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President Biden Welcomes Refugees, Reversing Trump Policy

An internally displaced Yemeni woman and her daughter look over the capital city of Sana’a, Yemen. August 2017 (Photo by Giles Clarke courtesy UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Posted for media use

“We face a crisis of more than 80 million displaced people suffering all around the world,” President Joe Biden told diplomats at the U.S. State Dept. Friday, setting the stage for an about-face on U.S. refugee policy. While the previous administration imposed travel bans, separated families and built border walls, Biden signed an executive order “to begin the hard work of restoring our refugee admissions program to help meet the unprecedented global need.”

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Court Battle Brewing Over Trump’s New Asylum Limits

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent inspects a drainage tunnel that runs from Nogales, Arizona to Mexico. (Photo by Josh Denmark courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Public domain.

Refugees traveling through third countries to the U.S. southern border are now barred from seeking asylum in the United States if they did not apply for, and were denied, protection from persecution or torture where it was available in at least one third country on the way.

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Children Alone Walk a Rough Road to Asylum

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Unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United States face long dangerous trips without their parents or guardians. Sometimes they travel more than 1,000 miles and cross several borders on foot, by bus, or on top of freight trains. Desperate for a chance at a better life, they face exploitation, violence and death.

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UK: 10,000 Refugees Reunited With Their Families

Graffiti welcomes refugees, London, UK, 2015 (Photo by Duncan C) Creative commons license via Flickr

Ten thousand people separated by war and persecution have been reunited with their families in the United Kingdom under a British Red Cross and International Organization for Migration family reunification program, the agencies declared last week. Ninety percent of the arrivals have been women and children joining husbands and fathers.

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Displaced But Not Contagious

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Migrants and refugees are likely to have good general health, but they can be at risk of falling sick in transition or while staying in receiving countries due to poor living conditions or drastic changes in their lifestyles.

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EU Helps Turkey Shelter Four Million Refugees

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Eyad and his family fled their home in Syria’s Aleppo countryside in February 2017, during the Bashar al Assad regime’s recapture of the city. “The bombing was unbearable,” he explains. “I saw death with my own eyes. I don’t want my children to witness this.”

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EU Extends Multi-Billion Euro Support to Migrants

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While the United States attempts to limit migration through punitive action at its southern border, the European Union is taking the opposite approach to the flood of migrants from Africa and neighboring countries seeking sanctuary.

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