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'Catastrophic' U.S. funding cut leaves UN agency scrambling to help Palestinians

2018-09-04 10:07, cbc.ca


In Palestinian refugee camps across the Middle East, UN-run schools and medical clinics could be in jeopardy following a funding cut announced by the Trump Administration, writes Derek Stoffel.

Mediterranean migrant crossings fewer but deadlier, UN refugee agency says

2018-09-03 08:01, cbc.ca


People smugglers are taking greater risks to ferry their human cargo toward Europe as Libya's coast guard intercepts more boats carrying migrants, increasing the likelihood those aboard may die during the Mediterranean journeys, the UN refugee agency says.

'A crisis moment': Tracing the origins of Venezuela's spiralling economy and its human toll

2018-09-01 04:00, cbc.ca


Since 2014, more than 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled their country, desperate to escape economic and political turmoil. The UN says the mass exodus from Venezuela could soon be on par with the Syrian refugee crisis.

Gay Iraqi asylum seeker 'too girlish' for Austrian officials points to wider anti-immigrant sentiment

2018-08-31 18:30, cbc.ca


Austrian officials have denied residency to an Iraqi asylum seeker claiming he lied about his sexuality, according to reports by local media. Activist Joe Niedermayer says it's not about sexuality, but keeping migrants out.

U.S. halts funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

2018-08-31 18:10, cbc.ca


The United States on Friday halted all funding to a UN agency that helps Palestinian refugees in a move likely to further heighten tensions between the Palestinians and the Trump administration.

Migrant camp conditions on Greek island of Lesbos 'at a boiling point,' UN says

2018-08-31 09:06, cbc.ca


The United Nations refugee agency urges Greece to speed up transfers of eligible asylum seekers from Aegean islands to the mainland, saying conditions at an overcrowded Lesbos reception centre are "reaching boiling point."

UN warns of 'lost generation' of Rohingya children

2018-08-23 13:14, cbc.ca


The United Nations is warning of what it described as a lost generation of Muslim Rohingya children, with half a million in refugee camps in Bangladesh facing dangers including disease and floods and those still in Myanmar lacking access to proper education.

'It's like a nightmare': Laid off UN employees in Gaza struggle after U.S. cuts

2018-08-02 11:41, cbc.ca


Following a severe cut in funding from the United States, the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees has laid off workers, which threatens vital programs that provide food, medical treatment and schools. Canada and other nations are being urged to do more.

Migrant arrivals in Greece increasing along Turkish border

2018-08-02 10:51, cbc.ca


More than 10,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Greece from Turkey through the northern Evros River crossing in the first half of 2018, a non-governmental organization said Thursday, a quicker pace of arrivals compared to 2017.

Swedish activist stops deporting of Afghan asylum-seeker aboard plane

2018-07-25 12:51, cbc.ca


A Swedish student activist has prevented the deportating of an Afghan asylum-seeker by purchasing a ticket for the flight removing him and then refusing to sit down, preventing the plane from taking off.

Several European countries agree to take about 400 migrants who are now in Sicily

2018-07-16 10:24, cbc.ca


About 400 migrants aboard two border patrol ships disembark in a Sicilian port after a half-dozen European countries promise to take some of them in rather than leave Italy alone to process their asylum claims.

Captain pleads innocent as Malta seeks to seize migrant rescue boat

2018-07-03 11:20, cbc.ca


The German captain of a private ship that rescues migrants in the Mediterranean Sea has pleaded innocent to charges that he entered Malta's waters illegally and without proper registration, a case that reflects Europe's heightened determination to keep asylum seekers from reaching the continent.

German interior minister threatens to quit over asylum policy

2018-07-02 07:17, cbc.ca


German Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding talks today with a key member of her coalition, who is threatening to resign over the government's policy on asylum seekers.

Merkel, German interior minister reach compromise over asylum policy

2018-07-02 07:17, cbc.ca


Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rebellious Bavarian allies have reached a compromise to end a dispute over managing immigration that threatened to bring down her coalition government.

3-year-old girl dies following stabbing at her Idaho birthday party

2018-07-02 06:59, cbc.ca


Hundreds of people are mourning at a Boise, Idaho, vigil honouring members of refugee families targeted in a stabbing at a child's party that left the three-year-old birthday girl dead and eight others injured.

Merkel reportedly secures deal with 14 EU nations on migrants

2018-06-30 07:04, cbc.ca


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly secured agreements with 14 European Union countries to facilitate the rapid return of migrants who have been rejected for asylum.

'Every day here we are waiting to die': Mexican journalist detained in U.S. fears for life

2018-06-29 04:00, cbc.ca


Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto was a journalist in Mexico, writing about corruption in the military, until his life was repeatedly threatened by the army. He fled with his son and sought asylum in the U.S., but now he's been detained by immigration authorities and fears for his life.

EU leaders press ahead with tough plan for screening African migrants

2018-06-28 06:15, cbc.ca


European Union leaders have vowed to move forward with plans to screen migrants in northern Africa for asylum eligibility to dissuade many of them from setting out for the continent, part of a desperate attempt to shore up EU unity.

Hungary's anti-migrant laws mask more urgent domestic problems

2018-06-27 16:26, cbc.ca


It has been hard to be a humanitarian worker in Europe in recent years, as thousands of migrants and refugees have moved across the continent. But in Hungary, aid workers now face the possibility of prison terms just for doing their jobs.

Prince William visits Palestinian refugee camp, hopes for a 'lasting peace'

2018-06-27 12:22, cbc.ca


Prince William paid the first official British royal visit to the Palestinian territories on Wednesday, touring a refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and voicing hope for peace in a meeting with the Palestinian president.

Austrian ambassador calls for 'joint ideas' on defining migrants, refugees

2018-06-26 18:57, cbc.ca


As Austria prepares to take over the European Union presidency July 1 in the midst of a continent-wide refugee crisis, the country's ambassador to Canada is urging Europe, the United States and Canada to clarify the rules on who counts as a refugee or a migrant.

Pope says countries should take as many refugees as they can

2018-06-21 19:42, cbc.ca


Pope Francis urges nations to take in as many refugees as they can integrate into their societies, but also to invest in places like Africa so migrants won't turn to human traffickers to reach countries that can offer a better life.

Pope criticizes Trump administration policy on migrant family separation

2018-06-20 09:17, cbc.ca


On World Refugee Day, Pope Francis criticized the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border.

Record 68 million people displaced last year, UN says in annual refugee report

2018-06-19 07:32, cbc.ca


Nearly 69 million people were forcibly displaced last year, a record for the fifth straight year, according to an annual report from the UN refugee agency. In Canada, asylum claims doubled from the previous year.

Migrant issue hot button in Europe, but EU says asylum requests dipped in 2017

2018-06-18 05:55, cbc.ca


The European Union's asylum office says the number of people applying for international protection in Europe has plunged but remains higher than before 2015, when more than one million migrants entered, many fleeing the war in Syria.

EU asylum requests dipped in 2017, but Germany, Bosnia confront migrant challenges

2018-06-18 05:55, cbc.ca


The European Union's asylum office says the number of people applying for international protection in Europe has plunged but remains higher than before 2015, when more than one million migrants entered, many fleeing the war in Syria.

Refugee denied asylum receives life sentence in Finland stabbing attack

2018-06-15 07:08, cbc.ca


A Finnish court sentences Abderrahman Bouanane, a failed Moroccan asylum seeker, to life in prison for stabbing two women to death and wounding eight other people last year in the Nordic country's first terrorist attack.

Italy, France leaders put aside war of words, call for new approach to migration

2018-06-15 04:16, cbc.ca


The French leader Emmanuel Macron said Friday European solidarity didn't fulfil its role in recent years with Italy, the first European country on the migration route from North Africa. He is calling on Europe's leaders to come together to adapt to the refugee issue.

'If they send me away, my life is gone': Meet the U.S. asylum-seekers at risk in new crackdown

2018-06-13 04:00, cbc.ca


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced changes to asylum rules that would generally block people from being granted asylum solely on the grounds that they are at risk of domestic abuse or gang violence back in their home countries. Here's who that could hurt.

112 Tunisian migrants dead in Mediterranean capsizing, estimates say

2018-06-05 09:16, cbc.ca


The UN migration agency says the weekend capsizing off Tunisia of an overloaded smuggling boat is now believed to be the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea this year. Meanwhile, EU leaders struggle to agree on a new approach to asylum seekers.

More than 100 Tunisian migrants die when overloaded boat capsizes in Mediterranean

2018-06-05 09:16, cbc.ca


The UN migration agency says the weekend capsizing off Tunisia of an overloaded smuggling boat is now believed to be the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea this year. Meanwhile, EU leaders struggle to agree on a new approach to asylum seekers.

UN calls on U.S. to stop separating children from asylum seekers

2018-06-05 08:31, cbc.ca


The UN human rights office is calling on the Trump administration to "immediately halt" its policy of separating children from their parents after crossing the U.S. border with Mexico.

New Italian government says 'party is over' for migrants arriving by boat

2018-06-04 07:15, cbc.ca


Italy will no longer be "Europe's refugee camp," newly installed Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says, promising tough action to reduce migrant arrivals and send back those who have already come to the country.

Hungary aims to criminalize helping migrants with 'Stop Soros' bill

2018-05-29 14:16, cbc.ca


People or groups that help migrants who are not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum, or that help illegal migrants obtain status to stay in Hungary, could face jail time under a new bill submitted to the Hungarian parliament.

Anti-Semitism in Europe is back, and some blame recent refugees for fuelling it

2018-05-08 04:00, cbc.ca


The horror of anti-Semitism — creeping fear, physical attacks, even killings — has returned to Europe's two biggest countries, France and Germany, staining their civility yet again.

'Unspeakable trauma': Freeland visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

2018-05-04 18:04, cbc.ca


Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said her visit Friday to Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh left her “more convinced than ever of the necessity of a comprehensive, international response to this tragedy.”

U.S. says border crossing doesn't have room for caravan of asylum seekers

2018-04-30 11:34, cbc.ca


After travelling through Mexico with great fanfare for a month under the Trump administration's watchful eye, nearly 200 Central American migrants attempting to seek asylum in the United States were stopped in their tracks when border inspectors said a crossing facility didn't have enough space to accommodate them.

Small number of asylum seekers from caravan processed at U.S. border

2018-04-30 11:34, cbc.ca


U.S. border inspectors allowed some of the Central American asylum-seekers to enter the country for processing, ending a brief impasse over lack of space. Now, the migrants who crossed Mexico in a caravan may face a long legal path.

UN officials visit Myanmar amid concerns over Rohingya repatriation, monsoon season

2018-04-30 08:10, cbc.ca


Members of a UN Security Council team probing Myanmar's crisis over its ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority arrived in the country's capital on Monday after a visit to Bangladesh, where about 700,000 Rohingya who fled military-led violence live in refugee camps.

As caravan nears U.S. border, lawyers warn migrants about difficulties of seeking asylum

2018-04-28 17:00, cbc.ca


U.S. immigration lawyers are telling Central Americans in a caravan of asylum seekers that travelled through Mexico to the U.S. border that they face possible separation from their children and detention for many months. They say they want to prepare them for the worst possible outcome.

Syria aid billions of dollars short of 2018 goal, UN says

2018-04-25 11:32, cbc.ca


International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion US in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbouring countries sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling significantly short of the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking.

Caravan migrants, in the hundreds, reach Tijuana on the Mexico-U.S. border

2018-04-25 05:47, cbc.ca


Dozens of Central American migrants from about 600 travelling in a "caravan" through Mexico arrived at the border city of Tijuana late on Tuesday despite warnings it would be futile to try to cross to claim asylum in the United States.

UN says U.S. has cut almost 5 times amount of Gaza aid it originally said

2018-04-24 11:16, cbc.ca


Emergency food aid for around a million Palestinians in Gaza may run out from June if the UN agency for Palestinian refugees cannot raise another $200 million US following a cut-off in U.S. funding, the agency said on Tuesday.

'New phase of misery' feared for Rohingya refugees during Bangladesh's monsoon season

2018-04-21 11:10, cbc.ca


Aid workers in Bangladesh are ramping up preparations in the weeks leading into monsoon season, amid warnings that at least 200,000 Rohingya refugees are at direct risk of being forced out of camps by flooding or landslides.

Hungary hints that new parliament takes aim at pro-refugee NGOs

2018-04-09 11:33, cbc.ca


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has won a third consecutive term in office on a virulently anti-migration platform, and it's likely that advocates for refugees and asylum-seekers will be among the first casualties of his drive to prevent Hungary from becoming an "immigrant country."

'Zigzagger': Netanyahu's reversal on African migrants draws scorn

2018-04-04 11:03, cbc.ca


Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu killed a deal that would have helped solve the country’s African migrant crisis, leading to criticism from his opponents and uncertainty for thousands of asylum seekers, Derek Stoffel writes from Tel Aviv.

Rohingya refugees endangered by monsoon rains, aid workers warn

2018-04-03 14:05, cbc.ca


A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories with The National newsletter's Jonathon Gatehouse.

Malaysia intercepts boat carrying 56 Rohingya refugees

2018-04-03 04:04, cbc.ca


Malaysian authorities on Tuesday intercepted a boat carrying 56 people believed to be Muslim Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar, and brought the vessel and its passengers to shore.

Israel PM says UN deal reached to settle African migrants in 'developed countries like Canada'

2018-04-02 10:57, cbc.ca


Israel said on Monday it has scrapped a plan to deport African migrants to Africa and reached an agreement with the UN refugee agency to send more than 16,000 to Western countries instead.

Israel PM freezes UN deal to send African migrants to Western countries

2018-04-02 10:57, cbc.ca


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was putting on hold an agreement with the UN refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants to Western countries.

'We lost everything': After 7 years of war, Syrian refugee families can only dream of returning home

2018-03-15 04:00, cbc.ca


Two families separated by the Syrian war wonder when and if they can ever be reunited, writes Derek Stoffel.

Ai Weiwei unveils Sydney Biennale artwork, talks change in China

2018-03-13 11:08, cbc.ca


China's removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said on Monday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers.

Hundreds of refugees remain stuck despite U.S.-Australia pact, N.Z. offer

2018-03-01 23:29, cbc.ca


Australia's prime minister said Friday that his country will not consider options for resettling refugees languishing on Pacific islands until the United States fulfills its promise to take up to 1,250 of them.

'It's not a concentration camp': Bangladesh defends plan to house Rohingya on island with armed police

2018-02-22 10:17, cbc.ca


Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.

Colombia proposes $60B US financial rescue plan for Venezuela

2018-02-10 12:47, cbc.ca


Thousands are fleeing Venezuela for Colombia each day as economic refugees. Now, Colombia is hoping to arrange a financial rescue plan for Venezuela, reaching out to international lending agencies.

Venezuela crisis has neighbours fearing influx of more refugees

2018-02-08 23:55, cbc.ca


Colombia and Brazil tightened border controls with Venezuela on Thursday as both nations grapple with a mounting influx of hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants fleeing a worsening economic crisis.

EU court bars 'gay test' for asylum seekers

2018-01-25 16:58, cbc.ca


Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian asylum seeker through psychological tests to determine whether he was telling the truth about being gay, the EU's top court ruled on Thursday.

'Alarmingly premature' return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar worries aid groups

2018-01-17 13:31, cbc.ca


A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse.

U.S. cuts $65M in Palestinian aid for now, prompting UN donations appeal

2018-01-17 07:04, cbc.ca


The head of the UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees is appealing for world donations after the United States withheld about half its planned funding for the organization, a move he said risks instability in the region.

Bangladesh, Myanmar aim to return Rohingya within 2 years

2018-01-16 15:25, cbc.ca


Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed that they will try to complete the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled from violence in Myanmar within two years, Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

2018-01-11 11:41, cbc.ca


Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in asylum at the nation's embassy in London for more than five years.

'We are not being complacent': Liberals don't expect sudden surge of Salvadoran asylum-seekers

2018-01-09 17:39, cbc.ca


The Liberal government has a contingency plan for a potential flood of Salvadoran asylum seekers, but it's not expecting a sudden surge of people crossing the border from the United States. The Trump administration announced that temporary protected status for people from El Salvador will end in September 2019.

Salvadoran asylum seekers could test Canada's immigration system

2018-01-07 17:23, cbc.ca


The federal government's contingency plans for a new surge of asylum seekers at the border this winter could be put to the test with the pending U.S. decision on the fate of as many as 200,000 Salvadorans.

Pope calls for refugee commitments in 2018, rejection of 'empty consumerism'

2018-01-01 07:13, cbc.ca


Pope Francis on Monday recommended jettisoning life's "useless baggage" in 2018, including what he called "empty chatter" and banal consumerism, and focusing instead on building a peaceful and welcoming world, particularly for refugees and migrants.

Judge partially lifts Trump's ban on refugees from certain Muslim countries

2017-12-24 08:06, cbc.ca


A federal judge in Seattle on Saturday partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim countries from reuniting with family living legally in the United States.

Destruction of Rohingya villages continues: Human Rights Watch

2017-12-18 04:02, cbc.ca


Satellite imagery shows that Rohingya villages in Myanmar continued to be destroyed even as Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement last month to return refugees from the ethnic Muslim minority who had fled their country amid violence, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Pope apologizes to Rohingya refugees for 'indifference of the world'

2017-12-01 08:45, cbc.ca


Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness from Rohingya Muslim refugees for all the hurt they have endured, and pronounced the word "Rohingya" that he had so assiduously avoided only days earlier in Myanmar.

Mayor of German town slashed with knife over liberal refugee policy

2017-11-28 09:39, cbc.ca


The conservative mayor of a small town in western Germany who is known for his liberal policy toward asylum seekers has been slashed in the neck by an assailant.

Pope meeting Suu Kyi on Myanmar refugee crisis amid outcry

2017-11-28 05:53, cbc.ca


Pope Francis travelled to Myanmar's capital today to meet with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has come under increasing international criticism over a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

Asylum seekers ordered to leave detention centre in Papua New Guinea as it's sealed off

2017-11-23 00:17, cbc.ca


Papua New Guinea police sealed off an officially shuttered Australian-run detention camp on Thursday and ordered asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they confiscated food and water the men had stockpiled, asylum seekers told Reuters.

Asylum seekers say police have entered abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea

2017-11-22 17:42, cbc.ca


Papua New Guinea (PNG) police have entered an abandoned Australian-run detention camp seeking to get some 380 asylum-seekers who have barricaded themselves in there to leave, two of the men told Reuters on Thursday.

Canada on alert as U.S. announces end to temporary resident status for Haitians

2017-11-20 23:45, cbc.ca


A decision by the Trump administration to end a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States has the Canadian government on alert for a potential new surge of asylum seekers at the border.

Libya teems with 'inhuman' migrant camps, UN says, as Italy sees fewer refugees

2017-11-14 12:54, cbc.ca


The UN human rights chief says the European Union policy of helping Libyan authorities intercept migrants on the Mediterranean and return them to Libya is "inhuman."

UN implores Australia to resume feeding 'starving' refugees at remote camp

2017-11-03 10:13, cbc.ca


The United Nations human rights office calls on Australia to restore food, water and health services to about 600 interned refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea, which Canberra cut off three days ago.

What awaits Bob Rae? Abused Rohingya living in epic squalor in Bangladesh

2017-11-02 10:51, cbc.ca


Bob Rae, Canada's newly appointed special envoy to the Rohingya refugee crisis, arrived Wednesday in the South Asian region as Myanmar's fleeing Muslim population continues to seek refuge in Bangladesh, already one of the world's poorest countries.

Refugees, asylum seekers refuse to leave Papua New Guinea detention centre set for closure

2017-10-31 09:22, cbc.ca


Australian private security has vacated a detention centre for asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea ahead of its planned closure on Tuesday, detainees say, leaving about 600 refugees and asylum seekers barricaded inside and refusing to move.

White nationalists and neo-Nazis stage anti-refugee protests in Tennessee

2017-10-28 17:08, cbc.ca


About 300 white nationalists and neo-Nazis have held back-to-back rallies in two small Tennessee cities to protest refugee resettlement in the state, which sued the U.S. government over the issue earlier this year.

Some 600,000 refugees later, Ottawa still in engagement mode on Myanmar

2017-10-23 12:33, cbc.ca


Ottawa's approach to Myanmar might include expressions of concern, frank phone calls with civilian and military leaders, but not drastic ruptures, ruling out actions such as revoking Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary Canadian citizenship — at least for now.

Europe's migration crisis casts long shadow as Austria votes

2017-10-15 10:36, cbc.ca


Austria is voting in a parliamentary election that is expected to see 31-year-old conservative Sebastian Kurz become chancellor on a pledge to take a hard line on refugees and work to end Europe's migration crisis.

Wild elephants attack Rohingya camps, kill 4 in Bangladesh

2017-10-15 06:46, cbc.ca


Wild elephants have attacked a new camp where Rohingya refugees were sleeping, killing a woman and her three children in southern Bangladesh.

UN starts cholera immunization campaign for Rohingya refugees

2017-10-10 07:53, cbc.ca


UN agencies and Bangladesh's Health Ministry began a massive cholera immunization campaign Tuesday to stem a possible outbreak of the waterborne disease among more than a half million Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Bangladesh sees new surge of Rohingya refugees

2017-10-09 08:54, cbc.ca


Thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh on Monday in a new surge of refugees driven by fears of starvation and violence the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.

UN fears further exodus of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar

2017-10-06 15:16, cbc.ca


The United Nations braced on Friday for a possible further exodus of Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Some 515,000 Rohingya have arrived over the past six weeks from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine.

Rocker Tom Petty dead at 66

2017-10-03 00:05, cbc.ca


Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as Free Fallin,' Refugee and American Girl, has died. He was 66.

Boat carrying Rohingya refugees capsizes, dozens presumed drowned

2017-09-29 05:49, cbc.ca


The UN migration agency said Friday that more than 60 people are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead following the shipwreck of a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims who were fleeing from violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh.

Ai Weiwei on refugees, empathy and the 'miracle' of the internet

2017-09-27 16:58, cbc.ca


Though his art has been warmly welcomed in Canada before, provocative and influential Ai Weiwei — once named the world's most powerful artist — has travelled to Toronto to accept an honour acknowledging his activism.

EU seeks to resettle more refugees from North Africa

2017-09-27 10:31, cbc.ca


The European Union unveils a new plan to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, the majority of them from northern Africa.

'The scale is just vast': Authorities, aid workers in Bangladesh overwhelmed by Rohingya refugees

2017-09-25 13:21, cbc.ca


The movement of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh is an exodus of vast proportions that has bewildered even the most seasoned aid workers, writes Nahlah Ayed.

Mass exodus of Rohingya slowing down but many still trying to flee Myanmar

2017-09-24 16:43, cbc.ca


The massive exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to escape brutal persecution appears to have slowed down, but several recent refugees say tens of thousands more are huddled near beaches or in forests waiting to escape.

'Heavily traumatized ' Rohingya children go from terror in Myanmar to refugee camp chaos

2017-09-22 13:12, cbc.ca


Children like Abdul Hamid, who has seen more than anyone should have to see in a lifetime, make up about 60 per cent of the more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled terrible persecution in Myanmar. UNICEF says over 1,400 children have crossed into Bangladesh with a parent.

'Dramatic expansion' of makeshift camps for Rohingya fleeing Myanmar captured by satellite images

2017-09-21 09:27, cbc.ca


Massive, makeshift refugee camps are sprawling over farms and open land in southern Bangladesh as more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims flee violent attacks in their predominantly Buddhist homeland of Myanmar.

Germany jails Syrian refugee over UN observer's abduction

2017-09-21 01:30, cbc.ca


A German court has convicted a Syrian refugee of being an accessory to a war crime against humanitarian operations over his participation in the 2013 kidnapping of a United Nations observer.

Germany jails Syrian refugee over Canadian UN observer's abduction

2017-09-21 01:30, cbc.ca


A German court has convicted a Syrian refugee of being an accessory to a war crime against humanitarian operations over his participation in the 2013 kidnapping of a Canadian United Nations observer.

Impact of Merkel's 'great gamble' on refugees goes beyond the ballot box

2017-09-20 05:00, cbc.ca


Win or lose, the consequences of the chancellor's decision to open Germany during the refugee crisis, including a motivated far right, will be felt long after Sunday's election, Margaret Evans writes.

Muslims in Bangladesh protest treatment of Rohingya refugees

2017-09-18 09:35, cbc.ca


More than 10,000 Muslims in Bangladesh have marched toward Myanmar's embassy in Dhaka to protest the country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

Europe's pushback against migrants enters new phase — with Libya's help

2017-09-18 06:00, cbc.ca


For more than two years, Italy has been at the forefront of a crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers arriving on Europe’s shores. But with public mood souring and a possible election looming, the Italian government has moved to take away the welcome mat.

Rohingya refugees' access to food, water an increasing concern

2017-09-17 07:11, cbc.ca


Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh could die due to a lack of food, shelter and water, given the huge numbers fleeing violence in Myanmar, an aid agency warned on Sunday, as authorities began moving people to camps to streamline the distribution of help.

Finland public stabbing suspect had been denied asylum

2017-08-22 10:52, cbc.ca


A teenage Moroccan asylum seeker who admitted on Tuesday that he had killed two women and injured eight other people in a knife attack in the Finnish town of Turku had had his application for asylum rejected before the attack, authorities said.

Hungary, Slovakia challenge of migrant plan should be dismissed: EU adviser

2017-07-26 08:56, cbc.ca


The European Court of Justice should dismiss lawsuits filed by Hungary and Slovakia challenging a European Council decision that the countries have to mandatorily take in hundreds of asylum seekers, a court adviser said Wednesday.

Travel ban ruling in U.S. court opens path for more refugees, but appeal awaits

2017-07-14 22:16, cbc.ca


A court decision on President Donald Trump's travel ban has reopened a window for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, and the government is looking to quickly close it.

'Impossible to close the gap': Immigration board boss says more resources needed to process legacy refugees

2017-07-07 05:00, cbc.ca


Faced with a swelling backlog and a promise to resolve five-year-old asylum claims, the chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada admits he needs more funding and more people.

Fire kills 3 at Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

2017-07-02 09:19, cbc.ca


A fire tore through a camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, killing three people on Sunday, officials said.

Fire kills child at Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

2017-07-02 09:19, cbc.ca


A fire tore through a camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on Sunday, killing one child and leaving two other children in critical condition.

Revised Trump travel ban goes into effect tonight

2017-06-29 06:51, cbc.ca


The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees who require a "close" family or business tie to the United States.

'It's just too much': Syrian refugee escaped civil war only to die in London highrise fire

2017-06-15 11:37, cbc.ca


After surviving the Syrian civil war and the dangerous trek across the Mediterranean sea, 23-year-old Mohammad Alhaj Ali died scared and alone in a London apartment tower.

Israeli PM calls for dismantling of UN Palestinian refugee agency

2017-06-11 08:10, cbc.ca


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for the dismantling of the UN agency that aids millions of Palestinian refugees, accusing it of anti-Israeli incitement.

Trump asks Supreme Court to reinstate travel ban

2017-06-02 01:18, cbc.ca


The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately reinstate its ban on travellers from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from anywhere in the world, saying the U.S. will be safer if the policy is put in place.

Refugees from Central America a humanitarian crisis on Canada's doorstep, says aid agency

2017-05-13 05:00, cbc.ca


Doctors Without Borders says the Liberal government must do something about the humanitarian crisis on its doorstep by making asylum easier for refugees fleeing the northern triangle of Central America.

Stockholm suspect was failed asylum seeker, 2nd man arrested

2017-04-09 11:12, cbc.ca


The Stockholm truck attack suspect was a rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan who eluded authorities' attempts to deport him by giving police a wrong address, Swedish police said, while announcing the arrest of a second suspect.

Key moments in the Syrian conflict that has killed over 400,000

2017-04-07 12:29, cbc.ca


The conflict in Syria has been raging since 2011. It has not only cost the lives of over 400,000 Syrians and created the biggest refugee crisis our time but has involved a large cast of domestic and international actors.

Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million, says UN

2017-03-30 07:24, cbc.ca


The number of Syrians who have fled their country after six years of war has surpassed the five-million mark, the United Nations refugee agency said Thursday.

A single rescue ship saved nearly 1,000 refugees from the Mediterranean this weekend — many of them children

2017-03-20 12:22, cbc.ca


On Monday, nearly 1,000 rescued people were aboard a ship, bound for Italy. The refugees were rescued in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei brings new refugee-themed piece to Prague

2017-03-17 14:39, cbc.ca


​Chinese conceptual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has placed his latest refugee-themed installation — a black rubber boat with 258 figures onboard — in Prague, the capital of a European Union country that has opposed the bloc's efforts to redistribute migrants among member nations.

Attack off Yemen's coast kills 31, mostly Somali refugees

2017-03-17 09:08, cbc.ca


A boat packed with Somali refugees came under attack overnight off Yemen's coast, and 31 people were killed, a United Nations agency and a Yemeni medical official said Friday.

Trump's campaign insults complicate Merkel's White House visit

2017-03-17 07:53, cbc.ca


Donald Trump, who will welcome Angela Merkel to the White House this morning, spent much of 2016 bashing the German chancellor, accusing her of 'ruining' Germany for allowing an influx of refugees from Syria.

Judge in Hawaii puts Trump's travel ban on hold

2017-03-15 19:14, cbc.ca


For the second time, a federal court on Wednesday blocked President Donald Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations, putting the president's revised travel ban on hold just hours before it was to take effect.

'I think we ought to go back to the first one': Trump slams legal setback on revised ban

2017-03-15 19:14, cbc.ca


For the second time, a federal court on Wednesday blocked President Donald Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations, putting the president's revised travel ban on hold just hours before it was to take effect.

'Unprecedented judicial overreach': Trump slams legal setback on revised travel ban

2017-03-15 19:14, cbc.ca


For the second time, a U.S. Federal Court blocks President Donald Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations.

Starbucks faces backlash over CEO's vow to hire thousands of refugees

2017-03-10 14:33, cbc.ca


Starbucks Corp.'s vow to hire thousands of refugees after President Donald Trump's first executive order that temporarily banned travel from seven mostly-Muslim nations appears to be hurting customer sentiment of the coffee chain.

Families who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong ask Canada for asylum

2017-03-09 20:08, cbc.ca


Lawyers for three families who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong say they have formally asked the Canadian government to grant them asylum.

Things to know about Trump's new travel ban

2017-03-06 11:30, cbc.ca


U.S. President Donald Trump signed a new travel ban on Monday, nearly a month after a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his first executive order that blocked travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspended entry to refugees.

Trump's new travel ban exempts Iraq, caps refugees

2017-03-06 07:38, cbc.ca


U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new version of his controversial travel ban, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and putting restrictions on the U.S. refugee program.

'We came for safety': Newly arrived Yazidis eager to leave behind horrors of ISIS and start life in Canada

2017-03-06 05:00, cbc.ca


A group of Yazidi refugees from Iraq hope to build a new life for their families and try to move past the horrors they suffered while held captive by ISIS as they settle in London, Ont., where about 300 members of the religious sect already form a small, tight-knit community.

'We're all humans': U.S. border agent watches as asylum-seekers cross into Canada

2017-02-20 17:44, cbc.ca


Reporters on a media tour watch RCMP officers load a family with a baby, along with their bags and a baby carriage, into cruisers to take them to a nearby office for processing at Hemmingford, Que.

Protesters march in support of immigrants and refugees in Minneapolis LIVE

2017-02-18 15:00, cbc.ca


Following raids of illegal immigrants and the U.S. travel ban, protesters have begun marching in solidarity throughout the country

Asylum seekers crossing into Canada need life-saving supplies, says U.S. Border Angel

2017-02-14 05:00, cbc.ca


A member of the U.S. Border Angels, a group that provides life-saving supplies for people crossing the Mexican-American border unlawfully, says Canadians have a duty to help would-be refugee claimants who sneak into Canada.

U.S. needs to be 'much more vigilant' to stem flow of asylum seekers

2017-02-12 05:00, cbc.ca


Canadian and U.S. officials need to co-ordinate their efforts to help stem the flow of would-be refugee claimants sneaking into Canada, which includes beefing up patrols on roads heading north to the border, says one security expert.

Kenya court blocks closing of world's biggest refugee camp

2017-02-09 06:48, cbc.ca


​A Kenyan court rules that the government must not close the world's largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn Somalia, a decision that eases pressure on Somalis who feared the camp would close by the end of May.

Donald Trump says court deciding on travel ban is 'so political'

2017-02-08 19:52, cbc.ca


U.S. President Donald Trump has slammed the court that is deliberating his immigration and refugee executive order as being "so political," part of a relentless pounding of the judiciary branch that prompted a rebuke from his nominee for the Supreme Court.

'I'm free, but I'm trapped': The cluster of warehouses that are home to nearly 8,000 refugees

2017-02-06 11:54, cbc.ca


Thousands of refugees fleeing war-torn areas in the Middle East are arriving in Serbia after long, harrowing journeys only to find that European quotas allow just a handful to pass each day. And so the agonizing wait continues.

Court will 'unleash chaos again' if Trump's travel ban upheld, say Minnesota, Washington

2017-02-06 03:17, cbc.ca


Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota have told a federal appellate court it would 'unleash chaos again' if it lifted an order temporarily halting U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

2 states say allowing Trump's travel ban would 'unleash chaos again'

2017-02-06 03:17, cbc.ca


Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota have told a federal appellate court that restoring U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would 'unleash chaos again.'

Reinstating travel ban would 'unleash chaos,' state lawyers warn

2017-02-06 03:17, cbc.ca


Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota tell a federal appellate court that restoring U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would 'unleash chaos again.'

Court denies Trump request to immediately restore travel ban

2017-02-05 05:39, cbc.ca


A federal appeals court denied early Sunday the Justice Department's request for an immediate reinstatement of U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on accepting certain travellers and all refugees.

Democratic attorneys general challenge Trump

2017-01-31 19:07, cbc.ca


Washington, Massachusetts and New York are becoming the first states to sue the Trump administration with filings announced this week over the executive order restricting refugees and immigration. They likely won't be standing alone for long.

Democrats delay Senate votes on trio, including attorney general pick Jeff Sessions

2017-01-31 11:51, cbc.ca


Senate Democrats blocked committee votes on three of President Donald Trump's highest-profile Cabinet picks Tuesday as spiraling partisan hostility over the fledgling administration's refugee curbs and other initiatives seemed to seep into Congress' work on nominations.

Trump fires attorney general who told Justice Department not to defend travel ban

2017-01-30 21:53, cbc.ca


U.S. President Donald Trump has named Dana Boente as the acting Attorney General, replacing Sally Yates who had earlier Monday directed Justice Department attorneys to not defend Trump's controversial executive order banning certain refugees and immigrants from travelling to the U.S.

Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in next 5 years

2017-01-29 23:49, cbc.ca


Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump's indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations.

Europe, Mideast push back against Trump refugee ban amid more travel tensions

2017-01-29 08:53, cbc.ca


U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries has sparked anger in regions where travellers or refugees are affected, and objections from the leaders of some European nations.

Trump refugee ban throws lives into uncertainty

2017-01-28 09:15, cbc.ca


U.S. President Donald Trump's sweeping ban on people seeking refuge in the United States and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries caused upset and confusion among travellers on Saturday, with some turned back from U.S.-bound flights.

Muslim woman attacked at JFK airport, while FBI probes bomb threat against Denver refugee centre

2017-01-27 20:18, cbc.ca


A man attacked a Muslim employee at a John F. Kennedy Airport lounge and shouted that U.S. President Donald Trump "will get rid of all of you," authorities said. Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating bomb threats against a Denver community centre catering to Muslim refugees.

Trump declares 'new vetting measures' for refugees from some Muslim-majority countries

2017-01-27 16:56, cbc.ca


U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive action for "new vetting measures" to keep "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States.

Trump issues order barring Syrian refugees from entering U.S.

2017-01-27 16:56, cbc.ca


U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for "new vetting measures" to keep "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States.

Trump's sweeping executive order bars all Syrian refugees from entering U.S.

2017-01-27 16:56, cbc.ca


U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order temporarily suspending the country's refugee program, issuing a 90-day immigration ban on countries with terrorism connections and barring all Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. for an undisclosed amount of time.

As Trump cracks down on refugees, an Oscar nominated documentary goes to the frontline of the Syrian crisis

2017-01-27 13:53, cbc.ca


This week, as U.S. President Donald Trump readies a plan to dramatically restrict refugee admissions to the United States, Greek-American filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki got an Oscar nomination for her short documentary 4.1 Miles. Shot on the waters off the island of Lesbos, the film follows a Greek Coast Guard captain as he rescues refugees from the sea.

Syrians in Turkey call Trump's expected plan to ban refugees dangerous, stupid

2017-01-26 08:47, cbc.ca


Inside Pages, Istanbul's Syrian sanctuary, refugees are as blunt as Donald Trump when responding to his plans to turn away people from some Muslim countries.

Syrians call Trump's expected plan to ban refugees dangerous, stupid

2017-01-26 08:47, cbc.ca


Inside Pages, Istanbul's Syrian sanctuary, refugees are as blunt as Donald Trump when responding to his plans to turn away people from some Muslim countries.

Trump to ready executive orders with eye towards Mexico wall, curbing refugee flow

2017-01-24 22:58, cbc.ca


President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday, beginning with steps to build his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two administration officials. He's also expected to review proposals that would restrict the flow of refugees into the U.S.

Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100

2017-01-17 12:01, cbc.ca


A Nigerian state official says an air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists has mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 100 refugees and wounding aid workers.

Nigerian jet strikes refugee camp in error, reportedly killing more than 100

2017-01-17 12:01, cbc.ca


A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees, a Borno state official said. A Red Cross worker said 20 volunteers with the aid group were killed.

Nigerian jet bombs refugee camp in error, reportedly killing more than 100

2017-01-17 12:01, cbc.ca


A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp Tuesday, killing more than 100 people, a Borno state official said.

Nigeria air force jet mistakenly bombs refugees, aid workers

2017-01-17 12:01, cbc.ca


A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp Tuesday, killing dozens of people.

Migrants freezing to death in Greece, UN says

2017-01-13 08:27, cbc.ca


Refugees and migrants are dying in Europe's cold snap and governments must do more to help them rather than pushing them back from borders and subjecting them to violence, the UN refugee agency says.

Nigeria could give asylum to Gambia leader who won't step down

2017-01-13 05:11, cbc.ca


Nigeria's president was leading a regional delegation to Gambia in a last-ditch attempt Friday to persuade its longtime leader Yahya Jammeh to step down and allow his rival's inauguration next week.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank raid

2017-01-10 07:53, cbc.ca


Israeli soldiers shoot dead a Palestinian who the military said tried to attack them with a knife during a raid to detain suspected militants in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

Clashes break out in Syria hours after ceasefire implemented

2016-12-29 06:36, cbc.ca


A ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey went into effect in war-ravaged Syria at midnight local time, a potential breakthrough threatened just two hours later by clashes between rebels and government forces. Six years of fighting have left more than a quarter-million people dead and triggered a refugee crisis across Europe.

Pope Francis dedicates Christmas blessing to those 'scarred by war'

2016-12-25 06:54, cbc.ca


Pope Francis on Sunday offered a Christmas hope for peace in a world lacerated by war and terrorism, urging people to remember migrants, refugees and those hit by economic instability caused by "idolatry of money."

Merkel says it would be 'sickening' if Christmas market attacker is confirmed to be a refugee

2016-12-20 02:21, cbc.ca


German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is "shocked, shaken and deeply saddened" by the attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed at least 12 people Monday, which police believe was an intentional act.

Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN secretary general

2016-12-12 09:57, cbc.ca


Antonio Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal who later spent 10 years as head of the UN Refugee Agency, was sworn in today as secretary general of the United Nations.

A nasty Hungarian national mood rejects immigrants — and journalists

2016-12-11 05:00, cbc.ca


The mood in Hungary is decidedly nasty these days, and the populist Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, is accused by many of feeding it with his own sharp anti-foreigner rhetoric in the wake of the 2015 refugee crisis.

Trump's election win puts U.S. refugee plans in limbo

2016-11-27 17:00, cbc.ca


With Donald Trump taking office in late January, plans for U.S. cities that have agreed to take in people fleeing the civil war have been thrown into question, given the incoming president's hostility to Muslim immigrants.

A former toilet paper factory that 1,574 refugees call home

2016-11-27 12:34, cbc.ca


For almost a year the Greek government has been transforming empty factories and industrial lots into tent villages housing some the country's approximately 60,000 refugees and migrants.

Rebels preventing refugees from fleeing Aleppo, group claims

2016-11-23 11:13, cbc.ca


A Syrian monitoring group alleges rebels are preventing dozens of families from fleeing eastern Aleppo as Russian-backed government forces intensify their bombardment of the besieged quarter.

Return to Aleppo: 'It's better than the refugee tent I was living in,' one resident says

2016-11-16 19:54, cbc.ca


Residents who fled an apartment complex on the front line of fighting in Aleppo, Syria, were allowed back for the first time in months to salvage what they could of their belongings.

U.S. to resettle Australia's asylum seekers stuck on island refugee camps

2016-11-12 21:32, cbc.ca


The U.S. has agreed to resettle an unspecified number of refugees languishing in Pacific island camps in a deal that is expected to inspire more asylum seekers to attempt to reach Australia by boat, officials said on Sunday.

Famed Afghan Girl deported from Pakistan, greeted by president

2016-11-09 10:30, cbc.ca


Afghanistan's president welcomes home Sharbat Gula, National Geographic's famed green-eyed Afghan Girl, just hours after she was deported from Pakistan, the latest in the odyssey of the globally recognized refugee.

'There's room for everyone': Paris clears out makeshift migrant camps

2016-11-04 14:14, cbc.ca


Close to 4,000 migrants were evacuated from makeshift camps in Paris Friday in the city's largest effort yet to move asylum seekers into temporary shelters, Michelle Gagnon writes.

Shoeless GG plays soccer with Syrian refugees at largest camp in Jordan

2016-10-30 12:02, cbc.ca


Governor General David Johnston says he's "so impressed with the resilience" of Syria's refugees, who have lived through years of war, as he visits the largest camp for those displaced by the conflict, in northern Jordan.

Refugee death toll in Mediterranean Sea this year deadliest ever, says UN

2016-10-26 15:37, cbc.ca


The United Nations refugee agency said Wednesday that at least 3,800 refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year in an attempt to reach Europe, making 2016 the deadliest year on record.

'We don't know these people': Anxiety and empathy await asylum seekers leaving Calais camp

2016-10-26 11:44, cbc.ca


As migrants are relocated from the squalid camp at Calais, residents of communities set to receive them have both apprehension and empathy for their new neighbours, the CBC’s Michelle Gagnon writes from northeastern France.

'Above politics': MPs vote unanimously to bring Yazidi refugees to Canada in 4 months

2016-10-25 11:53, cbc.ca


MPs have unanimously supported a Conservative motion that formally declares ISIS persecution of Yazidis a genocide and commits to bringing Yazidi refugees to Canada within 120 days.

France starts clearing 'jungle' refugee camp

2016-10-24 08:34, cbc.ca


French authorities begin dismantling the refugee camp outside of Calais that's sometimes known as "the jungle." But the future is unclear for the estimated 9,000 people living there.

Freedom in Jarabulus: Syrian border town rebuilds post-ISIS

2016-10-20 05:00, cbc.ca


Liberated from ISIS, thousands of refugees are returning to what is left of Jarabulus, Syria, which neighbouring Turkey is helping to rebuild. The Turkish government takes CBC News on a tour of the town.

Uncertainty reigns as Calais 'jungle' refugee camp closure looms

2016-10-20 05:00, cbc.ca


French authorities are about to dismantle the sprawling, squalid migrant camp in Calais, but it's unclear what will happen to the thousands of people who've been staying there.

What life after ISIS looks like in a Syrian border town

2016-10-20 05:00, cbc.ca


Liberated from ISIS, thousands of refugees are returning to what is left of Jarabulus, Syria, which neighbouring Turkey is helping to rebuild. The Turkish government takes CBC News on a tour of the town.

Suicide bomber kills 3 at Syrian refugee camp near Jordanian border

2016-10-16 22:00, cbc.ca


A suicide bomber believed to be from the Islamic State militant group killed three people and injured at least 20 others in an attack on Sunday at a refugee camp in Syria near the border with Jordan, a rebel official said.

Blast kills 3 at Syrian refugee camp

2016-10-16 22:00, cbc.ca


A suicide bomber believed to be from the Islamic State militant group kills three people and injured at least 20 others in an attack at a refugee camp in Syria near the border with Jordan.

Canada to dispatch team to Iraq for Yazidi fact-finding mission

2016-10-04 17:22, cbc.ca


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum is dispatching a team of officials to Iraq to consider ways to help Yazidi refugees fleeing genocide.

Majority of Hungarians vote against EU migrant quotas but low turnout could nullify referendum

2016-10-02 09:34, cbc.ca


Hungarians voters appeared to support Prime Minister Viktor Orban's opposition to mandatory European Union quotas for accepting relocated asylum-seekers, but Sunday's referendum could be invalid because turnout would likely fail to exceed the 50-per cent-plus-one vote necessary threshold.

South Sudanese refugees in Uganda struggle to shake off ethnic tensions

2016-10-02 05:00, cbc.ca


South Sudanese refugees in Ugandan camps fear that tribal divisions stirred up by fighting in their homeland may have followed them across the border.

Hungarian voters appear set to deliver a blow to EU migrant quotas

2016-10-01 05:00, cbc.ca


Hungary's anti-immigrant government appears set to win a referendum on whether the country should accept European Union refugee resettlement quotas. A victory could send shock waves through the already battered bloc.

Living 'as a big family': Hotel housing project gives refugees a rare sense of hope

2016-09-29 05:00, cbc.ca


An abandoned Athens hotel that has been transformed into a refugee housing project is a rare bright spot in a crisis where hope is always fleeting, the CBC's Ellen Mauro writes from Greece.

Refugee standing in 'shooting stance' killed by California officer

2016-09-28 06:50, cbc.ca


The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived at the scene where a mentally unstable man was reportedly walking in traffic.

Refugee in 'shooting stance' killed by California officer

2016-09-28 06:50, cbc.ca


The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived at the scene where a mentally unstable man was reportedly walking in traffic.

'Back to the street': France's unimagined and unimaginable migrant crisis

2016-09-27 05:00, cbc.ca


One hundred thousand asylum seekers have made their way to France in 2016, a country now playing catchup with what some say was a foreseeable crisis, Michelle Gagnon writes from Paris.

New depths of despair at Moria refugee camp in fire's aftermath

2016-09-21 05:22, cbc.ca


The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos felt eerie in the aftermath of the fire that swept through its core. CBC's Margaret Evans reports from the old military base about a 20-minute drive inland from the main port of Lesbos.

Life-jacket graveyard creates startling visual impact of refugee crisis

2016-09-20 12:49, cbc.ca


Life-jackets spread out on the lawn of Britain's Parliament Square were worn by refugees travelling from Turkey to Greece. Almost 7,000 people drowned or went missing trying to reach Europe from January 2015 to August 2016.

Donald Trump Jr. compares refugees to poisoned Skittles

2016-09-20 07:45, cbc.ca


Donald Trump Jr. has posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles.

'Every day I cry': For Syrian refugees on Greek island, outlook is bleak

2016-09-19 08:42, cbc.ca


While the UN convenes a summit in New York on refugees and migrants to remind members of their obligations to protect the world's persecuted, some of those same persecuted, languishing on a Greek island, wonder why the world still needs reminding.

Desperate and hungry, South Sudanese fleeing war tax resources in Ugandan refugee camps

2016-09-17 05:00, cbc.ca


More than 100,000 South Sudanese have poured into Uganda since fighting resumed in their homeland in July, straining resources of the World Food Program and leaving refugees hungry and desperate.

Hopes high but doubts abound as world leaders tackle refugee crisis

2016-09-17 05:00, cbc.ca


As world leaders gather to tackle the global refugee crisis in two historic summits at the United Nations, doubts are emerging about the impact the summits will have on the world's 21 million refugees.

South Sudan refugees increase to more than 1 million, UN says

2016-09-16 09:13, cbc.ca


More than one million refugees have fled South Sudan's ongoing civil war, overwhelming aid agencies and creating one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters.

EU leaders seek elusive 'road map' after Brexit shock

2016-09-16 07:14, cbc.ca


Reeling from Britain's decision to leave, the European Union's remaining 27 states meet to inject momentum into the ailing EU project even as they acknowledge deep divisions over the refugee crisis and the economy.

U.S. reportedly set to increase intake of refugees

2016-09-14 01:54, cbc.ca


The Obama Administration plans to increase the number of refugees admitted to the United States by 30 per cent in fiscal year 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited an annual refugee report submitted to Congress.

Angelina Jolie visits refugee camp in Jordan

2016-09-11 05:31, cbc.ca


Actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie called on world leaders to find a solution to the Syrian crisis during a visit to the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

German anti-refugee vote leaves Merkel in a political mess: Don Murray

2016-09-09 05:00, cbc.ca


It's been a dreadful time for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her party came third in a provincial election on her home turf on Sept. 4. The party that threw her into third place ran on just one plank: enough of refugees.

Refugee children in Greece sleeping in 'vermin-infested' prison cells, rights group alleges

2016-09-08 21:33, cbc.ca


Refugee and migrant children in Greece are being held in police cells, often in "poor and degrading conditions" due to a lack of appropriate shelter space, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Friday.

Hungarian camerawoman charged after refugees tripped fleeing police

2016-09-07 05:32, cbc.ca


Hungarian prosecutors file charges against a camerawoman accused of kicking and tripping migrants fleeing police near the southern border with Serbia last year.

Hungarian camerawoman seen tripping fleeing refugees faces charges

2016-09-07 05:32, cbc.ca


Hungarian prosecutors file charges against a camerawoman accused of kicking and tripping migrants fleeing police near the southern border with Serbia last year.

Brexit inspires kin of Jewish refugees who escaped Nazis to reclaim German citizenship

2016-09-06 05:00, cbc.ca


London-born author Thomas Harding says he was so distressed about the outcome of the U.K.'s Brexit referendum, he immediately went online to look into an old German law that allows anyone stripped of their citizenship by the Nazis to reclaim it, including their descendants. It seems other descendants have had the same idea.

G20 wraps with world leaders agreeing to use trade to boost global economy

2016-09-05 09:32, cbc.ca


China agrees to co-operate more closely with trading partners on its politically volatile steel exports as leaders of major economies end the G20 summit with a forceful endorsement of free trade and a crowded agenda that included the Koreas, Syria and refugees.

U.S. just welcomed its 10,000th Syrian refugee. Time to extend the goalpost?

2016-08-31 05:00, cbc.ca


To hear the White House announce it this week, it was a major achievement. But the per-capita number of Syrian refugees accepted in America remains modest compared to goals set by other nations — even compared to the target presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has in mind.

U.S. welcomed its 10,000th Syrian refugee. Time to extend the goalpost?

2016-08-31 05:00, cbc.ca


To hear the White House announce it this week, it was a major achievement. But the per capita number of Syrian refugees accepted in the U.S. remains modest compared to goals set by other nations — even compared to the target Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has in mind.

Brazil is closing its 'open arms' to Syrian refugees

2016-08-20 05:00, cbc.ca


Michel Temer, Brazil's interim president, has advertised a law-and-order administration with security as a top priority. He is abandoning his predecessor's efforts to bring in more refugees.

Australia to close controversial Manus Island refugee camp

2016-08-17 06:13, cbc.ca


Australia and Papua New Guinea agree to close a controversial Australian-funded asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island, but give no timeline, leaving the fate of 800 refugees held in the camp unclear.

How a 19 year-old Syrian refugee is building an app to navigate Germany's red tape

2016-08-12 00:00, cbc.ca


Ghaith Zamrik and a group of other Syrian refugees living in Berlin are co-developing a smartphone app called "Bureaucrazy" to help newcomers to Germany navigate bureaucratic hurdles. Ghaith tells Day 6 guest host Asha Tomlinson how the app works and how dealing with small frustrations over red tape can make refugees feel unmotivated to settle into their new lives.

UN cites reports of up to 3,000 Iraqis captured by ISIS

2016-08-05 12:04, cbc.ca


The UN refugee agency says it has received reports that ISIS may have captured up to 3,000 Iraqis who were fleeing violence and that 12 of them may have been killed.

'Cruel in the extreme': Australia deliberately ignoring abuse at refugee camps, rights groups allege

2016-08-03 04:18, cbc.ca


Human rights groups accused Australia on Wednesday of deliberately ignoring the alleged abuse of asylum seekers being held at a remote Pacific island detention facility in a bid to deter future refugees from trying to reach the country by boat.

German officials vow more checking of refugees after attacks

2016-07-26 06:19, cbc.ca


Top security officials in Germany called Tuesday for tougher security screening of asylum-seekers and also announced that more police officers will be hired following four attacks in the country — two of them claimed by the extremist ISIS group.

'I wished I was killed': Yazidi ISIS slave shares her harrowing story

2016-07-25 08:24, cbc.ca


A young Yazidi woman's life in Iraq took a horrific turn when her town was taken over by ISIS. She was captured, enslaved, and endured weeks of rape and torture. Now, she is calling on Canada to take in more refugees like her.

Syrian refugee denied asylum responsible for apparent bomb attack in Germany

2016-07-24 20:33, cbc.ca


A man who blew himself up and injured 12 people outside Ansbach, Germany, after being turned away from an open-air music festival was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum, Bavaria's top security official said early Monday.

Syrian asylum seeker blows himself up, injures 12 in Germany

2016-07-24 20:33, cbc.ca


A 27-year-old Syrian man denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday when he set off a bomb outside a crowded music festival in Bavaria, the fourth violent attack in Germany in less than a week, a senior Bavarian state official said.

ISIS claims responsibility after Syrian asylum-seeker blows himself up, injures 15 in Germany

2016-07-24 20:33, cbc.ca


A Syrian man whose asylum bid had been rejected in Germany recorded a cellphone video of himself pledging allegiance to ISIS before he tried to get into an outdoor concert with a bomb-laden backpack. He was turned away and blew himself up outside a wine bar instead, injuring 15 people, authorities said Monday.

Machete attack in Germany leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

2016-07-24 13:50, cbc.ca


A 21-year-old Syrian refugee killed a woman with a machete and injured two other people on Sunday before being arrested in the southern German city of Reutlingen, a police spokesman said.

Train attacker shouted 'allahu akbar,' had ISIS flag: German officials

2016-07-19 03:27, cbc.ca


A German top official says a 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is great") during an axe and knife attack on a train in southern Germany that injured five people.

'They beat us with everything:' Hungarian authorities accused of severely abusing refugees

2016-07-13 00:49, cbc.ca


Hungarian police and soldiers have beaten some migrants severely before sending them back across the border to Serbia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday.

Airport attack another reason for Turkey to ditch its 'precious loneliness': Brian Stewart

2016-06-30 17:07, cbc.ca


The attack on the Istanbul airport is but the latest trauma in a nightmare couple of years for Turkey. It has been battered by terrorism, overflows of foreign refugees, political turmoil, and even a headlong descent into friendless international isolation.

'I just act as if I have two legs': wounded Syrian teen embraces new life in Edmonton

2016-06-30 09:00, cbc.ca


13-year-old Syrian refugee Ahmed Elkureji is embracing his new life in Edmonton after a rocket landed on his family home in Aleppo, killing his mother and brother and taking his leg.

'You can lose it all': War in Ukraine turns 1.7 million people into refugees

2016-06-27 05:00, cbc.ca


The war between Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels, along with Russia's annexation of Crimea, has forced more than 1.7 million people from their homes to other parts of Ukraine.

Syrian refugee sponsorship 'blitz' ends with thousands of arrivals still months away

2016-06-23 20:20, cbc.ca


A "blitz" intended to hasten the arrival of privately sponsored Syrian refugees amid complaints from Canadians exasperated with long delays ended last Friday, with thousands of arrivals still months away.

Jordan soldiers killed in car bomb near camp holding Syria refugees

2016-06-21 05:08, cbc.ca


A car bomb exploded on the Syrian-Jordanian border early on Tuesday, the Jordanian military said, killing and wounding several Jordanian border guards in an attack that raised new questions about the pro-Western kingdom's stability.

Jordanian soldiers killed in blast near Syrian refugee camp

2016-06-21 05:08, cbc.ca


A pickup truck rigged with explosives blows up near a Jordanian army post on the sealed border with war-ravaged Syria, killing six members of Jordan's security forces and wounding 14.

Jordan seals last entry point for Syrian refugees after suicide blast

2016-06-21 05:08, cbc.ca


Jordan sealed its last entry point for Syrian refugees Tuesday after a cross-border suicide attack killed six members of the Jordanian security forces, wounded 14 and exposed the pro-Western kingdom's growing vulnerability to spillover from conflict next door.

Humanitarian groups struggle to find new fundraising dollars as UN marks World Refugee Day

2016-06-20 10:16, cbc.ca


The UN Refugee Agency marks World Refugee Day today, as the displacement of people fleeing conflicts in countries such as Syria and Afghanistan continues to grow. About half of those affected by the Syrian crisis are children, but humanitarian agencies are warning fundraising dollars are running low.

'If you don't solve problems, problems will come to you': UN says refugee total increased

2016-06-20 01:46, cbc.ca


The UN refugee agency says persecution and conflict in places like Syria and Afghanistan raised the total number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide to a record 65.3 million at the end of last year.

Attack at Palestinian refugee camp kills 5 in Jordan

2016-06-06 05:41, cbc.ca


Three Jordanian intelligence officers and two other security personnel were killed in an attack on a security office in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital, a government official said on Monday.

IOC names Olympic refugee team for Rio 2016

2016-06-03 10:14, cbc.ca


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) unveiled its first-ever team of refugees which will have 10 members and 12 officials and will compete at the 2016 Rio Games under the Olympic flag.

More than a million Afghans internally displaced by war, Amnesty International says

2016-05-31 07:27, cbc.ca


Amnesty International said Tuesday that more than 1.2 million Afghans have been forced to flee their homes due to violence in the past three years and urged the Kabul government and the international community to tackle the country's growing crisis of refugees internally displaced by war.

Migrants cleared from Idomeni camp take to fields to avoid state-run facilities

2016-05-28 16:43, cbc.ca


Some aid groups are expressing concern that migrants and refugees have been moved to several sites with "sub-standard conditions" after being evacuated from a makeshift camp near Greece's border town of Idomeni.

G7 leaders pledge action on stimulating growth, migration crisis

2016-05-26 23:52, cbc.ca


G7 leaders pledged Friday to "collectively tackle" threats to the international order from terrorist attacks, violent extremism and refugee flows, with Germany's chancellor making note of Canada's role in welcoming refugees.

Justin Trudeau pleased with G7 progress on fostering economic growth

2016-05-26 23:52, cbc.ca


Justin Trudeau's office says it's pleased to find specific items on health, infrastructure and paying ransoms mentioned in the final leaders' statement at the G7 summit on Friday, a day where Germany's chancellor singled out Canada's role in welcoming refugees.

4,000 refugees rescued in Mediterranean in 1 day, while at least 20 drown

2016-05-26 09:51, cbc.ca


More than 4,000 would-be refugees were rescued at sea Thursday in one of the busiest days of the Mediterranean refugee crisis, and at least 20 died trying to reach Europe as Libyan-based smugglers took advantage of calmer seas to send desperate migrants north.

'Calm night' as Greece dismantles Idomeni refugee camp

2016-05-25 05:37, cbc.ca


Refugees and other migrants were boarding buses heading to organized camps Monday on the second day of an operation to evacuate the sprawling Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border.

Greek police begin evictions at huge refugee camp

2016-05-24 16:36, cbc.ca


Heavily armed Greek police with bulldozers got an early start on operation aimed at clearing the sprawling refugee camp near Idomeni on Tuesday.

Greece police begin clearing out Idomeni refugee camp

2016-05-24 02:03, cbc.ca


Greek authorities began an operation at dawn Tuesday to gradually evacuate the country's largest informal refugee camp of Idomeni on Macedonian border, blocking access to the area and sending in more than 400 riot police.

Turkish president creates crises to divide and conquer

2016-05-20 05:00, cbc.ca


Recep Tayyip Erdogan stands at the centre of several crises, a couple of his own making and a couple more that he is using for his own ends. They all centre on his manipulation of refugees, primarily Syrians.

UN envoy blasts EU's 'lack of vision' on refugee policies

2016-05-16 13:04, cbc.ca


The European Union's response to the refugee crisis showed a "lack of vision" and the bloc's deal with Turkey was legally questionable, said a United Nations envoy for human rights on Monday.

German police probing 40 cases where militants may have entered country as refugees

2016-05-11 09:52, cbc.ca


German authorities are investigating 40 cases in which Islamic militants are suspected of having entered the country with the recent flood of refugees from the Middle East, federal police said Wednesday.

Airstrike on Syrian refugee camp kills at least 28

2016-05-05 10:53, cbc.ca


An activist monitoring group says at least 28 people have been killed in an airstrike on a refugee camp in northwestern Syria — the same day two explosions in a village in the central province of Homs killed and wounded several people.

European Union countries could face hefty fines for rejected refugees

2016-05-04 06:09, cbc.ca


European Union countries that refuse to accept refugees under proposals to overhaul the EU's failed asylum laws could face large fines for each asylum seeker rejected.

UN chief 'alarmed about growing xenophobia' amid EU moves against refugees

2016-04-28 11:13, cbc.ca


Ever tighter restrictions on migrants and refugees in Europe are giving the wrong signal about countries' obligations under international humanitarian law, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

Obama talks trans-Atlantic trade with Germany's Merkel

2016-04-24 10:35, cbc.ca


U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel touched on issues ranging from the refugee crisis, "safe zones" in Syria and a U.S.-Europe trade deal during a lengthy news conference in Hanover, Germany, on Sunday.

Angela Merkel visits refugee camp on Turkish border

2016-04-23 11:41, cbc.ca


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials arrived near Turkey's border with Syria on Saturday during a trip meant to bolster a troubled migration deal with Turkey as they face increasing pressure to reassess the agreement.

Syrian refugee named torchbearer in Greek leg of Rio relay

2016-04-22 12:40, cbc.ca


Ibrahim Al-Hussein, a Syrian refugee who had part of a leg amputated after a bombing, will be one of the torchbearers for the Greek leg of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic flame relay.

Efforts to stem refugee flows making a difference, says NATO

2016-04-21 08:48, cbc.ca


NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday efforts to stem the tide of refugees seeking the shores of Europe are working.

500 refugees feared dead in weekend Mediterranean shipwreck, says UN

2016-04-20 09:46, cbc.ca


Up to 500 people are feared dead after a reported shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday, confirmed the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Pope urges world to show 'common humanity' as he meets with refugees in Greece

2016-04-16 08:40, cbc.ca


Pope Francis is spending the day on the Greek island of Lesbos, in a visit aimed at supporting refugees.

Pope makes 'gesture of welcome' to 12 refugees, bringing them back to Italy

2016-04-16 08:40, cbc.ca


Pope Francis is spending the day on the Greek island of Lesbos, in a visit aimed at supporting refugees.

Turkey accused of opening fire on refugees fleeing ISIS

2016-04-15 06:07, cbc.ca


Human Rights Watch has urged Turkey to allow thousands of Syrians fleeing fighting between rebels and ISIS to cross the Turkish border to seek protection.

Refugees clash with police at Greek-Macedonian border

2016-04-13 10:07, cbc.ca


More than 100 refugees engaged in running battles Wednesday with Macedonian police on the other side of a fence on Greece's border with the country, in clashes that sent clouds of tear gas wafting over a crowded tent city of stranded refugees and other migrants.

Culinary traditions lost as Syria's civil war continues

2016-04-12 12:43, cbc.ca


Syria's ongoing civil war has not only displaced millions of people — it's brought the country's food exporting industry to a halt. And a Canadian spice importer says he's not only feeling the pinch of the shrinking industry, but is deeply worried for former business partners who are now refugees.

Amid fears of chaos, Greece starts processing asylum applications of refugees

2016-04-12 10:18, cbc.ca


Greece said authorities would start ruling on asylum applications from hundreds of refugees in the next two weeks, in a major test of a new deal to try to control the flow of people desperate to reach Europe.

Greece refugee arrivals down to just 18 in last 24 hours in wake of EU deportation deal

2016-04-11 06:12, cbc.ca


Only 18 refugees and migrants have entered Greece by sea over the past 24 hours, a week after a European Union deal to deport new arrivals back to Turkey went into effect.

Macedonian police use tear near Greek refugee camp

2016-04-10 08:39, cbc.ca


Macedonian police used tear gas to push back hundreds of migrants from the border fence on Sunday at a sprawling refugee camp on the Greek side of the frontier.

Macedonian police use tear gas on Greek migrant camp

2016-04-10 08:39, cbc.ca


Dozens of migrants and refugees were wounded Sunday when Macedonian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds on the Greek side of the border, aid workers said, an act condemned by Greece as "dangerous and deplorable."

Immigration minister sending more staff overseas to hasten refugee processing

2016-04-07 16:35, cbc.ca


Canadian visa offices in Jordan and Lebanon will soon see a new influx of staff to speed up processing applications to sponsor Syrian refugees.

Greece tells refugees camped out near Athens: Move or be moved

2016-04-07 09:10, cbc.ca


Authorities in Greece say thousands of migrants and refugees camped out at the country's largest port near Athens have been given two weeks to move to army-built camps voluntarily or be expelled by force.

The Pope will visit refugees on Greek island of Lesbos

2016-04-07 07:35, cbc.ca


Pope Francis will make a lightning trip to the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, the Vatican said on Thursday, in a visit aimed at supporting refugees.

1st wave of migrants deported from Greece to Turkey

2016-04-04 19:17, cbc.ca


The European Union plan to contain the refugee crisis took a major step on Monday with the return to Turkey of 202 people who had not applied for asylum in Greece.

Migrant boats leave Greece for Turkey under EU deal

2016-04-04 01:14, cbc.ca


Police on the Greek island of Lesbos have begun placing migrants and refugees on boats bound to Turkey, the first to be deported under a European Union plan to limit the amount of migration to Europe.

Turkey's readiness questioned day before refugee swap with Greece

2016-04-03 14:34, cbc.ca


There was little sign of preparation on either side of the Aegean less than 24 hours before Greece was due to begin returning migrants to Turkey, and Greek and Turkish officials gave conflicting information on the logistics of the plan.

UN chief Ban ki-Moon urges countries to let in more Syrian refugees

2016-03-30 05:52, cbc.ca


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged governments around the world to let in more people from Syria and "counter fear-mongering" about refugees.

Pope Francis on Good Friday decries 'terrorist acts' profaning God's name

2016-03-25 17:13, cbc.ca


Pope Francis at the traditional Good Friday cross procession denounced those committing "terrorist acts" while profaning God's name and lamented what he called "anesthetized" consciences over war refugees flooding Europe.

EU-Turkey deal to return refugees in effect, but processing stalled

2016-03-20 06:32, cbc.ca


Sunday was the day an agreement between the European Union and Turkey on ending illegal migration went into effect, but its implementation remains uncertain.

Waiting for Godot? Refugees look for EU assistance

2016-03-16 11:00, cbc.ca


Whatever the outcome of this week's EU refugee summit, it's unlikely to go in the refugees' favour, at least not in terms of opening a border for those backed up in Northern Greece.

Refugees returning to tent city on Greek-Macedonian border

2016-03-15 05:43, cbc.ca


Greek authorities say scores of refugees and migrants are returning to a waterlogged tent city on the country's northern border with Macedonia, a day after over a thousand people made a mass crossing at an unguarded section of the border.

Macedonia sends back refugees who pushed their way in from Greece

2016-03-15 05:43, cbc.ca


Macedonia sent back hundreds of refugees to Greece on Tuesday, a day after they bypassed a border fence in a mass push to continue their journey north to Europe's prosperous heartland — a move Greece blamed on "criminal misinformation" possibly spread by volunteers working with them.

Refugees brave rain, surging river to flee teeming Idomeni camp

2016-03-14 18:37, cbc.ca


Defying Europe's border closures, more than 2,000 refugees stranded in Greece braved torrential rain and waded across a fast-flowing river to get into neighbouring Macedonia on Monday.

Migrants stranded in Greece head for dangerous route north

2016-03-14 10:19, cbc.ca


Hundreds of migrants and refugees walked out of an overcrowded camp on the Greek-Macedonian border Monday, determined to use a dangerous crossing to head north.

Refugees languish in Greece after Macedonia border lockdown

2016-03-12 19:48, cbc.ca


At least 12,000 refugees are living in squalid conditions in a makeshift camp near Idomeni, a village in northern Greece.

EU-Turkey proposed migrant deal worries UN refugee agency

2016-03-08 06:25, cbc.ca


The United Nations refugee agency is expressing concern about a possible deal between the European Union and Turkey including the prospect of "blanket returns" of refugees from the bloc to Turkey.

Turkey demands more money to aid EU in migrant crisis

2016-03-07 06:52, cbc.ca


Turkey on Monday demanded an additional 3 billion euros from the European Union to help deal with the refugee crisis as EU leaders appealed to Ankara to take back thousands of migrants and prevent others from setting off for Europe.

Europe refugee crisis: Macedonia imposes new restrictions on flow of migrants

2016-03-06 07:48, cbc.ca


Macedonian authorities imposed further restrictions Sunday on refugees trying to cross the border, allowing only those from cities they consider to be at war to enter, Greek police officials said.

Europe refugee crisis: 18 drown off Turkey as Macedonia imposes new restrictions

2016-03-06 07:48, cbc.ca


At least 18 people drowned off the Turkish coast while trying to reach Greece Sunday, while Macedonian authorities imposed further restrictions on refugees trying to cross the Greek border.

Astronauts return to Earth, Angela Merkel drinks a beer and Oscars: The week in pictures

2016-03-03 14:41, cbc.ca


An enormous elephant takes a bath, a refugee camp up in flames and Super Tuesday voting: Here's the week in pictures from Feb. 27 to March 4.

Refugees lay down on rail line to protest Macedonia's closed border

2016-03-03 04:14, cbc.ca


A group of migrants at Greece's border with Macedonia have blocked a rail line in protest at Macedonia's refusal to let them in to continue their route toward Western Europe.

Refugees lie down on rail line to protest Macedonia's closed border

2016-03-03 04:14, cbc.ca


A group of migrants at Greece's border with Macedonia blocked a rail line in protest at Macedonia's refusal to let them in to continue their route toward Western Europe.

Refugees trickle through reopened Greece-Macedonia border

2016-03-02 09:20, cbc.ca


Macedonia intermittently opened its border with Greece to a tiny trickle of Syrian and Iraqi refugees Wednesday, leaving about 10,000 more people camped on the Greek side, with more arriving daily.

Up to 10,000 migrants stuck at Greek-Macedonian border

2016-03-01 06:20, cbc.ca


Greek police say there could be up to 10,000 people — mostly Syrian and Iraqi refugees — now stuck at the country's Idomeni border crossing with Macedonai in deteriorating conditions.

Calais 'jungle' refugee camp cleared with tear gas, water cannons

2016-02-29 18:19, cbc.ca


French police used tear gas and water cannons to clear people out of the refugee camp known as “the jungle” in Calais on Monday.

Macedonian police fire tear gas, stun guns at migrants

2016-02-29 09:01, cbc.ca


Macedonian police fired tear gas and stun grenades Monday as several hundred Iraqi and Syrian refugees, frustrated at days of delays in crossing the Greek-Macedonian border, broke down a gate at a nearby rail crossing.

Thousands of asylum-seekers remain stuck in northern Greece

2016-02-28 07:07, cbc.ca


About 5,500 migrants and refugees remained stuck at the Idomeni camp in northern Greece on Sunday, three days after Macedonia effectively closed its border to asylum-seekers.

'We miss laughter': Kids living with crisis visited by Clowns Without Borders

2016-02-26 14:31, cbc.ca


Clowns without Borders provides laughter to relieve the suffering of people, particularly children, who live in conflict zones, including refugee camps, crisis areas and other situations.

Children in Calais refugee 'jungle' risk falling through cracks in coming demolition

2016-02-25 12:46, cbc.ca


Hundreds of unaccompanied minors have made their way to a squalid tent city on the outskirts of Calais, but a partial demolition order for the camp puts the young refugees at risk of falling through the cracks, the CBC's Nahlah Ayed writes.

Rights took back seat in EU amid refugee crisis, Amnesty International says

2016-02-24 11:44, cbc.ca


Respect for human rights regressed across Europe in 2015, as countries moved to restrict the massive inflow of migrants and adopted sweeping anti-terrorism measures, Amnesty International says.

Greece braces for growing number of stranded migrants

2016-02-22 06:21, cbc.ca


Greece's government has warned it expects a growing number of stranded migrants and asylum seekers after neighbour Macedonia further restricted border access at the weekend, sparking protests by Afghan nationals at a border crossing.

Central Europe's 'revolt of the deprived' adding to disintegration talk: Don Murray

2016-02-22 05:00, cbc.ca


British PM David Cameron is not the only European leader chafing at the EU. Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary have all swung significantly rightward and are challenging the current orthodoxy, particularly on refugees, Don Murray reports.

Return to Lesbos: Boatloads of frightened refugees still arrive daily

2016-02-21 05:00, cbc.ca


"It is impossible to imagine that you would witness this on a daily basis and not be in some way profoundly changed," writes CBC correspondent Margaret Evans after returning to the Greek island of Lesbos.

2016 World Press Photo Contest winners include a Canadian

2016-02-18 17:42, cbc.ca


Australian freelancer Warren Richardson won top prize in the 2016 World Press Photo Contest for his coverage of the refugee crisis, while Canadian Kevin Frayer won in two categories for his work in Asia.

Tear gas fired as tensions flare on Greek island of Kos over refugee 'hot spot'

2016-02-16 09:00, cbc.ca


Residents of the Greek island of Kos fear that its designation as one of the country's five refugee 'hot spots' will act as a draw for fleeing asylum-seekers, while scaring away tourist dollars.

Teen girl sent by Boko Haram rips off suicide vest, refuses to bomb refugee camp

2016-02-12 08:38, cbc.ca


Strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the young teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.

Dozens killed after suicide bombers target Nigerian refugee camp

2016-02-10 17:29, cbc.ca


Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday.

UN fears for hundreds of thousands if Syria troops encircle Aleppo

2016-02-09 06:44, cbc.ca


Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food supplies if Syrian government forces succeed in their offensive to encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a massive new flight of refugees.

Costly black market documents fail to help Iraqi refugee reach Europe

2016-02-08 21:01, cbc.ca


A 24-year-old Iraqi dreaming of a life in Europe talks to CBC's Susan Ormiston about his costly, complicated experience with the black market for fraudulent ID and travel documents.

Iraqi refugee spends thousands on fake ID in failed bid to reach Europe

2016-02-08 21:01, cbc.ca


A 24-year-old Iraqi dreaming of a life in Europe talks to CBC's Susan Ormiston about his costly, complicated experience with the black market for fraudulent ID and travel documents.

35 migrants die after 2 boats capsize off the coast of Turkey

2016-02-08 07:42, cbc.ca


More than 30 people died off Turkey's coast attempting to reach Greece after two boats capsized. The deaths come as Turkey and Germany agreed to a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis.

38 migrants dead after 2 boats capsize off the coast of Turkey

2016-02-08 07:42, cbc.ca


More than 30 people died off Turkey's coast attempting to reach Greece after two boats capsized. The deaths come as Turkey and Germany agreed to a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis.

38 refugees die after 2 boats capsize off coast of Turkey

2016-02-08 07:42, cbc.ca


More than 30 people die off Turkey's coast attempting to reach Greece after two boats capsized. The deaths come as Turkey and Germany agree to a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis.

Fighting the fallout from Cologne's New Year's Eve sexual assaults

2016-02-07 06:50, cbc.ca


CBC's Nahlah Ayed is in Cologne, where criticism of Germany's refugee policies doesn't appear to have softened, despite efforts to show the city has learned its lessons from the New Year's Eve assaults on women.

Thousands flee to Turkey as fighting intensifies in Aleppo, Syria

2016-02-06 07:31, cbc.ca


Thousands of Syrian refugees have fled the city of Aleppo to escape major military offensive, moving closer to Turkey.

Syria donors seek funds, stability for region

2016-02-04 07:51, cbc.ca


Leaders and diplomats from 70 countries met London Thursday to pledge billions to help millions of Syrians displaced by war — and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees to Europe.

Americans concerned about 'shortcuts' for Syrian refugees arriving in Canada

2016-02-03 10:21, cbc.ca


Canada's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees was the focus of a U.S. Senate committee today, where American lawmakers wanted reassurances that their ally and neighbour to the north isn't taking any "shortcuts."

Syrian refugee crisis: How Canadian money is helping

2016-01-31 12:52, cbc.ca


Canada's minister of international development, during a visit to Jordan, got an up-close look at how Canadian funding is helping Syrian refugees.

33 Greece-bound migrants drown off Turkish coast, including 5 children

2016-01-30 07:20, cbc.ca


A boat smuggling migrants to Greece slammed into rocks off the Turkish coast Saturday and capsized, killing at least 33 people including five children, as the choppy Aegean Sea continued to claim asylum-seekers' lives this month at an appalling pace, officials said.

35 Greece-bound migrants drown off Turkish coast, including 5 children

2016-01-30 07:20, cbc.ca


A boat smuggling migrants to Greece slammed into rocks off the Turkish coast Saturday and capsized, killing at least 35 people including five children, as the choppy Aegean Sea continued to claim asylum-seekers' lives this month at an appalling pace, officials said.

37 Greece-bound migrants, including 10 children, drown off Turkish coast

2016-01-30 07:20, cbc.ca


A boat smuggling migrants to Greece slammed into rocks off the Turkish coast Saturday and capsized, killing at least 37 people, including 10 children, as the choppy Aegean Sea continued to claim asylum-seekers' lives this month.

37 Greece-bound refugees, including 10 children, drown off Turkish coast

2016-01-30 07:20, cbc.ca


A boat smuggling refugees to Greece slammed into rocks off the Turkish coast Saturday and capsized, killing at least 37 people, including 10 children, as the choppy Aegean Sea continued to claim asylum-seekers' lives this month.

January refugee deaths in eastern Mediterranean surpass 1st 8 months of last year

2016-01-29 11:46, cbc.ca


More people died crossing the eastern Mediterranean in January than in the first eight months of last year, the International Organization for Migration says, blaming increased ruthlessness by people-traffickers.

Canada needed as 'honest broker' on world stage, ex-UN refugees chief says

2016-01-28 22:01, cbc.ca


​Former United Nations high commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres says there is a growing perception that new policies being brought in by the Liberal government will put Canada in a position to be an "honest broker" on the world stage.

Sweden may reject up to 80,000 of last year's asylum seekers

2016-01-28 02:51, cbc.ca


Sweden is preparing to deport up to 80,000 of last year's record number of asylum seekers, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said in an interview with business daily Dagens Industri on Thursday.

Denmark to seize migrant assets to cover costs

2016-01-26 08:33, cbc.ca


Denmark's parliament is expected to vote Tuesday to allow police to seize valuables worth more than $2,000 Cdn from asylum-seekers to help cover their housing and food costs while their cases are being processed.

Denmark plans to seize migrant assets to cover costs

2016-01-26 08:33, cbc.ca


The UN refugee agency says it is "concerned" by the so-called jewelry bill that the Danish parliament is set to pass on Tuesday.

Denmark votes to seize migrant assets to cover costs

2016-01-26 08:33, cbc.ca


The Danish parliament has passed a bill to confiscate valuables from asylum-seekers to help pay for their stay despite criticism from human rights groups.

EU leaders begin urgent talks to tackle refugee crisis

2016-01-25 04:06, cbc.ca


European Union justice and interior ministers have started urgent discussions on how to tackle the refugee crisis amid the stream of new arrivals and continuing disagreements over how to seal off borders.

At least 21 dead in boat accidents involving refugees near Greece

2016-01-22 03:57, cbc.ca


At least 21 people died in two separate incidents of boats smuggling migrants or refugees sinking off two Greek islands overnight into Friday. Dozens survived, and a search and rescue operation was underway for more potential survivors.

U.S. Senate Democrats block bill that would slow entry of refugees

2016-01-20 15:38, cbc.ca


U.S. Senate Democrats blocked legislation on Wednesday that would slow the entry of refugees from Syria and Iraq into the United States.

Squalid refugee camp in Calais dismantled

2016-01-19 12:41, cbc.ca


Migrants relocated to makeshift shelters built from shipping containers

1st arrest made in Cologne sexual assaults

2016-01-18 09:49, cbc.ca


Cologne prosecutors said Monday that an unidentified asylum-seeker has been arrested on suspicion of committing a sexual assault in Cologne during New Year's celebrations that saw 497 women come forward saying they had been assaulted.

Refugee girls, women face sexual violence on treacherous journey to Europe, says rights group

2016-01-17 20:08, cbc.ca


Women and girl refugees coming into Europe face violence and sexual harassment at every stage of their journey, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

Annapolis's sole Syrian refugee fighting for acceptance in a state that doesn't want him there

2016-01-16 05:00, cbc.ca


Mostafa Hassoun is the only Syrian refugee in Maryland's state capital, and Governor Larry Hogan would like it to stay that way. He and about 30 other state leaders have called for a moratorium on the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and that has made it even harder for a newcomer like Hassoun to fit in in small, conservative Annapolis. We talk to him about the challenges he faces and what he

Syrian refugee struggles to belong in U.S. state with message of rejection

2016-01-16 05:00, cbc.ca


Mostafa Hassoun, the only Syrian refugee in Maryland's state capital, talks about the challenges he faces living in a place where many are calling for a moratorium on the resettlement of Syrian refugees — and what he sees as America's 'Islamic problem.'

Syrian refugee in Annapolis struggles to belong in U.S. state

2016-01-16 05:00, cbc.ca


Mostafa Hassoun, the only Syrian refugee in Maryland's state capital, talks about the challenges he faces living in a place where many are calling for a moratorium on the resettlement of Syrian refugees — and what he sees as America's 'Islamic problem.'

Don Murray: After Cologne, is Germany's refugee experiment kaput?

2016-01-14 05:00, cbc.ca


The assaults on German women in Cologne on New Year's Eve, incidents being blamed largely on foreigners, has fueled anti-immigrant sentiment right across the continent, Don Murray writes. Once-extreme views are now heard even in high office.

Istanbul suicide bomber entered the country as a refugee, PM says

2016-01-13 04:52, cbc.ca


An ISIS suicide bomber who killed 10 German tourists in Istanbul entered Turkey as a refugee and his movements were not monitored as he was not on any watch lists, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.

Merkel's party calls for tighter laws after Cologne assaults

2016-01-09 07:13, cbc.ca


Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is calling for stricter laws regulating asylum seekers after a string of New Year's Eve sexual assaults and robberies in Cologne blamed largely on foreigners.

German police ID 18 asylum seekers among NYE assault suspects

2016-01-08 06:29, cbc.ca


Asylum seekers were among those involved in the violence on New Year's Eve in Cologne, the German interior ministry said on Friday.

Police say 18 asylum seekers among Cologne NYE assault suspects

2016-01-08 06:29, cbc.ca


Asylum seekers were among those involved in the violence on New Year's Eve in Cologne, the German interior ministry said on Friday.

2 arrested in U.S. on terrorism-related charges

2016-01-07 21:25, cbc.ca


U.S. authorities said Thursday that two people have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in California and Texas, including a refugee from Iraq who is charged with lying to federal investigators about his travels to Syria.

2 Iraq refugees arrested in U.S. on terrorism-related charges

2016-01-07 21:25, cbc.ca


U.S. authorities said Thursday that two people with ties to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in California and Texas, including a refugee from Syria who is charged with lying to federal investigators about his travels to the civil war in that country.

Angela Merkel vows action on 'unacceptable' Cologne New Year's Eve sex assaults

2016-01-07 05:33, cbc.ca


German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to respond decisively to assaults on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve, which have stoked a fierce debate about her refugee policies after police said the attackers appeared to be of foreign origin.

Was 2015 'the best year in history?' Not so fast

2015-12-28 05:00, cbc.ca


Despite the past year being marked by global extremist attacks, a refugee crisis and violent conflicts in many places, some have dubbed 2015 as "the best year in history for the average human being." But not all observers share that view.

Pope Francis's Christmas message praises countries taking in refugees

2015-12-25 07:40, cbc.ca


Pope Francis urges the world in his Christmas message from the Vatican in Rome to unite to end atrocities by militants causing immense suffering, and thanks countries and individuals who have taken in refugees.

Canada's immigration minister visits Syrian refugees in Jordan

2015-12-20 20:13, cbc.ca


Canada's minister of immigration and citizenship visited Syrian refugees in Jordan over the weekend, taking the opportunity to reaffirm the country's plans to resettle 50,000 Syrians by the end of 2016.

Refugee numbers globally at record levels, according to UN

2015-12-18 01:51, cbc.ca


The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have "far surpassed" a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday.

Refugee numbers at record levels globally, according to UN

2015-12-18 01:51, cbc.ca


The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have "far surpassed" a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday.

Canada's welcoming refugee response praised in Arab media

2015-12-17 05:00, cbc.ca


Canada's welcoming reception of the first planeloads of Syrian refugees has prompted an overwhelmingly positive response in the Arab media, with one Jordanian website going so far as to call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "Superman."

Canada's 'Superman' Trudeau praised in Arab media for welcoming Syrian refugees

2015-12-17 05:00, cbc.ca


Canada's welcoming reception of the first planeloads of Syrian refugees has prompted an overwhelmingly positive response in the Arab media, with one Jordanian website going so far as to call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "Superman."

Angela Merkel wants to 'drastically decrease' number of refugees coming to Germany

2015-12-13 21:44, cbc.ca


Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she wanted to "drastically decrease" the number of refugees coming to Germany, signalling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her conservatives on the eve of a party congress.

Refugees arriving by government plane are en route to Canada

2015-12-10 04:32, cbc.ca


The first government-sponsored plane to transport Syrian refugees to Canada under the Liberals expedited plan to bring in 25,000 refugees is taking off today from Lebanon, with an arrival expected Thursday night in Toronto.

Syrian refugees arriving by government plane are en route to Canada

2015-12-10 04:32, cbc.ca


The first government-sponsored plane to transport Syrian refugees to Canada under the Liberals expedited plan to bring in 25,000 refugees is taking off today from Lebanon, with an arrival expected Thursday night in Toronto.

'It's a big step': Syrian refugees in Canadian government plane begin their journey

2015-12-10 04:32, cbc.ca


A group of about 160 Syrian refugees on a Toronto-bound Canadian Forces Airbus in Beirut told the CBC's Susan Ormiston they are excited to take the "big step" to come to Canada, but are also nervous about their journey.

Angela Merkel named Time's Person of the Year

2015-12-09 08:14, cbc.ca


Time named German Chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 Person of the Year on Wednesday, noting her resilience and leadership when faced with the Syrian refugee crisis and turmoil in the European Union over its currency this year.

'You care about the Syrians': Family overwhelmed by Canadian school's sponsorship message

2015-12-09 05:00, cbc.ca


Members of a Syrian refugee family connect through CBC News with a Toronto Junior public school that raised $35,000 in 15 days to sponsor them to come to Canada.

Refugee crisis: UN urges Jordan to let in 12,000 Syrians stranded at border

2015-12-08 14:59, cbc.ca


The United Nations urged Jordan on Tuesday to allow in 12,000 Syrian refugees stranded at the border in deteriorating humanitarian conditions and offered to help reinforce security at registration points.

As deadline nears, Syrian refugee process slower in Turkey than in Jordan, Lebanon

2015-12-07 05:00, cbc.ca


As the effort to select and process Syrian refugees for resettlement in Canada ramps up in Jordan and Lebanon, a more complex situation on the ground in Turkey has slowed the pace of the operation there.

How Canada and the U.S. compare on Syrian refugees

2015-12-02 05:00, cbc.ca


Although Canada and the United States have both committed to increasing the number of Syrian refugees they will receive, the numbers and the resettlement process differ for the two countries.

First 'new wave' of Syrian refugees arrive in Canada from Lebanon

2015-12-01 05:00, cbc.ca


Small groups of Syrian refugees began arriving in Canada from Lebanon on Monday as the government prepares to process greater volumes of asylum seekers later this week.

Greek PM sends provocative tweets tying Turkey shooting down jet with refugees

2015-11-29 23:04, cbc.ca


A highly unusual online exchange took place on Twitter between the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey late Sunday before the former deleted his tweets - but only from the English version of his account.

Canada opens refugee processing centre in Jordan with 3 cabinet ministers on-hand

2015-11-29 18:24, cbc.ca


Canada's processing centre in Amman, which will eventually become the hub of much of the Syrian refugee resettlement program, opened Sunday. Immigration Minister John McCallum, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan were there.

Syria's 'academic refugees' find safe haven on U.S. campuses — for now

2015-11-29 05:00, cbc.ca


A special program offering scholarships at U.S. colleges and universities to promising students from war-riven Syria is providing solace to some. But what happens when the studies end?