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EU Officials Finalise Common Asylum System To Resettle Refugees

EU Officials Finalise Common Asylum System To Resettle Refugees

European officials have finalised plans to create a common EU asylum system and refugee resettlement scheme, which advocates portray as the solution to the European migration crisis but which critics believe will be a further betrayal of refugee rights. Officials have proposed creating a semi-standardised system that would allow asylum seekers to expect similar treatment […]

From A Refugee Camp To Rio

From A Refugee Camp To Rio

Mangar Makur Chuot left Sudan as a child after his father was killed during the civil war. He lived for eight years in a refugee camp in Kenya before his family were granted asylum in Australia. To launch the Guardian’s Dear Australia series, we tell the remarkable story of South Sudan’s 200 metres hopeful and […]

Dozens Have Starved To Death In Besieged Madaya, Say NGOs

Dozens Have Starved To Death In Besieged Madaya, Say NGOs

About 86 people have died in a year-long government siege of the Syrian town of Madaya, including 65 from starvation and malnutrition, two non-governmental organisations said. The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said the Syrian government’s “stranglehold” on the town since July 2015 was responsible for the deaths. Madaya […]

These Are Scary Times For People Of Colour. It’s Time For A Big Conversation

These Are Scary Times For People Of Colour. It’s Time For A Big Conversation

What can one definitively write about Britain voting to leave as this seismic event unfolds? As a person of colour, attempting to make sense of my country right now feels something like being disembodied. My thinking self is somewhere separate from my body. I am out of place. I am vulnerable. How could I not? […]

How The Brexit Campaign Used Refugees To Scare Voters

How The Brexit Campaign Used Refugees To Scare Voters

A month before Britain voted in one of the most important referendums in a generation, the campaign to leave the European Union seemed to be losing steam. The British public, it appeared, was not convinced that life without the EU would make them freer or more prosperous. Economists were making stark warnings of a downturn if […]

More Than 700 Migrants Feared Dead In Tthree Mediterranean Sinkings

More Than 700 Migrants Feared Dead In Tthree Mediterranean Sinkings

More than 700 people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean last week, the deadliest seven days for Europe-bound asylum seekers in more than a year. The casualties happened in three separate incidents on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after more than 13,000 people set sail from Libya for Italy in an eight-day period. The […]

Rohingya Trafficking Victims Stuck In Captivity, One Year On

Rohingya Trafficking Victims Stuck In Captivity, One Year On

Hundreds of trafficking victims from Myanmar and Bangladesh remain detained in Malaysia a year after being rescued from near-certain death at sea during the Asian migration crisis. In total, 390 trafficking victims – 325 Rohingya and 65 Bangladeshis – have spent the past year in detention, despite nominally being freed from captivity in May 2015, […]

Kenya Tells UK To Resettle Somali Refugees Living In Dadaab

Kenya Tells UK To Resettle Somali Refugees Living In Dadaab

Kenya says it plans to expel hundreds of thousands of refugees within six months, and argues the international community is partly to blame for leaving it to deal with so many refugees for so long. The deputy president, William Ruto, said it is now up to the developed world to mitigate the fallout, suggesting that […]

World Humanitarian Summit Starts Amid Hope, Hype and Fear Of Empty Words

World Humanitarian Summit Starts Amid Hope, Hype and Fear Of Empty Words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little. Representatives of 175 countries, including 57 heads of states or governments, will attend the world humanitarian summit, as the outgoing UN […]

Darfur refugees look to Europe for salvation

Darfur refugees look to Europe for salvation

  AL-FASHIR, Sudan (Reuters) – Haroun Idris wants nothing more than to trade his life in a Darfur refugee camp for one in Europe. Like many young victims of Sudan’s forgotten conflict, he has lost hope of ever returning home. “My only dream, the one thing I live for, is to escape this camp and […]