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Athens marks World Refugee Day with protest against evictions

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:37 PM

Thousands face homelessness in the country's refugee relocation scheme as Greek authorities plan to move more than 11,000 people to make room for other asylum seekers

WORLD REFUGEE DAY. A young child holds a poster as he joins refugees participating in a rally in Athens on June 20, 2020, marking World Refugee Day aS THEY demand rights and housing for refugees and migrants in Greece. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Record 50 million people displaced internally – monitors

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'Internally displaced people are often highly vulnerable people living in crowded camps, emergency shelters, and informal settlements with little or no access to health care,' IDMC director Alexandra Bilak says in a statement

ARRESTED. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Niger stampede kills 20 at handout for refugees

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:31 AM

'The weakest people fell to the ground. Some were injured and others were crushed to death,' an employee says

REFUGEES. Internally displaced people from Niger, who fled Boko Haram incursions, wait for food supplies to be handed out during a food distribution June 16, 2016. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Bangladesh police shoot dead 2 Rohingya in refugee camp

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The incident comes 2 days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, who say they won't return unless they are promised security and citizenship in their homeland

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

UN on World Refugee Day: Bring forward our 'shared values as human beings'

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The United Nation Human Rights Office for Southeast Asia says it is time to abandon a narrative founded on prejudice and fear when dealing and protecting the rights of all refugees

Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. - Thirty-four Rohingya landed on an isolated beach in Malaysia on March 1, police said, the first group of the Muslim minority caught arriving in the country by sea for almost a year. (Photo by ISMAEL KAMALDIN / AFP)

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards – UN

May 18, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,' spokesman Andrej Mahecic tells reporters in Geneva

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

10 million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'It is really a mind-boggling figure,' NRC chief Jan Egeland tells reporters. 'It takes extreme violence and fear of disasters to force a family out of their home, their land, their property, their community.'

Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

U.S. to begin forcing asylum applicants to remain in Mexico

Jan 25, 2019 - 1:57 PM

The new policy, originally announced in December, will be launched initially at the busy Tijuana-San Ysidro border crossing south of San Diego, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official, speaking anonymously

TRUMP ON BORDERS. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019, to discuss the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

'Welcome' refugees in Kansas celebrate their American birthdays

Jan 22, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The annual tradition of holding a birthday party for refugees in Kansas is in contrast to the message refugees in the United States may have received in the last two years

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Parents sing "Happy Birthday" to their children during the 2019 Refugee Birthday Party at the Della Lamb Community Center, January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Dave Kaup/AFP

Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:06 PM

'This will inflame another religious war – this time a religious war inside Syria and the consequences will be many, many more refugees and you know where exactly they will come,' says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

ON IRAN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address a press conference after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 4, 2018. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Over 100 migrants escape from Libya trafficking camp

May 26, 2018 - 8:19 PM

'This is another example of the ongoing horrors suffered by many migrants and refugees while transiting through Libya,' says Doctors Without Borders

U.S. pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration

Dec 03, 2017 - 6:25 PM

US Ambassador Nikki Haley says the country's decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone

Two thousand Rohingya mass on Myanmar coast to join exodus

Sep 30, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The refugees follow more than half a million fellow Rohingya who have emptied out of northern Rakhine in a single month, fleeing an army crackdown and communal violence the UN says amounts to "ethnic cleansing."

EXODUS. Rohingya Muslim refugees walk by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour / AFP

UN chief tells Myanmar to end 'nightmare' as 19 drown in Rohingya boat capsize

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) 'The situation has spiraled into the world's fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

DEAD. People come to see the boat where Rohingya Muslim refugees were found dead on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Cyprus rescues 305 Syrian refugees in two boats

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

It is one of the largest waves of migrants to be received by Cypriot authorities in a single day since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011

Merkel warns of consequences for EU asylum laggards

Sep 10, 2017 - 4:54 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel s warning comes after eastern governments reacted angrily to a court decision requiring them to accept a share of asylum seekers from overstretched Greece and Italy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The measure is aimed at non governmental organizations which Libya accuses of facilitating illegal migration

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

Jul 02, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Rome wants a regional maritime command center to oversee all rescue operations from Greece to Libya to Spain

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Australia declares game-up for 'fake refugees'

May 21, 2017 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Refugee advocates say the Australian government has sunk to an impossible new low with the decision

56 jail terms for Egypt migrant shipwreck

Mar 26, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The charges include manslaughter negligence using a boat for unlicensed purposes endangering children and organizing illegal immigration

ANOTHER TRAGEDY. Egyptian rescue workers arrive on a boat carrying bodies of migrants, during a search operation in the Mediterranean, along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 23, 2016. Photo by stringer/AFP

EU-Turkey migrant deal turned Greek islands into 'prisons'

Mar 19, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Thousands of people remain stranded in Greece a year after the European Union and Turkey signed a landmark agreement to reduce migrant flows

A photo taken on March 16, 2017 shows a view of the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos.  The EU-Turkey deal, signed on March 18, 2016, has sought to stem the flow of migrants from Turkey to the EU, in particular Greece, by land and sea routes. The EU expects Turkey to honour a key migrant return accord which Ankara has threatened to ditch amid a bitter dispute with the bloc, a European Commission spokesman said on March 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Germany to 'speed up deportation' of failed asylum seekers

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The planned measures include setting up national deportation centers and offering financial incentives to those who will return voluntarily

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

France urges Britain to take in 1,500 'Jungle' minors

Oct 30, 2016 - 7:18 AM

French President Francois Hollande says France would not accept the emergence of any more makeshift camps

REFUGEES. Migrant children are taught at a makeshift school in the "Jungle" camp in the port town of Calais, northern France, on February 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued as they drift in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Syria, refugees and Obama's farewell in UN spotlight

Sep 16, 2016 - 3:54 PM

The United Nations will also launch a new global campaign against xenophobia

Syria file photo by Aris Messinis/AFP; Obama file by Saul Loeb/AFP

Germany's anti-migrant populists beat Merkel's party in local vote

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:35 PM

3rd UPDATE German Chancellor Angela Merkel s Christian Democratic Union gets just 19 in Mecklenburg Western Vorpommern – its worst showing there

MATE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands at a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party campaign on the eve of state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Eastern Germany, on September 3, 2016. Photo by Adam Berry/AFP

Germany expects 300,000 asylum seekers this year

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Should more people arrive it would put us under pressure But even then we would not have conditions like last year says BAMF chief Frank Juergen Weise

epa05512696 (FILE) A file picture date 07 March 2016 shows Frank-Juergen Weise, Head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, at the opening of the new arrival centre for asylum seekers at the Central Contact Point for Asylum Seekers Saxony-Anhalt in Halberstadt, Germany. Weise said in a newspaper interview on 27 August 2016, that up to 300.000 migrants are expected to arrive to Germany in 2016. EPA/JENS WOLF

Millennials show the world a brighter, more open perspective – survey

Aug 26, 2016 - 12:26 AM

The World Economic Forum’s 2nd Global Shapers survey provides an insight into the mindset of millennials

LOOK: 'Game of Thrones' stars visit Syrian refugees in Greece

Jul 02, 2016 - 12:17 PM

They just want a voice That s what they all said to each of us – tell my story tell my story – and that s what we re going to do says Lena Headey who went to visit Syrian refugee camps in Greece with Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham

Photo by Kathleen Prior/International Rescue Committee via Twitter (@KathleenAPrior)

Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe – UN refugee chief

Jun 19, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Refugees don t bring danger to us they flee from dangerous places says UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

epa05326034 A refugee boy looks out from the window of a bus as he waits to be transferred to a hospitality centre during a police operation at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 24 May 2016. The transport of refugees from Idomeni to the new accommodation centres started on Tuesday. According the refugee coordinating committee spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis, all the refugees will have been transferred in the next ten days adding that it will be a smooth relocation procedure and not a police sweeping operation. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

UN chief in Greece sees 'tremendous challenge' of migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Speaking after talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens the UN chief also hailed Greece for managing the refugee influx at the same time as grappling with its huge debt crisis

MIGRATION. Macedonian police officer checks the paper of the refugees who cross the border between Greece and Macedonia, near the city of Gevgelija, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, January 6, 2016. Serbia, Croatia and Hungary sent groups of police officers to help the Macedonian police in handling of the migrant crisis on the Greek-Macedonian border. Thousands of migrants continue to cross the border and pass through Macedonia on their way to the European Union countries. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

More migrant bodies wash up on Libyan beaches

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:50 AM

Over 130 bodies are found on beaches in Libya over the past 4 days

epa05343251 A buoyancy aid lies on a beach where bodies of migrants washed up, in Zuwarah, west of Tripoli, Libya, 02 June 2016. According to media reports citing Red Crescent officials, at least 85 bodies have washed up onto Libyan beaches this week. EPA/STR

Hundreds feared missing off Greece in new migrant sinking

Jun 03, 2016 - 7:08 PM

UPDATED Until this point 340 people have been rescued and nine bodies have been recovered the Greek coastguard says in a statement without giving details on the migrants nationalities

Migrants hurt, tents torched in Lesbos brawl

Jun 02, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis battle each other with clubs and stones

Volunteers help an injured migrant, following overnight clashes between migrants at the Moria migrant detention camp on the island of Lesbos, early on June 2, 2016. Over a dozen migrants were hurt on June 2 in a brawl in the main detention camp on the Greek island of Lesbos that also saw nearly 30 tents torched. Hundreds of people -- mainly families with children -- were evacuated from the camp during the night as rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis went at each other with clubs and stones. There were nearly 3,000 people in the Moria camp ahead of the clash, most of them asylum applicants trying to avoid deportation to Turkey under an EU deal that went into effect in March.  / AFP PHOTO / STR

No longer just a job: the unlikely crew saving lives in the Med

May 30, 2016 - 8:31 PM

They are unlikely members of the same crew: career seamen for whom it was initially just another job and landlubber humanitarian workers trying to make the world a better place

RESCUED. Migrants protect themselves from the cold with blankets as they wait to arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 26, 2016 aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius," two day after their rescue off the Libyan coasts. Photo by Gabriel Buoys / AFP

20 rescued from boat in English Channel

May 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED They are among thousands of people trying to reach Britain where they believe they will have a better chance of getting jobs

Dozens of children drown as shipwrecks claim 700 lives, survivors say

May 29, 2016 - 6:52 PM

3rd UPDATE Survivors tell harrowing stories of their journeys in the Mediterranean

epa05330259 A handout picture released by the European Union Naval Force - Mediterranean (Eunavformed) on 26 May 2016 shows people in stress on their overturned boat in Canal of Sicily off the Libyan coast, 25 May 2016. The Italian navy said it had recovered five bodies from the overturned migrant ship. Over 550 migrants on board were rescued safely. EPA/EUNAVFOR MED OHQ / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

May 24, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Thousands of refugees and migrants are being moved to reception centers around the country

epa05326199 A refugee family sits in front of their tent waiting to be transferred to hospitality centres, during a police operation in a refugee camp at the border between Greece and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 24 May 2016. Greece started the transport of refugees from Idomeni to the new accommodation centres started on 24 May. According to the refugee coordinating committee spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis, all refugees from Idomeni will have been transferred in the next ten days adding that it will be a smooth relocation procedure and not a police sweeping operation. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS / POOL EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS / POOL EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS / POOL

Dignity only in death for migrants at France's Calais 'Jungle'

May 21, 2016 - 8:42 PM

They fled hardship and war only to find misery and squalor but migrants who meet a gruesome end in northern France hoping to reach England are finally getting a touch of dignity in death

THE JUNGLE. Migrants chat outside their tents in the "Jungle", the biggest makeshift camp to spring up along the northern French coast, in the port town of Calais, on March 30, 2016. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

Migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear – Angelina Jolie Pitt

May 17, 2016 - 10:08 AM

In a speech in London the Oscar winner and UN special envoy for refugees urges the international community to respond to Europe s refugee crisis

ANGELINA JOLI-PITT. The UN special envoy speaks in London about responding to Europe's refugee crisis. File photo shows Angelina waving to photojournalists while leaving the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 16 March 2016. File photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Turkey visa deal unravels as Erdogan defies EU on key condition

May 12, 2016 - 10:10 PM

3rd UPDATE Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the European Union of hypocrisy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during an event entitled "Domestic and national will in Turkish political History" at ATO Congress Center in Ankara, on May 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

May 07, 2016 - 2:20 AM

I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being says the pontiff

Pope Francis gives a speech during the award ceremony of Germany's famed Charlemagne Prize, given to public figures in recognition of contribution to European unity, on May 6, 2016, at the Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANGELO CARCONI

Italy to start fingerprinting migrants at sea

Apr 28, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The move might ease tensions between Italy and other European countries which are still struggling to deal with the migrant crisis

epa05265392 Some of the 108 migrants disembark at Lampesusa's harbour from the Aquarius ship of the humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee, in Lampesusa, Italy, 18 April 2016. Six bodies were recovered and 108 migrants were rescued from a semi-submerged rubber dinghy as boat arrivals accelerate amid calm seas. A private rescue ship, the Aquarius, run by humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee found the bodies on the rubber dingyon 17 April 2016. EPA/ELIO DESIDERIO

Merkel begins Turkey trip with visit to refugee camp

Apr 23, 2016 - 2:46 PM

3rd UPDATE Many in Europe will also be watching closely to see if the delegation takes a stand against the deterioration of rights in Turkey

MERKEL IN TURKEY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), EU council President Donald Tusk (L) and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2-L) visit a refugee camp in Nizip district near Gaziantep, Turkey, on April 23, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA

'There was such suffering': Pope Francis on meeting with migrants

Apr 18, 2016 - 1:06 AM

There were so many children Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying drowned at sea says the pontiff

Pope Francis hugs a child at the Moria detention center in Mytilene on April 16, 2016.  Pope Francis received an emotional welcome today on the Greek island of Lesbos during a visit aimed at showing solidarity with migrants fleeing war and poverty. Pope Francis, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Jerome visit Lesbos today to turn the spotlight on Europe's controversial deal with Turkey to end an unprecedented refugee crisis. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

116 migrants rescued from Mediterranean, 3 with bullet wounds

Apr 16, 2016 - 11:32 PM

A total of 116 migrants are plucked to safety from the Mediterranean three of whom had week old bullet wounds

WAITING. A migrant sits in front of a makeshift accommodation during the dismantling of the southern part of the so-called 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on March 7, 2016. Photo by Denis Charlet / AFP

Pope brings hope to migrants, chastises leaders in Lesbos visit

Apr 16, 2016 - 6:42 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis begins his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos whose goal he says is to show closeness and solidarity with the refugees

epa05261348 Pope Francis (C) arrives at a camp for refugees in Moria and greets refugee children, on Lesvos (Lesbos) island, Greece, 16 April 2016. Pope Francis visits the Greek island of Lesbos, accompanied by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on 16 April, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe's migration crisis. EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

Pope Francis arrives on Greek island to meet with refugees

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis arrives in Lesbos for a visit framed as an awareness raising exercise trip whose purpose his spokesman insists is strictly humanitarian and ecumenical not political

POPE'S VISIT. A general view over the hotspot refugee camp, formerly a detention center, in Moria, Lesbos island, Greece, April 5, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Refugees escape war, but face new threat in Europe – germs

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Health experts warn refugees are at risk of illnesses such as measles tuberculosis cholera and typhoid fever

epa05252765 A refugee woman washes her clothes, at a makeshift camp where refugees and migrants find temporary shelter, at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 10 April 2016. The use of violence against refugees is dangerous and reprehensible, Refugee Crisis Body spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis says. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

Pope Francis set to visit refugees in Greece as deportations stall

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

The trip by the pope who will be accompanied by the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church is likely to pile pressure on European leaders already criticized for the deal with Turkey

IN LIMBO. Migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan protest against deportations in the hotspot refugee camp, formerly a detention centre, in Moria, Lesvos island, Greece, April 5, 2016. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA