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Asylum and migration in the EU: Facts and figures

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on migration flows in the EU. Movement restrictions put in place in light of the coronavirus pandemic have led to a reduction in migration, both legal and illegal, as countries have closed …

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Exiled Azerbaijanis: "We are ready to live in liberated territories, even in tents."

As a young woman in 1993, Azerbaijani Ramziya Sharifova waded across a river into Iran with her family to escape Armenian forces capturing her village, then watched as they burned it to the ground. Nearly 30 years later, she's finally planning to go home. The 47-year-old librarian is one of the 750,000 Azerbaijanis who fled the Nagorno-Karabakh region in southwestern Azerbaijan and several surrounding districts in the early 1990s

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Turkish diplomats call on EU to share refugee burden

"International solidarity and burden-sharing is essential to support the neighboring countries," Turkey's Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal said in a video message to the conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and Region" organized by the United Nations and European Union

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Five years of migrant deal between Turkey and EU. What changed

Five years after the European Union and Turkey signed a deal to reduce the number of migrants crossing into the bloc, arrivals are down but both sides have complaints, France 24 writes. Signed on March 18, 2016, the deal saw Turkey move to stem the flow of would-be refugees into Bulgaria and the Greek islands in exchange for large-scale EU financial assistance. The accord was criticised by refugee rights groups and it has not stopped sniping between Brussels and Ankara over the issue - with Turkey now calling for it to be reviewed

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UN says 25,000 refugees returned to Khankendi, not 50,000

According to statistics released by the UN Refugee Agency, half as many refugees returned to the occupied lands of Azerbaijan from Armenia on January 26, 2021 as the Russian Defense Ministry announced. The corresponding document was published on …

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First refugees of the dying USSR

The Soviet state dealt itself a crushing blow in November 1987, resigning itself to the expulsion of 200,000 Azerbaijanis from Armenia. Speaking about the stages of the collapse of the USSR, experts often offer a simplified …

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Biden vows to allow more refugees into U.S.

U.S. President Joe Biden announced he plans to raise the cap on the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. as he inherits a resettlement program whittled down by former President Donald Trump.  "Today, I’m …

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Could international experience be applicable in Nagorno Karabakh?

The recent military flair up of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was ended on the 10th November by a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement after 44 days. The most important question in the years to come appears to be: Quo vadis, Nagorno-Karabakh? Azer Babayev* explores the role the international community can play in ensuring the current fragile peace lasts

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Almost 800 displaced persons return to Khankendi

Another 778 displaced persons have returned to Khankendi being accompanied by Russian peacekeepers. In total, over 34,500 people returned to their homes after the end of the Second Karabakh war, News.am reported. The Karabakh …

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'My childhood stood frozen in Kalbajar after occupation'

A young Azerbaijani man recounted how he was eight years old when he was forced to leave Azerbaijan's Kalbajar region and didn't have a proper childhood since Armenian forces occupied the lands nearly three decades ago. "My childhood stood frozen there," Bazirgan Verdiyev told as he prepared to go back home, Anadolu Agency writes in the article 'My childhood stood frozen in Kalbajar after occupation'. Verdiyev, 36, who is currently doing his doctorate studies in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul, said his childhood passed with the "bitter experience" of being an internally displaced person

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Armenia abuses concept of “welcoming culture” in its own political interests

Illegal resettlement is a gross violation of the norms and principles of international humanitarian law and constitutes a war crime, Gulshan Pashayeva, the board member of the Center of Analysis of International Relations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, writes in the article Illegal resettlement in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan: Cause and effect for EurActiv

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