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Texas first state to publicly say no to refugee resettlement

Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday.

UN targets electrifying all of world's refugee camps

Geneva - The UN set itself a daunting challenge this week aimed at improving the lives of displaced people, reining in climate change and even preventing conflict: to bring electric power to all refugee camps by 2030.

UN hails 'decisive shift' in refugee assistance at global meet

Geneva - The UN hailed Wednesday a "decisive shift" in the approach to helping surging numbers of displaced people, after a summit ended with billions in donations and concrete promises to simplify refugee integration.

Lack of refugee aid forced Turkey into Syria operation : Erdogan

Geneva - A lack of international assistance to Turkey to support millions of refugees on its soil pushed Ankara to launch operations in northeast Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

Rich nations urged to do 'fair share' at global refugee meet

Geneva - The UN urged countries Tuesday to take joint responsibility for caring for surging numbers of displaced people, while wealthy nations faced criticism for not shouldering their "fair share" of the burden.

Global refugee summit must not deliver 'empty words': activist refugee

Geneva - This week's global summit aimed at boosting support for the world's refugees should look to the displaced themselves for direction, a refugee leader said Monday.

As global refugee meet begins, rich nations urged to do 'fair share'

Geneva - A global refugee summit opens in Geneva Tuesday amid calls for concrete actions to help a surging number of displaced people, and for wealthy nations to shoulder their share of the burden.

As displacement soars, global meet to seek new paths to help refugees

Geneva - As the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes continues to climb worldwide, a global summit in Geneva next week will aim to drum up fresh and concrete support for refugees.

Persecuted Catholics 'honoured' to glimpse Pope Francis in Thailand

Bangkok - Clutching her entrance badge to see the Pope, Vietnamese Catholic refugee Ko Sa says attending the pontiff's mass this week is a great honour -- a rare bright spot in her "miserable" life in limbo as an asylum seeker in Bangkok.

UN rights chief urges Australia to overhaul detention policies

Sydney - The UN's top rights official urged Australia to reform its criminal and refugee detention systems on Tuesday, just days after the country's prime minister took a veiled swipe at the international body.

Trump executive order cuts refugee cap to lowest level ever

Washington - The Trump administration will admit no more than 18,000 refugees over the next fiscal year – the lowest number since the US began its refugee program in 1980.

Erdogan threatens Europe with refugees if no support

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned Turkey would start allowing Syrian refugees to flee to Europe if Ankara did not get more international support.Turkey is home to more than 3.

Art exhibit in Lake Ontario highlights plight of refugees

If you look out over the shoreline of Lake Ontario, at the foot of Toronto’s Harbour Square Park, you’re likely to see a vibrantly-coloured tribute to the many lives tossed into chaos in the ongoing global refugee crisis.

In Berlin, refugees get classes on sexual consent

Berlin - In a classroom workshop, students watch a video of a man and woman meeting in a nightclub. They drink, laugh, dance and kiss.

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".
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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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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Jim Gurnett.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Jim Gurnett.
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
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Refugees wait in front of a hostel building ran by pro-Russian rebels in the center of Donetsk  on A...
Refugees wait in front of a hostel building ran by pro-Russian rebels in the center of Donetsk, on August 4, 2014
Bulent Kilic, AFP
Central american migrants at the Jesús Martínez  Palillo  stadium located in the east of Mexico Ci...
Central american migrants at the Jesús Martínez 'Palillo' stadium located in the east of Mexico City. A woman holds a poster asking: Are you afraid to return to your country? 6 October 2018.
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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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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
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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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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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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Syrian boys walk to their tent at a refugee camp in Atmeh  Syria.
Syrian boys walk to their tent at a refugee camp in Atmeh, Syria.
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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.
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.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
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A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza  Jabalia Refugee Camp
A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza, Jabalia Refugee Camp
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.
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.
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