The Kremlin is trying desperately to end the war in Syria, but it wants nothing to do with displaced Syrians at home. Unlike Ukrainian refugees who were granted an expedited asylum process in 2014, thousands of Syrians in Russia have struggled to get legal status. Ksenia Yablonskaya / MT NOGINSK — In a gray industrial city an hour outside of Moscow, Safa sits in front of a room full of low desks and child-size chairs. On the walls around her, posters of the Arabic alphabet hang next to pictures of cartoon animals with their names written in Russian.Safa’s classroom, empty on a late afternoon in August, is part of a temporary school for Syrian refugee children, who, without proper documents, have been unable to get into local schools.Like her students, Safa, a solemn woman with deep-set eyes and dark auburn hair, came to Russia to escape fighting in Syria. But almost four years later, she has been unable to either return home or get permanent asylum. Read More … [Read more...] about Syrian Refugees in Russia Trapped in Legal Limbo
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The Russian Defense Ministry says it has sent a proposal to Washington to jointly organize the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland following agreements reached between the Russian and American presidents at their summit this week. The ministry said on July 20 that it sent Washington a proposal for drawing up a joint action plan to bring Syrian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and elsewhere back to the places they where lived before Syria's civil war broke out in 2011 -- a goal repeatedly espoused by U.S. President Donald Trump since taking office. "Specific proposals on how work could be organized to ensure that refugees can return home have been sent to the American side," senior ministry official, General Mikhail Mizintsev, said in a statement. He said the proposals "take into account the agreements reached by the Russian and American presidents during their meeting in Helsinki" on July 16. The summit included a two-hour meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin … [Read more...] about Russia, U.S. Eyeing Joint Plan For Return Home Of Syrian Refugees
Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Friday it had sent a proposal to Washington to jointly organize the return home of Syrian refugees after agreements reached by President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Reuters with reference to the Russian agencies reported. Trump and Putin met at a summit in Helsinki on Monday, although it is not known what they discussed at a one-on-one meeting there. Russia’s Defence Ministry said it had sent Washington a proposal for drawing up a joint action plan to bring Syrian refugees back to the places they lived before the war broke out in 2011. “The active advancement in this direction has been helped by the agreements reached by the presidents of Russia and the United States during the summit in Helsinki ...,” Mikhail Mizintsev, a ministry official, was quoted as saying by TASS. The United States and Russia’s militaries have a communications link in Syria to avoid accidental clashes and joint work on … [Read more...] about Russia sends Syrian refugee proposal to U.S. after Trump summit
They fled barrel bombs and chemical weapon attacks in war-torn Syria, but when they arrived in Canada to start rebuilding their shattered lives, they found themselves in a new battle with an invisible enemy. The problems began soon after a dozen refugee families moved into a high-rise building in Hamilton, Ontario. Children would cry through the night; parents discovered they were covered swollen red bite marks. When the culprit was identified, it kicked off a two-year legal battle, between the refugee families and an apartment rental company – over bedbugs. Activists say that the story highlights the difficulties many refugees face in the country, where navigating daily life and learning how to fight for your rights can be a challenge for “new Canadians”. The incident has also cast a spotlight on Canada’s bedbug problem: infestations began nearly a decade ago across the country and show few signs of stopping. The province of Ontario has allocated more than $5m … [Read more...] about Syrian refugees face new enemy in Canadian apartments: bedbugs
The report, headlined “The refugee parliamentary candidate with 30,000 signatures,” could only find itself a tiny spot in Turkey’s hecticnews environment when it was published in daily newspaper Karar on May 2. Some 50,000 Syrians are reportedly cooperating to come up with a parliamentary nominee, organizing a petition in the Yayladağı and Antakya districts of the southern province of Hatay as well as in the nearby province of Osmaniye. The group has collected 5,000 signatures to nominate Hafez' href='/search/Samir Hafez'>Samir Hafez, former head of the Syrian Turkmen Council, for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The group aims to collect 30,000 signatures and has informed the Turkish Presidency of its aim. “It is not important whether it is me or someone else [who is nominated]. What is important is that these people, like all other minorities, need a quota [in parliament to be represented]. Perhaps 120,000 to 130,000 people … [Read more...] about A Syrian refugee MP in Turkey?