Tag - refugees



Lebanese Armenians clash with security forces during a demonstration outside the Azerbaijani embassy in Ain Aar on Thursday, denouncing Azerbaijan's reintegration of Nagorno-Karabakh.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 29, 2023
Karabakh separatists to disband after surrender to Azerbaijan
The dramatic announcement came moments after it became clear that more than half of the region's population had fled the advancing Azerbaijani forces.
Refugee Albert Petrosyan loads a car before his family's departure from the town of Goris, Armenia, on Thursday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 29, 2023
Fleeing Karabakh, a family fears for the future
Albert Petrosyan strapped his son's wheelchair and a few bags to the roof of his ancient Russian-made car ahead of another long drive after fleeing his home in Nagorno-Karabakh this week and spending just one night in a hotel in this Armenian town.
Refugees from the Nagorno-Karabakh region arrive at the border village of Kornidzor, Armenia, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 28, 2023
Nearly half of Karabakh population flees Azerbaijani control
The Armenian government said more than 53,000 people had left since Azerbaijan lifted its nine-month blockade on the enclave.
Refugees sit in a truck after crossing the border, near the town of Kornidzor, on Tuesday. Hundreds of vehicles were heading to Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh, following Azerbaijan's lightning offensive against the separatist enclave.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 27, 2023
Armenia says ‘ethnic cleansing’ happening in Karabakh region
Armenia's prime minister met with top U.S. officials as the exodus of people fleeing to his country from Azerbaijan accelerated.
Ukrainian refugees arrive at Haneda airport in Tokyo on April 5, 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 26, 2023
Japan to introduce new residency status for asylum-seekers
A program to offer a long-term residence status that will allow asylum-seekers to work in Japan will be introduced in December.
A car leaves Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that has been inhabited by ethnic Armenians, on Monday after fighters were defeated by Azerbaijan in a lightning military operation.
Sep 26, 2023
Ethnic Armenians flee Nagorno-Karabakh after defeat by Azerbaijan
The leadership of the 120,000 Armenians who call Karabakh home said they feared persecution and ethnic cleansing.
Migrants from Venezuela, seeking asylum in the United States, sit before crossing the Rio Bravo river with the intention of turning themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol agents, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Thursday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 24, 2023
AI's 'insane' translation mistakes endanger U.S. asylum cases
Machine translation has made huge leaps but is still nowhere near good enough for complex, high-stakes situations like the asylum process.
Migrants arrive in the harbor of the Italian island of Lampedusa. On Monday, Italy extended its detention periods for illegal migrants to deter arrivals after record boat crossings from North Africa.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 20, 2023
Italy changes tack on EU naval mission, repurposed as blockade
Critics say pushing back boats would violate international asylum rules and the European Convention on Human Rights.
The far-right Confederation Liberty and Independence party rally against measures imposed by the Polish government to stem the spread of COVID-19, in Warsaw in October 2020.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 18, 2023
The far right is advancing in a vulnerable Europe again
Disruptors in far-right political parties are taking advantage of resentment born out of COVID-19, a cost-of-living crisis and the war in Ukraine.
A Chadian army officer reacts as cart owners transport the belongings of Sudanese people who fled the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, while crossing the border between Sudan and Chad.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 16, 2023
Sudan 'spiraling out of control' as 1 million flee country: U.N.
Efforts to mediate a cease-fire have stalled, and those remaining in the country have faced rampant looting and long power cuts.
Ryuzaburo Mizuno, who was born in Brazil seven years after the Great Kanto Earthquake, holds a photo of his family.
Aug 7, 2023
A diaspora remembers the disaster that forged it
There is a significant Brazilian community in Japan, but 100 years ago a major disaster spurred the growth of a Japanese community in Brazil.
Migrants sit onboard an inflatable boat before attempting to illegally cross the English Channel to reach Britain, off the coast of Sangatte, northern France, on July 18.
Aug 4, 2023
Migrant boat rescue missions do not encourage crossings, study shows
The finding contradicts claims that ships that save migrants in the Mediterranean incentivize people to risk their lives trying to get to the EU.
Migrants are seen on a metal boat as members of the Tunisian coastguard try to stop them at sea during their attempt to cross to Italy, off Sfax, Tunisia, on April 27.
Jul 28, 2023
Tunisia says 900 migrants drowned off its coast this year
Tunisia has become a major gateway for irregular migrants and asylum-seekers attempting the perilous sea voyages in often rickety boats in the hopes of a better life in Europe.
Women and children fleeing Ukraine gather in Przemysl train station on March 2, 2022.
Jul 24, 2023
Ukraine needs its women back for a shot at economic recovery
Failure to persuade any of the 2.8 million working-age women who have fled the country to return would cost Ukraine 10% of its annual prewar gross domestic product.
An accommodation center for refugees from Ukraine in Berlin in May
WORLD / Society
Jul 21, 2023
Europe struggles to convert Ukraine migration into labor boon
Obstacles ranging from lack of child care facilities to reluctance to recognize non-European academic and vocational qualifications has left vacancies unfilled.
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2023
Refugee soccer team breaking boundaries with globetrotting tour
Formed just months ago in Utah, Team SheBelongs aims to promote acceptance and change the global conversation surrounding refugees and displaced persons.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Sudan struggles for attention as violence escalates and human toll grows
With conflict having displaced around 3 million people, aid agencies operating in the country see no end to the deepening crisis.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
War-displaced Ukrainian joins Japanese ensemble in performance for peace
Iana Lavrova joined the 2023 Fukushima Cello Concert for a performance by a 500-strong group held in May.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 21, 2023
Kishida comes away from parliamentary session with key goals achieved
Out of 60 bills it submitted, 58 became law, a 96.7% passage rate — a slight drop from the equivalent session last year, where all 61 bills received parliament"s approval.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2023
Global level of forced displacement climbs to record 110 million, U.N. says
The increase of around 19 million people by the end of last year is the biggest annual jump on record, the UNHCR has 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