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FILE - In this Jan 28, 2020, file photo, demonstrators listen to speakers during a rally outside the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. President Trump appears to be ignoring a deadline to establish how many refugees will be allowed into the United States in 2021, raising uncertainty about the future of the 40-year-old resettlement program. The 1980 Refugee Act requires presidents to issue their determination before Oct. 1, 2020, the start of the fiscal year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Faith groups decry Trump's plans for record low refugee cap

Oct. 1, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Refugee advocates, including faith-based groups that President Donald Trump is courting in his re-election bid, called on Congress Thursday to halt his administration’s plans to slash the limit on refugees allowed into the U.S. to a record low, saying it goes against...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 file photo, a migrant rests in a tent improvised from plastic sheets at a makeshift camp in a forest outside Velika Kladusa, Bosnia. Bosnian authorities have started emptying U.N.-run migrant camps in town centers housing hundreds of people, moving residents to a crowded, out-of-the-way facility that’s not equipped for winter conditions — or just leaving them to fend for themselves in the woods. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic, File)

Bosnia: Hundreds of migrants evicted from UN-run camps

Sep. 30, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities have started emptying U.N.-run migrant camps in town centers, moving hundreds of people to a crowded, out-of-the-way facility that's not equipped for winter conditions — or just leaving them to fend for themselves in the woods. There are some...

139 refugees head to Germany from Greece for resettlement

Sep. 30, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say 139 vulnerable asylum-seekers who had been living in overcrowded Greek island camps have left for Germany, as part of efforts to ease overcrowding and move refugees to other European countries. The group that flew out of Greece on Wednesday consisted of children...

In this photo provided by Charlie Vallejo, Dr. Carlos Vallejo, right, celebrates Dr. Jorge Vallejo's birthday on June 12, 2020, at a Cuban restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Dr. Jorge Vallejo was hospitalized the night before Father's Day due to COVID-19. His son, the internist Dr. Carlos Vallejo, who was treating elderly residents infected with the coronavirus, was taken to another hospital hours later with shortness of breath due to the virus. They both died at ages 89 and 57, respectively. Dr. Jorge Vallejo, his wife and two sons arrived from Cuba in 1965 in an old navy torpedo boat. (Charlie Vallejo via AP)

Lives Lost: Father, son doctors started as Cuban refugees

Sep. 30, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Almost fifty-five years ago, Dr. Jorge Vallejo told his colleagues at a Havana hospital that he needed to rush home to check on one of his toddler sons who had a fever. That was a lie. He actually went home to pack some clothes before he, his wife and two boys boarded a torpedo boat named...

In this image made from UNTV video, Kyaw Tint Swe, Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. (UNTV via AP)

Myanmar says militants hampering return of Rohingya refugees

Sep. 29, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A top Myanmar official on Tuesday accused a militant group and its supporters of hampering the repatriation of over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled a military crackdown in 2017 and are now in camps in Bangladesh. Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar’s minister for the office of the state...

Refugees and migrants wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of coronavirus leave on a bus after their arrival at the port of Lavrio, about 75 kilometers (48miles) south of Athens, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Greek authorities have moved nearly 1,000 asylum-seekers from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island camps. Most of the people on a ferry that docked Tuesday at Lavrio, near Athens, were from a temporary facility hastily built on the island of Lesbos to replace a squalid camp that angry residents burned down three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece moves asylum-seekers to ease crowding at island camps

Sep. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities moved nearly 1,000 refugees from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland Tuesday as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island refugee camps. Most of the 946 people on a ferry that docked at Lavrio, near Athens, had been at a temporary facility...

Rights group: Cyprus pushed back migrants, ignored claims

Sep. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot authorities pushed back 200 migrants and refugees arriving from Lebanon aboard boats earlier this month, ignoring their claims for asylum while in some instances using violence and coercive tactics, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Human Rights Watch accused Cypriot...

Bawi UK, 22, is photographed in his apartment in Providence, R.I., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. UK was a small child when his parents fled Myanmar, leaving him and his siblings to be cared for by their maternal grandmother. UK said the family suffered discrimination as Christians in a predominantly Buddhist nation. The military government was also trying to forcibly conscript his father.

New US citizen refugees excited for first presidential vote

Sep. 28, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — They came fleeing war and persecution in countries like Myanmar, Eritrea and Iraq, handpicked by the United States for resettlement under longstanding humanitarian traditions. Now, tens of thousands of refugees welcomed into the U.S. during the Obama administration are American citizens,...

A Turkish coast guard officer, wearing protective gear to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, carries a child off a life raft during a rescue operation in the Aegean Sea, between Turkey and Greece, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Turkey is accusing Greece of large-scale pushbacks at sea — summary deportations without access to asylum procedures, in violation of international law. The Turkish coast guard says it rescued over 300 migrants

Migrants accuse Greece of pushing them back out to sea

Sep. 25, 2020 2:28 AM EDT

DIKILI, Turkey (AP) — Shortly after reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, a group of Afghan migrants say, their hopes for a new life in Europe were cut short when Greek authorities rounded them up, mistreated them, shoved them into life rafts and abandoned them at sea. Associated Press journalists on a...

A migrant washes himself in a river near the Croatian border near Kladusa, Bosnia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. A top U.N. official in Bosnia says local authorities expose migrants and refugees stuck in the country to needless suffering despite having access to funds to provide them with proper housing and assistance. (AP Photo/Edvin Zulic)

UN official: Bosnia authorities expose migrants to suffering

Sep. 24, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — With harsh weather fast approaching, the number of migrants and refugees who are sleeping rough in Bosnia keeps rising because of the persistent refusal by authorities at different levels of government in the country to coordinate their work and embrace...