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Angelina Jolie visits Syrian border

Jaber border crossing, Jordan–Along a dirt track on an unexpectedly cool and windy night on Jordan’s border with Syria, as shadows lengthened across the barren hills, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie listened to the stories of men women and children who had fled Syria just hours before. She heard stories...
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US Senate immigration bill starts debate

The US Senate has begun debate on a far-reaching immigration bill, with a vote expected before the end of June. The bill has bipartisan support in the Senate but faces a tough fight in the House of Representatives, which is currently negotiating its own bill. Some Republicans criticise the Senate...
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Humza Yousaf criticises UK immigration policies

The Scottish minister with responsibility for immigration has attacked the UK government’s approach to the issue. External Affairs minister Humza Yousaf said coalition policies were damaging the Scottish economy. He said Scottish society was united in opposition to the “restrictive” approach to immigration being pursued at Westminster. Conservative MSP Alex...
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Detainees win torture claims test case

Hundreds of people who were tortured before seeking asylum in the UK could seek compensation and release from immigration detention. The High Court said the Home Office had failed to follow its own policy on releasing detainees who could show they were victims of torture. In a test case, five...
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Civil efforts key to true reconciliation, says Lord Alderdice

Former member of the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding, Lord Alderdice, addresses participants at Commonwealth roundtable on reconciliation True reconciliation requires building trust and relationships among communities emerging from conflicts, and in institutions and legal regimes for delivering justice, Lord John Alderdice, a former member of the Commonwealth Commission...
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South Africa’s flawed asylum system

(IRIN) – South Africa attracts the largest number of asylum seekers in the world, but grants refugee status to very few of them, ranking only thirty-sixth in the world for the size of its refugee population, which the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) puts at about 58,000. The Department of Home...
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