Category Archives: Refugees

New UNHCR head urges Hong Kong to protect refugees and asylum seekers (South China Morning Post)

New UNHCR head urges Hong Kong to protect refugees and asylum seekers
By Joanna Chiu, South China Morning Post
December 2, 2012

The new head of the UNHCR in Hong Kong has made an unusually forceful call for the government to take responsibility for protecting refugees in the city. Continue reading

Ottawa offloading refugee resettlement to private groups (CBC)

Ottawa offloading refugee resettlement to private groups
CBC
November 26, 2012

The federal government is seeking to offload some of its international promises to refugees onto the private sector. Continue reading

Human Smuggling series: Free on streets of fear (Times Colonist)

Human Smuggling series: Free on streets of fear
By Katie Derosa, Times Colonist
November 24, 2012

Chandru is in limbo. The 25-year-old Sri Lankan refugee has been waiting in Thailand for five years to be resettled in a safe country. He spent four years of that time locked in an overcrowded, windowless cell in the immigration detention centre in Bangkok. Continue reading

In a Jordan camp, outsiders seek Syrian brides (Washington Post)

In a Jordan camp, outsiders seek Syrian brides
By Taylor Luck, Washington Post
November 24, 2012

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan – Between bitter fall weather and unceasing war at home, Syrian refugees at this northern desert tent camp have enough problems. But fathers like Abu Yousef say they must also contend with something else: older Arab men in search of Syrian brides. Continue reading

UN High Commissioner for Refugees launches “State of the World’s Refugees” warns of worsening global displacement (UNHCR)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees launches “State of the World’s Refugees” warns of worsening global displacement
UNHCR (Press Release)
May 31, 2012

NEW YORK – The head of the UN refugee agency, António Guterres, warned today that factors causing mass population flight are growing and that the coming 10 years will see more and more people on the move becoming refugees or internally displaced persons. Continue reading

Rohingya in Bangladesh: Maintaining the Status Quo; Squandering a Rare Opportunity (Asian Tribune)

Rohingya in Bangladesh: Maintaining the Status Quo; Squandering a Rare Opportunity
Asian Tribune
November 1, 2012

A Refugees International Report

For decades, Burmese Rohingya fleeing persecution have sought refuge in Bangladesh. June’s inter-communal violence in Burma’s Rakhine State, as well as subsequent state-sponsored persecution and targeted attacks against Muslim populations, have cast an international spotlight on this neglected population, and offered an opportunity to resolve the status of both stateless Rohingya inside Burma and those Rohingya who are refugees in neighboring countries. Continue reading

Aid Worker Diaries – It’s Time for a New Approach to Urban Refugees (AlertNet)

Aid Worker Diaries- It’s Time for a New Approach to Urban Refugees
By Dale Buscher, Women’s Refugee Commission
November 20, 2012

They flock to cities like Nairobi, Cairo and Johannesburg seeking better opportunities and the chance to provide for themselves and their children—opportunities that are not available to them in the refugee camps.  Continue reading