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UN for saving boat people as record numbers take to seas

UN for saving boat people as record numbers take to seas

  Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in search of asylum or a better life, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Wednesday. UNHCR said at least 384,000 people, including a growing number of asylum seekers,...

Australian senate backs migrant bill

Australian senate backs migrant bill

The Australian senate has approved changes to immigration laws that include reintroducing controversial temporary visas for refugees. The bill will allow refugees to live and work in Australia for three to five years, but denies them permanent protection. It was passed by 34 votes to 32 after intense debate in a late-night sitting. Australia currently detains...

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than three million Syrians are now registered as refugees and the desperate crisis is only getting worse, the UN's refugee agency says. The UNHCR says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes. The majority of refugees have fled to countries...

World Refugee Day

Unresolved conflicts leading to prolonged displacement

AROUND the world, conflicts force large numbers of people to flee within or across national borders. In 1971, the Bangladeshi Liberation War created the largest refugee flow in the world and at the time no one knew how long the situation would last. Fortunately, the Bangladeshis could return home in less than a year, but many other refugees remain displaced for decades. Today, for the first time in the post-World War II era, more than 50 million people remain forcefully...

Global refugee numbers pass 50m

Global refugee numbers pass 50m

The number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two, the UN says. The overall figure of 51.2 million is six million higher than the year before, a report by the UN refugee agency says. Antonio Guterres, head of the UNHCR,...

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