ARTICLES RELATING TO REFUGEES

UNHCR probes allegations of fraud in processing refugees

2014-11-21 22:11

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says it is investigating allegations of fraud in the processing of asylum seekers in Malaysia.

Violence in Nigeria adds to cholera epidemic

2014-11-03 14:59

Violence in Nigeria is pushing refugees and cholera across the border, aid agencies say.

Merkel calls for aid to Syrian refugees

2014-10-28 13:44

The German government is hosting an international conference in Berlin, where donor nations and envoys from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey are to confer on how to help Syrian refugees.

Australia asylum cases challenged in court

2014-10-14 16:10

Australia is facing two court challenges to its controversial asylum-seeker policies, with both seen as test cases.

Ethiopia refugee camp flooded - DWB

2014-09-06 07:43

Doctors Without Borders says a camp in Ethiopia hosting 40 000 refugees from South Sudan is flooded from heavy rains and that it must be abandoned.

Botswana set to kick out Zim refugees – report

2014-07-10 09:29
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The Botswana government is reportedly set to repatriate Zimbabweans who sought refuge in the neighbouring country at the height of Zimbabwe’s political crisis in 2008.

White House - most child refugees to be sent home

2014-07-07 23:12

The White House says most unaccompanied minors flooding into the United States from Central America will not be allowed to stay.

Australia returns asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

2014-07-07 16:55

Australia has returned asylum seekers to Sri Lanka in an at-sea transfer, raising rights abuse fears and refoulement.

German asylum applications up 61%

2014-06-12 20:36

Refugees from Syria's civil war are driving a 61% annual increase in the number of people seeking asylum in Germany.

UN aid programmes suspended in east Sudan

2014-03-26 17:49

Sudan has suspended a United Nations programme which gives job training and other assistance to thousands of refugees and local residents in poverty-stricken east Sudan, the UN said on Wednesday.

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Sudan unrest

2014-02-11 10:49

The latest top photographs of the Sudan unrest.

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Civilians flee threatened South Sudan town

2014-01-18 16:02

Civilians have again fled the flashpoint South Sudan town of Bor ahead of a looming new assault by government forces.

1 500 South Sudanese going home

2013-12-13 22:14

In the first such transfer in about a year, 1 500 ethnic South Sudanese are to return to their ancestral homeland from Khartoum area squatter camps.

Egypt detains Syria refugees, forces them to leave

2013-11-11 10:58

Egypt has detained more than 1 500 refugees from Syria, including Palestinians and 250 children, before forcing most to leave the country, HRW says.

1 000s flee into Uganda as DRC fighting spreads

2013-10-29 08:57

At least 10 000 Congolese refugees have fled into Uganda to escape fighting between a new rebel faction identified as M18 and militia in DRC’s lawless northeast, military officials say.

Somalis in Kenya fearful after attack on mall

2013-09-25 15:29

Somali refugee camps in northern Kenya could not be more different from upmarket malls in the capital Nairobi, but attacks by Somalia’s al-Shabaab insurgents have affected them both.

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Syrian conflict development

2013-09-03 10:06

See the latest pictures of the Syrian conflict as more and more refugees flee the country.

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6 migrants drown, 100 rescued off Sicily

2013-08-10 13:17

The Italian coastguard has found the bodies of six migrants dead on a tourist beach in Sicily while more than 100 others, thought to be Syrians, have been rescued, officials say.

UNHCR Darfur permits cut

2013-08-06 22:13

The UN refugee agency will cut its workload in Sudan's Darfur region after permits for more than half its international staff there were not renewed.

More dead in Indonesia boat sinking

2013-07-26 09:12

The death toll from an overcrowded asylum seeker boat carrying more than 200 people that sank off Indonesia's coast has climbed to 15 after four more bodies were recovered, says a rescuer.

Rape claims at Australian asylum camp

2013-07-24 09:55

Australian Immigration Minister Tony Burke has described as "horrific" explosive claims that asylum-seekers at one of its processing camps in Papua New Guinea are being raped and tortured.

Nauru refugee riots follow crackdown

2013-07-20 14:08

Eyewitnesses say buildings have been razed as hundreds of asylum-seekers escaped detention during riots at an Australian refugee facility.

5 000 a month dying in Syria war

2013-07-16 20:21

Five thousand people a month are dying in the Syria war which has now thrown up the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Malta asks Libya to help stem migrants

2013-07-11 19:05

Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat has invited a senior Libyan official to talks with EU President Herman Van Rompuy in a bid to get the North African nation's help in stemming the flow of migrant arrivals.

Pope slams global indifference to refugees

2013-07-08 15:00

Pope Francis has called for an end to worldwide indifference to the plight of refugees on a visit to an Italian island where tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East reach Europe.

 

UN halves food aid to Kenya

2014-11-14 16:04

Food rations vital for half a million refugees in Kenya will be slashed in half due to an aid shortfall, the United Nations says in an appeal to donors.

Syria's neighbours risk 'host-country fatigue'

2014-10-28 15:57

Jordan and other countries neighbouring Syria are approaching "host-country fatigue" because of huge demand from refugees for housing, schools, jobs and health care, an official says.

Tanzania gives Burundi refugees citizenship

2014-10-14 18:10

Tanzania will grant citizenship to about 200 000 refugees from neighbouring Burundi.

Australia to reintroduce temporary visas for refugees

2014-09-25 17:34

Australia is set to reintroduce a controversial temporary visa system to deal with a huge backlog of asylum seekers, its immigration minister says.

More than 1 million Ukrainians displaced

2014-09-02 21:45

More than one million people have been uprooted by the conflict in Ukraine, including 260 000 within the country where further mass displacement is feared.

Sri Lanka migrants angry with Australia

2014-07-08 15:37

Sri Lankan migrants aboard a boat that was controversially turned back mid-sea by Australia claim they were abused and given little food and water.

Sri Lanka to charge returning asylum-seekers

2014-07-07 21:23

Sri Lankan authorities plan to charge a group of asylum-seekers with attempting to leave the country illegally after they were returned by Australia.

Food rations for African refugees slashed

2014-07-01 17:39

Nearly 800 000 refugees in Africa have had their food rations slashed by up to 60%, threatening to push many to the brink of starvation.

Lebanon will have 1.5m refugees by year's end

2014-05-20 07:09

The UN has warned Lebanon needs help as it is on track to take in 1.5m Syrian refugees by year's end.

Pandor: Asylum system needs changing

2014-02-25 16:23
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Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says the system allowing thousands of illegal migrants to work in South Africa needs changing.

Hopes dashed, S Sudanese return to refugee life

2014-01-27 09:14

Citizens of the world’s youngest nation South Sudan are leaving their now war-torn homeland for neighbouring Uganda, with many saying they will not return.

Long wait to escape South Sudan war

2014-01-17 14:00

Hundreds of crying children and exhausted adults have converged on the border post of Joda, where Sudan’s White Nile state meets the South’s Upper Nile, which saw heavy fighting this week.

Kenya to repatriate Somali refugees

2013-11-11 12:26

Somali refugees in Kenya must only return home voluntarily, the UN says, after signing a deal easing fears of possible forced returns of over half a million refugees.

Foreign shopkeepers head to appeal court

2013-11-01 11:05

Foreign shopkeepers are taking their battle to run businesses freely in townships to the Supreme Court of Appeal, according to a report.

Kenya piles pressure on Somali refugees

2013-10-25 13:09

Kenya says Somalia refugee camps are being used as a safe haven for Islamist militants and said the time has come for hundreds of thousands of refugees to go home.

Tanzania expels over 25 000 Burundians

2013-09-12 10:49

At least 25 000 Burundian refugees living in Tanzania have been forcibly repatriated over the past month, a UN official says, describing a "dramatic" humanitarian situation.

Spain intercepts boats carrying immigrants

2013-08-12 16:20

A Spanish maritime safety agency has intercepted nine inflatable toy boats carrying 59 African migrants, officials say.

Fingerprinting illegal immigrants 'best'

2013-08-08 14:03

Britain should consider fingerprinting the thousands of immigrants caught trying to enter the country illegally every year via France, says an independent report on Britain's borders.

Turkey fires tear gas at Syria 'smugglers'

2013-07-30 15:06

Turkish soldiers have shot into the air and fired tear gas to prevent hundreds of people, many of them believed to be smugglers, from trying to cross into Turkey from Syria, says the Turkish military.

Assange launches party in Australia

2013-07-25 10:01

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has officially launched his political party to contest Australian elections this year.

Migrants rescued at sea off Sicily

2013-07-23 15:03

A total of 199 migrants, including 19 women and 17 children, have been rescued at sea off Sicily's south-eastern tip, say Italian authorities.

New Australia refugee plan condemned

2013-07-19 18:19

Amnesty International has condemned Australia's new measures to stem an increase in refugee boats from Indonesia which includes a deal to send all boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea.

Syria refugee crisis worst since Rwanda

2013-07-16 17:28

The Syrian refugee crisis is now the worst since the Rwandan genocide with nearly 1.8 million people registered in countries around Syria.

Italy failing teen refugees: Charities

2013-07-09 16:01

Teenage migrants stranded in poor conditions on an Italian island are the true victims of an immigration system that can fail the most vulnerable, charity operators say.

Pope visits island to mourn dead refugees

2013-07-08 11:03

Pope Francis is set to fly to the Italian island of Lampedusa to honour the hundreds of migrants and refugees who have drowned trying to reach its shores in perilous crossings of the Mediterranean.

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