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.
Program to Reunite Refugees, Relatives, Returns with Tighter Rules. Four years ago, rampant fraud shut down a federal program that brought overseas relatives of refugees in the United States here to live. [Star Tribune]
Syria Refugee Number Jumps 10 Percent in One Week. The U.N. said Thursday that the number of registered Syrian refugees jumped 10 percent in the past week alone, part of what the U.N. commissioner for refugees called a “staggering escalation.” [Associated Press]
U.S Hesitation on Arms Shipments to Rebels in Syria Frustrates Some Close Allies in Europe and the Middle East. Decisions by France and Britain to step up direct support for Syrian opposition forces, possibly with arms shipments to the rebels, threaten to leave the United States on the sidelines of what many see as the approaching climax of a two-year-old effort to oust President Bashar al-Assad. [Washington Post]
Flood of Syria Refugees Tries Patience of the Lebanese. Khaled Naaman doesn’t hide his disdain for the Syrian government, a widely shared sentiment in this northern Lebanese city, where many harbor dark memories of Damascus’ years of military occupation. [LA Times]
Syrians Find No Refuge in Greece. More Migrants Attempt Sea Journey but Find Hostile Greeting, Little Hope for Asylum. [Wall Street Journal]
Thai Navy Denies Shooting Rohingya Refugees. The Thai navy has denied reports that its personnel opened fire on a group of Rohingya refugees, killing at least two. [BBC]
Lebanon Needs Arab Aid to Help with Syria Influx. Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged Arab states to help Lebanon cope with a flood of Syrian refugees who are stretching its scarce resources and will need at least $370 million in support this year. [Reuters]