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Refugees and Migrants

    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.


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    Australia: End Abuse in Nauru and Manus Island (download a petition) 25 August 206

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    The View from Senagal  17 May 2015

    Join our call to ask governments to be #OpenToSyria. (4 February 2015)

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    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

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    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