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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.

Four activists held in France for escorting migrants over border

Brian - Four people accused of illegally helping migrants cross the border into France were being questioned by police on Tuesday, the latest case over aid provided to refugees on the move through Europe.

More Syrians leave Lebanon for home

Al Masna` - Several dozen Syrian refugees left Lebanon for neighbouring Syria on Sunday as part of returns coordinated between both countries, an AFP reporter and authorities said.

Hezbollah says will help Syrian refugees return from Lebanon

Beirut - The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Friday his powerful movement was creating a mechanism to help Syrian refugees in the country return home, in coordination with Lebanese authorities and Damascus.

S. Korea seeks to stem asylum arrivals

Seoul - South Korea will tighten its refugee laws, it said Friday, after protests over the arrival of hundreds of asylum-seekers who fled war-ravaged Yemen for its southern resort island of Jeju.

Refugees begin return to Syria from Lebanon border town

Fakieh - Hundreds of Syrian refugees began returning home from the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Thursday as part of a coordinated operation between authorities in Beirut and Damascus.

For Syrian refugees, fear of conscription prevents return home

Sa`d Nayil - Eking out a living in a ramshackle camp in east Lebanon has been hell for Syrian refugee Mohammed, but the alternative is far worse -- going home means taking up arms."Who would voluntarily choose to go on a death march?

UN Palestinian refugee agency struggles to meet deficit

New York - The United Nations Palestinian refugee agency needs more than $200 million to fund projects until the end of the year, with extra pledges so far unable to minimize a massive slash in donations from the United States.

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.
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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.
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Refugees at a bus station in Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast.
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A Bangladeshi man waits at the immigration centre in Sallum, Egypt, near the border with Libya, as his passport is checked by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Bangladeshi embassy officials. He is among the thousands stranded in this border town after fleeing the ongoing crisis in Libya.
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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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Burundian refugee children at Mahama
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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Bill Moore Kilgannon, Public Interest Alberta.
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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.
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Syrian boys walk to their tent at a refugee camp in Atmeh, Syria.
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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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A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza, Jabalia Refugee Camp
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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.
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Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
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Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
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Pro-immigration protest in Berlin, Germany. 2015
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Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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