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German minister says refugee deal reached with Italy

German minister says refugee deal reached with ItalyInterior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday that Germany had reached a deal with Italy to return migrants who have already applied for asylum there and added he expected it to be signed soon. “I have just heard that the deal with Italy has also been agreed,” Seehofer told the Bundestag lower house of parliament. The deals are part of a compromise between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Seehofer’s Bavarian Christian Social Union that appears to resolve a dispute over returning migrants that nearly split them and brought down the government.



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Austerity And 2008's Crash Boosted Sweden's Far Right Long Before The Refugee Crisis

Austerity And 2008's Crash Boosted Sweden's Far Right Long Before The Refugee CrisisA hard-line anti-immigrant party is poised for a big win in Sweden's elections



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UNRWA chief defends refugee criteria for millions of Palestinians

UNRWA chief defends refugee criteria for millions of PalestiniansThe United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) provides services to about 5 million Palestinian refugees across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza. Most are descendants of some 700,000 Palestinians who were driven out of their homes or fled fighting in the 1948 war that led to Israel’s creation. The growing refugee count was cited by Washington, UNRWA’s biggest donor, in its decision last week to withhold funding, and has potential ramifications for the Palestinians’ pursuit of a right of return to land now in Israel.



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Israel welcomes end of US funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

Israel welcomes end of US funding for UN Palestinian refugee agencyIsrael welcomed Saturday a US decision to end funding for the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), accusing the organisation which supports some five million Palestinians of perpetuating the Middle East conflict. Israel and the United States have accused the nearly 70-year-old agency of maintaining the idea that many Palestinians are refugees with a right to return to the homes from which they fled or were expelled during the 1948 war that accompanied Israel’s creation, an idea they both oppose.



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US ends funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

US ends funding for UN Palestinian refugee agencyThe United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees Friday after declaring the organization was “irredeemably flawed. Washington has long been the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) largest donor but is “no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. Nauert said there would be no additional contributions beyond a $ 60 million dollar payment made in January, drawing condemnation from both the Palestinians and UNRWA.



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Palestinians condemn US ending funding for UN refugee agency

Palestinians condemn US ending funding for UN refugee agencyJERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinians on Saturday condemned the U.S. decision to end its decades of funding for the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, calling it an attack on the Palestinian people and accusing the Trump administration of trying to remove sensitive core issues from the negotiating table as it says it is preparing a Mideast peace initiative.



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Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria a ploy to slow refugee return

Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria a ploy to slow refugee returnRussia will help Lebanon return refugees to neighboring Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, accusing the United States of impeding the general repatriation process by declining to assist in Syria’s reconstruction. Lavrov also called on opposition groups in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib to distance themselves from the Nusra Front group, formerly the local branch of al Qaeda.



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Putin Warns Merkel That Europe Can't Afford a New Syria Refugee Crisis

Putin Warns Merkel That Europe Can't Afford a New Syria Refugee CrisisMerkel was hosting Putin for their first bilateral talks in Germany since 2013



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Canada PM pressured to suspend U.S. refugee agreement in face of 'unacceptable' policy

Canada PM pressured to suspend U.S. refugee agreement in face of 'unacceptable' policyOTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday the U.S. practice of separating immigrant children from their parents on its southern border was “unacceptable”, even as he resisted pressure to suspend a bilateral agreement designating the United States a “safe” country for refugees. Trudeau has been under increasing pressure to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, a 2004-era pact under which asylum seekers presenting at a land border crossing in either country are turned back and told to apply for refugee status in the first country they arrived in.



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Immigration rally in NYC to mark 'World Refugee Day'

Immigration rally in NYC to mark 'World Refugee Day'Hundreds of New Yorkers from refugee, immigrant, religious and advocacy communities held a march in observance of World Refugee Day. Marchers laid out 85 pairs of shoes to represent 85,000 refugees who were not allowed into the U.S. in 2018, carried orange rafts symbolizing refugee ocean crossings and read the names of refugees who died in transit.



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