Hundreds of migrants storm fence to reach Spanish enclave of Ceuta -17 February 2017
"Several hundred migrants have stormed a six-metre (20 ft) security fence that separates Morocco from Ceuta, a Spanish territory in North Africa.
Police said security cameras showed around 600 migrants, some with shears and clubs, breaking through one of the gates.
More than 300 reportedly made it across the razor wire barrier."
Syrian refugees: more than 5m have now fled country, says UN - 30 March 2017
"UN’s refugee agency announces new milestone after six years of war and urges countries to step up resettlement efforts...
Turkey houses over half of the five million Syrian refugees now registered in neighbouring countries."
Refugees build a life in Uganda – in pictures - 3 March 2017
"Getty Images photographer Dan Kitwood travelled to Uganda to document the plight of refugees from South Sudan. The UN World Food Programme delivers aid to thousands crossing the border each day, and with a famine declared those numbers are expected to increase."
Berliners get an appetite for refugees’ cuisine - 16 April 2017
"Restaurant and cooking groups whose food is served by refugees are part of projects in Berlin using meals to build bridges between Berliners and recent immigrants."
Uganda Welcomes Refugees with 'Progressive Policies' - Text + Audio + Video- 13 April 2017
"Uganda Is the World’s Most Welcoming Country for Refugees.
Its liberal refugee policy offers newcomers economic opportunity, shelter and freedom of movement."
EU migrants make up 11% of manufacturing workforce - ONS- 13 April 2017
"EU migrants make up more than one in 10 manufacturing sector workers in the UK, official figures have shown.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also said EU workers from outside the UK tended to work longer hours than the workforce average."
US Will Send 4,000 Somalis Back to Their Home Country -Text + Audio - 11 April 2017
"Somalia’s ambassador to the United States says his embassy has learned that U.S. immigration officers plan to deport about 4,000 Somali nationals. Ahmed Isse Awad is the Somali ambassador to the U.S. He spoke to the Voice of America’s Somali service on Saturday."
Millions Displaced by Violence, Disasters- Text + Audio - 29 May 2017
"A report by two activist groups says 7 million people were newly internally displaced last year.
The total number worldwide reached 31 million.
Most are in Africa or the Middle East."
Iran Continues Expelling Undocumented Afghan Refugees- Text + Audio - 27 May 2017
"The International Organization for Migration says around 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees have left Iran this year.
Rights groups have accused the Iranian government of treating Afghans poorly."
Refugees Bring Old Skills to New Business - Text + Audio + Video- 4 May 2017
"After they learn about their new home and become familiar with English and the American culture, many refugees become very successful."
Police and refugees clash in Rome - VIDEO- 24 August 2017
"Police using water cannon and batons have clashed with refugees who had occupied a square in the capital Rome.
About 100 refugees had been occupying the square near Rome's main train station since Saturday, when about 800 people were evicted from an office building they had occupied for several years."
UN: Over One Million South Sudan Refugees in Uganda- Text + Audio - 17 August 2017
"Uganda is home to one million refugees from South Sudan. Aid agencies say the number reached this week is a call to action for the international community to not only increase donations, but also re-start efforts to end the conflict."
US Government Cuts Refugee Admissions to Historic Lows- Text + Audio + Pictures - 28 September 2017
"The Trump administration said in a report to Congress Wednesday that the U.S. plans to admit no more than 45,000 refugees during the coming year. That would be the smallest number in more than 35 years."
Myanmar Struggles with Rohingya Crisis - Text + Audio + Map - 21 September 2017
"Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya have been displaced in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. The violence started
when a Muslim extremists attacked police positions, but the military has answered with a destructive campaign against the ethnic group."
Rohingya crisis: 'Last chance' for Aung San Suu Kyi - with pictures and videos - 17 September 2017
"Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has "a last chance" to halt an army offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands
of the mainly Muslim Rohingya to flee abroad, the UN head has said."
+ Video: Antonio Guterres told the BBC he feared an 'absolutely horrible' tragedy
+ Video: The BBC's Jonathan Head went on a government-organised trip to Rakhine state last week + Watch: Who are the Rohingya?
+ Video: The BBC's Fergal Keane spoke to Buddhists in Myanmar's second city, Mandalay
Starting from scratch in Uganda - with pictures and a video - 15 September 2017
"The country that took in the most refugees in the world last year was Uganda. It is said to have one of the most generous refugee policies in the world,
even giving new arrivals their own land. But how do you turn a plot of bush into a home, with nothing more than a machete?" + Video: Uganda's refugee policy in numbers
Rohingya in humanitarian crisis, says UN (September 15, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO "The United Nations has said Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a ''catastrophic'' humanitarian situation." Try the same news story at these easier levels: The Rohingya - Level 0, The Rohingya - Level 1 or The Rohingya - Level 2 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
UN Official: Rohingya in Myanmar Facing 'Ethnic Cleansing'- Text + Audio - 11 September 2017
"Rohingya are one of many ethnic minorities in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The government has never given them citizenship, although most Rohingya can prove their families have been in the country for generations. The government considers them economic migrants from Bangladesh."
Migrant sea route to Italy is world's most lethal - with pictures - 11 September 2017
"Most deaths since 2014 have occurred in Mediterranean, following clampdown on Balkan border route, IOM study finds...
More than 22,500 migrants have reportedly died or disappeared globally since 2014 – more than half of them perishing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean, according to a study by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)."
Rohingya crisis: UN sees 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar- 11 September 2017
"The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", the UN human rights chief says." + Video: Who is burning down Rohingya villages? + Video: Justin Rowlatt reports from the Bangladesh border
Italian Program Prepares Immigrants for Jobs as Beekeepers- Text + Audio- 7 September 2017
"About 95,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Italy this year. Yet over the past two months, the number of new-arrivals has dropped by more than 50 percent compared to last year. Experts have linked the drop to the Libyan coast guard turning back boats sailing to Europe."
Bangladesh Struggles with Growing Numbers of Rohingya Refugees- Text + Audio + Pictures - 6 September 2017
"Bangladesh says it is struggling to keep up with the huge number of Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar.
The United Nations estimates more than 120,000 refugees have arrived in southeastern Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25."
Deadly exodus: 123,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar in two weeks – in pictures - 6 September 2017
"Aid agencies warn of a growing humanitarian crisis as persecution of the Muslim ethnic minority pushes around 15,000 people into Bangladesh each day, with border relief camps already at capacity. The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, has appealed to Myanmar to end the violence."
In pictures: Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority- 25 October 2017
"Myanmar's military has brutally evicted more than half a million Muslim Rohingya people from the country's northern Rakhine state. The UN human rights office says
their homes and villages have been burned down, and their crops and livestock destroyed to stop them coming back."
US Attorney General Calls for Changes to Asylum Rules- Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 October 2017
"Tens-of-thousands of people seek asylum in the U.S. every year. Officials are now seeking changes to speed thousands of cases awaiting a hearing. The cases are difficult, but reformers worry they are also difficult to verify."
Drone footage shows Rohingya refugees entering Bangladesh – video - 17 October 2017
"The United Nations high commissioner for refugees released aerial footage on Monday showing thousands of Rohingya Muslims
after they crossed the Naf river into Bangladesh. They join at least 536,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar since August."
Tensions Follow Rohingya Refugees to United States - Text + Audio - 15 October 2017
"More than 500,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar since the military launched an anti-terrorist operation in the country’s northwest.
The crisis has increased the number of Rohingya refugees arriving in the United States.
Since 2015, the U.S. has resettled more Rohingya than refugees from Syria."
Refugee from Ethiopia Becomes Rich in the US - Text + Audio - 1 October 2017
"Tashitaa Tufaa worked as a dishwasher when he came to America in 1992. Now he owns a transportation company and is a millionaire."
Bangladesh to House Rohingya in Flood-Prone Island- Text + Audio - 28 November 2017
"The plan would put the refugees on Bhashan Char, an island in the Bay of Bengal that floods frequently.
Bangladesh’s government approved the plan on Tuesday to develop the island, despite criticism from humanitarian workers.
They have said the island is nearly uninhabitable."
German mayor rejects idea of police protection despite knife attack - 28 November 2017
"Andreas Hollstein, 57, mayor of Altena, was treated in hospital after he was attacked by man who criticised his refugee policy.
“I will continue my engagement for all people, be they refugees or people who have always been here, those who socially secure and those who are socially weaker,” said Andreas Hollstein, the mayor of Altena, the morning after he was stabbed in a kebab shop by a man accusing him of bringing hundreds of refugees to the town."
Manus Island: PNG police move refugees from former Australia centre - 23 November 2017
"Police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have moved about 40 refugees and asylum seekers from a former Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island.
But more than 300 others remain. They have been refusing to leave since the camp was shut on 31 October, saying they fear attacks from local people."
Small Montana City Elects Former Refugee as Mayor- Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 November 2017
"Voters in Helena, Montana, have elected Wilmot Collins as their new mayor. Collins is a former refugee from Liberia.
He is also the first black mayor in the state of Montana."
'It was unbelievable horror': the Rohingya crisis – podcast- with a video (17:57) and pictures - 7 December 2017
"With nearly a million Rohingya driven out of Myanmar in what the UN has called textbook ‘ethnic cleansing’, Lucy Lamble hears about the situation
on the ground in Bangladesh – and how the international community can help."