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Stories with subject: Political refugees
  • Italy sends 19 Eritreans to Sweden under new EU refugee plan story has photos
    Updated: Oct-09-15 11:47 am

    ROME - Italy bid farewell Friday to 19 Eritreans - the first of an estimated 160,000 refugees to be resettled throughout Europe as part of a new EU redistribution program to move asylum-seekers out of hard-hit front-line countries.

  • Hungarian president warns about migration's security aspect 
    Updated: Oct-09-15 8:59 am

    BALATONFURED, Hungary - Solidarity with refugees escaping war must not overshadow concerns about human trafficking and the threat from extremists, Hungary's president said Friday.

  • The Latest: Hungarian pres. warns of risks in migrant crisis story has photos
    Updated: Oct-09-15 7:53 am

    ATHENS, Greece - The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

  • Australia in talks to send refugees to the Philippines story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 11:13 pm

    SYDNEY - Australia is in talks to send refugees who try to reach its shores illegally to the Philippines, the immigration minister said Friday.

  • EU agrees to speed migrant deportation, buttress borders story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 6:56 pm

    LUXEMBOURG - The European Union on Thursday took measures to buttress its porous external borders and toughen up its migrant return program in an attempt to build a credible refugee policy that would continue to embrace those fleeing for their lives yet punish those seeking economic gain.

  • Migrant influx boosts right-wing in key Austrian election story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 4:16 pm

    VIENNA - Just a few days after more than 100,000 people turned out in Vienna to support refugees, an anti-refugee party is poised to land a huge coup - a win at the polls that could see them take control of the Austrian capital.

  • FBI director say US has gotten better at screening refugees 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 11:36 am

    WASHINGTON - FBI Director James Comey (KOH'-mee) says the government has learned how to better screen refugees from foreign countries to ensure they don't pose terrorism or other risks to the United States.

  • Some Syrians chart pre-approved path to European asylum story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 5:28 pm

    CRETEIL, France - Her slain husband, bombed-out Damascus home and refugee life are behind her. The recipient of a coveted asylum-seeker visa, Syrian teacher Amena Abomosa is settling into a new life in France with her family. But now what?

  • Germany and France try to turn tide of European skepticism story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 2:06 pm

    STRASBOURG, France - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a highly unusual bid to heal divisions within the EU, urged European lawmakers on Wednesday to pull together to create a stronger Europe to cope with the influx of migrants that is raising tensions and dangerously straining the union.

  • The Latest: UN official warns EU on 'hotspot' migrant triage story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 1:55 pm

    GENEVA - The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

  • UK minister rejects EU migration pact, vows tighter borders 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 9:35 am

    LONDON - Britain will never "in a thousand years" agree to a common European immigration policy to deal with the surging number of refugees fleeing to the continent, a top government official declared Tuesday.

  • UN official: world's displaced population now 60 million 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 7:48 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - When Antonio Guterres became the U.N. refugee chief almost 10 years ago, the world counted 38 million people displaced by conflict and persecution and the number was declining. Today, it's more than 60 million and rising.

  • Turkey seeks EU backing for Syria no-fly, buffer zones 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 12:37 pm

    BRUSSELS - Turkey's president sought European backing on Monday for the creation of buffer and no-fly zones on the Syrian border, saying that such moves are key to ending the refugee crisis.

  • Syrian refugees increasingly return to war zones in homeland 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 9:25 am

    ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - Growing numbers of Syrian refugees are returning to their war-ravaged homeland from Jordan because they can't survive in exile after drastic aid cuts, can't afford to pay smugglers to sneak them into Europe or are simply homesick.

  • The Latest: Record 150-plus world leaders at UN summit story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 2:03 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The latest developments from the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism - the Islamic State in particular - and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (all times local):

  • Germany marks 25 years of unity, facing new challenges story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 12:22 pm

    BERLIN - Germany marks a quarter-century as a reunited nation on Saturday, with two leaders from the formerly communist east heading a country that increasingly asserts itself as Europe's political heavyweight - and now faces a new challenge in a refugee influx that will demand deep reserves of resourcefulness and patience.

  • Republican hopeful Carson says no to Syrian refugees in US story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 7:59 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said the U.S. should bar refugees from war-torn Syria because they are "infiltrated" with Muslim extremists who seek to harm America.

  • Poll adds to signs migrant flow hurting Merkel's popularity story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 6:51 am

    BERLIN - A new poll is adding to indications that Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal popularity is taking a knock amid the influx of migrants to Germany, though there's no sign of serious political damage.

  • Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 1:11 am

    WASHINGTON - The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016.

  • CARE CEO Michelle Nunn: More resources needed for refugees 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 3:16 pm

    ATLANTA - CARE President and CEO Michelle Nunn says more help is needed for refugees caught in what she described as the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

  • Europe's story: Layers of migration 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:35 am

    LONDON - London's Brick Lane Mosque started as a church for Protestants hounded from Catholic France - for whom the word "refugee" was first coined. Later, displaced Jews turned it into a synagogue. Today, Muslims kick off their shoes in the lobby before prayers.

  • EU leaders call for global refugee quotas at UN event 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 8:25 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - European leaders are urging U.N. member states to introduce global refugee quotas to stem the crisis that has forced thousands to flee their homes in search of safety.

  • First wave of cold weather hits migrants hard in Balkans story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 3:03 pm

    BERKASOVO, Serbia - Afghan asylum-seeker Asina Ansari stood ankle-deep in mud on the border between Serbia and Croatia, clutching her feverish and shivering 2-year-old son Mohtar in a blanket.

  • Abe: Japan ready to help refugees, but not take them in 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 8:08 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Japan's prime minister said Tuesday that his nation needs to attend to its own demographic challenges posed by falling birth rates and an aging population before opening its doors to refugees.

  • Snyder: Michigan in early talks on taking more refugees 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 4:39 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday his administration is talking with federal officials on the role the state can play in accepting more refugees from war-torn Syria and the Middle East, building on Michigan's century-plus of Arab immigration and taking a different tone from some GOP presidential candidates.