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‘We’ve heard it could be months’: Afghan refugees await UK homes

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After a hellish journey involving wading through sewage to reach Kabul airport and cramming into a military plane with no seats, Farukhzad was relieved beyond belief to reach England in August. But after six weeks in ...

Afghan refugees may be housed in UK hotels for up to a year, say councils

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Council leaders are making contingency plans for thousands of refugees evacuated from Kabul to remain housed in hotel rooms for up to a year, while criticisising ministers for slow progress in finding long-term housin...

Why shouldn’t a writer for children talk of refugees, persecution and genocide?

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There was always the mystery of my father’s uncles. My father was an enthusiast, loving jokes – especially Jewish ones – songs, poems, plays, stories and football, but he showed sadness in the face of loss. The way he...

‘Existing is an act of resistance’: the Syrian refugees creating design from displacement

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When the world’s largest Syrian refugee camp started to overflow in 2013 it was so big it had become Jordan’s fourth-largest city. The camp, Za’atari, housed a staggering 150,000 people, and the influx of new arrivals...

UN quizzed over role in prison-like island camp for Rohingya refugees

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The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) is facing questions over whether it is helping to detain Rohingya refugees in prison-like conditions by providing services on a controversial island camp. Over the past year, Bangladesh...

Afghan refugees accuse Turkey of violent illegal pushbacks

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As the sun sets over a dusty ravine on the outskirts of Van city in eastern Turkey, Muhammdullah Sangeen and dozens of other Afghans are preparing for another night sleeping rough. The 22-year-old, who has a bruised l...

‘Send us home,’ beg Afghan refugees stuck in UK hotels

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Afghans who recently arrived in the UK after fleeing the Taliban takeover have asked to be sent back, casting doubt over the success of Operation Warm Welcome, the government’s Afghan resettlement programme. It was la...

A Sting in the tale: how the music of the Police inspired a dance show about refugees

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”People like to tell me their opinions,” says the choreographer Kate Prince. “I get letters from punters with critiques of works they’ve seen.” She is bemused and a little narked, past trying to please others. “I have...

Some Afghan refugees to be housed in UK hotels for months

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Some of the 7,000 Afghan refugees who are currently being housed in hotels are likely still to be in emergency hotel accommodation by the end of the year, the head civil servant in the Home Office indicated under ques...

Afghan refugees in UK quarantine hotels treated like ‘prisoners’

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Afghans evacuated to the UK feel like prisoners after being left trapped in quarantine conditions longer than necessary, several of them have told the Guardian, prompting concern about their human rights and wellbeing...

Afghan refugees can soon expect Britain’s warm welcome to turn into cold comfort

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For a brief moment, it would appear that the UK isn’t quite so “full up”, as the government launches Operation Warm Welcome to relocate refugees from Afghanistan. As the name – evocative of bold military action in the...

‘We were very lucky’: Afghan refugees arrive in US, exhausted but relieved

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As he stepped outside the sliding doors at Virginia’s Dulles airport last Wednesday, Abdul Waris allowed himself a moment to smile in relief. It was his first time in the United States, and just days earlier he was at...

Germany warns EU against setting target of Afghan refugees

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Germany has warned fellow EU governments against following the UK’s lead in setting a target number of refugees from Afghanistan to be resettled in the union, claiming it will act as a pull-factor. Horst Seehofer, the...

Afghanistan’s neighbours offered millions in aid to harbour refugees

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Countries neighbouring Afghanistan have been offered millions in aid if they are prepared to temporarily harbour tens of thousands of refugees, prior to security checks clearing them for transit to Europe and the US, ...

Croatian police accused of pushing Afghan refugees back to Bosnia

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While the allied forces struggled to evacuate thousands of refugees from Kabul amid threats of Islamic State retaliation, the Croatian police are allegedly robbing and pushing back to Bosnia dozens of Afghans who have...

Afghanistan: what can refugees do now that UK evacuation is over?

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While the UK’s formal evacuation of its own nationals and Afghans seen as eligible to be taken out has ended, there is confusion over how many more people could have been taken – and what their options are now. There...

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