Refugees

Survivor who travelled to the UK by bomber

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2015

Born in 1927 to a traditional Jewish family in south-west Poland, Chaim "Harry" Olmer was one of 1,000 children who found refuge in Britain in 1946 - landing in a bomber, where he remembers sitting on the floor singing Hebrew songs with the other children.

Now after a career as a dentist, the 88-year-old grandfather of eight lives in Mill Hill, north-west London, with his wife Margaret.

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Refugee problem goes global as millions flee homelands

By Tim Marshall, November 26, 2015

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A century of search and rescue

By Liam Hoare, November 26, 2015

On February 11, 2015 - the day world leaders gathered in Minsk to hammer out a ceasefire deal for war-ravaged eastern Ukraine - more than 130 Jews were being safely transported out of the conflict zone to Dnepropetrovsk.

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Chaos as the flow of refugess becomes a flood

By Paul Anticoni, November 22, 2015

Europe is facing its largest and most complex surge in migration since the Second World War. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees , over 590,000 people have arrived by sea so far in 2015.

European governments are facing massive practical and policy challenges in addressing the needs of refugees, integrating them and dealing with the impact on national economies.

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How Israel deals with its own refugee dilemma

By Nathan Jeffay, November 20, 2015

When night falls and most of the green spaces in Tel Aviv empty out, Lewinsky Park fills up. Men stand or sit around, some of them in circles, smoking and chatting. They talk mostly in Tigrinya and Arabic.

Lewinsky Park is the unofficial community centre of the thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese who have ended up in Tel Aviv.

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No security threat from new arrivals, says minister

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2015

The House of Commons’ members’ tea room overlooking the Thames feels a long way from the horrors of Raqqa, Aleppo and Damascus.

But as Richard Harrington eats a slice of cake in the refined surroundings of Westminster, the desperate situation in Syria is foremost in his mind.

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The real refugee problem? Bigotry

By Douglas Murray, November 19, 2015

When the European migration crisis reached its latest peak earlier this year, a Jewish friend said to me: ''This will come round to hurt the Jews - you'll see.'' At the time, I dismissed it. ''The only group this might affect are Muslims,'' I replied. He knew better. ''You'll see," he warned. And now I have.

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How charity pulled off Chief Rabbi's visit

By Richard Verber, November 19, 2015

The sleepless nights are over. The Chief Rabbi and his delegation of United Synagogue rabbis are safely back in the UK.

Taking the highest-profile Jewish leader in the country to a refugee camp was one of the most challenging and rewarding things we have ever done.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis witnesses trauma of refugees on secret visit to camp in Greece

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has led a delegation to Greece to visit one of the country’s largest refugee camps and to see the aid effort being carried out by World Jewish Relief.

He and four other United Synagogue rabbis spent Thursday at the camp on Greece’s northern border, where up to 10,000 refugees a day make the crossing into Macedonia.

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New hope for refugees as fund breaks record

By Rosa Doherty, October 29, 2015

Their plight moved British Jews to donate hundreds of thousands of pounds - and now Syrian refugee children have explained their joy at receiving the resulting aid.

More than £626,700 has been raised through World Jewish Relief's crisis effort, the second highest total for an appeal in the charity's history.

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