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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.

Second Rohingya killed in suspected landmine blast near Bangladesh border

Dhaka - A Rohingya man was killed by a suspected landmine blast along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, officials said Monday, the second such incident this month.

Asylum requests down in developed countries: OECD

Paris - Developed countries received sharply fewer asylum applications last year, a report said Wednesday, as the world remains gripped in a migrant crisis fuelled by wars and economic hardship.

Bangladesh PM blames Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation failure

Dhaka - Bangladesh's prime minister has blamed Myanmar for the failure of a recent attempt to repatriate Rohingya refugees, saying its neighbouring country did not do enough to win the community's trust.

Exhausted C. Africans leave exile for unknowns at home

Under the tarpaulin shading the back of the lorry, the heat is still stifling on a rough road for some 30 refugees travelling home to the strife-weary Central African Republic.

Bangladesh university suspends student for being Rohingya

Cox's Bazar - A Bangladesh university has suspended a student for being Rohingya, officials said Sunday, as impatience with the refugees grows following a second failed attempt to repatriate them to Myanmar.

Papua New Guinea cancels Australia migrant camp contract

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea on Monday took a significant step toward shutting down island refugee camps that have become synonymous with Australia's much-condemned immigration policies.

In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

St - In Skala Sykamineas, a small fishing village at the north end of the Greek island of Lesbos, locals fear the arrival of 500 migrants on Thursday may signal a repeat of the 2015 migrant crisis.

Lebanon 'forcibly deported' nearly 2,500 Syrian refugees: Amnesty

Beirut - Lebanon has "forcibly deported" nearly 2,500 Syrian refugees back to their war-torn homeland since May, Amnesty International said Tuesday, calling on authorities to end the expulsions.

'Miracle' Rohingya baby turns two on crackdown anniversary

Cox's Bazar - Heavily pregnant Rohingya mother Rashida Khatun fled her home in a remote village in Myanmar's Rakhine state two years ago, bone-tired but desperate to find a safe place to give birth.

200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

Cox's Bazar - Some 200,000 Rohingya rallied in a Bangladesh camp Sunday to mark two years since they fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces, just days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees.

200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

Cox's Bazar - Some 200,000 Rohingya rallied in a Bangladesh refugee camp to mark two years since they fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces, just days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees.
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