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Children ‘Young as One’ Involved in U.S. Separation of Migrant Families

New York, N.Y. The current policy in the United States of separating “extremely young children” from their asylum-seeker or migrant parents along the country’s southern border “always constitutes a child rights violation,” the U.N. human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday. Since last October, “several hundred” youngsters – including a 12-month-old infant – have been separated […]

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UNICEF Warns of Risk for Migrant Children Arriving in Europe

New York, N.Y. More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing. A group of Gambian boys survey the ocean from the beach […]

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Violence, Teargas at European Border ‘Matter of Great Worry’ – U.N.

New York, N.Y. The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about yesterday’s violence at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia near Eidomeni and the extensive scenes of teargas in use. Little boys warm up by a fire outside the camping tent that has been provided for them by humanitarian […]

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Survey: U.S. H-1B Visa Policies Too Restrictive

New York, N.Y. Policies supporting the special non-immigrant H-1B visa program in the United States are too restrictive, undercutting free enterprise and ultimately damaging the economy, according to a survey, of U.S. business executives, by a Dartmouth College dean. The H-1B visas, for which the U.S. began accepting new applications on April 1, are designed to […]

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Greek Hoteliers Offer Respite to Weary Migrants

Idomeni, Greece. Locals in northern Greece are divided about the flood of war refugees. Some say asylum-seekers cause chaos and steal. Others express deep sympathy for their plight, including staff at a five-star hotel in Thessaloniki, which last week boarded some refugees. Syrian children at the Mediterranean Palace Hotel enjoying their respite from the hunger, cold […]

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Imminent Humanitarian Crisis in Greece Amid Disarray: U.N.

New York, N.Y. Europe faces an imminent humanitarian crisis, largely of its own making, following a rapid build-up of people in already over-stretched Greece, the United Nations refugee agency warned today. A boy clutches and looks through a chain-link fence, on a rainy day near the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia town of Gevgelija, on […]

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Ban Urges Countries Along Balkan Route to Keep Borders Open

New York, N.Y.  Concerned with the increasing number of border restrictions along the Balkan land route, including in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the countries to keep their borders open “in a spirit of responsibility sharing and solidarity.” A woman holds […]

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U.N. Demands Protection for Child Migrants Flooding into Europe

New York, N.Y. Child protection systems across Europe are completely overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the United Nations warned today, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse. A boy […]

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