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Lebanon's navy responded early on Saturday to a sinking boat with at least 39 Syrian nationals on board who were heading to Cyprus via an "illegal route".

Comment: We should be looking for ways to end this long Palestinian exile, not sustain it, writes Ghada Karmi.

Tunisia struggles to host refugees saved at sea

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Tunisia struggles to host refugees saved at sea

Most refugees who reached Tunisia illegally hope to head to Europe as they struggle to survive in the country's only migrant centre.

The <em>UNHCR</em> is failing to protect refugees

Mat Nashed

The UNHCR is failing to protect refugees

Comment: Shocking abuses of power undermine attempts to end rampant corruption, writes Mat Nashed.

Aid group calls for migrant evacuations from Tripoli

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Aid group calls for migrant evacuations from Tripoli

Doctors Without Borders warned thousands of migrants trapped in detention centres in Libya's capital Tripoli must be evacuated.

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UN brokers ceasefire to halt deadly Libya clashes

The UN mission in Libya says it has brokered a ceasefire to end a week of clashes in Tripoli.

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More Syrian refugees return 'voluntarily' home from Lebanon

The controversial return of Syrian refugees are being organised by Lebanon's General Security agency, in cooperation with the Syrian regime with ...

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Migrants caught in Libya capital clashes evacuated: UNHCR

The UN's refugee agency said it evacuated 300 migrants, mainly from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, on Thursday, amid deadly clashes in Libya.

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UN calls on EU to accept stranded 150 migrants

Italy stopped the majority of the migrants disembarking from the ship after they were rescued on August 15.

<em>UNHCR</em> urges Italy to allow stranded migrants to disembark

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UNHCR urges Italy to allow stranded migrants to disembark

The rescue vessel Diciotti has been stranded in the Mediterranean for six days, as Europe shies away from welcoming migrants.

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More Syrian refugees leave Lebanon in 'voluntary return'

In the latest wave of refugee returns, over a hundred Syrians left Lebanon amid a Russian-led push to pressure refugees to return home.

Spain and Germany push for greater migrant aid

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Spain and Germany push for greater migrant aid

Spain and Germany have agreed to push for greater EU help for North African countries that are a major point of departure for migrants and ...

Sweden proves no safe haven for Afghan refugees

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Sweden proves no safe haven for Afghan refugees

Never mind the death threats, the Scandinavian country deems Afghanistan a 'safe' country to which rejected asylum seekers can be deported, ...

Italy under fire for transferring rescued migrants to Libya

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Italy under fire for transferring rescued migrants to Libya

Humanitarian groups have accused Italy of breaking international law after an Italian-flagged boat rescued migrants in the Mediterranean before ...

Some Syrian refugees oppose Russian repatriation push

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Some Syrian refugees oppose Russian repatriation push

Many Syrians who fled war and repression are unwilling to return under Assad’s rule without guarantees they won’t be harassed, detained or ...

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UN: Syrian refugee return must be voluntary

The UN stressed that any return of Syrian refugees must be voluntary.

Joseph Thompson

How blockchain is transforming the lives of refugees

Comment: Blockchain can provide the much-needed solution to the refugee identification crisis, writes Joseph Thompson.

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Refugees and the education time bomb

Comment: The uneducated children of war are like a social, economic and political time bomb. We can avoid future catastrophe only if we act now, ...

Alessandra Bajec

Marginalisation drives Tunisians to migrant boats

In-depth: A worsening economy and frustration among civilians drives more Tunisians from the marginalised interior towards irregular migration, ...

EU can't ignore alarming conditions in Libya's migrant centres

Elinor Raikes

EU can't ignore alarming conditions in Libya's migrant centres

Comment: Migrants should be treated with dignity, and their rights under international law, upheld, writes Elinor Raikes.

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Lebanon's foreign minister blames downtrodden economy on Syrian refugees

Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has come under fire again after blaming Syrian refugees for the country's declining economy, leading to ...

New batch of 500 Syria refugees to leave Lebanon

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New batch of 500 Syria refugees to leave Lebanon

A new batch of hundreds of Syrian refugees have gathered at a Lebanese border town to return home, as part of a coordinated operation between ...

Malta detains rescue ship as hundreds die at sea

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Malta detains rescue ship as hundreds die at sea

Malta detains a second migrant rescue ship as UNHCR said over 300 have died in the Mediterranean over the last four days.

Nearly 9,000 migrants repatriated from Libya this year

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Nearly 9,000 migrants repatriated from Libya this year

A total of 8,938 people returned to some 30 African and Asian countries from Libya in the first half of the year.

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