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Embattled Merkel in Lebanon amid heated asylum debate

Beirut - German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in Beirut Thursday, on the second leg of a Middle East trip that comes amid an acrimonious debate at home over refugee policy.

UN Palestinian refugee agency to pare down operations in Gaza

New York - Facing a major funding shortfall, the UN Palestinian refugee agency is planning to defer payment of salaries and suspend some of its operations in Gaza, an official said Tuesday.

Lebanon blocks UNHCR residency permits over Syria refugee spat

Beirut - Lebanon has accused the United Nations refugee agency of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria and on Friday blocked residency applications for the agency's staff.

Lebanon blocks UNHCR residency permits over Syria refugee spat

Beirut - Lebanon has accused the United Nations refugee agency of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria and on Friday blocked residency applications for the agency's staff.

Lebanon fears Syria land law will hinder refugee returns

Beirut - Lebanon's top diplomat warned Saturday that a recent Syrian property law could dispossess hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees from their land back home, leaving them permanently displaced in Lebanon.

14,000 flee Central African Republic after violence: UN

Libreville - Some 14,000 people have fled violence in the Central African Republic and crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo in less than a week, the United Nations said Friday.

Austria to seize refugees' mobiles and demand cash

Vienna - Asylum seekers will be forced to hand over their mobile phones and up to 840 euros ($1,040) in cash to the authorities, under measures approved by the Austrian cabinet on Wednesday.

Sweden charges Chinese with spying on Tibetan refugees

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 49-year-old Chinese man with espionage for allegedly gathering intelligence on Tibetan refugees in Sweden and Norway for China.

Europe to extend qualifications 'passports' for refugees

Atenas - A Council of Europe project to help refugees to have their qualifications recognised abroad was extended to include more countries on Wednesday.

Exiled Syrian doctors go back to work helping refugees in Turkey

Ankara - Safa al-Hussein comes into the consultation room with her four-year-old daughter, Ahed, who has a leg injury she suffered during an attack on the northern Syrian city of Raqa. She is treated by a doctor and nurse, who are both Syrian like her.

S.Sudanese flee only to find unrest across the border​

Obo - Refugees seeking safety from the atrocities of South Sudan's unending conflict cross the border only to find themselves in one of Africa's most war-torn and poorest countries.

'Ethnic cleansing' of Myanmar's Rohingya continues: UN

Yangon - Myanmar is continuing its "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya with a "campaign of terror and forced starvation" in Rakhine state, a UN human rights envoy said on Tuesday, six months after a military crackdown sparked a mass exodus of the Muslim minority...

Sports academy in Egypt gives Syrian children hope

Alexandria - When Amir al-Awad fled Syria for Egypt, he intended to cross the Mediterranean for a European country.

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan: refugees' choice

Peshawar - Death awaits you in Afghanistan, says refugee Mohammad Wali, insisting he prefers to endure a grim existence in a Pakistani camp than return home and be killed.

Paris opens a door to exiled artists

Paris - It was when Kubra Khademi stopped the traffic in Kabul, and men began to throw stones at her and bay for her blood, that she knew she was going to have to leave the country.

Aid groups warn against forced refugee returns

Beirut - International aid groups on Monday warned countries hosting Syrian refugees in the Middle East and the West against forcing them to return or discussing measures to that effect.

In remote Nigeria, fear haunts Cameroonians who fled violence

Ikom - John Osang arrived in Nigeria at dawn on the verge of collapse, wearing just shorts and flip-flops after two fevered days running through the jungle from Cameroonian soldiers.He said he had no other choice.

Turkey readies camps in Syria for civilians fleeing assault

Kilis - Turkey is drawing up contingency plans to cope with any movement of Syrian civilians towards the north of the country to flee Ankara's air and ground offensive against a Kurdish militia.

US denies hitting Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan drone strike

Islamabad - Pakistan's claim that the US hit an Afghan refugee camp in a drone strike is "false", a US spokesman said Thursday, as tensions between the uneasy allies ratchet higher over Islamabad's alleged support for militants.

UN chief concerned about deal on return of Myanmar's Rohingya

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday expressed concerns after Myanmar and Bangladesh reached a deal on the return of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingyas that sidelined the UN refugee agency.

'Vulnerable' Afghans should be part of EU relocation plan: Greece

Atenas - Greece and refugee agencies on Tuesday called for the European Union to include "vulnerable" Afghans and unaccompanied minors in the EU's relocation programme.

German minister supports age tests for young refugees

Berlin - Germany's interior minister on Wednesday advocated medical tests to estimate the age of undocumented young asylum seekers, despite objections from health care professionals.

US court lifts Trump measures barring some refugees

Washington - A US federal judge on Saturday lifted Trump administration restrictions that barred some refugees from the country, the latest in a series of immigration-related legal setbacks for the president.

In Jordan, Iraqi Christians dream of fresh start abroad

Amman - Inside a church in Jordan, a displaced Iraqi Christian mother dreams of a brighter future for her children far from the war-torn country they were forced to flee.

Countries pledge $857 mln to help world's refugees: UN

Geneva - The United Nations said Tuesday that it had received pledges amounting to $857 million (726 million euros) to fund operations aimed to help an estimated 67 million displaced and stateless people worldwide next year.

US pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration

New York - The administration of President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations, deeming it "inconsistent" with its policies, the US mission to the global body announced ...

Merkel 'horrified' by knife attack on pro-refugee mayor

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday expressed horror at a near-fatal knife attack against a town mayor, apparently motivated by his pro-refugee stance and which left him with a six-inch neck wound.

German pro-refugee mayor wounded in knife attack

Berlin - A knife attacker injured a German town mayor in an assault which officials Tuesday said appeared motivated by the municipal leader's pro-refugee stance.

Refugees in Algeria yearn for homeland in Western Sahara

A - Selembouha Dadi can only imagine the homeland she dreams of but has never seen, agonisingly out of reach beyond the Algerian refugee camp where she has spent her whole life."They tell me it was beautiful," the 25-year-old told AFP.

Suu Kyi makes first visit to crisis-hit Rakhine

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited conflict-wracked northern Rakhine for the first time Thursday, under mounting pressure to halt an army crackdown that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee their homes.
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Migrants on the Hungarian M1 motorway on their march towards the Austrian border.
Migrants on the Hungarian M1 motorway on their march towards the Austrian border.
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People on the run earlier this year in Central African Republic.
UNHCR / D. Mbaiorem
People on the run earlier this year in Central African Republic. UNHCR / D. Mbaiorem
UNHCR
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
UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Yvonne Chiu  Multicultural Health Brokers.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Yvonne Chiu, Multicultural Health Brokers.
African refugees in Hong Kong.
African refugees in Hong Kong.
Pro-immigration protest in Berlin  Germany. 2015
Pro-immigration protest in Berlin, Germany. 2015
daniel greenberg
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
Burundian refugee children at Mahama
Burundian refugee children at Mahama
A refugee camp outside the airport in Bangui  C.A.R. where over 189 000 people have fled  seeking pr...
A refugee camp outside the airport in Bangui, C.A.R. where over 189,000 people have fled, seeking protection from the violence.
European Commission DG ECHO
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
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
WFP / Reem Nada
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Feb. 9  2012. A Syrian woman
Feb. 9, 2012. A Syrian woman
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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
Wikipedia
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 sprawl of tents has cropped up at Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp  in El Fasher  N...
A sprawl of tents has cropped up at Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, in El Fasher, North Darfur, as tens of thousands have sought protection there following fresh clashes between the Government of Sudan and rebel forces.
UN Photo/Olivier Chassot
Refugees at a bus station in Abidjan  capital of Ivory Coast.
Refugees at a bus station in Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast.
IRIN Photo
In 2012  Israel built a fence across its border with Egypt to keep out African immigrants. This pict...
In 2012, Israel built a fence across its border with Egypt to keep out African immigrants. This picture was taken on June 29, 2009. Original caption states, "More than 40,000 refugees live in this massive tent city outside of El Fasher. Disease and despair are rampant."
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