Latest Political refugees News

Thailand commits to policy of not detaining migrant children

Jan. 21, 2019 6:39 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Advocates for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers lauded a commitment by Thailand on Monday to release children held in its immigration detention centers. The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, said Thai government ministries involved with the issue signed a memorandum of understanding...

Pope visit to CentAm highlights church ministry to migrants

Jan. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world's most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere. The...

Lebanon uses Arab summit to call for Syrian refugees' return

Jan. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories. President Michel Aoun told the opening session that...

Survivors: Up to 117 missing from sunken boat off Libya

Jan. 19, 2019 2:28 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday. It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from North Africa to...

Saudi refugee in Canada expects more women to flee homeland

Jan. 14, 2019 10:55 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Saudi woman accepted as a refugee in Canada has said in an Australian television interview that she expected her experience would inspire other women to flee her homeland. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview recorded in Toronto and...

Woman who fled Saudi Arabia reaches her new home in Canada

Jan. 13, 2019 12:41 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign. "This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave new Canadian," Foreign...

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada

Jan. 11, 2019 11:19 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said. The fast-moving developments capped an eventful week for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. She fled her...

Former FEMA boss says border situation is not an emergency

Jan. 10, 2019 7:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that what's happening on the U.S. southern border is no emergency. Craig Fugate, who ran the national disaster agency for nearly eight years under President Barack Obama and was head of Florida's disaster agency...

Australia considering resettlement for fleeing Saudi woman

Jan. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Saudi woman who fled her family, alleging abuse, moved a step closer Wednesday to her goal of gaining asylum in Australia after a U.N. agency granted her refugee status. The Australian government said it was considering Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun for refugee resettlement, in a case that has...

Young immigrants seeking refuge from abuse face denials

Jan. 2, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they're too old. A U.S. government program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants subject to...