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Refugees Are Victims of Chinese Espionage, Not Accomplices

A Tibetan case reveals how the Chinese Communist Party coerces communities worldwide.

A Kurdish refugee mother and son from the Syrian town of Kobani walk beside their tent in a camp in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc on the Turkish-Syrian border on Oct. 19, 2014.

Refugees Can’t Live in Limbo Forever

Governments and aid organizations think of displaced populations as temporary. But it is time to face reality.

A Sudanese asylum-seeker talks during an interview in the southern part of Tel Aviv where thousands of them live, on Oct. 25.

The Kafkaesque World of Sudanese Refugees in Israel

Aid organizations fear that Israel is about to deport thousands of asylum-seekers to Sudan now that the two countries have made peace.

A Syrian refugee from the informal Rukban camp shelters a young child outside a U.N.-operated medical clinic in Jordan on March 1, 2017.

Stay and Starve, or Leave and Die

Jordan is dumping refugees on U.S.-held territory near Syria, and the United States is refusing to care for them as conditions worsen.

Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement set up in the border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh on April 25, 2018.

The World Needs a New Refugee Convention

For 30 years, right-wing parties and nativist leaders have whittled away refugees’ rights. In the wake of a global pandemic, seeking asylum will be nearly impossible unless the international community revises and modernizes its approach to people fleeing war.

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The Case for Climate Reparations

The world’s poorest will bear the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Redirecting international resources to address entrenched inequalities provides a way out.

A Lebanese woman draped in a national flag

‘We Have Nothing Here’: A Collapsing Lebanon Sparks an Exodus of Despair

A country that previously took in refugees could become an exporter of people as government ineptitude and an economic cataclysm destroy all hope.

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Beirut Explosion Imperils Lebanon’s Refugee Population—and Aid Routes to Syria

Reeling from the aftermath of a chemical explosion in the city’s port, Lebanon’s most vulnerable are bracing for even more anguish.

A man leaves the Menoyia immigration detention center near the town of Kofinou in Cyprus on May 29.

The End of Immigration Detention Doesn’t Mean the End of Fortress Europe

The coronavirus pandemic temporarily ended the practice of detaining and deporting asylum-seekers in many countries, but harsher border controls could make reaching Europe and the United States harder than ever.

Sri Lanka migrants bound for Australia remain on their boat despite it being washed ashore.

For Sri Lankan Refugees, a Free and Fair Australia Is a Myth

A murder mystery is an indictment of Australia’s draconian immigration policy that has left many legitimate asylum-seekers detained, deported, or dead.

Riot police detain a woman at a rally in Hong Kong.

Former U.S. Officials Urge Refugee Status for Hong Kongers

Pressure mounts for Congress to pass safe-harbor legislation to let Hong Kongers escape China’s newest police state.

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Greece’s Forgotten Child Refugees

With support services limited by the coronavirus, refugee children are turning to black markets for survival.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis removes his face mask after attending the departure of unaccompanied minors who were living in migrant camps on the Greek islands to travel on a special flight to Germany at Athens International Airport on April 18.

In Europe, the Lives of Refugees Are on Hold

The pandemic proves a mixed blessing: Deportations are suspended but so is health care.

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The Coronavirus Threatens Some More Than Others

Refugees, migrant laborers, and the global poor are especially susceptible to the pandemic. There’s little time to bridge the gap between haves and have-nots.

A doctor in a refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico

A Desperate Scramble to Prevent the Pandemic at a U.S.-Mexico Border Camp

With 2,500 asylum-seekers packed in tightly and no coronavirus tests available, doctors and volunteers are doubtful that education will be enough to prevent the spread of the virus.

Palestinian children play with face masks

Amid Coronavirus Spread, Host Countries Ignore Refugee Health at Their Own Peril

Refugees are particularly vulnerable to a pandemic—which is why their needs must be taken into account.

The al-Nour refugee camp in Arsal, Lebanon, on June 10, 2019.

Our Top Weekend Reads

The limits of social distancing, the Middle East’s lackluster coronavirus response, and the dark underbelly of whistleblowing.

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You Can’t Practice Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee

Around 70 million people are suffering displacement in crowded camps, awaiting the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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