Rohingya refugees say no repatriation without security guarantee

Monday, 19 February 2018

Over 6,500 Rohingya protesters from Tambru’s no man’s land are reportedly among the 8,032 named in the initial repatriation list, which Bangladesh handed over to Myanmar on Friday, reports Tarek Mahmud after returning from Bandarban’s Ghumdum.The Rohingya refugees living in the no man’s land between Myanmar’s Tambru and Bangladesh’s Konapara border areas and protesting the repatriation process have found renewed justification for anxiety.Demonstrating in ...

Moroccan-Belgian volunteer: ‘It takes nothing to help migrants’

Monday, 12 February 2018

Brussels, Belgium - “Even if you have no skills or specific capacities you can help. It makes me sad to see people inactive. It comes down to very little. It is within everyone’s reach,” said Nabil Moujahid, a Belgian volunteer helping migrants and asylum seekers in Brussels. For over a year now, hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers from Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea gather every day in the neighborhood of Brussels North Station. In the center of the capital of the EU, Belgian ...

Love of Korean pop links UK teenagers with Palestinian refugees

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The sugary pop songs of South Korean groups BTS, EXO and BlackPink might be sung in Korean but it has not stopped Palestinian refugee teenager Tasnim from being an avid fan from her home in war-torn Syria. To Tasnim’s surprise, it is a love shared by students at London’s Connaught School for Girls with whom her school in Damascus holds Skype calls as part of a project to connect refugee students in the Middle East with European and US pupils. “My favorite kind of music is K-pop ...

Bodies of 16 migrants recovered off Morocco coast

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Moroccan rescue services have recovered the bodies of 16 migrants off the coast of Spain’s enclave of Melilla, Moroccan and Spanish officials said Sunday.Three women were among the dead taken to a morgue in the Moroccan city of Nador, a medical official there told AFP.All were sub-Saharan Africans apart from one Moroccan, the official said.A spokeswoman for Melilla’s authorities earlier said “about 20” bodies had been recovered in Moroccan territorial waters.The bodies of ...

US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The United States announced Monday it was lifting its ban on refugees from 11 "high-risk" countries, but said those seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past.Applicants from 11 countries, unnamed but understood to include 10 Muslim-majority nations plus North Korea, will face tougher "risk-based" assessments to be accepted."It's critically important that we know who is entering the United States," said Homeland Security ...

Al Arabiya from Davos: Reconnecting Refugees

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Al Arabiya will host a special panel on “Reconnecting Refugees” at the World Economic Forum in Davos which will be moderated by Senior Political Anchor Mayssoun Azzam. The session will focus on the plight of large-scale displacement and the calls for new solutions to help families find safety, navigate life and contribute to the communities where they found refuge. The central question of the panel discussion will be: From universal digital identities to data-driven advocacy, how can ...

Al Arabiya at Davos: On the modern migrant and the right to seek refuge

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

While working on the upcoming session that Al Arabiya is going to conduct in Davos about the plight of large-scale displacement and the calls for new solutions to help families find safety, navigate through life and contribute to the communities where they find refuge, I felt obliged to mention during my opening remarks that I am a refugee myself. I thought that such a statement will send out two main messages: The first one is that such a tragedy could befall anyone and the second is that we ...

Rohingya deal aims to repatriate refugees in Bangladesh ‘within two years’

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate Rohingya displaced by an army crackdown “within two years”, Dhaka said Tuesday, outlining the first clear timeline for a return of hundreds of thousands of refugees.The agreement says the process will be “completed preferably within 02 (two) years from the commencement of repatriation”, according to a statement from the Bangladeshi government following talks in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.ALSO READ: ...

Judge partially lifts Trump administration ban on refugees

Sunday, 24 December 2017

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 mostly Muslim countries from reuniting with family living legally in the United States. US District Judge James Robart heard arguments Thursday in lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union and Jewish Family Service, which say the ban causes irreparable harm and puts some people at risk. Government lawyers argued that the ban ...

Iraqi refugee jailed 16 years in the US for supporting ISIS

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

A refugee from Iraq was sentenced by a Houston court Monday to 16 years in prison for seeking to join ISIS and learn bomb-making skills. Omar Faraj Saeed al-Hardan, a 25-year-old of Palestinian origin who was born in Iraq and lived in refugee camps in Iraq and Jordan, was accepted into the United States in 2009. He earned his permanent residency two years later and, according to US law enforcement, in 2013 began communicating with another refugee in California, discussing traveling to Syria to ...

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