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Islamophobia: The Outsiders

American Muslims are on edge By Zahir Janmohamed In the time it takes you to read this piece, it is possible that another anti-Muslim incident might have occurred in the United States. I began reporting this piece on February 11, after news broke that a 68-year-old Afghan American Muslim man, Abdul Jamil Kamawal, was beaten

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Mass Return Under EU-Turkish Deal on Refugees Would Contravene Law: UNHCR

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 8 (Reuters) – The U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday that the European Union’s “quick fix” deal to send back refugees en masse to Turkey would contravene their right to protection under European and international law. European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who

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“Game Changer”: How EU May Shut Turkish Door On Migrants

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 8  – A European Union draft deal with Turkey to stop migrants reaching Greece introduces a harder edge of coercion to what critics have derided as a hitherto feeble EU response to a crisis tearing it apart. Just last week, some saw European Council President Donald Tusk running short on

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EU Welcomes Bold Turkey Plan to Stop Migrants, Defers Decision

By Humeyra Pamuk and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, March 8 – European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who cross into Europe from its soil and agreed in principle to Ankara’s demands for more money, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel in return. However, key details remained to

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Afghans Feel Forgotten in Europe’s Migrant Crisis

By Dasha Afanasieva CESME, Turkey, March 6 – As the European Union and Turkey focus on stemming the flow of Syrian refugees attempting perilous journeys across the Aegean sea to Greece, another migrant community whose numbers are also swelling says it is being overlooked. Largely denied the chance for legal resettlement in Europe and struggling

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EU Looks to Turkey to End Migrant Crisis, Uneasy Over Rights

By Alastair Macdonald and Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, March 7 – EU leaders sit down with Turkey’s premier on Monday seeing a glimmer of hope for an end to the refugee crisis that has divided Europe but troubled by having to seek favours from a government that scorns their ideas of human rights. With tens of

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Merkel Slams Anti-Immigrant AfD, Defends Her Refugee Policy

BERLIN, March 6 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticized the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, saying it stirs up prejudice and polarizes society. Her comments, made in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, reflect growing unease among Germany’s mainstream parties amid rising popular support for the right-wing AfD and its fierce

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Dutch Find 10 Syrian War Crime Suspects Among Thousands of Migrants

AMSTERDAM, Feb 29 – Dutch authorities identified about 30 war crimes suspects, a third of them Syrians, among the 59,000 people who applied for asylum last year, the immigration minister said on Monday. Klaas Dijkhoff released the data in a letter amid an increasingly heated debate over immigration, stoked by an increase in arrivals from

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Egypt Migrant Departures Stir New Concern in Europe

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, Feb 28  – The European Union fears Mediterranean migrant smuggling gangs are reviving a route from Egypt, officials told Reuters, putting thousands of people to sea in recent months as they face problems in Libya and Turkey. “It’s an increasing issue,” an EU official said of increased activity after a quiet

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Fridges and Flour: Syrian Refugees Boost Turkish Economy

By Nevzat Devranoglu ISTANBUL, Feb 22 – Turkey’s 2.6 million Syrian refugees may be straining the housing and jobs systems, but they’re also fueling economic growth. The world’s largest refugee population has had a positive impact on Turkish output, economists and government officials say. It may be partly responsible for an unexpected rise in third-quarter

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