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The fourth R: Refugee students get intensive course in resettlement

The International Rescue Committee's summer program helps young refugees enrolled in the Tukwila School District acclimate to their new home.
Sep 13, 2016
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Chinese tourist spends two weeks in German refugee center after mixup

A Chinese tourist in Germany unwittingly signed an asylum application that got him stranded as a refugee for two weeks, according to reports.
Aug 8, 2016
Viljean Celian (left), 33, repairs bicycles at Quiquica, a workshop that trains and employs migrants, refugees and asylum applicants in Mexico City. He is seen here with Luz Abril Reza López, the coordinator of Quiquica.
(Photo by Mayela Sánchez, GPJ Mexico, for Global Press News Service.)

Once just a transit point, Mexico becoming home to refugees

For some people seeking refuge or asylum from their countries of origin, Mexico has become not just a stop on the way to the U.S., but a permanent home.
May 24, 2016
People waiting outside of an aid distribution center at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. (Photo from Flickr by Riyaad Minty)

Threats to close world’s largest refugee camp echo in Seattle

In the wake of terrorist attacks, Kenya is threatening to close Dadaab refugee camp. That has Seattle-area refugees worried about family still living there.
May 13, 2016
Refugees, immigrants, advocates and service providers rally on the Olympia capitol steps during the annual Refugee and Immigrant Legislative Day in 2015. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Keeping the door open for refugees

Seattle should lead by example and remain a city open to refugees.
Mar 2, 2016
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joined by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne as they hand out parts of a welcome package to newly arrived Syrian refugees. (Photo courtesy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau via Flickr.)

How to be more like Canada: upcoming events on bringing refugees to Seattle

So, wanna be like Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? Two upcoming Seattle events will discuss how to welcome refugees to the state.
Dec 16, 2015
Irina Vodonos, her mother and their family dog in May 1994, several months before Vodonos and her father became the first in their family to move to the U.S. The rest of the family followed two years later. (Photo courtesy Irina Vodonos.)

An immigrant “comes out” as a refugee

The recent U.S. backlash against Syrian refugees has convinced writer Irina Vodonos to talk openly about coming to United States as a refugee.
Dec 10, 2015
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington November 19, 2015.  Photo by Gary Cameron for Reuters)

U.S. House votes to suspend Syrian refugee program, step up screening

The Republican-backed legislation would suspend Obama's program to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees next year and intensify screening measures for refugees from Syria and Iraq.
Nov 19, 2015
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Inslee: Washington open to Syrian refugees

Gov. Jay Inslee vowed to keep Washington state open to receiving Syrian refugees, even as more than 20 governors throughout the U.S. vowed to keep them out.
Nov 16, 2015
A young refugee plays violin in front of a line of Turkish police at Edirne, where refugees amassed hoping to cross into Bulgaria. (Photo by Levent ......)

Istanbul native finds her city transformed by Syrian refugees

When I went back home to Istanbul for a visit, I was shocked at the conditions for Syrian refugees who have flooded the city.
Nov 4, 2015
Anny Khan speaks at the weekend grassroots gathering to organize aid and advocacy for Syrian refugees. (Photo by Alex Garland.)

Could Syrian refugees resettle in Seattle? New group explores ideas

Dozens of Seattle-area residents gathered over the weekend to explore increasing the number of Syrian refugees who can resettle in Washington state.
Sep 8, 2015
Tima Kurdi, sister of Syrian refugee Abdullah Kurdi whose sons Aylan and Galip and wife Rehan were among 12 people who drowned in Turkey trying to reach Greece, cries while speaking to the media outside her home in Coquitlam, British Columbia (Photo by Ben Nelms for Reuters.)

Grassroots gathering to explore bringing Syrian refugees to Seattle

Worldwide focus on the Syrian refugee crisis grew this week, as pictures emerged of a Syrian toddler who drowned while his family tried to reach Greece.
Sep 3, 2015
Somali American protestors gathered outside the offices of the nonprofit Refugee Women's Alliance on January 30th. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Somali protestors demand teacher resign over Mohammed cartoons

Refugee Women's Alliance has come under fire after a teacher showed Charlie Hebdo cartoons to a group of Somali youth.
Feb 1, 2015
A family at a refugee camp in Thailand, where there are still 150,000 UN-recognized refugees unable to return home to Burma. (Photo by Mikhail Esteves)

Reacting to reforms in Burma, donors leave refugees high and dry

Seattleites are donating 'one night out' this weekend to help Burmese refugees who've been forgotten by big international donors.
Sep 12, 2014
Bekaa Informal Tented Settlement in Lebanon. (Photo by Karin Huster)

Syria’s lost generation: a glimpse of growing up refugee in Lebanon

A Seattle based volunteer appeals for aid to a Syrian refugees.
Mar 5, 2014
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Waiting for Assad’s fall, record numbers of Syrians flee to Jordan

ZAATARI, Jordan–As the Syrian civil war and the fight to remove President Bashar Assad unfolds, more than half a million people have fled their homes during dangerously cold winter months. There are roughly 60,000 Syrians in the Zaatari, one of the largest refugee camps that sits just across the Jordanian border. According to a recent […]
Dec 11, 2012
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World Refugee Day hits home in Kent

When 19-year-old Yashoda Khanal moved to Kent with her family almost three years ago, the thing that shocked her most on her first day at Kent-Meridian High School were the floors. The white linoleum floors in the cafeteria and the sprawling carpet in the classrooms were unfamiliar. Khanal was accustomed to mud floors lined with […]
Jun 20, 2012
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New citizens celebrate Flag Day as Obama promises to end youth deportation

Refugee and immigrant community organizers gathered in the country’s most diverse neighborhood, on Wednesday to redefine how Seattleites celebrate Flag Day. Immigrant rights organization OneAmerica put together the event in a Columbia City park to provide citizenship information, voter registration and other resources to new immigrants and refugees. Organizers said they hoped to revive the marginal holiday, which […]
Jun 15, 2012
Magdaleno Rose Avila, the newly named director of Seattle's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (Photo from the UW Center for Human Rights)

Rose-Avila named director of Seattle’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Immigration advocate and former director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Magdaleno Rose-Avila, was named director of the Seattle’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) this week. Rose-Avila grew up in a Mexican-American farm worker community in Colorado, and has a long history of organizing for progressive causes. He’s worked for the United Farm Workers, the Peace Corps, Amnesty […]
May 23, 2012
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Controversial ad campaign claims Sea-Tac workers are paid poverty wages

As your plane lifts off from Sea-Tac, you might be fantasizing about the sunny vacation destination that awaits, or preparing for the big business meeting on the other end of your flight. You’re probably not thinking about the thousands of employees who helped get you in the air, but stayed behind back at the airport. […]
Apr 24, 2012