The new Canadian government has agreed to admit 25.000 Syrian refugees to the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at the airport to personally greet the first arrivals. The newcomers are going to cities across the country.
July 28 is Refugee Convention Day. This key legal document protecting refugees was drawn up in 1951 in the wake of the Second World War. Ratified by 144 countries, it sets out refugee rights under international law.
In Latin America, the line between asylum seeker and refugee is fluid. State persecution of refugees rarely occurs, but the conflicts between rival gangs and drug cartels are growing. Pablo Kummetz reports.
The UNHCR's annual count has highlighted the crisis in South Sudan as the main driver for the new high. However, the UN refugee agency reported that the number of newly displaced people is going down.
UN Chief Antonio Guterres has used World Refugee Day to chastise the United States over its refugee policy. Germany, meanwhile, has been honored for being a "humanitarian frontrunner" in confronting the refugee crisis.
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