Political refugees

In this Nov. 27, 2019 photo, Patrice Gaudensio, a refugee artist from South Sudan poses for a portrait during an exhibition titled "Beyond Borders," featuring work by refugee artists, at Art Cafe in Cairo, Egypt. Gaudensio said he and his wife have experienced racism and discrimination several times in Cairo streets. Hundreds of thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants call Cairo their temporary home. Many have fled deadly violence or dire poverty at home only to face racist harassment, violence and rape in the megacity of some 20 million people. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
January 02, 2020 - 12:46 am
CAIRO (AP) — Two Sudanese sisters, Seham and Ekhlas Bashir, were walking their children home from elementary school in a Cairo neighborhood when a group of Egyptian teenagers crowded around them. They boys taunted them, calling them “slave” and other slurs. Then they tried to rip off Ekhlas'...
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In this Sept. 23, 2019 photo, rescued migrants look at a map of Europe aboard the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship as it sails in the Mediterranean Sea. The misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly lucrative business, in part funded by the EU and enabled by the United Nations, an Associated Press investigation has found. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
December 31, 2019 - 2:29 pm
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. That hasn’t happened. Instead, the...
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December 25, 2019 - 2:24 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas woman who drove to Mexico to deliver Christmas gifts to a sprawling refugee camp housing people waiting for U.S. court dates said Wednesday she was detained by authorities there for two days. Anamichelle Castellano said she and another volunteer for her nonprofit group were...
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In this June 11, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump applauds next to Governors Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, second left, and Kim Reynolds of Iowa, left, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. An executive order by Trump giving states the right to refuse to take refugees is putting Republican governors in an uncomfortable position. They're caught between immigration hardliners who want to shut the door and others who believe helping refugees is a moral obligation. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
December 22, 2019 - 11:07 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An executive order by President Donald Trump giving states the right to refuse to take refugees is putting Republican governors in an uncomfortable position. They’re caught between immigration hardliners who want to shut the door and some Christian evangelicals who believe...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish film-maker, writer and refugee who has documented life inside the Australian offshore immigration camp on Manus Island, poses for a portrait in Christchurch, New Zealand. The refugee who wrote an award-winning book while being held in detention has overstayed his visa in New Zealand, according to at least one official and the man's lawyer, in a move that could fuel diplomatic tensions with Australia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
December 19, 2019 - 3:52 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A refugee who wrote an award-winning book while being held in detention has overstayed his visa in New Zealand, according to at least one official and the man's lawyer, in a move that could fuel diplomatic tensions with Australia. Behrouz Boochani traveled from Papua...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 photo Fartun Abdi, a 25-year-old Somalian sits at work in Nashville, Tenn. Abdi arrived in the U.S. as refugee with her mother and two step-siblings. She now works as a refugee case assistant for Catholic Charities. Abdi said she voted for Lee and prayed over his refugee decision. Tennessee won't stop resettling refugees, Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, rejecting the option offered to states by President Donald Trump's administration. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)
December 19, 2019 - 1:32 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fartun Abdi last saw her father face-to-face when she was about 1 year old living in Somalia, just before her family separated to flee fighting in the country. For most of her life, she wasn't sure her father was alive. Now a mother of five, Abdi lives in Nashville and works...
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In this Dec. 14, 2019, photo, Dr. Psyche Calderon works with a patient in a shelter for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. Calderon is a general practitioner volunteering her time to provide care for Central Americans stuck in Mexico while they try to obtain asylum in the United States. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
December 18, 2019 - 2:56 pm
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — When the Honduran boy complained of a toothache, Dr. Psyche Calderon asked the obvious question: “When did the pain start?" The answer broke her heart. “When La Mara broke all my teeth and killed all my family," the 14-year-old said. He said little else about the attack by...
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December 18, 2019 - 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrants convicted of illegally reentering the U.S., driving drunk or committing domestic violence will be barred from claiming asylum under a proposed regulation announced Wednesday by the Trump administration. The proposal, which must go through a public comment period before...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 file photo, refugees and migrants are rescued by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat, 60 miles north of Al-Khums, Libya. The United Nations is urging governments, businesses and others to “reboot" the world's response to refugees as the number of people fleeing their homes rises along with hostility to migrants. The U.N. and Switzerland are hosting the first Global Refugee Forum in Geneva Tuesday and Wednesday. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo, file)
December 17, 2019 - 7:54 am
BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations urged governments, businesses and others on Tuesday to “reboot" the world's response to refugees as the number of people fleeing their homes rises along with hostility to migrants. The first Global Refugee Forum, being hosted in Geneva by the U.N. and Switzerland on...
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FILE- In this Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks in St. Paul, Minn. Gov. Walz said Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, that the Minnesota state government will continue to consent to refugee resettlement. The Democratic governor made the declaration in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in response to a recent executive order from President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
December 13, 2019 - 3:27 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state government will continue to consent to refugee resettlement, Gov. Tim Walz said Friday, in response to a recent presidential executive order that requires consent from states and counties. “The inn is not full in Minnesota,” the Democratic governor said in a...
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