refugees

Far-Right Crimes Rise Sharply in Austria Amid Migrant Crisis

VIENNA, May 2 – Austria saw a sharp increase last year in the number of incidents involving xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-semitism, a report showed on Monday, following the arrival of large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants and refugees. Authorities pressed charges in about 1,690 cases related to right-wing extremism in 2015, the highest number to

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Pope Returns With 12 Refugees After Visit to Greek Island

By Philip Pullella and Karolina Tagaris LESVOS, Greece April 16 – Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. At a sprawling fenced complex

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Pope Francis to Visit Greek Migrant Island of Lesvos on April 16

VATICAN CITY, April 7 – Pope Francis will make a lightning trip to the Greek island of Lesvos on April 16, the Vatican said on Thursday, in a visit aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the front line of Europe’s migrant crisis. Hundreds of thousands of refugees, many fleeing the war in Syria,

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Migrant Arrivals on Greek Islands Slow to a Trickle

ATHENS, April 6 – Arrivals in Greece of migrants crossing by sea from Turkey fell sharply on Wednesday, three days after an agreement came into force to seal off a route used by hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict in the past year. New arrivals on the Greek islands facing Turkey dropped to 68

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Anger Simmers as Greek Islands Adapt to Migrant Deal

By Karolina Tagaris and Renee Maltezou ATHENS/LESBOS, Greece, April 6 – A day after Greece deported hundreds of migrants to Turkey under an EU deal meant to discourage others from making the same perilous journey to Europe, anger was simmering on Greek islands and asylum applications were piling up. Under the pact, Ankara will take

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Turkey: A Not-So-Cunning Plan

The EU’s deal with Turkey  to stem the flow of refugees and migrants is deeply flawed BY Owen Matthews For Ayla Agit, the deal signed in March between Europe and Turkey to stem the flow of migrants and refugees was a prayer answered. “Finally, we have a chance to get a new life in Germany!”

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France Says Syrian Refugee Intake Insufficient, Vows to Double Efforts

PARIS, April 5 – France acknowledged on Tuesday that its intake of Syrian refugees had been slow and insufficient, but vowed to double efforts to meet commitments in light of a deal agreed between the European Union and Turkey. Under a pact criticised by refugee agencies and human rights campaigners, Ankara will take back all

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How Europe Built Fences to Keep People Out

By Gabriela Baczynska and Sara Ledwith BRUSSELS, April 4 – In early March, Europe’s migration chief Dimitris Avramopoulos squelched through a muddy refugee camp on Greece’s border with Macedonia and peered through the barbed-wire topped fence that stands between tens of thousands of migrants in Greece and richer countries that lie to the north. “By

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Migrants Sent Back from Greece Arrive in Turkey Under EU Deal

By Dasha Afanasieva and Karolina Tagaris DIKILI, Turkey/LESBOS, Greece, April 4 – Migrants sent back from the Greek island of Lesbos began arriving in Turkey on Monday under a European Union deal aimed at stopping the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe since last year. The first of two Turkish-flagged passenger boats carrying 131

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