Latest Political refugees News

Afghans wait and worry at US bases after frantic evacuation

Dec. 08, 2021 05:29 AM EST

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AP) — The former interpreter for the U.S. Army counts himself among the lucky as an Afghan who managed to make it through frantic crowds outside the Kabul airport to board a military evacuation flight out of the country with little more than the clothes on...

Airbnb's nonprofit makes resettling refugees a core mission

Dec. 07, 2021 21:49 PM EST

Mousa and Rasha Alkhafaji were already anxious when they emigrated from Iraq to the United States in 2017. Even though Mousa Alkhafaji had finally received a Special Immigrant Visa for his work with the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq, his family’s original flight had been canceled when...

UN refugee chief warns of world's inability to restore peace

Dec. 07, 2021 20:34 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The growing inability of the international community to restore peace in countries like Yemen, Libya and Ethiopia is forcing humanitarian and refugee organizations to work increasingly during conflicts which they can’t solve despite the expectations of many people caught...

Rohingya sue Facebook for $150B, alleging role in violence

Dec. 07, 2021 20:25 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Rohingya refugees sued social network powerhouse Facebook for more than $150 billion, accusing it of failing to stop hate speech that incited violence against the Muslim ethnic group by military rulers and their supporters in Myanmar. Years after coming under...

Desperation drives thousands of Afghans a day across borders

Dec. 07, 2021 02:33 AM EST

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Over the course of an hour on a recent night, the bus waiting in the Herat station filled with passengers. Mostly young men, they had no luggage, just the clothes on their backs, maybe a bag with some bread and water for the long road ahead of them. That...

Pope chides Europe, comforts migrants on return to Lesbos

Dec. 05, 2021 11:49 AM EST

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis returned Sunday to the Greek island of Lesbos to offer comfort to migrants at a refugee camp and blast what he said was Europe's indifference and self-interest “that condemns to death those on the fringes.” “Please, let us stop...

From Serbia, Afghan boxers seek refuge, careers in West

Dec. 05, 2021 02:24 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — They practiced in secret and struggled to get to an international tournament in Europe. Now, members of the Afghan national boxing team are seeking refuge in the West, hoping to continue both their careers and their lives without danger or fear. ...

AP EXCLUSIVE: Afghan judges in Brazil still fear the Taliban

Dec. 04, 2021 00:12 AM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A female judge, Muska, was hiding with her family from newly empowered Taliban militants in Afghanistan when an apparent reading mistake 7,000 miles away helped to drastically change her life. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro opened his...

In 'Flee,' an Afghan refugee's tale in vivid animation

Dec. 03, 2021 15:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Poher Rasmussen was 15 when a boy his same age arrived alone in his small Danish town. “He arrived all by himself and stayed with a family just around the corner from where I lived,” says Rasmussen. “We met at the bus stop every morning...

Libya's foreign minister slams European migration policy

Dec. 03, 2021 14:49 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s foreign minister on Friday criticized a system of deterring migrants from reaching European shores that she argued fails to address the root of the problem and has so far only served the interest of EU states. Her comments are the latest stab at...