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Biden Completes Flip on Refugee Cap

Because of Trump cutbacks, government won't fill all spots this year

(Newser) - After first deciding to leave the nation's cap on refugees allowed into the US where it was, President Biden announced Monday that as many as 62,500 can enter the country in the next six months. The limit applies to people seeking to escape war, violence, or natural disasters,...

Biden's Moves on Refugees Are Mixed
Biden Walks
Back Reversal
on Refugee Cap

Biden Walks Back Reversal on Refugee Cap

President said earlier Friday he'd keep the limit at Trump's 15K, prompting an outcry

(Newser) - Facing swift blowback from allies and aid groups, the White House on Friday said President Biden plans to lift in the next month his predecessor’s historically low cap on refugees, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements. Biden earlier Friday moved to accelerate refugee admissions...

They Found Safety in Denmark. Now They're Told to Go
They Found Safety in Denmark.
Now They're Told to Go

They Found Safety in Denmark. Now They're Told to Go

Denmark becomes first EU country to revoke Syrians' residence permits

(Newser) - "I'm not a danger. I'm not a criminal." You might be inclined to agree. What Ghalia al-Asseh is is a chemistry and biotechnology student at the Technical University of Denmark, the country in which she has lived since fleeing Syria with her family in 2015. Now,...

Man Tries to Repay Village That Hid His Family in WWII

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, protected about 2,500 Jewish refugees

(Newser) - Eric Schwam, his parents and grandmother arrived in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a small French village known for providing refuge since the 17th century— when it helped Huguenots escaping religious persecution—in 1943. A pastor and his wife had urged villagers to protect Jewish refugees from Nazi occupiers, as well as their...

The 'Final Straw,' Then a 'Humanitarian Disaster'
'This Fire Was Expected'
the rundown

'This Fire Was Expected'

Europe's largest refugee camp, Moria, is largely destroyed in blaze

(Newser) - Little of Europe's largest refugee camp has been left standing after a fire swept through on Tuesday night—with Wednesday night bringing more fires. The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is home to nearly 13,000 people, some 70% of them from Afghanistan but the...

Stranded Refugees Get Italy's Help
Refugees Swamp
Tiny Italian Island

Refugees Swamp Tiny Italian Island

Protest meets arrivals, as mayor says nation has no plan

(Newser) - Italy dispatched a coast guard patrol in the Mediterranean Sea to save refugees stranded on a bright pink rescue boat—painted and funded by Banksy, the British street artist. But now there's another problem. The hundreds of evacuees have overwhelmed the shelters on the small island they were ferried...

Starving Refugees Rescued After 2 Months at Sea

Almost 400 people were on overcrowded boat

(Newser) - Hundreds of starving Rohingya refugees have been rescued after spending almost two months at sea. The coast guard in Bangladesh says more than 30 people died on the vessel, which may have been turned back from Malaysia due to the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC reports. Authorities say the refugees are...

Thousands of Refugees Mass at EU Border

They gather at Turkey's western border to enter Greece

(Newser) - Thousands of migrants and refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier Sunday, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe, the AP reports. In Syria, Turkish troops shot down two Syrian warplanes after the Syrian military...

20 Die in Stampede for Food Aid at Refugee Camp

Refugees in Niger hadn't received food previous day

(Newser) - A local official says at least 20 people died in a stampede in Niger as they were being given food and goods at a refugee camp. Diffa governor Issa Lamine says 15 women and five children were killed and 16 others were injured Monday at the camp in the southeast...

County That Seemed Set to Bar Refugees Changes Course

Burleigh County Commission votes 3-2 to accept up to 25 in 2020

(Newser) - A North Dakota county on Monday voted to accept no more than 25 refugees next year, after initially signaling it would be the first to ban them since President Trump ordered that states and counties should have the power to do so. The 3-2 vote by the Burleigh County Commission,...

This County May Be First to Bar New Refugees

North Dakota county will vote on Monday

(Newser) - Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. "I am an American citizen, a North Dakotan,” said Panchol, a...

Report: No Refugees Will Be Resettled in the US This Month

Pause on admissions has been extended 3 times

(Newser) - The Trump administration has proposed cutting the cap on refugees admitted to the US for resettlement to its lowest level ever , but in October, the number admitted was the lowest possible. On Tuesday, the State Department extended a pause on admissions for a third time, meaning the US is on...

Trump Cuts Refugee Cap to Lowest Level Ever

Only 18K will be accepted for resettlement in next 12 months

(Newser) - The number of refugees admitted for resettlement in the United States in the next 12 months will be the equivalent of 0.006% of the population, according to new regulations announced by the State Department. The administration says it will admit 18,000 refugees in the next fiscal year, the...

Supreme Court: Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers

Ruling allows nationwide enforcement of limits while legal challenge continues

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The justices' order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border....

20% of Asylum Seekers Come From a Single Country

UN calls economic crisis there a 'war of survival'

(Newser) - When Johan Álvarez was unable to provide more than one meal a day for his young family he knew it was time to leave Venezuela. With his wife and infant son, the 25-year-old embarked on a lengthy journey by bus through three nations to reach Peru earlier this year....

She Has Dementia, Chokes on Food. Denmark Is Deporting Her

Family of 72-year-old Zarmena Waziri says she'll never make it back in Afghanistan

(Newser) - June 4 is a day of reckoning for Zarmena Waziri, a 72-year-old refugee from Afghanistan with dementia who's been told that's the day she must report to a Denmark deportation center. The New York Times reports that her last appeal for asylum there, where she lives with her...

Saudi Runaway Sisters Plead for Help on Twitter

They say they fled abusive family

(Newser) - Two Saudi sisters appealed for help Wednesday from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after fleeing their country, in the latest case of runaways from the ultra-conservative kingdom using social media to seek asylum. Using a newly created Twitter account called " GeorgiaSisters ," they identified themselves as Maha al-Subaie,...

A Refugee Mother's Anguish After Fire: 'All 7 Are Dead?'

Ibrahim and Kawthar Barho lost all of their children in house fire; Ibrahim Barho is clinging to life

(Newser) - Friends say a family in Canada was set to move next week from the home they rented and head back to the district in Nova Scotia where they'd first landed as refugees from war-torn Raqqa, Syria, in 2017. Now the family of nine has been tragically reduced to two...

96-Day Church Service Ends on a High Note

'Intended result has been achieved' as family's deportation temporarily halted

(Newser) - One of the longest religious ceremonies ever recorded came to an end Wednesday in the Netherlands with a lot of clapping. Bethel Church in the Hague put an end to 96 days of nonstop worship with news that a family of refugees sheltering inside the church was safe from immediate...

Runaway Saudi Teen Finds a New Home
Runaway Saudi Teen
Finds a New Home

Runaway Saudi Teen Finds a New Home

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun lands in Toronto, Canada

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which had offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign , per the AP . "This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave...

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