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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.

Greece blocks migrants on border with Turkey

Talatpasa - Greece blocked hundreds of migrants trying to enter the country on Friday, hours after Turkey said it would no longer prevent them from going to Europe.

At least 15 refugees drown after boat sinks off Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - At least 15 people drowned and dozens are unaccounted for after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees sank off southern Bangladesh early Tuesday, officials said.

Climate crisis could justify asylum claims: UN committee

Geneva - Governments that send refugees back to countries severely affected by climate change could be in breach of their human rights obligations, a UN committee said on Monday.

Turkey cannot handle new Syria refugee flow alone: Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday warned Europe that Turkey could not handle alone a new wave of Syrian refugees fleeing increased bombardment in the northwestern Idlib province.

Bolivia to consult UN refugee agency over Morales political activity

La Paz - Bolivia's interim government decided on Thursday to appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in an attempt to stop former president Evo Morales from influencing next year's general election.

Stuck in Greek snow, refugees already miss dismal camps

Kallon - Sitting in the lobby of a disused ski lodge on a northern Greek mountain, Congolese asylum-seeker Sylva Caumba blankly stares at the unfamiliar snow outside.

Rohingya call for Myanmar's Suu Kyi to acknowledge atrocities

From squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh, Rohingya who fled a brutal Myanmar military crackdown are calling on Aung San Suu Kyi to acknowledge the mass atrocities as she defends her country against genocide charges at the UN's top court.

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.
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A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
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Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City  Iwate prefecture March 27  2011.
Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate prefecture March 27, 2011.
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Sultan Muslim (C) poses with her newborn son, Muhammed Obama Muslim, at Suruc Rojava refugee camp in Sanliurfa on October 22, 2014
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Yinka Shonibare's 'Refugee Astronaut'. Fibreglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, net, possessions, astronaut helmet, moon boots and steel baseplate.
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Russell Chapman: “I spent time in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and am privileged to know Abdullah al-Zoubi (pictured) as well as several members of his family”
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refugee camp in Netherlands
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Residents near Aweil, Sudan, flooded out in this IRIN Photo release.
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Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City, Ibaraki prefecture.
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A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli  Lebanon.
A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli, Lebanon.
In this IRIN photo  a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital  Mogadishu.
In this IRIN photo, a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
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Under a Canada-US agreement  asylum seekers travelling through the United States would be turned awa...
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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A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
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A refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur province.
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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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