Category: return

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Gaza: Refugees call for staunch of return in mass protests

Israeli forces have killed at least 15 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,000 others during a mass protest near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border. Thousands attended Friday’s protest, dubbed the Great March of Return, which was organised by several Palestinian civil society organisations and backed by all of political factions. The protest marked the 42nd…

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Will 2018 be the one year of return to Syria?

Today, in government buildings across Europe and the Middle East, officials debate policies that would return millions of Syrian refugees to their war-ravaged land. Displaced families sit in refugee tents weighing up the risk of returning home, too; the burden weighing heavier on their shoulders. Government officials would be unwise to make hasty or reckless…

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Syrian refugees ‘at pains of being pushed to achieve’

Aid agencies have warned that hundreds of thousands of Syrians are at risk of being pushed to return in 2018, despite ongoing violence in the Middle Eastern country. The warning was issued by six humanitarian agencies amid what they called a “global anti-refugee backlash”, harsher conditions in regional countries who have taken in Syrians and…

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Saudi sisters who fled to Turkey trouble forced return

Two sisters from Saudi Arabia, who are currently in Turkey, are desperately trying to avoid being returned to the kingdom, where they could be imprisoned, their lawyer has told Al Jazeera. Serdarhan Topo said that his clients, 30-year-old Ashwaq Hamoud and 28-year-old Areej Hamoud, also fear violence from family members if they are forced to go back…

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Rohingya refugees: ‘I plan not hope to approach lend a hand’

Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – Rohingya refugees tuned in on handheld, nine-band radios to news that the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar had signed a preliminary deal for their return.  The news slowly made its way throughout the labyrinthine alleyways of tarpaulin and bamboo shelters that more than 800,000 stateless Rohingya now call…

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Myanmar, Bangladesh imprint Rohingya return deal

Bangladesh and Myanmar have signed a deal for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, who have taken shelter in the border town of Cox’s Bazar after a brutal crackdown by the military. Myanmar’s foreign ministry confirmed the signing of the agreement on Thursday, without releasing further details.  “We are ready to take…