Refugees

Caught in the politics of aid, Syria is suffering

Death toll in Syria currently stands over 5,800 (as of 3:30 pm Bangladesh time, February 15). With every passing hour, chances of finding survivors are becoming slimmer.

Kaamil Ahmed publishes ‘first book-length exploration’ of Rohingya lives abroad

I Feel No Peace is the latest in this string of books exploring the Rohingya experience. It offers, in particular, a narrative account of their history and their experience with NGOs and the UN. 

Over 100mn driven from their homes around the world: UNHCR

More than 100 million people have been driven from their homes around the world, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday, citing new data about those escaping violence, conflict, persecution and human rights violations.

US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries

The United States announced it was lifting its ban on refugees from 11 "high-risk" countries, but says those seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past.

‘WB funds to cover both refugees, host community’

The World Bank has offered financial assistance to Bangladesh to help Rohingya refugees and their host community in Cox's Bazar where the extreme poverty rate is more than 40 percent.

Beware of Myanmar's subterfuge

The Foreign Ministry's statement, following the mixed messages coming out of Naypyidaw after the visit of Myanmar's Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe to Bangladesh, that it betrayed the doubtful intention of Myanmar, has said it all.

Refugees, they are

Don't the pundits who make the decisions know that acknowledging them as refugees will accord them rights; foremost among them is the right to return. It also obligates the international community for “burden sharing”.

Malaysia will not abandon tournament over Myanmar Rohingya crackdown

Malaysia decided on Friday to carry on with a regional soccer tournament co-hosted by Myanmar, days after a Malaysian minister said it was considering pulling out in protest against Myanmar's bloody crackdown on ethnic Rohingya Muslims.

Anomalous case of incarcerated 'released prisoners'

The right to secure protection and to access justice by asylum seekers and refugees is a long established principle. There is enough evidence to show that due to fear of being arrested under the FA the undocumented Rohingyas refrain from reporting any offence committed against them.

March 1, 2016
March 1, 2016

Over 131,000 migrants reached Europe by sea in 2016: UN

More than 131,000 migrants and refugees reach Europe via the Mediterranean this year, more than the total number in the first half of 2015, the United Nations says.

February 8, 2016
February 8, 2016

New refugee camps go up inside Syria as Turkey stems flow

Turkish aid workers have been setting up tents and distributing supplies for thousands of new Syrian refugees kept from entering Turkey at the border.

January 28, 2016
January 28, 2016

Sweden 'to expel up to 80,000 migrants'

Sweden expects to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers whose applications have been rejected, its interior minister was quoted as saying.

January 22, 2016
January 22, 2016

Gates: US 'should take more' refugees

The United States "should set a better example" by taking in more refugees, the billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates tells the BBC.

January 10, 2016
January 10, 2016

Anti-migrant protest turns violent as German welcome cools

Riot police break up far-right protesters in Cologne as they march against Germany's open-door migration policy after asylum seekers were identified as suspects in assaults on women on New Year's Eve.

December 30, 2015
December 30, 2015

The Education Antidote to Radicalisation

If troubled Lebanon, wracked by sectarian violence and religious divides, can champion coexistence and provide Syrian refugees with a chance to study, there is no reason other countries in the region should not follow its example.

December 11, 2015
December 11, 2015

Canada welcomes wave of Syrian refugees

The first military plane carrying Syrian refugees to be resettled in Canada has arrived in the country.

November 15, 2015
November 15, 2015

Europe's populist right targets migration after Paris attacks

Populist leaders around Europe rushed to demand an end to an influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa on Saturday after a wave of deadly attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State militants.

October 21, 2015
October 21, 2015

140 migrants land at UK base in Cyprus

Two boats carrying 140 migrants, including children, land at the RAF base at Akrotiri in Cyprus, the Ministry of Defence says.

October 8, 2015
October 8, 2015

Migrant crisis: EU to debate faster deportations

Plans to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers are to be discussed at a meeting of EU ministers in Luxembourg.