Tag - refugees

NYIC calls for permanent housing, not time limits on shelter stays


New York, NY: NYC Mayor Eric Adams Wednesday announced that the City will begin imposing a 60-day limit for how long people can stay in shelters. Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition said, “Getting people into permanent housing needs to be the number one priority and solution to freeing up space in the City’s overburdened...

Sundar Pichai to co-chair council to help Ukrainian, Afghan refugees settle in US


Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday revealed that he would be co-chairing a new council with more than 30 other CEOs to help Ukrainian and Afghan refugees settle in the US.  Pichai said the move "builds on Google's long-standing support for immigrants, Dreamers and refugees, and will help people through access to technology, jobs and more."  According...

Prominent Rohingya leader shot dead in Bangladesh


Dhaka: A prominent Rohingya Muslim leader has been shot dead in a refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. Mohibullah, who was in his late 40s, led one of the largest of several community groups to emerge since more than 730,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya fled Myanmar amid a brutal military crackdown in August 2017. He was talking to other...

Afghan refugees put through the wringer in the US


By Surekha Vijh  Washington, DC: When thousands of Afghan refugees kept arriving in the US after being evacuated from Kabul, the Dulles International Airport in Virginia received a bulk of them. After initial screening, they are relocated to various states. Besides the federal government, many private agencies are chipping in to help the new refugees. According to the data...

NY should be a leader in resettlement of refugees: Afghan NYers, elected officials


New York, NY:Tthe New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), the Buffalo Afghan Community, Journey's End, World Relief, and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy demanded that New York immediately take a leadership role in the Afghan refugee crisis. Joining the advocates and the Assemblywoman were two Afghan translators who shared powerful testimonies about their experiences and the plight of...

UK to welcome 20,000 Afghan refugees


London: The UK has announced that it will welcome as many as 20,000 Afghans under a new resettlement program that will give priority to women, girls and religious and other minorities amid the ongoing crisis in the war-torn country. The new scheme will provide a safe and legal route to Britain to those seen at a...

India faces threat of bigger influx of refugees from Mynamar


by K.S. Tomar Due to hunger for power and lack of intense international pressure (zero from Russia and China), Army rulers in Myanmar are resorting to killings of demonstrators who seem determined to overthrow the military regime, which had staged a coup d’état on February 1 and snatched the power from an elected government. India is facing...

Covid prompted USCIS’ move to video

Post Date: December 9, 2020

Social distancing requirements under the pandemic led to the acceleration of a modernization plan that included adding video feeds to the asylum interview process used by the USCIS, according to technology innovation managers at the agency. Asylum interviews, used to determine whether an applicant has a credible basis for seeking refuge in the United States,...

HAF welcomes House resolution supporting refugee protection for persecuted Hindus, Sikhs from Afghanistan

Post Date: August 27, 2020

Washington, DC: On August 14, 2020 Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced House resolution “condemning targeted terrorist attacks against members of the Sikh, Hindu, and other religious minority communities in Afghanistan and supporting refugee protection for Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan in recognition of the systematic religious persecution, discrimination, and existential danger faced by the members of...