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Sudanese families fleeing to Egypt separated by new visa rules

El Safi Mahdi, Sudanese music professor plays guitar as he waits to travel to his Sudanese musician wife Sohair Saddig Ali, who fled the fighting following the crisis, at the theatre of Novelists and Artists Union in the city of Port Sudan, Sudan, June 16, 2023. REUTERS/Ibrahim Mohammed Ishak

Port Sudan, SudanReuters Elsafi Mahdi was separated from his wife and three younger children on 1st June near Sudan’s border with Egypt. He does not know when he’ll see them again. Like many families fleeing the war in the capital Khartoum, Mahdi, a prominent music teacher and conductor, left home without a visa required for […]

Afghans jostling for visas to Pakistan spark stampede, killing 15

Pakistan Jalalabad stampede

Jalalabad, AfghanistanReuters At least 15 people were killed in a stampede among thousands of Afghans gathered to apply for visas for neighbouring Pakistan in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, officials said. Thousands of Afghans had congregated on the open ground, usually used for sports or public gatherings, waiting to collect tokens needed to […]

New Trump rule would target legal immigrants who get public assistance

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Reuters US President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that would limit legal immigration by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor. The long-anticipated rule, pushed by Trump’s leading aide on immigration Stephen Miller, takes effect on 15th October and would reject applicants for […]

Australian nun ordered to leave The Philippines

A 71-year-old Australian nun has been ordered to leave The Philippines within 30 days after immigration authorities revoked her visa for joining protest rallies. Sister Patricia Fox, co-founder and superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in the Philippines, was ordered to leave after authorities reportedly said she had engaged in activities not permitted […]

New Zealand considers visa for climate ‘refugees’ from Pacific islands


Thomson Reuters Foundation Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. PICTURE: Dan Freeman/Unsplash New Zealand is proposing a special refugee visa for Pacific Islanders who are forced to migrate because of rising sea levels, the nation’s new climate change minister said, as world leaders wrap up United Nations climate talks in Germany. In the […]