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    Ban Ki-moon Shuffles Up to Buffalo, but Why?

    by  • August 21, 2015 • Refugees, Secretary-General, US-UN Relations • 
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    Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, center, visiting Buffalo.

    BUFFALO — Last Friday, Aug. 14, the United Nations secretary-general took a “summer Friday” and spent the afternoon in Buffalo. Robert G. Wilmer, chief executive officer of M&T Bank, the nation’s 17th-largest, had invited the secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, to the city. The two met while Wilmer was traveling in South Korea, where Ban is from....

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    In Italy, a Patchwork of Services for Migrants Arriving at Its Shores [Video]

    by  • August 5, 2015 • Africa, Libya, Migration, Refugees • 
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    Rescue operations carried out in late June 2015 in the Channel of Sicily, Italy. FRANCESCO MALAVOLTA/IOM

    ROME — Italy is a slender peninsula ringed by 4,722 miles of coastline, a blessing that brings thousands of Italians to the sea each August for Ferragosto, the country’s summer vacation period. The coastline — one of the longest in the world — has also been attracting boats full of refugees and migrants, in...

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    Europe Forges Ahead to ‘Disrupt’ Human Smuggling at Sea From Libya

    by  • June 22, 2015 • Africa, Libya, Migration, Refugees • 
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    Migrants at the port of Augusta in Sicily rescued and briefed by the International Organization for Migration. FRANCESCO MALAVOLTA/IOM

    After a month of near silence in Europe on a proposal to stop human smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to European shores, European foreign ministers are moving ahead this week on a plan to “disrupt” smugglers’ vessels in international or European waters. The plan, introduced on June 22, was noted in the...

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    Starting From Scratch as a Non-Western Immigrant in Canada

    by  • June 10, 2015 • Health and Population, Migration, Refugees, Women's Issues • 
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    "At the Immigrant Women's Association of Manitoba, dance

    WINNIPEG, Canada — Every new immigrant to Canada has to live through the three stages of acculturation, which for most people is not easy. First comes the thrill and joy of exploring a new land, then feelings of marginalization and hostility toward the host country and, finally, acceptance. The numbers of non-European immigrant women...

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    The Controversial Cambodian-Australian Refugee Deal Hits Snags

    by  • April 21, 2015 • Asia, Human Rights, Myanmar, Refugees, UN Agencies • 
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    A Montagnard

    PHNOM PENH — A controversial $40 million deal signed between the Australian and Cambodian governments last September to resettle about 1,000 refugees from detention centers on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to Cambodia was the first time two ratifying states of the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees agreed to transfer their...

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    Mostly, Sahrawi Women Just Want to Go Home

    by  • March 5, 2015 • Africa, Refugees, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 
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    Sahrawi women's meeting

    NEAR TINDOUF, Algeria — Our goal was to understand the dynamics of women who live in the refugee camps here in the Sahara Desert, where tens of thousands of Sahrawi people reside in tents and mud-brick buildings, having fled their homeland up to decades ago. The camps originated in 1975-1976, when the Sahrawis first...

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    Women Refugees in Germany Demand Better Conditions, and the Government Responds

    by  • October 2, 2014 • Migration, Refugees, Women's Issues • 
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    Elizabeth Nagri

    BERLIN, Germany — António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, recently praised Germany’s asylum policy, calling it a “positive example for other European states to follow.” In the streets of Berlin, however, the situation appears to be far from positive. In the last few months, the German capital has experienced several high-profile demonstrations...

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    As Africa’s Population Growth Explodes, Its Children Lose Out

    by  • September 9, 2014 • Governance, Health and Population, Refugees • 6 Comments
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    Malian Boy

    Among a clutch of new studies surveying the fate of children globally in 2014, a year that may be remembered as the most violent and catastrophic in more than half a century, Unicef has looked into the future of Africa and found that an unexpectedly persistent population boom is not only robbing children of...

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