Syrian displaced families, who fled violence after the Turkish offensive in Syria, are seen upon arrival at a refugee camp in…
Syrian displaced families, who fled violence after the Turkish offensive in Syria, are seen upon arrival at a refugee camp in Bardarash on the outskirts of Dohuk, Iraq, Oct. 25, 2019.

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Refugees on pause in U.S.
The stalled U.S. refugee program is tentatively expected to resume next week, according to the U.S. State Department. Three weeks into the new fiscal year, no refugees have arrived, as the White House consults with Congress to figure out how many will be admitted to the country in the coming year.

People are detained on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building during a demonstration against planned Trump administration cuts…
US Refugee Arrivals Postponed Another Week
Overall, the Trump administration is pushing for further reductions in the number of refugees America takes in each year

Syrian exodus
Thousands of Syrians are crossing into Iraq to escape Turkey's military offensive into Kurdish-run areas of northern Syria. Aid groups say people are paying smugglers to get them to safety.

Syrian displaced families, who fled violence after the Turkish offensive in Syria, receive aid in Bardarash refugee camp on the…
More Syrians Escaping into Northern Iraq
Aid groups concerned that increasing numbers will flee into Northern Iraq

Dance-visa scam disintegrated
A second person pleaded guilty this week to participating in an elaborate visa scheme that involved staged photos, fake dancers, and made-up concerts to get Armenians to the U.S. on special artist visas.

The US Department of Justice building is shown in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2019.
Second Guilty Plea in Visa Fraud Ring for Armenian 'Dancers'
Armenian nationals were charged between $3,000 and $10,000 to come to the US as part of a fake dance troupe

Few CAR refugees choosing to return
Hundreds of refugees living in Cameroon went home to Central African Republic this week. Yet hundreds of thousands more are not yet willing to voluntarily repatriate, fearing outbreaks of violence.

Humanitarian workers stand in front of convoy to transport CAR refugees back home, in Garoua Boulai, Cameroon, Oct. 23, 2019. (Moki Edwin Kindzeka/VOA)
Hundreds of Cameroon's Central African Republic Refugees Voluntarily Repatriate
But over 270,000 CAR refugees remaining in Cameroon are reluctant to leave because of sporadic fighting

Tragedy, trauma after failure
African migrants forced to turn back during their trek to Europe say the time they spent detained in Libya was brutal, enduring beatings and rape — trauma so severe that recalling it brought one woman to her knees, crying. They are being held in Rwanda pending their return to their home countries.

Asylum-seekers who arrived from Libya, are seen at the United Nations emergency transit centre in Gashora, Rwanda October 23,…
African Refugees Evacuated from Libya Tell Horror Stories in Rwanda
But risk of death, abuse fails to deter some refugees from planning again for the journey to Europe

From the Feds
-Two men died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection this week — one as he fled from agents across a Texas highway and was hit by a car, another shortly after he was detained on Sunday in Arizona and needed immediate medical attention. In a third incident, a border agent shot a 22-year-old Guatemalan, who authorities say attacked the agent. Both had non-life-threatening injuries from the altercation. 

-The U.S. deported a Bosnian man who admitted to being a member of a Bosnian Serb Army brigade involved in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Milan Trisic, 56, said during legal proceedings in 2017 that he participated in the beating, detention and transportation of Muslim prisoners. He was removed from the U.S. after serving a prison sentence for lying on his immigration paperwork.