Influx of refugees from Yemen divides South Korean resort island

Arrival of refugees has sparked debate about countrys role in accept asylum seekers Hamza al-Odaini had two routes before him after he graduated from secondary school in Yemen: be forced to pick up a firearm and battle in the civil war now in its fourth year, or flee the country. In the end, his mother […]

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Corruption, incompetence and a musical: Nauru’s cursed history

The once-wealthy island now barely survives on income from Australias detention regime and is pinning its economic hopes on undersea mining Nauru is banking on fields of mineral-rich smooth brown boulders about the size of a potato that lie on the sea floor around the tiny island as the possible savior of its fragile economy. […]

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Venezuelan refugees feared drowned en route to Trinidad

More than 30 people set sail on fishing ship Jhonnaly Jose that capsized in heavy seas More than 30 Venezuelans are missing, feared drowned, after their boat sank attempting to reach Trinidad in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The fishing vessel, Jhonnaly Jose, had left the port city of Guiria but capsized in rough […]

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Tunisian fishermen await trial after ‘saving hundreds of migrants’

Six men arrested at sea say they insured migrant ship in distress and towed it to safety Friends and colleagues have rallied to the defence of six Tunisian men awaiting trial in Italy on people smuggling charges, saying they are fishermen who have saved hundreds of migrants and refugees over the years who risked drowning […]

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Vietnamese barge people: living to tell the narrative

None of these people would be alive if, in October 1978, a Scottish cargo ship hadnt stopped in the South China Sea to rescue 346 refugees from a stricken fishing boat. Chris McGreal tells a remarkable story If it hadnt been for his father, Craig Holmes might never have returned the graduation ring given to […]

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‘A tale of two crises’: a husband and wife document Europe’s refugee crisis

The HBO documentary It Will Be Chaos goes inside the Italian island that is on the frontline of an international problem On the arid Italian island of Lampedusa, known as the” door of Europe “, 400,000 migrants have arrived by way of the Mediterranean sea in simply the past two decades. With a population of […]

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Shot at, beaten, starved: the child refugees who will stop at nothing to reach Europe

At the age of only 11, Emran has lived through more horrors than most will endure in a lifetime. A new documentary, War Child, follows him and other children stranded in this dystopia The sun beats down and the cicadas sing all around us. Why did you leave home? I ask as we tread through […]

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‘ Do-gooders’ no more: Lampedusans turn against refugee tide as patience wears thin

The Italian islanders have turfed out the mayor who offered a haven to migrants, and now they want other Europeans to share the burden Anyone looking for an insight into the growing disenchantment of ordinary Italians as their country is left to deal alone with a summertime surge of migrants on its southern shores should […]

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‘ That thing gnawing away at all of us ‘: Calais and the shantytown on its doorstep | Emmanuel Carrere

The Long Read: Once a centre of industry as well as a prosperous port, the city is now synonymous with the suffering of migrants, and its residents are not enjoying their notoriety The Hotel Meurice in Calais is rather decrepit these days but, with its reasonable rates, it has long appealed to English tourists. The […]

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Central America’s refugee crisis gas anti-Hispanic backlash in neighborly Belize

The country was once a haven for victims of outside violence, but the government has recently taken a hardline approach that leaves many in constant fear of deportation A pair of young farmhands wait for a ride at an idle junction under a coconut palm on a scalding day in south Belize. A short drive […]

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