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September 20, 2016 11:30 AM 2016 on track to be 'the deadliest year on record in the Mediterranean Sea', UN warns despite fall in number of migrants making crossing

The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean has fallen in 2016, but the fatality rate has shot up, the UN revealed today. New figures released by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) show that more than 300,000 have made the crossing to Europe so far this year, compared to the 520,000 who arrived in the first nine months of 2015. But the number of people 6

September 19, 2016 9:52 PM London 'lifejacket graveyard' aims to send message to UN summit

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Aid organizations laid out 2,500 lifejackets symbolizing refugee crossings to Europe in a demonstration outside the British parliament on Monday timed to coincide with a United Nations summit on the worldwide migrant crisis. The orange lifejackets spread out on the lawn of Parliament Square were worn by adults and children 5

September 15, 2016 2:33 PM Kenya's authorities threaten Somali refugees: Rights group

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A repatriation program for hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the world's largest refugee camp is marked by fear and intimidation by Kenyan authorities, Human Rights Watch says. Kenya wants more than 260,000 Somali refugees to return home amid concerns that some in the Dadaab refugee camp are used by Somalia-based al-Shabab 14

September 13, 2016 2:57 PM AP Interview: UN refugee chief says integration is crucial

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency says Europe should boost efforts to integrate newcomers from places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi says integration is "one of the great challenges" of the future. Grandi was speaking to The Associated Press ahead of two summits in New York on refugees 9

September 12, 2016 6:24 AM Help reunite refugee families, faith leaders urge May

More than 200 religious leaders have urged the UK to relax immigration rules so refugees from Syria and other areas can be reunited with their families. In a letter to the prime minister, they say close relatives of Britons and refugees already in the country are living abroad in "desperate conditions" and should be given a legal route in. People are now making 19

September 2, 2016 4:04 PM How Many Babies Have to Die Like Alan Kurdi Before the World Acts?

One year after a little boy washed up on a Turkish beach, the world is still reluctant to care about the refugee crisis in Europe. ROME—Alan Kurdi was supposed to be the last dead baby to wash up on a beach. When his tiny lifeless body in blue shorts and a red t-shirt was photographed on a Turkish shoreline September 2, 2015 — exactly one year ago — world 13

September 1, 2016 9:01 PM Calls for urgent action for Government to help refugee children in Calais

The Government is facing fresh calls to accelerate action on the refugee crisis on the anniversary of the death of a Syrian boy whose image prompted a global outcry. Harrowing pictures of three-year-old Alan Kurdi's tiny, lifeless body on a Turkish beach in September 2015 led to widespread demands for more refugees to be settled in the UK. On Friday 15

August 24, 2016 2:04 PM The Latest: Greece searches for 60 people on smuggling boat

Greek authorities are searching by air and sea for a boat with about 60 migrants on board that issued a distress signal off an eastern Aegean Sea island. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Italian Filippo Grandi, left, speaks with a Syrian refugee family who are staying at a house in Athens, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. About 58,000 people 14

August 20, 2016 1:44 PM The Latest: Turkey says EU not keeping migrant deal pledges

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has called on the European Union to deliver on promises made as part of a deal to stem the flow of migrants. A woman from Nigeria reacts on the Astral vessel after been rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO, during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea, about 17 miles north of Sabratah, Libya, Saturday 9

August 20, 2016 1:13 PM Survivors of Libyan shipwreck report 7 Syrians dead

MILAN (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says that survivors of a shipwreck off Libya have reported at least seven people, including three children, died when the small wooden boat carrying 27 people, mostly Syrian refugees, capsized. A Spanish aid group recovered five bodies, including two Syrian girls aged 8 months and 5 years, during the rescue Thursday 10