Latest Political refugees News

Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures...

UN envoy: As Venezuela exodus drags on many won’t go back

Nov. 14, 2019 4:49 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Venezuela migration crisis has now entered a new stage in which many of those fleeing their country’s devastating economic downturn and political turmoil are increasingly unlikely to return, a United Nations special envoy said. Eduardo Stein told The Associated Press on...

The Latest: US, Turkey remain divided on air defense

Nov. 13, 2019 8:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “very good friends,” but their meeting Wednesday at the White House...

UN: $1.35 billion needed to respond to Venezuela exodus

Nov. 13, 2019 11:51 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says nations in Latin America and the Caribbean will need $1.35 billion to respond to the massive exodus of Venezuelans. An estimated 4.6 million Venezuelans have now fled their crisis-torn country, testing neighboring countries where most are arriving. The...

Study: Half Europe’s unauthorized migrants in Germany, UK

Nov. 13, 2019 10:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — At least 3.9 million unauthorized migrants — and possibly as many as 4.8 million — lived in Europe in 2017 with half of them in Germany and the United Kingdom, according to a study published Wednesday. The Pew Research Center said the number grew from 2014, when about 3-3.7...

US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 11:34 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, the once...

US held nearly 70,000 migrant kids in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 12:20 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, she...

Video raises questions about Israeli shooting of Palestinian

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An amateur video taken in the West Bank indicated a Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces Monday was shot at close range, apparently while he was unarmed and posed no threat to soldiers. The army said it was investigating. It was the second video to emerge in the past week...

Canada case poses question: Is US immigration system safe?

Nov. 8, 2019 1:47 PM EST

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — In the looming darkness, the Nigerian family of four, including two children carrying stuffed animals and a violin case, climbed out of a taxi at the end of a dead-end road in upstate New York as Canadian law enforcement officers watched a short distance away, across a ditch that...

The Latest: 60K unaccompanied minors in Italy are now adults

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:15 p.m. United Nations agencies say some 60,000 migrants who reached Italy in recent years as unaccompanied minors are now 18 or older and need continued support as they transit to adulthood. The agencies presented...