Syrian refugee who lived in airport gains Canadian citizenship | Refugees News

Wednesday marks a long-awaited milestone for Syrian refugee Hassan Al Kontar. After years of uncertainty – including seven months spent stranded in a Malaysian airport – Al Kontar has finally become a Canadian citizen. “Today is kind of a declaration of winning after all these years,” Kontar told Al Jazeera during a phone call just … Read more

North American leaders to cooperate on semiconductors | Migration News

The White House has announced a series of pledges made with Mexico and Canada ahead of the “Three Amigos” summit, and cooperation on bolstering the supply of semiconductors, a market currently dominated by Asia, topped the list. The announcement on Tuesday came hours before US President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and … Read more

Biden makes first visit to US-Mexico border since taking office | Joe Biden News

United States President Joe Biden has made his first visit to the US-Mexico border since taking office in January of 2022. The hours-long visit on Sunday followed a recently announced policy initiative by the Biden administration meant to address an increase in undocumented border crossings. The politically charged issue has dogged the Democratic president since … Read more

Understanding the surge in migration at the US-Mexico border | Migration News

San Antonio, Texas, US — Dozens of hopeful asylum seekers and refugees mill about the parking lot of a suburban strip mall on the north side of San Antonio, next door to a migration resource center run by the southern US border city. Most set out from homes in Ecuador and Nicaragua weeks earlier to … Read more

Understanding the surge in migration at the US-Mexico border | Migration News

San Antonio, Texas, US — Dozens of hopeful asylum seekers and refugees mill about the parking lot of a suburban strip mall on the north side of San Antonio, next door to a migration resource center run by the southern US border city. Most set out from homes in Ecuador and Nicaragua weeks earlier to … Read more

EU, Western Balkans boost partnership amid Ukraine war

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — For the six Western Balkans countries aspiring to join the European Union, gaining full membership in the 27-nation club remains a distant goal. But Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia are getting more concrete signs that they have a future place in the EU as Russia’s war in Ukraine … Read more

Ukrainian refugees in US ‘have nowhere to return’ | Refugees News

Denver, Colorado – As speculation mounted this past February about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, Olena Galushko felt a pull to leave her country. On February 23, just one day before the war erupted, Galushko packed three suitcases, gathered her family, and left their home in the Ukrainian city of Bucha. Galushko traveled with … Read more

The UK is starting to get real about Europe – POLITICO

Paul Taylor is a contributing editor at POLITICO. After six years of chaos and recrimination since Britons voted to leave the European Union, there are signs the country is showing an unexpected outbreak of common sense in its approach to the bloc. In his first weeks in office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — a Brexiteer … Read more

Infantino scolds World Cup critics in extraordinary diatribe

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gianni Infantino said he feels gay. That he feels like a woman. That he feels like a migrant worker. He lectured Europeans for criticizing Qatar’s human rights record and defended the host country’s last-minute decision to ban beer from World Cup stadiums. The FIFA president delivered a one-hour tirade on the … Read more

A ‘barbed wire curtain’ rises in Europe amid war in Ukraine

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The long border between Finland and Russia runs through thick forests and is marked only by wooden posts with low fences meant to stop stray cattle. Soon, a stronger, higher fence will be erected on parts of the border. Earlier this month, Polish soldiers began laying coils of razor wire on … Read more