refugees

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan Wants to Redraw the Middle East’s Ethnic Map

Turkey’s plans in Syria are part of a long and dark history of population transfer stretching back to the Ottoman era.

Pierre Krähenbühl, the commissioner-general for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency

U.N. Aid Chief Quits Amid Probe Into Palestinian Refugee Program

Trump’s aid cuts posed an existential threat to the U.N. agency charged with caring for millions of Palestinians. Now, the agency is grappling with its own management crisis.

Venezuelans line up to cross into Cúcuta, Colombia, on June 8.

Don’t Let Venezuela’s Crisis Take Down Colombia Too

Washington should do more to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the region.

A tent orphanage for Jewish refugees in Tehran, 1942.

When Iran Welcomed Jewish Refugees

In the middle of World War II, Tehran became a haven for both Jewish and Catholic Polish refugees who were welcomed as they arrived from Soviet Central Asia.

Migrants at a detention center in Zawiyah, west of Tripoli, on June 17, 2017.

The U.N. Is Leaving Migrants to Die in Libya

The European Union is funding the Libyan coast guard to keep migrants out of Europe and detain them in a failed state—and that leaves them at the mercy of militias and human traffickers.

Shoes of Venezuelan migrants are displayed at Plaza Bolívar in Bogotá on Sept. 13.

Venezuelan Refugees May Help Liberalize Latin America’s Closed Economies

As the cases of Israel and Jordan show, an influx of migrants can prompt lasting economic reform.

Razor wire tops the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 16, 2018.

Keeping Refugees Out Makes the United States Less Safe

Instead, Washington should focus on helping end conflicts around the world.

Syria refugees walk after they crossed the Evros river, the natural boundary with Turkey in northeastern Greece, in the village of Pythio, on April 28, 2018.

Europe’s Fear of Refugees Is the Only Thing That Can Save Syria

Bashar al-Assad is on the verge of victory after massacring his population with Russian help. But the EU’s fear of yet another refugee influx could spur action to stop the carnage.

Syrian children at a tent camp in Sanliurfa, Turkey, on Jan. 9, 2018.

Turkey Can’t Host Syrian Refugees Forever

Voters across the political spectrum have become hostile toward the millions of people who fled Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his opponents are now responding with tough talk on repatriation.

A Syrian woman shows her bank card, part of the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education program funded by the European Union and managed by UNICEF, the Red Cross, and Turkish authorities, in Adana, Turkey, on March 18.

Turkey Is Helping, Not Deporting, Syrian Refugees

The Turkish government provides millions of Syrians with health care and education. A multilateral political solution is needed and demonizing Ankara won’t help.

A young Syrian refugee peeks out of a bus window as fellow refugees prepare to leave Beirut on their journey home to Syria on Sept. 4, 2018.

Time Is Running Out for Syrians in Lebanon

Beirut is ready to send refugees home, but there isn’t much for them to go back to.

Buck Billy is a co-owner of ZIN Adventures, a tour company owned and operated by deportees. He rides in a tuk tuk during ZIN's Good Luck City Tour in Phnom Penh on June 5.

Deported to Their Parents’ Homeland, Cambodian Americans Start Anew

Refugees who fled the Khmer Rouge as children are being deported from the United States in record numbers—and are adapting as adults to life in a country most have never known.

Syrian refugee Nidal Hussein Hussein, one of those suddenly deported from Turkey, rides in a bus transporting him through the Bab al-Hawa crossing between Turkey and Syria's northwestern Idlib province, as he re-enters Syria on July 24.

Turkey’s Deportation Policy Is Killing Syrian Refugees

Ankara once welcomed millions of Syrians as “guests.” Now, as anti-refugee sentiment rises, they are being sent back across the border, where they face danger and death.

A 2-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, on June 12.

Trump’s Asylum Policies—and the Troops Who Enforce Them—Are Breaking the Law

Under U.S. domestic and international law, public servants locking up immigrants at the border could be prosecuted.

A Central American migrant and her children walk outside El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico, on July 17.

Trump, Immigration, and the Fight for America’s Soul

On the podcast: Where Trump’s effort to block asylum-seekers fits in the history of U.S. immigration policy.

Rohingya refugee children take a ride on the back of a truck loaded with drinks during a monsoon rainfall at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on July 23, 2019.

Myanmar Wants to Track Rohingya, Not Help Them

The U.N. is wrong to support national ID cards that could backfire on the persecuted minority.

A Syrian refugee child waits as refugees prepare to leave the Lebanese capital Beirut to return to their homes in Syria on September 9, 2018.

Lebanon Is Sick and Tired of Syrian Refugees

The country has hosted the most refugees per capita in the world—and it’s now out of patience.

Guatemalan migrants use makeshift rafts to cross the Suchiate River from Tecún Umán in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas State, Mexico, on July 22.

Trump’s Safe Third Country Agreement With Guatemala Is a Lie

Forcing migrants to claim asylum in Guatemala will further destabilize that country and harm migrants.

Guatemalan migrants use a makeshift raft to cross the Suchiate river from Tecun Uman in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas State, Mexico, on July 22.

Trump’s Attack on Asylum-Seekers Was Made in Australia

The Australian government has spent the past two decades making it harder to claim asylum and detaining legitimate refugees far from its borders. Now Trump is trying to import Canberra’s draconian approach.

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