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March 24, 2016 - 

More aid agencies helping refugees and migrants arriving in Greece said they were joining a boycott of detention centres on Wednesday, angered at an EU deal they say runs roughshod over human rights.

Human rights organisations reject the pact between the European Union and Turkey to fast-track registration and asylum applications, under which hundreds of new arrivals have been detained since Sunday. Refugees or migrants whose applications fail will be sent back to Turkey.

Aid agencies said cooperating with the Greeks at detention centres would make them complicit with an "unfair and inhumane" practise.

Two aid agencies said on Wednesday they were following the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR and aid organisation Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a major contributor to the relief effort, which both announced on Tuesday they would cut back assistance.

"The IRC alerted the (Greek) coast guard on Monday that we would not transport the world's most vulnerable people to a place where their freedom of movement is impeded upon," said Lucy Carrigan, a regional spokeswoman for the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

March 21, 2016 - 

It looks like a refugee resettlement office will be returning to Missoula.

The International Rescue Committee has announced it's laying the groundwork to re-open an office in the Garden City for the first time since 1991 when the group worked to resettle Hmong refugees.

“As we face the largest global refugee crisis since WWII, it is imperative that we work together to help mitigate suffering abroad,” said Missoula Mayor John Engen. “Missoulians take our humanitarian obligations seriously. We are proud to help in this endeavor and support the opening of a refugee resettlement office in Missoula.”

March 21, 2016 - 

An agency that helps resettle refugees plans to re-open an office in western Montana. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) announced Friday it had permission from the U.S. State Department to open an office in Missoula.

 
March 21, 2016 - 

The International Rescue Committee announced Friday it will reopen an office in Missoula, where it has not had a presence since 2008.

In a statement released alongside the announcement, Missoula Mayor John Engen said the world is in the midst of the largest refugee crisis since World War II.

“Missoulians take our humanitarian obligations seriously. We are proud to help in this endeavor and support the opening of a refugee resettlement office in Missoula,” he said.