Latest Asylum seekers News

Limbo in a blue tent: African asylum-seekers stuck on Cyprus

Oct. 22, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — It seems a strange place to pitch a tent. Plump in the middle of the United Nations-patrolled buffer zone that has divided Cyprus along ethnic lines since 1974, in the heart of the island's medieval capital, two Cameroonian asylum-seekers have...

US: More threats, more desperate refugees as climate warms

Oct. 21, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Earth's warming and resulting natural disasters are creating a more dangerous world of desperate leaders and peoples, the Biden administration said Thursday in the federal government's starkest assessments yet of security and migration challenges facing the United...

UN refugee agency concerned by Polish law allowing pushbacks

Oct. 15, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency on Friday expressed deep concern about legislation Poland adopted this week allowing the arbitrary rejection of migrants' asylum applications. The new legislation, approved by parliament on Thursday, came in...

Mexico returns 129 Haitian migrants to their homeland

Oct. 06, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico sent another planeload of Haitian migrants back to their homeland Wednesday on a flight carrying 129 people to Port au Prince. Unlike the first repatriation flight in late September, Mexico did not specify that all those aboard Wednesday’s...

Reynolds, Ricketts join GOP governors at US-Mexico border

Oct. 06, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts joined eight other Republican governors Wednesday at the U.S.-Mexico border to criticize Democratic President Joe Biden's handling of immigration issues. The governors who gathered in Texas...

More than 100 Afghans from music school flown out of country

Oct. 04, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — More than 100 students, alumni and faculty members of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music have been flown out of Kabul on their way to Portugal, where the government has agreed to grant them asylum, the institute's director said Monday. They were...

Most people in US favor Afghan ally refugees: AP-NORC poll

Oct. 04, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the U.S. want to see Afghans who worked with Americans offered resettlement in the United States, a new poll shows, confirming support across political divides for former military translators and others struggling to escape Taliban rule. ...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Sep. 29, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 28 The Wall Street Journal on top generals, Senate hearing and Afghanistan: President Biden hopes the political fallout from his botched Afghanistan withdrawal...

Biden caught between allies and critics on border policy

Sep. 29, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is caught between a hard place and an even harder one when it comes to immigration. Biden embraced major progressive policy goals on the issue after he won the Democratic nomination, and he has begun enacting some. But his...

Faith groups aid Haitian migrants, denounce mistreatment

Sep. 27, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

Faith-based groups — many of them longtime advocates for a more welcoming immigration policy -- have been scrambling to keep up with fast-paced developments in the Haitian migrant crisis, trying to assist those in need while assailing the harsh Border Patrol tactics employed against them. ...