Latest Political refugees News

Libyan guards accused of sexually assaulting minors

Jun. 20, 2021 02:09 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — When Libyan security forces rescued her earlier this year, the young Somali woman thought it would be the end of her suffering. For more than two years, she had been imprisoned and sexually abused by human traffickers notorious for extorting, torturing and assaulting migrants...

EU threatens Lebanese politicians with sanctions over crisis

Jun. 19, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief Saturday berated Lebanese politicians for delays in forming a new Cabinet, warning the union could impose sanctions on those behind the political stalemate in the crisis-hit country. Josep Borrell made his...

Tennessee lawmakers seek answers on shelter for migrant kids

Jun. 18, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny of a Chattanooga shelter for immigrant children after state officials confirmed that an unaccompanied migrant child reported being abused there. The abuse allegations became public earlier this...

UN: Millions driven from homes in 2020 despite COVID crisis

Jun. 18, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — War, violence, persecution, human rights violations and other factors caused nearly 3 million people to flee their homes last year, even though the COVID-19 crisis restricted movement worldwide, the U.N. refugee agency said in a report Friday. In its...

Migrant family's presence on Greek island hints at pushbacks

Jun. 18, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

VATHY, Greece (AP) — Around dawn one recent spring day, an inflatable dinghy carrying nearly three dozen people reached the Greek island of Samos from the nearby Turkish coast. Within 24 hours, refugee rights groups say, the same group was seen drifting in a life raft back to Turkey. ...

UN: Over 270 migrants rescued and detained in Libya

Jun. 17, 2021 06:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Over 270 Europe-bound migrants were rescued by a commercial ship near Libya's Mediterranean shores and handed over to the Libyan coast guard who sent them to detention centers, the U.N. migration and refugee agencies said. The migrants were rescued in...

Syria's last aid crossing in balance as Biden to meet Putin

Jun. 15, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

President Joe Biden will seek to stave off another surge of civilian suffering in the devastating war in Syria when he meets President Vladimir Putin this week, appealing to Putin to drop a threat to close the last aid crossing into that country. Russian forces have...

Refugee team of 29 athletes picked for Tokyo Olympics

Jun. 08, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The refugee team for the Tokyo Olympics will have 29 athletes competing in 12 sports, including a medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games who left Iran citing institutional sexism. The team selected by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday was...

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

Jun. 08, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona’s desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek. Each colorful wooden memorial denotes where...

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

Jun. 08, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona's desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek. Each colorful wooden memorial denotes where a...