US expands Afghan refugee program as Taliban violence rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday expanded its efforts to assist at-risk Afghan citizens flee Taliban violence as fighting intensifies ahead of the U.S. military pullout at the end of the month. The State Department said it is widening the scope of Afghans eligible for refugee status in United States to include current and […]

North Dakota county may become US’s 1st to bar new refugees

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. “I am an American citizen, a North Dakotan,” said Panchol, a 38-year-old father of […]

African refugees reach France in resettlement initiative

AP-EU-Europe-Migrants Dec 18, 2017 7:30AM (GMT 13:30) – 345 words By ELAINE GANLEY ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates with details, background. Edits. With AP Photos. PARIS (AP) — The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing those deemed to be especially vulnerable directly to Europe arrived in France on Monday. The […]

Far fewer refugees entering US despite travel ban setbacks

MEREDITH HOFFMAN, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Somali refugee Mohamoud Saed was elated when he learned that his wife and eight children had completed the lengthy refugee application process that would allow them to join him in the U.S., reuniting the family for the first time in seven years. But the Saeds never made […]