syrian refugees

Refugee Crisis Could Shake Up Germany’s Political Landscape

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, Jan 3 – For the past decade, German politics has been a relatively dull affair, with Angela Merkel dominating at the national level and the major parties in agreement on all the big issues, from euro zone bailouts and refugees to the phase-out of nuclear energy. But that may change in

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Refugees

LENDING HAND: Asylum seekers reach Lesbos in an overloaded rubber dinghy on the coast near Skala Sikaminias. An estimated 100,000 refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek islands in August, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. Spurred by public anger over the humanitarian crisis, the European Union has turned its attention to helping Syrian refugees escaping

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Turkish Police Round Up Syrian Refugees

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Dec 27 – Ghada’s five children cried out in terror when police broke into their run-down Istanbul flat at dawn and ordered the 36-year-old Syrian’s family onto a bus, without saying why. The family of seven from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was among a group of refugees rounded up

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EU Sees Little Drop in Migrants Since Turkey Deal

BRUSSELS, Dec 17 – The European Union has seen little evidence that Turkey has managed to reduce departures of migrants for Greek islands in the two weeks since it signed an agreement to do so, an EU document showed on Thursday. The report by the Luxembourg government, in its current capacity as president of EU

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An Unrelenting Exodus

Jordan’s border faces a new wave of Syrian refugees BY Maysa Zureikat Jordan’s northernmost desert is an unforgiving terrain. As far as the eye can see, rocks and sand disrupt the horizon, with no natural shelter against the elements. But here squat elderly, infirm and wounded Syrian refugees, who are trapped on the border in

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Chancellor Merkel Wants to “Drastically Reduce” Refugee Arrivals in Germany

KARLSRUHE, Germany, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she wanted to “drastically decrease” the number of refugees coming to Germany, signalling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her conservatives on the eve of a party congress. Merkel has resisted pressure from allies within her Christian Democratic Union

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Six Syrians Arrested in Argentina for Traveling With Fake Greek Passports

By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Authorities in Argentina arrested six Syrians who flew into the South American country on false Greek passports, a spokesman for the federal police told Reuters on Saturday, adding that the bogus travel documents were probably obtained in Turkey. The six, including one minor, were taken into

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U.N: Europe Must Stop Locking Up Thousands of Stateless People

By Emma Batha LONDON, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – European countries must stop locking up stateless people like criminals, human rights campaigners said, describing their detention as “a preventable tragedy” that risks being worsened by the migrant crisis. Thousands of stateless people are being held in immigration detention centres across Europe even though they

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Obama Urges Generosity for Syrian Refugees on Thanksgiving

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in his Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution. “Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims

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Les Misérables

Are aid agencies in Lebanon profiting off the back of refugees? BY Martin Jay Huddled under makeshift ‘tent houses’ nestled in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, Syrian refugees are braced for a winter of bitter cold. Night falls on land bequeathed by the United Nations, where the tents are pitched. But the organisation itself appears to be

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