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In Pictures: African asylum seekers protest in Tel Aviv

AFP – The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, are protesting to call for help in the face of Israel’s refusal to grant them refugee status. Last month, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned that Israel could be in breach of international law with new legislation that allows for the potentially indefinite detention of asylum-seekers. …

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UN: Asylum requests to rich countries rose in 2011

By AP GENEVA: Afghans topped the list of asylum claimants to the world’s richest countries in 2011, followed by Chinese and Iraqis, the UN refugee agency reported Tuesday. Tunisians, Libyans and people from Ivory Coast saw the biggest annual rise, while the number of Pakistanis and Syrians applying for asylum also jumped noticeably. Overall, asylum …


Arab Spring asylum seekers surged into EU in 2011

By Claire Davenport / Reuters BRUSSELS: Asylum seekers from Arab Spring countries and West African nations suffering civil strife surged into Europe last year at a time when European politicians are talking about re-tightening border controls. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, said on Friday asylum applications from Tunisians rose by 92.5 percent to 6,330 last year …


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