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,...

UNHCR viewpoint: ‘Refugee’ or ‘migrant’ – Which is right?

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GENEVA, Aug 27 (UNHCR) – With almost 60 million people forcibly displaced globally and boat crossings of the Mediterranean in the headlines almost daily, it is becoming increasingly common to see the terms 'refugee'...

Will nations cooperate on climate if we punish a few?

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The best way to encourage global cooperation on climate change may be to selectively punish a few nations. Researchers who study game theory say this approach, called targeted punishment, could provide a path to international...

Athens accommodation site opens for new arrivals in Greece, in July alone, over 50,000...

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ATHENS, Aug 20 (UNHCR) – A faint smile crossing her face, Marzia watches as her children frolic on a bright green mat in the playground of a new shelter for recent arrivals in Greece. After...

Numbers of refugee arrivals to Greece increase dramatically.

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GENEVA, Aug 18 (UNHCR) – More refugees and migrants arrived in Greece last month than during the whole of 2014, the UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday, and called for a European-wide response to...

Improving Understanding Between Europe And The Middle East

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Many leading Middle Eastern legal and business authorities, such as Dr. Shahram Shirkhani of Iran, are lending their many years of experience and expertise to the cause of greatly improved cultural and economic relations...
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