HEADLINES: Refugees – May 1st, 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.

Refugee Resettlement Referral from Nepal Reaches 100,000.  The resettlement of refugees from Bhutan reached a major milestone this week, with 100,000 people having been referred for resettlement from Nepal to third countries since the programme began in 2007.  [UNHCR]

Assad Still Has Backers Among Syrian Refugees.  As the two-year-old conflict grinds on, with more than 70,000 killed in the fighting, Syrians who support Assad say he provided them with security and stability.  [Washington Post]

Syria’s Escalating Refugee Crisis Means Jordan is Crying out for Help. Jordan is desperate. In January, $1.5bn was pledged to provide aid for Syrian refugees at the UN summit in Kuwait.  [Guardian]

Jordan: More than 45,000 Refugees Return to Syria.  Jordan says that more 45,000 refugees in its territory who fled Syria’s civil war have chosen to return since last August.  [Associated Press]

Finding Solutions for Syria’s Growing Refugee Crisis.  It didn’t seem as if the situation in Syria could get any worse until last week when reports surfaced that the Syrian government may be using chemical weapons.  [New York Times]

Provide Education and Health Care for the Refugee Children in the Refugee Camps. We have seen the aftermath of enough civil wars to know this about refugees: providing food and shelter is not enough. The cycle of civil wars is violence, displacement, resentment, aggression and more violence.  [New York Times]

Do not Abandon the People of Syria. I first visited Syria as High Commissioner in early 2007, in the wake of the enormous refugee outflow from Iraq at the time.  [UNHCR]

Jordan’s Invisible Refugee Crisis. Nestled in a mass of concrete houses in a poor neighborhood in Amman, Jordan, is a bare two-room apartment, home to a 30-year-old Syrian named Maher, his 24-year-old wife Nour, their young son and daughter, and five members of his wife’s family.  [The Nation]

Eritrean Refugees Tortured for Ranson in ‘Silent Tragedy.’  Trafficking in Africa has long been a problem, from drugs and minerals to ivory and people.  [Voice of America]

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