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2012-06-18 11:42:58

We all tend to assume that refugees want to go home. But often refugees cannot just return to their home country when conflict ends. Many have spent decades in exile; many second and third-generation refugees have never seen the place which they are now expected to call home. Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) shows that for many refugees a quick return isn't the right answer. Dr Katy Long at the London School of Economics says: "There is usually political...

2011-07-25 23:25:15

The largest, most comprehensive evidence-based guidelines to immigrant health "” designed to help Canadian physicians meet the unique needs of this group "” are being published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Immigrant and refugee health needs may differ significantly from those of Canadian-born people as they may have been exposed to different diseases, environment and living conditions as well as genetic factors. The guidelines, based on evidence from around the...

2010-02-06 11:00:00

Physician Assistant Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine partner to create model for refugee health care HOUSTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Physician Assistant Foundation (PAF), Baylor College of Medicine and other local partners today unveiled their unique approach to providing health care and social services to Burmese refugees in Houston, with hopes the program could become a model for meeting similar needs of refugees across the country. Facilitated by Epiphany...

2006-07-31 08:06:33

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - When "Steve" fled Pakistan for Hong Kong to seek political asylum in early 2003, he never dreamed he would be stuck in limbo for more than three-and-a-half years and spend 21 months of that time in detention. "My brother and sister, they were lucky, they didn't come to Hong Kong. They escaped by Russia and went to Geneva," said the soft-spoken, 39-year-old former dress designer who says he was jailed and tortured for his political beliefs. He...

2006-04-10 23:58:35

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian review of how it grants visas to asylum seekers could undermine the integrity and credibility of its refugee process, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday that the system was under review after a recent Immigration Department decision to grant asylum to 42 boat people from Indonesia's Papua province strained ties between Canberra and Jakarta. The government is considering...

2006-03-17 04:59:42

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Contrary to popular belief, the number of people seeking asylum in the West has halved over the last five years to the lowest level in nearly two decades, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. Asylum applications lodged in 50 industrialized countries fell sharply for a fourth year in a row to 336,000 claims in 2005, according to provisional annual figures, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. This was 15 percent...

2005-12-17 05:56:22

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - About 60 people were injured when Indian police used batons to push back hundreds of Nepal-based Bhutanese refugees who were trying to enter India and then return to Bhutan, police and witnesses said on Saturday. About 100,000 ethnic Nepali Bhutanese have been living in camps in eastern Nepal on the border with India since Bhutan's king stripped them of citizenship or forced them to leave after they campaigned for democracy in the early 1990s. On Saturday,...

2005-11-11 13:52:24

Amid predictions that by 2010 the world will need to cope with as many as 50 million people escaping the effects of creeping environmental deterioration, United Nations University experts say the international community urgently needs to define, recognize and extend support to this new category of 'refugee'. In a statement to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction (October 12), UNU's Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn says such problems as sea level...

2005-10-11 01:04:04

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - A deteriorating environment could drive about 50 million people from their homes by 2010 and the world needs to define a new category of "environmental" refugee, a U.N. study said on Tuesday. Desertification, rising sea levels, flooding and storms linked to climate change might displace hundreds of millions of people, according to the report by the U.N. University's Institute for Environment and Human Security. "We're...

2005-10-11 01:00:00

OSLO -- A deteriorating environment could drive about 50 million people from their homes by 2010 and the world needs to define a new category of "environmental" refugee, a U.N. study said on Tuesday. Desertification, rising sea levels, flooding and storms linked to climate change might displace hundreds of millions of people, according to the report by the U.N. University's Institute for Environment and Human Security. "We're ringing a kind of scientific and political alarm bell," Janos...


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