Australia defends sending refugees to Cambodia

Australia`s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday defended the government`s plan to transfer refugees to Cambodia, saying the programme would start small but be a long-term arrangement.

Cambodia, Australia sign $35 mn deal over refugees; activists outraged

Cambodia will resettle potentially hundreds of refugees intercepted trying to reach Australia in exchange for $35 million in aid, forging ahead with an opaque deal condemned by rights groups as a threat to asylum seekers` safety.

Facing new flight, Turkish Kurds in Iraq long for home

Families who once fled a Turkish crackdown on Kurdish rebels in the 1990s now languish in a mosque in northern Iraq after escaping from brutal jihadists, longing to return home.

Australia to take 4,400 refugees from Syria, Iraq

Australia will offer to resettle some 4,400 people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday, adding the places had been freed up by success in stopping asylum-seeker boats.

US forces headed for Iraq mountain: Kurdish spokesman

US military advisors were headed for Iraq`s Mount Sinjar to study means of evacuating thousands of civilians trapped by jihadists with little food or water, a Kurdish spokesman said Wednesday.

India ready to take back its citizens: Home Ministry

India on Saturday said it will take back all its citizens, detained onboard a boat seized by Australia, but a decision on other nationals will be taken as per international law and convention after ascertaining their identity.

UN urges review of Australia`s handling of Sri Lankan refugees

Australia should hold a wide-ranging judicial review of its treatment of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka, the United Nations` human rights office said today amid uproar over Canberra`s handling of the issue.

Pakistan fighting reverses flow of refugees, stirs unease in Afghanistan

Thousands of refugees fleeing an offensive by Pakistan`s army have poured across the lawless border into ramshackle camps on rugged hills in Afghanistan, stirring unease that Taliban militants may be hiding among them.

Uruguay to receive 120 Syrian refugees

Some 120 refugees from war-torn Syria are due to begin arriving in Uruguay in the coming weeks, officials here said on Tuesday.

Over 14,000 Ukrainian refugees accommodated in Russia

The total number of Ukrainian refugees living in temporary accommodation in Russia exceeds 14,000, the Russian ministry of emergency situations said Tuesday.

Thousands flee tribal region as Pakistan gears up for offensive

Pakistan`s military on Monday gave residents of North Waziristan until the end of the day to leave the remote mountainous region ahead of a widely anticipated major ground offensive by the army against Islamist militants.

UN must act to save refugees, says Amnesty

The UN Security Council is failing to maintain international peace and security in conflict zones, Amnesty International said on World Refugee Day Friday.

Pope urges help for Iraq displaced, world`s refugees

Pope Francis called Wednesday for concrete help for millions of refugee families around the world and sent his prayers to those forced to flee an insurgency spearheaded by Islamist militants in Iraq.

Italy abandons refugees in car parks without food, shoes: UN

The UN refugee agency today accused Italy of abandoning hundreds of refugees in car parks on the outskirts of Rome and Milan, abandoning them without shoes, food or money.

Pope to hear from Syria`s refugees in Jordan

Pope Francis will hear first-hand accounts of the horrors of Syria`s war when he meets refugees in Jordan Saturday as he begins a three-day visit to the Holy Land.

Australia dismisses `corrupt` Cambodia concerns

On Tuesday Australia dismissed concerns that money given to Cambodia to resettle refugees could end up in the pockets of corrupt officials as Phnom Penh moves closer to joining Papua New Guinea and Nauru in accepting asylum-seekers.

Afghan authorities seek new homes for landslide refugees

Afghan officials on Monday said they were seeking to build new homes for hundreds of families displaced by a landslide that entombed a village, killing at least 300 people.

Australia mulls more aid for Syrian refugees

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said here Monday that his country is looking into increasing aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan, local media reported.

Refugees allowed to vote in Afghan elections

The Afghanistan government has allowed refugees living in Chaman and other border areas to vote in Saturday`s presidential and provincial elections.

Boat accident in Western Uganda kills at least 19: Police

At least 19 people were killed and dozens of others were missing on Saturday after a boat carrying mostly Congolese refugees capsized in a lake that runs along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, police said.