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USA for UNHCR helps and protects refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. Supporting UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, we provide life-saving essentials including shelter, water, food, safety and protection. Around the world, we help refugees survive, recover and build a better future.

We welcome swift action from Canada - the first Syrian refugees landed from Lebanon yesterday.

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UNHCR welcomes first arrivals of Syrian refugees arrive in Canada
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All people have the right to seek asylum - irrespective of their nationality.

We're deeply concerned by the violence and tension at the Greek border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Borders must be managed in a humane way that protects refugees and their rights.

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UNHCR concerned by violence at Greek border, calls for improved security
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"I’m thinking, Armenian fans? That’s interesting. I go outside — they’re all Syrian refugees. There were about seven or eight teenagers. They fled to Armenia and took shelter there a couple of years ago when things really got rough. It’s heartbreaking. They could not be smarter, funnier, nicer, sharper. They know the show from YouTube." - Conan O'Brien on meeting Syrian refugee fans.

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Conan O'Brien Calls Meeting Syrian Refugee Fans in Armenia "One of the Great Experiences of My Life"
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This story of Najlaa Al-Sheikh is one in a 6-part Refinery29 series that explores the women behind the headlines of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Thank you to Refinery29 for shining a light on these strong, important women who often go unrecognized!

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How Syria's 'Rebel Mother' Rebuilt Her Life In Turkey
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"Tens of thousands of women are fleeing escalating violence in Mexico and the Central American Northern Triangle region of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Here are their own stories, in their own words"

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Women on the Run
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Jarring numbers: 82% of 16,077 women from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and parts of Mexico who were interviewed by U.S. authorities in the last year were found to have a credible fear of persecution or torture and were allowed to pursue their claims for asylum in the US.

Anderson Cooper's special on the hundreds of thousands seeking asylum in Europe.

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Seeking Asylum
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Sea arrivals to Greece in 2015 will soon hit 400,000 people. 97% of those arriving are from some of the world's biggest refugee producing countries: 70% are Syrians, 18% are Afghans and 4% are Iranian.

We are concerned about the enormous pressure the pace and scale of arrival is putting on the Greek government and local communities. The lack of reception capacity in Greece could seriously jeopardize Europe's relocation programme.

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Refugee sea arrivals in Greece this year approach 400,000
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We’re really worried by the news coming out of Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic.

Since Saturday, fighting has erupted forcing more than 40,000 people to flee their homes. Bangui had been relatively calm for months and we’d even been assisting many displaced people to return home as a fragile peace was taking hold. Yet as of this morning there were nearly 70,000 people displaced inside Bangui.

Now, this renewed fighting is impeding our access to the thousands of displaced people and we’re unable to assess their needs.

We’ve added our voice to the call for an end to the fighting to ensure the safety of innocent civilians. All humanitarian organizations urgently need access to all sites that are hosting displaced people.

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UNHCR seeking urgent access to thousands fleeing Bangui, CAR violence
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"I should have the right to give them my nationality so they can feel like they belong."

Georgia worries about Stella and Emelda's future in Liberia, where they are not recognised as citizens.

Liberia is one of 27 countries that has legislation denying women the right to pass their nationality to their children in the same way as men. This means children born to non-Liberian fathers and Liberian mothers outside of Liberia can be stateless if the father does not manage to pass on his nationality.

"If the situation doesn't change they will continue to be invisible here. Something needs to be done for Liberian mothers who have kids with foreign fathers. It's my right to give my nationality to them, but I am not allowed to. I feel so bad and disappointed that I cannot protect my children, like a hen protects her chicks from the hawks."

Learn more about Georgia and her family: http://trib.al/HooouYM

Join the Campaign to End Statelessness: http://trib.al/I57JFYT

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"Some people will ask - you have only a small bag?"
"Yes."
"And you bring your dog?"
"Yes."
"Why?"
"I love my dog!"

Many animal lovers will relate to this. 17-year-old Aslan Al Hakim from Damascus, Syria. And we've seen many like him carrying their animals with them on the long journey from Syria, across the Mediterranean Sea and through Europe. When forced to flee home because of war, many people would never dream of leaving their pets behind.

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Greece: Syrian Aslan and his puppy Rose
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A gate closed, a journey blocked. Thousands of people arrived in Croatia yesterday after travelling hundreds of miles and risking their lives on the Mediterranean.

The latest from just inside Croatia.

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Croatia: Refugees Crossing Another Border
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"UNHCR reiterates its call on the the Hungarian authorities to ensure unimpeded access for people in need of protection in line with its legal and moral obligations,"the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, said today. "States should manage their borders in a way that is consistent with International and EU Law, including guaranteeing the right to seek asylum," Guterres added.

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UNHCR urges Europe to change course on refugee crisis
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How many of you still remember one special teacher from your school days? The one who inspired you, or pushed you to succeed, or just made you smile when things were tough.

Aqeela Asifi, an Afghan refugee, is one of those special teachers. Except she teaches in one of the toughest environments you can imagine – a desolate refugee village in Pakistan. She’s given the gift of education to hundreds of young Afghan refugee girls who had previously been denied it. Thanks to her, their lives have been completely transformed. She is a true hero - which is why we’ve named her the 2015 Nansen Refugee Award winner. Please join us in congratulating her!

Learn more about Aqeela: http://trib.al/kv5vpEj

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An Education, Multiplied
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As ‪#‎refugees‬ from ‪#‎Syria‬ and around the world flee violence, we are working with MoveOn.org and using the hashtag ‪#‎AmericaWelcomes‬ to gather photos from people across the U.S. who want refugees to know they are welcome in our communities. Show your support for refugees and post your photo at the link below!

http://americawelcomes.us/

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Send A Message To President Obama: America welcomes Syrian refugees
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“You can’t sit at home when there are so many people to help. You can’t. It is up to us to help these people.”

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Austria: An Overwhelming Welcome
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Bravo Austria & Germany !

Refugees arrived yesterday in Munich, Germany to a hero's welcome. All over the city, volunteers and officials welcomed thousands of refugees with applause, food and supplies. For them, it was something they saw as a happy influx. And at the end of the day, donations had outstripped the needs.

One volunteer said, “I am from Munich and for me personally it is very important to give these people the feeling of being welcome, to say: we are glad you made it here.”
The kindness and solidarity was not lost on the refugees who disembarked. One refugee woman, who nearly drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, spoke through teary eyes, “I feel good, I am breathing finally.”

We’re so moved by this display of solidarity and leadership. After all they have lived through, this is truly the welcome that refugees deserve.

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Germany: Refugee Arrivals in Munich
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“Now we are breathing the air of freedom here."

Walid, a Syrian refugee in Hungary, helped organize some 1,000 refugees march out of Budapest towards the Austrian border. The group had walked 25 km when they stopped to rest. Hours later at 2am, Hungarian buses arrived to take them the rest of the way to Austria.

When the refugees spilled out of dozens of buses on the Austrian side of the border, they looked dazed, exhausted but guardedly happy. They were met by volunteers from the Austrian Red Cross and the Austrian Order of Malta holding handwritten signs saying 'welcome', and handing out clothes, food, water and milk, blankets and rain gear.

We are thrilled by the decision of Austria and Germany to welcome the large number of refugees. It also warms our hearts to see the outpouring of support from civil society groups.

Europe is at a defining moment and must prepare to receive as many as 200,000 new refugees. This is a huge step forward but much more needs to be done.

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UNHCR applauds Austria and Germany as refugees march across Hungary
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