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War-torn Syria braces for lockdown after first virus case

Syrians rushed to stock up on food and fuel Monday amid fears that authorities would resort to even stricter measures after reporting the first coronavirus infection in the country, where …

GU fans’ good works make Sin City better

One day before they planned to pack the Orleans Arena, several dozen Gonzaga fans were stuffing backpacks for refugees. They also toured a shelter for the homeless and the kitchen …

UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Turkey: Elite police going to stop Greece’s migrant pushback

Turkey is sending elite special operations police to the border to stop Greek officers from driving back people who try to cross over to Europe, Turkish authorities said Thursday.

UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Thousands of migrants look for way around shut Greek border

Thousands of migrants and refugees searched for ways to cross Greece’s border with Turkey on Tuesday, as Athens ramped up its diplomatic efforts for help from the European Union to …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

Brexit no detour for migrants hoping to cross Channel to UK

Migrants and refugees waiting by the French side of the English Channel say Brexit hasn’t derailed their determination to cross over to pursue better lives in Britain

Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state will reject the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order

Relief group: 216,000 have fled homes in northwest Syria

More than 200,000 men, women and children fled their homes in northwest Syria in buses, trucks and cars in recent weeks, amid intense air and ground bombardment by government forces, …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

GOP governors grapple with whether to accept refugees

An executive order by President Donald Trump giving governors the right to refuse to accept refugees is putting Republican governors in an uncomfortable position.

Commissioners vote to allow refugee settlement in Spokane County

Spokane County Commissioners found themselves in a position Tuesday none of their predecessors had faced before: deciding whether refugees should be allowed to settle in their community. They unanimously voted …

North Dakota county may become first in U.S. to bar new refugees

If a local commission votes to bar refugees, as expected, North Dakota’s Burleigh County – home to about 95,000 people and the capital city of Bismarck – could become the …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Here’s how to combat the evil being done in our names

Any time is a good time – and this season is better than most – to embrace all that we have in common as fellow travelers in this difficult life. …

Handful of schools offer refugee kids a safe place to learn

Specialized schools are helping refugee and immigrant children who are trying to learn English as they deal with trauma

Trump’s new refugee policy could pit cities against states

When President Donald Trump dramatically slashed the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., he also gave state and local governments the authority to refuse to accept them for the …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019

Pope decries world’s indifference to migrants and refugees

Pope Francis is decrying “the culture of comfort,” which leads to indifference in the face of a global migration and refugee crisis.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

World Relief Spokane troubled by lowered refugee cap

The Trump administration proposed Thursday capping the number of refugees allowed into the United States to 18,000, a 40% decline from 2019, the Washington Post reported. This is terrible news …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Trump administration officials discuss slashing refugee cap

Trump administration officials will meet next week to discuss whether to further restrict the number of refugees accepted to into the U.S, official says

‘We do the best we can’: Refugee in Spokane hopes for husband’s arrival as U.S. immigration policies tighten

“I have a strong faith in God, and believe one day he will make a miracle for us to get back together,” Arooj Nirmal said from the offices of World …

Faith and Values: Bike ride for refugees inspires commitment

A 425-mile bike ride across Washington raised money for – and important perspectives on – refugee resettlement.

House Democrats unveil $4.5B border measure

House Democrats unveiled a $4.5 billion measure Friday to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border and the government’s responsibility to care for tens of thousands of …

UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

Senate panel approves emergency aid for migrant refugees

A key Senate panel has given bipartisan approval to a modified version of President Donald Trump’s $4 billion-plus request to care for tens of thousands of migrant refuges massing at …

Saw Gary: I’m a refugee and I’m proud to be American

During June, which is World Refugee Month, I challenge you to listen in order to understand, no matter what you might already think about refugees. They are just like you, …

Anna Waltar: Spokane foster families provide hope and new homes for unaccompanied refugee minors

May is National Foster Care Month, and we at Lutheran Community Services Northwest want to give a special shout-out to all our foster parents who have stepped up to welcome …

The refugees Merkel welcomed to Germany are starting to help its economy

After spending billions of euros to accommodate approximately 1.5 million asylum seekers, Germany is beginning to reap some gains.

Youth Spotlight: Community School students teach English to refugees

Tasked in a school project with studying the worldwide refugee crisis, Cierra Morris, Ashlin O’Kelly, Shea Handelman and Katelyn Devine went beyond the script by engaging refugees who work at …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

Trial for Idaho birthday party stabbing pushed back to 2020

The trial for an Idaho man accused of stabbing nine people, including a 3-year-old girl celebrating her birthday who later died, has been pushed back by a year after defense …

Russian army: Nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees returned home

The Russian military said nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees have returned home in recent months, a fraction of the estimated 5.6 million Syrians who have fanned out across the world fleeing …

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers talks Kavanaugh, refugees and human trafficking during stop at Lutheran Community Services

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers met with the director of Lutheran Community Services, the Spokane-based nonprofit providing support for refugees and victims of sexual assault, on Friday morning, as the Trump …

Fewer arriving refugees means fewer workers in Magic Valley

Idaho has welcomed far fewer refugees this year, which means resettlement agencies have more time to work with families, but local businesses are scrambling to find workers.

Mark Finney: Welcoming refugees is what made America great

Stories like Elise’s remind us that we must continue to stand for and with refugees and immigrants in our community, advocating for compassionate, common-sense policies.

Mass stabbing suspect summoned Boise police to jail before his attorneys intervened

The man accused of murdering a 3-year-old child and wounding eight others in a stabbing attack at a Boise apartment complex asked police to come to the Ada County Jail …