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Angelina Jolie visits Syria refugees in Lebanon on war’s 5th anniversary

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie talks with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, March 15, 2016. L. Knott/UNHCR
Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Jolie calls for ‘reason and calm and foresight’ in response to the international migrant crisis

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Mar. 16, 2016) — Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie on Tuesday, March 15, met Syrian refugee families living in squalid conditions in Lebanon, on the 5th anniversary of the Syrian war.

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Tusk tells economic migrants ‘Do not come to Europe’

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MIGRANT CRISIS. European Council President Donald Tusk speaks to journalists before visiting a Migrants Reception Center in Dobova, Slovenia, on March 2, 2016. Photo by Jure Makovec/AFP
EU President Donald Tusk also lashes out at ‘unilateral’ actions by EU members as the bloc grapples with the migrant crisis

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 3, 2016) — EU President Donald Tusk on Thursday, March 3, issued a stark warning to economic migrants not to come to Europe, as he castigated countries for taking unilateral action to tackle the crisis.

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EU unveils 700M-euro migrant aid plan for Greece

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WORSENING CRISIS. Refugees wait to take the permission to pass the Greek-FYROM borders at the refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece, March 2, 2016. Photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA
The funds would be allocated over 3 years under the plan, which must be approved by a majority of member states and the European Parliament

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 2, 2016) — The EU on Wednesday, March 2, proposed 700 million euros in emergency aid for Greece and other states as it began to tackle the migrant crisis within its borders like humanitarian disasters in developing countries.

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Canada fulfills promise to take 25,000 Syrian refugees

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In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to a Syrian refugee child upon arriving at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, December 11, 2015. Photo courtesy Canadian Prime Minister’s Office
The country is set to take in some 12,000 more refugees by the end of the year

MONTREAL, Canada (Mar. 1, 2016) — Canada has met a self-imposed deadline to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees fleeing their country’s civil war, officials said, fulfilling a campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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UN food agency says funding target met for Syrian refugees

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WAITING. Migrants and refugees wait at Istanbul’s Esenler Bus Terminal for buses to the Turkish-Greek border after authorities withheld tickets to Turkish border towns on September 16, 2015. Photo by Yasin Akgul / AFP
The UN food agency says an “unprecedented response” to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees

ROME, Italy (Mar. 1, 2016)— The UN food agency said Monday, February 29, an “unprecedented response” to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees.

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Migrants try to storm Greece-Macedonia border fence

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CRISIS. A Syrian refugee leans against the fence as she waits for the opening of the border to cross into Macedonia, at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on February 28, 2016. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
‘When one insists on his border, the other suffers. That’s not my Europe,’ says Germany’s Angela Merkel, lashing out at Austria and Balkan states for introducing tight limits on migrant entries

IDOMENI, Greece (Mar. 1, 2016) — Hundreds of refugees on Monday, February 29, tried to break through a border fence into Macedonia from Greece, where more than 7,000 people are Continue reading Migrants try to storm Greece-Macedonia border fence

Greece says up to 70,000 migrants may be ‘trapped’ next month

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STRANDED. Refugees and migrants walk to the refugee camp at the buffer zone of the Greek-FYROM border, near the border village of Idomeni, Greece, February 26, 2016. Photo by Nikos Arvanitidis/EPA
The bottleneck is expected to get worse after EU members Slovenia and Croatia, as well as Serbia and Macedonia, impose a limit of 580 migrants entering their borders each day

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EU ‘gives Greece 3 months’ to strengthen border against migrants

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‘STRENGTHEN BORDER.’ Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus coming from the island of Lesvos, Greece, February 10, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
The decision is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Greece, the main gateway for the million refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 13, 2016) — EU member states on Friday, February 12 gave Greece a 3-month ultimatum to remedy “deficiencies” in controlling the influx of migrants or effectively face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone.

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UN urges Turkey to open borders, end to bombing of Aleppo

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FENCED OUT. Syrian refugees wait to go back to Syria near Oncupinar Border gate in Kilis, Turkey, February 8, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA
‘The highest need and the best humanitarian response is for the bombing to stop’

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Feb. 10, 2016) — The United Nations urged Turkey to let in tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a regime offensive around Aleppo on Tuesday, February 9, adding to calls for Russia to end air strikes ahead of fresh peace efforts.

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Camps full as tens of thousands flee Syria’s Aleppo

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REFUGEES IN NEED. Syrians fleeing the embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish crossing gate. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP
Up to 20 people are forced to stay inside each tent – meant for 7 only – at refugee camps

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Feb. 9, 2016) — Camps for the displaced along Syria’s border with Turkey are at full capacity, aid workers say, as tens of thousands flee a major government offensive in Aleppo province.

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