Every Wednesday I will bring you refugee-related headlines from around the world. Whether it be covering conflicts fueling refugee crises, conditions in refugee camps, or stories of successful resettlement in America, I will strive to provide you access to all the most important and breaking refugee-related news in one place.
Lawmaker: 20,000 Refugees Flee to Cameroon from Village Where Militants Hide in NE Nigeria. At least 20,000 refugees have fled to Cameroon from northeast Nigerian villages that have become hideouts for Islamic militants, a Nigerian lawmaker said. [Associated Press]
Rwanda’s Refugees Should Not be Forced to Return. On June 30, roughly 100,000 Rwandan refugees around the world lost their refugee status and could become stateless if they do not return to Rwanda. [Al Jazeera]
Refugee Lobbies for Reform in D.C. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan calls itself the last Shangri-La. For thousands of Bhutanese now living in Sioux Falls, the descriptions aren’t nearly as serene. [Argus Leader]
We are Fleeing Death, not an Economy, Says Refugee. An Iranian refugee has described as shameful a federal government push to return failed asylum seekers to their home country. [Sydney Morning Herald]
In Lebanon, Refugees and Residents Alike Struggle to Survive. On June 7, the United Nations launched its largest humanitarian appeal in history: $5.2 billion to aid people affected by the Syrian civil war. [Huffington Post]
Behind the Scenes of the “Most Complex” Refugee Operation in the World. “This was a bad week,” says Kilian Kleinschmidt, as he begins a weekly camp management meeting at the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees. [IRIN News]
Reversing Direction, Some Syrian Refugees Now Head Home. In the Jordanian desert, the chaos begins at sundown, when the wind whips up the desert sand and the buses arrive. [NPR]