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Asylum seekers in Europe reached a 7-year high last year. Syrians and Afghans file most claims

Feb. 28, 2024 09:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of asylum seekers in Europe reached a seven-year high last year, with more than 1.1 million people applying for international protection in 2023, most of them Syrian nationals, the European Union said Wednesday. The increase in asylum seekers and other...

2 Lebanese men ordered detained for bringing 146 Syrian refugees to Cyprus by boat

Feb. 24, 2024 15:54 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A court in Cyprus on Saturday ordered two men to remain in police custody for six days on suspicion of people smuggling. The men were identified as the drivers of two boats that brought 146 Syrian refugees and one Lebanese migrant to the east Mediterranean island nation. ...

Today in History: February 24, Soviet sub torpedoes ship, kills nearly 800 Jewish refugees

Feb. 24, 2024 00:08 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2024. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1942, the SS Struma, a charter ship attempting to carry nearly 800 Jewish refugees from Romania to...

Albanian Parliament approves controversial deal to hold migrants for Italy

Feb. 22, 2024 13:42 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Parliament voted Thursday to approve a deal for the country to hold thousands of asylum seekers for Italy, despite protests from opposition lawmakers and human rights groups. Under the five-year deal, Albania would shelter up to 3,000 migrants...

French mayors face violence and intimidation from xenophobic far-right groups

Feb. 19, 2024 00:05 AM EST

SAINT-BREVIN-LES-PINS, France (AP) — The mayor of a small resort town on the Atlantic coast of France resigned, closed his medical practice and moved away after his house and two cars were set on fire. The arson followed months of death threats over plans to relocate a refugee center near a...

The head of the UN's lead agency helping Palestinians accuses Israel of seeking to destroy it

Feb. 17, 2024 15:40 PM EST

The head of the main United Nations agency supporting people in Gaza alleged that Israel is intent on “destroying” the organization along with the idea that Palestinians are refugees and have a right to return home one day. Philippe Lazzarini accused Israel in an interview with...

Lawmakers slam decision by city in southern Norway to only take in Ukrainian refugees and not others

Feb. 15, 2024 06:31 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Lawmakers in Norway have slammed a decision this week by the local council in a southern city to only take in Ukrainian refugees and not others, claiming they will be easier to integrate in the society. The government and the opposition have also said...

Gaza's Health Ministry says Israeli forces are storming the Khan Younis hospital after evacuation of displaced people

Feb. 15, 2024 04:37 AM EST
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says Israeli forces are storming the Khan Younis hospital after evacuation of displaced people.

Cyprus president wants the European Union to discuss designating Syria safe zones for refugees

Feb. 12, 2024 08:56 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union won't serve its own best interests if it doesn’t consider designating some parts of Syria as safe zones so refugees and migrants can return there, the president of Cyprus said Monday. President Nikos Christodoulides said Cyprus is...

Israel unveils tunnels underneath Gaza City headquarters of UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Feb. 10, 2024 20:53 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says it has discovered tunnels underneath the main headquarters of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza City, alleging that Hamas militants used the space as an electrical supply room. The unveiling of the tunnels marked...