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Syrian President offers amnesty to army deserters

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SHAFAQNA - The Syrian government has declared an amnesty for men who deserted the army or have avoided military service, giving them several months to take advantage of the amnesty without facing punishment. The fear of conscription, and…

Developing countries host 85prc of the world's refugees +Video

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SHAFAQNA- 85 percent of the world's refugees live in developing countries. A new deal for refugees means a new deal for host countries. The world's poorest countries continue to shoulder the burden of the global refugee crisis, according…

2018 Nansen Refugee Award dedicated to South Sudanese Surgeon

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SHAFAQNA- The only functional hospital in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State runs by Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, serving more than 200,000 people, including 144,000 refugees. Evan Atar Adaha, head surgeon and medical director at a remote hospital…

US government will reject the Palestinian right of return

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SHAFAQNA- The Trump administration will, in coming days, reject the UN definition of "Palestinian refugees" effectively snubbing the "right of return" of millions of Palestinian refugees to their homes.  The US government will "effectively"…

Pope Francis calls for international community to act decisively for end of migrant shipwrecks in Mediterranean

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SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis expressed sorrow over recent deaths of migrants from Africa in the Mediterranean Sea in Sunday’s Angelus among thousands of the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square, and appeal to the international community to…

400 refugees based in Egypt to be received by Portugal

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SHAFAQNA- Egypt welcomed an offer by Portugal to host 400 refugees who currently are in the country, as a part of the cooperation between the EU and Egypt on the migration, because of its own economic problems. According to Middle East Monitor,…

Since the beginning of the year 609000 displaced Iraqis have returned home

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SHAFAQNA - Relief Web  :  The returns process is ongoing and since the beginning of the year, 609,000 Iraqis have returned home, yet more than 2 million remain displaced as of May. Between 30 April and 31 May, 119,000 Iraqis have returned…

Ramadan’s spirit of generosity throughout Lebanon

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 SHAFAQNA - Annahar | by  Ghadir Hamadi and Tala Hammour : People all over Lebanon are currently wishing each other “Ramadan Kareem,” which means “have a generous Ramadan.” More than just a well-wished sentiment, the month is…

Numbers show how unwelcoming America has become towards refugees

SHAFAQNA - The number of Muslim refugees admitted to the United States in the first half of fiscal 2018 has dropped from the previous year more than any other religious group, falling to nearly 1,800 compared with the roughly 22,900 admitted…

100,000 Rohingya refugees in grave danger from monsoon rains: UN

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SHAFAQNA -  More than 100,000 Rohingya refugees huddled in camps in Bangladesh will be in grave danger from landslides when the mid-year monsoon season begins, a UN humanitarian report has warned. There are now more than 900,000 Rohingyas…

Poland Refuses to Accept Refugees from Muslim Countries

SHAFAQNA - Poland has received many refugees from Ukraine, but is not going to change its position and accept migrants from Muslim countries, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. The European Commission has filed a lawsuit against Poland,…

Rohingya refugees still fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh says UNHCR

SHAFAQNA - Rohingya refugees continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh even though both countries set up a timetable last month to allow them to start to return home, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday. The number of refugees appears…

Libyan coastguard rescues nearly 300 migrants east of Tripoli

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SHAFAQNA - Libya’s coastguard intercepted 299 migrants from sub-Saharan African countries on two rubber boats east of Tripoli on Tuesday, officials said. The migrants were intercepted near the town of Zliten by one of several coastguard…

More than 2mn refugees flee conflicts, violence this year - UN

SHAFAQNA - More than two million people have been forced to flee as refugees this year because of conflicts and violence, according to the UN refugee chief. Filippo Grandi told UNHCR’s annual executive committee meeting in Geneva that war-ravaged…

Refugee Admissions Under Trump: More Christians, Fewer Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The first six months-plus of the Trump administration have brought a discernible shift in the religious affiliation breakdown of refugees admitted into the United States, with a larger proportion of Christians to Muslims among those…

UN: 20,000 civilians trapped in Mosul Old City

SHAFAQNA - Up to 20,000 civilians are trapped in the last ISIS-held areas in Mosul's Old City, which Iraqi forces are battling to retake, a senior UN official said. More than eight months since the start of the operation to retake Mosul from…

Over 100,000 migrants crossed Mediterranean to Europe since Jan: UN

SHAFAQNA - More than 100,000 migrants and refugees have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe since the beginning of the year, and 2,247 have died trying, the UN said Tuesday. Between January 1 and July 3, more than…

65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide in 2016: UN

SHAFAQNA - A record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe, the UN refugee agency said. The estimated figure for the end of 2016 is an increase of 300,000 on 2015, according to its…

Police begin operation to clear out camp in Paris - INTERVIEW

SHAFAQNA - In France, police have begun an operation to clear out a makeshift refugee camp in the capital Paris. The camp in north-east Paris houses around one-thousand refugees, mostly from Africa and Afghanistan. Local authorities say the…

Italian coastguard: 3,000 refugees rescued in Mediterranean Sea in a single day

SHAFAQNA - About 3,000 people have been saved in the Mediterranean Sea in a single day while trying to make the journey from northern Africa to Europe, according to the Italian coastguard. They were picked up in more than 20 separate rescue…

Kenya’s black market in “refugee real estate”

SHAFAQNA - The informal system of shelter ownership that has sprung up in refugee camps in Kenya and elsewhere has allowed entrepreneurial activity to flourish, but it is also unregulated, corrupt, and leaves some refugees vulnerable to losing…

Libya fishermen find 28 dead asylum seekers

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SHAFAQNA - More than two dozen dead asylum seekers have been found by fishermen on a boat off the coast of Libya. Ahmaida Khalifa Amsalam, the Interior Ministry's security unit commander, said on Tuesday that it seemed the victims died…

German boat sends out SOS after taking on too many migrants in Mediterranean

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SHAFAQNA - A vessel rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea has issued a mayday distress call due to overcrowding on the boat, as rescuers struggle to handle this weekend’s unprecedented flow of people in such a short space of time. Jugend…

EU refugee deal with Ankara may derail due to Turkey’s internal affairs – Frontex

SHAFAQNA - The European Union’s deal struck with Ankara to ease the refugee crisis may go awry due to the latest events in Turkey, which include the failed military coup in June, EU’s border agency Frontex said in a report, obtained by…

Muslims in Germany twice as likely as Christians to help refugees, finds survey

SHAFAQNA - Muslims living in Germany are twice as likely as Christians to say they have helped refugees, a new survey has found, but volunteers who are not religious give up the most time on average. The research by the Bertelsmann Stiftung…

Thousands flee Iraq's Mosul as battle edges into Old City

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of Iraqis surged out of western Mosul on Saturday during a lull in heavy fighting in districts around the densely populated Old City where Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance from Islamic State militants. Five…

Revised Muslim Ban, Unchanged Motivations

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SHAFAQNA - After a botched roll-out in January, President Donald Trump today signed a new version of his executive order to ban immigration to the United States from a number of Muslim-majority countries. The text of the new order removes Iraq…

Austria moves to strip rejected asylum seekers of food & shelter

SHAFAQNA - The Austrian government is increasing pressure on rejected asylum-seekers, introducing a draft law that would allow authorities to stop providing food and accommodation to those who refuse to leave the county. The package of…