“I hope it’s fun for her. Happy times, happy life.”

A mother hopes for the best for their child, no matter where they’re from.

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A Syrian refugee child had her first day of school this week, her first day of school in Canada.

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"As today’s leaders gather for their summit sessions, they should remember that history eventually sides with those who help refugees, not with those who vilify them."

We should remember heroes of the 1930s and ’40s this week as world leaders meet to discuss today’s global refugee crisis.
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Her odds of getting to university as a refugee? 1%

My piece in The Guardian.

Education for refugees is often seen as an optional extra. But getting refugee children into school will help them to thrive, not just to survive

“The world – shocked by images of people fleeing in huge numbers and dying at sea – does not want our intentions to remain on paper. It demands practical action and results.” - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency Filippo Grandi

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
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“This Summit marks a pivotal opportunity to bring about real change.”

Today in New York the governments of 193 countries adopted key commitments to enhance prot...ection for millions of people who have been forcibly displaced and are otherwise on the move around the world.

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"Yusra and Pur have shown the world refugees are like others - people who have tears, but also who can compete, grow, florish, and when they go back to their countries they can become protagonists, leaders after the war." - Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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Carolyn Miles talks with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and members of the first ever Refugee Olympic Team at the 2016 Social Good Summit in New York.

Live at the United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi.

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Live from #UNGA with Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Grandi spoke with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's Melissa Fleming about today's UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and the New York Declaration, which countries adopted at the Summit.

A must-read to really understand the role of the UN in Syria.

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"Today is an extraordinary opportunity to change gear" - Filippo Grandi

Esther Nyakong, 18, is a student at Morneau Shepell Secondary School for girls in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. Listening to refugees is ...

These children greeted delegates entering the United Nations today for the Summit on Refugees and Migrants. A strong message.

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When a country stops protecting a group of people and the international community looks the other way, it’s “a disaster for the people living in those areas.” - Richard Skretteberg, NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council.

One year after the death of Alan Kurdi saw concern for the plight of Syrians surge across Europe and the West, leading humanitarians are urging the world not to give up on the world’s forgotten refugee crises. The UN says there are now 65.3 million people worldwide who have had to flee their homes t...

“Some of the older ones may want to return because they are nostalgic for the places they left behind… But when they go back to their communities, they see those places don’t exist anymore. The lives they remember are gone.”

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency counts about 7 million “internally displaced people” here, more than in Syria, Iraq or any other war zone.

Many victims of the 52-year conflict are wary of returning to their farms and villages.
washingtonpost.com|De Nick Miroff

“I was shocked that nothing had happened despite the amendment. There are more people than ever, and the conditions are as awful as ever – children living in shacks, in tents very makeshift, with just one meal a day, often not enough to eat, with no support system except for the volunteers, left to their own devices,” Dubs says.

“Visually, it is pretty awful, hemmed in, with barbed wire along the motorway; what it will be like in the cold and winter, I shudder to think. Human beings can’t survive indefinitely like this. No wonder there is violence in the camp, no wonder they are so desperate to escape. It is not surprising they are doing everything they can to get across the Channel. In their position, I would be doing the same.”

Four months ago, after an intervention by the Kindertransport veteran, Britain promised to rescue hundreds of children stranded without parents in the squalor of the Calais refugee camp. They are still there – and are losing hope
theguardian.com|Par Amelia Gentleman

“This year has been particularly deadly; smugglers are taking even bigger risks than in the past and basically sending people to their deaths.”

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency recorded 3,167 refugees & migrants dead or missing at sea in the first seven months of 2016 compared with 3,771 in all of last year.

Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea this year are poised to eclipse all of 2015, even as fewer people hazard the journey.

"Integration is not one-sided work… [It] is not something that we should only ask from people coming into our country, we should ask this of ourselves too. We must accept different food, different culture, behavior."

The UNHCR is documenting the stories of refugees and the people who take them in and support them when they move to Europe.
cnn.com|Par Photographs by Aubrey Wade and text by Nadine Alfa for UNHCR

“Aloush didn’t know who I was or where I came from. He just wanted to hold my hand. Anyone’s hand; someone to make him feel like it’s going to be OK, that people still care about each other, that they haven’t forgotten about this tragedy, that their humanity is still there.

I ask you to stand #WithRefugees too. The very least each one of us can do is sign the petition on www.withrefugees.org. The very least we can do is to rise above all the political differences and remember that we are all humans, with similar lives and families, with the same basic needs and aspirations.”
- Dr Bassem Youssef, Egyptian satirist and former cardiac surgeon

Bassem Youssef surmises at how much the world has forgotten since the death of Aylan Kurdi that triggered the humanity in all of us

"We were on the boat for a really long time. I was hungry and thirsty and the waves were so big, they kept coming over our heads."
Rasal, 5 year old Syrian refugee.

To mark the one year anniversary of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi's death, we look at other refugee children who have made the perilous Mediterranean journey.
cnn.com|Par Sheena McKenzie, CNN

Hundreds of thousands of children have known nothing but a country in conflict.

Now they begin their lives in grim conditions as the littlest refugees. May their future be better than this.

More than 300,000 babies have been born as refugees since the start of the Syrian civil war.

As the old African proverb goes, “if you educate a girl, you educate an entire nation.’

Ensuring access to quality education for children, especially girls, will lead to fewer child marriages and less child labour and exploitation.

Development goals cannot be achieved without educating those who have been left behind – refugee children and girls in all but two African countries

“More must be done by all countries to care for our fellow human beings facing life-threatening risk. The decision by the United States government reflects the willingness of communities across the country to welcome more refugees and for this I am profoundly grateful." - Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the US plan to admit more refugees next year, saying the decision reaffirms the need for resettlement as a life-saving
unhcr.org|Par United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

“The people in Scotland are very nice and they smile all the time. To be working as a volunteer is very good for me and has given me confidence.”

"Paisley is a nice area", says 17-year-old Ebrahim
dailyrecord.co.uk|Par David Campbell