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New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas

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The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea level rise. New Zealand could introduce a visa to help relocate people affected by climate change. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Minister says experimental humanitarian visa category could be introduced for people displaced by rising seas

November 1,  2017 — New Zealand’s new government is considering creating a visa category to help relocate Pacific peoples displaced by climate change. Continue reading New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

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POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

ROME, Italy (Oct. 16, 2017) — Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday, October 16, with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world. Continue reading Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

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DROUGHT. A young girl carries water from a well to her house in a village called Pernier, a 30-minute drive from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 17, 2016. According to the World Food Program, 3.6 million Haitians face food insecurity after 3 consecutive years of drought. File photo by Bahare Khodabande/EPA

The funding includes 12.2 million euros for food and drinking water to more than 400,000 Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The European Union said Friday, April 29, it was giving an additional 38 million euros in cash aid to Haiti, which is combatting drought and a migration crisis with neighboring Dominican Republic. Continue reading EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

Australian FM defends refugee policy on Indonesia trip

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BISHOP IN JAKARTA. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L), accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (R), talks to journalists during a joint press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 21, 2016. Adi Weda/EPA
Julie Bishop: ‘Australia is sharing the burden and will be looking to other countries in our region to do similar’

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Mar. 21, 2016) — Australia’s foreign minister defended Canberra’s controversial refugee policy Monday, March 21, during a trip to the key transit nation Indonesia, after Jakarta pressed for more help for people waiting for resettlement.

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Slovakia’s Fico set for victory in EU’s anti-refugee east

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VICTORY. Chairman of the Slovak Smer-Social Democracy party Robert Fico is close to winning in Slovakia’s general elections, but may divide the country with his rhetoric. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP
The leftist populist Robert Fico is using anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric to clinch a win in Slovakia’s general elections

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (Mar. 5, 2016) — Slovaks were poised to hand leftist Premier Robert Fico victory in general elections Saturday, March 5, on the back of a staunch anti-refugee rhetoric.

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EU’s founding members back two-speed Europe

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The Flag of the European Union flies outside of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, June 30, 2014. Patrick Seeger/EPA
The foreign ministers of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands issue a joint communique in which they admit to being ‘concerned about the state of the European project’

ROME, Italy (Feb. 10, 2016) — The 6 founding members of the European Union on Tuesday, February 9, reiterated their commitment to “ever closer union”, even it means leaving less enthusiastic partners like Britain behind.

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EU mulls partial Schengen suspension over migrant crisis

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BORDER CONTROL. A sign that reads ‘Kontrolle’ (Control) has been set up at the border crossing in Mittenwald, Germany, May 26, 2015. Sven Hoppe/EPA
‘If the situation does not change there could indeed be justifications under public order and security reasons to maintain internal controls at internal Schengen borders’

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Jan. 27, 2016) — The EU on Tuesday, January 26, mulled allowing states in the passport-free Schengen zone to reintroduce border checks for up to two years to cope with the Continue reading EU mulls partial Schengen suspension over migrant crisis