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Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' dream of better life

Hong Kong - Like many four year olds, Sethumdi says she dreams of meeting Father Christmas.But her future is uncertain as her refugee parents fight for a new life abroad after they sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong.

Boko Haram blocking aid to scores of refugees in Cameroon: UN

Geneva - The United Nations warned Friday that the threat from Boko Haram jihadists was complicating efforts to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees living in dire conditions in northern Cameroon.

Kenya suspends Dadaab refugee camp closure for six months

Nairobi - Kenya on Wednesday agreed to suspend the closure of Dabaab refugee camp, the world's largest, for six months after coming under fire over the fate of its 280,000 inhabitants, most of them Somalis.

UN fears 'ethnic war' in South Sudan, EU boosts refugee funding

Juba - The UN's special advisor on preventing genocide, Adama Dieng, said he feared escalating ethnic violence in South Sudan, as the EU offered emergency aid for the swelling number of refugees on Friday.

'Inhumane' conditions at Haiti hurricane shelters: UN expert

Port-au-prince - Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew are living in "inhumane" conditions in government-run shelters, a United Nations expert said Tuesday.

Libya snubs EU calls for refugee camps on its shores

Vienna - Libya, a key springboard for Europe-bound migrants, on Thursday rejected calls from some EU countries to build refugee camps on its shores, saying the bloc could not "shirk its responsibility".

UN peacekeepers failed to protect civilians in S.Sudan: rights group

Nairobi - UN peacekeepers cowered in their bases rather than risk doing their job of protecting civilians during an outbreak of fighting in South Sudan in July, a rights group said Wednesday.

Afghan refugees return to uncertain future in alien homeland

Nowshera - Mohammad Anwar arrived in Pakistan as a child more than 35 years ago but is leaving as a father, his family among the thousands of uprooted Afghan refugees "returning" to a war-torn homeland many of them have never seen.

Obama draws pledges from 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees

New York - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged countries to "welcome the stranger in our midst" at a summit that drew pledges from 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees.

Warnings of xenophobia at UN refugee summit

New York - UN member-states adopted a plan on Monday to tackle the biggest refugee crisis since World War II amid dire warnings about rising xenophobia in Europe and the collapse of countries bordering war-shattered Syria.

Boko Haram atrocities haunt Cameroon's displaced

Koza - "Boko Haram butchered nine people in front of me. That day I decided to leave my village," says Rachel Daviguidam, still devastated by the carnage she witnessed in September 2015.

Global displaced made poor countries' burden: World Bank

Washington - The overwhelming majority of the world's displaced people, a burgeoning population fed by longterm conflicts, are hosted by developing countries, according to a report released Thursday by the World Bank.

Malala urges world leaders to act for refugee children

New York - Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Monday urged world leaders gathered for the first-ever UN summit on refugees to not waste time with a "pageantry of sympathy" and act to guarantee schooling for refugee children.

Syrian refugee saw the stars and stripes - and 'felt safe'

San Diego - On a warm afternoon in June, Ammar Kawkab and his family joined the trickle of Syrian refugees arriving in the United States to escape the devastating war in their country.

Jordan rejects calls to restore access to stranded Syrians

Amman - Jordan's King Abdullah II has rejected calls to restore access to a border area where tens of thousands of Syrians are stranded, local media reported on Monday.

Governments reject UN plan to resettle refugees

New York - UN member states have rejected a UN proposal to resettle 10 percent of the world's refugees annually as part of a new global effort to tackle the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

UK lawmakers criticise EU response to migrant crisis

London - The European Union's response to the surge in migrant arrivals has been "lamentable", a committee of British lawmakers said Wednesday, slamming the bloc as unprepared to deal with the crisis.Some 1.

Refugees suffer 'death sentence' of indifference: Catholic youth

Srodmiescie - Refugees are subject to a "death sentence" of indifference in countries where they seek shelter, young Catholics said Friday at a faith gathering in Poland which has drawn hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the globe.

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.
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Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in Dadaab camp.
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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
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Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Yvonne Chiu, Multicultural Health Brokers.
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A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza, Jabalia Refugee Camp
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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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A refugee family falls into a river they try cross on their way to Macedonia from a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni on March 14, 2016
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Burundian refugee children at Mahama
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Pro-immigration protest in Berlin, Germany. 2015
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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Jim Gurnett.
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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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