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Northern Ireland Extends Friendly Hands to Refugees

Aisha Al Najjar

A teenage refugee who fled war-ravaged Syria for a new life in Belfast has won a top UK achievement award for young people. Aisha Al Najjar and her family left their home in Syria in 2012 and lived in Beirut before landing in Northern Ireland in December 2015 under the Relocation of Vulnerable People Scheme.

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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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1.4 Million Refugees Need Resettlement in 2020

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“We urgently need more countries to come forward and resettle more refugees,” pleaded Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on Monday. With 84 percent of the world’s refugees now hosted by developing countries, he said, “There simply has to be a more equitable sharing of responsibility for global crises.”

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Refugees’ Personalities Predict Integration Success

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Refugees who are more willing to take risks, who reciprocate friendliness, and who are more strongly convinced than others are that they are in control of their lives integrate into society faster, finds new research based on a study of over 4,500 refugees who settled in Germany at least 18 months ago.

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Redesigning Refugee Camps for the Digital Age

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A Syrian refugee living in a Jordanian camp, or an immigrant to the United States, will have multiple associations with place enabled by digital technology,” says Professor Rana Abudayyeh from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design. “They may live in a new environment, but they carry archival memories and images of their home with them on smart devices…

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Turkey Helps Syrian Refugee Girls Avoid Child Marriage

“Young girls who have fled conflict and instability in rural Syria in search of a more peaceful and dignified life in Turkey can find themselves still at risk from a harmful traditional practice their families have brought from their homeland,” warn three women and a man writing for the Turkish Red Crescent …

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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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