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EU Must Urgently Evacuate Refugees, Migrants Trapped in Libya

EU Must Urgently Evacuate Refugees, Migrants Trapped in Libya

Refugees International urges the EU and its governments to urgently evacuate from Libya refugees and migrants currently in detention centers. 

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UN Agrees to Historic Global Compact on Refugees

UN Agrees to Historic Global Compact on Refugees

Refugees International applauds today’s broad endorsement of the Global Compact on Refugees by the UN General Assembly. This represents a critical step toward improving the lives of some 25 million refugees around the world who have fled their home countries in search of safety.

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Refugees International Statement on U.S. FY 2019 Refugee Admissions Ceiling

Refugees International Statement on U.S. FY 2019 Refugee Admissions Ceiling

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement of a refugee ceiling of 30,000 is appalling, and it continues this administration’s rapid flight from the proud U.S. tradition of providing refuge to those fleeing persecution around the world.

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Separation of Families at the U.S. Southern Border

Separation of Families at the U.S. Southern Border

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, Refugees International condemns the separation of children of from parents seeking protection in the United States. These measures are nowhere mandated in U.S. law, are inhumane, and risk creating psychological and emotional damage to the children and their families.

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UN Must Address Protection Issues in Global Compact on Migration

UN Must Address Protection Issues in Global Compact on Migration

It is essential that the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) address protection issues, as reaffirmation of protection principles in the GCM sends an important signal of support for the rights of migrants from governments of the world. 

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The Return of Thousands of Afghans from Turkey back to Afghanistan is Cause for Alarm

In this statement, Refugees International expresses its deep concern regarding the return in recent weeks of thousands of Afghan nationals from Turkey back to Afghanistan where their safety is at risk. On April 23, Turkey’s minister of the interior announced that 7,100 Afghans had been returned to Afghanistan and that thousands more would follow shortly.

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U.S. Disastrous Decision to End Participation in the Global Compact on Migration

U.S. Disastrous Decision to End Participation in the Global Compact on Migration

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz issues a statement as the United States announced its decision to end its participation in the effort to develop a Global Compact  on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Schwartz states that the U.S. decision is irresponsible and will limit U.S. capacity to influence a critical international discussion. 

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Plight of Refugees and Migrants in Libya Should be A Key Issue During Libyan Prime Minister’s Visit to the White House

Plight of Refugees and Migrants in Libya Should be A Key Issue During Libyan Prime Minister’s Visit to the White House

During their White House meeting, President Trump and Libya's Prime Minister al-Sarraj should discuss the plight of refugees and migrants in Libya, especially those housed in government-run detention facilities. Refugees International and other organizations have documented abuses taking place in these facilities. The U.S. president should urge the Libyan government to hold accountable those responsible.

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RI Statement on the New White House Policy Restricting Refugee Admissions

RI Statement on the New White House Policy Restricting Refugee Admissions

Refugees International issued a statement following the Trump Administration's decision to resume the refugee admissions program with a range of additional security requirements. The Administration is adopting a new and near-total ban on admission of refugees from 11 nationality groups – groups which have in recent years represented a high percentage if not most of the refugees who have arrived in the United States.  RI finds the Administration's action to be a cynical and tragic manipulation of administrative process and an action that conflicts with U.S. values and interests.

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Secretary of State Tillerson Should Avoid "Meaningless and Misleading" Conclusions in Refugee Admissions Reports

Secretary of State Tillerson Should Avoid "Meaningless and Misleading" Conclusions in Refugee Admissions Reports

A bipartisan group of former senior U.S. officials today urged Secretary of State Tillerson to ensure that two State Department reports on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, where were mandated by President Trump, contain key elements to ensure the reports contribute to responsible policy making. The President’s directive requires that Secretary Tillerson prepare two reports within 180 days – an estimate of the long-term costs of the United States Refugee Admissions Program and an estimate of the number of refugees being supported in countries of first asylum for the same long-term cost as supporting refugees resettled in the United States.   

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Letter to Secretary Tillerson on U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Letter to Secretary Tillerson on U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Practitioners and scholars involved in immigration and refugee affairs sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

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Trump Administration Should Affirm Key Role of State Department's Refugee Bureau

Trump Administration Should Affirm Key Role of State Department's Refugee Bureau

 As the Administration considers reorganization of the government, more than 40 former U.S. diplomats and national security officials who have served in Republican and Democratic administrations along with 18 humanitarian organization leaders called on the Trump administration to affirm the key role of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.  The letter was delivered to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday, with copies sent to leadership on Capitol Hill. 

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President Trump's FY18 Budget Cannot Stand

President Trump's FY18 Budget Cannot Stand

Refugees International is alarmed by the devastating cuts proposed by President Trump’s more detailed FY18 budget request to Congress. The administration proposal is not about better aid accountability or reaching vulnerable populations more effectively. Simply put, this budget would cripple humanitarian response at a time when the global community is facing crises unparalleled in modern times. 

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Statement on the EU-Turkey Agreement Anniversary

Statement on the EU-Turkey Agreement Anniversary

On March 18, the EU and Turkey will mark the one-year anniversary of their joint statement, which sought to stem the flows of asylum-seekers and migrants crossing from Turkey’s shores to the Greek islands. But as this anniversary approaches, Refugees International believes there little cause to celebrate and much more cause for concern. While EU leaders have presented the policy as a success, pointing to the significant decrease in the number of arrivals on the Greek islands since March 2016, the policy has also left thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers stranded in Greece in shocking conditions and has eroded the right to seek asylum in Europe.

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Statement on the 9th Circuit Appeals Court Ruling

Statement on the 9th Circuit Appeals Court Ruling

Refugees International welcomes the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to reinstate President Donald Trump's Executive Order barring refugees and immigrants - predominantly from seven Muslim majority nations - from entering the United States. 

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No Excuse: Freezing Conditions in Greece

No Excuse: Freezing Conditions in Greece

As snow and freezing temperatures impact refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants currently living in make-shift shelters in Greece, Refugees International urges the Greek government and the European Union to immediately provide adequate warm accommodations for those enduring harsh winter conditions in Greece’s refugee camps. 

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Refugees International Statement on the Election of Donald Trump

Refugees International Statement on the Election of Donald Trump

As the country comes together and moves forward following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, Refugees International reaffirms its commitment to work on behalf of the world’s 65 million refugees and displaced people. 

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