Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a visit to EU member Hungary repeated his threat Thursday to "open the gates" for millions of refugees eager to flee to Europe unless more international support was provided.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun is reportedly mulling over paying an official visit to Damascus to push for the repatriation of Syrian refugees, whose presence has worsened the already dilapidated civic infrastructure in Lebanon and placed a burden on the country’s public finances.
The representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tehran commended Iran’s “generous hospitality” towards refugees in the country and called for international support to help the Islamic Republic cope with refugee woes.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their displacement from Myanmar into Bangladesh by rallying, crying and praying Sunday as they demanded that Myanmar grant them citizenship and other rights before they agree to return.
An attempt to begin repatriating thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in camps in Bangladesh stalled on Thursday after nearly 300 refugee families refused to go back to Myanmar, almost a year after a similar effort failed amid protests.