1. Lebanon denies forcing Syrian refugees back home

    Lebanese security officials on Saturday denied allegations by human rights groups that they have forced Syrian refugees to sign documents saying they agreed to return to their home country. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and four other groups alleged in a report on Friday that staff at Lebanon's General Security Directorate deported at least 16 Syrians after forcing them to sign "voluntarily repatriation forms."
  2. Syrian entrepreneur brings a taste of Damascus to Egypt

    When the war in Syria forced sweet maker Abdullah Bashir to flee in 2012, he and his family made their way to Egypt. There he set up a shop similar to the one he had left behind, stocking the shelves with pastries filled with dates or pistachios and semolina cakes soaked in syrup.
  3. Social, cultural diversity ‘an enormous richness, not a threat’ Guterres declares calling on investment for a harmonious future

    Like a well-tuned orchestra, successful modern societies have a balance of diversity and culture that is a source of “enormous richness, not a threat” said the UN chief on Monday, speaking alongside UN Messenger of Peace, acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
  4. Violent attacks in Nigeria drive thousands of refugees into Niger

    Recent spike in violence in north-western parts of Nigeria has forced an estimated 20,000 people to seek safety and security in Niger since April. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about deteriorating security inside Nigeria, and is working closely with authorities in Niger to provide basic assistance and register the new arrivals. More than 18,000 people have already gone through the initial registration process so far.
  5. Immigration crackdown: Italian aid workers lose jobs

    The Italian government's crackdown on immigration has not just hurt people seeking refuge in Europe. It has also affected thousands of Italians working for organisations that help migrants and refugees. Charities in Italy are warning that more than 4000 workers are already jobless.
  6. Turkey breaks up smuggling ring that brought thousands of migrants to Europe

    Turkish police said on Wednesday they had detained the leaders of what they called Europe’s biggest people-smuggling ring, which helped thousands of irregular immigrants reach Europe from the Middle East. Twenty people, including ringleader Akbar Omar Tawfeeq, were detained in operations in four Turkish provinces after a year-long investigation into the organization, Istanbul police said.
  7. US activist goes on trial for helping migrants on southern border

    An Arizona activist charged with harbouring two undocumented migrants faces trial on Wednesday in a case likely to set a precedent over what aid US citizens can give to undocumented migrants. United States Border Patrol agents arrested Scott Warren in a January 2018 raid near Ajo, Arizona after they found two migrants hiding in the shower of a ramshackle building used by humanitarian groups.
  8. Release of prize-winning Reuters journalists in Myanmar welcomed by UN

    The release of two prize-winning Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after reporting on the massacre of Rohingya Muslims has been welcomed by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, which warns however that press freedom there remains “dire”.
  9. New Professional Development Series chapter on detention of applicants for international protection in the context of the Common European Asylum System

    Through its Network of Courts and Tribunals’ Members, EASO is developing Professional Development Series (PDS) and Professional Development Workshops intended for members of EU+ courts and tribunals.
  10. Dozens of migrants drown off coast of Tunisia after heading to Italy

    A boat carrying people towards Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, with dozens losing their lives in the deadliest migrant boat sinking in months. Nearby fishing boats managed to save 16 people.
  11. Undocumented migrants apprehended at Slovenia-Croatia border

    Slovenian police between Monday and Tuesday stopped 74 migrants who were attempting to cross the south-eastern border with Croatia in the area of Ilirska Bistrica, according to a police statement. A reported 10 people were apprehended in Ribnica, on the south-eastern side, police said. Security officials said most of the foreigners were Afghan nationals, followed by Pakistanis, Algerians, Egyptians, Iraqis and a Libyan citizen.
  12. Austrian state plans 'Ten Commandments' for refugees

    Authorities in Lower Austria are set to issue a new code of conduct for refugees to follow, according to a report on Monday, 13 May 2019. The rules would be referred to as the "Ten Commandments of Immigration," and would be issued to new refugees as soon as they arrive in the state, the German newspaper Welt reported.

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