Latest Political refugees News

Kurds in US struggle with distance amid Syria crisis abroad

Nov. 22, 2019 12:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When President Donald Trump abruptly announced plans to withdraw American troops from northern Syria last month, Nashville’s city hall and a bridge below the downtown skyline lit up in the green, yellow and red of the Kurdish flag. In the largest Kurdish community in the...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nov. 21, 2019 9:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national...

Greece announces major overhaul of migrant camp system

Nov. 20, 2019 10:15 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece announced plans Wednesday to overhaul its migration management system, replacing overcrowded refugee camps on the islands with smaller detention facilities and moving some 20,000 asylum seekers to the mainland over the next few weeks. Deputy Defense Minister Alkiviadis Stefanis...

After 6 years, refugee writer tastes freedom in New Zealand

Nov. 20, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For the first time in six years, Behrouz Boochani feels like a free man. When he arrived in New Zealand last week, he simply wanted to smoke a cigarette and take a long walk down the street. Instead of feeling like he is always running, a new feeling has overtaken him:...

Shooting deaths rattle small, tight-knit US Hmong community

Nov. 19, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Fresno has been the heart of California’s Hmong community for decades, drawing refugees from war-torn Southeast Asia who built a tight-knit population in the farm town. Now, they’re reeling from the shooting deaths of four Hmong American men at a weekend party. The central California city has the...

Rights group: Bosnian migrant camp “dangerous and inhumane”

Nov. 15, 2019 5:01 PM EST

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A prominent humanitarian group is warning that migrants trying to reach Western Europe are living in “dangerously cold and harsh conditions” in Bosnia, where hundreds rallied on Friday amid tensions over the influx of people fleeing war and poverty. The...

South African police disperse refugees protesting attacks

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Shield-carrying South African police on Friday removed about 150 refugees who the United Nations refugee agency said forced their way into its compound while protesting recent anti-immigrant attacks. The police action in the capital, Pretoria, followed one last month in which police...

Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures...

UN envoy: As Venezuela exodus drags on many won’t go back

Nov. 14, 2019 4:49 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Venezuela migration crisis has now entered a new stage in which many of those fleeing their country’s devastating economic downturn and political turmoil are increasingly unlikely to return, a United Nations special envoy said. Eduardo Stein told The Associated Press on...

The Latest: US, Turkey remain divided on air defense

Nov. 13, 2019 8:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “very good friends,” but their meeting Wednesday at the White House...