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UN launches $29 bn emergency funding appeal

Geneva - The UN launched a humanitarian appeal for nearly $29 billion on Wednesday as climate change and increasingly protracted conflicts put tens of millions of people in urgent need of aid.

UN urges Greece to fix 'miserable' migrant camps

Greece must take "urgent" steps to improve "miserable" conditions in its overcrowded island migrant camps, the UN refugee chief said Wednesday.

Greek PM sets up migrant child protection scheme

Athens - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Sunday announced a new scheme to protect unaccompanied migrant minors reaching the country, two days after condemning other EU states for their lack of solidarity.

50,000 migrants expelled from Istanbul since July

Istanbul - Turkey said Friday it had expelled close to 50,000 migrants from Istanbul, including more than 6,000 Syrians, since the start of a crackdown on undocumented immigration.

Iranian refugee 'free' after six years in Australian detention camp

Wellington - An Iranian asylum seeker and award-winning author held in an offshore Australian detention camp for more than six years said Thursday he had arrived in New Zealand, and was celebrating "freedom".

Iranian beauty queen wins asylum in Philippines

Manila - An Iranian beauty queen sought by Tehran on criminal charges has been granted political asylum in the Philippines, an official said Friday, ending a three-week standoff at Manila airport.

Bangladesh Rohingya island relocation 'uncertain' after UN doubts

Dhaka - Bangladesh said Sunday plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya living in overcrowded refugee camps to a remote island were "uncertain" after authorities failed to gain support from UN agencies.

S.Africa police clash with protesting asylum-seekers

Cape Town - South African police on Wednesday arrested around 100 foreign nationals occupying an office building in Cape Town as part of a sit-in protest against xenophobia, later releasing many of them.

Sadako Ogata, first female UN refugee chief, dies at 92

Apo - Japan's Sadako Ogata, the first woman to head the UN's refugee agency UNHCR, has died at the age of 92, Japan's foreign aid agency said Tuesday.

Sadako Ogata, first female UN refugee chief, dies at 92

Apo - Japan's Sadako Ogata, the first woman appointed to head the UN's refugee agency UNHCR, has died at the age of 92, Japan's foreign aid agency said Tuesday.

In Iraq refuge, Syrian Kurds curse Trump and Erdogan

"May God avenge us against Trump and Erdogan" is a common refrain among the thousands of Syrian Kurds who have taken refuge in Iraq since Turkey's assault on their homes.

Rohingya refugees agree move to Bangladesh island: official

Cox's Bazar - Thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh refugee camps have agreed to move to an island in the Bay of Bengal, officials said Sunday, despite fears the site is prone to flooding.

Iraqi charged in Australia over deadly trafficking ring

Sydney - 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.

EU's Tusk slams Erdogan threat of new refugee surge 'blackmail'

Nicosia - EU Council President Donald Tusk on Friday condemned as attempted "blackmail" a threat by the Turkish president to allow millions of refugees to head to Europe if the bloc criticises Ankara's offensive in Syria.

S.Africa president calls for tolerance towards migrants

Cape Town - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday urged South Africans to be tolerant of migrants following recent xenophobic violence, as hundreds of refugees camped outside UN offices demanding to be removed the country, fearing for their safety.

Cate Blanchett urges world to tackle 'invisible' statelessness

Geneva - Hollywood star Cate Blanchett pleaded Monday for an end to the devastating limbo suffered by millions of stateless people worldwide, saying they are left to wallow in "total invisibility".

More than 16,000 flee unrest in Indonesia's Papua

Jakarta - More than 16,000 scared residents have fled an unrest-hit city in Indonesia's Papua region, the military said Monday, as one of the deadliest eruptions of violence in years sparked calls for an independent probe.

Almost 600 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania

Cankuzo - Nearly 600 Burundians who fled political violence in their home country to Tanzania were on Thursday repatriated voluntarily, the UN refugee agency and witnesses said.

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Dhaka - The Bangladesh military said Thursday it has ordered an investigation after a Rohingya family in a refugee camp accused army troops of raping a 12-year-old girl.

Kyrgyz lawyer wins UN prize for battling statelessness

Geneva - A human rights lawyer who fought to end the "phantom" status of stateless people in Kyrgyzstan was on Wednesday named the winner of the UN refugee agency's prestigious Nansen Award.

Australia rejects UN call to release Tamil family

Sydney - Australia has rejected a United Nations call to release a Tamil asylum-seeking family from offshore detention after the UN weighed in on a case that has galvanised huge public support.

Hundreds of migrants protest conditions on Greek isle of Lesbos

M - Around a thousand migrants staged a fresh protest Tuesday in Europe's largest migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, two days after a deadly fire at the vastly overcrowded facility.

Hundreds of migrants protest conditions on Greek isle of Lesbos

M - Around 400 migrants staged a fresh protest Tuesday against conditions on the Greek island of Lesbos, police said, two days after a deadly fire at the overcrowded migrant camp there.

UN, Lesbos mayor urge migrant camp transfers after deadly fire

M - The UN and the mayor of Lesbos on Monday called for the immediate transfer of migrants from an overcrowded Greek refugee camp on the island after a deadly fire sparked riots.

Two dead in Greek migrant camp blaze: report

M - At least two migrants died on Sunday in a fire at a Greek island refugee camp, a report said, with the blaze triggering rioting by angry residents.

US officials are using Google Translate to assess refugees

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been using both Google Translate and the equivalent service from Bing to assess and vet refugees seeking to enter the U.S.

At least one dead in Greek migrant camp blaze

M - At least one migrant died on Sunday after a fire broke out in Moria, the over-crowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Greece's Health Ministry said.

Rwanda welcomes first group of African refugees from Libya

Kigali - A group of 66 African refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Kigali from Libya, the UN said, the first in what could be thousands of people being helped to flee the conflict-torn country.

Bangladesh to fence Rohingya camps in further crackdown

Dhaka - Bangladesh is set to erect barbed-wire fencing, guard towers and cameras around Rohingya camps, the home minister said Thursday citing security concerns, in a move critics said would turn the refugee settlements into prisons.

For Uighur refugees, freedom means losing family

Istanbul - Abdullah Rasul has so little contact with his family in China that it took three months for him to find out that his father was dead.
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In this IRIN photo, a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
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