Latest Political refugees News

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...

Migrants from Africa and Mideast who died in Bosnia get marble headstones and a memorial

Feb. 09, 2024 00:35 AM EST

BIJELJINA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — In cities along a section of the Drina River, which forms a natural border between Bosnia and Serbia, there are simple, durable gravestones marking the final resting places of dozens of migrants who drowned in recent years trying to reach Western Europe. ...

The EU announces 210 million euros in aid to help Mauritania curb migration

Feb. 08, 2024 13:26 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The EU on Thursday announced 210 million euros to help Mauritania crack down on people smugglers and deter migrant boats from taking off, as the number of people attempting the dangerous Atlantic crossing from West Africa to Europe rises sharply. Mauritania,...

Thailand says deliveries of humanitarian aid to war-wracked Myanmar are expected to start soon

Feb. 08, 2024 11:40 AM EST

MAE SOT, Thailand (AP) — Thailand expects to open up a humanitarian corridor in about a month to deliver aid to suffering civilians in war-torn Myanmar, Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara said Thursday after inspecting the planned staging area in the northern Thai province of Tak. ...