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Karabakh fighting turns residents into 'vagabond' refugees

Last - "We've become vagabonds," says Knarik Movsisyan, one among the tens of thousands forced to flee fighting between Armenian separatists and the Azerbaijani army in the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Bangladesh sends troops to halt Rohingya refugee drug fighting

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh has sent more troops into the world's largest refugee camp, police said Wednesday, after days of fighting between rival Rohingya drug gangs left seven people dead.

Europe's pushback of migrants 'shameful': UN refugee chief

Geneva - The UN refugee chief on Monday lambasted countries which close their doors to desperate migrants and Europe's "shameful" refusal to allow migrants stranded at sea to disembark quickly.

Trump, denouncing refugees, slashes US admissions to record low

Washington - President Donald Trump has slashed US admissions of refugees to a record low of no more than 15,000 as he fiercely denounced migrants from Somalia and other war-torn nations on the campaign trail.

Pompeo to highlight Venezuelan refugees at Brazil border

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he would highlight the plight of refugees from Nicolas Maduro's Venezuela on a regional trip that includes the country's border area with Brazil.

Greece sees end to Lesbos migrant crisis within a week

Greece said Sunday it hoped thousands of asylum seekers left homeless by fires at Europe's largest migrant camp could be rehoused within a week to end a crisis that has seen protesters clash with police.

Greece sees end to Lesbos migrant crisis within a week

Greece said Sunday it hoped thousands of asylum seekers left homeless by fires at Europe's largest migrant camp could be rehoused within a week to end a crisis that has seen protesters clash with police.

'Cry for help': Migrants pitch tents in central Paris

Paris - Hundreds of migrants pitched tents in central Paris on Tuesday to call attention to their plight on the streets, where they scrape by in often dire hygiene conditions.

Coronavirus keeps Rohingya indoors on 'genocide' anniversary

Cox's Bazar - Almost a million Rohingya refugees stuck in Bangladesh marked three years since escaping from Myanmar on Tuesday, with coronavirus forcing them to hold a day-long "silent protest" inside their flimsy, leaky huts.

Bangladesh to lift Rohingya internet ban 'very soon'

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh will restore internet access to nearly a million Rohingya stuck in refugee camps "very soon", the government said Monday, on the eve of the third anniversary of their escape from Myanmar.

Childhood packed in a rucksack: young refugees at risk in the Balkans

Belgrade - A group of boys sit on a sunny patch of grass in a park in downtown Belgrade, but they are not here for a picnic.

Migrants adrift after camp at France-Italy border shut

Ventimiglia - Sudanese migrant Soulaimen has been sleeping on the beach in the Italian border town of Ventimiglia for 10 days now.

Refugees freed from Greek camp 'hell' left homeless

Athens - When Amir Hussein was finally allowed to leave the horrific migrant camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, it was supposed to be the end of a year-long odyssey.

Thousands of migrants dying on trek across Africa: UN

Geneva - Thousands of migrants have died after suffering "extreme" abuse while crossing Africa, according to a UN report on Wednesday that estimated 72 people perish each month on the continent's routes.

Kurdish-Iranian refugee author granted asylum in New Zealand

Wellington - A Kurdish-Iranian refugee who wrote an award-winning book on his mobile phone while held in one of Australia's notorious Pacific detention camps has been granted asylum in New Zealand, officials said Friday.

Migrants return to 'Balkan route' to chase European dream

- The first rays of the morning sun reveal entire families lying on the railway line or in abandoned wagons but when Greek police patrols appear, they evaporate into nearby fields.

Britain, France agree joint unit to fight migrant traffickers

Calais - The interior ministers of France and Britain on Sunday signed an agreement creating a new joint police intelligence unit to combat migrant traffickers and reduce the "unsustainable" numbers crossing the Channel illegally.

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.
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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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A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
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Rally for Refugee Health Care in Edmonton
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Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate prefecture March 27, 2011.
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A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli, Lebanon.
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Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City, Ibaraki prefecture.
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A refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur province.
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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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A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
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