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7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

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SEEKING REFUGE. Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they’re towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia’s East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. AFP Photo

Some 74% of the 31,000 millennials surveyed says they are emphatic with the situation of the refugees, data from the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Shapers Annual Survey reveal

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 29, 2017) — Millennials are more emphatic of refugees’ situation and would want their governments to welcome them in their countries, an international survey said. Continue reading 7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

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BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy summons Austria’s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year

ROME, Italy (Jul. 5, 2017) — Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador Tuesday, July 4, after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year. Continue reading Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Displaced people hits record high globally due to war, persecution – UN

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SAVE A LIFE. By the time you finish this sentence, someone will have been displaced by war, conflict and violence. In 2016, 10.3 million were newly displaced, an equivalent of one person every three seconds. Photo credit:UNHCR/A. McConnell

More than 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016, according to a new report from the UN Refugee Agency

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 19, 2017) — The number of displaced people in the world has risen to a new record high due to war, persecution, and violence, according to the latest report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Continue reading Displaced people hits record high globally due to war, persecution – UN

Australia declares game-up for ‘fake refugees’

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WELCOME. Protestors march on the streets of Sydney’s central business district in support of refugees. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Refugee advocates say the Australian government has sunk ‘to an impossible new low’ with the decision

SYDNEY, Australia (May 21, 2017) — Australia Sunday, May 21, gave 7,500 boatpeople until October to file a claim proving they are genuine refugees or be kicked out, declaring the “game is up” for illegal arrivals ripping off taxpayers. Continue reading Australia declares game-up for ‘fake refugees’

At Least 800 Migrants Attempt To Cross Into Spain From Morocco

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The border fence which separates Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta is seen as it is illuminated, Spain, December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Dozens of migrants made it to the top of the six-meter barbed wire fence early on Sunday before being lifted down by cranes

MADRID (Jan. 1, 2017) — At least 800 sub-Saharan African migrants tried to cross into Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Sunday by storming a border fence, though most were eventually turned back, the Spanish and Moroccan governments said.  Continue reading At Least 800 Migrants Attempt To Cross Into Spain From Morocco

After Calais, France clears Paris migrant camp

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CLEARING. Migrants carry a tent across a migrant tent camp in Paris on November 3, 2016, near to the Stalingrad metro station, one of several camps sprouting up around the French capital. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

We’ve got to grips with this issue. Their conditions were disgraceful, unbearable,’ says Prime Minister Manuel Valls

PARIS, France (Nov. 5, 2016) — Hundreds of French police cleared a huge migrant camp in northeast Paris on Friday, November 4, in a fresh sign of the government’s determination to take refugees off the streets and into shelters.  Continue reading After Calais, France clears Paris migrant camp

Last ‘Jungle’ children moved to shelters around France

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OUT OF THE ‘JUNGLE’ Unaccompanied migrant minors, from the recently-demolished ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais, arrive to a reception centre in Cerdon, near Orleans, central France, on November 2, 2016. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

French authorities have said that Britain, which has taken around 300 child refugees from Calais since mid-October and promised to take more, will continue to review applications from minors seeking to be transferred there

CALAIS, France (Nov. 3, 2016) — Over 1,600 unaccompanied minors left in Calais after the demolition of the infamous “Jungle” migrant camp were bussed to shelters across France on Wednesday, November 2, even as many still hoped to be admitted to Britain.  Continue reading Last ‘Jungle’ children moved to shelters around France

Democracy has been bought and we have to take it back to win on climate

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An armada of kayakers blocked the Newcastle harbour entrance while 70 people blocked a critical rail crossing preventing any coal from getting to the port for over six hours. In total 2,000 people took part in the action shutting down the world’s largest coal port for a day, preventing the shipment of almost 2 megatonnes of coal during the protest. Photograph: 350.org

A majority of voters are in support of more government action on climate change – and yet somehow it’s not an election issue. Let’s make it one

May 26, 2016 — The current dissonance between election campaign rhetoric and the facts of climate change is unfathomable, that is, until you dig a little deeper. Continue reading Democracy has been bought and we have to take it back to win on climate

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

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MIGRANT CRISIS. Pope Francis gives a speech during the awarding ceremony of Germany’s famed Charlemagne Prize, given to public figures in recognition of contribution to European unity, on May 6, 2016, at the Vatican. Photo by Angelo Carconi/AFP

‘I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being,’ says the pontiff

VATICAN CITY, Holy See (May 6, 2016) — Pope Francis said Friday, May 6, he dreamed of a Europe in which “being a migrant is not a crime”, as he urged EU leaders to “tear down the walls” and build a fairer society. Continue reading Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

Refugee sets herself alight at Australia’s Nauru camp

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A man carries a placard during a candle light-vigil for an Iranian refugee, who died after setting himself on fire, in Sydney on April 30, 2016. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the incident happened May 2, and the behavior of those detained on the small island – where Australia sends asylum-seekers arriving by boat – was intensifying

CANBERRA, Australia (May 3, 2016) — A refugee who set herself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru after being sent there by Australia was in a critical condition Tuesday, May 3, just days after an Iranian man died in a similar act of self-harm. Continue reading Refugee sets herself alight at Australia’s Nauru camp