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Chancellor Merkel Wants to “Drastically Reduce” Refugee Arrivals in Germany

KARLSRUHE, Germany, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she wanted to “drastically decrease” the number of refugees coming to Germany, signalling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her conservatives on the eve of a party congress. Merkel has resisted pressure from allies within her Christian Democratic Union

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U.N. Urges Jordan to Let 12,000 Stranded Syrian Refugees Enter

By Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman Al Khalidi GENEVA/AMMAN, Dec 9 – The United Nations urged Jordan on Tuesday to allow in 12,000 Syrian refugees stranded at the border in deteriorating humanitarian conditions and offered to help reinforce security at registration points. The Syrians are fleeing escalating air strikes on their battered homeland as well as

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Six Syrians Arrested in Argentina for Traveling With Fake Greek Passports

By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Authorities in Argentina arrested six Syrians who flew into the South American country on false Greek passports, a spokesman for the federal police told Reuters on Saturday, adding that the bogus travel documents were probably obtained in Turkey. The six, including one minor, were taken into

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U.N: Europe Must Stop Locking Up Thousands of Stateless People

By Emma Batha LONDON, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – European countries must stop locking up stateless people like criminals, human rights campaigners said, describing their detention as “a preventable tragedy” that risks being worsened by the migrant crisis. Thousands of stateless people are being held in immigration detention centres across Europe even though they

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Germany Increases Security Staff to Manage Refugee Influx

BERLIN, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – A record influx of refugees has increased demand for security staff in Germany, the federal employment agency said on Monday, as the burden of managing large numbers of arrivals and securing refugee centres grows. In its monthly job index, the agency noted a sharp rise in demand for security guards

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Obama Urges Generosity for Syrian Refugees on Thanksgiving

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in his Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution. “Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims

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German Town Finally Warms to Refugees Who Took Over Church

By Tina Bellon OBERHAUSEN, Germany, Nov 26 – When Daniela Handwerk looked out of her window earlier this month and saw the church across the street being emptied out and turned into a refugee shelter, she panicked – and she was not alone. As news of the plan to house 50 refugees in the church

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German Interior Minister Calls for European Refugee Cap

VIENNA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Europe should set a limit on the number of refugees it takes in and seek out those most clearly entitled to protection, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in an interview with Austrian newspaper Der Standard. In remarks published a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel, a fellow conservative, pledged

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Turkey, EU Face Big Hurdles to Migration Deal

BRUSSELS, Nov. 25 (Reuters) – Prospects for a grand bargain between Europe and Turkey to stem a flow of migrants into the continent are uncertain days before a summit on Sunday meant to seal a deal and put fraying relations back on a firm footing, EU and Turkish officials say. How much money Turkey will

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