‘Deadly sea crossings’: 41 migrants drown in the Mediterranean

The shipwreck was latest along central Mediterranean route where about 118 migrants have died this year and over 17,000 since 2014. At least 41 people drowned when their boat capsized in the central Mediterranean on Saturday, the latest shipwreck involving migrants and refugees fleeing conflict-stricken Libya and seeking a better life in Europe. The United […]

Rights groups in last gasp bid to stop Malaysia deportation

Groups take court action, send letters of appeal to stop Malaysia from sending 1,200 people back to Myanmar. Human rights groups have stepped up efforts to stop Malaysia from deporting 1,200 Myanmar nationals back to military-run Myanmar, sending a letter to the prime minister and filing a lawsuit on Tuesday. The group, which includes at […]

UN appeals for rescue of Rohingya adrift in Andaman Sea

Refugee agency says the refugees have run out of food and water and a number of people have already died. The UN refugee agency is calling for the immediate rescue of a group of Rohingya refugees after their boat broke down in the Andaman Sea leaving them adrift for days without food or water. The […]

Italy’s coastguard searches for survivors after migrant shipwreck

So far 45 people have been rescued, while five to 10 others are believed to be missing off Lampedusa’s southern coast. The Italian coastguard has launched a rescue operation after a boat carrying at least 50 migrants and refugees capsized overnight off the coast of Lampedusa. The coastguard said on Saturday the incident took place […]

Refugee families like mine cannot bear to wait much longer

Since assuming office last month, President Joe Biden has signed several executive orders aimed at overturning his predecessor Donald Trump’s crackdown on refugees and asylum seekers. But he has also signalled that mending the damage done in the last four years will take time. Families like mine, who have been separated by the Trump administration’s […]

‘Abhorrent’: Malaysia’s plan for Myanmar repatriation condemned

Rights groups are urging the Malaysian government to halt plans to send more than 1,000 Myanmar people currently in immigration detention back to Myanmar despite the political turmoil triggered by the military coup on February 1. Malaysia said this week that it had accepted Myanmar’s offer to send the navy to bring back 1,200 people […]

From Pakistan to India: Tracing my grandmother’s refugee journey

Sometime in mid-August 1947, my grandmother, Abnash Kaur, then about 12 years of age, boarded a train with her family from Lahore in what is now Pakistan. The journey would take her to Kalka, a sleepy Indian town in the foothills of the Himalayas. She would never return to Pakistan. Like an estimated 15 million […]

US to let in 25,000 asylum seekers kept out by ‘Remain in Mexico’

US President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be allowed into the United States while their cases proceed. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a press release it “will begin phase one of a program […]

Ethiopia shuts two Tigray camps housing Eritrean refugees

Two refugee camps caught up in a brutal conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have been closed and their Eritrean residents relocated, authorities have confirmed, as the country’s state-appointed human rights commission reported that both sites had been “destroyed”. The United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) has called for protection for the residents of the Shimelba […]

Lesbos: Child mental health crisis brews in refugee communities

Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect identities. Lesbos, Greece – Laleh*, an eight-year-old Afghan girl, is one of the thousands of children who live in the new, temporary camp on Lesbos, which was established in the wake of a devastating fire that destroyed the notorious Moria camp last September. She is […]

US puts climate migrant protections on the table

Guatemala City, Guatemala – The United States government plans to analyse the effects of climate change on migration, including potential legal protections – a move that migrant and refugee rights advocates say is a crucial step in the right direction. In a February 4 executive order otherwise focused on refugee resettlement issues, US President Joe […]

UNRWA limps forward after years of Trump administration pressure

Seham al-Laham is expecting her first child. But what should be a happy occasion has been overshadowed by an anxious wait for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to cover her expenses to give birth at a government-run hospital in Amman, Jordan. The 20-year-old Palestinian refugee has been diligent about making it to […]

Bill to help Hong Kong protesters stay in US as refugees revived

A bipartisan group of legislators in Washington, DC, have reintroduced a bill to make it easier for Hong Kongers fearing persecution in the Chinese-controlled city to secure refugee status in the United States. The 12 senators, led by Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bob Menendez, said on Tuesday that the bill was a response to […]

Napier Barracks: Refugees decry conditions at UK asylum centre

Behind the Napier Barracks’ locked security gates and three-metre barbed-wire fences, private guards patrol the site housing hundreds of asylum seekers. For some residents, the centre evokes painful memories of imprisonment in the Middle East, with claims of poor sanitation and a level of mistreatment that has allowed the coronavirus to tear through the site. […]

Libya coastguard intercepts more than 800 refugees: UN

Hundreds of Europe-bound refugees intercepted in Mediterranean and detained over the last 24 hours, IOM says. Hundreds of Europe-bound refugees were intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya’s coast and taken into detention over the last 24 hours, according to a United Nations agency. The International Organization for Migration’s Libya branch tweeted on Friday that […]

Biden set to accept more refugees after years of Trump cuts

Biden has pledged to restore the US’s historic role as a country that welcomes refugees from around the world. US President Joe Biden will issue an executive order to build up the country’s capacity to accept refugees, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a White House briefing on Thursday, but the timing of the […]

Biden to Welcome More Refugees, but Far From All Will Get In

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s expected announcement on Thursday that he intends to allow more refugees into the United States this year will bring him face to face with a policy barrier left by his predecessor: a gutted resettlement system unable to quickly process the tens of thousands of desperate people whom Mr. Biden would like […]

‘Don’t feel sorry for Suu Kyi’: Rohingya refugees on Myanmar coup

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have condemned the military coup in Myanmar but say they do not “feel sorry” for de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s removal from power. Speaking to Al Jazeera at the sprawling Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, Rohingya community leader Mohammad Yunus Arman said the […]

Ethiopia: UN says 20,000 refugees missing in Tigray

Two camps destroyed during fighting in November left thousands of mostly Eritrean refugees vulnerable, caught in conflict, says UN. As many as 20,000 refugees are missing after two camps in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region were destroyed, the United Nations said. The refugees, most of whom are from neighbouring Eritrea, fled from the Hitsats and Shimelba […]

In Pictures: Eritrean refugees caught in crossfire in Ethiopia

After surviving gun battles, attempted abductions, attacks by angry militiamen and days-long treks to safety with nothing to eat but moringa leaves, Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia fear their suffering may not be over, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed strains to end a brutal conflict in the northern region of Tigray that has rendered them uniquely […]

‘Leave now’: IDPs say they are threatened to leave Iraqi camp

Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq are worried they will be forced to leave their camp in the northern Nineveh province, which hosts nearly 2,400 families, rights groups and refugees have told Al Jazeera. Tens of thousands of Iraqis took shelter in refugee camps in Nineveh province, forced from their homes by the […]

Croatia police ‘blocked’ MEPs investigating treatment of refugees

Italian politicians say armed police formed a ‘human barrier’ in an attempt to refuse access to an area on the border with Bosnia. Four Italian politicians have accused Croatian police of trying to prevent them from accessing an area on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina over the weekend, amid concern over the treatment of […]

In pictures: Bosnia refugees wait to play border crossing ‘game’

About 3,000 refugees and migrants from the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa are stranded in squats and forest camps amid frigid temperatures in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, suffering from respiratory problems and infections, hoping to cross the border with European Union member Croatia soon. The vast majority interviewed by Al Jazeera said they were […]

‘Starting from zero’: In Greece, women refugees forge new careers

Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect identities.  Athens, Greece – In recent years, Greece has become a focal point for refugees into the European Union, but many of the women who have arrived are portrayed by the media in a stereotypical manner. They are seen in traditional roles – as mothers, […]