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In Cyprus, Pope’s Plea for Migrants Clashes With Island’s Tensions

But then, putting aside his speech, he spoke in unusually blunt terms. “We cannot keep quiet” about a “culture of indifference,” Francis said. He looked at the pews, filled with men and women from Africa and the Middle East, some holding crying babies. “Looking at you, I see the faces of suffering” he said, calling […]

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Many Migrants Are Quickly Expelled, but Others Can Stay. Here’s Why.

“We agreed to participate on a fixed-term basis to remove barriers and help as many people as possible access their right to seek international protection, with the expectation that the current administration would end the policy soon after,” Meghan Lopez, the International Rescue Committee’s regional vice president for Latin America, said in a statement on […]

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Mexico to Allow U.S. ‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy to Resume

WASHINGTON — Mexico has agreed to allow the United States to restart a contentious asylum program that requires certain migrants to wait in Mexico until American immigration officials decide their cases — a new complication for the Biden administration’s fledgling efforts to remake the country’s immigration system after the restrictive policies of former President Donald […]

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New E.U. Measures Set to Restrict Asylum Rights at the Belarus Border

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Wednesday proposed new measures that would allow Poland and other member states bordering Belarus to suspend some protections for asylum seekers, raising concerns that they may undermine the ability of migrants to seek refuge in the bloc. The proposal from the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, would extend […]

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E.U. Interpreter Says Greece Expelled Him to Turkey in Migrant Roundup

ATHENS — For years, Greek officials have denied complaints from human rights groups that the country’s border agents have brutalized migrants and forcibly pushed them back into Turkey. They have dismissed the allegations as fake news or Turkish propaganda. Now a single case may force a reckoning. A European Union interpreter says that in September, […]

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Lithuania Welcomes Belarusians as It Rebuffs Middle Easterners

RUKLA, Lithuania — The emigrants hitchhiked overnight to the Dysna River, the border of their native Belarus. They thought they could wade across the frigid waters, but the spot they chose in haste proved to be so deep they had to swim. On the other side, at dawn two weeks ago, they found a house […]

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Risk for Leader of Belarus: Migrants He Lured May Want to Stay

BRUZGI, Belarus — He has ruled with an iron fist for 27 years, surviving huge street protests, multiple rounds of Western sanctions and even alleged plots by his benefactor, Russia, to remove him. But a threat President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has never before had to contend with is now taking shape in a squalid migrant […]

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What Is Happening at the Poland-Belarus Border?

A crowd of migrants trying to cross a border has come to seem appallingly familiar in recent years. We have seen masses of desperate people seek refuge in strange lands: Syrians escaping civil war, the Rohingya brutally driven from Myanmar, Afghans fleeing Taliban rule. But the standoff at the border between Belarus and Poland, where […]

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A Green Light at the Window for Migrants

NAREWKA, Poland — The green light in the window was easy to spot from the main road in Michalowo, a Polish town some 15 miles from the Belarusian border, where thousands of asylum seekers on their way to the European Union have been trapped in recent months. “It means that my house is a safe […]

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Poland Uses Water Cannons and Tear Gas as Tensions Rise at Belarus Border

WARSAW — The Polish authorities said that border guards used water cannons and tear gas on Tuesday to repel what they said was an attempt by migrants moving en masse from Belarus to breach the heavily guarded frontier. Tensions have been building along the European Union’s eastern front for weeks as thousands of migrants, mainly […]

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Unlike Before, Poland Gets Support From Europe on Tough Borders

BRUSSELS — The migration crisis of 2015, when millions of migrants and asylum seekers surged over Europe’s borders, nearly tore apart the European Union. Many members offered asylum to the refugees; others, like Poland and Hungary, wanted no part of it. Six years later, the current standoff at the border of Poland and Belarus has […]

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Another Attempt to End ‘Remain in Mexico’ Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making another attempt to end a Trump-era immigration program that a court ordered be reinstated, offering a more detailed description about the “benefits and cost” of forcing some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending. “I have concluded that there are inherent problems with the […]

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Illegal Border Crossings Soar to Record High, New Data Shows

Over the past year, there was a significant jump in the number of migrants — mostly families — from Brazil, which has been in the grips of the worst Covid crisis in South America. More migrants also arrived from Venezuela, Nicaragua and India, among many others. Southern border apprehensions previously reached such high levels in […]

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‘It Should Not Have Happened’: Asylum Officers Detail Migrants’ Accounts of Abuse

A Honduran man seeking a safe haven in the United States said a Border Patrol officer told him that he would not be granted asylum — a determination the officer was not authorized to make — and when the migrant refused to sign paperwork, the officer said he would be sent to jail, where he […]

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Transgender Woman Flees Malaysia After Wearing Hijab

In February 2018, on her birthday, Nur Sajat put on a demure hijab and attended a Muslim prayer session at a new building she was inaugurating near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Three years after that sartorial choice, the Malaysian authorities have charged her with “insulting Islam” and wearing female attire. On Monday, Ms. Nur […]

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Australia to Shift All Offshore Processing of Migrants to Island Nation of Nauru

Australia said Wednesday that it would stop processing asylum-seekers at offshore detention centers in Papua New Guinea, which have been criticized by human rights groups, by the end of the year. The announcement Wednesday said those seeking refuge would all now be processed on the island nation of Nauru, another country that has been doing […]

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What America Owes Haitian Asylum Seekers

Last month, the Biden administration announced that it had cleared a makeshift tent camp where thousands of Haitians had congregated under a bridge linking Mexico and Del Rio, Texas. They had arrived there desperate to gain admission to the United States, many fleeing persecution in Haiti and seeking the protection of our asylum law. The […]

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Canada Grants Asylum to Refugees Who Sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — A Sri Lankan family that sheltered the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden after he fled to Hong Kong in 2013 has been given asylum in Canada, an aid group supporting the family said Tuesday. Supun Thilina Kellapatha and Nadeeka Dilrukshi Nonis landed in Toronto on Tuesday with their children, […]

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For Haitians at the Border, Is Biden Any Better Than Trump?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last week, as images emerged from the southern border of Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing Haitians and brandishing reins, the senior U.S. envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigned in protest over what he called […]

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The Mendacity of Joe Biden

When it was reported that then-President Trump called Haiti a shithole country, Biden responded on Twitter saying: “It’s not how a president should speak. It’s not how a president should behave. Most of all, it’s not what a president should believe. We’re better than this.” But deporting these Haitians is worse, not better. The Biden […]

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