refugees

German Minister Says Migrant Crisis May Have Peaked

BERLIN, April 3 – On the eve of the first expulsions of refugees from Greece to Turkey under a deal to slow the influx of migrants to western Europe, Germany’s interior minister expressed cautious optimism that the crisis had peaked. Chancellor Angela Merkel is under pressure to slow the number of arrivals of migrants after

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Turkey, Greece Scramble to Start EU Deal As Migrant Arrivals Rise

By Tulay Karadeniz and Dasha Afanasieva ANKARA, March 31 – Five days before Turkey is due to begin taking back illegal migrants from Greece under a deal with the European Union, neither side is fully ready, with officials scrambling to be able to make at least a symbolic start as new arrivals rise. Turkey agreed

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Germany Wants Refugees to Integrate or Lose Residency Rights

BERLIN, March 28 – German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he is planning a new law that will require refugees to learn German and integrate into society, or else lose their permanent right of residence. The initiative comes after voters punished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in regional elections earlier this month, giving a thumbs-down

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Doctor from Yemen Wins Hungarians’ Hearts

By Krisztina Than GYULA, Hungary, March 24 – Abdulrahman Abdulrab Mohamed sometimes cooks Hungarian beef stew, his favourite dish, for his three sons using spices from Yemen, where he grew up. The 45-year-old paediatrician, who has lived and worked in the town of Gyula near Hungary’s eastern border with Romania for almost two decades, says

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Syria: The Plight of Female Refugees

When conflicts force people out of their homes, women often become the supporters and providers for their families By Karishma Bhansali Mehta and Maysa Zureikat Um Thaer, a widow and mother of five, left East Ghotah in Syria three years ago to find refuge in Jordan. Aside from selling home-made meals whenever she gets the

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EU-Turkey Deal Fails to Stem Refugee Flight to Greece

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, March 20 – They waved, cheered and smiled, elated to have made it to Europe at dawn on Sunday in a packed blue rubber motor boat. The 50 or so refugees and migrants were among the first to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos on day one after an

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EU-Turkey Migrant Scheme Could Start Sunday: EU officials

By Francesco Guarascio and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 18 – A plan to return all irregular migrants arriving on Greek islands back to Turkey could take effect on Sunday if EU leaders strike a deal on Friday with the Turkish prime minister, senior EU officials said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned overnight that any delay

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EU Leaders Meet on Libya as Migrant Flows Rise

BRUSSELS, March 18 – Europe’s major powers will discuss Libya in the margins of an EU summit on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on efforts to end the political chaos and conflict in the country and rising migrant flows. The leaders of Britain, Germany, France, Italy, along with Spain, Malta and the EU’s foreign

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Macedonia Dumps Migrants Back in Greece as EU-Turkey Deal Falters

By Ognen Teofilovski and Michele Kambas IDOMENI, Greece/NICOSIA, March 15 – Macedonia dumped about 1,500 migrants and refugees back into Greece overnight after they forced their way across the border, as European nations continued to pass the buck in a migration crisis that risks tearing the European Union apart. The police action was part of

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UNHCR Voices Concern Over Freedom of Movement of Displaced Iraqis

BAGHDAD, March 15  – The United Nations’ refugee agency has expressed concern that Iraqis displaced from territory controlled by Daesh are being forcibly transferred to camps where their freedom of movement is restricted. “Freedom of movement is key to displaced people being able to exercise other rights, such as access to work, food, healthcare and

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