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Forced displacement at record 68.5 million

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Wars, violence and persecution uprooted record numbers of men, women and children worldwide last year, making a new global deal on refugees more critical than ever, according to a UNHCR report. The UN Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends study found 68.5 million people had been driven from their homes across the world at the end of 2017, […]

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Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid return to Myanmar

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Repatriations are set to begin on Thursday, but most, if not all, have said they do not want to go back Rohingya refugees are fleeing the camps in Bangladesh, and some have gone into hiding, out of fear of being sent back to Myanmar this week, according to aid groups. Repatriation of the Rohingya is scheduled to begin […]

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2,000 lives and counting: Mediterranean death toll in 2018

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Some 17 people have been found dead this week off the Spanish coast, meaning that the number of lives lost on the Mediterranean this year has now exceeded 2,000. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has called repeatedly for urgent action to address this situation. The Mediterranean has for several years been the world’s deadliest sea […]

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Syrian refugees and the schooling challenge

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In 2017, the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, estimated that globally 68.5 million people had been forcefully displaced—the worst such crisis since World War II. Of these, 40 million were internally displaced peoples (IDPs), 25.4 million were refugees, and 3.1 million were asylum seekers. Over half were minors and over half of those minors were out of […]

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Missing Migrants

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3,087 people have died around the world in their search for a better life in 2018. These deaths are just the tip of a pyramid of abuses faced by migrants and refugees fleeing poverty, conflict and persecution #MissingMigrants Source: https://missingmigrants.iom.int/

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Business Models for Building Refugee Resilience

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Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya is one of the largest and longest-standing refugee settlements in the world, and to many, it is the epitome of an intractable displacement crisis and an endless drain on the world’s aid budgets. Yet this past summer, the International Finance Corporation published a landmark study revealing that the Kakuma camp and […]

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Pressure mounts on Australia over child refugees held in Nauru

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Rallies have been held previously against the treatment of refugees held in offshore detention centres [File: David Gray/Reuters]

Hundreds of people marched to the Australian parliament on Tuesday to demand the government suspend its policy of sending asylum seekers and refugees to remote Pacific territories, and bring children already detained on Manus Island to Australia. About 500 protesters representing 30 different groups from around rural Australia, including high school students, took part in the rally, amid […]

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10 refugees who will change your perception of entrepreneurship

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Despite significant hardships, refugees are pushing the limits of what most people recognize as the general entrepreneur spirit. There is a resilience among refugee communities that enables them to thrive, not just to survive, and to be creative members of society. And why shouldn’t they? Before anything else, refugees are people – fathers, mothers, sisters, cousins, and […]