Latest Asylum seekers News

UK still backs Rwanda deportations despite legal challenge

Oct. 04, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Britain’s immigration minister said Tuesday that it’s unlikely any migrants will be sent to Rwanda this year under a contentious government plan, but vowed to press on with the policy and expand it to more countries. Home Secretary Suella Braverman...

After storms, NYC moving location of planned migrant shelter

Oct. 04, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A facility using giant tents to temporarily house migrants being sent to New York City will now be located closer to Manhattan instead of a remote corner of the Bronx, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday, after weekend storms raised concerns over flooding at the original site. ...

Model fearing Myanmar military heads to asylum in Canada

Sep. 29, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A fashion model from Myanmar who feared being arrested by the country's military government if she was forced back home from exile has arrived in Canada, which she says has granted her asylum. Thaw Nandar Aung, also known as Han Lay, left on a flight from Bangkok’s...

Navy bribery fugitive 'Fat Leonard' seeks Venezuelan asylum

Sep. 26, 2022 21:22 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard" who orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving dozens of U.S. Navy officials, has requested asylum in Venezuela, a law enforcement official said Monday, nearly a week after he was captured in the South American country. ...

Cyprus seeks UN help to stem asylum-seeker 'avalanche'

Sep. 26, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is seeking help from the United Nations to stem an “avalanche” of migrants who make their way from the ethnically divided island’s breakaway north across a U.N.-controlled buffer zone to seek asylum in numbers that authorities cannot cope with, the interior...

As shelters fill, NYC weighs tents to house migrants

Sep. 23, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor says he plans to erect hangar-sized tents as temporary shelter for thousands of international migrants who have been bused into the Big Apple as part of a campaign by Republican governors to disrupt federal border policies. The tents are among...

US officials: Border crossings soar among Venezuelans

Sep. 19, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of Venezuelans taken into custody at the U.S. border with Mexico soared in August, while fewer migrants from Mexico and some Central American countries were stopped, officials said Monday. Venezuelans surpassed Guatemalans and Hondurans to become the...

Florida, Texas escalate flights, buses to move migrants

Sep. 15, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Republican governors are escalating their partisan tactic of sending migrants to Democratic strongholds without advance warning, including a wealthy summer enclave in Massachusetts and the home of Vice President Kamala Harris, to taunt leaders of immigrant-friendly...

For some from Afghanistan, seeking asylum is complicated

Sep. 10, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A year after fleeing Afghanistan and losing everything for the second time in his life, Mohammad Naziry sat in the safety of his Roanoke apartment and discussed what is most important to him. Atop that short list are his family’s health and well-being. ...

Beijing hounds Chinese church seeking safety overseas

Sep. 07, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Days after flying to Thailand to seek asylum, members of a Chinese church huddled in a restaurant to share their stories with journalists. But when they peered over their shoulders, they spotted strangers taking videos of them with cellphones. In seconds, they...