Latest Political refugees News

War-ravaged Bosnia struggles to cope with new migrants

Aug. 21, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Not so long ago, people in Bosnia were sarcastically joking that their war-scarred country is in such a bad shape that not even the migrants fleeing violence and poverty in the Mideast and Africa were willing to pass through it. That's not the case anymore. As previous...

The Latest: Germany says more refugees getting jobs

Aug. 21, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migrants and refugees in Europe (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Germany's labor agency says efforts to integrate refugees in the country's labor market are progressing well, with more than 300,000 people from eight main countries of origin in work by this spring. Federal Labor...

Russia: West is obstructing aid to Syria, return of refugees

Aug. 20, 2018 8:48 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia lashed out at Western countries on Monday, accusing them of blocking U.N. aid for Syria's reconstruction and trying to prevent the return of refugees. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Lebanese counterpart, Gibran Bassil, that the U.S. refusal to provide...

Minnesota court sees burgeoning backlog of deportation cases

Aug. 18, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A person accused of a crime in the United States has a constitutional right to a speedy trial. But if you find yourself waiting for a hearing at the nondescript office building that serves as the federal immigration court in Bloomington, justice may not be swift. Today, according...

Women play Concerts for Compassion for war-weary refugees

Aug. 18, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jocelyn Zhu won the fiddling contest at the Mississippi State Fair when she was 5. Onlookers called her "cute." Her mother saw something totally different. "When Jocelyn played, I saw her spirit just flow out of her through the music," says Jane Zhu, a native of Taiwan who teaches...

Peru, Ecuador tighten requirements for Venezuela migrants

Aug. 17, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Two South American nations are stiffening entry requirements for the flood of Venezuelans fleeing their nation's economic and humanitarian crisis, a move that could make their plight even more arduous. Authorities in Peru announced Friday that they will follow Ecuador's recent decision to...

The Latest: Germany seeks refugee who may have been with IS

Aug. 17, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. German authorities say they're looking into a Yazidi woman's claim that she ran into a man who bought her as a slave in an Islamic State-ruled area of Iraq after arriving in Germany. The woman, identified as Ashwaq, was...

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

Aug. 16, 2018 8:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was...

Challenged by US and market crisis, Turkey turns to Europe

Aug. 16, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Beset by a shaky currency and tension with the United States, Turkey is reaching out to Europe to shore up relations with major trading partners despite years of testy rhetoric and a stalled bid for EU membership. The engagement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has harshly...

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

Aug. 15, 2018 9:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, and other members of ISIS killed the officer after the town of Rawah, Iraq, fell...