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Human trafficking 'rife' in Rohingya camps: aid agencies

Human trafficking 'rife' in Rohingya camps: aid agencies

Widowed and alone 21-year-old Umme Kulthum had hoped for a fresh start in Bangladesh, but was forced into prostitution instead, falling victim to what aid groups and officials say is a growing trafficking scourge targeting refugees.

Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR

Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea ...

Protesters scale Sydney Opera House in support of refugees

Protesters scale Sydney Opera House in support of refugees

Around 600 refugees and asylum seekers have been living without food, water or electricity for more than a week inside the Manus refugee detention facility, which was shut down by Australia last week.

Australia snubs New Zealand offer to take refugees

Australia snubs New Zealand offer to take refugees

Australia on Sunday snubbed New Zealand's renewed offer to resettle 150 refugees held at remote Pacific camps, despite the closure of one detention centre in Papua New Guinea.

Some 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 23 found dead

Some 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 23 found dead

Rescuers pulled 700 boat migrants to safety in the Mediterranean and found 23 bodies during one operation on Friday, an Italian coastguard spokesman said, the second loss of multiple lives recorded in the area so far this week.

Australia asylum protesters struggle in PNG camp

Australia asylum protesters struggle in PNG camp

Refugees barricaded inside a shuttered Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea were becoming "distraught and depressed", detainees said on Friday, as New Zealand renewed an offer to resettle some of them.

Syrians on hunger strike in Greece over bid to rejoin families

Syrians on hunger strike in Greece over bid to rejoin families

Yiorgos Maniatis, one of the protest organisers, said there are more than 2,000 Syrians who have been waiting for more than six months, the maximum period for such family reunions under European law.

NZ offers to take 150 refugees from Manus Island

NZ offers to take 150 refugees from Manus Island

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reiterated Thursday her predecessor's offer to take 150 refugees from the Australian-run Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Refugees in Greece demand transfer to Germany, start hunger strike

Refugees in Greece demand transfer to Germany, start hunger strike

A group of mainly Syrian women and children who have been stranded in Greece pitched tents opposite parliament in Athens on Wednesday in a protest against delays in reuniting with relatives in Germany.

Four Rohingya drown as refugee boat capsizes off Bangladesh

Four Rohingya drown as refugee boat capsizes off Bangladesh

Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, police said.

US top court dismisses Hawaii's challenge to Trump travel ban

US top court dismisses Hawaii's challenge to Trump travel ban

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday formally dropped plans to hear the last remaining challenge to an earlier version of President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and a ban on refugees

Rohingya boat toll rises to 23 as more bodies found

Rohingya boat toll rises to 23 as more bodies found

The bodies of another nine refugees have washed up in Bangladesh after an overloaded boat carrying scores of desperate Rohingya sank in rough seas, police said Tuesday, taking the confirmed death toll to 23.