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    PEMBERTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — We’re getting first look inside Liberty Village on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where 11,000 Afghan refugees are currently housed awaiting resettlement as part of “Operation Allies Welcome.” CBS2’s Jessica Moore recently spoke with two refugees and has more what life is like as they assimilate into America. READ MORE: CBS2 Speaks With Lead...
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday it was unable to pay its 28,000 employees on time this month because of a major funding crisis, warning of potential cuts in vital services to millions of people amid a global pandemic. UNRWA runs schools, clinics and food distribution...
    This month, 10 people were found suffocated to death in the bottom of a desperately overcrowded boat taking on water off the coast of Libya, Médicins Sans Frontières reported. And international attention has turned to the Poland-Belarus showdown at their border, not least because of the thousands of migrants caught up in the middle of...
    LESBOS, Greece (AP) — When Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos in 2016, he was so moved by the stories he heard from families fleeing war in Iraq and Syria that he wept and brought a dozen refugees home with him. Speaking to reporters on the way home that day, he held...
    ROME, Italy — The Cypriot ambassador to the Holy See, George Poulides, said this week the highlight of Pope Francis’ visit to the island nation of Cyprus next week will be his meeting with migrants and refugees. “The most symbolic moment of Pope Francis’ trip to Cyprus is represented by the meeting with refugees and...
    (CNN)Michael Failla doesn't get much sleep.In the dead of the night, the Seattle resident gets panicked calls and messages from members of the LGBQT community in the Middle East -- mostly gay men, thousands of miles away, terrified for their lives.They reach out to Failla in their darkest moments -- sometimes when they're contemplating suicide....
    DO not blame the men, women and three children who died in the freezing waters of the English Channel this week for wanting a better life. Place blame where it belongs — on the people-traffickers who earned more than £100,000 to send these desperate souls to their deaths in what was reportedly little more than...
    A famous Afghan musician has been reunited with his son in New York City after Fox Corp. helped his family evacuate Afghanistan following a Taliban threat made against them. On Aug. 15, the Taliban left a threatening letter on Ahmad Fanoos’ instrument case warning him and his family to stop playing music or else. "All...
    (CNN)Zak Khogyani has seen sights and wonders that would fill you with awe.He's walked through Antelope Canyon in Northern Arizona, surrounded by swirling sandstone formations formed by flash flooding.He's stood on the rugged Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, which rise some 700 feet over the Atlantic Ocean -- a stunning emerald backdrop that's been featured...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — A nonprofit teamed up with three Cleveland-area restaurants to ensure that local Afghan refugees could celebrate Thanksgiving with specially prepared halal food. The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants helped 60 different Afghan families receive more than 200 Thanksgiving meals, WEWS-TV reported Thursday. The meals included a mix of traditional Afghan, Somali...
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Thursday began relocating hundreds of Rohingya refugees to an island in the Bay of Bengal, despite ongoing concerns from rights groups over the conditions on the vulnerable low-lying island and that no refugees should be sent forcibly. The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group, over 700,000 of whom fled...
              more   This week, 35 Afghan refugees were resettled in Knoxville with the help of two nonprofits whose sole focus is bringing refugees to America. Bridge Refugee Services Inc. is a Tennessee nonprofit whose mission is “to help refugees, those people who are fleeing because of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, a pertinence...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, some Afghan refugees escaped to Chicago. Now, they will spend their first Thanksgiving in the city – and the women restaurateurs’ coalition Let’s Talk Womxn Chicago is making sure everyone eats a good meal. READ MORE: One Man Killed, One Wounded In Knife Fight At Clark/Lake...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- With kitchens across Chicago in overdrive in the 11th-hour crush ahead of Thanksgiving, Rohini Dey realized this holiday needed something unique."Yesterday I woke up and said, 'I want this Thanksgiving to be different,'" she said. "This has been two years of incredible, not just COVID, but social change."Dey is the owner of...
    Nonprofit organizations are working to provide resources and prevent food insecurity for Afghan refugees across the D.C. region. For people who are new to the country, finding community during the holidays can be challenging, but Capital Area Food Bank is among the local organizations that are making it easier to make them feel welcome. Radha...
    TURLOCK (CBS13) — Peek inside the kitchen of First and Main in Turlock on a Sunday in November and there are onions sweating in a pot; custard has just come off the stove and is being packaged; there is a sous-chef standing in front of the fryers cooking chicken. Of course, that’s what can be...
    EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — Federal officials said Tuesday that they’ve pushed back their timeline to resettle roughly 4,100 Afghan refugees who are still at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training post more than two months after they arrived there. Limited resettlement agency resources and the coronavirus pandemic have delayed resettlement efforts, Aaron Batt, Department...
    The Australian network SBS found a Cuban refugee among the throngs of thousands of migrants on the border between Belarus and Poland. In an interview published on Monday, Juan Carlos told SBS he was one of seven Cubans attempting to escape communism into Europe after making it to Europe’s last dictatorship. The communist regime of...
    KUZNICA, Poland—After a night filled with tear gas, water cannons, and fireworks, Tomas, a tall, fair-haired Polish border guard, looked haggard. “None of us want to be doing this job,” he told The Daily Beast as he stood in a police station in the small Polish border town of Kuznica. His colleague, a short young...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Advocates at Elica Health Centers work with refugee and immigrant communities to navigate the healthcare system that includes getting the right insurance, making appointments, finding specialists, or a pediatrician for a child. The health centers offer translation services in languages, including Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Farsi, and Pashto. Information is also shared...
    Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) accused the two faith-based groups of 'running secretive, closed-down hotels.' But they have nothing to hide. Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) went on Fox News on Monday to attack two faith-based charities that are helping immigrants who are seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico...
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers living in Indonesia rallied in front of the U.N. refugee agency office in Jakarta on Monday to urge it to speed up their resettlement. They held large banners reading “Our families are in danger. Please act now” and “Resettle refugees and save lives” during...
    Poland is braced for a major assault by migrants on its frontier with Belarus tonight after receiving intelligence of a huge build up of enemy troops. Polish Border Force guards claim their Belarusian counterparts are issuing the thousands of stranded migrants with instructions, equipment and weapons to force their way into the EU. The attack...
    MINNEAPOLS (WCCO) — The International Institute of Minnesota is urgently calling on Minnesotans for donations to help new refugees in Minnesota this winter. The non-profit, that helps resettles and empowers refugees in Minnesota, is asking for donations to collect highly needed items for families. Maggie Habashy, the director of communication and brand, said they are expecting...
    The Iraqi Embassy in Minsk announced on Thursday it will organize an evacuation flight for Iraqi citizens “wishing to return” home from Belarus amid a migration crisis. Thousands of migrants in Belarus are camped along the border in what Poland and the European Union described as a deliberate attack orchestrated by Belarus and Russia....
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made time for Afghan refugee children during their Veterans Day visit to New Jersey on Thursday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex specifically asked to spend time with the school-age kids who are part of the over 10,000 Afghan refugees — known as “guests” — living at Task Force...
    (CNN)Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, visited a military base Thursday where they met Afghan refugees who had made it to the United States.The couple spoke with women recently arrived at Task Force Liberty, on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, which is home to more than 10,000 Afghan refugees, a spokesperson for...
    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry sang one of Archie's favourite songs as they visited a US Army base in the wake of their bombshell court case. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, to speak with Afghan refugees who had recently arrived there. 2Harry and Meghan spoke...
    DENVER (AP) — Navy veteran Jordon Daniel was busy when the United States pulled its last troops out of Afghanistan at the end of August. More than 7,000 miles (11,265 kilometers) and a world away, he and a group of fellow veterans were moving furniture, folding towels and sorting silverware in drawers during a...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Thousands of Afghan refugees are fleeing the Taliban into neighboring Iran every day and the trend could eventually become a crisis for Europe, a top aid official said Wednesday. Jan Egeland, secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, visited refugees this week around Kerman province in eastern Iran close to the Afghanistan...
    This is the moment Belarusian troops fired gunshots close to a terrified group of migrants at the Polish border, hours before the desperate refugees made fresh attempts to break through barbed wire fences and into the EU. Video captured by Polish guards shows people, including women and children, lined up along a border fence on...
    "A person wearing a vest with the word "Welcome" in Persian and English is seen in a women's tent in an Afghan refugee camp on November 4, 2021 in Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico." CBS News reports that advocates for refugees evacuated from Afghanistan this past summer as part of Operation Allies Rescue have...
    Refugees disembark from a U.S. Air Force aircraft after an evacuation flight from Kabul at the Rota naval base in Rota, southern Spain, on Aug. 31, 2021. (Getty Images) by Natasha Ishak This story was originally published at Prism. In late October, the U.S. State Department announced a new sponsorship program for incoming...
    (CNN)Earlier this year, Miry Whitehill met a family of Afghan refugees who had just fled their homes following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. The family -- a mom, dad, and two one-year-old twins -- were living like many recent refugees to the US. They had left in a rush on one of the last flights...
    Mexico blamed a record number of asylum applications in the country on the U.S. for not taking in more refugees, Bloomberg reported on Monday. Nearly 108,200 migrants have applied for refugee status in Mexico in the last 10 months, according to Andrés Alfonso Ramírez Silva, Mexico’s refugee office director, Bloomberg reported. During the same period...
    Afghan refugees stand outside housing in the Village, where they are temporarily living at the Ft. McCoy U.S. Army base on September 30, 2021, in Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin. By donating unused airline miles for flights, people have helped reunite hundreds of asylum-seeking families separated at the southern border by the previous administration. The organization heading the effort, Miles4Migrants,...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Frequent flyer miles donated over a two-month period will provide around 40,000 flights for Afghan refugees, the Associated Press reported. The Biden administration is considering doubling the number of miles available to refugees, and around 3,200 flights already covered by the donated...
    Republicans say that steps in the vetting process for Afghan refugees were delayed, and sometimes skipped.    An internal memo drafted for GOP members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee warned that the “standard security screening and vetting process” for refugees, including validating identification documents and in-person interviews by a trained official,...
                        An Afghan refugee in Montana who faces a felony rape charge will not have his work permit revoked, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Robert Law, who is CIS’ director of regulatory affairs and policy, said his Department of Homeland Security...
    VILLA PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- At the Islamic Foundation of Villa Park, a group of volunteers began preparing to welcome families who were evacuated from Afghanistan as American troops withdrew.The group has been collecting items and trying to find housing for these families."Housing, food, clothing, basic needs, and transition them and settle them into community...
    U.S. citizens and travel corporations have donated enough frequent flyer miles to provide airfare for tens of thousands of Afghan refugees as they resettle around the country. To date, Welcome.US and Miles4Migrants have raised 300 million miles, roughly 40,000 flights, since Aug. 15, the organizations announced on Tuesday. About half have come from various airlines,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — As Afghan refugees seek to travel to safer locations, two Chicago companies are helping them get there. There are more than 50,000 evacuees living on U.S. military bases. READ MORE: Thieves Keep Using Postal Master Keys To Steal Mail: How Are They Getting A Hold Of Those Keys?Chicago-based United Airlines is one...
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi says the United States ought to resettle more Afghans as billionaire George Soros aids President Joe Biden’s massive resettlement operation out of Afghanistan. During a National Immigration Forum conference on Tuesday, Grandi urged Biden to ensure that more Afghans get resettled across the U.S. in addition...
    Frequent flyer miles donated over a two-month period will provide around 40,000 flights for Afghan refugees, the Associated Press reported. The Biden administration is considering doubling the number of miles available to refugees, and around 3,200 flights already covered by the donated miles have allowed Afghan refugees to resettle in communities around the U.S. from...
    (CNN)Seven airlines, along with other travel industry leaders, are donating more than 20,000 airline tickets to Afghan evacuees to get to their final destinations in the US, matching an additional 20,000 flights contributed by the public, the White House, Welcome.US, major airlines and Miles4Migrants will announce Tuesday morning. The 40,000 flights cover the majority of...
    NORTH TEXAS (AP) – Ordinary Americans and the nation’s airlines are combining to donate miles and cash to help Afghan refugees resettle in the United States. Organizers said Tuesday they have raised enough donations pay for 40,000 flights, but they’re hoping to nearly double that amount. The flights generally carry Afghans from temporary housing at...
    A campaign that began with ordinary people donating frequent-flyer miles has raised enough in two months to provide 40,000 flights for refugees from Afghanistan, and organizers and the White House are looking to nearly double that figure. About 3,200 flights with donated miles have already carried Afghans from temporary housing at U.S. military bases to...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Toronto-based human rights organization says it is launching a private sponsorship program to resettle North Korean refugees in Canada, which will become the third country after South Korea and the U.S. to accept North Koreans. Sean Chung, executive director of HanVoice, said Tuesday the pilot program created in partnership...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a new program to help move about 55,000 Afghan refugees from U.S. military bases into permanent homes. The new effort called the Sponsor Circle Program aims to connect evacuees with individual Americans willing to help. READ MORE: Centner Academy Reverses Course On 30-Day Quarantine For Vaccinated...
    "Afghan refugee girls watch a soccer match near where they are staying in the Village at the Ft. McCoy US Army base on September 30, 2021 in Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin." Private individuals and community groups will now be able to sponsor Afghan refugees under a new program announced by the Biden administration on Monday. Under...