Tag - refugees



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.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa gives a speech at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 14, 2023
Japan to give $3 million to global refugee education fund
Japan is known for its traditionally strict refugee policy.
Israeli military vehicles maneuver inside the central Gaza strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 12, 2023
Alarm over possibility of Palestinian displacement in Gaza war
Comments by some Israeli politicians — including some close to the government — have stoked Palestinian and Arab fears of a new Nakba.
Central Dublin, near where recent protests and riots took place. The uproar came after a stabbing attack left three young children and two adults injured.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 11, 2023
Dublin’s riot was not a surprise to those who watch the far right
The disorder on Nov. 23 may have appeared to come from nowhere. But experts say it showed deep social problems and an emboldened anti-immigrant movement.
A Rohingya Muslim child rests on a beach after arriving as part of a group in Blang Raya, Pidie, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Sunday.
Dec 10, 2023
Over 300 Rohingya refugees stranded on Indonesian beaches
Around a million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar and from there thousands risk their lives at sea each year to reach Malaysia or Indonesia.
The destruction of tunnels is advancing Israel’s stated aim of dismantling Hamas infrastructure so the group can’t repeat its deadly Oct. 7 assault. At the same time, it is reducing much of Gaza to rubble.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 8, 2023
Israeli warning on Hamas tunnels means months of destruction
The devastating outcome of a drawn-out campaign against the militant group is likely to leave many of about 2.2 million Palestinians homeless.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak greets Rwandan President Paul Kagame at Downing Street in London on May 4.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 7, 2023
Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda bill seeks to waive some human rights law
Deportation plan to deter asylum-seekers from France is one of his key pledges to U.K. voters ahead of polls that he must call in 14 months.
Rohingya refugee Abdur Rahaman at a temporary Indonesian immigration shelter in Lhokseumawe, in Aceh province.
Dec 4, 2023
Young Rohingya leave Bangladesh camps for university dream
Refugees still face challenges in obtaining an education in Indonesia.
Finnish Border Guards escort migrants at the international border crossing at Salla, northern Finland, on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 24, 2023
Finland pushing back 'weaponized migration' on Russia border
Finnish PM described Russia's move to allow a growing number of migrants without papers to reach the border as "a systematic and organized action."
A rescuer carries a child as he walks amid the rubble of a school hit during an Israeli strike before the start of a four-day truce in the battles between Israel and Hamas militants, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 24, 2023
Gaza truce appears to hold as Israel and Hamas start cease-fire
There were no major reports of bombings, artillery strikes or rocket attacks as Israel and Hamas started a four-day cease-fire in Gaza on Friday.
A residential building damaged by a Russian missile strike in the Serhiivka, in Ukraine's Odesa region, in July 2022. Daria Krokva, a doctor, fled Ukraine for Japan in April 2022 after being advised to evacuate by a cousin in Kobe.
Nov 23, 2023
Ukrainian doctor aims for national license in Japan
Daria Krokva is working hard on her Japanese proficiency in order to qualify for taking the national examination for medical practitioners.
Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo speaks during a news conference in Helsinki on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 23, 2023
Finland to close all but northernmost border crossing with Russia
Since the beginning of the month, more than 600 people without valid travel documents to the European Union have come to Finland via Russia.
Afghan refugees sit with their belongings near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Nov. 20.
Nov 22, 2023
Afghans driven from Pakistan rebuilding lives from 'zero'
Many have lived decades, if not their whole lives, outside their country, with no one left in their homeland to return to.
Newly arrived Rohingya refugees are stranded on a boat after the nearby community decided not to allow them to land in Aceh province, Indonesia, on Nov. 16.
Nov 21, 2023
After hellish boat journeys, Rohingya refugees unwelcome in Indonesia
For those able to land in Aceh province, their status there is far from assured, and locals say they could still force the newcomers back to sea.
Smoke rises during fighting in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on May 3.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 20, 2023
'Libya scenario': war-torn Sudan could break apart, experts warn
By the end of October, fighting had killed over 10,000 and displaced another 6 million.
A boy stands in the rain at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
Nov 15, 2023
Heavy rain in Gaza brings new problems and fears for Palestinians
The start of the rainy season and the possibility of flooding increased fears that the densely populated enclave's sewage system will be overwhelmed.
Displaced residents of the city of Gaza walk to the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 9, 2023
Tens of thousands flee as Israel tightens 'stranglehold' on Gaza
U.N. rights chief Volker Turk described Israel's collective punishment of Palestinian civilians and their forcible evacuation as war crimes.
A Palestinian family sits near destroyed houses following a strike in Rafah on the southern Gaza Strip on Monday
WORLD / Society
Nov 7, 2023
Civilians trapped in Gaza are running out of food, fuel and hope
Residents of Gaza are having to make difficult calculations about their safety in a place where supplies of food and water are rapidly dwindling.
Afghan refugees arrive in a truck at a holding center as they prepare to depart for Afghanistan, in the town of Landi Kotal, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans living in Pakistan faced the threat of detention and deportation on the day, as a government deadline for them to leave sparked a mass exodus.
WORLD / Society
Nov 2, 2023
Pakistan rounds up undocumented foreigners, mostly Afghans, early
The interior ministry said 140,322 people had already voluntarily left after days in which trucks full of people have jammed roads out of the country.
Three Japanese staff members of Doctors Without Borders cross the Rafah border between Gaza and Egypt on Thursday in this handout photo.
Nov 2, 2023
10 Japanese with 8 Palestinian family members flee Gaza to Egypt
Another Japanese national who is married to a Palestinian and lives in Gaza intends to stay there with the family, the chief cabinet secretary said.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves