Wednesday morning, almost 1,000 paramilitary police officers surrounded
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Liberal candidate tipped to succeed Julie Bishop said all refugees should be welcomed to Australia 5 Mar 8:47pm Updated Liberal candidate tipped to succeed Julie Bishop said all refugees should be welcomed to Australia
Foreign affairs specialist Erin Watson-Lynn has the support of the former deputy leader of the Liberal Party to take her place in the bitter battle for the Western Australian seat of Curtin.
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The cost of catering for individual Manus Island refugees is $1,400 a DAY  5 Mar 7:53pm Updated The cost of catering for individual Manus Island refugees is $1,400 a DAY 
The Australian Department of Home Affairs handed over an eye-watering $82 million contract to PNG landowner company NKW Holdings Ltd last September.
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Scott Morrison to visit Christmas Island as immigration detention centre reopens 5 Mar 3:28am Scott Morrison to visit Christmas Island as immigration detention centre reopens
Local council unaware of PM’s trip but hopes residents will be able to access medical services contracted for refugees Scott Morrison is due to visit Christmas Island on Wednesday, ahead of the reopening of the immigration detention centre he says is needed to deal with the result of medical evacuations from Manus Island and Nauru. Late on Tuesday the visit was in some doubt because of a monsoon warning for the island. The chief executive of the island’s council also said he had not been told of any visit plans, but hoped that residents would be able to access the extra health services contracted to treat refugees and asylum seekers.
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Taxpayers shell out $4million for asylum seekers to receive discounts on public transport 3 Mar 4:27pm Updated Taxpayers shell out $4million for asylum seekers to receive discounts on public transport
The New South Wales state government has slashed the transport prices for political refugees who have come to Australia by giving them the same Opal card designed for seniors.
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The medevac bill is law: what does that mean for ailing offshore refugees? 1 Mar 8:21pm The medevac bill is law: what does that mean for ailing offshore refugees?
A diversion to Christmas Island, a change of law on Nauru and other complications may hinder the ability to provide care When the medevac bill – which on Friday became law – passed parliament, it was
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Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh says it will not accept any more Myanmar refugees 1 Mar 1:19am Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh says it will not accept any more Myanmar refugees
Foreign secretary tells UN the country paying the price for ‘showing empathy to a persecuted minority’ Bangladesh has told the UN it cannot accept any more refugees from Myanmar, the first time the country has threatened to close its borders to Rohingya fleeing violence. Bangladesh is now sheltering more than a million Myanmar refugees in camps, some 700,000 of whom have poured over the border in the past 18 months having fled a military-led crackdown in Rakhine state where thousands were killed, women were raped and villages razed.
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Al Gore sees national emergency in climate change-related drought causing Central American refugees 26 Feb 4:07am Updated Al Gore sees national emergency in climate change-related drought causing Central American refugees
Al Gore tells The Circle on Showtime that the real emergency is that extreme drought caused by warming climate created food shortages in Central America leading to more refugees caravans.
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Refugees Fleeing Venezuela Face Desperate Hike to 12,000 Feet 20 Feb 6:55pm Refugees Fleeing Venezuela Face Desperate Hike to 12,000 Feet
Venezuela’s economic crisis has set off a staggering exodus, with more than three million people leaving the country in recent years — largely on foot.
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Sick refugees on Manus and Nauru to be sent to Christmas Island not mainland 18 Feb 8:53pm Sick refugees on Manus and Nauru to be sent to Christmas Island not mainland
Revelation by head of home affairs department comes as Nauru bans medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail new medevac laws Sick people from Manus Island and Nauru will be sent to Christmas Island, not the mainland, under new medevac laws, the head of the home affairs department has revealed. The Nauru government has also passed laws banning medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail the system and potentially breaking international law, according to human rights lawyers.
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Massive deforestation by refugees in Uganda sparks clashes with local people 18 Feb 6:46am Massive deforestation by refugees in Uganda sparks clashes with local people
Communities clash over natural resources as arrivals from South Sudan and DRC plunder environment for fuel and construction The cutting down of millions of trees has sparked angry clashes in parts of Uganda between local people and refugees who have been fleeing conflict in neighbouring South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The timber is being used for house construction, fuel and to make charcoal. In the north and west of the country, where an estimated 1.1 million refugees are living, massive deforestation is drawing protests by local communities.
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Refugees in Indonesia say few would risk a boat ride to Australia 16 Feb 5:02pm Refugees in Indonesia say few would risk a boat ride to Australia
Scott Morrison’s claims that medevac bill will restart flow of boats is not seen as credible by those stuck in asylum seeker limbo in Indonesia “I don’t think it will be like before,” 21-year-old Hussain Badavi says, as he contemplates the idea of taking a boat to Australia – something the young Iranian refugee tried once but failed. “In 2012-2013 it was around $3,000 to take a boat. Maybe it’s double now,” he guesses, “Only a few people have that money now.”
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Franco refugees still haunted by the past: ‘We were cold, hungry and scared’ 9 Feb 12:00pm Franco refugees still haunted by the past: ‘We were cold, hungry and scared’
Half a million people fled Spain in 1939, only to be interned for years in harsh French camps. Survivors now tell of the misery of the Retirada, 80 years agoIt is 80 years since one of Europe’s worst – and least known – refugee crises, but memories of the
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8 Feb 12:32pm Canada to welcome hundreds of refugees
Canada has announced it will take in 750 refugees from Libya, some rescued from migrant detention centers.
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Australian government ignored refugee transfer advice from its own doctors for up to five years 6 Feb 11:21pm Australian government ignored refugee transfer advice from its own doctors for up to five years
Plight of sick refugees detained offshore revealed as MSF launch telehealth psychological service to treat patients on Nauru Asylum seekers and refugees are waiting as long as five years for specialist medical treatment even when it has been formally recommended by the Australian government’s contracted doctors, new data has revealed. Support workers and medical groups have accused the government of maintaining a “dangerous and sometimes fatal” system of care on Manus Island and Nauru, as MPs
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Vietnamese blogger vanishes after fleeing to Thailand 5 Feb 2:51pm Vietnamese blogger vanishes after fleeing to Thailand
Radio Free Asia editors last heard from Truong Duy Nhat on 26 January, a day after he applied for refugee status with the UN A Vietnamese blogger for Radio Free Asia has vanished after fleeing to Thailand, the news organization said Tuesday, as rights activists voiced fear that he had been abducted. Truong Duy Nhat – a weekly blogger for the Vietnamese service of Radio Free Asia, which aims to provide news to countries that lack press freedom – last made contact with editors on 26 January, a day after he applied for refugee status with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok, the US-funded network said.
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The EU’s deal with Libya is sentencing refugees to death | Sally Hayden 5 Feb 8:56am The EU’s deal with Libya is sentencing refugees to death | Sally Hayden
I am in daily contact with people in Libyan detention centres. Any hope that the country might be a safe haven has gone, leaving only death and despairHaftom, a 32-year-old Eritrean dentist, used to tell a joke that went like this: “God was watching the globe and saw Eritrea was green. ‘How did this country become so green,’ he wondered, and went to investigate. But when he got there he saw the green was overcrowded militias.” Of course this was black humour. Like tens of thousands of others, Haftom fled Eritrea, one of the most isolated dictatorships in the world. He wanted to get away from brutal leaders who controlled every aspect of his life, from his profession and his salary to where he could live and what he could speak about. Friends described him as a “quiet, smart” man, who had eventually despaired of any chance that things would get better.
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Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh 5 Feb 4:27am Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Angelina Jolie is visiting the world's largest refugee settlement, home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, in Bangladesh.
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Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions 4 Feb 2:00am Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions
Campaigners want amendments to government bill to ease refugees’ anguish The government is under pressure from MPs and charities to relax family reunion rules for refugees settled in the UK. Current immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. Grandparents, parents, siblings and children who are 18 or older are ineligible.
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Last child refugees leave island of Nauru for US 3 Feb 10:09am Last child refugees leave island of Nauru for US
The last child refugees held on the Pacific island of Nauru will soon be sent to the US as Australia reverses its asylum seeker policy.
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Julia Banks to run against health minister Greg Hunt at federal election 30 Jan 7:49pm Julia Banks to run against health minister Greg Hunt at federal election
Liberal-turned-independent says she has ‘unfinished business’ after resigning from party in wake of Turnbull overthrow The Liberal-turned-independent MP Julia Banks has announced she will challenge former colleague Greg Hunt at the federal election in a campaign centred on climate change, refugees and gender equality. Banks, who
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96 Days Later, Nonstop Church Service to Protect Refugees Finally Ends 30 Jan 6:35pm 96 Days Later, Nonstop Church Service to Protect Refugees Finally Ends
The vigil, which involved nearly 1,000 ministers, came to an end after politicians pledged that a family inside the church no longer faced immediate deportation.
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What happened to the deal – and the refugees – surviving Australian and US politics? | Anne Richard 28 Jan 7:47pm What happened to the deal – and the refugees – surviving Australian and US politics? | Anne Richard
I signed the agreement to resettle some of Australia’s refugees from Nauru and Manus Island in the US. I wanted to see how they are faring now Two years ago, Australia’s then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull called to congratulate Donald Trump on his inauguration, and to elicit the new president’s support for continuing an agreement between Australia and the US. Australia had stopped thousands of asylum seekers from reaching its shores and had arranged to detain them on islands in the South Pacific; the US had agreed to resettle some in America. The
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Exiled Venezuelans yearn for home, but fear a long wait for change 27 Jan 9:30am Exiled Venezuelans yearn for home, but fear a long wait for change
As talk of regime change mounts in Caracas, 3m refugees who have fled the failing state pray that they can return soon Just outside Venezuela’s borders its refugees are under few illusions that they will be able to return home any time soon. Tensions may be rising between Washington and Caracas, with talk of regime change on everyone’s lips, though for ordinary Venezuelans, leaving their country remains the most attractive option.
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‘No one can guarantee our safety’: Syrians stuck in squalid exile 22 Jan 12:00am ‘No one can guarantee our safety’: Syrians stuck in squalid exile
Despite appalling conditions in Lebanese camps, most refugees say it is unsafe to go home In knee-deep snow and biting cold, 10-year-old Saleh Qarqour had almost finished shovelling a path to the tent that had been his family’s home for the past six years. Elders and children huddled around a heater inside. Chimney smoke wafted from the town of Arsal in the valley below. Over the ridge behind them was the Syrian frontier, from which the Qarqour family and nearly everyone else in this Lebanese border town had fled. Their homes ever since had been makeshift tents, their frugal lives sustained by aid and goodwill, which, on this frozen ledge above Lebanon, was fast running out.
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Thousands of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram forced back by Cameroon 18 Jan 8:38pm Thousands of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram forced back by Cameroon
UN voices alarm and urges Cameroon to keep its doors open after it denies entry to thousands fleeing unrest The United Nations said on Friday it was “extremely alarmed” by the forced return by Cameroon of thousands of refugees to north-east Nigeria, where Boko Haram Islamists pose a continuing threat to civilians. “This action was totally unexpected and puts lives of thousands of refugees at risk,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, said in a statement.
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Thousands flee north-east Nigeria after devastating Boko Haram attack 17 Jan 8:53am Thousands flee north-east Nigeria after devastating Boko Haram attack
More than 8,000 refugees cross border into Cameroon after Nigerian town of Rann is burned to the ground Thousands of people have fled into Cameroon from north-east Nigeria following violent attacks by a faction of the militant group Boko Haram, which looted and destroyed large parts of a major town. More than 8,000 refugees have crossed the border into Bodo after the attacks on the Nigerian town of Rann on Monday, in which at least 10 people are thought to have been killed. Homes and humanitarian organisations’ buildings were burned down.
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Thailand signals major shift in refugee policy after Rahaf Mohammed case 17 Jan 12:42am Thailand signals major shift in refugee policy after Rahaf Mohammed case
Immigration chief says country ‘will now follow international norms’ yet is still considering extraditing refugee Hakeem al-Araibi Thailand’s immigration chief has pledged a reversal of the country’s notoriously harsh treatment of refugees following the global furore around a young Saudi woman’s attempt to seek asylum. Speaking on Wednesday, the newly appointed head of immigration, Surachate Hakparn, said refugees would no longer be returned home “involuntarily”.
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This won’t hurt: the Syrian medics helped back to work by UK startups | Ammar Kalia 16 Jan 1:00am This won’t hurt: the Syrian medics helped back to work by UK startups | Ammar Kalia
All too often, Britain fails to use the valuable professional skills that refugees bring to the country. But social enterprises are now enabling newcomers to make the most of their talents Hussam Allahham knows how to save a life on the operating table. He has done it many times in his home city of Damascus. He can fix broken limbs, amputate, remove tumours and replace organs. As a general surgeon he has had plenty of practice with a scalpel and stitches, both in Syria and while
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EU seeks temporary deal over migrants rescued at sea 15 Jan 9:25am EU seeks temporary deal over migrants rescued at sea
Commissioner calls for end to ad-hoc solutions after latest delay in letting ships dock The European Union is attempting to agree a temporary deal on the handling of migrants and refugees rescued at sea, after a push for wide-ranging reforms before the European elections failed to win support. Diplomats are studying plans from the European commission for a temporary mechanism to manage rescue boats, after a series of incidents in which vessels were stranded at sea unable to dock in any Mediterranean port.
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UN refugee chief: I would risk death to escape a squalid migrant camp 15 Jan 2:00am UN refugee chief: I would risk death to escape a squalid migrant camp
Filippo Grandi calls on rich countries to give proper funding for developing nations that host people fleeing conflict Head of the UN refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, has said he too would do “anything” to escape if he was stuck in a squalid refugee camp, as he called on the world’s wealthy nations to properly fund services in developing countries. Speaking to reporters after meeting with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the high commissioner for refugees said countries are not getting enough recognition for hosting refugees, and that he would campaign for Cairo to receive more bilateral development aid to support its efforts.
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Syrian Refugees Suffer as Winter Storms Devastate Lebanese Camps 11 Jan 3:12pm Syrian Refugees Suffer as Winter Storms Devastate Lebanese Camps
Thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are fleeing their ramshackle tent camps in a desperate search for better shelter as a major winter storm approaches, aid workers said Friday, further dimming the plight of people unwanted by their host country and afraid to go home.
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Hakeem al-Araibi: Marise Payne lobbies Thailand to release refugee footballer 10 Jan 4:36pm Hakeem al-Araibi: Marise Payne lobbies Thailand to release refugee footballer
Human rights groups urge Australia’s foreign affair minister to put ‘maximum pressure’ on Thai government Australia’s foreign affair minister has “reiterated” concerns about refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at a meeting with Thai counterparts on Thursday, as pressure mounts to have him freed. Marise Payne, who has been calling for al-Araibi’s release since he was detained in late November, was in Bangkok for bilateral meetings and raised the cases of two refugees held by Thailand.
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Marise Payne lobbies Thailand to release refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi 10 Jan 4:14am Updated Marise Payne lobbies Thailand to release refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi
Human rights groups urge Australia’s foreign affair minister to put ‘maximum pressure’ on Thai government Australia’s foreign affair minister has “reiterated” concerns about refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at a meeting with Thai counterparts on Thursday, as pressure mounts to have him freed. Marise Payne, who has been calling for al-Araibi’s release since he was detained in late November, was in Bangkok for bilateral meetings and raised the cases of two refugees held by Thailand.
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Stranded Migrants Are Finally Brought to Shore After 19 Days 9 Jan 11:40am Stranded Migrants Are Finally Brought to Shore After 19 Days
A group of 49 refugees who was refused entry to any European port in late December has now been granted permission to land on Malta.
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Despair endangers Dadaab refugees as smugglers seize their moment 9 Jan 7:42am Despair endangers Dadaab refugees as smugglers seize their moment
Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life
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Refugees at high risk of kidnapping in Horn of Africa, research reveals 9 Jan 2:00am Refugees at high risk of kidnapping in Horn of Africa, research reveals
More than one in 10 people travelling through the region are taken, as smugglers boost dwindling returns by preying on people for ransom, survey finds More than 15% of refugees travelling north through the Horn of Africa were kidnapped during their journey last year, according to what is believed to be one of the most comprehensive surveys of migration journeys. Researchers from the
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Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman under UN protection as Australia urges asylum claim 7 Jan 4:53pm Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman under UN protection as Australia urges asylum claim
Thai authorities say 18-year-old will not be forced to return with her father to the Middle East, where she claims her family will kill her An 18-year-old Saudi woman who barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to prevent her forcible return to a family she claims will kill her, has been taken under the protection of the UN high commissioner for refugees in Thailand. The Australian government said on Monday night Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s situation was “deeply concerning” and it had lobbied the Thai government and the UNHCR to allow her to formally claim asylum.
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Mediterranean Migration to Europe Drops Sharply 3 Jan 12:05pm Mediterranean Migration to Europe Drops Sharply
Fewer migrants crossed, and drowned in, the Mediterranean in 2018 than the previous year, U.N. data show, reflecting European countries’ continuing attempts to reduce the flow of refugees from Africa and the Middle East that have caused political ructions in much of Europe.
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Sajid Javid under fire over Channel migrant comments 2 Jan 12:55pm Sajid Javid under fire over Channel migrant comments
The home secretary is criticised after asking why "genuine" refugees have not sought asylum elsewhere.
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Seeking asylum, finding resilience: Alfred Mupenzi on what his PhD taught him – video 30 Dec 2018, 7:12pm Seeking asylum, finding resilience: Alfred Mupenzi on what his PhD taught him – video
Alfred Mupenzi's journey from asylum seeker to PhD makes him uniquely qualified to discuss the challenges facing refugees as they attempt to start new lives in Australia. He has spent the past four years studying the resilience of refugee students in higher education. Mupenzi grew up in refugee camps in Uganda and lost both his parents before turning 12. He is seeking asylum in Australia after facing persecution by the Rwandan government. Mupenzi argues against blind sympathy for newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers, but rather to empathise and engage with them as human beings who have much to contribute to Australian society
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Church of England urges compassion for Channel migrants 29 Dec 2018, 3:08pm Church of England urges compassion for Channel migrants
Bishop of Dover calls for kindness as figures show influx of lone child refugees The Church of England has urged greater compassion in the migration debate as new figures revealed an influx of lone child refugees among the boatloads of people crossing the Channel. As Sajid Javid faced calls by Tory MPs to deploy the Royal Navy to stop migrants reaching the UK, the Right Rev Trevor Willmott, bishop of Dover, said the home secretary needed to remember that those attempting the perilous crossing were people in need.
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The Christmas channel crossings show how cruelly Britain treats refugees | Ben Smoke 28 Dec 2018, 7:36am The Christmas channel crossings show how cruelly Britain treats refugees | Ben Smoke
We have a duty to help desperate migrants, not vilify them. A fairer system must be put in place, and quick
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Bread-and-butter local issues threaten to derail the global economy | Michael Boskin 28 Dec 2018, 5:09am Bread-and-butter local issues threaten to derail the global economy | Michael Boskin
Leaders must focus on domestic matters in 2019 to solve world problems such as trade and climate change For many of the world’s economies, financial markets, heads of government, and carbon policies, 2018 did not end well. The scars of the global financial crisis, combined with longer-term structural economic, technological, cultural, and demographic trends, have left large swaths of the population in many countries feeling politically neglected, culturally disparaged, and/or economically wounded. And their expression of their grievances – at the polls, on the internet, and in the streets – has left their leaders profoundly weakened. In Germany, the four-term chancellor Angela Merkel has long acted as the European Union’s de facto leader. Then came her fateful 2015 decision to welcome more than 1 million refugees into Germany. The backlash – fuelled by frustration with the added pressure on public services, finances and law enforcement, not to mention political fearmongering – left Merkel so wounded that she did not seek re-election as leader of her party this month and will not stand for re-election as chancellor after her current term expires in 2021.
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Three men evacuated from Manus Island after spate of suicide attempts 27 Dec 2018, 9:19pm Three men evacuated from Manus Island after spate of suicide attempts
At least one of the men among those brought back to Manus from Port Moresby ahead of Apec summit as part of ‘security preparations’ A mental health crisis among refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island has continued over the Christmas period, with at least three men medically evacuated to Port Moresby for hospitalisation after suicide attempts or acts of self-harm. At least one of the men was among dozens
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Peter Schrank on the prospects for refugees in 2019 – cartoon 26 Dec 2018, 1:22pm Peter Schrank on the prospects for refugees in 2019 – cartoon
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‘A gift from God’: the Rohingya refugees adopting orphaned babies | Sunaina Kumar and Fiona Weber-Steinhaus 25 Dec 2018, 2:00am ‘A gift from God’: the Rohingya refugees adopting orphaned babies | Sunaina Kumar and Fiona Weber-Steinhaus
The sexual violence perpetrated by Myanmar’s military could have led to a surge in abandoned newborns – but it never came On the night Rahima was born, the rain lashed down on Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Inside one makeshift hut, Dildar Begum tried to help a woman in labour. But she couldn’t stop the bleeding and the mother died. “Maybe it’s God’s will that I take care of the baby,” she thought to herself when she cut the umbilical cord.
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Pakistani refugee detained on Manus to fight for PNG boxing title 22 Dec 2018, 12:33am Pakistani refugee detained on Manus to fight for PNG boxing title
Light-heavyweigth Ezatullah Kakar says he is fighting for fellow detainees on Manus Island and other refugees on Nauru A Pakistani refugee who spent more than four years in detention on Manus Island will challenge Papua New Guinea’s light heavyweight boxing champion for a title on Saturday evening.
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‘The toughest year’: how shifting US immigration policy dominated 2018 21 Dec 2018, 9:08am ‘The toughest year’: how shifting US immigration policy dominated 2018
Trump administration sought to redefine legal immigration from the ‘travel ban’ to family separations, leaving some with ‘no hope’ Children torn from parents, refugees turned away and a relentless stream of changes to immigration regulation and enforcement. To those who champion Donald Trump and believe cracking down on immigration translates to better lives for Americans, 2018’s breathless headlines were a fulfillment of campaign promises. To many others, they are inhumane, counterproductive and harken back to dark moments in US history.
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Chinese Smuggler Who Led North Koreans to Freedom Wins Asylum Bid 21 Dec 2018, 7:16am Chinese Smuggler Who Led North Koreans to Freedom Wins Asylum Bid
South Korea granted asylum to a Chinese citizen who helped North Koreans escape to the South, a milestone for a country that has welcomed more than 30,000 people from the North but has been less accepting of other refugees.
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19 Dec 2018, 12:06pm Updated Lens: Spices. Soil. Worn Photos. These Are the Objects Unidentified Migrants Left Behind.
Rocco Rorandelli captures the lives of the refugees and migrants who died crossing a river between Turkey and Greece through the things they carried
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19 Dec 2018, 4:00am Lens: Spices. Soil. Scraps of Paper. These Are the Objects Unidentified Migrants Left Behind.
Rocco Rorandelli captures the lives of the refugees and migrants who died crossing a river between Turkey and Greece through the things they carried
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Russia, Turkey and Iran reach agreement on Syria committee 18 Dec 2018, 12:03pm Russia, Turkey and Iran reach agreement on Syria committee
UN says Russia rejected five names its envoy wanted included in proposed panel The three self-appointed guarantors of the Syrian peace process – Russia, Turkey and Iran – have spurned efforts by the UN to change the composition of a committee due to write a new constitution for the country. The 150-strong committee, due to start work next year, could pave the way for UN-supervised elections and a possible peace process that would encourage millions of refugees to return to their homeland.
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US concerns about abortion and refugees leave country isolated at UN 17 Dec 2018, 3:51pm US concerns about abortion and refugees leave country isolated at UN
Only Hungary backed the United States and voted against an annual resolution on the work of the UN refugee agency The United States has found itself isolated at the 193-member United Nations general assembly over Washington’s concerns about the promotion of abortion and a voluntary plan to address the global refugee crisis. Only Hungary backed the United States and voted against an annual resolution on the work of the UN refugee agency, while 181 countries voted in favor and three abstained. The resolution has generally been approved by consensus for more than 60 years.
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Germany to compensate Kindertransport refugees 17 Dec 2018, 7:37am Germany to compensate Kindertransport refugees
Germany has agreed to pay survivors who fled Nazi Germany as children €2,500 (£2,245) each, negotiators fighting for compensation have said.
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Labor conference: Shorten announces $500m for UNHCR, increased humanitarian intake – live 16 Dec 2018, 7:12pm Labor conference: Shorten announces $500m for UNHCR, increased humanitarian intake – live
‘We will take more refugees as part of our migration mix,’ opposition leader says. All the day’s events, live
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Dozens More Cambodian Immigrants to Be Deported From U.S., Officials Say 12 Dec 2018, 5:45pm Updated Dozens More Cambodian Immigrants to Be Deported From U.S., Officials Say
A new group of more than 40 deportees, many of them the children of refugees, will be the largest yet to be ejected by the Trump administration.
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Life in limbo: the Manus babies who face a stateless future 12 Dec 2018, 4:00pm Life in limbo: the Manus babies who face a stateless future
Up to 39 children have been born to Papua New Guinean women and refugee men originally detained on Manus. Their families claim the children have been denied birth certificates leaving their future uncertain The children of Manus Island refugees and local women are being denied birth certificates, according to their families, potentially leaving up to 39 of them stateless. A number of refugee men detained in the Australian-run Manus Island regional processing centre and Papua New Guinean women started relationships as early as 2015 wih some children born shortly after.
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