Political refugees

From left to right, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Director of the United Nations Migration Agency Antonio Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi meet the media after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday, July 22, 2019. European ministers have met in Paris seeking unity on how to deal with migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
July 22, 2019 - 2:15 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called on Libyan authorities Monday to stop holding transiting refugees in detention camps and said buildings of the United Nations' refugee agency in Libya were attacked earlier in the day. Macron did not elaborate on the attack he said was carried out...
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July 21, 2019 - 2:10 am
GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini knows what she's talking about when it comes to family separation for asylum seekers, having fled her native Syria four years ago. Mardini empathizes with families currently separated along the U.S. southern border. "This is the most...
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In this July 15, 2019, photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks as, from left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., listen during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. Long before President Donald Trump attacked the four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should “go back” to their home countries, they were targets of hateful rhetoric and disinformation online.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 19, 2019 - 5:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should "go back" to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and disinformation about the self-described squad was lurking online. Racist, inflammatory and inaccurate content...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2019 file photo, a group of asylum seekers cross the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
July 16, 2019 - 9:06 am
Dozens of immigrants lined up Tuesday at a major Mexico border crossing, waiting to learn how the Trump administration's plans to end most asylum protections would affect their hopes of taking refuge in the United States. The administration announced the plans a day earlier, reversing decades of U...
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Debris covers the ground and an emergency vehicle after an airstrike at a detention center in Tajoura, east of Tripoli in Libya, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. An airstrike hit the detention center for migrants early Wednesday, killing several. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)
July 16, 2019 - 8:59 am
PARIS (AP) — A Libyan detention center where an airstrike killed more than 50 people two weeks ago is filling with migrants again, and work has resumed at a nearby weapons workshop, despite calls from the United Nations to empty the compound and others like it near the front-lines of the country's...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2019 file photo, a group of asylum seekers cross the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 11:40 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it's "deeply concerned" about new U.S. restrictions on asylum, saying it will put vulnerable families at risk. UNHCR comments late Monday came after the Trump administration said it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2019 file photo, a group of asylum seekers cross the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 6:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register ,...
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Migrants rest on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat, as they sail off Italy's southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on Thursday, July 4, 2019. An Italian humanitarian group whose boat has been barred from docking in Lampedusa said the health of the 54 migrants it rescued at sea is rapidly deteriorating, prompting fears of another standoff with Italy's populist government. Mediterranea Saving Humans said Friday in a tweet that its sailing boat ALEX was off Italy's southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, and that it has been banned from entering Italian jurisdiction by ministerial decree. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
July 15, 2019 - 2:41 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A leading advocacy group for refugees said Monday that with half of 2019 gone, humanitarian organizations have received only 27% of the money needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide this year. Norwegian Refugee Council secretary-general Jan Egeland...
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A man identified by prosecutors as Medhane Yehdego Mered, an alleged human trafficking kingpin, sits behind the bars during a trial inside the Ucciardone bunker hall in the Sicilian town of Palermo, Italy, Friday, July 12, 2019. The Palermo court on Friday began deliberating the fate of six alleged migrant smugglers, including an Eritrean whose claims that his is a case of mistaken identity have garnered international attention. The defendant’s lawyer, Michele Calantropo, contends the defendant’s identity is Medhanie Tesfamariam Behre and that he’s innocent. (Igor Petty/ANSA via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 5:21 am
ROME (AP) — A court in Palermo, Sicily, on Friday began deliberating the fate of six people accused of migrant smuggling, including an Eritrean man whose claims of mistaken identity have garnered international attention. The defendant's lawyer, Michele Calantropo, said it was unclear when the court...
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July 09, 2019 - 3:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A book by Sen. Jeff Merkley on the treatment of refugees at the Texas border is coming next month. The publisher is calling "America Is Better Than This" a "cry of outrage." Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, made headlines when he traveled to Texas in 2018 and streamed his efforts to...
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