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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…

France begins dismantling of Calais Jungle camp

SHAFAQNA - Migrants and refugees have begun arriving at official meeting points set by French authorities as part of the full evacuation of the Jungle camp in Calais. Men and women carrying suitcases and bundles of possessions gathered early…

War refugees' number to grow to 300,000

SHAFAQNA - Germany expects up to 300,000 refugees to arrive this year, less than one-third of the total during 2015’s record influx, the federal office for migrants and refugees (BAMF) has said. Frank-Jürgen Weise, the head of BAMF, told…

Expatriate charged in Dubai over Facebook charity post

SHAFAQNA - A 42-year-old British-Australian dual national was charged by Emirati police in Dubai after being arrested for sharing an "illegal" post helping Afghan refugees on his Facebook page. Scott Richards was charged and detained for…

8,000 Syrian refugees enter US

SHAFAQNA - The United States has welcomed 8,000 Syrian refugees so far and will settle 2,000 more by the end of September, a US official says. "We can now say we have welcomed 8,000 Syrian refugees so far this year and we are very confident…

Jordan closes Syria, Iraq borders for civilians

SHAFAQNA - Jordan declared its border regions with Iraq and Syria "closed military zones" after a suicide bombing on Tuesday killed six soldiers and injured 14 others. General Mashal al Zaben, the chairperson of the joint chiefs of staff of…

Turkey's blackmail and the war refugees

SHAFAQNA - TURKEY has threatened to send migrants back to European Union (EU) countries if the visa-free travel deal falls through as talks stall over the country’s anti-terror laws. Officials in Brussels offered Turkey £2.5billion and…

When politicking becomes inhumane - How Britain's migration bias is keeping families apart

SHAFAQNA - If Britain still presents itself to the world as a responsible nation, a nation for which human rights, and human dignity mean a great deal, Britain's attitude towards war refugees speaks a different truth altogether. While Britain…

Britain sends vulnerable youths back to war zones - New migration policy or human rights violations?

SHAFAQNA - If the United Kingdom has long appointed itself the grand custodian of human dignity and morality, in that it has abided by a lenient migration policy towards war refugees – offering both asylum and refuge to the tens of thousands,…

Frightening: Europe is planning to deport hundreds of thousands of war refugees

SHAFAQNA - In a recent reversal, Sweden now says it will deport half of its 160,000 migrants, Finland plans to deport two-thirds of its 32,000 migrants and Germany intends to deport all migrants who arrived under false pretenses – a number…

Engineering tensions in Calais and the promotion of hate against minorities

SHAFAQNA - Tensions in the seaport city of Calais in France have reached boiling point. Blame of course has been put down on war refugees  - the new minority to be feared and hated on account of their vulnerability. While excuses have been…

Racketeering made in the EU - preying on the most vulnerable

SHAFAQNA - From Saudi Arabia’s blood-trailing to Western powers’ engineered outrage over Madaya to pursue one very neocons’ narrative of military interventionism with sectarian undertone in the MidEast, Europe had to add its own political…

HRW urges Pakistan to extend Afghan Refugee Status through 2017

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Pakistan to respect the rights of Afghan refugees, demanding an extension to the displaced people’s legal residency status until at least the end of 2018. The New York-based rights organization…

Switzerland seize assets from refugees to pay for upkeep

SHAFAQNA - Switzerland says it will introduce legislation which will force refugees to hand over cash and valuables to the authorities to help pay for their upkeep. The move by the Swiss follows a similar plan implemented by Denmark. Refugees…

Fearmongering and hysteria over immigration, and war refugees

SHAFAQNA - On May 6, 1882, U.S. President Chester Arthur signed into law the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first in a series of discriminatory legal measures aimed at curbing immigration from Asia. Speaking at the time of its passage, California…

Refugees - The faces behind the war on terror

SHAFAQNA - Tens of thousands of war refugees of late have attempted the crossing into Europe, desperate to flee the violence of war, and the terror ISIL militants have wielded against all religious minorities -- Shiites, Sufis, Alawis , Yazidis,…

Refugees in Germany falls victim of engineered marginalization - The criminalization of foreigners and Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Tensions have run high in Germany after over 500 women complained they were molested and/or attacked by men over the new year's celebrations. Witnesses have claimed so far that the majority of all perpetrators were men of Arab…

Yemenis seek refuge from war in Africa

SHAFAQNA - Fighting has intensified in Yemen with more than 120,000 people fleeing the country April. Roughly 30,000 have sought safety across the Gulf of Aden in Djibouti to the town of Obock, quadrupling the local population.