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750,000 internally displaced Syrians returned home in first half of 2018, UNHCR says
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says an estimated 750,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syrian returned to their homes in the first half of the current year, adding that the figure equals the amount for all of last year.
New Syrian refugees not welcomed in Turkey, says Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch has accused Turkish authorities of practically blocking new refugee arrivals from Syria, saying the registration process for refugees has almost fully stopped in nine provinces on or near the Syrian border as well as in Istanbul.
Italy seeks to relocate 450 refugees to other EU states
Italy seeks to relocate 450 refugees waiting off its shores to other countries of the European Union as Rome struggles to stick with its policy of banning humanitarian rescue ships from docking at its ports.
Italy stops own ship transporting refugees to southern shores
Italian authorities have refused to take in refugees on board an Italian ship, sending a strong signal to allies in the European Union that the new populist government in Rome is determined to force a change in the EU refugee policy.
Italy PM threatens to block EU statement on refugees
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has warned that he will block a joint statement from European Union members on refugees if it fails to address Rome’s concerns on the issue.
Italy turns away rescue ship with 224 refugees
Italy turned away a rescue boat carrying 224 refugees with the country’s new far-right interior minister saying those on board will only see the country “on a postcard”.
Refugees trying to enter EU illegally with World Cup Fan IDs
Authorities in Finland and Belarus, which share border with 2018 World Cup host Russia, say refugees are using Fan IDs issued for visits to the country during the tournament to try to enter the European Union.
Survivors say at least 60 refugees died in Mediterranean
At least 60 refugees were killed after their rubber dinghy sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya last week, survivors have said.
Officials struggle to protect Rohingya refugees
International aid agencies and Bangladesh authorities are struggling to protect hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees against deadly monsoon landslides and floods ahead of the peak rainy season expected in July.
Three countries protect half the world’s new refugees
Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year. Never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution.
Germany’ CSU gives Merkel ultimatum over refugees amid coalition crisis
The Christian Social Union (CSU) party of Germany’s Bavaria region, a key ally in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, has issued an ultimatum for the government to introduce restrictions on refugee arrivals in two weeks or face a real political crisis.
Europe has obligation to accept and protect refugees: Red Cross
The Red Cross has called on members of the European Union to accept and protect refugees “according to international law for refugees but also according to the principles of humanity.”
International community has no plan to keep refugees in Lebanon: German envoy
The German ambassador to Beirut has rejected reports suggesting that the international community, the UN and certain foreign countries are preventing the return of Syrian refugees in Lebanon to their homes.
Landslides kill 12 as monsoon batters Rohingya refugees
Landslides triggered by monsoon rains killed at least 12 people Tuesday in Bangladesh near camps housing one million Rohingya refugees, officials said.
Spain offers to take in drifting migrant ship
Spain offered on Monday to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants stranded on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.

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