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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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    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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    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,...
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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.



Several of the asylum seekers, one holding a baby in her arms, were reduced to tears as the 79-year-old pontiff kneeled before them, pouring water over their feet, drying them with a towel and bending to kiss them. / AFP PHOTO / STR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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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....
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    Game of Thrones’ Westeros Comes to the Rescue of Refugees

    Want to attend the season six premiere of Game of Thrones at a party with Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa (Sophie Turner), Cersei (Lena Headey), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) or others? For just $US 10 you can get a chance to meet the cast and crew of Game of Thrones...
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    Leading Egyptian Heart Surgeon Magdi Yacoub to Perform Pro-Bono Surgeries for Arab Children

    Renowned Egyptian heart surgeon Professor Magdi Yacoub has announced he will perform surgeries for Arab children free of charge in Oman, state-owned Al-Ahram reported. Yacoub will offer his services through the Omani center to all Arab children with heart-related birth defects but wants to focus on children from Yemen,...
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    15 Migrants and Refugees Who Changed the World

    As a result of conflict in the Middle East and Africa, the issue of refugees has been at the forefront of political and societal debate. There has been a prevalence of negative discourse on immigrants, especially concerning the potential of immigrants to adversely affect the country in which they...