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Migrant issue looms large on 'weary' Samos for Greek elections

S - When night falls on the Aegean island of Samos, scores of migrants leave the filthy camp above the island capital of Vathi for some fresh harbour air.Many locals are not happy to see them.

UN's Guterres seeks funding for agency helping Palestinians

New York - Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on UN member states Tuesday to fund the agency that works to help Palestinian refugees as he opened a donors conference for the body, which is boycotted by the US.

Papua New Guinea demands end to Australia refugee contract

Port Moresby - Australia must end or completely rework a controversial multi-million dollar contract to manage refugees stuck in tropical island camps, Papua New Guinea's prime minister demanded on Tuesday.

Record 70.8 million people displaced at end of 2018: UN

Geneva - More than 70 million people were counted last year as displaced from their homes, a record that underestimates the real number of refugees and asylum seekers, the UN said Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands flee violence in northeast DR Congo: UN

Geneva - Hundreds of thousands of people have fled inter-ethnic violence in northeastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two weeks, local authorities and the UN said Tuesday.

Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

Dhaka - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has slammed Myanmar for delays in the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in the neighbouring country.

Rising misery as Ethiopia struggles to stem ethnic tensions

Addis Ababa - More than a year after his house in southern Ethiopia was razed to the ground, his coffee plantation destroyed and cattle stolen, Teketel Memheru is still too terrified to return home.

Outcry as ASEAN predicts 'smooth' Rohingya return to Myanmar

An ASEAN report predicting half a million Rohingya refugees will return to Myanmar in two years has left observers incredulous for glossing over army atrocities, ignoring an ongoing civil war in Rakhine state and failing to mention the persecuted Musli...

Lebanon deports 16 Syrians: rights groups

Beirut - Lebanon has "summarily deported" at least 16 Syrians, some of them registered refugees, by forcing them to sign "voluntary repatriation forms," human rights groups said on Friday.

'Results' needed from Myanmar over Rohingya return: UNHCR head

Myanmar must "show results" to convince Rohingya refugees to return, the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Friday at the end of his first visit to Myanmar since the crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in 2017.

Hong Kong leader slams Germany for giving asylum to runaway duo

Fpo - Hong Kong's leader lashed out at Germany Friday for granting asylum to two fugitives involved in a violent 2016 political protest, summoning Berlin's envoy for an explanation.

UN agency for Palestinians rejects US call to dismantle it

Gaza - The head of the United Nations organisation for Palestinian refugees on Thursday rejected a US call to dismantle the agency, saying it cannot be blamed for stalled peace efforts.

Hong Kong independence activists granted refugee status in Germany

Fpo - Two former Hong Kong independence activists have been granted refugee status in Germany in what is one of the first cases of dissenters from the semi-autonomous Chinese city receiving such protection.

Three million people have fled Venezuela since 2015: UN

Geneva - An estimated three million people have fled the crisis in Venezuela since 2015, most of whom should be considered refugees, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Australia election triggers refugee suicide attempts

Sydney - At least four refugees in Australia's offshore Pacific camps have attempted suicide since the conservative government's shock re-election Saturday, according to refugees, advocates and police.

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards: UN

Geneva - The UN said Friday it has registered more than 250,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, providing many with their first ever identification cards and proof of their right to return to Myanmar in the future.

Afghan refugee entrepreneurs thrive in Turkey

Istanbul - When Afghan businessman Haji Yakup Burhan fled the violence of his home country 30 years ago, he brought with him his family -- and all his money.

Ten million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018: monitors

Geneva - Conflict forced more than 10 million people to flee their homes to live elsewhere within their own country last year, bringing the total number of people internally displaced by violence to a record high, monitors said Friday.

Asylum seekers acquitted over Greek island camp protest

More than 100 asylum seekers were acquitted by a court on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday for protesting against overcrowded camp conditions.

Italy accepts 147 refugees flown in from Libya

Pratica Di Mare - A group of 147 mainly African refugees, rescued from the Libyan city of Misrata, were flown to an Italian military airport near Rome on Monday for resettlement.Italy's interior ministry said the group included 68 minors.

Germany halts processing some Syrian asylum applications: report

Berlin - Germany has stopped processing some applications for asylum by Syrian refugees, pending a new assessment of the security situation in the war-torn country, according to a report on Saturday.

Refugees face eviction in Greece as thousands more wait for homes

Atenas - Abdullah Ahmadi, an Afghan living with his wife and five children in an apartment in the Athens suburbs allocated by the UN refugee agency, is about to lose his home for the past three years."In two months I have to leave.

Colombia receives $31.5 mn to address Venezuela refugee crisis: World Bank

Washington - Colombia will receive a $31.5 million grant to help deal with the flood of refugees from neighboring Venezuela, the World Bank announced Friday.Colombia has received about a third of 3.

Bosnia protest leader seeks asylum in Austria

Vienna - The leader of a protest movement in Bosnia that drew daily crowds for nine months said Thursday he was seeking political asylum in Austria, according to local media reports.

Canada plans to end 'asylum shopping'

Ottawa - Canada plans to stop migrants from seeking asylum if they have already done so in another country -- a move decried by refugee advocates but defended Wednesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Four years on, migration crisis stokes desperation on Greece's Lesbos

When thousands of people fleeing war and poverty began arriving on their Greek island, many on Lesbos welcomed them.

First Rohingya woman shot dead in Bangladesh drugs clampdown

Dhaka - Bangladesh security forces have shot dead a Rohingya woman in a border town known as a gateway for smuggling meth pills from neighbouring Myanmar, officials said Sunday.

In Syria's Al-Hol camp, ultra-extremists fuel fear

Clashes with guards, violent factional quarrels and a new strain of ultra-extremism -- the Islamic State group's territorial "caliphate" may be defeated, but a camp in eastern Syria is emerging as a fresh jihadist powder keg.

In Syria's desperate Al-Hol camp, a market bustles

Plump fruits, bright slushies, and hair dye -- the colourful market in Al-Hol is an unlikely sight in a Syrian camp overflowing with desperate people displaced as the Islamic State group's "caliphate" collapsed.

Lebanon sees eastern EU refugee hardline as model to follow

Prague - Lebanon said on Wednesday it wanted to follow the example of eastern EU states that have largely rejected refuging its own refugee crisis as a way of resolvs.
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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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Rally for Refugee Health Care in Edmonton
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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Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate prefecture March 27, 2011.
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Residents near Aweil, Sudan, flooded out in this IRIN Photo release.
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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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A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
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A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli  Lebanon.
A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli, Lebanon.
This refugee went to find food but was unable to. AID agencies are trying to help the needy across C...
This refugee went to find food but was unable to. AID agencies are trying to help the needy across CAR. Photo/Hannah McNeish/IRIN
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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 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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refugee camp in Netherlands
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This is Asmaa.I met her in Jordan, five days after she had been released from a regime prison. She is the fiancée of Abdul Razak Tlass, who was the first officer to defect from the Syrian army when the revolution began. She told me about how she was interrogated, made to stand up without break for hours on end and deprived of sleep, She was also sexually abused.
Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City  Ibaraki prefecture.
Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City, Ibaraki prefecture.
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