Another weekend of tragedy marks the Mediterranean, with at least 40 refugees dead or...

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News Stories, 20 September 2015 LESVOS, Greece, Sept. 20 (UNHCR) -- UNHCR staff on Sunday were caring for survivors of two separate weekend incidents involving boats carrying refugees and migrants between Turkey and Greece that...

One war forced a family to flee Somalia, and now another has forced them...

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BOSSASO, Somalia Sept 14 (UNHCR) – Civil war was raging in Somalia when Fatima Mohamed, then just 12 years old, and her older sister fled Mogadishu and travelled north to safety in Yemen. The...

UNHCR urges full and swift implementation of European Commission proposals on refugee crisis

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News Stories, 11 September 2015 The UN refugee agency today welcomed the European Commission's proposals unveiled on Wednesday to address the current refugee crisis in Europe. "Given the urgency of the situation, these proposals need...

Frustrated refugees and migrants at Serbia-Hungary border seek to escape poor reception conditions

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News Stories, 9 September 2015 RÖSZKE, Hungary, Sept 8 (UNHCR) – It was a rallying cry and a cry of frustration: "Budapest, Budapest!" At 5 p.m., on a back road crossing disused train tracks a kilometre...

How insider threats challenge U.S. national security

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US national security faces rising challenges from insider threats and organizational rigidity, says political scientist Amy Zegart. Zegart writes that in the past five years, seemingly trustworthy US military and intelligence insiders have been responsible...

At Serbian border, flow of refugees continued unabated into Hungary

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RÖSZKE, HUNGARY, Sept 7 (UNHCR) – Train tracks connect the two countries, and a razor wire fence separates them. But the razor wire opens for the tracks, and groups – sometimes even crowds –...

Worsening conditions inside Syria and the region fuel despair, driving thousands towards Europe

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GENEVA, Sept 8 (UNHCR) – Deteriorating conditions in Syria and neighbouring countries are driving thousands of Syrians to risk everything on perilous journeys to Europe, the UN refugee agency cautioned on Tuesday. As the...

Student returns to Somalia with dream of becoming a doctor

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DADAAB REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, Sept 3 (UNHCR) – Six years ago when Rahma, first arrived in Kenya as a refugee, she was illiterate. Now, 19, she has returned with plans to be a doctor. Last...

UNHCR applauds Austria and Germany as refugees march across Hungary

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News Stories, 5 September 2015 NICKELSDORF, AUSTRIA,, Sept 5 (UNHCR) – It was a remarkable and unexpected display of refugee power – the power of the powerless. It began at noon on September 4 with a...

Survivors tell harrowing tales of fight for air on "boat of death" off Libya

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PALERMO, Italy, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air. Next to him between 200 and 300 migrants and refugees – who departed Zuwarah,...
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