An Early Promise Broken: Inside Biden’s Reversal on Refugees

What had been an easy promise on the campaign trail — to reverse what Democrats called President Donald J. Trump’s “racist” limits on accepting refugees — has become a test of what is truly important to President Biden.

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Fleeing a Modern War, Syrians Seek Refuge in Ancient Ruins

So many people have fled to Syria’s crowded northwest that families have settled in important archaeological sites. “We, too, have become ruins.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #idlib-syria, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-heritage-sites

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Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

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President Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

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Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?

Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #cold-war-era, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #tehrik-e-taliban, #territorial-disputes, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Denmark Strips Some Syrians of Residency Status

The country is the first E.U. nation to make such a move. Many Syrians say that returning to their native country isn’t an option, and rights groups warn that the policy will tear some families apart.

#asylum-right-of, #denmark, #deportation, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria

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In Bid to Boost Its Profile, ISIS Turns to Africa’s Militants

Violence by Islamist extremists in Africa reached a record high last year. Now, the Islamic State is using those attacks to project an image of strength.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mozambique, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sahel-africa, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Syrian Refugees in Rebel Controlled Idlib Are Stuck in Limbo

Millions of people displaced during Syria’s 10-year war are impoverished, insecure and crowded into an area of the country’s northwest controlled by a rebel group once linked to Al Qaeda.

#assad-bashar-al, #civilian-casualties, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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What’s Driving the Surge at the Southern Border?

Blaming the increase in arrivals on current immigration policy only papers over harder truths, experts say.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-america, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Lawyer Behind the Throne at Fox

Even before the company’s C.E.O., Lachlan Murdoch, moved to Australia, Viet Dinh was seen as Fox’s power center.

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‘They Told Us Not to Resist’: Sexual Violence Pervades Ethiopia’s War

Rape is being used as a weapon as fighting rages in remote parts of Tigray region. “Even if we had shouted,” one woman said, “there was no one to listen.”

#ahmed-abiy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #doctors-without-borders, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sex-crimes, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls

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Famine Stalks Yemen, as War Drags On and Foreign Aid Wanes

For the second time in three years, the threat of widespread famine hangs over the war-torn country, where millions are displaced and struggle daily to find food.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #famine, #houthis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #saudi-arabia, #united-nations, #yemen

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Killing of Salvadoran Refugee by Police in Mexico Incites Furor

Videos echoing the death of George Floyd showed a police officer kneeling on the back of the woman, who died of a broken spine, just days before an international forum on gender equality began in Mexico.

#deaths-fatalities, #el-salvador, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #womens-rights

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Fire at Rohingya Camp in Bangladesh Leaves Thousands Homeless

The blaze at a refugee camp in Bangladesh left at least 15 people dead and hundreds missing. “This is the second time I lost everything in my life,” said one person whose home was destroyed.

#bangladesh, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #myanmar, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #refugees-international, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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For Rohingya Survivors, Art Bears Witness

They escaped traumatic circumstances in Myanmar and now live in harsh conditions. But refugees are creating murals drawn from their flourishing cultural traditions, reborn in Bangladesh camps.

#art, #artolution-nonprofit, #bangladesh, #frieder-max, #murals, #myanmar, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rohingya-ethnic-group

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Refugee Flights Canceled as Biden Fails to Lift Trump Cutback

More than 715 refugees have postponed travel to the United States after waiting for years in camps. President Biden has pledged to welcome more but has left thousands in limbo.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pope Francis Ends Historic Trip at a Critical Moment for Iraq

Iraqi officials say the successful four-day visit is a testament to Iraqi capabilities and the battered country’s integral role in the region.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurdi-aylan-2011-15, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #roman-catholic-church, #salih-barham, #sistani-ali-al

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Criminal Inquiries Loom Over al-Assad’s Use of Chemical Arms in Syria

Investigations in France and Germany could lead to prosecutions of President Bashar al-Assad and members of his upper echelon over chemical weapons attacks, one of the Syrian war’s signature atrocities.

#assad-bashar-al, #assad-maher-al, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #france, #germany, #open-society-justice-initiative, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Who is Arora Akanksha, the 34-Year-Old Running for U.N. Secretary General?

The United Nations auditor, with no diplomatic experience, has declared her candidacy for secretary general — an audacious bid to shake up an organization that she says badly needs it.

#canada, #content-type-personal-profile, #guterres-antonio, #haryana-india, #millennial-generation, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-nations, #women-and-girls, #workplace-environment

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Refugee Who Set Herself on Fire in Greece Is Charged With Arson

A woman set fire to her tent on the island of Lesbos in a suicide attempt after her family’s relocation to Germany was delayed.

#arson, #asylum-right-of, #greece, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Her New Life Started With a Robbery on a First Date

Nine months after she fled Syria, Maisam met Marvin in Germany. Their relationship gave her a surrogate family while she was separated from her own.

#asylum-right-of, #content-type-personal-profile, #families-and-family-life, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria

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Virus Variants Deliver Fresh Blow to Europe’s Open Borders

Countries are again rushing to limit travel. That’s become a standard measure in the face of Covid threats, raising questions about whether a pillar of European Union integration can survive.

#border-controls, #borders, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-union, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #schengen, #terrorism

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He Writes Unreliable Narrators Because He Is One, Too

Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer for his debut, “The Sympathizer,” recognition that was great for his career and bad for his writing. Now he’s back with its subversive sequel, “The Committed.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #grove-atlantic, #immigration-and-emigration, #nguyen-viet-thanh-1971, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #the-committed-book, #the-sympathizer-book, #vietnam, #vietnamese-americans, #writing-and-writers

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Biden Signals He’s Flexible on Immigration Overhaul

After two decades of failure, advocates for the broadest possible overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws are considering a new strategy: pressing for piecemeal legislation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Father and Son Abducted in Mexico Are Allowed into the U.S.

A Honduran man and his young child were kidnapped for ransom while enrolled in a Trump program that forced thousands of asylum seekers to wait across the border. President Biden is slowly easing the restrictions.

#asylum-right-of, #brownsville-tex, #immigration-and-emigration, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Turkish Forces in Syria Protect 5 Million People

Three years ago, Turkey’s intervention in Syria was widely criticized. But today Turkish forces are all that protect five million vulnerable people.

#afrin-syria, #akar-hulusi, #assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #free-syrian-army, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Sudan Border Town, Desperate Ethiopians Find ‘Second Mother Country’

Tens of thousands of Christian refugees, fleeing the violence in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, have been given a warm welcome by the residents of a sleepy Sudanese town: “We are brothers.”

#ahmed-abiy, #christians-and-christianity, #ethiopia, #hamdayet-sudan, #international-relations, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

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Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace? Try Confederation

Politicians and experts should not doubt a two-state solution. But they should finally consider a plausible version of it.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #ramallah-west-bank, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j

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Refugees Flee Central African Republic, a Crisis the World Neglects

An unlikely alliance of rebels is laying siege to the capital, displacing about 200,000 people, after a disrupted election. Here is an explanation of a humanitarian crisis that gets scant attention.

#africa, #central-african-republic, #international-criminal-court, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #seleka, #touadera-faustin-archange

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Undoing Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Will Mean Looking at the Fine Print

Hundreds of little-noticed but consequential revisions to the U.S. immigration system will remain in place unless President Biden’s team specifically looks for — and roots out — the changes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #miller-stephen-1985, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Turned Back by Italy, Migrants Face Perilous Winter in Balkans

Advocacy groups and legislators say a practice of informal deportations violates Italian, European Union and international laws. At least one court in Rome agreed.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #croatia, #europe, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #italy, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #slovenia

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Biden and Immigration: President to Welcome More Refugees, but Far From All Will Get In

Gutted by the Trump administration, the refugee resettlement system is unable to quickly process tens of thousands of the world’s neediest people.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #obama-barack, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Risking Everything to Come to America on the Open Ocean

The border with Mexico extends well beyond the desert. Tighter enforcement on land has driven record numbers of migrants to attempt dangerous crossings by water.

#california, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #mexico, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #san-diego-calif, #smuggling

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E.U. Border Agency Pulls Out of Hungary Over Rights Abuses

The decision by Frontex comes after Hungary disregarded a ruling by the E.U.’s top court that the way the country handles asylum seekers violated the bloc’s law.

#asylum-right-of, #europe, #european-court-of-justice, #european-union, #frontex, #hungary, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #orban-viktor, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Turkey Offers Uncertain Refuge for Iranians Fleeing Persecution

An abduction and a murder have scared dissidents seeking shelter in Turkey into looking further afield for safety.

#asylum-right-of, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey

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The ‘Muslim Ban’ Is Over. The Harm Lives On.

Biden has rescinded Trump’s travel restrictions, but it will take years to undo the damage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #dadaab-kenya, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #somalia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Rohingya Camp in Bangladesh Struck by Fire

The blaze comes as officials in Bangladesh look for longer-term solutions for the refugees from Myanmar, who fled anti-Muslim violence.

#bangladesh, #coxs-bazar-bangladesh, #fires-and-firefighters, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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The Supreme Court After Trump

Now that his presidency has disintegrated into mayhem, how are the conservative justices processing his tenure?

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For Immigrants Watching a Mob Storm the Capitol, a Sense of Shock and Shame

After years of seeing the U.S. as a beacon of democracy, many new Americans found themselves asking: Had their new country fallen this low? Or was this what it was all along?

#immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #washington-dc

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Hundreds of Migrants Stranded in Freezing Weather in Bosnia

Up to 700 people lacking winter clothes, sleeping bags and tents have slept outside after a temporary camp was dismantled. Local hostility has blocked efforts to relocate them.

#bihac-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #croatia, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-organization-for-migration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Refugees Come Under Fire as Old Foes Fight in Concert in Ethiopia

Forces from neighboring Eritrea have joined the war in northern Ethiopia, and have rampaged through refugee camps committing human rights violations, officials and witnesses say.

#afwerki-isaias, #ahmed-abiy, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tigray-ethiopia

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Stateless, She Became the Face of a Largely Invisible Plight

Maha Mamo had no citizenship. Born in Lebanon of Syrian parents, she was ineligible for either nationality. It took her years of perseverance, some lucky breaks and a painful loss to find a homeland — in Brazil.

#beirut-lebanon, #brazil, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #maha-mamo, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Biden Says He Cannot Quickly Undo Trump Border Policies

It will take time to rebuild capacity to enable asylum seekers to be processed, the president-elect and his aides say, and they warn of a rush to the border.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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‘I Miss Home’: In Tigray Conflict, Displaced Children Suffer

Of the thousands of refugees who have fled the conflict in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray, nearly a third are children. Hundreds of them walked unaccompanied to Sudan.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #hamdayet-sudan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #um-rakuba, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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‘R’ is for Rohingya: Sesame Street Creates New Muppets for Refugees

Noor and Aziz are Rohingya Muppets who will feature in educational programming that will be shown in refugee camps.

#bangladesh, #puppets, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #sesame-street-tv-program, #sesame-workshop, #television, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Fleeing Ethiopians Tell of Ethnic Massacres in Tigray War

Tens of thousands have sought safety in Sudan, where they gave accounts to Times journalists of a devastating and complex conflict that threatens Ethiopia’s stability.

#ahmed-abiy, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #hamdayet-sudan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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As Refugees, Their Options Were Limited. Others Saw a Profit.

Even after decades in Thailand, Kayan women who fled Myanmar make their living from their traditional neck rings. But that’s changing.

#chiang-mai-thailand, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #myanmar, #neck, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #thailand, #women-and-girls

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Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Moved to Remote Island

More than a million Rohingya Muslims have fled atrocities in Myanmar for tent cities in Bangladesh. Some are now being taken to a low-slung landmass in the Bay of Bengal.

#bangladesh, #bay-of-bengal, #bhasan-char-bangladesh, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslims-and-islam, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rohingya-ethnic-group

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Coronavirus Strands Millions of Migrants

Millions of people have been displaced by the pandemic. Jessika and her 6-year-old, Sebastián, are among the many who have yet to find a home.

#colombia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #venezuela

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E.U. Border Agency Accused of Covering Up Migrant Pushback in Greece

Frontex is under fire for letting Greece illegally repel migrants as the agency expands to play a more central role at the bloc’s external borders.

#asylum-right-of, #europe, #european-union, #frontex, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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