Political refugees

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2013, file photo, African migrants cover themselves with blankets after being captured by the Libyan Coast Guard while on a boat heading to Italy, in a detention center for illegal migrants in Abu Salim district on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya. The United Nations opened its "Gathering and Departure Facility" in Libya a year ago as an alternative to imprisonment in such places as Abu Salim. But Libyan security officials and U.N. and other aid workers inside Libya confirmed that what was supposed to be a place of calm and order has fallen into chaos. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)
December 06, 2019 - 12:39 am
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace. The...
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December 05, 2019 - 7:12 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire that broke out early Thursday in a housing unit at a refugee camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos has left one woman dead, Greek authorities said, as the country’s prime minister met with top European officials to discuss issues related to migration and refugees...
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FILE - In this Tuesday March 26, 2019 file photo, Israel United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon addresses the U.N. Security Council, during a meeting on the Palestinian and Israeli conflict at U.N. headquarters. Israel wants the U.N. to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
December 03, 2019 - 5:15 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century, its U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly that he plans to propose a resolution about what he...
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In this Nov. 12, 2019, photo, volunteers call names of people on a waiting list trying to obtain asylum in the United States along the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. has sent a Honduran migrant back to Guatemala in a move that marked a new phase of President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)
November 24, 2019 - 6:20 am
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Nkeze wasn’t home when Cameroonian militants came knocking, probably to deliver their signature ultimatum to join their separatist movement or have his writing arm cut off. The 24-year-old economics student escaped to Douala, the country’s largest city, only to learn that the...
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In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, the wife and young daughter of shooting victim Kou Xiong stand among the crowd during the candle light vigil in his honor outside their home in Fresno, Calif. A close-knit Hmong community was in shock after gunmen burst into a California backyard gathering and shot 10 men, killing four. "We are right now just trying to figure out what to do, what are the next steps. How do we heal, how do we know what's going on," said Bobby Bliatout, a community leader. (Larry Valenzuela/The Fresno Bee via AP)
November 19, 2019 - 7:29 pm
Fresno has been the heart of California’s Hmong community for decades, drawing refugees from war-torn Southeast Asia who built a tight-knit population in the farm town. Now, they’re reeling from the shooting deaths of four Hmong American men at a weekend party. The central California city has the...
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A migrant stands in the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The European Union's top migration official is warning Bosnian authorities of a likely humanitarian crisis this winter due to appalling conditions in overcrowded migrant camps in the country. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
November 15, 2019 - 6:53 am
BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A prominent human rights group is warning that migrants trying to reach Western Europe are living in “dangerously cold and harsh conditions” in Bosnia, where tensions mounted further Friday over the influx of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty. Impoverished...
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In this Aug. 23, 2019, photo, a Honduran father stands at his home in Comayagua, Honduras, after talking in an interview about being separated from his 3-year-old daughter at the border after traveling for weeks to seek asylum in the U.S. According to court records, his daughter was sexually abused in U.S. foster care. She was later deported and arrived back in Honduras withdrawn, anxious and angry. He fears their bond is forever broken. (AP Photo/Elmer Martinez)
November 12, 2019 - 6:03 am
COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported,...
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South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo answers a lawmaker's question about North Koreans' deportation during a defense committee meeting at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. South Korea says it has deported 2 North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen onboard and fled to South Korea. (Kim Ju-hyung/Yonhap via AP)
November 07, 2019 - 7:32 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In an extremely unusual case, South Korea deported two North Korean fishermen on Thursday after determining they had killed 16 other crew members on their boat and then fled to South Korean waters, Seoul officials said. South Korea has a policy of accepting North Koreans...
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Connor Gorman of Davis, Calif., joins a rally on behalf of Cambodian refugee Tith Ton, who is awaiting parole from a murder conviction but could be deported to Cambodia, at the California Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Immigrant rights groups are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to end policies they say ease the transfer of prison inmates to federal authorities despite California's efforts to provide a sanctuary to those who are in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Don Thompson)
November 01, 2019 - 5:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Immigrant rights groups called Friday for Gov. Gavin Newsom to end policies they say ease the transfer of prison inmates to federal authorities despite California's efforts to provide a sanctuary to those who are in the country illegally. The groups asked Newsom to stop...
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Refugees and migrants take part in a protest outside an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos, on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Overcrowding at island camps has continued to worsen despite an effort by the Greek government to move more asylum seekers to the mainland. (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)
October 31, 2019 - 10:49 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — With overcrowded Greek migrant camps facing explosive new problems, a top EU legal adviser said Thursday that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic broke European Union law by refusing to comply with a refugee quota program meant to address such challenges. The legal opinion...
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