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Refugees are the Responsibility of the World – Peter Sutherland

New York, N.Y.  Peter Sutherland is the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration. A strong advocate for the rights of migrants – and for action to increase the benefits of migration for countries of origin, destination, and migrants alike – he works to foster cooperation on issues such as protecting migrants […]

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Warzone to U.S. Campuses: Stories of Syrian Professors Making Impact

Salisbury, MD. The images of toddlers washing up on the shores of Europe have moved us all except, perhaps, the leader of Hungary. When Jews were forced to flee Europe to escape the Holocaust, so many individuals and nations turned a blind eye. The tragic story of the ship full of refugees in 1939 not allowed […]

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U.N.: Refugee Sea Arrivals in Greece Approach 400,000

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations refugee agency said today that, despite adverse weather conditions, refugee and migrant arrivals in Greece this year are expected to hit the 400,000 mark soon. Volunteers help newly-arrived refugees on 28 September 2015, as they disembark from a large rubber boat, on the shores near the town of Mithymna, […]

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MSF Responds to Emergency in Mediterranean

New York, N.Y.  Every year, thousands of people fleeing violence, insecurity, and privation at home attempt a treacherous journey via North Africa and across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. And every year, countless lives are lost during the passage. In 2014 alone, more than 3,400 people are thought to have died during the crossing. The number of […]

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France Condemns Favoritism for Christian Refugees

Washington, D.C. French and U.N. leaders on Tuesday condemned officials who say that Europe’s acceptance of refugees from the Mideast ought to be limited to migrants who are Christians. After two French mayors said in recent days their towns would accept only Christians and not Muslims, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve attacked their stance in […]

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U.N.: Refugees Must be Dealt with as Human Beings

New York, N.Y.  Refugees have to be dealt with as human beings, and the broader migrant community, including economic migrants, cannot be dismissed “with a wave of the hand,” the top United Nations official dealing with migration said today. Children stand near the reception center close to the town of Gevgelija, in the former Yugoslav […]

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U.N. Hails Austria, Germany for Helping Migrants

New York, N.Y.  As Austria and Germany begin receiving thousands of refugees and migrants who crossed the border last night from Hungary, the United Nations refugee agency hailed the decision as “political leadership based on humanitarian values,” while also applauding Austrian and German civil society groups gearing up to assist people as they enter their […]

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European Borders Tightened in Migrant Crisis

Washington, D.C.  In the wake of last week’s grisly discovery of 71 migrants suffocated in a truck in Austria, authorities there and in Germany and Hungary have expanded border inspections of traffic. And in Greece, the coast guard on Monday reported retrieving nearly 2,500 people over a weekend of search-and-rescue operations. Migrant routes from mid-east. […]

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