Latest Political refugees News

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down immigration. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register , asylum seekers who pass through...

The Latest: Greece vows to speed up migrant deportations

Jul. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe migration issues (all times local): 4 p.m. Officials from Greece's new conservative government have vowed to speed up the asylum process for migrants and refugees and restart deportations to neighboring Turkey despite renewed tension between the two NATO members. Prime...

Refugee group: 'Alarming' that only 27% of funds received

Jul. 15, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A leading advocacy group for refugees said Monday that with half of 2019 gone, humanitarian organizations have received only 27% of the money needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide this year. Norwegian Refugee Council secretary-general Jan Egeland said...

Guatemala seen as ill-prepared to absorb US-bound refugees

Jul. 12, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A potential agreement with Washington to turn Guatemala into a "safe third country" for asylum seekers has the Guatemalan opposition up in arms and experts scratching their heads. President Jimmy Morales is set to meet Monday in Washington with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, and...

Italian court says wrong Eritrean accused of trafficking

Jul. 12, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A court in Palermo, Sicily, ruled Friday that the wrong Eritrean man was arrested and tried as a migrant smuggling kingpin and ordered him released from jail, a ruling cheered by supporters who had for years championed his claim of mistaken identity. Defense lawyer Michele Calantropo told The...

Libya says 23 Europe-bound migrants intercepted off coast

Jul. 12, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it intercepted a vessel carrying 23 Europe-bound migrants, including two women, off the country's Mediterranean coast. The Libyan naval media office said Thursday that the migrants were from Egypt, Sudan and Libya, and had been picked up the previous day 18 miles north...

UN agencies seek 'new approach' to Libya migrant crisis

Jul. 11, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. migration and refugee agencies are making a joint call for a "new approach" among countries to solve a migration crisis affecting Libya and the often-deadly route across the Mediterranean toward Europe. The International Organization for Migration and the U.N. High Commissioner for...

Ex-UN chief concerned over monsoon floods in Rohingya camps

Jul. 11, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern that monsoon floods could threaten the lives of Rohingya refugees in sprawling camps in Bangladesh. Ban, who was visiting in his role as head of The Hague-based Global Commission on Adaptation to climate change,...

UN says 260 migrants relocated in Libya after airstrike

Jul. 10, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says around 260 African migrants have been relocated to another detention center in the Libyan capital after the facility where they were being held was hit by a deadly airstrike. UNHCR says they were moved Tuesday, nearly a week after the airstrike that killed more...

AP Photos: Refugee women find relief in Greek soccer

Jul. 9, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Many of the players at Hestia FC weren't allowed to play — or even watch — soccer matches in their home countries. In Greece, they make up the country's first women's refugee team and hail from 14 countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Eritrea and Ethiopia....