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A Congolese family approaches the unofficial border crossing with Canada while walking down Roxham Road in Champlain, N.Y., in August 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charles Krupa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charles Krupa

Refugee stories reveal anxieties about the Canada-U.S. border

Canadian leaders have desperately tried to preserve the country's image of liberal humanitarianism at our border, but the reality is Canada's immigration history is built upon exclusion.
A narrow river divides Myanmar from Bangladesh, where nearly 1 million now live as refugees. AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

Myanmar charged with genocide of Rohingya Muslims: 5 essential reads

Dozens of Muslim-majority countries are asking the UN's International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute a 2017 massacre in Myanmar that killed an estimated 10,000 Rohingya Muslims.
A picture taken in the late 1970s shows a group of refugees (162 persons) who arrived on a small boat which sank a few meters from the shore in Malaysia. UNHCR/K. Gaugler

The story behind the world’s first private refugee sponsorship program

Forty years ago, the Canadian government applied its new program for private sponsorship of refugees allowing Canada to welcome the largest number of Southeast Asian refugees in the world.
This image captures the hope felt by many Canadians four years ago as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre, posing for selfies with airport workers, greeted refugees from Syria arriving on a government-sponsored airplane in Toronto, on Dec. 10, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Syrian refugees in Canada: Four years after the welcome

The overall outcomes of Syrian refugees’ resettlement experiences are positive, but challenges remain.
Dilbar Ali Ravu, 10, is kissed by his aunt, Dalal Ravu, as Yazidi children are reunited with their families in Iraq after five years of captivity with the Islamic State group, March 2, 2019. AP Photo/Philip Issa, File

5 years after Islamic State massacre, an Iraqi minority is transformed by trauma

Interviews with the Yazidi survivors of IS attacks that killed 3,100 people in 2014 reveal the emotional, cultural and spiritual scars of religious persecution.
Syrian refugee men work as day laborers at a textile workshop in Istanbul, Turkey, June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Cansu Alkaya

Syrian refugees in Turkey are there to stay, at least for now

Almost 4 million Syrian refugees live in Turkey, which has taken noteworthy steps to integrate them into the country in the past five years. Will Turkey now try to force those refugees back to Syria?
Refugees awaiting municipal bread distribution in Akcakale, Turkey, Oct. 20, 2019. Three-quarters of the Syrian refugees in Turkey are women and children. AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel

Deportation to Syria could mean death for women, children and LGBTQ refugees in Turkey

Turkey is threatening to send 3.6 million refugees back to the Syrian territory it just invaded. Deporting these vulnerable people would make them the collateral damage of a chaotic, many-sided war.
The Australian government refers to asylum seekers who arrived by boat as ‘illegal’ entrants. James Ross/AAP

Asylum seekers have a right to higher education and academics can be powerful advocates

Asylum seekers are not permanent residents and have to pay full fees for university courses. Just as doctors led the campaign to get kids off Nauru, academics can advocate for access to education.
A reception centre near Namur, Wallonia, one of the largest in the Belgian reception network. May 24, 2018. LUCA MANUNZA/lucalasius/instagram

How do asylum seekers view Belgium’s emergency system?

Only rarely are refugees’ and migrants’ words taken into account about the reception system in Europe. And what they tell us is frightening.

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