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Bangladesh tells UN cannot take more Myanmar refugees

Bangladesh told the United Nations Security Council it cannot take any more refugees from Myanmar, some 18 months after more than 700,000 mainly Rohingya Muslims fled across the border amid a brutal military crackdown. Attacks on security posts by Rohingya insurgents in Myanmar's Rakhine state triggered the violence that the United Nations, the United States,…

In Poland, the homeless and Chechen refugees form unlikely bond

Warsaw, Poland - Kazik, a 61-year-old moustached man, rarely leaves western Warsaw, an area known for simple summer houses, orchards and community gardens. In recent years, it has become popular with the city's homeless, Kazik among them. For the past 10 years, he has been living in a small cottage, which although surrounded by apple and…

What you need to know about Africa’s refugees

African leaders are meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to look for lasting solutions to the pressing issue of displaced persons on the continent. The leaders are attending an African Union summit which this year focuses on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons. Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 6.6 million refugees, according to UNHCR…

African Union summit in Ethiopia focuses on refugees

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Security across the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa has been beefed up as dignitaries and heads of states from across the continent gather for the annual African Union (AU) summit which kicked off on Thursday. Metal detectors and security officers have been placed at the entrances of major hotels in the city.…

Murder of Honduran teens highlight dangers for refugees at border

Tijuana, Mexico - The murder of two Honduran teens in the Mexican border city of Tijuana over the weekend represents a tragic example of how the delays in asylum processing are putting unaccompanied minors in harm's way, rights groups say. The teens, aged 16 and 17, were kidnapped not far from a youth shelter, before…

‘Salvini law’ could make thousands of refugees homeless

Names* marked with an asterisk have been changed because of the interviewees' pending legal status.  Rome, Italy - Soumayla* was just 16 when he left Mali two and a half years ago. He spent four months in Algeria, where he made some money as a builder, then eight months in Libya which left him with…

Groups allege systematic French police brutality against refugees

There have been nearly 1,000 human rights violations by French police towards refugees in Calais in the past year, according to a report released on Wednesday.  Police Violence in Calais: Abusive and Illegal Practices by Law Enforcement officers, published by four humanitarian organisations - L'Auberge des Migrants, Refugee Info Bus, Utopia56 and Legal Shelter - says…

As snow falls in Bosnia, cold adds to ‘assaulted’ refugees’ woes

Velika Kladusa, Bosnia - Broken phones and broken bones: these are the risks refugees are running in Bosnia as they attempt to cross over the border into Croatia, the EU's newest member state. In a warehouse near the town of Velika Kladusa, close to the Croatian border, most of the 200 people living here are trying to play "the game",…

Manus refugees ask APEC leaders to help them go free

Refugees on Manus Island claimed they were 'tortured by the Australian and PNG governments' [File: David Gray/Reuters] Refugees held in Australia-run immigration detention camps on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have asked world leaders attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to help free them. The 21-nation summit starts on Saturday in Port Moresby, capital…

Far-right German NGO visits Syria, tells refugees to return

Two blonde, white men look into the camera, with beautiful Syrian hilltops and blurred village buildings in the background. They seem calm and their voices sound peaceful, although most Syria observers would find their words hard to accept. At the heart of their message: Syria is a safe country for refugees to return to. Alternative…
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