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Though thousands of miles apart, Minnesota and the Middle East shared a strikingly similar weather phenomenon this week – the arrival of a bitterly cold and snowy winter.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced that – for the first time – Syrians are now the largest refugee population under its mandate. This finding is part of UNHCR’s Mid-Year Trends 2014 report.This report shows that 5.5 million people – due to war and conflict – became newly displaced during the first six months of 2014. Taking into account several factors, UNHCR says the number of people it helps stood at 46.3 million as of mid-2014. This number is 3.4 million more than at the end of 2013 and is a record high.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees calls for an end to the detention of asylum-seeking children.

The Government of Germany recently hosted an international conference in Berlin on the “Syrian Refugee Situation – Supporting Stability in the Region.”

A study by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University finds that at least 20 percent of incoming Congolese refugee women are expected to be resettled in the United States under the “women-at-risk” designation.

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