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  • UN refugee chief urges Pakistan not to label Afghan refugees 'terrorists'

    PESHAWAR: The United Nations refugee chief on Thursday urged Pakistanis not to blame Afghan refugees for terrorism in their country, amid growing public calls for their deportation and worsening relations between the two neighbours...

    5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan risked becoming a “forgotten” crisis, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called on the international community to invest more funds to help them... ...

  • US rejects Pakistan's 'claim' of forces striking an Afghan refugee camp in Kurram Agency

    Pakistan's claim that the United States forces struck an Afghan refugee camp in Kurram Agency on Wednesday is false, said US Embassy Spokesperson Rick Sinelsine in Pakistan on Thursday...

    On Wednesday, Pakistan had condemned a US drone strike deep inside its territory, saying: “Pakistan condemns a drone strike in Kurram Agency carried out by the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) this [Wednesday] morning, which targeted an Afghan refugee...

  • UN envoy terms stay of Afghans in Pakistan ‘a protracted refugee crisis’

    NOWSHERA: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi has described the decades-long stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan as “a protracted refugee crisis” and urged the world community not to forget the displaced people...

    Calls film star Mahira Khan powerful advocate for highlighting refugees’ issuesThe high commissioner said the stay of Afghans in Pakistan for nearly four decades was one of the longest...

  • Turkish prosecutors demand 35 years jail over refugee toddler's death

    ANKARA: Turkish prosecutors Thursday demanded 35-year jail terms for two alleged people-smugglers blamed for the death of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy whose beached corpse came to symbolise Syria's refugee crisis, local media reported...

    Also read: Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisisThe sight of Aylan's body, face down in the sand on a beach outside the southwestern resort of Bodrum, caused an...

  • 'Afghan Malala' speaks up for Kabul's refugee children

    KABUL: At the age of just 14, Afghan rights activist Aziza Rahimzada has already surmounted legal hurdles preventing 25,000 refugee children from attending school, and cajoled authorities into providing tap water to a camp housing more than 100 families...

    Her persistence eventually led to a breakthrough allowing some 25,000 children living in Kabul's 59 refugee camps to register in the capital, making them eligible to attend...

  • Merkel firm on refugee stance despite election setback

    BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood firm on Monday on her refugee policy, despite a drubbing in regional elections described as a “debacle” in which disgruntled voters turned to the anti-migrant AfD...

    “I think that the approach is correct,” she told journalists, reiterating her strategy of a common European policy to bolster the security of the EU’s external borders and cooperate with Turkey to stem refugee flows...

  • US increasing refugee quota to accommodate Syrians

    WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has proposed to increase its refugee quota from 70,000 to 75,000 this year to accommodate Syrian refugees, Secretary of State John Kerry said...

    ”Secretary Kerry’s meeting is part of an annual discussion the administration has with Congress on refugee admissions quota for the next fiscal year...

  • Malala seeks to raise $1.4bn for Syrian refugee education

    4 billion this year to give Syrian refugee children access to education, she said in an interview on Sunday...

    Some 700,000 Syrian children living in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon and in other Middle Eastern countries are out of school, according to a report issued by the Malala Fund, which campaigns and fundraises for educational causes...

  • Bundesliga clubs to wear refugee logos

    BERLIN: All 36 teams in Germany’s top two leagues will wear “We’re helping! #refugeeswelcome” logos on their shirts in this weekend’s fixtures to encourage fans to help amidst Europe’s immigration crisis...

    The logo will appear on the left sleeve of each club’s shirt and is a joint initiative between logistics company Hermes, who have waived the right to have their logo displayed for one weekend, and German daily Bild
  • UN refugee agency seeks $13m for Rohingyas

    UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations refugee agency has sought $13 million to cope with the needs of new boat arrivals to countries in Southeast Asia, where thousands of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, mostly Muslims, have been risking their lives by crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea...

  • Bangladesh's mega refugee camp plan 'dangerous': UN official

    A top United Nations official said on Saturday that Bangladesh's plan to build the world's biggest refugee camp for 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims was dangerous because overcrowding could heighten the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly...

    Hard-pressed Bangladesh authorities plan to expand a refugee camp at Kutupalong near the border town of Cox's Bazar to accommodate the Rohingya...

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