Latest Political refugees News

Red Cross questions Lithuania on trying to block migrants

Aug. 04, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Red Cross warned Wednesday that Lithuania's decision to turn away immigrants attempting to cross in from neighboring Belarus does not comply with international law. Lithuania, a member of the European Union, has faced a surge of mostly...

Turkey says it won't shoulder new Afghan migration, slams US

Aug. 04, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s foreign ministry has called the United States “irresponsible” after the Biden administration announced it would expand efforts to assist at-risk Afghan citizens with the major caveat that the adjudication process would take months in a third country. ...

EXPLAINER: What is behind Belarus athlete's Olympics crisis?

Aug. 04, 2021 03:48 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A feud between Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya and team officials that prompted her to seek refuge in the European Union has again cast a spotlight on the repressive environment in the athlete's home country, an ex-Soviet nation where authorities...

US expands Afghan refugee program as Taliban violence rises

Aug. 02, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday expanded its efforts to assist at-risk Afghan citizens flee Taliban violence as fighting intensifies ahead of the U.S. military pullout at the end of the month. The State Department said it is widening the scope of...

US expands Afghanistan refugee program to include aid workers, journalists as Taliban violence rises ahead of pullout

Aug. 02, 2021 06:05 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US expands Afghanistan refugee program to include aid workers, journalists as Taliban violence rises ahead of pullout.

Refugees pushed to back of the line amid vaccine shortages

Aug. 02, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Salimullah, a Rohingya refugee, has been living in the Indian capital of New Delhi since 2013 when he fled violence in Myanmar. Stateless, and now homeless after a fire razed his camp, the 35-year-old lives in a tent with as many as 10 other people at a time. ...

Spanish judge tosses out suit against Polisario Front leader

Jul. 29, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit against the leader of a movement seeking independence for Western Sahara from Morocco that had accused him of torture, genocide and other crimes. Judge Santiago Pedraz said the 20-year statute of limitations...

Jean-Pierre Hocke, ex-head of UN refugee agency, dies at 83

Jul. 29, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Jean-Pierre Hocke, a Swiss humanitarian official who headed the United Nations' refugee agency in the late 1980s, has died, the agency said Thursday. He was 83. Hocke died in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Monday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees...

Floods make thousands homeless in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Jul. 29, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Days of heavy rainfall have pounded Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, destroying dwellings and sending thousands of people to live with extended families or in communal shelters. In the 24 hours until Wednesday afternoon, more than...

5 Rohingya die in landslide in Bangladesh refugee camp

Jul. 27, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least five Rohingya refugees died in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in a camp in southern Bangladesh, where more than 1 million refugees from neighboring Myanmar have been sheltered, an official said Tuesday. Shamsud Douza, additional...