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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.... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Saudi Teen Who Fled Family Granted Refugee Status

Next stop, Australia?

(Newser) - A Saudi Arabian teenager who barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and pleaded for the world's help has won her fight to be treated as a refugee. The United Nations high commissioner for refugees assessed Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, on Wednesday and determined that she is a legitimate... More »

Researcher: It's Time for 'Climate Passports'

People who lose their homes will need them, says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber at UN summit

(Newser) - A prominent researcher is proposing establishing a "climate passport" for people driven from their homes by the impact of global warming, per the AP . Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said Thursday the passport could be modeled on a similar certificate given to... More »

Service Started at This Church 5 Weeks Ago. It's Still Going On

Dutch Protestant church is trying to protect Armenian refugee family from being deported

(Newser) - A Netherlands church service that started before Halloween is still going on—all to keep police away from a family of Armenian refugees who have sought sanctuary there. Sasun and Anousche Tamrazyan and their three children, ages 14, 19, and 21, recently lost an appeal to stay in the country... More »

Refugee Finds New Home After 7 Months in Airport

Hassan Al Kontar arrived in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday

(Newser) - For seven months, Hassan Al Kontar documented his life inside Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where the Syrian refugee was held in limbo after arriving on March 7. Finally, Al Kontar and his 20,000 Twitter followers will get a change of scenery. "For today, I am in Taiwan International... More »

Clinton's Migration Comments Cause a Stir

She urges Europe to send the message that it can't continue to 'provide refuge'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has managed to simultaneously surprise her critics on the right and her supporters on the left with new comments about migration in Europe. In an interview with the Guardian , Clinton discussed the rise of right-wing populists—she includes President Trump in that mix—and said they won't... More »

White House Announces Asylum Crackdown

Trump expected to issue proclamation Friday

(Newser) - The White House has unveiled the crackdown on asylum seekers President Trump promised last week . A joint statement from Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released Thursday announced an "Interim Final Rule" declaring that "aliens" who violate presidential suspensions or limitations on entry... More »

Man Stuck in Airport Since March Is Arrested

Hassan Al Kontar of Syria was trying for seven months to find a country to issue him a visa

(Newser) - A Syrian man who found himself stuck in an airport for months after overstaying his Malaysian visa and subsequently refusing to return to his war-torn home country has been arrested. Per CBC , Hassan Al Kontar spent the last seven months living in the Kuala Lumpur airport and documenting on Twitter... More »

Dalai Lama Says 'Europe Belongs to the Europeans'

Europe should welcome refugees, but ultimately migrants should return home, he says

(Newser) - Addressing a conference in Malmö, Sweden, home of many immigrants, the Dalai Lama said Europe was "morally responsible" for helping refugees who are in danger—but that ultimately those refugees should return to their homelands. "Receive them, help them, educate them ... but ultimately they should develop their own... More »

Arrest Made in Mass Attack Involving Refugees

Timmy Kinner, 30, is facing multiple charges

(Newser) - A man who was recently asked to leave a Boise apartment complex is suspected of going on a stabbing rampage there that injured nine people, including six children, police said Sunday. Four of the victims have life-threatening injuries. Timmy Kinner, 30, is facing nine counts of aggravated battery and... More »

There's a New Crisis at Rohingya Camps

A 'child protection crisis' as officials prepare for wave of births

(Newser) - Soldiers committed no rapes during a crackdown on the Rohingya in Myanmar, the country's army chief told a UN Security Council delegation on Monday, per AFP . But such denials will only become harder to sustain with the cries of infants taking over refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, where hundreds... More »

Pope's New Year's Message: Dump Life's 'Useless Baggage'

Francis also told congregants: 'Do not extinguish' hopes of migrants, refugees

(Newser) - Jan. 1 isn't just New Year's Day for the Roman Catholic Church. It's also the World Day of Peace , and Pope Francis used the occasion Monday to remind 40,000 congregants at St. Peter's Square about the plight of one of the world's "weakest... More »

Judge Lifts Trump Ban on Refugees From 11 Countries

He orders government to process applications for those with family in US

(Newser) - A federal judge in Seattle on Saturday partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim countries from reuniting with family living legally in the United States, the AP reports. US District Judge James Robart heard arguments... More »

Things Just Got Tougher for Refugees From 11 Unnamed Countries

Trump on Tuesday allowed the resumption of refugee admissions into the US

(Newser) - President Trump on Tuesday allowed the resumption of refugee admissions into the US under new, stricter screening rules but ordered nationals from 11 countries believed to pose higher risk to US national security to face even tougher scrutiny. Officials refused to identify the 11 countries, but said refugee applications from... More »

Trump to Sharply Curtail Number of Refugees Allowed

Number will be capped at 45K in coming year

(Newser) - The Trump administration defended its decision Wednesday to sharply curtail the number of refugees allowed into the US to 45,000 next year, even as global humanitarian groups decried the move and called the number far too low. The 45,000 cap, to be formally announced by President Trump in... More »

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