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French police clear 600 Tibetan migrants from camp outside Paris

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Tibetans have been fleeing their homeland for years because of a crackdown by the Chinese government, which crushed a revolt against Beijing's rule in 1959

ASYLUM SEEKERS. Tibetan asylum seekers gather in prayers to pay a tribute to one of them who died of disease the day before at the hospital, at a refugees and migrants makeshift camp set up by the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest in Acheres, a suburban city some 40 kilometers west of Paris on December 2, 2019. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Morales leaves for Mexico as Bolivia military pledges to tackle violence

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) Evo Morales leaves the country on a military plane sent for him by Mexico, which granted him political asylum for his safety

A woman removes posters of Bolivia's Evo Morales from the wall of a house in El Alto on November 11, 2019, a day after the resignation of the leftist leader as president. Morales announced his resignation on Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. Aizar RALDES / AFP

Philippines grants asylum to Iranian beauty queen

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Among the benefits is the authorization to work here

ASYLUM. Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari at the NAIA after learning she has been granted asylum in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Martelino Bacungan and Associates

De Lima urges gov't to 'seriously consider' Iranian beauty queen's asylum application

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:33 PM

'Let’s do the right thing in the name of human rights,' says Senator Leila de Lima

Photo from Bahareh Zare Bahari's Facebook

Lost and rejected, U.S. asylum seekers find refuge in Mexico shelter

Oct 27, 2019 - 12:00 PM

With President Donald Trump’s crackdown on asylum seekers, many are stuck in a vicious cycle: traveling thousands of miles to escape violence and persecution, only to arrive somewhere faced with the same fate

Edward Snowden eyes French asylum

Sep 14, 2019 - 11:30 PM

To date, more than a dozen countries have turned down requests to take in Edward Snowden

ASYLUM SEEKER. Edward Snowden considers France after Russia. File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

U.N. 'regrets' impact U.S. court ruling will have on asylum seekers

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:06 PM

UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic stresses that 'any person fleeing violence or persecution must be able to access full and effective asylum procedures and international protection'

Trump announces controversial asylum deal with Guatemala

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:14 PM

(UPDATED) The White House says Guatemala is now a 'safe third country,' meaning that US-bound migrants who enter Guatemala would be required to seek asylum there instead

NEW SCHEME. The White House announces a new deal on migration. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

White House moves to block asylum for migrants crossing Mexico

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:27 PM

A new rule redefining asylum eligibility – to take effect on July 16 – is the latest attempt to stem the flow of undocumented migrants into the country, and comes amid White House frustration at Congress's failure to change asylum laws

ASYLUM APPLICATION. US Democratic Senator Cory Booker (C) stands at the Paso del Norte-Santa Fe International Bridge while helping a group of migrants to apply for political asylum in the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chiahuahua state, Mexico on July 3, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

China says French asylum for ex-Interpol chief's wife 'abuse of procedure'

May 15, 2019 - 6:31 PM

'There is no so-called political persecution,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, days after Grace Meng's lawyer in France said she has been granted asylum

GRACE MENG. Grace, the wife of the missing Interpol president Meng Hongwei, talks to journalists on October 7, 2018 in Lyon, southeast France. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

U.S. judge blocks Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy

Apr 09, 2019 - 12:54 PM

The ruling by US District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco will go into effect on Friday, April 12

BORDER PATROL. In this file photo taken on April 5, 2019 US Customs and Border Patrol cars are seen near the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico, California. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Runaway Saudi teen settles in Canada after being granted asylum

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives in Toronto while wearing a gray hoodie emblazoned with the red word 'CANADA' and a blue cap with the UNHCR's logo

ASYLUM. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport alongside Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland (R) on January 12, 2019. Photo by Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Saudi teen asylum seeker expected in Canada

Jan 12, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The move is sure to further strain Canada's relations with the kingdom that went sideways last August over Ottawa's human rights criticism of Saudi Arabia

SEEKING. This handout picture taken by the Thai Immigration Bureau on January 7, 2019 Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun being escorted by a Thai immigration officer and UNHCR officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok. Handout / Thai Immigration Bureau / AFP

Australia to 'consider' Saudi woman's asylum plea

Jan 08, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Australia says it will 'carefully consider' the asylum claim of an 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun

This handout picture taken and released by the Thai Immigration Bureau on January 7, 2019 shows 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun (C) being escorted by a Thai immigration officer (R) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, seeking asylum has left Bangkok airport "under the care" of the UN refugee agency, a Thai official said on January 7, following her desperate plea against deportation. Handout / Thai Immigration Bureau / AFP

North Korean diplomat seeking asylum in Italy – report

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, has applied for asylum to an unidentified Western country with his family

U.S. to deny asylum to illegal border crossers

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The restriction on asylum claims will seek to address what a senior administration official calls the 'historically unparalleled abuse of our immigration system' along the border with Mexico

ASYLUM. In this file photo, US activist Ricardo Garcia (R) from Casa Asuncion shelter, accompanies 6 Honduran and Guatemalan migrants to ask for political asylum in US, at the Paso del Norte International Bridge, in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico on the border with El Paso, Texas, US, on June 15, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Nauru orders MSF to stop work among asylum seekers

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says the Nauruan government ordered it to stop treating asylum-seekers and locals suffering from mental health problems

Countdown begins for tough EU asylum reform by June

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The European Commission aims to insist all member countries accept controversial refugee quotas at the talks in Sofia with the 28-nation bloc's interior ministers

TOPIC: EU ASYLUM. EU Commissioner of Migration & Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos speaks during an interview at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 23, 2018. John Thys/AFP

UN calls on Australia to stop 'humanitarian emergency' at PNG refugee camp

Nov 02, 2017 - 4:07 PM

The United Nations calls on Australia to stop a 'humanitarian emergency' unfolding at a detention center in Papua New Guinea

RESISTING. This handout picture taken and received on October 31, 2017 by Nick McKim, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, shows refugees gesturing inside the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea on the day of the camp's expected closure. Nick McKim/AFP

U.S. court upholds Singapore teen blogger's asylum

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:42 AM

An immigration appeals court in Chicago agrees with a lower court judge's earlier decision to grant asylum, finding that Amos Yee has a 'well-founded fear of future persecution' if returned to Singapore

The long road to safety for ex-INC refugee claimants

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Two years after the controversy in the Iglesia ni Cristo broke out, ex-members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono have filed refugee claims in Canada. One has been successful so far.

SEEKING PROTECTION. Ex-INC members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono seek protection in Canada.

Merkel warns of consequences for EU asylum laggards

Sep 10, 2017 - 4:54 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel s warning comes after eastern governments reacted angrily to a court decision requiring them to accept a share of asylum seekers from overstretched Greece and Italy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

Trudeau warns 'no short-cutting' in Canada's asylum process

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:05 AM

You will not be at an advantage if you choose to enter Canada irregularly You must follow the rules and there are many Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells migrants

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers process refugees who crossed the border illegally near Hemmingford, Quebec, August 5, 2017. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on August 4 promised that his government would redouble its efforts to handle the influx of migrants illegally entering the country from the United States to seek asylum. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins

Refugee fears over Australia-U.S. resettlement plan

Jul 16, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The abrupt departure of American officials from an Australian Pacific island refugee camp fans fears among asylum seekers that plans to resettle them in the US may not go ahead

This file undated photo obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on February 18, 2014 shows a man walking between tents at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

Australia declares game-up for 'fake refugees'

May 21, 2017 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Refugee advocates say the Australian government has sunk to an impossible new low with the decision

Wasted lives: The unbearable wait of refugees in Indonesia

Mar 13, 2017 - 10:17 AM

Refugee men are at the end of the queue when it comes to resettlement In Indonesia without the right to work days are long and endless as they wait indefinitely for a chance for a better life

In this picture taken on May 22, 2015, Rohingya men eat food at a confinement area for migrants at Bayeun, Aceh province, after more than 400 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the waters of the province on May 20. Romeo Gacad/AFP

Asylum seekers fleeing U.S. for Canada brave snow, extreme cold

Feb 11, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Among the first wave of immigrants to Canada in the wake of Trump s measure is a two year old boy who reportedly begged his mother to let him to die in the snow because he could walk no further

Germany to 'speed up deportation' of failed asylum seekers

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The planned measures include setting up national deportation centers and offering financial incentives to those who will return voluntarily

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

In Jakarta, protesters condemn Trump's refugee ban

Feb 04, 2017 - 11:17 PM

Only a handful of protesters showed up in front of the American Embassy in Indonesia s capital carrying signs decrying U S President Donald Trump s executive order

NO TO TRUMP. Protesters in Jakarta decried US President Donald Trump's refugee ban. Photo by Diego Batara Mahameru/Rappler

Controversial Singapore teen blogger seeks U.S. asylum

Dec 29, 2016 - 3:53 PM

Amos Yee 18 a filmmaker turned activist who has been repeatedly jailed in Singapore for his controversial videos is detained by US authorities since arriving at Chicago s airport early December

AMOS YEE. Singapore rebel teen Amos Yee, who is out on bail, speaks to reporters outside the State Courts after he was jailed for six weeks for insulting Muslims and Christians in a fresh brush with the law, in Singapore on September 29, 2016. File photo by Elizabeth Law/AFP

Boatpeople policy tarnishes Australia rights record – UN

Nov 18, 2016 - 11:46 AM

The punitive approach adopted by Australia towards migrants who arrived by boat has served to erode their human rights says UN special rapporteur Francois Crepeau

THE UNWANTED. Australia has faced criticism in the past over its policies against asylum seekers arriving by boat. In this photo, a Rohingya migrant eats food dropped by a Thai army helicopter on May 14, 2015. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Refugees in Australia's remote camps offered US resettlement

Nov 13, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull could not say how many refugees would be offered US resettlement and if the agreement would continue under the incoming Donald Trump administration

This picture taken on April 30, 2016 shows a participant holding a placard during a vigil in Sydney for an Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru. Saeed Khan/AFP

Tired of waiting in Greece, Syrians bid to return home

Oct 30, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Refugees and migrants find themselves with no way ahead their hopes to travel onward to a European country proving to be virtually impossible

TRAPPED. Migrants walk next to the railway station of Didymoteicho some 400 km North-East from Thessaloniki, near the Greek-Turkish border, on October 25, 2016. "I want to return to Syria. There is the war in my country, but it's been seven months since we live in Greece as prisoners." Adan, from Aleppo, abandoned his dream of going to Germany, like thousands other Syrians trapped in Greece. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Boatpeople face lifetime ban from Australia

Oct 30, 2016 - 11:52 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it is necessary to send an absolutely unflinching unequivocal message that boatpeople will never be allowed in Australia

THE UNWANTED. Australia has faced criticism in the past over its policies against asylum seekers arriving by boat. In this photo, a Rohingya migrant eats food dropped by a Thai army helicopter on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

France urges Britain to take in 1,500 'Jungle' minors

Oct 30, 2016 - 7:18 AM

French President Francois Hollande says France would not accept the emergence of any more makeshift camps

REFUGEES. Migrant children are taught at a makeshift school in the "Jungle" camp in the port town of Calais, northern France, on February 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

Migrants clash with police, torch Greek camp offices

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:47 PM

The incident takes place at the Moria camp one of 5 centers on Greek Aegean islands which have borne the brunt of Europe s migrant crisis

DESTROYED. This picture taken on October 24, 2016, shows containers used as an office by asylum officials destroyed by a fire in the Moria hotspot on the island of Lesbos. Photo by AFP.

Germany expects 300,000 asylum seekers this year

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Should more people arrive it would put us under pressure But even then we would not have conditions like last year says BAMF chief Frank Juergen Weise

epa05512696 (FILE) A file picture date 07 March 2016 shows Frank-Juergen Weise, Head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, at the opening of the new arrival centre for asylum seekers at the Central Contact Point for Asylum Seekers Saxony-Anhalt in Halberstadt, Germany. Weise said in a newspaper interview on 27 August 2016, that up to 300.000 migrants are expected to arrive to Germany in 2016. EPA/JENS WOLF

Australia criticized over asylum-seeker 'abuse' on Nauru

Aug 03, 2016 - 12:59 PM

The report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch is a scathing criticism of Canberra s immigration policy under which asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by boat are taken to Papua New Guinea or Nauru

This picture taken on April 30, 2016 shows a participant holding a placard during a vigil in Sydney for an Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru. Saeed Khan/AFP

Pakistani men arrested in Germany as 18 women report sex assaults

May 31, 2016 - 6:40 PM

The mostly young women say they were encircled and groped by groups of men on Saturday night in ways that recalled a spate of mob attacks at chaotic New Year s festivities in Cologne

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Seeking asylum in Denmark

May 29, 2016 - 9:00 AM

For those seeking asylum in Denmark Center Sandholm is the first stop

SEEKING ASYLUM. For those seeking asylum in Denmark, Center Sandholm is the first stop. All photos by Ana Santos

Australia minister slammed over 'rubbish, ignorant' remarks about Indonesia

May 26, 2016 - 4:33 PM

What did Barnaby Joyce say about Indonesia that put him under the spotlight?

SLAMMED. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce faces criticism over asylum remarks he made about Indonesia. EPA/MICK TSIKAS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Pope Francis washes asylum seekers' feet

Mar 25, 2016 - 7:30 AM

The Pope says this fraternal gesture sharply contrasts with the gesture of war of destruction committed 3 days ago in a European city

Pope to wash asylum seekers' feet in Easter ritual

Mar 23, 2016 - 1:45 AM

Pope Francis will perform the ritual in the town of Castelnuovo di Porto to bring attention to the plight of refugees

epa05220417 Pope Francis presides over a Mass for the ordination of Monsignor Peter Brian Wells and Monsignor Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 19 March 2016. EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI

Australia hails 600 days of no asylum-seeker boat arrivals

Mar 17, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Australia hails its controversial regime of turning back asylum seeker boats as a success

In this file photo, pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, February 5, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA

EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

Mar 05, 2016 - 11:15 AM

New official figures show that a record 1 2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA

German officials horrified by anti-migrant mobs in eastern state

Feb 22, 2016 - 12:14 AM

A group of 20 to 30 apparently drunken onlookers applauded as fire took hold in a former hotel being converted into home for asylum seekers in the town of Bautzen in Saxony state

A refugee cries as he arrives at the main station in Dortmund, western Germany, on September 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / MAJA HITIJ GERMANY OUT

Nauru asylum baby to remain in Australia – immigration minister

Feb 21, 2016 - 3:14 PM

The decision comes after a public outcry among advocates against the harsh immigration policy

Austria launches migrant cap despite EU anger

Feb 19, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Vienna says the measures are necessary because a German backed EU plan for Turkey to stem the flow of migrants setting off from its coast is not yet working

TOUGHER ASYLUM POLICIES. A group of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who declared that they will seek asylum in Germany or Austria, board the train to Croatia at the train station in the south Serbian city of Presevo, January 25, 2016. Photo by EPA

No denial: Australia mum on allegations it paid asylum-seekers to return to Indonesia

Feb 05, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Because it goes to the heart of operational activities I am not able to answer that question Australian Border Force operational commander Major General Andrew Bottrell said

THE UNWANTED. Rohingya migrants jump to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter from a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP