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# refugees - Friday 13 December, 2013

European leaders 'should hang their heads' over Syrian refugee crisis

Amnesty International said that European Union member states have only offered to open their doors to around 12,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria.

# refugees - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Ireland is failing to meet its international obligations on asylum seekers says the Irish Refugee Council

The IRC says asylum seekers should be granted access to the labour market after six months.

# refugees - Saturday 7 December, 2013

Over 100 Syrian refugees rescued from boat off Sicily coast

Their rescue comes just days after another group of 120 refugees, mainly Syrians, were saved after their ship was found adrift off of Calabria.

# refugees - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

Column: We have bypassed the opportunity to introduce a humane asylum process

Our Minister for Justice has bypassed the opportunity to introduce a humane and expedient way of processing asylum applications in favour of a new, unwieldy system which will lead only to further delays, writes Fiona Hurley.

# refugees - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

Column: Leaving it all behind – a Syrian family’s journey to safety

“I did not say a proper goodbye to my father and did not even bury him. I don’t know who did and where,” said Ahmed, whose family has been forced to move around – inside and outside Syria – for more than a year after a shell destroyed their home.

# refugees - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Over nine million people in Syria need outside help to survive

The United Nations warned today of a major rise in homeless numbers in the country.

# refugees - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Syrian families try to recover in neighbouring refugee camps

These images, taken just this week, show the upheaval hundreds of thousands of families have had to go through in the past two-and-a-half years.

# refugees - Friday 25 October, 2013

Nearly 700 refugees rescued off the coast of Sicily

Asylum-seekers from five different boats have been intercepted over the past 24 hours according to the Italian coastguard.

# refugees - Monday 21 October, 2013

Column: Europe needs a new approach to illegal immigration

Restoring fiscal health to the eurozone remains a serious challenge, but the EU must nevertheless find a solution to its illegal immigration crisis to prevent further tragedies, writes David Moloney.

# refugees - Sunday 13 October, 2013

Refugees on capsized Maltese boat were fired on by traffickers

The UN refugee agency says reports from survivors described several people injured by warring trafficking gangs. Thirty-one people were killed when the boat sank.

# refugees - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Death toll reaches 34 in Maltese migrant boat sinking

The sinking yesterday killed mostly women and children when the boat went down off Malta near the Italian island of Lampedusa where 300 died in another tragedy.

# refugees - Friday 11 October, 2013

Women and children 14 times more likely to die during disasters

Adolescent girls in disasters are being drastically failed when they are at their most vulnerable, says CEO of Plan Ireland.

# refugees - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

In pictures: World War II refugees reunited in Ireland after more than 60 years

A group of 21 children who had been evacuated to Ireland returned to our shores last weekend, as part of The Gathering.

# refugees - Monday 7 October, 2013

Ireland to give an additional €3m in humanitarian aid to Syria

Ireland’s total contribution to the international humanitarian response in Syria is almost €14 million.

# refugees - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday

Everyone’s talking about junior doctors going on strike, AIB saying some customers just don’t want to pay their mortgages, and John Waters (briefly) going to jail.

Shatter: Ireland has taken in fifty refugees from Syria crisis

More than two million people have become refugees since the start of the conflict in March 2011.

Government announces further €1 million in aid for Syria refugees

Minister Joe Costello says the crisis equates to “almost every child under the age of eighteen being forced to flee their homes”.

# refugees - Saturday 31 August, 2013

26 Syrian refugees seek asylum in Ireland as violence escalates

Nigerians make up the highest number of refugees in Ireland at 63, while Pakistani refugees are second at 58.

# refugees - Monday 26 August, 2013

Lack of information on asylum-seeker deaths 'shambolic'

The agency responsible for providing direct provision accommodation does not have access to death certificates on any of the 53 people who died in the last ten years, according to Minister Alan Shatter.

# refugees - Friday 23 August, 2013

Explainer: What is going on in Syria?

All the questions you might have about the conflict in Syria – answered.

# refugees - Tuesday 20 August, 2013

Over 100 people rescued from sinking asylum-seeker boat off Australia

Last month the prime minister unveiled a tough new policy requiring boatpeople to pass through Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement.

# refugees - Thursday 15 August, 2013

Court won't send family back to Direct Provision housing in Ireland due to child welfare concerns

The High Court in Northern Ireland quashed decision to return a Sudanese family to Direct Provision housing in Ireland.

# refugees - Wednesday 7 August, 2013

Column: Refugees have complicated and messy lives, but my parents were shown compassion

The child of Cambodian parents fleeing Pol Pot’s regime, Phillina Sun says her parents’ cultural dislocation was eased by the welcome they found in the US. In response to assumptions about refugees, she offers a personal account of the ones she knows best – her mother and father.

# refugees - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Three dead, dozens missing as refugee boat bound for Australia sinks

Police said the dead were two children and one woman.

# refugees - Friday 19 July, 2013

Australian Prime Minister: We are closed to boatpeople from today

“Australians have had enough of seeing people drowning in the waters to our north,” said Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

# refugees - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Column: Why are asylum seekers protesting?

Protests by asylum seekers are not a manifestation of greedy migrants looking for more entitlements from the state, but the symptom of a deeply flawed and failing immigration system, writes Matt Canon.

# refugees - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Ombudsman: Our treatment of asylum seekers is unacceptable

Over a third of people in Direct Provision refuges have been there for more than five years.

# refugees - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Racism rising at an 'alarming rate' in Ireland

Minority reports are meeting with officials in Leinster House later to warn them of the damage being caused to communities across Ireland.

# refugees - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

One person became a refugee every four seconds last year

Over one million people fled across international borders last year with 6.5 million displaced in their own home countries.

# refugees - Tuesday 18 June, 2013

Ireland rejects more asylum seekers than most EU countries

Only 8.6pc of asylum seekers in Ireland are granted protection – compared to an EU average of 25.2pc.

# refugees - Sunday 16 June, 2013

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

# refugees - Friday 31 May, 2013

China and Laos criticised for sending refugees back to North Korea

The United Nations says China and Laos have disregarded their international duty to care for the orphaned refugees.

# refugees - Monday 8 April, 2013

Ireland to give extra €1m in aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey

Today’s additional contribution brings Ireland’s total response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria to €8.15 million.

# refugees - Thursday 21 March, 2013

At least 10 dead in Myanmar riots as Buddhists and Muslims clash

Several mosques were reported to have been torched as well as houses in the town of Meiktila.

# refugees - Wednesday 6 March, 2013

There are now one million Syrian refugees

“This tragedy has to be stopped,” says UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. The refugees arrive “traumatised, without possessions and having lost members of their families”.

# refugees - Thursday 28 February, 2013

Wave of Syrian refugees 'overwhelming' aid efforts: Oxfam

The humanitarian body says relief agencies are struggling to cope with the volume of refugees, who number 5,000 a day.

# refugees - Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Cold weather makes life more difficult for Syrian refugees Syria This post contains images

Cold weather makes life more difficult for Syrian refugees

Oxfam Ireland is warning that living conditions in refugee camps are worsening as a result of the cold weather.

# refugees - Tuesday 22 January, 2013

Over 12,000 Syrians flee to Jordan in six days

The UN has predicted that the number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries will double to 1.1 million by June if the civil war in Syria does not end.

# refugees - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

Torrential rains hit desert Jordan, floods sweep Middle East

In northern Jordan, relief workers distributing aid to Syrian refugees were injured in a “stampede” in a camp where hundreds of tents have been destroyed by the rains.

# refugees - Sunday 30 December, 2012

Syria's war worsening 'by the day', says UN envoy

Lakhdar Brahimi believes he has a ceasefire plan that could be accepted by the international community, including Russia.