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DR Congo violence displaces over one million in six months: UN

Geneva - More than one million people have been forced to flee their homes in the violence-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since the start of the year, the UN said Tuesday.

Greece extends lockdown at migrant camps on World Refugee Day

Athens - Greece announced on Saturday another extension of the coronavirus lockdown on its teeming migrant camps, hours after some 2,000 people protested in central Athens to mark World Refugee Day and denounce the government’s treatment of migrants.

Greece extends lockdown at migrant camps on World Refugee Day

Athens - Greece announced on Saturday another extension of the coronavirus lockdown on its teeming migrant camps, hours after some 2,000 people protested in central Athens to mark World Refugee Day and denounce the government’s treatment of migrants.

Greece culls migrant support groups in 'transparency' overhaul

Athens - Dozens of groups helping asylum seekers in Greece risk being edged out in a government move to tighten what it calls "opaque" rules overseeing charities, sparking concern that crucial support will be cut.

Knife crime looms larger than virus in Greek refugee camp

Inside Greece's largest asylum-seeker camp on the island of Lesbos, the coronavirus is an oft-heard threat that has kept migrant facilities around the country under lockdown since March.But knife crime is the real killer.

Hong Kong protesters seek sanctuary overseas as noose tightens

Fpo - Hong Kong protester Crystal has yet to tell her parents she has fled overseas to seek asylum in Canada, one of a growing number of residents choosing self-exile as Beijing tightens control.

Rohingya refugees running scared from coronvirus tests

Cox's Bazar - Rohingya refugees infected with coronavirus are fleeing quarantine in their Bangladesh camps because they fear being transferred to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal, community leaders said Thursday.

Thousands face homelessness in Greek refugee relocation push

Piraeus - Abdelkader Rahmoun hasn't slept in days.The 44-year-old Syrian and his family are among thousands of recognised refugees about to lose the temporary homes they were given under Greece's asylum seeker housing scheme.

Thousands face homelessness in Greek refugee relocation push

Piraeus - Abdelkader Rahmoun hasn't slept in days.The 44-year-old Syrian and his family are among thousands of recognised refugees about to lose the temporary homes they were given under Greece's asylum seeker housing scheme.

Over 660,000 displaced during pandemic despite UN plea: aid group

Paris - More than 660,000 people have been displaced from their homes in conflict zones around the world since March, despite a UN call for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic, a top international aid group said Friday.

Move Rohingya on Bangladesh island to refugee camps: UN chief

Dhaka - Hundreds of Rohingya rescued by Bangladesh and sent to a flood-prone island after being stranded at sea for weeks should be moved to existing refugee camps, the UN secretary general has said.

Fears grow as pandemic reaches Rohingya camps

Cox's Bazar - Emergency teams raced Friday to prevent a coronavirus "nightmare" in the world's largest refugee settlement after the first reported cases in the giant shanties housing nearly one million Rohingya.

Race to prevent coronavirus 'nightmare' in Rohingya camps

Cox's Bazar - Emergency teams raced Friday to prevent a coronavirus "nightmare" in the world's largest refugee settlement after the first confirmed cases in a sprawling city of shacks housing nearly a million Rohingya.

First coronavirus case found in Bangladesh refugee camps

Cox's Bazar - A Rohingya has become the first person to test positive for coronavirus from the vast refugee camps in Bangladesh that house almost a million people, officials said Thursday.

Greek migrant hotel ransacked in latest tensions over relocations

- When plans were leaked last week to move dozens of asylum seekers from an island camp to a hotel in the northern Greek village of Arnissa, there was a swift and violent response.

UN decries dangerous Med migrant pushbacks

Geneva - The UN voiced alarm Friday at reports that countries are failing to help migrants in distress on the Mediterranean Sea, blocking assistance by NGOs and coordinating pushbacks of their boats.

Bangladesh to turn back new Rohingya refugee boats: minister

Dhaka - Bangladesh will not accept two boats carrying hundreds of reportedly starving Rohingya refugees, the country's foreign minister said Thursday as calls grew to rescue the Muslim outcasts.

First virus case in Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp: UN

Beirut - A Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon was on lockdown Wednesday after the UN announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in one of the country's numerous and crowded camps.

Refugee women facing greater violence risk during crisis: UNHCR

Geneva - Displaced women and girls are facing a heightened risk of gender-based violence during the coronavirus crisis, the UN Refugee Agency said Monday.The UNHCR said they may be forced into "survival sex" or child marriages.

Malaysia turns back Rohingya boat over virus fears

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has denied entry to a boat carrying about 200 Rohingya due to coronavirus fears, the air force said, after news emerged this week that scores died on another crowded vessel.

Palestinian, Syrian refugees in Lebanon camps brace for virus

Beirut - Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in overcrowded and rundown camps in Lebanon are bracing for the novel coronavirus as aid groups mobilise to help.

New homes offer some relief for Syria's desperate displaced

- Hamad al-Abdallah has installed wifi and insulation in his new concrete room, trying to make the most of the desperate conditions his family has endured since fleeing Syrian regime bombardments.

HRW denounces Greece over migrants held on warship

Athens - Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called on Greece to reverse its "draconian policy" towards over 450 migrants detained on a navy ship docked in Mytilene port in Lesbos.

EU considers taking in 1,500 child refugees in Greece: German govt

Berlin - The European Union is considering taking in up to 1,500 migrant children who are currently housed in Greek camps, Germany said Monday.

Migrants, police in fresh clashes at Turkey-Greece border

Greek police fired tear gas in clashes with migrants at the Turkish border on Friday, as Athens said a 2016 EU-Ankara deal limiting migration to Europe was "dead".

Migrants, police in fresh clashes at Turkey-Greece border

Brief clashes broke out at Turkey's border with Greece on Friday, where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Ankara to leave for the European Union.

Citizen patrols ward off 'invasion' on Greek-Turkish border

Talatpasa - It's nightfall in Poros, a small village in northeastern Greece. Tractors lie idle and the streets virtually deserted.

Police fire tear gas at migrants in Greece

Police fired tear gas at protesting migants on Monday on Lesbos, a Greek island on the frontline of the migrant crisis, an AFP photographer said.

Seven Rohingya shot dead near Bangladesh refugee camp

Cox's Bazar - Bangladeshi elite police on Monday shot dead seven suspected Rohingya gangsters involved in drug and people smuggling, a spokesman for the force said.

Greece blocks migrants on border with Turkey

Talatpasa - Greece blocked hundreds of migrants trying to enter the country on Friday after Turkey said it would open the gates for refugees from Syria to enter the European Union.
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Under a Canada-US agreement, asylum seekers travelling through the United States would be turned away at Canadian border checkpoints, and told to file a refugee claim in the United States. But this does not apply to people who reach Canadian soil unchecked, through backwoods
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Residents near Aweil, Sudan, flooded out in this IRIN Photo release.
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A Japanese mother and daughter pause for reflection as they find a family photo amid the wreckage of their home.
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In this IRIN photo, a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
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A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
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Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City, Ibaraki prefecture.
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