refugees

EU to Double Emergency Aid for Refugees Stuck in Greece

ATHENS, Sept 10 – The European Union will more than double emergency aid to Greece in order to improve living conditions for refugees and migrants who have been stranded in the country for months. Some 115 million euros ($129 million) in emergency support is being provided by the EU, in addition to 83 million euros

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Calm Seas, Libya’s Lawless State Open Door For Migrant Flows

By Steve Scherer and Ahmed Elumami ROME/TRIPOLI, Sept 1 – Calmer seas and Libya’s lawlessness have opened the way for smugglers to ship thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean this week, in a striking reminder of how far Europe is from ending the migrant crisis. In just four days, Italy’s coastguard and European vessels pulled

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Merkel’s Deputy Says She Underestimated Migrant Integration Challenge

BERLIN, Aug 28 – German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives had “underestimated” the challenge of integrating a record migrant influx. Gabriel is also leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior coalition partner in Merkel’s government – and his comments to broadcaster ZDF come

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Banned from Working, Asylum Seekers are Building Japan’s Roads

By Thomas Wilson, Mari Saito, Minami Funakoshi and Ami Miyazaki WARABI, Japan, Aug 8 – Mazlum Balibay paves Japan’s roads, digs its sewers and lays its water pipes – all for a country that doesn’t want him. Balibay, 24, is a Kurdish asylum seeker who fled to Japan more than eight years ago after he

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Bavarian Bomber Pledged Allegiance to Daesh – Minister

By Andreas Burger ANSBACH, Germany, July 25 (Reuters) – The Syrian who blew himself up in southern Germany, wounding 15 people, had pledged allegiance to Daesh on a video found on his mobile phone, the Bavarian interior minister said on Monday. “A provisional translation by an interpreter shows that he expressly announces, in the name

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Syrian Rebels Say Russian Jets Hit Refugee Camp Along Jordan Border

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, July 12 – Jets believed to be Russian on Tuesday struck a refugee camp along Jordan’s north-eastern border with Syria, killing at least 12 people and injuring scores in the first such Russian strike near the Jordanian border, rebels said. Several jets flying at high altitudes struck at noon a makeshift

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Ramadan With Refugees

BY Jillian Kestler-D’Amours and Arfa Shahid Nour Al Raies, a refugee from Homs, Syria, says she misses the adhan, the call to prayer, the most. “We miss the sound of the adhan which would come from the mosque announcing the breaking of our fast. You know, each passing day we feel nostalgic for the days of Ramadan

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Jordan: Widow’s Inc.

After fleeing civil war, a Syrian refugee started a business in Jordan to support her family BY Oscar Lopez Sitting behind a large wooden desk in her white hijab, a cigarette in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other, Lara Shaheen looks every bit the modern Arab businesswoman. The only problem is

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Cracking The Crisis

EXCLUSIVE TO NEWSWEEK MIDDLE EAST By Hala Fadel Technology can and must address the tremendous challenges posed by the worst refugee crisis in recent history Some problems are so big, you don’t even know where to start. The refugee crisis is a problem of this magnitude. With the refugee population reaching around 20 million, governments are

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