Political refugees

Iraqi immigrant Ethar Kakoz, a contact tracer for the COVID-19 virus, sits for a portrait Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in El Cajon, Calif. Kakoz is among a growing legion of ethnically and racially diverse contact tracers hired by local health departments to bridge the cultural divide in the United States and rebuild public confidence in America's public health system. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
October 31, 2020 - 9:28 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When a contact tracer called the Iraqi woman to say her 18-year-old daughter tested positive for the coronavirus and could quarantine for free in a hotel, the woman panicked — recalling the family's terror of risking separation forever during their flight from Baghdad after a bomb...
Read More
Sudanese migrant Attom Alialdom 56, poses for a photo as he holds a photo of his old restaurant decorated with Sudanese and Israeli flags, outside his house in south Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. After Israel and Sudan agreed this month to normalize ties, some 6,000 Sudanese migrants in Israel are again fearing for their fate. Israel has long grappled with how to deal with its tens of thousands of African migrants. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
October 31, 2020 - 5:19 am
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Usumain Baraka speaks impeccable Hebrew, considers Israelis among his best friends and can quote passages from the Old Testament. But as a Sudanese asylum seeker, Baraka has no legal status in Israel and lives a precarious life tethered to the whims of the Israeli government...
Read More
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump's White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller speaks during a television interview outside the White House in Washington. One of President Donald Trump's top immigration priorities in a second term would be to use agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people seeking refuge in the United States, Miller said Friday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
October 23, 2020 - 6:47 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's top priorities on immigration if he wins a second term would be to use agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people seeking refuge in the United States, a top adviser said...
Read More
In this undated image provided by the Danish Refugee Council, a migrant alleging he was brutalized and summarily expelled back to Bosnia by Croatian law-enforcement officers when they tried to cross into the European Union-member country, poses for photographs documenting his injuries in Velika Kladusa, Bosnia. The Danish Refugee Council's officials told The Associated Press Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 that dozens of migrants interviewed by the organization's staff in Bosnia over the past 10 days reported "horrifying" experiences with Croatian police, including "savage beatings and even sexual abuse." ( Danish Refugee Council via AP )
October 23, 2020 - 9:14 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Danish aid workers stationed in the Balkans say dozens of migrants have alleged they were brutalized by Croatian law-enforcement officers when they tried to cross into the European Union nation, before being summarily expelled back to Bosnia. Nicola Bay, the head...
Read More
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attends a presentation of the construction of a new part of a fence which will be built at the border with Turkey, in Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Greece decided to strengthen its land border with Turkey after the latter attempted to steer tens of thousands of migrant across into Greece last March. (Dimitris Papamitsos/Greek Prime Minister's Office via AP)
October 19, 2020 - 7:57 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government says it has finalized plans to extend a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that migrants may try to stage mass crossings into the European Union country. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Monday that 26 kilometers (16 miles)...
Read More
French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, second left, speaks in front of a high school Friday Oct.16, 2020 in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, after a history teacher who opened a discussion with high school students on caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad was beheaded. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an "Islamist terrorist attack" against a history teacher decapitated in a Paris suburb Friday, urging the nation to stand united against extremism. (Abdulmonam Eassa, Pool via AP)
October 17, 2020 - 1:47 pm
PARIS (AP) — A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack, officials said Saturday. France’s anti-terrorism...
Read More
A group of people, thought to be migrants wait on a Border Force rib to come ashore at Dover marina in Kent, England after a small boat incident in the English Channel, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
October 08, 2020 - 1:02 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union interior ministers agreed Thursday that sweeping new proposals to revamp the bloc's failed asylum system should form the basis for negotiations on building a fresh policy for managing the arrival of unauthorized migrants in Europe. However, the ministers sought...
Read More
September 30, 2020 - 5:29 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say 139 vulnerable asylum-seekers who had been living in overcrowded Greek island camps have left for Germany, as part of efforts to ease overcrowding and move refugees to other European countries. The group that flew out of Greece on Wednesday consisted of...
Read More
September 29, 2020 - 3:31 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot authorities pushed back 200 migrants and refugees arriving from Lebanon aboard boats earlier this month, ignoring their claims for asylum while in some instances using violence and coercive tactics, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Human Rights Watch accused...
Read More
Bawi UK, 22, is photographed in his apartment in Providence, R.I., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. UK was a small child when his parents fled Myanmar, leaving him and his siblings to be cared for by their maternal grandmother. UK said the family suffered discrimination as Christians in a predominantly Buddhist nation. The military government was also trying to forcibly conscript his father. "To run for office, you had to be a Buddhist; to rent a house, you had to be Buddhist," said UK, a social work student at Rhode Island College and a youth leader at the Refugee Dream Center, an advocacy organization in Providence. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
September 28, 2020 - 4:00 am
PHOENIX (AP) — They came fleeing war and persecution in countries like Myanmar, Eritrea and Iraq, handpicked by the United States for resettlement under longstanding humanitarian traditions. Now, tens of thousands of refugees welcomed into the U.S. during the Obama administration are American...
Read More

Pages