refugee crisis

Resettled In the Baltics, Refugees Flee for Wealthier Lands

By Andrius Sytas and Gederts Gelzis RUKLA, Lithuania/MUCENIEKI, Latvia, Nov 28 – In early November, 34 Syrian and Iraqi refugees boarded buses heading for Germany from Lithuania, the country where they had been resettled. No one expects them to return. Only a tiny number of refugees from war in the Middle East have been sent

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Erdogan Warns Turkey Could Open Gates for Migrants if Pushed by EU

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, Nov 25 – President Tayyip Erdogan warned on Friday that Turkey could open its gates for migrants to Europe if pushed into a corner by the European Union, a day after European lawmakers voted for a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Ankara. Members of the European Parliament voted for

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Australia’s Plan to Ban Asylum Seekers Who Arrive by Boat in Jeopardy

SYDNEY, Nov 8 – Australia’s plan to permanently ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever entering the country was in jeopardy on Tuesday when the opposition Labor said it would not support the ban. Under the plan asylum seekers who are deemed genuine refugees and resettled in a third country would be permanently

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New Film Displays Germans in Best and Worst Light in Refugee Crisis

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Nov 2 – The best of Germany and its humanitarian treatment of refugees is on display alongside the worst of Germany and its bouts of ugly anti-foreigner racism in a riveting new film about the crisis that premieres on Thursday. “Willkommen bei den Hartmanns” (Welcome at the Hartmanns) is both a comedy

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Refugees Languish in Greek Limbo as Alarm Grows in Brussels

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, Nov 1 – Seven months after the European Union and Turkey struck an agreement to turn back the tide of Syrians fleeing west, not a single refugee has been sent back from Greece, and Brussels is losing its patience as overcrowded camps grow violent. The agreement reached in March was designed

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Trapped in Serbia, Migrants Seek Refuge in Derelict Warehouse

BELGRADE, Oct 30 – More than 1,000 migrants, trapped in Serbia after fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Central Asia, have occupied a derelict warehouse in the capital Belgrade, where they are preparing to tough out a bitter Balkan winter. More than 100,000 migrants have passed through Serbia this year, from countries

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France Starts Clearing “Jungle” Migrant Camp in Calais

By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France, Oct 24 – France began clearing the sprawling “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais on Monday, with hundreds carrying suitcases queuing outside a hangar to be resettled in reception centres across the country. The first buses departed less than an hour after immigration workers started the operation and officials predicted some

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First 14 Unaccompanied Children from Calais “Jungle” Reach Britain

LONDON, Oct 17 – A first busload of children arrived in Britain on Monday from the “Jungle” camp near the French port of Calais as the British government started to act on its commitment to take in unaccompanied migrant children before the camp is destroyed. The fate of children staying in the Jungle, a squalid

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