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The Trump administration on Thursday announced it plans to admit the lowest number of refugees in U.S. history over the next 12 months, placing a cap of fewer than 20,000 spots for millions of people around the world displaced by war, ethnic conflict and other forms of persecution.

The U.S. is planning to resettle no more than 18,000 refugees in fiscal year 2020, which begins next month. The new ceiling represents the third consecutive and lowest ever reduction of spots for a refugee...

French police are clearing nearly 1,000 migrants from a gymnasium near the northern port city of Dunkirk after a court ruled it was a health and security hazard.

The mayor of Grande-Synthe, a suburb of Dunkirk, last December opened up the sports hall to migrant families seeking shelter from the cold.

Since then, it has grown into a makeshift camp with approximately 800 people sleeping in tents pitched around the cramped gymnasium where some 170 people, mostly Iraqi Kurds hoping...

Children being bitten by scorpions, rats and snakes; hundreds being forced to use a single shower; the stench of human excrement never far away; and food shortages becoming the norm. One by one, Sophie McCann lists the degradations of life for refugees detained on Lesbos, the Greek island on the frontline of a new surge of asylum seekers desperate to reach Europe.

McCann, a British advocacy manager with Médecins Sans Frontières, like other aid workers, is now raising the alarm: at...

The U.S. will not grant temporary protected status to people from the Bahamas displaced by Hurricane Dorian, an administration official told NBC News.

The status would allow Bahamians to work and live in the U.S. until it is deemed safe to return home. The same status is currently granted to over 300,000 people living in the U.S. from 10 countries, including the victims of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said on Monday that...

Following a failed attempt to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar last month, Bangladesh has started mounting pressure on the persecuted community.

A top Bangladeshi official told Anadolu Agency that Dhaka might be inflexible in addressing the Rohingya crisis in the future and lambasted the international community for showing “less interest” to help resolve the Rohingya issue.

"Until now, they [the international community] have failed to visit those villages in Rakhine...

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the US-Mexico border, a key element of his hard-line immigration policies.

The court said the rule, which requires most immigrants who want asylum to first seek safe haven in a third country through which they had travelled on their way to the United States, could go into effect as litigation challenging its...

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Monday reiterated that Mexico would not become a safe third country for US bound asylum seekers following comments by a US official that Washington was seeking a “cooperative agreement” with Mexico.

Ebrard wrote on Twitter that “Mexico is not and will not accept” a so-called safe third country designation that would require asylum seekers to apply for protections in Mexico instead of the United States.

U.S. acting Customs and Border...

The Trump administration toughened sanctions against Cuba on Friday by reducing the amount of money that Cuban-Americans can send to family members on the island.

Changes announced by the Treasury Department will limit remittances to $1,000 per person per quarter when they take effect on Oct. 9. The new rules also will no longer allow transfers of money to nonfamily members.

“We are taking additional steps to financially isolate the Cuban regime,” Treasury Secretary Steven...

Serbia’s refugee agency has accused Croatian border police of torturing a 16-year-old Afghan refugee and of denying him and 15 other migrants travelling with him their right to claim asylum in the European Union.

Croatia’s interior ministry dismissed the accusations as “unfounded and… absolutely incomprehensible” and said they stem from Zagreb’s determination to protect its own and the EU’s borders against illegal migrants.

Relations – never very good – between the former...

The situation the refugee camps in Italy are far from humanitarian conditions. The cameras of the visitors are broken when entering in the camp, so that they would not be able to record the inhumane conditions there. The food is disgusting, the toilets do not have doors, the beds are outdoor, the violence is common and the length of stay is indefinite.

Centri di Permanenza per il Rimpatrio (CPR) Camp, the refugee detention center in Italy’s Turin, is an example of hardship and...

German police registered a total of 609 attacks on asylum-seekers and refugees during the first half of 2019, according to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. The newspaper cited an answer given by the German federal government in response to a question by the parliamentary group of the Left party.

The crimes ranged from verbal insult and harassment to arson and dangerous bodily harm.

According to the report, there were 60 attacks on refugee shelters and 42 attacks on aid...

Migrant children who were separated from their parents at the US- Mexico border last year have suffered post-traumatic stress and other serious mental health problems, according to a government watchdog report, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The chaotic reunification process only added to their ordeal.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report in advance of the official release.

The children, many already distressed in their home countries or by...

Italian police on Monday seized a German migrant rescue ship that had been stranded at sea for a week with more than 100 migrants aboard, and will disembark the migrants soon, a police spokesman said.

The ship's captain had earlier set course for the port of Pozzallo, on the island of Sicily, sparking a new standoff between rescuers and Italy's interior minister just as he looks set to lose his job.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League, signed a decree last week...

The United Nations is urging the international community to invest in secondary school education for refugee youth to empower them with skills and knowledge — and give them a better shot at ending a vicious cycle of living in limbo and depending on others.

“For many refugees, becoming a teenager is also the moment where the educational journey comes to an end. If there is no hope of continuing one’s studies much beyond primary, families are more likely to question the usefulness of...

In September 2013, Sweden was the first country in the world to open its arms fully to those fleeing the country's brutal civil war, with the agency ruling that all Syrians arriving in Sweden would be eligible for permanent residency. 

But on August 29, the agency announced in a press release that it was bringing the policy to an end. 

"We had a very special situation in Syria and a special assessment which essentially meant that everyone was able to get a residency permit due...