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Stories about Refugees

24 February 2017

As Border Wall Looms Over Mexico, a Closer Look at Israel’s Internationally Condemned Wall

"Netanyahu's support for Trump and the wall shows in all its meanness how low the Israeli prime minister has reached. Shameful."

19 February 2017

Fleeing the Shells of War, Kachin Civilians Struggle Against Freezing Cold in North Myanmar

Almost 2,000 fled their villages after recent skirmishes between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar army

15 February 2017

Families in Sri Lanka Stand Up to the Soldiers Who Took Their Homes

Dozens of families in Sri Lanka have been protesting in front of an Air Force camp, demanding the return of their homes, which have been occupied since 2009.

12 February 2017

This Syrian Refugee Family Was Split Apart by New US Travel Rules

Gasem al-Hamad and his family live in California, safe from the war, but now Hamad's brother is stuck in Jordan. It's unknown when the family may be reunited.

11 February 2017

Here's What Refugees Do While They're Waiting to Get Into the US

In the midst of arguments over Trump's suspension of refugee resettlement, some needy people are still getting in.

8 February 2017

Fighting the Good Fight: Immigration Advocates Challenge Trump's Executive Order

The Bridge

In airports and law offices around the United States, legal advocates and grassroots activists have found common ground in the fight against President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration.

6 February 2017

As Burundi's Political Crisis Simmers, Critics Are Silenced

Global Voices Advocacy

Many reporters and activists have fled the country, and some are even missing.

2 February 2017

Lebanon Forces Syrian Families to Decide Between Homelessness and Child Labor

Despite all the risks, many Syrian families see no choice, other than to flee their homeland for Lebanon and subject their children to labor abroad.

31 January 2017

Notes From the Eye of the Crowd

The Bridge

As demonstrations break out against President Trump's executive orders, ordinary people feel their way toward protest.

The Executive Order on Immigration Wants You To Think Gaining Legal Entry to the US Is Easy

The Bridge

In reality, it's damned hard.

30 January 2017

Protests, Deportations and Uncertainty: Iranians Ensnared by Trump's Immigration Ban

"My timeline is full of stories of people impacted by #Trump’s order. They are in shock & can’t believe it."

22 January 2017

Worried About Its Future, This Former East German City Recruited Syrian Refugees

In Golzow, the population had shrunk so much that authorities were considering closing the village's only elementary school. That's when the town mayor invited Syrian refugee families to move in.

7 January 2017

‘Europa’, a Guidebook to Help Migrants and Refugees Understand Europe

"Europa: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees" tries to explain the continent's history and politics through the lens of conflict and migration.

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

23 December 2016

What Christ Is Born Among Us Today?

The Bridge

"Yes, we are Christians, but we don’t want a Christ that doesn’t look like us...."

11 December 2016

Three Somali Journalists on Lesbos Hope for the Best—Asylum in Europe

Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis make up the majority of the refugee population stuck on Lesbos and other Greek islands. So the Africans there to seek asylum are often overlooked.

10 December 2016

Refugees in the US Keep Musical Traditions Alive With Kids’ Songs

A folklorist at the Erie Art Museum in the US state of Pennsylvania dreamed up the idea: helping refugees gain work skills while working with them to preserve their songs.

28 November 2016

Myanmar’s Refugee Returnees Struggle to Build New Lives

“We returned from a refugee camp. We didn’t come back bringing heaps of money. How are we supposed to pay 3 million kyats [US$2,200]?”

26 November 2016

Refugee-Run Grocery Stores Help Bring Healthy Fare to a Food Desert in the US State of Pennyslvania

Residents of this neighborhood used to drive a long way for good groceries, but new stores are popping up as a result of a wave of refugee resettlement here.

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