Contemporary refugee movement

  See also: here, here and here.

  And here for Europe's recent refugee conundrums


Unsuccessful refugees return to El Salvador, to fear of gangs founded by Salvadorans deported from US in '90s (video) NY Times  (Feb. 5, 2019)


Gulf Arab asylum-seekers  Economist  (January 19, 2019)

"Migrants' best bet may be Mexico"  Los Angeles Times  (July 2018)

Refunite helping refugees find lost relatives  New York Times  (Oct. 2017)

Rohingyas being ethnically cleansed  Economist  (Sept. 16, 2017)

Refugee resettlement in Montana  (July 3, 2017)


Over 100 dead from two capsized Mediterranean dinghies Guardian  (Dec. 23 2016)

Death toll reported by International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, which estimates total Mediterranean deaths for 2016 at over 5000 (mostly between Libya and Italy), compared to 3800 in 2015. Hundreds, however, have also been rescued recently in operations supported by the Italian coastguard and Spanish navy. Video details recent rescue efforts by Médecins Sans Frontières and SOS Méditerranée bringing 112 migrants aboard ship Aquarius. Asylum-seekers reaching Italy by boat in 2016 are at an all-time annual high.

Also see re Europe's refugee conundrums here .


Save the children rescue from dinghies off Libyan coast. BBC (Oct. 4, 2016)


New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

(UN General Assembly,  Sept. 19, 2016)

  - Agreement on principles of a “Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework” to:

     “Ease pressures on host countries, Enhance refugee self-reliance, Expand third-

      country solutions and Support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety

      and dignity.”

 - Agreement to “work towards the adoption of a global compact on refugees and a

      global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.”



UNHCR Global Trends Data video: stories, pictures, statistics (June, 2016 65 million forcibly displaced in 2015. 41 million in their own country (record level): largest numbers in Columbia, Syria and Iraq.


African child migrants in Italy 

New York Times  (June 10, 2016)



Worldwide 28 mil. newly displaced in 2015 Voice of America (11-May-16)

"The world is in a tremendous displacement crisis that is relentlessly building year after year, and now too many places have the perfect storm of conflict and/or disasters" - Norwegian Refugee Council


Routes, experiences, targeted services

UK university study, EVI-MED, Stanford Magazine,  (March / April, 2016)


Red Cross slow to deploy Das Magazin (Tages-Anzeiger, in German, 26-Mar-16)


Profitable humanitarianism in Bavaria

"Making money out of the migrant crisis"  BBC   (Jan. 31, 2016)


"The World's Largest Refugee Camp" [in Kenya]

Review in Economist of City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence (Jan. 23, 2016):

"Over it all is a strong feeling of lives being wasted."


Winter help needed on Mediterranean / Balkan routes

New York Times   (Nov. 12, 2015)


Volunteers on Lesbos  20 Minuten  (in German, Nov. 6, 2015)


Pope Francis: Every Catholic parish in Europe should 

shelter a refugee family   Washington Post   (Sept. 6, 2015)


In-transit Mideast Refugees Welcomed in Vienna

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Sept. 2, 2015, p. 2)

Original article in German. English synopsis:

The Other Austria Shows Itself: Over 3,500 asylum-seekers arrive in just in a few hours

    Vienna's West Train Station open all night (August 31-Sept. 1);  refugee trains arriving from Budapest greeted by applauding activists and welcoming placards in Arabic, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) distributes water bottles and food to arriving passengers; hundreds travel directly on to Germany while most spend the night in the train station in order to catch an early train Tuesday morning; Caritas uses a left luggage depot as a supply room where volunteers deliver donations of food and drink.

     It is as if another Austria has come to the fore. After months of political wrangling and hate-laden on-line commentaries, the 71 dead refugees found in an abandoned truck last week shocked the country. Hundreds of volunteers in Austria have long been active helping refugees, but until last week’s tragedy they were quieter than the polemicists.



MV Phoenix volunteers save over 8 thous. in 8 months

Entrepreneurs to the rescue  Outside Magazine (Sept. 1, 2015)

Helping smuggle migrants from Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean is not legal. Helping rescue migrants swindled by those smugglers is not just allowed, it is encouraged. “I realized that I was good at doing the impossible,” says the founder and founder of the NGO which deploys the 131 foot rescue vessel Phoenix.



World Refugee Day, 2015: New York Times (June 13, 2015)

Lost Voices of the World's Refugees

Doing more to help the world's fifty million refugees

"It should not take mass drownings in the Bay of Bengal or the Mediterranean for governments to take action. It’s possible for wealthier nations to anticipate the continuing waves of displaced people and to shape long-term, orderly ways to help them weather the upheavals in their homelands or, if it becomes necessary, to help them settle in new lands, the way many of our parents and grandparents did."


See also:

"Hoaxmap" researches, debunks false rumors about refugees in Germany (2015-16)

International Rescue Committee


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