Tag: Refugees and Displaced Persons

The 8-Year-Old Homeless Refugee Chess Champion

In a homeless shelter in Manhattan, an 8-year-old boy is walking to his room, carrying an awkward load in his arms, unfazed by screams from a troubled resident. The boy is a Nigerian refugee with an uncertain future, but he is beaming. He can’t stop grinning because the awkward load is a huge trophy, almost […]

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Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Chief, Cites ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ on Southern Border

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, on Wednesday implored Congress to confront what she called a “humanitarian catastrophe” on the southern border by supporting President Trump’s call for a border wall and changing laws to crack down on asylum-seekers and illegal border-crossers. In her first congressional appearance since […]

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Kirstjen Nielsen to Testify on Immigration Policy Before House Committee

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, will be pressed on Wednesday about the Trump administration’s family separation policy, the deaths of migrant children in federal custody and President Trump’s claim of a national emergency at the border. Ms. Nielsen, who will testify before the House Homeland Security Committee, […]

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7 Children in Syrian Refugee Family Die in Fire in Canada

Seven children from a family of Syrian refugees were killed early Tuesday in a fire that destroyed their home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the authorities and friends of the family said. Pictures of the house posted online showed a gutted and blackened husk whose roof and second floor appeared to […]

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Australia’s Most Important Writer Is a Stateless Refugee

Many writers have earned prison time as well as prizes; the Nobel laureates Liu Xiaobo and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn come immediately to mind. But there seems to be no precedent for what happened in Australia last week, when an author named Behrouz Boochani won the country’s most valuable literary prize, the […]

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The Italian Government’s Latest Sport? Bashing France

ImageFlags compete during a Yellow Vests demonstration in December in Ventimiglia, Italy, near the French border.CreditValery Hache/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images White sauce and migration, the fork and the Mona Lisa, a fast train and an African currency — the points of contention are many. Since coming to power eight […]

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End the War in Afghanistan

On Sept. 14, 2001, Congress wrote what would prove to be one of the largest blank checks in the country’s history. The Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists gave President George W. Bush authority to attack the Taliban, the Sunni fundamentalist force then dominating Afghanistan that refused to […]

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Letter From an Australian Jail

Behrouz Boochani could not be in Melbourne to receive Australia’s most prestigious literary award on Thursday. He was on a small Pacific island 2,500 miles away, near the Equator, where he, along with hundreds of other refugees and asylum seekers, has been locked up by Australia for nearly six years […]

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A Time to Remember Portugal’s Schindler

Anyone who has seen “Casablanca” knows the connection between Portugal and World War II refugees. But few know the story of the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who in 1940 saved tens of thousands of lives only to be punished for this heroism by his own government. As we […]

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Pence Tells Venezuelans That U.S. Backs Efforts to Oust Maduro

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday declared the United States’ “unwavering support” for planned mass protests in Venezuela against President Nicolás Maduro, the most explicit backing yet by the Trump administration as opposition leaders try to unseat Mr. Maduro. The declaration, the first in which Mr. Pence used […]

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Saudi Teenager Fleeing Family Arrives Safely in Canada

TORONTO — It was another proud moment for Canada: a Saudi teenager who had just been granted asylum walking through the arrivals gate at Toronto airport embraced by the country’s popular foreign minister. Wearing a gray sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Canada,” 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun smiled at the throng […]

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Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Whenever her father beat her, or bound her wrists and ankles to punish her for perceived disobedience, the Saudi teenager dreamed of escape, she said. As desperate as she was to leave, however, the same question always stopped her short: How would she get out? If she […]

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Saudi Woman Who Fled Family Flying to Canada

BANGKOK — An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who feared death at the hands of her family if she were deported home from Thailand left for Canada on Friday, Thai officials said. The Thai immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, a police general, said Canada had granted asylum to the woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. […]

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Inquiry Into Migrant Shelters Poses Dilemma: What Happens to the Children?

A difficult situation for migrant children in government custody could grow more challenging if the largest provider in the overburdened shelter system were to lose its grants. The provider, Southwest Key Programs, faces mounting pressure after a video of staff members abusing children surfaced last month and the Justice Department […]

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Spurning Erdogan’s Vision, Turks Leave in Droves, Draining Money and Talent

ISTANBUL — For 17 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won elections by offering voters a vision of restoring the glories of Turkey’s Ottoman past. He extended his country’s influence with increased trade and military deployments, and he raised living standards with years of unbroken economic growth. But after a failed […]

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As Migrants Cross English Channel, Numbers Are Small but Worry Is Big

LONDON — Day after day, news reports in Britain prominently feature migrants making the perilous trip across the English Channel in small boats, including a dozen who landed on Monday. Headlines and anti-immigration politicians call it a crisis, and the cabinet member in charge of migration policy has labeled it […]

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How Bangladesh Made Abortion Safer

No one knows how many Rohingya became pregnant as a result of rape by the Myanmar military. No one knows how many babies were born to survivors of sexual violence living among the 750,000 Rohingya in camps in Bangladesh. The systematic sexual violence against the Rohingya reminded many in Bangladesh […]

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Pope Francis, in Christmas Day Message, Emphasizes ‘Fraternity’

ROME — As nationalist forces rise globally and populist leaders emphasize the primacy of their own people, Pope Francis used his annual Christmas Day address on Tuesday to voice his conviction that all humans are part of an extended holy family that has lost its sense of fraternity. “My wish […]

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How to Save Congo From Chaos?

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Congo is sliding toward chaos as outgoing President Joseph Kabila has failed to keep his promise to organize free, transparent and fair elections, which were scheduled to be held on Dec. 23. On Thursday the country’s electoral commission postponed the much-delayed vote by a […]

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Belgian Prime Minister, Facing Populist Revolt Over Migration, Offers Resignation

BRUSSELS — Belgium’s prime minister, under pressure from the right and left, submitted his resignation Tuesday in the face of a populist revolt over his migration policy, which opponents say threatens Belgian sovereignty. Prime Minister Charles Michel’s problems echo those of other European leaders, including President Emmanuel Macron of France, […]

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Fixes: 7 Standards for Your End-of-Year Donations

Despite all the ink spilled on the ethics, or lack thereof, when it comes to foundation and corporate philanthropy, it is individual donors who keep the world’s nonprofits afloat. Two-thirds of all giving comes from people who brace for the big costs of holiday gifts and hope there will be […]

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