Refugee crises

Turks turn on Syrians offered citizenship

After years facing an increasingly uncertain future, Syrian refugees were offered a lifeline earlier this month by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement they could be given Turkish citizenship. The news was largely greeted with elation by the country’s more than 2.7 million Syrians, but that brief moment of hope[…]

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Almost 6,000 refugee minors vanished in Germany

More than 5,800 refugee kids have been recorded missing in Germany in 2015. While authorities have failed to explain their disappearance, the head of domestic intelligence has warned that recruiters are specifically targeting refugee minors at an alarming rate. Some 5,835 refugee minors vanished in Germany in 2015, a new[…]

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Pope slams Europe’s treatment of migrants

Pope Francis decried what he called Europe’s “indifferent and anaesthetized conscience” over migrants, during Good Friday prayers in Rome during which he also slammed pedophile priests, arms dealers and fundamentalists. Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful gathered for the service, many clutching candles in the imposing surrounds of the city’s[…]

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Refugees arrive in Greece despite EU deal

Refugee boats continued to arrive in Greece in the eastern Mediterranean, despite a recent deal between the EU and Turkey – whereby refugees will be deported back to Turkey – coming into effect. At least five boats, carrying more than 30 refugees each, arrived from Turkey between Saturday midnight –[…]

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UN says EU-Turkey refugee deal would violate law

Proposals to send back refugees en masse from the European Union to Turkey would contravene their right to protection under European and international law, agencies and rights groups say. The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, has criticised the plans drawn up by Turkey and the EU, saying they would amount to[…]

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Refugee crisis brewing on South Africa’s doorstep

Malawi, which once battled to shelter more than a million Mozambican refugees fleeing that country’s brutal civil war, has gradually found itself in the same quagmire once again. Unlike the huge numbers of refugees it hosted during the conflict between 1977 and 1992, Malawi is currently hosting about 6000 Mozambicans,[…]

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Merkel defends open borders for migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her open-door policy for migrants, rejecting any limit on the number of refugees allowed into her country despite divisions within her government. Merkel said there was no ‘Plan B’ for her aim of reducing the flow of migrants through cooperation with Turkey, efforts[…]

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