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Syrian refugee family gets new life in US

A Syrian refugee who recently moved to the USA with the help of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) wants to give back to his host community and improve people’s perception of his culture and religion.

Abdel Moein and his family spent years in Lebanon waiting to be resettled in Florida to begin a new life.

Their lives momentarily were put on hold in late January after an executive order effectively suspended their entry to the United States.

Jocelyne Sambira has the details.

Duration: 3'26''

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Most desperate time for migrants may be yet to come

The most desperate time for migrants and refugees who have arrived in Europe may be yet to come.

With the first winter weather arriving in Central and South Eastern Europe, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is urgently distributing coats, blankets and other basic winter items to the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve arrived in Europe this year.

Veronica Reeves has more.

Duration: 1'52"

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Refugees and migrants reaching Greece soar past half-million mark

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece this year has surpassed the half-million mark, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

The agency said that the current spike in arrivals to Greece from countries including Syria and Afghanistan, was putting huge pressure on the Greek islands.

UNHCR’s Ron Redmond has been to the island of Lesvos, where the majority of people are arriving.

Daniel Dickinson asked him for an update.


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Refugee crisis a “shame”, but not a “surprise”

With more than 60 million refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons worldwide, the head of the UN’s Refugee Agency has said the plight of the world’s displaced can no longer be ignored.

Speaking in Geneva on Monday, High Commissioner António Guterres said that the number of people fleeing conflict every day has nearly quadrupled in the last 5 years.

Further complicating the situation is the difficulty in repatriating refugees once they’ve left their homes.

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European proposal to relocate extra 120,000 refugees welcomed

A new proposal by the European Commission to relocate thousands of refugees crossing into Europe has been welcomed by the United Nations.

The EC’s plan is to relocate an additional 120,000 people seeking asylum in Greece, Italy and Hungary to other European nations.

That’s on top of a proposal in May to transfer 40,000 from Greece and Italy.

Maria Carlino reports.

Duration: 1'41"

Displacement of people “getting out of control in world at war”

The highest number of people displaced by conflict ever was recorded last year, according to a report issued by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The Global Trends report says that close to 60 million people around the world were forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict in 2014.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, says that forced displacement is “getting out of control” in what he called a “world at war.”

“Immense” number of people displaced in Africa

The number of people displaced in sub-Saharan Africa has been described as “immense” in a new report by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

According to the Global Trends report, Africa had 3.7 million refugees and 11.4 million internally displaced people in 2014.

Around 4.5 million were newly displaced during that year, an increase of 17 per cent over the previous year.

Ethiopia replaced Kenya as the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa and the fifth largest worldwide.

Forced displacement on the rise in Asia

The number of people forced by conflict and instability to flee their homes in Asia went up by 31 per cent in 2014, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The agency has released its new Global Trends report which covers displacements around the world as of the end of 2014.

UNHCR spokesperson Babar Balloch explained to Daniel Johnson why the number of people who were forced to flee has increased so dramatically.

Duration: 3’15”