Tag: Refugees

U.N. calls on Gulf countries to do more to help Syrian refugees

A senior United Nations refugee official on Sunday called on Gulf Arab states to give more to help Syrians displaced by six years of civil war, saying she saw little sign that the crisis would end any time soon. Speaking during a visit to Kuwait to sign a $10 million aid agreement for Syrian refugees […]

At summit for refugees and migrants, senior UN officials underline the importance of collective action

19 September 2016 – Speaking at the opening of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants, a number of senior UN officials stressed on the importance of the Summit and called on world leaders for collective action to address the global crisis.   In his address at the opening session, William Lacy Swing, the […]

State admits: Islamic State terrorists trying to pose as refugees | Washington Examiner

State Department spokesman John Kirby acknowledged Wednesday that Islamic State terrorists are trying to mingle with refugee populations overseas in the hopes of making it to the U.S. posing as a refugee.   “I wouldn’t debate the fact that there’s the potential for ISIS terrorists to try to insert themselves, and we see that in […]

George Soros to invest $500 million in help for refugees

Billionaire investor George Soros pledged on Tuesday to invest up to $500 million in programs and companies benefiting migrants and refugees fleeing life-threatening situations. Announced against the backdrop of an ongoing United Nations (U.N.) summit in New York, Soros explained that he wished to harness the power of the private sector for public good.   […]

Angela Merkel signals she may back down from open-door refugee policy after disastrous Berlin election 

Angela Merkel on Monday signalled for the first time that she was prepared to change her controversial refugee policy in the wake of heavy losses to the resurgent far-Right in regional elections.   “If I knew what change in refugee policy the people in Germany want, I would be prepared to consider it,” Mrs Merkel […]

Pope Francis: Hospitality to Refugees Is ‘Our Greatest Security’ Against Terrorism

Pope Francis has urged Europeans to take in more refugees, asserting that the best way to combat terrorism is by warmly welcoming migrants and helping them integrate into the “European context.” In a meeting with hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools in the Vatican on Saturday, Francis told his hearers that authentic hospitality “is our […]

Switzerland struggles to cope with surge of migrants trying new route

More refugees are now making their way to Germany from Italy via Switzerland, instead of the traditional route from Greece through the Balkans and Austria which have now become almost impenetrable thanks to borders being fenced off.   Migrants are also trying to find different routes after Ankara made an agreement with the European Union (EU) […]

Former Bush adviser says climate change is security threat

Climate change will lead to a surge in refugee problems around the world, a former George W. Bush adviser said on Thursday, raising American national security concerns for the next presidential administration.   “Climate change and a lot of other economic dislocations have put a lot of people out of work,” Stephen Hadley, who was […]

U.N. Drafts Agreement on Refugees and Migrants

More people are forcibly displaced from their homes today than at any time since the end of the Second World War.   But the plight of these people is so politically contentious that after days of intense negotiations over an international agreement, the nations of the world on Tuesday adopted a draft that contained virtually […]