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Australia Accused of Dragging Feet on Syria Refugee Intake

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Feb 18 – Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday rejected charges his country was dragging its feet in resettling refugees from Syria and Iraq, having resettled just 26 in the same time it took Canada to process 26,000. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott last September pledged to accept 12,000 refugees

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Border Fences Will Not Stop Migrants Heading to Europe Says Think-Tank

By Emma Batha LONDON, Feb 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Efforts by European countries to deter migrants with border fences, teargas and asset seizures will not stem the flow of people into the continent, and European leaders should make their journeys safer, a think-tank said on Wednesday. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said Europe must

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Finnish PM Says He Can’t Put Up Refugee Family for Security Reasons

HELSINKI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila has said he will not be able fulfill a promise to put up a family of asylum seekers for now because of security concerns. Sipila, a former telecoms executive, stirred controversy in September by saying he would open his second home in northern Finland to

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Refugees Must Return Home After War – Germany’s Merkel

By Andreas Rinke NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany, Jan 30 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Saturday to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees by insisting that most refugees from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended. Despite appearing increasingly isolated, Merkel has resisted pressure from some

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UK PM Cameron Launches English Language Campaign for Muslim Women

LONDON, Jan 18 – Some migrants to Britain who cannot pass an English test within 2-1/2 years of arriving may not be allowed to stay, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday in a move aimed at fostering greater integration by Muslim women. Cameron said there were 190,000 British Muslim women who spoke little

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Two Pakistanis, Syrian Man Injured in Gang Attacks in Cologne

BERLIN, Jan 11 – Two Pakistanis and a Syrian man were injured in attacks by gangs of people in Cologne, German police said late on Sunday, the city where the vast majority of dozens of New Year Eve assaults on women took place. Local newspaper Express reported that the attackers were members of rocker and

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Scale of Cologne New Year Attacks Grows as More Complaints Filed

By John O’Donnell FRANKFURT, Jan 10 – The mass attacks on women in the German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve have prompted 379 criminal complaints, with investigations focused largely on asylum seekers or illegal migrants from north Africa, police have said. Around 40 percent of the complaints included sexual offences, including two rapes,

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Turkey Finds Bodies of 27 Migrants on Aegean Coast

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Jan 5 – Turkish authorities said they found the bodies of 27 migrants, at least three of them children, at two separate locations on the Aegean coast on Tuesday after a migrant boat apparently capsized as it tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. The flow of mostly Syrian refugees

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Refugee and Migrant Arrivals in EU Pass 1 Million in 2015: U.N.

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Dec 22 – The number of refugees and migrants arriving by land and sea in the European Union has passed 1 million this year, while a further 3,600 died or went missing, the U.N. refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday. Half of those arriving were Syrians

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