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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.

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...
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Burundian refugee children at Mahama
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.
Freedom House
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 refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza  Jabalia Refugee Camp
A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza, Jabalia Refugee Camp
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.
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
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.
photog_at from Österreich
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.
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
African refugees in Hong Kong.
African refugees in Hong Kong.
Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
IRIN Photo
Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in...
Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in Dadaab camp.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
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
Women and children among Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station...
Women and children among Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station 4 September 2015
Mstyslav Chernov
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
U.N.
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
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Wikicommons
The case was brought by an Orthodox Christian couple who had fled  with their three children  from t...
The case was brought by an Orthodox Christian couple who had fled, with their three children, from the Syrian city of Aleppo where a government offensive late last year led to a mass exodus of civilians
STRINGER, AFP/File
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Video screen capture