refugees

Islamophobia on the Rise in Germany, Study Shows

BERLIN, June 15 – Islamophobia has risen markedly in Germany, a study published on Wednesday showed, underscoring the tensions simmering in German society after more than one million migrants, mostly Muslims, arrived last year. Every second respondent in the study of 2,420 people said they sometimes felt like a foreigner in their own country due

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U.N. Agency Says Syria Kurds Block Civilians Fleeing Near Aleppo

BEIRUT, May 31 – Civilians fleeing a Daesh offensive in northwestern Syria have been prevented by Syrian Kurdish authorities from entering areas under their control in response to rebel shelling of a Kurdish-held area of Aleppo, the United Nations said. The civilians have been fleeing fighting between Syrian rebels and militant group Daesh that advanced

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Bulgaria to Return Detained Afghan Migrants to Greece

SOFIA, May 28 – Bulgaria detained 53 Afghan migrants on Saturday aboard a freight train from Greece and said it would return them to its southern neighbour to “send a strong message” to others who might be tempted to use the same route to western Europe. Greece’s border with Macedonia just to the west is

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Iraqis Fleeing Mosul to Syria, Up To 50,000 Anticipated: UNHCR

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 27 – More than 4,200 Iraqis from Mosul fled to Syria in May, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday, adding it is gearing up for up to 50,000 people to leave the Daesh-held city and cross the border. Driving the exodus appear to be reports that Daesh militants

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Middle East Refugees Help Europe Prosecute War Crimes

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE, May 27 – European authorities are seeking testimony from some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Middle East violence as they try to build war crimes cases linked to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. As witnesses to atrocities, they are invaluable to prosecutors preparing trials in European

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Merkel’s Coalition Partner Accuses Her of About-Turn on Refugees

BERLIN, May 14 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner accused her of doing an about-turn on her refugee policy since she opened Germany’s borders to thousands of migrants in September. German Vice Chancellor and Social Democrats (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that Merkel had made the right decision to

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German “Godfathers” Reunite Syrian Families

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN, May 12 – Three days after an emotional reunion with his younger son in Berlin, a 71-year-old Syrian handed a bar of olive oil and laurel soap, a hand-made wall hanging and a box of pistachio sweets to a 56-year-old German he had never met before. The gifts were from Aleppo,

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U.N. to Campaign Against Xenophobia, Racism in Dealing with Refugees

By Ellen Wulfhorst UNITED NATIONS, May 9 – The United Nations on Monday proposed that its member countries create and agree upon a system to share responsibility more fairly for the hundreds of millions of refugees and migrants around the world. The global compact would be accompanied by a U.N.-led campaign to combat the xenophobia

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Migrants Freed from Greek Detention, Trapped in Limbo on Islands

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, May 9 – Migrants and refugees are being freed from detention centres in Greece but remain trapped on its islands until their asylum requests are processed, exposing them to dire living conditions and even the risk of people smugglers, human rights groups say. At least 1,100 people have been released from

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