Tag - refugees



Myint Myint Aye (left) poses with her supporter in Nagoya on Thursday after she being granted refugee status in Japan.
Feb 22, 2024
Japan grants refugee status to Myanmar democracy advocate
Myint Myint Aye, who came to Japan in January 2019 as a technical intern, has been a vocal advocate for democracy in her country.
Anastasiia Pelykh (left) and Daria Datsenko talk about their lives in Japan after evacuating from Ukraine during an interview in Kyoto earlier this month.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 19, 2024
Two years after invasion, Ukrainians in Japan forge their own paths
A pair of women have taken different paths, but echoed the same refrain: They want the war to end as soon as possible so they can see their families.
Workers unload bags of humanitarian aid that entered Gaza by truck in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 18, 2024
Netanyahu says he won’t bow to pressure to call off Rafah invasion
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has come under international pressure to drop a threatened incursion into Rafah.
Displaced Palestinian children play as they take shelter at the border with Egypt, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 16, 2024
Egypt setting up shelter area for Palestinians at Gaza border, sources say
Some 1.5 million Palestinians are currently in Rafah. A mass exodus into Egypt due to an Israeli offensive would be "a sort of nightmare."
Smoke billows over Khan Younis in the distance as seen from Rafah following Israeli bombardment on the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 15, 2024
Israel vows to press ahead with 'powerful' Rafah operation
Despite growing pressure to hold back, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists Hamas' battalions must be eliminated in the overcrowded city.
A Sudanese man looks out his balcony in Cairo as he waits for his displaced family to arrive from war-ridden Khartoum, in April.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 14, 2024
Unable to survive in Egypt, refugees return to war-torn Sudan
Since the fighting began in April between the Sudanese army and paramilitary forces, over 450,000 people have crossed the border into Egypt.
Refugees, who fled a flare-up in fighting between the Myanmar army and insurgent groups and settled temporarily on the Moei River bank, receive aid from Thailand on the Thai-Myanmar border, in Mae Sot, Thailand, in January 2022.
Feb 11, 2024
Japanese group strives to aid displaced Myanmar people
The Chit Chit Khin Khin Foundation has shipped rice, oil and vegetables to displaced people in three camps along the Thai border.
A firefighter extinguishes a burning car hit by an Israeli strike in Rafah on Saturday.
Feb 11, 2024
Terrified Palestinians await an advance in the city where they fled
Israeli officials have declared that the next phase in their effort to destroy Hamas will be in Rafah.
Palestinian children wait to receive food cooked by a charity kitchen in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday.
Feb 10, 2024
Israel prepares assault on Rafah as it seeks to allay fears of 'bloodbath'
Aid agencies warned that a military offensive in such a densely populated area could end up killing large numbers of innocent people.
A Palestinian woman walks with a child at Mar Elias refugee camp in Beirut on Jan. 29.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 6, 2024
UNRWA funding cuts put Lebanon's Palestinian refugees on alert
"It's difficult to imagine that Gazans will survive this crisis without UNRWA"
Aonishiki (left) competes at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Friday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 29, 2024
Teenager Aonishiki wins second sumo title in Japan after fleeing war in Ukraine
Aonishiki maintained a perfect record to claim the fifth-tier jonidan championship at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
Displaced Palestinian people sit on benches as they wait outside a clinic of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
Jan 29, 2024
Japan suspends funding to U.N. Palestinian refugee agency
Several of the agency's top donors including the United States and Germany have since halted funding to UNRWA.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House during an event to welcome mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 20, 2024
Biden open to asylum changes to clinch Ukraine and border deals
The U.S. president said he is open to "massive changes” in border policy, including to asylum laws, in order to secure a deal that would unlock Ukraine aid.
Migrants picked up at sea attempting to cross the English Channel from France disembark from a U.K. border force cutter in Dover, England, on Saturday.
Jan 14, 2024
Four die trying to cross Channel to U.K. in freezing cold
The fatalities were the first reported migrant deaths on the Channel in 2024.
Activists protest outside the offices of the Australian Immigration Department in Sydney in February 2016
Jan 10, 2024
The danger of talking down immigration Down Under
Australians are facing an economic dilemma Down Under amid an unsettling debate over immigration policies.
French police evict migrants from a squat in a disused industrial building not far from the Paris 2024 Olympic Village in Ile-Saint-Denis, near Paris, in April.
WORLD / Society
Dec 25, 2023
Asylum-seekers and Roma evicted from Paris squats ahead of Olympics
Advocates and some officials say the evictions appear to be a policy aimed at beautifying the area for the sporting event.
A Rohingya refugee woman holds her child at a temporary camp, at a port on Sabang island in Indonesia's Aceh province.
Dec 25, 2023
Rohingya refugees in Indonesia face hostile welcome
Jakarta has called on neighboring countries to offer the Rohingya a permanent home.
Ukrainian refugees who were flown to Japan by the Foreign Ministry arrive at Haneda Airport in Tokyo in April 2022. 
Dec 20, 2023
Moving beyond ‘checkbook diplomacy’: Japan’s changing refugee policy
Japan's stance on admitting refugees appears to be changing amid greater global engagement by Tokyo.
Avispa Fukuoka and Shakhtar Donetsk members pose for a photo after a charity match at Tokyo's National Stadium on Monday.
Dec 19, 2023
Fukuoka and Shakhtar draw 2-2 in charity match in Tokyo
More than 18,000 watched the match at the venue where both sets of players entered the pitch draped in Ukrainian flags.
Kubura fishing port and Kubura district on the island of Yonaguni, Okinawa Prefecture
Dec 17, 2023
Frontier islanders decry lack of plan to aid fleeing Taiwanese
Concerned about the potential for a China-Taiwan conflict, Japan has embarked on its biggest defense buildup since World War II.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation