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Airbnb Promises to Provide Free housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees
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Airbnb Promises to Provide Free housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees

Short-term accommodation company, Airbnb has promised to give some 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan somewhere to live. The executives of the company said the project will start today, August 24 and the firm will cover the costs of their stays. Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, wrote in a Twitter thread on Tuesday: ‘Starting today, Airbnb will begin housing 20,000 Afghan refugees globally for free. ‘While we will be paying for these stays, we could not do this without the generosity of our hosts. ‘If you’re willing to host a refugee family, reach out and I’ll connect you with the right people here to make it happen! ‘The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a respo...
1984 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana excludes political refugees – Sunday Igboho’s counsel
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1984 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana excludes political refugees – Sunday Igboho’s counsel

Yomi Alliyu, Lead Counsel for arrested Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho has stated that the Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excludes political fugitives. According to him, the treaty states that where the fugitive will not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution, the host country (in this case Benin) should not release the fugitive. The Federal Government of Nigeria had placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to stop Igboho from leaving the country after the Nigerian secret police had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrestimg alt='1984 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana excludes pol...
President Buhari Storms Borno On Thursday For Official Visit
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President Buhari Storms Borno On Thursday For Official Visit

Governor Babagana Zulum has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday visit Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for a one-day working visit. Naija News reports that the Borno governor disclosed this on Tuesday evening at the Government House in the state capital. During his visit, Zulum said that the President would be appraising the security situation in the northeast. According to him, the president would also inaugurate 4,000 houses which were part of the Federal Government’s housing project, as well as some local projects executed by the state government. “The President would commission the first phase of the 10,000 houses which he graciously approved and funded for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees.” According to the Go...
Herdsmen: FG Lied, Ogun Refugees Still In Benin Republic, Says Red Cross
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Herdsmen: FG Lied, Ogun Refugees Still In Benin Republic, Says Red Cross

The Nigerian Red Cross Society on Friday says contrary to the Federal Government’s claim that Ogun refugees have left Benin Republic, the victims of herdsmen attacks are still displaced in the francophone West African country. The Ogun State Executive Branch Secretary of the humanitarian group, Oluwole Aboyade, stated this in an interview with The PUNCH. Some residents of the Yewa area of Ogun State were recently forced to seek refuge in Benin Republic following attacks by herdsmen who invaded their villages and unleashed unprintable horror on them. The PUNCH also visited some of the Ogun refugees in Benin Republic where they narrated their ordeal including how herdsmen burnt their children and their houses and how they had scampered for safety in the wake of the attacks. T...
Ogun Refugees In Benin Republic Have All Gone Back Home – FG
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Ogun Refugees In Benin Republic Have All Gone Back Home – FG

The Federal Government has said it cannot locate the displaced Ogun State residents taking refuge in Benin Republic due to attacks on their communities by armed herdsmen. The government explained that the Nigerian Embassy officials, who visited the communities where the people were taking shelter, were informed that they had returned to their communities in Nigeria. The Director of Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Bolaji Akinremi, disclosed this to The PUNCH on Wednesday in response to inquiries on what the government was doing to bring back the refugees. The displaced persons from Agbon-Ojodu, Moro, Asa, Ibeku and other villages in the Yewa Local Government Area of Ogun State had abandoned their communities and took refuge in neighbouring Benin Republic fo...
Cameroon Hands Over 5,000 Nigerian Refugees To Borno State Governor
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Cameroon Hands Over 5,000 Nigerian Refugees To Borno State Governor

Cameroonian officials, led by the Minister for Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, have repatriated and handed over the first batch of 5,000 Nigerian refugees to Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum. The handover took place yesterday at a brief ceremony in Amchiide, a border community between Nigeria and Cameroon close to Banki in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno Central. The returnees were part of thousands of Nigerians, mostly from Borno, who, since 2014, had fled in batches to Minawao Camp located in Mokolo, far North Region of Cameroon, to escape Boko Haram’s killings. Many Nigerians, in uncertain numbers, though said to be more than 60,000 by some accounts, fled to the camp from parts of Borno and Adamawa States. But over the years, the num...
We Have No Refugees In Benin Republic – Ogun Govt
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We Have No Refugees In Benin Republic – Ogun Govt

The Ogun State Government has debunked reports being circulated in some news media that people affected by herdsmen attacks in some parts of Yewa North and Imeko-Afon Local Government Areas have fled their communities to seek refuge in the neighboring Republic of Benin. According to the government, the purported movement of the people was that of those who were not actual inhabitants of the communities, but those who came from the neighbouring country to lease farmlands in the area. The Chairman, Ogun State Peace Keeping Committee on Farmers/Herders Conflict, Kayode Oladele, made this known on Monday, in his remark at a meeting of the Committee, held at the Obas’ Complex Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. Oladele said that there was no crisis in Yewaland that would warrant its people to bec...
Residents Flee as Bandits Attack Sokoto Communities, Kill Four
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Residents Flee as Bandits Attack Sokoto Communities, Kill Four

Some communities in the eastern part of Sokoto state are deserted after armed bandits killed four persons and rustled several livestock. Colonel Garba Moyi (Rtd), the state Commissioner for Carrier and Security Matters, who  confirmed the attacks, said three persons were killed at Bargaja village in Isa local government area while one was killed in a community under Sabon Birni local government. It was gathered that the armed bandits invaded Bargaja around 2pm on Thursday, shooting sporadically. A resident, who spoke to Daily Trust said six persons were shot in the village, but only three died while the remaining three are currently receiving treatment in the hospitals. A resident of Isa who identified himself as Surajo said that inhabitants of Bargaja, Tozai, Turba and Dan...
FG To Begin Repatriation Of Nigerian Refugees From Cameroon, Niger, Chad
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FG To Begin Repatriation Of Nigerian Refugees From Cameroon, Niger, Chad

The Federal Government on Wednesday said all was set to begin repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon, Niger and Chad back home. Sen. Basheer Mohammed, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) made this known in Abuja during the meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon. Mohammed, who is also the Chairman of the TWG, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the group to remain steadfast in carrying out the assignment of returning Nigerian refugees from the three countries. He further affirmed that arrangements were already in top gear towards actualising the planned return of the refugees commencing with those in Cameroon from Feb. 27. He ...
President Biden Declares ‘America is Back’ as he Announces Major Foreign Policy Shifts
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President Biden Declares ‘America is Back’ as he Announces Major Foreign Policy Shifts

President Joe Biden on Thursday declared that  America is back' as he outlined his vision for America’s foreign policy agenda. During a speech at the state department, the president reiterated the need for America to strengthen its global alliances. He announced that "diplomacy is back at the center" of US foreign policy and will end all support for Saudi Arabia's offensive operations in Yemen, before revealing plans to appoint an envoy to focus on the long-standing conflict. Biden's announcement at the State Department was just one of the significant changes he said he will make to US foreign policy, including freezing troop redeployments from Germany, raising the cap for refugees allowed into the US, and reaffirming US support for LGBTQ rights worldwide. The president str...
Refugees Attempting to Enter Greece Are Stripped to Their Underwear and Forced Back to Turkey
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Refugees Attempting to Enter Greece Are Stripped to Their Underwear and Forced Back to Turkey

Refugees attempting to enter Greece were stripped to their underwear as they were forced back into Turkey on Thursday. Photos taken on March 5 show groups of migrants huddled together to keep warm after reportedly trying to wade across the Evros River in northwestern Turkey. Another photo shows a male refugee with cane marks on his back. More than 10,000 migrants mostly from Syria, other Middle Eastern states and Afghanistan, have gathered at the Greek border hoping to get to western Europe. The situation arose after Turkey said it would no longer uphold a 2016 deal with the European Union to keep hundreds of thousands of migrants on its soil in return for EU aid. It comes after Turkish officials alleged Greek forces killed a migrant and wounded five others on Wednesday as...
Black model slams magazine for printing another model’s photo next to her interview
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Black model slams magazine for printing another model’s photo next to her interview

A black Australian supermodel has lashed out at a magazine for publishing the photo of a totally different model alongside her interview. Adut Akech, who is originally from South Sudan, slammed Who Magazine for the blunder, describing it as “disrespectful”. The supermodel was interviewed by the glossy mag on the issued of race and refugees. While she was happy with how the article had been worded for publication, she was horrified to see that they had accidentally published the photo of Flavia Lazarus instead of her photo. In a statement, Adut said: “With the article, they published a large photo saying it was me, but it was of another black girl. “Not only do I feel personally insulted and disrespected, but I feel like my entire race has been disrespected too.” She add...
Homosexuality: Nigerians Now Top Asylum Seekers In Canada
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Homosexuality: Nigerians Now Top Asylum Seekers In Canada

Following the strict law against homosexuality in Nigeria, it has been gathered that Nigerians are now top asylum seekers in Canada. The Canadian authorities in its report, revealed that two out of every three Nigerian applicants claim to be victims of homophobic attacks. It further revealed that Nigeria had 12,138 pending applications as of December 2018, in its Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. While the total number of pending applications from across the world stood at 71,675, it was gathered that Nigerians kicked off Haitians by taking 17% of the top asylum seekers in Canada over homosexuality. Punch reported that while Haiti came a distant second with 6,811 pending applications, India has 5,175. Mexico has 3,525; Colombia, which ended ...
Foundation reaches out to Refugees in Ogoja
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Foundation reaches out to Refugees in Ogoja

Belinda Babila ministering at the refugee camp A ray of hope shone for widows and refugees of Ambazonian extraction when Belinda Babila Foundation reached out to them at a refugee camp located in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State during the Yuletide season. Founder of the foundation, Dr. Belinda Babila said it was a very touching experience to reach out to the widows. “Speaking to the refugees one-on-one was quite touching. We visited the Cameroonian refugees at the Adagom Settlement in Ogoja LGA, Cross Rivers State, and we had a three-day empowerment outreach”, she noted. According to the US-based philanthropist, “we are planning self-sustenance empowerment programmes for the over 8000 refugees. I am most grateful to all the donors and partners who contributed towards the just concl...
Angela Merkel Set To Visit Nigeria, Other West African Nations On Wednesday
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Angela Merkel Set To Visit Nigeria, Other West African Nations On Wednesday

On Wednesday, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will be visiting three West African countries, which includes; Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. Angela Merkel who will be accompanied by an economic delegation, will be discussing migration politics and her campaign to tackle the causes resulting in a stream of refugees to Europe during her visit to the West African countries. Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer who confirmed the visit on Friday in Berlin, disclosed that on Wednesday afternoon the German Chancellor will be meeting Senegalese President, Macky Sall to discuss economic developments in the country and regional cooperation. In the evening she will meet with civil society representatives.Then it’s onto the Ghanaian capital of Accra to meet President, Nana Akufo-Add...
Nigerian Fan Seeks Political Asylum In Russia
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Nigerian Fan Seeks Political Asylum In Russia

A football fan from Nigeria has reportedly requested political asylum in Russia, citing fears of political persecution in his home country, the Moscow Times reports. Human rights groups say it is difficult for asylum seekers to obtain refugee status in Russia, with only 582 people admitted as refugees in 2017, the lowest number in the past decade. Since the World Cup began, dozens of people who entered Russia using World Cup fan identity documents have attempted to enter neighboring European countries and request asylum. The 31-year-old citizen of Nigeria arrived to Russia for the World Cup before asking police in the Perovo district of Moscow for political asylum, the RBC news agency reported, citing an unnamed police source. “The man said that he had participated in anti-gove...
Kassel Launches Funding Campaign For Documenta Obelisk
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Kassel Launches Funding Campaign For Documenta Obelisk

Kassel authorities and the Nigerian artist Olu Oguibe have launched a fund-raising campaign to keep his monumental obelisk on the city’s Königsplatz after it featured in last year’s Documenta, the sprawling contemporary art exhibition that takes place there every five years. The campaign is seeking to raise €600,000, the price for which Oguibe has agreed to sell his Monument to Strangers and Refugees. The artist said he had offers from other cities in the region for the obelisk, but “the work was designed specifically for Kassel and the public square on which it stands.” Intended as “a call to action,” the obelisk reminds viewers that hospitality can save lives and repudiates the bigotry that leads to refugees being turned away in humanitarian crises. It commemorates victims of war in ge...
US Slashes Number Of Refugees It Is Ready To Resettle
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US Slashes Number Of Refugees It Is Ready To Resettle

The United States will reduce the number of refugees it is prepared to welcome for resettlement to only 45,000 over the next year — just over half the figure for 2016, officials said Wednesday. The decision will disappoint refugee advocates and United Nations agencies, which are struggling to cope with millions displaced by several major wars. In the 2016 fiscal year, the United States accepted 84,995 refugees from around the world. This year it is on course to take in around 50,000. The United States is still the world’s biggest destination for refugees, but arrivals are well down from a high of more than 200,000 in 1980. These are people selected abroad, vetted and admitted to the US, where they are ultimately eligible for permanent resident status. So they are seen as not co...
Cameroon Deports 100,000 Nigerian Refugees
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Cameroon Deports 100,000 Nigerian Refugees

Cameroon has deported 100,000 Nigerian refugees in the hope of stemming the spread of terrorist group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HWR) said on Wednesday. The group said in its new report that the deportation defied a plea by UN refugee agency to not return anyone to north-eastern Nigeria, where Boko Haram killed thousands of people, until security and human rights situation improved considerably.” he HRW report noted that the deported people were likely to face new violence, displacement and destitution. The group, which investigates allegations of human rights abuses worldwide, says the report is based on interviews with more than 60 refugees. It added that soldiers tortured, assaulted and sexually exploited Nigerian asylum seekers and denied them access to the UN refugee ...
Fed Govt Evacuates 170 Nigerian Refugees From Cameroon
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Fed Govt Evacuates 170 Nigerian Refugees From Cameroon

The National Emergency Management Agency has evacuated another batch of 170 Nigerian repatriated refugees mostly women and children from Cameroon. The Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, disclosed this at Mubi International Transit Camp, Adamawa, on Sunday. Maihaja, who was represented by Idris Garga, NEMA Coordinator in charge of Adamawa and Taraba, said that the evacuation exercise was the second in three months. “Today, we are evacuating another batch of 170 Nigerian repatriated Refugees from Cameroon Republic ,the first evacuation was conducted in May 2017 and involved about 300 Nigerians. “The refugees were intercepted along Nigeria-Cameroon boarder by teams of Nigeria security operatives and after thorough investigation and screening they were confirm...
Nearly 200 Refugees ‘Thrown’ Into Yemen Sea, 50 Missing
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Nearly 200 Refugees ‘Thrown’ Into Yemen Sea, 50 Missing

More refugees and migrants have been "deliberately drowned" by human smugglers for the second time in 24 hours off the coast of Yemen, according to the United Nation's migration agency. Patrol teams from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) found in the south of Yemen at least five bodies on Thursday morning, and are still searching for at least 50 more who remain missing. "It is indeed a very dramatic situation," Laurent de Boeck, the agency's Yemen chief of mission, told Al Jazeera from Brussels on Thursday. "They were in a boat with smugglers, who dropped them at sea before arriving at the shores. Some people have disappeared. But others were actually buried by their friends on the beaches." De Boeck said the incident was reported by some of the survivors, whom...
Syrian Fighters, Refugees Leave Jroud Arsal Camps
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Syrian Fighters, Refugees Leave Jroud Arsal Camps

Buses carrying Syrians began leaving refugee camps in the Lebanese border area of Jroud Arsal on Wednesday under a truce deal between Hezbollah and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham fighters. Thousands of Syrians, including fighters, their families and refugees, are to leave the border zone and head for Syria's Idlib province under the agreement. The Lebanese al-Manar television station said that 26 buses had crossed further northeast from the Arsal area to Wadi Hmeid, in the direction of the Syrian border. Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Labweh, said that the logistics of the long convoy would be challenging. "The Lebanese Red Cross will escort this convoy to the border with Syria," he said. "They will then be met by the Syrian Red Crescent, which will escort the convoy to Idlib P...
Briton Applies For Asylum At German Airport
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Briton Applies For Asylum At German Airport

The reason for the asylum application was not given by him, but it is believed that it is not unconnected with Britain’s impending departure from the European Union. A 41-year-old British man applied for asylum at Munich airport in southern Germany, saying he no longer wanted to be British, German police said on Friday. The reason for the asylum application was not given by him, but it is believed that it is not unconnected with Britain’s impending departure from the European Union. The man also fears that if he returns to Britain he will face a prison sentence. The Munich police officers made enquiries with their counterparts in London and found out that the man had been arrested in June for a brawl, but was later released on probation. The police officers then directed the man t...
Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees In Nairobi To Mark World Refugee Day
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Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees In Nairobi To Mark World Refugee Day

The 42-year old actress Angelina Jolie was spotted in Nairobi yesterday, Tuesday 20th June. The Activist/Director/Producer/Film Actor/Film Actress, was seen in a beige pant suit over a white T-shirt as she walked through the grounds of the property before making a speech. To mark world Refugee Day, she visited the International Peace Support Training Centre where she met with adolescent refugee girls and addressed staff during training on sexual violence prevention in conflicts. She is said to have jet out of Los Angeles on Saturday, one day before Father’s Day, with her six children in tow. That simply means that her estranged husband Brad Pitt spent Father’s Day all alone, though he reportedly got to see several of his children before they left the country. According to E! News the...
Tuface Pledges To Donate Song’s Proceeds To UNHCR For IDPs, Refugees
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Tuface Pledges To Donate Song’s Proceeds To UNHCR For IDPs, Refugees

Music icon, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tuface, has pledged to donate the proceeds from his song to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Nigeria, to assist Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Tuface, who is the Chairman of the Tuface Foundation, made the pledge on Thursday when he visited the UNHCR office in Abuja. He said that his foundation would donate 60 per cent of the proceeds from his music dedicated to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Tuface said that the song, which would be launched in commemoration of the World Refugees Day on June 20, is part of his contribution to alleviating the plights of the IDPs. “I have decided to dedicate my time, resources and my voice to support the UNHCR in this massive endeavor of alleviating the sufferin...
Blind Man In Borno Donates His Land To Shelter Refugees
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Blind Man In Borno Donates His Land To Shelter Refugees

This is really nice. A blind man identified as Ahmed Ali a.k.a Mai kifi an indigenous of Mafa LGA Borno State -is said to have given his land to over 500 IDPs for shelter in Maiduguri, Borno state, according to a report by twitter user; Aisha Musa Kidah..
Fire Guts IDP Settlement In Borno State
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Fire Guts IDP Settlement In Borno State

According to report, fire burnt down Ganyeri IDP settlement by old Maiduguri junction in Borno state. According to Elsie Halima Ijorogu, the refugees who mourning their losses -are yet to be visited by emergency officials... Read what was shared by Elsie; SO SO SAD!! My heart goes out for these "unrecognized IDPs".. Today at 12:45 fire burnt down Ganyeri IDP settlement by old maiduguri junction. As I write NEMA nor SEMA has not visited them. I heard mothers and even men are weeping they have be stripped of their dignity, no shelter, no cloths, no food. GOD PLEASE HEAR THEIR CRY, SEND THEM HELP!!!
17 Mar, 1978 – Lebanon Israel Attacks
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17 Mar, 1978 – Lebanon Israel Attacks

17th March, 1978 : Israel continues it's attacks on southern Lebanon forcing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees in vans, lorries and old buses to head for the safety of Beirut . The Israeli attacks in southern Lebanon are in retaliation for the bus hijacking in Tel Aviv in which 35 people were killed and 100 others were injured 5 days earlier.  
Worse Than Wilders? Why Refugees In The Netherlands Fear The Status Quo
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Worse Than Wilders? Why Refugees In The Netherlands Fear The Status Quo

Khalid Jone is -- in theory -- one of the lucky ones. He fled bloodshed in Sudan after his family was killed in bomb attacks, and made it to safety in the Netherlands. "You're not looking for work, or to start a new life. You're just saying, 'I want to save myself,'" he says, remembering his desperation. But instead Jone found himself trapped in limbo. He is one of hundreds of refugees whose requests for asylum have been rejected by Dutch authorities; unable to return home, they are also blocked from work or study. "The biggest mistake I made in my life was to demand asylum in the Netherlands," he says. As the Dutch prepare to vote in a general election where the far-right, anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PVV) are expected to poll strongly, Jone s...
US Appeals Court Rules Against Trump On Travel Ban
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US Appeals Court Rules Against Trump On Travel Ban

A US court on Thursday unanimously refused to reinstate Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, dealing the new president and his controversial law-and-order agenda a major defeat. The ruling from the federal appeals court in San Francisco on Trump’s executive order, issued on January 27 with no prior warning and suspended by a lower court a week later, capped a turbulent first three weeks of his presidency. A defiant Trump quickly pledged to battle on, tweeting within minutes of the decision: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” The Justice Department had asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to restore the measure on an emergency basis, but the three-judge panel instead maintained the suspension ordered by a fe...
US Defends ‘Lawful’ Trump Travel Ban
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US Defends ‘Lawful’ Trump Travel Ban

The US has defended President Donald Trump's travel ban and urged an appeals court to reinstate it in the interests of national security. A 15-page brief filed by the Justice Department argued it was a "lawful exercise of the president's authority" and not a ban on Muslims. The executive order temporarily banned entry from all refugees and visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries. A hearing has been set for Tuesday on whether to back or reject the ban.
Trump Spokesman Confirms Aust Refugee Deal
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Trump Spokesman Confirms Aust Refugee Deal

US President Donald Trump's spokesman has confirmed the asylum seeker deal with Australia will go ahead, but the refugees would have to clear "extreme vetting" before they are allowed to enter the States. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced after his weekend phone call with Mr Trump that the president had agreed to honour the deal. This was despite the agreement originally being struck by former President Barack Obama and last week Mr Trump placing a temporary ban on refugees being admitted to the US and other strict US border measures targeting seven countries including Iran, Iraq and Syria. Sean Spicer told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that the deal specifically deals with 1250 people. "Part of the deal is they have to be vetted in the same m...
Trump’s Ban Could Keep Iranian From Oscars
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Trump’s Ban Could Keep Iranian From Oscars

An Academy spokesperson has criticised President Donald Trump's travel ban which could prevent Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who is nominated for an Oscar, from attending next month's ceremony is Los Angeles. "The Academy celebrates achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences," the statement said. "As supporters of filmmakers - and the human rights of all people - around the globe, we find it extremely troubling that Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Oscar-winning film A Separation, along with the cast and crew of this year's Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, could be barred from entering the country because of their religion or country of origin."...
Trump Bans Refugees From Seven Nations
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Trump Bans Refugees From Seven Nations

US President Donald Trump has put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, but there is debate over whether the move is legal under the constitution. Trump defended the move by saying his administration needs time to develop more stringent screening processes for refugees, immigrants and visitors from those countries. "I'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. Don't want them here," Trump said. "We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people," he said. The order seeks to prioritise refugees fleeing religious persecution, a move Trump said was aime...
Migration To Germany Plummets In 2016
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Migration To Germany Plummets In 2016

Germany received 280,000 asylum seekers in 2016, the Interior Ministry says, marking a sharp drop from the previous year. In 2015, at the height of Europe's migration crisis, Germany took in 890,000 people - over three times the number registered the following year. "This shows that the measures taken by the government and the European Union are effective," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on announcing the figures. "We have managed to bring migration under control and steer it," he added. Syria remains the most common country of origin as people flee the devastating civil war there. Other asylum seekers came from countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Albania and Eritrea. Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has significantly toughened its migration stance since ...
Germany Detains Fewer Human Traffickers
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Germany Detains Fewer Human Traffickers

Some 900 people were detained by authorities in Germany for human trafficking in 2016, considerably fewer than the year before, media reports say. Up until the end of November 2016, 906 people had been detained by Germany's Federal Police, compared to 3,370 traffickers for all of 2015, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper said, citing figures from Germany's Interior Ministry. The reduction in arrests was due to countries closing off the migratory route through the Balkans, one of the major ways refugees moved from Turkey to western Europe, the paper said. The overall number of those moving to western Europe to seek asylum also decreased in 2016. Most of the suspects came from Syria (72), Poland (70), Germany (57), Iraq (57) and Russia (56), the newspaper said. The main hot sp...
Merkel Called On For Talks On Immigration
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Merkel Called On For Talks On Immigration

Insisting "this is serious", the leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian sister party stood by his demand for a refugee cap and said the conservative allies still have differences to resolve before campaigning for September's election. Horst Seehofer, the leader of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), said on Wednesday a "reconciliation summit" he is due to hold with Merkel in Munich in February was still planned but that the programme was not finalised. The CSU has long bristled at Merkel's open-door policies that allowed into Germany about 1.1 million refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere since mid-2015. Ignoring her objections, it insists on a limit of 200,000 refugees per year. By saying the two parties, who form the conservative "Union" bloc, still h...

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