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Syrian refugees in Lebanon camp forced to destroy homes

Fakieh - Abu Mohamed lost his house in Syria early in the civil war. Six years on, it's happening again -- only this time in Lebanon and he has to destroy it himself.

Refugees are 'cross for humanity', says Pope in Bulgaria

Sofia - Pope Francis told Syrian and Iraqi refugees at a camp in Bulgaria that their experiences were "a cross for humanity" as he continued his visit to the Balkans on Monday.

UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

Geneva - The UN said Friday it had evacuated 163 refugees from war-ravaged Libya to neighbouring Niger, but more than 3,000 others were still trapped in detention centres affected by clashes.

Sudan's Darfur refugees wonder when their turn will come

Geneina - "When we arrived here, there were TV crews and photographers, but now nobody comes," said Abdallah, amazed to see a journalist turn up at his Sudanese refugee camp in Chad.

UN evacuates 150 more refugees from Libyan detention

Geneva - The UN said Tuesday it had evacuated another 150 refugees from a Tripoli detention centre impacted by clashes, but said it had been unable to relocate others amid a rapid escalation in fighting.

UN calls for aid to migrants trapped in Libya

Geneva - The United Nations issued an urgent call Friday for the "immediate release" and evacuation of refugees and migrants snared in the Libyan conflict.

UN refugee chief: Toxic language of politics led to Christchurch

New York - UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi on Tuesday blamed the "toxic language of politics" targeting refugees, migrants and foreigners for the Christchurch mosque attack.

Russia's Lavrov calls for closure of Syria camp near US base

Apo - Russia's top diplomat called Sunday for the immediate closure of a desert camp near Syria's border with Jordan housing tens of thousands of displaced people in dire conditions.

UN urges Bangladesh not to close door to Myanmar refugees

New York - The United Nations on Friday stressed that refugees fleeing conflict should be granted safe haven after Bangladesh declared that it would no longer take in Myanmar's Rohingya.

Bangladesh tells UN it will no longer take in Myanmar refugees

New York - Bangladesh told the UN Security Council on Thursday that it will no longer be able to take in refugees from Myanmar.

Nine countries at UN seek to override China to raise Myanmar

New York - The United States, France, Britain and six other countries on the UN Security Council have called for a meeting on Myanmar that is expected to face opposition from China, diplomats said Wednesday.

'Welcome' refugees in Kansas celebrate their American birthdays

Kansas City - Many of nearly 100 excited children running around a community center in Kansas City over the weekend had two things in common. They were refugees, mostly from conflict-torn regions in Africa and the Middle East.

Unwanted Afghan refugees pin hopes on Pakistan's Imran Khan

Peshawar - Shahzad Alam has proposed marriage to several women and been rejected each time for the same reason, he says: their discovery that he is not the Pakistani shoe shop owner they thought he was, but an Afghan refugee.

UN Assembly adopts refugee pact, without US and Hungary

New York - The UN General Assembly on Monday adopted by a wide majority a Global Compact on Refugees aimed at improving efforts to manage large refugee movements -- but without the support of the United States and Hungary.

UN urges more efforts to integrate migrant children in schools

Paris - The United Nations on Tuesday called on countries to step up efforts to integrate the growing numbers of refugee and migrant children worldwide into their education systems.

At least 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled crisis since 2015: UN

Geneva - At least 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela's economic and political crisis since 2015, the UN said Thursday, warning that host countries' capacity to shelter them was now "severely strained".

Syria says planning for Palestinian refugee returns to Yarmouk

Beirut - Syrian authorities have created a plan for the return of Palestinians to the war-ravaged Yarmuk refugee camp in southern Damascus, the deputy foreign minister said Tuesday.

Cameroon's displaced thousands fear disenfranchisement

Maroua - "If you have the polling card, you go and vote, but it's complicated once you're there," said Yagana Adi, 55, who wants to vote in Cameroon's presidential election on Sunday.

Landmines new scourge in war-torn Yemen

Mocha - For Imad and his sister Alia, life will never be the same after their father was killed by a landmine and they had to leave their endangered home in Yemen's western Hodeida province.

White House slashes number of refugees allowed into U.S.

Washington - Like a bolt out of the blue, the Trump administration announced on Monday it is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000 - despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year’s cap of 45,000 was too low.

Palestinians in Lebanon fear aid cuts will slash school access

Beirut - It's back to school for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, but funding cuts to the UN agency supporting them means students may only be in class until the end of month.

Germany to raise funds for Palestinian refugee agency

Vienna - Germany will provide additional funding for the UN's Palestinian refugee agency and has appealed to other EU members to do the same following a cut in US aid, its foreign ministry said Friday.

Lack of food pushes 2.3mn to flee Venezuela: UN

New York - About 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled their crisis-hit country mainly because of a lack of food as severe shortages of medicine has left thousands at risk, the UN spokesman said Tuesday.The Venezuelans have fled to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil....

Syria regime welcomes returning refugees with charm offensive

- Several years after fleeing Syria, a group of wide-eyed refugees stare through the tinted windows of their bus to see the homecoming committee the government has organised for them.

More Syrians in organised return home from Lebanon

Cheba - Dozens of Syrian refugees left Lebanon by bus on Monday in the latest of a wave of returns to their war-torn country, Lebanese authorities said.

Damascus creates body to repatriate Syria refugees

Damascus - Syria's government is to set up a committee to coordinate repatriating millions of its nationals who fled the country's seven-year conflict, state media has said.

Bangladesh must improve conditions for Rohingya, scrap island plan: HRW

Bangkok - Bangladesh should dramatically improve living conditions for Rohingya in the world's largest refugee camp and scrap plans to move many to a flood-prone island, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Russia urges help for Syria refugees to return

Beirut - Russia's Syria envoy on Thursday urged the international community to help Syrian refugees go back to their war-torn country.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Fakieh - Hundreds of Syrian refugees left Lebanon on Monday for their neighbouring home country, an AFP reporter said, the latest such return coordinated between Beirut and Damascus.

Moscow suggests cooperation with US on return of Syrian refugees

Moscow - Moscow has put forward plans to Washington to cooperate on the safe return of refugees to Syria, the Russian ministry of defence said Friday, days after a summit between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
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Two Syrian boys collect food for their family from a WFP food distribution centre in the Zaatari ref...
Two Syrian boys collect food for their family from a WFP food distribution centre in the Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. On July 4, 2013, the camp population was estimated at 144,000 refugees
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Villagers fleeing their homes in Sake  in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu ...
Villagers fleeing their homes in Sake, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu province, after fighting erupted between FARDC Government forces and rebel groups
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The case was brought by an Orthodox Christian couple who had fled  with their three children  from t...
The case was brought by an Orthodox Christian couple who had fled, with their three children, from the Syrian city of Aleppo where a government offensive late last year led to a mass exodus of civilians
STRINGER, AFP/File
African refugees in Hong Kong.
African refugees in Hong Kong.
a typical citizenship ceremony after you ve jumped all the Canadian government hurdles; but don t th...
a typical citizenship ceremony after you've jumped all the Canadian government hurdles; but don't think you can bring your mother any time soon.
Protesters rally on September 26  2014  in Sydney opposing Australia's  plan to send asylum-see...
Protesters rally on September 26, 2014 in Sydney opposing Australia's plan to send asylum-seekers to Cambodia
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Burundian refugee children at Mahama
Burundian refugee children at Mahama
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
UN Photo/OCHA / David Ohana
REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Res...
REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Rescue Committee at the Newroz camp in northeastern Syria in August.
Rachel Unkovic-IRC/UK Department for International Development
A Turkish police officer stands next to the body of a migrant child on the shores in Bodrum  souther...
A Turkish police officer stands next to the body of a migrant child on the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.
Dogan News Agency / AFP
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Bill Moore Kilgannon  Public Interest Alberta...
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Bill Moore Kilgannon, Public Interest Alberta.
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Eskinder Debebe / UN
Refugees at a bus station in Abidjan  capital of Ivory Coast.
Refugees at a bus station in Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast.
IRIN Photo
A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza  Jabalia Refugee Camp
A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza, Jabalia Refugee Camp
Zaatari is a refugee camp in Jordan  to host Syrians fleeing the violence in the ongoing Syrian civi...
Zaatari is a refugee camp in Jordan, to host Syrians fleeing the violence in the ongoing Syrian civil war that erupted in 2011. On July 4, 2013, the camp population was estimated at 144,000 refugees
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Syrian refugees shout slogans against Assad at Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turk...
Syrian refugees shout slogans against Assad at Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border
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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in...
Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in Dadaab camp.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project

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