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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…

Denmark reverses decision on separating refugee ‘child brides’ from partners in asylum centers

SHAFAQNA - Denmark has acknowledged that its earlier decision to separate married couples in refugee centers if a spouse happened to be below the age of 18 violated international conventions, with local MPs calling it “completely outrageous.” Now…

Ethnic profiling in UK school?

SHAFAQNA - School children who are not white British are being asked to provide proof of their birthplace, in order to confirm whether they are asylum seekers or refugees, it has been revealed. New rules laid out by the Department for Education…

The banned 400-year-old Shakespearean speech being used for refugee rights today

SHAFAQNA - Some six hundred years ago in medieval England, feverish xenophobia swept through the population as 64,000 foreigners, from wealthy Lombard bankers to Flemish laborers, arrived on English shores between 1330 and 1550 in search of…

UK immigration minister confirms work to start on anti-refugee wall in Calais

SHAFAQNA -  Work is about to begin on “a big, new wall” in Calais as the latest attempt to prevent refugees and migrants jumping aboard lorries heading for the Channel port, the UK’s immigration minister has confirmed. Robert Goodwill…

50 million children uprooted by crises: UNICEF

SHAFAQNA - War and poverty have forced 50 million children around the world from their homes, according to UNICEF. Up to 28 million of the children have been uprooted by violent conflict, with nearly as many abandoning their homes in search…