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Refugees

2020

05

Aug

14-year-old Syrian commits suicide after Netherlands rejects asylum request

Ali Ghezawi was one of the millions of Syrians who fled their country during the nine-year-long brutal civil war that has devastated his country. His family immigrated to Europe after long desperate years in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Yet, the journey only exacerbated the Ghezawis’ grief, as 14-year-old Ali committed suicide after the Dutch […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: EN , Daily Sabah

28

Jul

Greece: Transforming Hagia Sophia into a mosque provocation to the whole world

Greek Government Spokesperson Stelios Pecas said that the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a ‘provocation’ not only for Greeks and Christians but also for the entire Western and civilized worlds. Peças, “Hagia Sophia to be converted to a mosque on Friday and held there shows not only the Greeks and all Christians, […]

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Country: Greece
Source: SPUTNIK , MBC

28

Jul

No response has been received for 1.5 days for the call to help the boat carrying 95 migrants

An immigrant boat sailing from Libya to Europe called for help more than 1.5 days ago on the grounds that it was in trouble at sea. Despite being reported to Italy and Malta, it is stated that he did not send assistance to the boat during this period and that about 95 immigrants were at […]

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Source: BBC , Tekdeeps

27

Jul

EU border force helps Greece violate asylum seekers

Recent footage shows the European Union’s border force violating the law by helping the Greek Coast Guard block and push back asylum seekers who reached Greek territorial waters instead of rescuing them. Anadolu Agency examined footage taken by Turkish authorities this June 8 in the Aegean Sea, off Ayvacik in the northwestern Canakkale province. The […]

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Country: European Union
Source: AA , AA

23

Jul

AP Exclusive: Migrant Kids Held in US Hotels, Then Expelled

The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels, sometimes for weeks, before deporting them to their home countries under policies that have effectively shut down the nation’s asylum system during the coronavirus pandemic, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. A private contractor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT HABER , NYT

22

Jul

Trump seeks to stop counting unauthorized immigrants in drawing house districts

President Trump directed the federal government on Tuesday not to count undocumented immigrants when allocating the nation’s House districts, a move that critics called a transparent political ploy to help Republicans in violation of the Constitution. The president’s directive would exclude millions of people when determining how many House seats each state should have based […]

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Country: United States
Source: AA , NYT

17

Jul

Human Rights Watch Says Greece Pushed Back Refugees, Migrants

Greek law enforcement officers are returning refugees and migrants on the border with Turkey during the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, joining other critics who complained despite Greece rejecting the reports. The officers in some cases used violence against asylum seekers, including some who were deep inside Greek territory, and often confiscated and […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , The National Herald

08

Jul

In Pictures: Migrants leave Ocean Viking ship in Italy’s Sicily

Nearly 200 migrants and refugees rescued by a humanitarian aid boat in the Mediterranean Sea began to leave the vessel in Sicily late on Monday after spending nine days on the ship. The migrants regained dry land at Porto Empedocle on the Italian island’s western coast. Police escorted them a short distance to another vessel, […]

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Country: Italy
Source: TRT HABER , ALJAZEERA

07

Jul

Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand

Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum. On Monday, MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee asked the Greek Government to clarify their position regarding several media and civil society reports which indicate that […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , ES

06

Jul

‘High probability’ Greek soldiers killed Syrian man at Turkish border, report finds

Greece and the EU are facing calls to probe the death of a Syrian man at the Turkish border after a research report concluded it was “highly probable” he was shot by Greek soldiers. Mohammed al-Arab, a 22-year-old from Aleppo, was killed in March as he joined thousands of others in attempting to enter Greece […]

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Country: Greece
Source: FT , FT