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Looming cuts to refugee health benefits are inhumane, unethical and won’t save the government money, say some Ottawa doctors. A program providing temporary health insurance to refugee applicants who aren’t eligible for provincial or territorial coverage will be pared back starting June 30, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney announced last month. The Interim

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Thousands of people trying to return to South Sudan from Sudan have been stranded for months at the Kosti way station and are running out of “means of support,” a United Nations official said Tuesday. The concern for their plight comes amid reports of military attacks along Sudan’s hotly contested border with South Sudan. Between

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President Barack Obama authorized as much as $26 million to help provide humanitarian assistance to 140,000 refugees who have fled parts of Sudan’s southern states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. The U.S. money will come from the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund and will support the work of the United Nations High Commissioner

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HEADLINES: Refugees

In the last few years, more than four thousand refugees have found their way to Idaho. They’ve come from Africa, and from East and South Asia. Most came to Boise. For years, the city’s strong economy, good quality affordable housing and supportive community created an especially favorable environment for refugee resettlement. Now, the recession has shifted that picture.

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More Iraqi refugees returned to their homeland in 2011 than any year since 2004, UN figures showed on Tuesday, with the largest number coming from Syria, which has been rocked by months of protests. According to data published by the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, 62,340 people returned to Iraq between December 2010 and November 2011. That compared to a total of 460,106 who came back from 2003 — when a US-led coalition ousted dictator Saddam Hussein — to 2010. The figure of annual returns in 2011 was the highest for a single year since 2004′s 193,997.

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Israel threatened illegal immigrants with unlimited detention on Tuesday as it tightened legislation to stop an increasing number of people crossing its porous Sinai Desert border from Egypt. The move, which raised the maximum detention from 60 days, drew sharp criticism from refugee groups and activists, who said the “immoral” decision would hit refugees fleeing conflict.

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The UNHCR has launched a massive airlift of relief supplies from Kenya to neighboring South Sudan where an estimated 50,000 Sudanese refugees are in need of assistance after fleeing conflict in their country. The first of 18 flights using C-130 Hercules transport planes left the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, carrying 12 tons of supplies, including

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South Sudanese officials have condemned Sudan after an aerial bombardment of a refugee camp in their territory. Local official Miabek Lang said at least 12 people had been killed and 20 wounded. The Sudanese military, which has been fighting rebels in areas near South Sudan, has denied the claims. [BBC]

The Australian government is planning

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UNHCR and partner agencies are launching a formal appeal for funds to help refugees fleeing into western Ethiopia from Sudan’s Blue Nile State. The joint appeal by UNHCR, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the International Organization for Migration amounts to some US$18.3 million and is intended to help up to 35,000 refugees. Since 3 September, when the influx started, an estimated 25,000 refugees have found refuge in Ethiopia.

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Humanitarian Crisis in East Africa Grows More Dire: U.S. Leadership Needed

The humanitarian crisis in East Africa is growing more dire by the day. The eastern African region, known as the Horn of Africa, is experiencing the worst drought the region has experienced since the 1950s causing widespread famine and suffering across the region. Earlier this month, the United Nation’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis warned

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