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Stories with subject: Political refugees
  • Facing record migrant flows, Hungary tightens asylum system 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 10:58 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hungary's parliament on Monday approved amendments tightening the country's asylum system, a response to the record number of migrants and refugees reaching the country over the past year.

  • Groups' support helps Burmese immigrants resume weaving 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 10:40 am

    WATERLOO, Iowa - In the front room of an east Waterloo home, four master weavers gather to practice their craft.

  • China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 9:14 am

    BEIJING - Beijing expressed displeasure with Turkey on Friday for accepting 173 ethnic Uighurs who fled China.

  • Cash-strapped UN food agency reduces help to Syrian refugees 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 10:55 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - The United Nations' food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded, World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said on Friday.

  • 173 Uighur refugees arrive in Turkey from Thailand 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 11:14 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - A total of 173 people from the minority Chinese Muslim community of Uighurs have arrived in Turkey from Thailand, where they were being held after fleeing China, a Turkey-based Uighur group said Thursday.

  • Nicholas Winton, savior of Jewish children, dies at 106 story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:47 pm

    LONDON - He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of a lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending war echoed around Europe, Nicholas Winton was hit by a key realization.

  • Hungary: Fence on Serbia border forced step to stop migrants story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 10:02 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - The fence Hungary wants to build on the Serbian border to stem the flow of illegal migrants is a "forced measure" not aimed at its southern neighbor, Hungary's prime minister said Wednesday.

  • UN: migrant crossings to Europe jump 83 percent in 1st half 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:26 am

    BERLIN - The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to southern Europe was more than 80 percent higher in the first half of 2015 than a year earlier, with deaths initially soaring before dropping back as rescue efforts at sea were stepped up, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday.

  • Ex-refugees return to base 40 years after fall of Saigon 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 12:05 pm

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pennsylvania - For more than 22,000 Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees, the road to resettlement after the Vietnam War led through Fort Indiantown Gap.

  • EU refugee response exposes divisions, meagre ambitions story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 8:19 am

    BRUSSELS - The European Union decided Friday to share 40,000 of the refugees landing in Italy and Greece but foot-dragging and verbal sniping over the move exposed deep divisions about how to deal with Europe's massive migrant influx.

  • African migrants find uneasy EU shelter after rough journey story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-26-15 5:58 am

    CREIL, France - Against the odds, Hamed Kouyate has achieved his childhood dream of escaping African poverty and reaching the wealthy heart of Europe. But like many fellow migrants who endured a clandestine odyssey marked by toil and terror, the teenager now questions whether he's just gambled his life on a cruel illusion.

  • EU's broken asylum system allows free movement for migrants 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 5:46 am

    The Associated Press has spent months tracking a group of West Africans as they migrated illegally across Europe, confronting officialdom many times along the way but never effectively stopped, only delayed. The group's members have reached France and Germany just as they wanted.

  • German justice minister condemns protests against refugees 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 8:22 am

    BERLIN - Germany's justice minister is condemning protests near Dresden where dozens of people have demonstrated against housing refugees in a former hotel.

  • Greeks worry about impact of refugee crisis on tourism 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 10:24 am

    MOLYVOS, Greece - On the waterfront beneath this village of stone houses cascading down a castle-topped hill, two worlds collide. Tourists saunter along the pier, gazing at the fishing boats bobbing in the harbor. A group of Afghan children who risked their lives to get here on an overloaded dinghy play in the shallow water.

  • Greeks worry about impact of refugee crisis on tourism 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 7:17 am

    MOLYVOS, Greece - On the waterfront beneath this village of stone houses cascading down a castle-topped hill, two worlds collide. Tourists saunter along the pier, gazing at the fishing boats bobbing in the harbor. A group of Afghan children who risked their lives to get here on an overloaded dinghy play in the shallow water.

  • Malaysia buries Rohingya human-trafficking victims 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 3:56 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities Monday gave a Muslim burial to 21 human trafficking victims, believed to be Rohingya Muslim refugees, found in shallow graves in jungles bordering Thailand.

  • Angelina Jolie: We're living in era of 'mass displacement' story has photos
    Updated: Jun-20-15 3:22 pm

    MARDIN, Turkey - After visiting a camp for Syrian refugees in southeastern Turkey on Saturday, actress Angelina Jolie said the world is living through an era of mass displacement.

  • Hungary's leader says Hungary will protect Europe's borders 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 2:14 pm

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Hungary's plan to build a 4-meter (13-foot) high fence on the border with Serbia to stop the flow of migrants will also protect Europe, Hungary's prime minister said Friday.

  • Greek island swamped by refugee flood; no relief in sight 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 6:01 am

    MYTILENE, Greece - An inflatable dinghy touches the shore in darkness. Dozens of men, women and children jump into the shallow water, stumbling on unseen rocks as they scramble onto a narrow strip of seaweed-strewn beach.

  • Macedonia allows migrants to legitimately transit country 
    Updated: Jun-18-15 2:56 pm

    SKOPJE, Macedonia - Macedonia changed its asylum law on Thursday to let migrants entering the country illegally avoid jail if they leave within three days.

  • Greek coast guard searches seas nightly amid refugee crisis 
    Updated: Jun-18-15 2:44 pm

    OFF THE COAST OF LESVOS, Greece - In the dead of night, a Greek coast guard patrol boat slips its moorings, heading out across the bay toward the Aegean Sea that separates the island of Lesvos from the nearby Turkish coast.

  • Serbia 'shocked' by Hungary's plans to build border fence story has photos
    Updated: Jun-18-15 11:01 am

    BELGRADE, Serbia - Balkan countries and the European Union on Thursday criticized Hungary's plans to build a fence along the border with Serbia to stop the flow of migrants reaching the country.

  • UN: Global refugee numbers reach alarming levels story has photos
    Updated: Jun-18-15 6:56 am

    BERLIN - Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the world's biggest source of refugees last year, while the number of people forced from their homes by conflicts worldwide rose to a record 59.5 million, the United Nations' refugee agency said Thursday.

  • UN billboards counter Hungary govt's anti-migrant campaign 
    Updated: Jun-17-15 8:54 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - One features a tour guide from Afghanistan, another a Bangladeshi woman who runs a restaurant with her husband. The United Nations' refugee agency is setting up billboards presenting successful refugees in Hungary, countering the government's intense anti-migrant campaign that it calls a catalyst for xenophobia.

  • Child abuse charges dismissed against Liberian refugees 
    Updated: Jun-16-15 7:43 pm

    PHOENIX - Child abuse charges were dismissed Tuesday against two Liberian refugees whose 8-year-old daughter was gang-raped nearly six years ago in an unrelated case.