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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...

UN tries to cut numbers at EU-funded migrant center in Libya

Nov. 30, 2019 11:38 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency plans to cut the number of migrants staying at an overcrowded transit center in Libya’s capital, a spokesman said Saturday. Libya is a major waypoint for migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East to Europe. “The situation is very...

Schools teach refugee, migrant kids skills to succeed in US

Nov. 29, 2019 1:09 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — International flags flutter from the ceilings of the outdoor hallways at Valencia Newcomer School, where more than 200 children from around the world are learning English skills and American classroom customs they need to succeed. When the school year begins, the refugee and immigrant...

The Latest: UN refugee chief warns of ‘children emergency’

Nov. 28, 2019 11:02 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 5 p.m. The head of the United Nations Refugee Agency says Greece is facing a “children emergency,” as it struggles to cope with a high daily number of migrant arrivals. Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner of the...