syrian refugees

Germany Seeking “Safe Zones” in Syria To Shelter Refugees

By Ercan Gurses and Andreas Rinke GAZIANTEP, Turkey, April 24 – Germany is seeking the creation of “safe zones” to shelter refugees in Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, an idea Turkey has long championed in the face of U.N. caution. Keeping refugees on the Syrian side of the border would help Brussels and Ankara, which hosts 2.7

[ Read More ]

NATO Says Migrant Numbers in Aegean Falling, Warns Routes Could Change

By Dasha Afanasieva and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, April 21 – The number of migrants and refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Europe is falling significantly but people smugglers can rapidly change routes and authorities must not reduce their security efforts prematurely, the head of NATO said on Thursday. Speaking in the Turkish capital,

[ Read More ]

U.N. Deeply Concerned As Exodus From Aleppo Grows

GENEVA, April 20 – The United Nations expressed deep worry on Wednesday over the fate of more than 40,000 Syrians who have fled fighting near the northern city of Aleppo that has escalated in recent days as government forces press an offensive despite a truce. Fighting around Aleppo has become the biggest threat to the

[ Read More ]

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

[ Read More ]

Canada: A Helping Hand

A Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur has pledged jobs for Syrian refugees By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours For Mohamad Fakih, everything changed after his visit to one of the Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. “My heart was shattered when I saw what I saw in that camp,” the Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur tells Newsweek Middle East. “Children had no jackets; they were

[ Read More ]

Macedonian Police Use Tear Gas on Migrants at Greek Border

ATHENS, April 10 – Macedonian police used tear gas to push back hundreds of migrants from a border fence on Sunday at a sprawling refugee camp on the Greek side of the frontier, a Reuters witness said. Tear gas was fired on a crowd of more than 500 people who had gathered at the fence

[ Read More ]

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,

[ Read More ]

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

[ Read More ]

Turkey to Readmit More Migrants from Greece as EU Deal Faces Protests

By Orhan Coskun and Karolina Tagaris ANKARA/LESBOS, Turkey, April 5 – Turkey is ready to take another 200 migrants deported from the Greek islands on Wednesday, a senior government official said, as it presses ahead with a disputed EU deal aimed at shutting down the main route for illegal migration into Europe. A first group

[ Read More ]

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

[ Read More ]