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  1. Iran: Shocking 33-year prison term and 148 lashes for women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh

    The sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in a new case against her is an outrageous injustice, said Amnesty International today. The sentence, reported on her husband Reza Khandan’s Facebook page on 11 March, brings her total sentence after two grossly unfair trials to 38 years in prison.
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  2. NGOs calling on European leaders to end the humanitarian and human rights crisis at Europe’s borders

    On 14 March 2019, 25 NGOs have sent an open letter to the EU leaders asking them, „in the run up to the third anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal, to take immediate and sustained action to end the unfair and unnecessary containment policy which is preventing asylum seekers from leaving the Greek islands”, and also to „urgently reach a common responsibility-sharing agreement for hosting asylum seekers across EU Member States.”
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  3. Inside Europe: Armenia welcomes Syrian refugees

    For many European countries, the arrival of war refugees has caused domestic political upheaval. But one tiny European nation has actively welcomed those fleeing Syria. That country is Armenia, a country of just three million people in the south Caucasus region.
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  4. Lesbian asylum-seekers at the mercy of German bureaucracy

    Despite record numbers of people forcibly displaced across borders, with 1.2 million in need of a new permanent place to call home last year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) released new data on Tuesday showing that only 55,700 of them – 4.7 per cent – were able to be resettled in 2018
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  5. Donors pledge more than US$7 billion to meet needs of displaced Syrians

    Delegates to a major EU and United Nations donor conference in Brussels today [14 March] pledged more than US$7 billion in 2019 for the critical life-saving response inside Syrian as well as for support to refugees. The total set a new record.
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  6. Fifth Regional Survey on Syrian Refugees’ Perceptions and Intentions on Return to Syria (RPIS): Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan – March 2019

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees published on 17 March 2019 the Fifth Regional Survey on Syrian Refugees’ Perceptions and Intentions on Return to Syria (RPIS): Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan – March 2019. This report presents an overview of the key findings of the fifth round of UNHCR’s Return Perceptions and Intention Surveys (RPIS) conducted between November 2018 and February 2019.
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  7. EASO publishes ‘Country Guidance: Nigeria’

    The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has published its 'Country Guidance: Nigeria', a common assessment of the situation in the country by senior policy officials from EU. It contains an evaluation of the situation in Nigeria and key elements for granting international protection to asylum seekers from the country, focusing on all key elements of qualification for international protection.
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  8. Syrian refugees in Aberystwyth set up pop-up restaurant

    At a sell-out event in Aberystwyth, families from Syria cooked for 120 people. The project, run by the British Red Cross, aims to help families integrate into their new communities. The first families arrived in the town in 2015. Since then, work has been ongoing in helping the refugees settle there. The Syrian women and business founders now hope to take their pop-up restaurant across Wales, and the rest of the UK.
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  9. At least 30 migrants believed missing after boat sinking off Libya: coastguard

    At least 30 migrants are believed to be missing after their boat sank off the western Libyan city of Sabratha this week, a coastguard spokesman said on Thursday. According to a survivor the boat was carrying almost 50 migrants, coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. The body of one child was recovered and 16 migrants were rescued, he added.
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  10. Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx

    Colombia's border hospitals are at breaking point with the influx of Venezuelans arriving every day. Some are migrants who have fled in search of new opportunities abroad, while others cross back and forth to receive medical care they can't find in their homeland. Many arrive with serious health issues, putting Colombian hospitals under intense pressure.
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  11. Education remains an impossible dream for many refugees and migrants

    The older refugee and migrant children get, the less likely it is that they will get a quality education: less than a quarter of the world’s refugees make it to secondary school, and just one per cent progress to higher education. Even for migrants who settle in wealthy, developed host countries, accessing university is an uphill struggle.
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  12. 'Breaking point': US southern border influx surges to 76,000

    The United States faces a major humanitarian crisis with its southwestern border at a security "breaking point" as tens of thousands of mostly Central Americans increasingly try to enter the country. More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorisation last month, nearly double the number from the same period in 2018, officials said.
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