HEADLINES: Refugees – May 15th, 2013

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button_icon_refugee_headlinesEvery 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.

Iraq’s Invisible Refugee Crisis.  Maki al-Nazzal, a 57-year-old Iraqi from Fallujah, returned to Amman a week ago from a visit to his home city in Iraq. Having lived in Jordan since 2007, Nazzal, like most refugees, wants nothing more than to return to his home country.  [Al Jazeera]

Syrian Refugees in Jordan Struggle to Survive.  So in September 2011, six months into the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, the parents sent the three children — then 15, 13 and 11 — away from home in Hama Province with about $425 and a tent sewed out of Chinese rice sacks.   [New York Times]

State Lawmakers learn About Refugee Resettlement, Similar Meeting Coming to Nashua Monday.  Ralph Gerenz’s mother came to the United States as a Hungarian immigrant when she was young. She spoke no English and was placed in a school where many other children were facing the same challenge.  [Nashua Telegraph]

Syrian Refugees ‘Sold for Marriage’ in Jordan. Before the war began, Kazal was in love with her neighbour in Homs. “He was 20 years old and I dreamed of marrying him one day,” she says. “I never thought I would marry someone I didn’t love, but my family and I have been through some hard times since coming to Amman.”  [BBC]

Burmese Refugee Boat Capsizes Ahead of Storm, 8 Dead. The United Nations says at least eight people died after several boats evacuating Rohingya Muslim refugees capsized off western Burma, as tens of thousands scramble to leave low-lying refugee camps ahead of an incoming storm.  [Voice of America]

Things Are Getting Ugly for Syrian Refugees in Turkey.  Turkish officials arrested nine Turkish nationals accused of having ties to Syrian intelligence forces for the brutal car bombings that killed 46 people in Reyhanli, a town on the border of the two countries where Syrian refugees have started living since the conflict began. [The Atlantic Wire]

Tensions Rise as Syrian Refugees Flood Jordan.  President Barack Obama said Tuesday there are no easy answers to resolving Syria’s civil war. The U.S., he said, will not take further action, unless it is absolutely sure the Assad dictatorship has used chemical weapons against its people.  [CBS News]

Asylum Requests from Mexico Triple, but Odds of Success not Good.  Enough Mexicans are now fleeing drug violence that they’ve become the second-largest nationality, after the Chinese, to seek asylum in the U.S.  [Seattle Times]

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