refugee crisis

With Old Bicycles, Refugees Ride into New Life in London

By Lin Taylor LONDON, June 21 – On a balmy, breezy afternoon in south London, dozens of people tinker on secondhand bicycles inside a small workshop, preparing to give them to the several refugees waiting nearby. As the evening sun lingers, the growing crowd spills onto the quiet leafy street, where asylum seekers eagerly don

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UNHCR Wins Nod to Use Islamic Alms to Aid Middle East Refugees

By Aziz El Yaakoubi DUBAI, June 19 – The United Nations, short of funds to support millions of displaced people in the Middle East, has begun a scheme that would let Muslims make donations from the alms they typically pay state bodies for the benefit of the poor. Muslims around the world are expected to

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Rohingya Refugees Stranded in Bangladesh After Cyclone Wrecks Camps

By Ruma Paul COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, May 31 – Left drenched and near destitute by a cyclone that hit Bangladesh a day earlier, thousands of Rohingya refugees hunkered down in the ruins of their camps on Wednesday, waiting for help after a night in the rain. At least seven people were killed and 50 injured

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Facebook Launches Ramadan Campaign for Syrian Children

May 28 – As a result of Facebook’s Hack for Good campaign, international NGO Save the Children launched the “It’s Not the Same For Them” campaign to remind people of the harsh realities that confront Syrian children. The campaign will run throughout Ramadan, across the Middle East and North Africa. It will also target the

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500 Migrants Drowned At Sea, No One Investigated

By Stephen Grey and Amina Ismail ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Dec 6  – At around 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, a large blue fishing boat carrying hundreds of African migrants and their children capsized just off the coast of Egypt. Some drowned quickly. Others thrashed in the water, yelling for help in Arabic, Somali or Afan

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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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