Christal Hayes USA TODAY Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jun 25, 2018 Every day thousands of migrants pass through the U.S. Southern border. Some travel as far as 1,000 miles, walking through deserts and carrying water jugs and the small possessions they need to start a new life. It is a perilous journey that isn't for the faint of heart: More than 400 died trying to make it to the U.S. last year, according to the United Nations’ migration agency. So why are they risking their lives and the possibility of being separated from family? While Mexico is the country most-often talked about in the immigration debate, many of those crossing the border are traveling from Central American countries synonymous with corruption, crime and poverty. These root problems have been a driving force for years for immigrants to make the journey to the U.S. President Donald Trump enacted a "zero-tolerance" policy when it came to those trying to … [Read more...] about Thousands of immigrants pass through the Southern border. Why are they fleeing their home countries?
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With her 10-month-old twins Zain and Haneen, Ferha arrived in northern Syria exhausted, depressed and impoverished. Her children were suffering from varying degrees of malnutrition, her husband’s whereabouts unknown. Most of her relatives had been killed in airstrikes. “She was scared, exhausted, impoverished and ill,” says Dr Amal, a health centre nutrition manager who treated the family. “She had lost nearly all her family, and her husband was missing. The children and the woman’s situations were really bad. Psychologically, they were so tired.” The story sounds familiar: one of thousands of refugees making an exhausting, dangerous journey with uncertainty over their final destination. Except that Zain, Haneen and Ferha were not refugees on a perilous journey to Europe. Their journey was within Syria. Along with tens of thousands of others, they had fled from Eastern Ghouta near Damascus to northern Idlib province this … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Syria’s 6.7 million invisible refugees: “I left the home I had lived in for 32 years”
GENEVA -- The U.N. refugee agency reported Tuesday that nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record for the fifth straight year. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the continued crises in places like South Sudan and Congo, as well as the exodus of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar that started last year, raised the overall figure of forced displacements in 2017 to 68.5 million. Of that total, 16.2 million were newly displaced last year -- an average of more than 44,000 people per day. Most have been displaced for longer than that, some forced to flee multiple times. "The global figure has gone up again by a couple of million," said the High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi. "This is because of protracted conflicts and lack of solutions for those conflicts that continue, continuous pressure on civilians in countries of conflict that pushed them to leave their homes and new or aggravating crises, like the Rohingya … [Read more...] about World Refugee Day marked as almost 69 million displaced
At least five people killed, 24 wounded as gunmen stormed in the Save the Children aid agency, Wednesday 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Afghans much more united in wanting to join reconciliation process than they were two years ago, says Mohammad Sadiq. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE LONDON: Almost three in four Afghans who return home after seeking sanctuary abroad are forced to flee again due to fresh fighting, an aid agency said on Wednesday as it urged an end to deportations to the war-torn country. Violence escalated in Afghanistan in 2017, with 360,000 people forced from their homes and more than 2,600 civilians killed, according to the United Nations. The Taliban have made steady inroads since NATO ended its main combat operation in 2014 and are now estimated to control or contest at least 40 per cent of the country. ‘Extend stay of Afghan refugees in the country’ Yet hundreds of thousands of Afghans who fled overseas in recent decades are … [Read more...] about Fighting forces most returning Afghans to flee anew
Donald Trump with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix President Donald Trump's invitation to Norwegians to immigrate to the United States, while railing against entrants from "shithole" countries, has received a glacial reception in the Nordic country. The US leader prompted a wave of indignation on Thursday in reported remarks, made to US Senators and Congressmen when he said, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump was referring to African countries and Haiti, US newspapers reported. The US leader then suggested the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday. Norwegians reacting on social media were in no hurry to relocate. Last year the Nordic nation was named the happiest country in the world. "I'm a Norwegian who enjoyed studying and working in the US. The only thing that would attract me to emigrate to the US is your vibrant … [Read more...] about Trump’s invitation to immigrate leaves Norwegians cold