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Turkey's Erdogan, presidential rival both vow to send Syrians home

Turkey's Erdogan, presidential rival both vow to send Syrians home

President Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival in Sunday's presidential election have both pledged to send millions of Syrian refugees home, responding to growing unease among voters about the number of migrants in Turkey. More than 3.5 million Syrian refugees who fled conflict in their...

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Syrian man seeks passage to Mars as way out of KLIA limbo

Syrian man seeks passage to Mars as way out of KLIA limbo

TO Hassan Al Kontar, Mars is an increasingly attractive and possibly the only way out of the transit lounge of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The Syrian has lived at the terminal in Sepang for more than 100 days now, watching the people go by while his funds and options dwindle by the...

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 Lebanon's president says phased return of Syrian refugee now possible

Lebanon's president says phased return of Syrian refugee now possible

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Thursday refugees in Lebanon could begin a phased return to areas of Syria that have become safe, and that should happen before a political solution is reached for the conflict. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Thursday refugees in Lebanon...

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Cyprus escorts 61 Syrian refugees safely to shore: police

Cyprus escorts 61 Syrian refugees safely to shore: police

Cypriot authorities have safely escorted a boat carrying 61 Syrian refugees to shore after spotting it off the coast of the Mediterranean island, they said Thursday. The vessel was intercepted late Wednesday evening off the island’s northwestern coast after embarking from Turkey, police said....

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Arsal refugees say no pressure from UNHCR for returning home

Arsal refugees say no pressure from UNHCR for returning home

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Key refugee councils in the Lebanese border town of Arsal assured that UNHCR had never discouraged them from returning, calling on the Lebanese government and the United Nations’ refugee agency to find common ground over the crisis as more than 60,000 Syrians live in Arsal....

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Lebanon freezes residency applications for UNHCR staff

Lebanon freezes residency applications for UNHCR staff

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has directed authorities to freeze all residency applications submitted by the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR, his office said in an emailed statement on Friday. Lebanon hosts more than a million Syrian refugees who constitute more than...

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Some 3,000 Syrian refugees in Arsal look to return: Mayor

Some 3,000 Syrian refugees in Arsal look to return: Mayor

( The Daily Star )- Thousands of Syrian refugees in the northeastern town of Arsal have registered their names to return back to Syria, the town’s mayor said Monday. Bassel Hujeiri confirmed to The Daily Star that a list with the names of 3,000 refugees looking to return back home was...

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Heavy rainfall damages refugees' tents in Arsal

Heavy rainfall damages refugees' tents in Arsal

Heavy rain overnight damaged three tents occupied by Syrian refugees in the northeastern town of Arsal, the state-run National News Agency reported Sunday. The Daily Star

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Migrants block northern Greek highway in 2nd day of protests

Migrants block northern Greek highway in 2nd day of protests

 Some 250 asylum-seekers have blocked a busy northern Greek highway, in a second day of protests against overcrowding and poor conditions in the nearby camp they are housed in. The peaceful protest by mostly Kurdish migrants at Diavata, on Thessaloniki's western outskirts, lasted...

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New global conflict displacement doubles last year

New global conflict displacement doubles last year

The number of people displaced due to conflicts and violence reached nearly 12 million last year, almost double the figure of 6.9 million in 2016, a global report on internal displacement said Wednesday. "New displacement due to conflict and violence reached 11.8 million in 2017, almost...

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Syrian woman wounded by gunfire in Bekaa home

Syrian woman wounded by gunfire in Bekaa home

A Syrian woman in Lebanon was shot and critically injured by unknown assailants in her Bekaa Valley home Friday, the state-run National News Agency reported.

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Nearly 40 undocumented migrants held in southern Turkey

Nearly 40 undocumented migrants held in southern Turkey

Nearly 40 undocumented migrants have been held during anti-human trafficking operations in Turkey, security officials said on Saturday. In southern Antalya province, coast guard units rounded up 38 Syrians who were attempting to cross into Greece, said the source requesting anonymity...

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Over 10,000 migrants have returned home from Greece

Over 10,000 migrants have returned home from Greece

More than 10,000 migrants in Greece have voluntarily returned home in the last 20 months, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, said on Friday. "More than 10,000 migrants returned voluntarily and safely to their home countries from Greece between...

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Greek-Turkish border under refugee pressure again

Greek-Turkish border under refugee pressure again

 Their clothes caked with mud, a small group of refugees from Syria trudge past a Greek farmer tilling his field on a tractor. He barely pauses to look at them. In the villages near the Evros River, the natural boundary with Turkey in northeastern Greece, such arrivals are now...

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Fire destroys Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

Fire destroys Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A fire tore through a camp for Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon on Monday, activist told Zaman al-Wasl. No casualties were reported in the camp. The fire turned 33 tents in the camp into ashes, activist Ma'moun al-Qaisi said.  Lebanon is hosting...

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Lebanese soldier beats Syrian refugee to death

Lebanese soldier beats Syrian refugee to death

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- A Lebanese soldier has beaten a Syrian refugee to death in Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border, activists said Wednesday. The soldier, identified as Abudlatif Zaitouni, has hit Mohamed Abdul Jawad Wais, 46, with a baton on his head, continuing a series of crimes...

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Mobile fun houses built for Syrian children

Mobile fun houses built for Syrian children

A Turkish businesspeople association has built two mobile amusement houses for Syrian refugee children, who are suffering from trauma, said the director of the association Friday. Baris Arat, a board of director of BASSIAD, told Anadolu Agency that their association did a field study to...

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HRW decries expulsion of Syrian refugees from Lebanon

HRW decries expulsion of Syrian refugees from Lebanon

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday condemned the expulsion of hundreds of Syrian refugees from their temporary residences in Lebanon. “At least 13 municipalities in Lebanon have forcibly evicted at least 3,664 Syrian refugees from their homes and expelled them from the municipalities,...

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