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Governor on refugees: 'The inn is not full in Minnesota'

Dec. 13, 2019 6:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state government will continue to consent to refugee resettlement, Gov. Tim Walz said Friday, in response to a recent presidential executive order that requires consent from states and counties. “The inn is not full in Minnesota,” the Democratic governor said in a...

Tanzania is pressing Burundi refugees to leave, says report

Dec. 12, 2019 4:56 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Human Rights Watch says tens of thousands of Burundian refugees face mounting pressure to involuntarily leave Tanzania amid efforts by authorities there to reduce the number of Burundians in the country. The rights group in a statement Thursday charged that the fear of violence,...

Rohingya refugees reject Aung San Suu Kyi’s genocide denial

Dec. 11, 2019 9:39 PM EST

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Rohingya refugees accused former Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi of lying to the International Court of Justice in testimony Wednesday in which she denied that her country's armed forces were guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority group. Suu Kyi, who is...

North Dakota county may become US's 1st to bar new refugees

Dec. 8, 2019 1:30 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. “I am an American citizen, a North Dakotan,” said...

UN Libya migrant center plagued with crowding, TB, food cuts

Dec. 6, 2019 1:22 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace. The...

Fire in refugee camp on Greek island kills a woman

Dec. 5, 2019 8:12 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire that broke out early Thursday in a housing unit at a refugee camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos has left one woman dead, Greek authorities said, as the country’s prime minister met with top European officials to discuss issues related to migration and refugees....

Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees

Dec. 3, 2019 6:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century, its U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly that he plans to propose a resolution about what he called...

Latter-day Saints leaders reaffirm support for refugees

Dec. 3, 2019 12:00 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reaffirming its support for refugees and encouraging members to create welcoming communities for the newcomers. The Utah-based faith said in a statement posted online Monday night that it has “great concern and...

Hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon return home

Dec. 3, 2019 8:32 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian refugees have headed home in the first batch to leave Lebanon since protests broke out in the small Arab country more than a month ago. Since the early hours of Tuesday, scores of Syrians boarded buses in several locations in Lebanon before heading back to their hometowns...

Pope sends aide to Greek island to bring back 33 migrants

Dec. 2, 2019 8:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis has dispatched a close aide to the Greek island of Lesbos to bring back 33 asylum-seekers to Rome. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almsgiver, headed Monday to Lesbos. The Vatican says he’ll return Wednesday with the migrants. When returning to...