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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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U.N. Urges Hungary to Stop Portraying Refugees as ‘Invaders’

New York, N.Y. The United Nations refugee agency, together with two European partners, urged Hungary today to refrain from policies and practices that promote intolerance, fear and fuel xenophobia against refugees and migrants, including a campaign running through Christmas and into the New Year. Syrian man carrying a baby along the highway with other refugees, […]

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Global Forced Displacement for 2015 Breaks Records at 60 Million

New York, N.Y.  Forced displacement this year is likely exceed all previous records, for the first time topping 60 million, meaning that one out of every 122 persons on Earth has been forced to flee their home, the United Nations refugee agency warned today. In Croatia, a refugee family rests in the UNICEF-supported Family Area […]

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U.N. Agency Urges Jordan to Allow 12,000 Desperate Syrian Refugees Stranded at Border

New York, N.Y. Amid worsening conditions inside Syria, the United Nations refugee agency today expressed grave concern for nearly 12,000 people trying to flee the country who are now stranded in remote areas along the north eastern Jordanian border, and urged the Government of Jordan to allow them entry, prioritizing admission for the most vulnerable. […]

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U.N.: Flow of Refugee and Migrant Children into Greece Doubles

New York, N.Y.  About a third of the refugees and migrants who have drowned in the Aegean Sea this year were children, while the number of children applying for asylum in the European Union has doubled compared to 2014, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the increasing perils facing youngsters as […]

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European Border Restrictions on Refugees Violate Human Rights

New York, N.Y. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Balkan States today that border restrictions based on a refugee’s or migrant’s nationality infringed human rights, with the United Nations refugee agency reporting that 1,000 people are already stranded, 60 of them on hunger strike and 11 reportedly stitching up their mouths in protest. Syrian refugee Mohamed, his wife […]

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Burns: U.S. Must Continue To Take In Refugees, End Anti-Moslem Rhetoric

Cambridge, MA.  In an recent interview entitled Professor Nicholas Burns Responds to the House Vote on Syrian Refugees, university professor, columnist, lecturer, and former American diplomat Nick Burns spoke to Doug Gavel at the Harvard Kennedy School. During his career in the State Department, Nick was United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs within the United […]

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