Political refugees

A child sits between plastic bags as migrants pull their belongings in Kara Tepe, near Mytilene the capital of the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Greek police are moving hundreds of migrants to an army-built camp on the island of Lesbos Thursday after a fire destroyed an overcrowded facility, leaving them homeless for days. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
September 18, 2020 - 5:15 am
KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — Police on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday resumed relocating migrants rendered homeless when fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp amid a local COVID-19 outbreak. Of the 5,000 people moved to a new army-built camp on the island, 135 so far have tested...
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A baby crawls as migrants remained camped out on a road leading from Moria to the capital of Mytilene, on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Fires swept through the overcrowded camp at Moria on two nights last week, prompting more than 12,000 migrants and refugees to flee. Most of them remain without shelter even though emergency tents are available at another island site where a new camp is being built.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
September 17, 2020 - 8:19 am
KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — Greek police are moving hundreds of migrants to an army-built camp on the island of Lesbos Thursday after a fire destroyed an overcrowded facility, leaving them homeless for days. Wearing masks and white coveralls, police escorted migrants camped out on a roadside to the...
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Homeless Afghan refugee Ayoub Husseini, who has lost the use of his legs after a construction accident, sits on a blanket with his belongings on the terrace of a commercial building on the island of Lesbos. Greece, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Ayoub who hopes to receive medical treatment for his injuries in Europe, is one of thousands of asylum-seekers left homeless after a fire gutted Moria refugee camp on the island. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
September 17, 2020 - 7:11 am
MORIA, Greece (AP) — Ayoub Husseini’s struggle to survive and dream of walking again one day have taken a sudden and cruel turn for the worse. An Afghan asylum-seeker, he is paralyzed from the waist down but made it to the Greek island of Lesbos in February with the help of his younger brother Iesa...
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The Commissioner-General of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees Philippe Lazzarini, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.N. relief agency, UNRWA, headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The financial crisis that the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is experiencing could lead to ceasing some of its activities in what would raise risks of instability in this volatile region, Lazzarini said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
September 16, 2020 - 8:23 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is experiencing a financial crisis that could force it to halt some services to an already impoverished population of more than 5 million people, the head of the agency said Wednesday. Philippe Lazzarini also warned in an interview with The...
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A two-month old baby from Afghanistan sleeps at an abandoned building near Mytilene town, on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Just over 6% of people have been rehoused, following a recent fire that destroyed Greece's biggest camp for refugees and migrants making 12,500 people homeless, in a new temporary facility under construction on the island of Lesbos. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
September 15, 2020 - 11:23 am
KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — The Greek government called Tuesday on the European Union to jointly run new refugee camps on Greece's eastern islands as part of a planned overhaul of the EU's migration policies. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the proposal at an Athens meeting with European...
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A Salvadoran businesswoman, who is one of the applicants of a small refugee program that was shut down by President Donald Trump, shows documents of the many times she has reported robberies and extortions, in Santa Ana, El Salvador, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. She said she was terrified when she began receiving death threats in 2013. Men with tattoos would come to a car wash she used to own to demand "monthly compensation" for letting her operate. She says she has received many threats since — through calls, text messages and social media. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
September 13, 2020 - 12:59 pm
MIAMI (AP) — After years of waiting in countries marred by violence, Central Americans who were finally cleared to reunite with their families in the U.S. are facing a major obstacle: the coronavirus pandemic. Only about 338 — or 12% — of 2,700 people approved to come to the U.S. through a small...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 16, 2016 file photo, Pope Francis blesses a man kneeling in front of him, at the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Pope Francis expressed solidarity Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, with the thousands of migrants who had been left homeless by the fires at a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, and called for a "human and dignified" welcome for them. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
September 13, 2020 - 11:04 am
MORIA, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister demanded Sunday that the European Union take a greater responsibility for managing migration into the bloc, as Greek authorities promised that 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left homeless after fire gutted an overcrowded camp would be moved shortly...
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Migrants take part in a rally near Mytilene town, on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Thousands of protesting refugees and migrants left homeless on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp have gathered on a road leading to the island's main town, demanding to be allowed to leave. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
September 11, 2020 - 12:25 pm
MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — Thousands of refugees and migrants left without shelter on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the overcrowded Moria camp held a brief protest Friday on a road to the island's main town, demanding to be allowed to leave. Clapping, chanting songs and dancing, the...
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Migrants walk at the burned Moria refugee after a fire, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Fire struck again Wednesday night in Greece's notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, a day after a blaze swept through it and left thousands in need of emergency shelter. The fires caused no injuries, but they renewed criticism of Europe's migration policy. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
September 10, 2020 - 9:26 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Little remained of Greece's notoriously overcrowded Moria refugee camp Thursday after a second fire overnight destroyed nearly everything that had been spared in the original blaze, leaving thousands more people in need of emergency housing. Early morning saw former residents...
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Migrants flee from the Moria refugee camp during a second fire, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Fire struck again Wednesday night in Greece's notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, a day after a blaze swept through it and left thousands in need of emergency shelter. The fires caused no injuries, but they renewed criticism of Europe's migration policy. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
September 09, 2020 - 6:37 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fire struck again Wednesday night in Greece's notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, a day after a blaze swept through it and left thousands in need of emergency shelter. The fires caused no injuries, but they renewed criticism of Europe’s migration...
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