refugees

EU Launches New Aid Scheme for Greece to Help Refugees With Rent, Cash

ATHENS, July 27 – The European Commission offered 209 million euros ($245 million)in new emergency aid for Greece on Thursday to help refugees stranded in the country rent homes and pay for basics with a cash card. About 62,000 refugees and migrants, mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis headed to northern Europe, have been stranded in

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U.S. Judge Halts Deportation of More than 1,400 Iraqi Nationals

By Steve Friess DETROIT, July 24 – A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by American Civil

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Migrant Deal with Turkey Working Well, Says EU Official

VIENNA, July 25 – An EU deal with Turkey to stem the westward flow of migrants is working well, and day-to-day bilateral ties are better than rhetoric might suggest, the bloc’s top official for relations with neighbouring states said. Austrian Johannes Hahn made the comments to ORF radio on Tuesday, days after Germany raised the

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Ex-U.S. Diplomats Seek to Save State Department Refugee Office

By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, July 17 – Forty former U.S. diplomats and national security officials urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to eliminate the State Department office that handles refugees in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday. The letter argued that a Trump administration proposal to transfer the responsibilities of the Bureau of

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The Widows of Iraq

Content provided by UNHCR “I loved him so much,” says Aamra, remembering her husband killed during their flight from West Mosul. Widows fleeing the conflict in Iraq are among the most vulnerable IDPs. Living away from home and without a source of income, they face a daunting fight to provide for their families. Female-headed households

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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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