refugees

NATO Overcomes Greek-Turkish Tensions to Agree Aegean Mission

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Feb 25 – NATO allies have agreed to a plan for their ships in the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece counter criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, NATO’s chief said on Thursday, overcoming territorial sensitivities between Greece and Turkey. After late night talks in Brussels, NATO envoys set out

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Germany, Afghanistan Work Together to Return Refugees to Kabul

KABUL, Feb 24 – A chartered airplane carrying 125 Afghan refugees back from Germany landed in Kabul on Wednesday, with officials on hand eager to assure the returnees that they have a future in Afghanistan. The refugees returned voluntarily, in what is expected to be the first of many such flights coordinated between the governments

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Fridges and Flour: Syrian Refugees Boost Turkish Economy

By Nevzat Devranoglu ISTANBUL, Feb 22 – Turkey’s 2.6 million Syrian refugees may be straining the housing and jobs systems, but they’re also fueling economic growth. The world’s largest refugee population has had a positive impact on Turkish output, economists and government officials say. It may be partly responsible for an unexpected rise in third-quarter

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EU’s Juncker Sees Progress in Migrant Crisis, Praises Merkel

BERLIN, Feb 17 – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Germany’s Bild daily that Europe is making progress in tackling the migrant crisis and praised Chancellor Angela Merkel for sticking to “long-sighted” policies in the face of criticism. In an interview published on Wednesday, a day before leaders hold a closely-watched summit on the refugee

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Border Fences Will Not Stop Migrants Heading to Europe Says Think-Tank

By Emma Batha LONDON, Feb 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Efforts by European countries to deter migrants with border fences, teargas and asset seizures will not stem the flow of people into the continent, and European leaders should make their journeys safer, a think-tank said on Wednesday. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said Europe must

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Russian Firepower Helps Syrian Forces Edge Towards Turkey Border

By Suleiman Al Khalidi BEIRUT, Feb 8 – The Syrian army advanced towards the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar Al Assad. Iranian backed-militias played a key role on the ground as Russian

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Finnish PM Says He Can’t Put Up Refugee Family for Security Reasons

HELSINKI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila has said he will not be able fulfill a promise to put up a family of asylum seekers for now because of security concerns. Sipila, a former telecoms executive, stirred controversy in September by saying he would open his second home in northern Finland to

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Refugees Must Return Home After War – Germany’s Merkel

By Andreas Rinke NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany, Jan 30 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Saturday to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees by insisting that most refugees from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended. Despite appearing increasingly isolated, Merkel has resisted pressure from some

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A Talented Life

One Syrian refugee recycles pieces of garbage into works of diorama BY Mostapha Raad Four years ago, Miteib Suleiman was forced to flee his hometown of Nabek in Syria because of the ravaging war. Along with his family, he moved to Koura in northern Lebanon where he currently works in the construction sector laying tiles.

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UK PM Cameron Launches English Language Campaign for Muslim Women

LONDON, Jan 18 – Some migrants to Britain who cannot pass an English test within 2-1/2 years of arriving may not be allowed to stay, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday in a move aimed at fostering greater integration by Muslim women. Cameron said there were 190,000 British Muslim women who spoke little

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