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    Egypt: More than Just a Refuge for Syrians

    No doubt, the rather unstable situation in Egypt since 2013 has had its consequences on Syrians living there. Historically, the relationship between Egyptians and Syrians has been special. Not so far from now, about half a century ago, Syria and Egypt were combined as one republic. Egypt, at the...
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    Refugees and Europeans Look Into Each Other’s Eyes for Four Minutes in a Powerful, Emotional Experiment

    When talking about the problem of refugees, we use dehumanized language which reduces human tragedy to numbers and statistics. But this suffering concerns real people, who – just like us – have families, loved ones, friends. Just like us, they have their own stories, dreams, goals. It is only...
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    Syrian Women: Efforts and Ambitions to Cope in Turkey

    There is no doubt that the past five years have dramatically changed the lives of Syrians; this time has also changed how they see themselves in a milieu that is, according to many of them, quite different from the homeland. In fact, not all families fled the war­-ravaged Syria...
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    African Refugees’ Home Away from Home in Egypt

    Over the course of the past five years, the international community has turned its attention to the Syrian refugee crisis, which has been escalating until it reached its peak in 2015. In the meantime, however, the African war-torn countries have neither come any closer to peaceful resolutions, nor have...
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    Turkey: New Hope or Despair and Suffering for Refugees?

    The European Union’s deal with Turkey further endangers and degrades the lives of individuals fleeing persecution and seeking asylum in Europe. This deal announced on 8 March 2016 seeks to stop the flow of migration to Europe by deporting asylum seekers from the Greek Islands to Turkey. Deportations from...
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    Migrants: From Hope to Frustration in Europe

    Last year was a year marked by a major migration crisis, which, according to international organizations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations, saw the greatest waves of exodus since the Second World War coming to Europe. Hundreds of thousands fled their war-torn homelands, passing borders under often-dangerous conditions,...
  • More than 900  illegal migrants are shipped to the mainland after being rescued by Italian Navy boat 'Fregata Euro'    in the Mediterranean Sea, 12 September 2014.  EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI

    400 Refugees Drown While Crossing from Egypt to Italy: Reports

    At least 400 refugees travelling by boats from Egypt to Italy have drowned in the Mediterranean sea, reported BBC Arabic citing Somalia’s Ambassador to Egypt. Earlier in the idea, Somali media reported that hundreds of Somali youth had died when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the...
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    Pope Francis Returns From Greece With 12 Syrian Refugees

    In a “gesture of welcome”, Pope Francis returned from Greece to the Vatican with 12 Syrian refugees, including six children. The three families, all of whom are Muslim, flew with the Pope on his plane back to the Vatican. Earlier, Pope Francis visited refugees and migrants living in the...
  • In this handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office, Pope Francis performs the foot-washing ritual at the Castelnuovo di Porto refugees center near Rome on March 24, 2016. Pope Francis washed the feet of 11 young asylum seekers and a worker at their reception centre to highlight the need for the international community to provide shelter to refugees.



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    Pope Francis Washes and Kisses Feet of Muslim, Christian and Hindu Refugees

    Pope Francis made headlines on Saturday after he washed and kissed the feet of 12 young Muslim, Christian and Hindu refugees in an act aimed at bolstering international protection for refugees. In statements, the Pope said that all people are children of the same God, regardless of their religion....