Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees: Struggles in Turkey intensify

KONFRONTASI-Fadi, 20, only expected to stay in Turkey for a year before returning to his native Syria.

Now, four years later, he finds himself all but trapped in a nation whipped into chaos in the aftermath of a failed military coup, with few prospects for his future.

Like other refugees quoted in this story, Fadi asked that his real name not be used to protect relatives still living in Syria.

Syrian refugees welcomed on remote Scottish island

KONFRONTASI-In his office in Edinburgh, Michael Russell, a member of the Scottish Parliament for the district of Argyll and Bute, reflects on Europe’s response to the "refugee crisis" of 2015.

"I don't think it's any surprise that Angela Merkel is Time's Person of the Year: a slightly right-wing, conservative politician who has shown an extraordinary sense of leadership in saying 'we have an obligation to help and we are going to help'," Russell says. "Little wonder that many refugees want to go to Germany."

Syrian refugees drown off coast of Turkey

KONFRONTASI-Seventeen Syrian refugees, including five children, have drowned after their boat sank in Turkish waters on its way to Greece, according to local media reports.

The Turkish coastguard on Sunday recovered the bodies from the wooden boat that had set off from the Turkish holiday resort town of Bodrum for the Greek island of Leros, the Dogan news agency reported.

The refugees drowned when they failed to get out of the boat's cabin, the news agency said.

Cameron Pledges £100m For Syrian Refugee Camps

KONFRONTASI-David Cameron has pledged £100m for Syrian refugee camps as leaders gathered for an emergency meeting on the migration crisis.

Some £40m of the aid will go towards supporting and feeding refugees in shelters neighbouring Syria.

The Prime Minister said: "We must make sure that people in refugee camps are properly fed, and looked after, not least to help them but also to stop people wanting to make or thinking of making this very, very difficult and very dangerous journey to Europe."

Syrians gamble with life to get to Europe

KONFRONTASI-Images of a father struggling to hold his baby above the waves and of drowned Syrians washed ashore have not deterred Racha Sattout from gambling her life to seek sanctuary in Germany after fleeing a Syria ripped apart by war.

For her and thousands of others waiting to cram onto rubber boats on Turkey's shores to cross to the Greek islands, the choice is simple: die in Syria or risk death at sea in the hope of reaching safety and a new life in Europe.

Obama orders US to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees

KONFRONTASI-US President Barack Obama has ordered his administration to prepare to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, according to the White House.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday Obama had asked staff to "scale up" the number of refugee admissions.

"He has informed his team that he would like them to make preparations to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year," Earnest said.