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    Standing in front of a row of plastic tents a young boy flashes the V-sign in a refugee camp on the border between Syria and Turkey near the northern city of Azaz on December 5, 2012. The internally displaced faced further misery as heavy rain was followed by a drop in temperatures. The United Nations estimated late October that more than 2.5 million people have been affected by the fighting in Syria. There are more than 348,000 Syrian refugees registered in neighbouring countries, but many more are unregistered. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

    Photo: Standing in front of a row of plastic tents a young boy flashes the V-sign in a refugee camp on the border between Syria and Turkey near the northern city of Azaz on December 5, 2012. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

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    Regardless of their status in a country, both regular and irregular migrants have human rights, including the right to freedom from slavery and servitude, freedom from arbitrary detention, freedom from exploitation and forced labour, the right to freedom of assembly, the right to education for their children, equal access to courts and rights at work.

    Amnesty's research shows that both irregular and regular migrants face serious human rights violations.

    Watch Video: When you don’t exist: Amnesty International's campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders.


    What's New

    Turkey: Illegal mass returns of Syrian refugees expose fatal flaws in EU-Turkey deal (News Release 31 March 2016)

    Turkish authorities have been rounding up and expelling groups of around 100 Syrian men, women and children to Syria on a near-daily basis since mid-January.

    Refugee Settlement Changes Lives  (31 March 2016)

    Refugees Start New Life in Norway through Resettlement  (Blog November 2)

    Trains to Nowhere: Hungary's Harsh Welcome to Refugees  (Blog September 8)

    Syria's Refugee Crisis in Numbers (Blog September 8)

    Time for Europe to End the Refugee Shame (Blog September 4 2015)

    Macedonia: Thousands trapped and at risk of violence as border sealed - 21 August 2015

    Thousands of mainly Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees and asylum-seekers are trapped and face a serious risk of violence after Macedonian authorities sealed the country’s southern border on Thursday, creating a new crisis zone amid the global refugee crisis. News Release

    SOS Europe: Asylum seekers relocation deal only a small step towards fixing a broken system - 20 July 2015

    The EU must immediately put in place more safe and legal routes for those in need of protection, ease restrictions on freedom of movement of successful asylum seekers and significantly strengthen financial and operational assistance to frontline member states. EU ministers are also set to discuss drawing up a possible list of “safe” countries of origin, meaning that asylum seekers from those states would face restrictions on their right to apply for asylum. The concept of a ‘safe country’ of origin is both absurd and dangerous. Media Advisory

    Balkans: Refugees and migrants beaten by police, left in legal limbo and failed by EU - 7 July 2015

    Thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants – including children – making dangerous journeys across the Balkans are suffering violent abuse and extortion at the hands of the authorities and criminal gangs and being shamefully let down by a failing European Union (EU) asylum and migration system which leaves them trapped without protection in Serbia and Macedonia. Read: Europe’s borderlands: Violations against migrants and refugees in Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary

    Congo-Brazzaville: Mass deportations of DRC nationals may amount to crimes against humanity - 2 July 2015

    Operation Mbata ya Bakolo: mass expulsions of foreign nationals in the Republic of Congo documents a range of human rights violations and crimes under international law committed by Congolese security forces and others from April to September last year. During this period, at least 179,000 DRC nationals, including many refugees and asylum seekers, were rounded up, arbitrarily arrested, and forced to leave Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville).

    Risk off the Coast of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia - 28 May 2015

    Thousands of refugees and migrants are at risk of death in boats off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.  The majority are members of the persecuted minority Rohingya ethnic group from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Why are the Rohingya fleeting Myanmar?

    The View from Senagal - 17 May 2015

    Migrants and refugees are taking deadly journeys across the Mediterranean in order to reach Europe. Read The View from Senagal to understand why migrants make life threatening decisions to cross the sea in search of safety and security.


    Syria's conflict has created the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time. 3.8 million refugees sheltering in just five countries. By contrast, the world's richer countries have welcomed a tiny fraction of Syria's refugees. Join our call to ask these governments to #OpenToSyria. (4 February 2015)

    Hardship, Hope and Resettlement: Refugees from Syria tells the stories of Syrian refugees and  highlights the life-changing opportunity that international resettlement can offer to some of the most vulnerable refugees (4 February 2015)

    Lebanon: New entry requirements for Syrians likely to block would-be refugees 6 January 2015

    Left Out in the Cold: Syrian refugees abandoned by the international community 5 December 2014

    Turkey: Struggling to survive: Refugees from Syria in Turkey 20 November 2014

    Australia: Handover of Sri Lankan asylum seekers a dangerous precedent 4 July 2014

    Kenya: Somalis trapped in "Catch-22" amid crackdown on Refugees 11 April 2014

    Syrian Refugees in Lebanon risk their lives for medical treatment 12 March 2014


    Refugees Welcome Here  Campaign resources

    My Door Is Open for Refugees (do it yourself door hanger:download)

    My Door Is Open for Refugees Pride Version  (door hanger)

    Proud to Protect Refugees Placard for public events

    Refugees Welcome Here Placard for public events

    I Want Canada to be a Leader for Refugees Placard for Public events

    My Door is Open Placard

    My Door is Open Pride Placard