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UN: 25,000 Sudanese Flee to Ethiopia

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 10:26 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency says 25,000 people have fled from Sudan’s troubled Blue Nile state into western Ethiopia since September 3rd and the number is expected to rise. The United Nations says the influx is expected to rise because of ongoing fighting in Blue Nile, where Sudan’s army is fighting local rebels. In a statement […]

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Australia: Offshore Immigration Plans to be Halted

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s immigration chief says a Supreme Court ruling last month barring a refugee swap with Malaysia likely will force the government to suspend plans for processing asylum seekers in several other countries. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen spoke Sunday in Sydney. He said Solicitor-General Stephen Gageler reviewed the August 3 high court decision against the so-called […]

UN Says Ivory Coast Refugees Returning Home

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nation’s refugee agency says 70,000 Ivorians who fled the post-election violence in their country have now returned home. The agency says the refugees returned to western Ivory Coast on their own accord in recent months. More than 173,000 Ivorians are believed to have crossed into Liberia following last November’s disputed election and the […]

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Gillard: Refugee Ruling May Bar Other Offshore Detention Plans

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says a high court decision blocking a refugee swap with Malaysia has re-written Australian law and raised doubts about the nation’s right to transfer asylum seekers to any other country. Ms. Gillard said Thursday that includes places where Australian asylum-seekers have been detained in the past, namely Manus Island in […]

Amnesty International Urges Georgia to Stop ‘Forced Evictions’ of Refugees

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Human rights group Amnesty International has urged Georgia to stop “forced evictions” of internally displaced people and provide them with adequate housing. The evictions, which started last year, are part of a controversial government program to relocate thousands of refugees from temporary shelters in the capital, Tbilisi, to new homes in the provinces. The program […]

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Australia Turns to YouTube to Deter People-Smuggling

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Australian government says it will videotape asylum seekers being sent to Malaysia and post the video on the Internet to try to discourage future asylum seekers. The Immigration Department will videotape 54 boat people who will board a plane for Malaysia from Australia’s detention center on the remote Christmas Island. The videos will be […]

Australia, Malaysia Sign Refugee Exchange Deal

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia and Australia signed a controversial deal Monday to send 800 asylum seekers to the Southeast Asian nation in exchange for Australia resettling 4,000 processed refugees. Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen signed the pact at a Kuala Lumpur hotel, while a small group of human rights activists protested outside. […]

Kenya Wants to Stop Flow of Somali Refugees

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan and British officials met in Nairobi Sunday to discuss the drought that has sent thousands of Somalis fleeing into Kenya to escape starvation. Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Kenya would like feeding programs to be set up on the Somali side of the border to stop the flow of refugees. He also renewed […]

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UN Seeks Aid for Somali Drought Victims

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the United Nations refugee agency issued an urgent appeal Sunday for funds to help the victims of what he described as the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world – the drought in Somalia. UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres called for “massive support” for the thousands of refugees who cross the borders of Kenya […]

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U.S. Repatriates Some 120 Migrants to Cuba, Haiti

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated more than 120 Cuban and Haitian migrants picked up at sea. The Coast Guard says it intercepted 82 Haitians aboard a sailing vessel northwest of Great Inagua, Bahamas, on Friday and returned them on Monday to Cap-Haitien, Haiti. It says it also returned 15 Cubans to Bahia de Cabanas, […]

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