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Pope urges Poles to 'welcome those fleeing war, hunger'

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis urged Poland on Wednesday to welcome people fleeing conflict and hardship, chastising a right-wing government that has refused to share the burden during Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Up to 300,000 Syrians 'could get Turkish citizenship'

Istanbul - Up to 300,000 Syrian refugees living in Turkey could be given citizenship under a plan to keep wealthy and educated Syrians in the country, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday.

Turkish citizenship for refugees: A political ploy?

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has delighted Syrian refugees by offering them the prospect of citizenship -- a move analysts say is based on careful political calculations.Turkey has taken in 2.

Odd jobs in Istanbul for young Syrians who dreamed big

Istanbul - Receptionist, waiter, hairdresser, pastry-seller: these are the jobs of the ambitious young Syrians who abandoned their dreams in Damascus to start from scratch in Istanbul.

Fears for stranded Syrian refugees as Jordan blocks access

Amman - Concern is growing for tens of thousands of refugees on the Syrian-Jordanian border after Amman blocked access to a makeshift refugee camp following last week's deadly jihadist attack at the frontier.

World needs to act together on refugees: Tusk

Nihon - The world needs to act together on the refugee crisis gripping Europe, and not leave the continent to battle the problem alone, European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday.

Refugees forced to walk 4km on foot to Serbia from Tabanovce Special

The ambulance rushed the five-month-old baby to the nearest hospital in Skopje. It takes about one hour by car from Tabanovce, a refugee transit center located at the Macedonian-Serbian border to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia.

Turkey showpiece Syrian refugee camp hit by child sex assault case

Istanbul - A Turkish man has gone on trial in southern Turkey charged with sexually assaulting at least eight Syrian children at the refugee camp where he was working, reports and official sources said on Thursday.

UN wants to resettle 10 percent of the world's refugees

New York - A new UN plan to tackle the worst refugee crisis since World War II would aim to resettle at least 10 percent of refugees annually, piling pressure on countries to open up their doors to those fleeing wars and disasters.

Kenya to stop hosting Somali refugees: govt

Nairobi - Refugees from Somalia will no longer be accepted in Kenya, the government said Friday, citing security fears.

Over 60,000 Syrians 'stranded at Jordan border'

Amman - Around 64,000 Syrians are stranded at the border with Jordan after intensified violence around Aleppo, Jordanian border guards said on Thursday.

Hunger and fear of Boko Haram stalk Lake Chad refugees

Massaguet - Sitting on a mat in the shade cradling a six-month baby, Falmata Marara touches her mouth, her stomach, and then her mouth and stomach again. The message couldn't be clearer, she's hungry.

Pope in new blast at West's indifference to refugees

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday blasted the indifference of Western society to the plight of refugees in another powerful intervention in the migrant crisis engulfing Europe.

Refugees in the United States — The asylum seekers Special

The world has always had refugees, people fleeing their home countries because of wars or persecution. We are witnessing this today in Europe and we are witnessing this in Central America, as fear for their lives drive people to seek asylum in the U.S.

France's Hollande visits Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

Birut - French President Francois Hollande met with Syrian refugee children in eastern Lebanon on Sunday before he was to head to Egypt as part of a four-day regional tour.

Undocumented Syrians in Lebanon pushed into the shadows

Raouche - Many Syrian refugees in Lebanon say their lives have ground to a halt since new measures made it almost impossible for them to obtain or renew their residence permits.

Pope wants to bring back refugees from Lesbos visit: Official

Kallon - Pope Francis wants to take back to the Vatican a number of refugees after his landmark visit Saturday to the island of Lesbos, an official of Greece's state refugee coordination agency said.

North Korean defector criticises China in rare Beijing talk

Bejing - A North Korean defector made a rare public appearance in China on Saturday, criticising Beijing's repatriation of asylum seekers despite alleged warnings from South Korea not to speak out.

Backlash after Australia official's 'alleged' Nazi comment

Sydney - Australia's immigration minister Wednesday faced calls to apologise after his department chief used "allegedly" to describe experiences in Nazi Germany during a defence of the government's hardline asylum-seeker policies.

UN food agency meets funding target for Syrian refugees

Rome - The UN food agency said Monday an "unprecedented response" to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees.

Australia to send asylum baby to Nauru

Sydney - Australia said Monday an asylum-seeker baby brought from a Pacific detention camp for hospital treatment is expected to be returned to the camp as a deterrent to people-smugglers, despite protests from doctors and others.

Video of German mob descending on refugees goes viral

Clausnitz - A video showing a group of Germans surrounding a bus carrying refugees, at which they chanted "we are the people," has gone viral. German authorities have expressed their shock at the scenes.

Burundi refugees fearful after Rwanda expulsion threat

Kigali - "In Rwanda we're safe. I don't see anywhere else to go," says Audrey, one of thousands of Burundian refugees now living in Rwanda -- but fearful after Kigali unexpectedly announced plans to relocate them to other countries.

Australian hospital refuses to return asylum baby to Nauru

Sydney - An Australian hospital has refused to return an asylum-seeker baby to detention in Nauru, as momentum built across the country on Sunday against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees.

Turkey says 100,000 refugees in border camps inside Syria

Kilis - Some 100,000 Syrian refugees are being looked after in camps inside Syria close to the Turkish border, including 35,000 who this month fled a Russian-backed regime offensive in northern Aleppo province, a top Turkish official said Friday.

Camps full as tens of thousands flee regime in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Camps for the displaced along Syria's border with Turkey are at full capacity, aid workers say, as tens of thousands flee a major government offensive in Aleppo province.

Syrian refugee children to join Rio carnival parade

Rio De Janeiro - Refugee children from Syria and other conflict-torn countries will be treated to a place in Rio de Janeiro's exuberant carnival parade on Tuesday, UN officials said.

30,000 Syrian refugees mass at Turkish border: Turkey PM

Ankara - Around 30,000 Syrians are at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russia-backed regime offensive on the northern region of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Up to 20,000 stranded at Syria border with Turkey: UN

Birut - Up to 20,000 Syrians fleeing a government advance in northern Aleppo province have gathered at a border crossing with Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday.

Germany urges strict budget policy to cope with refugees

Frankfurt - Germany's top priority at the moment is taking in and integrating the huge influx of refugees, but that will require a very strict handling of the country's public finances, finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a newspaper interview Thursday.
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Refugees at a bus station in Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast.
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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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Feb. 9, 2012. A Syrian woman
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A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza, Jabalia Refugee Camp
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A refugee camp outside the airport in Bangui, C.A.R. where over 189,000 people have fled, seeking protection from the violence.
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The Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Syrian boys walk to their tent at a refugee camp in Atmeh, Syria.
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Syrian refugees shout slogans against Assad at Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border
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Protesters rally on September 26, 2014 in Sydney opposing Australia's plan to send asylum-seekers to Cambodia
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Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Yvonne Chiu, Multicultural Health Brokers.
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People on the run earlier this year in Central African Republic. UNHCR / D. Mbaiorem
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Shoe distribution for Syrian refugees in Kilis border camp, November 2012
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Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
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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.