Tag Archives: East Asia

North Korea: North Korea Locks Down Kaesong Over Suspected COVID-19 Case

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under total lockdown after a person was found there with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, saying “the vicious virus” may have entered the country, state … Continue reading

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FEATURE: WINNERS OF UNHCR YOUTH WITH REFUGEES ART CONTEST ANNOUNCED

Launched in April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNCHR’S first art contest encouraged young people aged 12-25 to reflect creatively on the theme: “everyone counts in the fight against the virus, including refugees.” One in four participants were themselves refugees or … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: We cried a lot’: Hong Kong family torn apart as protester seeks asylum in Australia

“Leaving a place that I love was very difficult. We’re all Hong Kong people who come out to protest because we love Hong Kong. But now we are forced to leave.” Jay* is a former Hong Kong resident who attended many … Continue reading

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CHINA: China’s Post-COVID strategy

In the aftermath of the covid19 pandemic, the increasingly belligerent behaviour exhibited by China in South Asia and South East Asia and China’s imposition of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, it is interesting, to see the tone of the English … Continue reading

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S. Korea: South Korea to provide US$13 mln in aid for Syrian refugees this year

South Korea will provide US$13 million in humanitarian aid this year to support Syrian refugees and migrants amid the coronavirus pandemic, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.Ham Sang-wook, deputy foreign minister for multilateral and global affairs, made the announcement during a … Continue reading

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Japan: Asylum seekers in Japan face battle for survival in time of coronavirus

TOKYO – As the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic ripple across Japan, foreign asylum seekers are among the hardest hit, seeing the support available to them curtailed just as times get tougher during a process that can take years … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Prime Minister Insists Malaysia cannot Take Anymore Refugees Amid Rising Pressure on ASEAN to Respond to the ‘Rohingya Crisis’

During the 36th ASEAN Summit, held virtually on the 26th June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyidden Yassin stated that Malaysia can no longer take in Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in light of their … Continue reading

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Korea: ‘Seven years on, refugee protection in S. Korea in retreat’

Nkuka Lulendo and his family stepped on South Korean soil after a long, grueling 10 months of being trapped inside Incheon International Airport’s transit zone in October last year. But it was only the beginning of their journey to win … Continue reading

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China: China accused of intimidating Uighur refugees in Europe

China denies it, but Uighur exiles who fled to EU states say they are still being terrorised by threatening phone-calls, SMS-es, and other forms of what some security services have dubbed “refugee-espionage”. Source: https://bit.ly/2Yol74A

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Japan and Thailand: Refugee Aid from Japan’s Contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand for the Prevention of COVID-19

The Government of Japan’s contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand in aid of preventing COVID-19 is welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency.  The UNHCR Representative of Thailand states that this contribution will “allow UNHCR to share information on hygiene measures … Continue reading

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