Six people were rescued in the waters off Indonesia early Thursday as authorities search for survivors of a boat that reportedly had engine trouble a day earlier, Australian officials said.
When we think about asylum, the picture that most people draw in their heads is of some persecuted person crossing a border to a safe country and pleading his or her case.
Ecuador announced it's granting diplomatic asylum to Julian Assange. CNN's Atika Shubert has the details.
Outside a modest redbrick block behind the Harrods department store in west London, a media circus is taking place.
A Royal Australian Navy vessel Wednesday located a boat in distress south of Indonesia and was poised to help with a rescue if it became necessary, authorities said.
Rescuers pulled 130 people from the waters between Australia and Indonesia on Wednesday after a ship capsized, the Australian authorities said.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is subject to arrest for breaking the terms of his bail, as Nima Elbagir reports.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and has requested political asylum, officials and WikiLeaks said Tuesday.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has asked for asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Ecuadorian officials said Tuesday.
Several hundred Sudanese immigrants rallied Sunday on the streets of Tel Aviv, demanding refugee status.
Four people have been detained for smuggling people on an Australia-bound vessel that sank last weekend off East Java, Indonesian police said on Friday.
At an immigration reform event in Riverside, California, about a year-and-a-half ago, a man approached attorney Hadley Bajramovic pleading for help.
A high court in Australia ruled the country can't send asylum seekers to Malaysia. Australia's Network 7 reports.
Abdul Farid Sufizada knew he was in trouble when a Russian-built jeep pulled up to his grocery shop one afternoon in northern Afghanistan. An unknown man jumped out and blindfolded him. He was shoved into the backseat and taken to an underground location where the Taliban had gathered a group of local young men.
The High Court in Australia ruled Wednesday that the country cannot send asylum seekers to Malaysia.
The second-highest-ranking diplomat at the embassy of Myanmar in Washington has defected and wants to seek asylum in the United States.
Former Sheriff Marisol Valles Garcia is seeking asylum in the United States after she was forced out of Mexico.
The prime ministers of Australia and Malaysia on Saturday announced an agreement aimed at reducing human smuggling and illegal migration to Australia.
In Britain, two Iranian asylum seekers fighting extradition with a hunger strike go one step further.
Among the unwitting victims caught up in the violent unrest in Libya are asylum-seekers and refugees, the U.N. refugee agency said as it urged neighboring countries not to turn them away should they flee the upheaval.
Rescuers are still searching for bodies after a ship smashed into a cliff off the coast of Christmas Island.
Anton Tanumihardja had his bags packed, anxious about his flight back to his home country, Indonesia. It was a trip he did not want to make after spending the past eight years in the United States.
Anton Tanumihardja pleaded for a last minute stay of deportation and got one. CNN's Sarah Hoye reports.
Sweden is defending its decision to deport 26 Iraqi asylum-seekers.
Sweden decides to deport Iraqi refugees back to Baghdad. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.
Despite appeals by the United Nations' refugee agency to European countries asking them not to deport Iraqi asylum-seekers, Sweden on Wednesday deported 26 Iraqi men, the agency said.
Christians still shaken by a terror attack in a Baghdad church swear they will not leave Iraq. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
Violence in recent weeks has prompted a "slow but steady exodus" of Christians from the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Mosul, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday.
The graphic footage of the wooden boat carrying up to 100 Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish asylum seekers as it wrecked last week on the cliffs of Christmas Island has been seen around the world.
In January, CNN's Atika Shubert spoke to an asylum seeker stranded off Indonesia's coast, trying to reach Australia.
An examination of the plight of those in asylum limbo in Britain.
Since the second half of the last century Birmingham has always had a rich ethnic mix: in the 1950s Caribbean immigrants came over to drive buses and trains as well as work in the factories, followed by Asians, largely from India and Pakistan, and in the 1970s, Ugandan refugees.
Dozens of people seeking asylum in Australia after their boat crashed into cliffs along Christmas Island took part in two separate protests on the soil of their prospective home country, a spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship said Friday.
Controversial former Australian politician Pauline Hanson says the government's weak policies on asylum seekers are to blame for the deaths of dozens of people off the coast of Christmas Island.
Since World War II waves of immigration have radically changed the ethnic makeup of Birmingham with thousands of West Indians and Asians arriving to work in Britain's industrial heartland.
It sounds like a plot out of an upcoming Halloween horror movie, but for troubled actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, their fear of "Hollywood star whackers" is real.
Journalists who say their lives are in danger in Mexico seek asylum in the U.S. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
A Mexican photographer kidnapped by drug traffickers seeks asylum in the U.S. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
An Iranian diplomat based in Belgium has defected and is requesting political asylum in Norway, his lawyer told CNN on Tuesday.
A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer was under European diplomatic protection Friday after Turkish authorities released him from a detention center for illegal immigrants.
A prominent human rights lawyer is sitting in a detention cell in Turkey as an Iranian court prepares to render a final decision in the case of his client, Sakineh Mohammedie Ashtiani, who was sentenced to death by stoning after being convicted of adultery.
Fighting in the Somali capital this week led to the deaths of dozens of civilians and injuries to scores of others, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.
A top Ugandan official on Monday defended a decision to load hundreds of Rwandans in trucks and forcibly return them home in an operation condemned as illegal by the United Nations.
Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said Thursday he had "productive talks" with Indonesia and East Timor about a regional detention center for refugees.
An appeals court ruling has raised the possibility that Guatemalan women will be able to seek asylum in the United States because of the high rates of femicide in that country.
Australia's new prime minister is ending a three-month freeze on processing Sri Lankan asylum seekers.
The UN refugee agency was in negotiations with Libya on Wednesday to find a solution to continue operating in the country, a day after the government ordered it to close its office.
Australia rescued 32 people seeking asylum this week after spotting them floating on boats off the country's northwest coast.
They are home movies of a different sort. Children scamper across the wooden deck. Parents lie on woven mats trying to fend off boredom. A handful of men share a single hose as a shower at the back of the boat.
China dismissed international criticism over the forced repatriation of 20 Uyghur asylum seekers from Cambodia to China over the weekend, calling it "unreasonable."
Cambodia deports a group of 20 Uyghur Muslim asylum seekers back to China. CNN's John Vause reports.
The U.S. State Department said Sunday it was "deeply disturbed" at the deportation of 20 Uyghur asylum seekers from Cambodia back to China.
For the fourth year in a row, Iraqis top a growing roster of people seeking asylum in an industrialized nation. They are just ahead of people fleeing wars in Afghanistan and Somalia, said a report published by the U.N. refugee agency Wednesday.
South Africa is condemning Canada's decision to grant asylum to white a South African. CBC's Krista Erickson reports.
The Canadian government hopes to overturn a decision granting refugee status to a white South African who says he would face persecution at home, a spokesman for Canada's immigration minister said Friday.
An attorney for a white South African man says his client was rightfully granted refugee status in Canada because he was the victim of racial violence and discrimination in his homeland.
The number of uprooted people across the world dropped slightly last year, but new displacement this year in conflict zones like Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka so far "has already more than offset the decline," the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.
Manuel Rosales, the mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela, has been granted political asylum in Peru, Peru's foreign minister said Monday.
Desperation, sophisticated smuggling operations and the emergence of a small Italian island as a migrant destination provide the sad backdrop to Monday's tragedy on the Mediterranean Sea -- the capsizing of a boat carrying African migrants from Libya to Italy.
The cell phone rang as Jorge Aguirre walked to a friend's funeral in Juarez, Mexico, last November -- a funeral for a fellow journalist who, Aguirre says, was assassinated for the critical stories he wrote.
CNN's Ed Lavandera reports requests for asylum from Mexican citizens are on the rise due to fears of violence
The killing will go on in Darfur despite the International Criminal Court's moves against Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, refugees from the violence said Wednesday, lamenting the country they say is now beyond salvation.
CNN's Phil Black is at a Darfur memorial in London, waiting word on whether Sudan's president will be arrested.
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defended his country's decision to free an Italian fugitive condemned to life in prison for murders he denies committing in the 1970s while a member of an extremist left-wing group.
A group of immigrants who fled persecution and conflict to live in Italy are forming the country's first professional soccer team made entirely of refugees.
CNN's Alessio Vinci reports on Italy's first professional soccer team of refugee asylum seekers
One of Osama bin Laden's sons has left Spain after he was denied asylum in the country, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman told CNN Saturday.
A son of Osama bin Laden has appealed a Spanish decision denying him asylum in the country, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said Thursday.
One of Osama bin Laden's sons has been denied asylum in Spain, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman told CNN on Wednesday.
Omar bin Laden is held at Madrid's airport while his case rumbles on and experts puzzle over why he made the request in the first place
Dozens of Mexicans -- including police officers, businessmen, at least one prosecutor and a journalist -- are asking for political asylum in the U.S. in a desperate bid to escape an unprecedented wave of drug-related killings and kidnappings
A U.S. soldier who deserted to Canada will not face persecution if he returns to the United States, Canada's refugee agency ruled Wednesday.
Britain has granted asylum to Mehdi Kazemi, a gay Iranian student who faced deportation from the United Kingdom and feared execution in Iran for being homosexual, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Soaring costs lead to riots in the Somali capital for a second straight day.
Intensifying violence, food shortages and widespread drought are driving an increasing number of Somalis to seek asylum in Yemen, the United Nations' refugee agency said Tuesday.
Britain says it will reconsider the asylum application of a gay Iranian teenager who claims he will be persecuted if he is returned home.
A gay Iranian's story has generated international media interest. CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh reports
Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a request to grant political refugee status to Equatorial Guinea opposition leader Severo Moto.
Gay Iranian teenager faces deportation to Tehran and likely execution. CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh reports.
The Netherlands has rejected an asylum plea by a gay Iranian teenager trying to escape possible persecution in his homeland.
Hungary has joined the EU's passport-free travel zone.
The nine newest members of the European Union were celebrating on Friday after border controls officially were lifted, allowing them to move freely within the EU's passport-free zone.
Countries across the world are inadequately responding to the Iraqi refugee crisis, a human rights group said in a report Monday.
The number of Iraqi refugees trying to flee to industrialized nations has increased substantially in 2007 -- and nearly half are trying to go to Sweden, the U.N. refugee agency reported Friday.
Cuba branded Hungary an "imperial accomplice" of Washington on Wednesday for granting political asylum to 29 Cubans who were held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base.
Political refugees flee the worst places on earth to launch businesses in America.
The United Nations estimates that up to 1.6 million Iraqis have left their homes for other countries in "a steady, silent exodus" as a result of the war and sectarian violence, forcing the U.N. refugee agency to announce a shift in priorities.
The Afghan man who converted to Christianity and could have been executed for renouncing Islam has arrived in Italy for asylum, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced at a news conference.
The forcible return of four Uzbek men who sought asylum in Kyrgyzstan after last month's violence in eastern Uzbekistan prompted the U.N. refugee agency to make an urgent appeal for a halt to any more deportations.
Australia's fast-growing trade ties with China will not influence the way it handles a request for asylum by a fugivitive Chinese diplomat, Australian Prime Minister John Howard says.
A second Chinese defector has reinforced claims by fugitive diplomat Chen Yonglin that China is running a network of spies and paid informers in Australia.
A Chinese democracy organizer in Sydney says fugitive diplomat Chen Yonglin is still in fear of his life, despite reassurances by China's ambassador in Australia.
A senior Chinese diplomat on the run in Australia claims China has a network of about 1,000 agents in the country who have been involved in kidnappings of dissidents.
Eight people, believed to be North Koreans, are in Japan's embassy compound in Beijing, seeking asylum.
Nearly four dozen North Korean defectors, who had taken refuge in the Canadian Embassy in Beijing for nearly three months, have left for a third nation.
Seven would-be defectors from North Korea are being questioned at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing after a security guard found them on the grounds of a Japanese school there.
Nearly four dozen North Korean refugees have scaled the wall around the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, successfully making it into the compound in a bid for asylum.
President Vladimir Putin has agreed to a parliamentary investigation in an apparent response to public criticism over last week's deadly school hostage siege.
Russia's foreign minister has accused Western countries of displaying double standards by granting asylum to Chechen separatist figures.
The fate of eight North Korean asylum seekers inside the German embassy in Beijing remains unclear with Chinese and German officials debating the issue, an embassy spokeswoman says.
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