Dozens injured, hundreds arrested in riot at Bulgaria refugee camp

Dozens injured, hundreds arrested in riot at Bulgaria refugee camp

Around 1,500 migrants have rioted in Bulgaria’s largest refugee camp, triggering clashes that left two dozen police injured and prompted the arrest of hundreds of protesters, officials said. “Around 300 migrants, six of them considered a threat to national security, have been arrested,” Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told BNR public radio after visiting the camp […]

UN hails ‘historic’ refugee declaration but aid agencies unimpressed

UN hails ‘historic’ refugee declaration but aid agencies unimpressed

The United Nation’s issued what it called a “historic” declaration Monday in which world leaders promised to do more to help millions of the world’s refugees and migrants. However, aid agencies said the move would do little to improve the situation. As world leaders gathered in New York for the UN’s annual General Assembly, the […]

Child refugee film ‘Fatima’s Drawings’ wins top award

Child refugee film ‘Fatima’s Drawings’ wins top award

“Fatima’s drawings”, the harrowing tale of a young Syrian refugee’s journey to Sweden, has won the award for the best digital news story at the 2016 Visa pour l’Image photojournalism festival in southern France. The short film by Sweden’s Magnus Wennman, published by the Aftonbladet newspaper with animations by Jenny Svenberg Bunnel, is a delicate […]

After struggles for survival, Refugee Olympic Team fights for medals

After struggles for survival, Refugee Olympic Team fights for medals

The Olympics are never shy of tear-inducing moments, as competitors push beyond the bounds of human limits, but it’s difficult to imagine stories more poignant than those of the 10 athletes who make up the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. The team is made up of runners, swimmers and judo athletes from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia […]

 Merkel rejects calls to reverse refugee policy after attacks

 Merkel rejects calls to reverse refugee policy after attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday “firmly” rejected calls to reverse her welcoming stance towards refugees following a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel told reporters that the assailants “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need”. “We firmly reject this,” she said. Merkel, […]

Refugee clashes in Samos: “When you lock people up, you can expect violence”

Refugee clashes in Samos: “When you lock people up, you can expect violence”

Clashes broke out between two groups of refugees in the “hotspot” on the Greek island of Samos on the night of June 2. According to medical charity MSF, it’s not surprising that tensions boiled over between refugees of different nationalities considering the stress, overcrowding and poor conditions that over a thousand people are facing there. […]