migrant crisis

Police Swoop on Paris Migrant Camp After Calais Jungle Clearout

By Johnny Cotton and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS, Oct 31  – French riot police swooped on an illegal migrant camp in northeastern Paris just after dawn on Monday, sparking a brief standoff at a site where numbers have soared since the closure of the Jungle camp in the northern port city of Calais. The operation, largely

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As Calais ‘Jungle’ Closes, Women Migrants in Smaller Camps Fear Influx

By Lin Taylor and Sally Hayden NORRENT-FONTES, France, Oct 25  – At a small, muddy makeshift migrant camp in the quiet countryside of Norrent-Fontes, some 70 kilometres (43 miles) from Calais in northern France, Ethiopian and Eritrean women prepare to cook injera, a type of flatbread, for their lunch. Inside a wooden shack lined with

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Mediterranean Three Times More Deadly Than 2015 – UN

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 25 – The death toll on the Mediterranean has nearly matched that of all last year, with more than 3,740 migrants and refugees having drowned on their way to Europe, and perilous winter months still to come, aid agencies said on Tuesday. Smugglers are now sending thousands of people on

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Destitute Migrants Pile Up in Djibouti as Yemen Sends Boats Back

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Oct 15 – Thousands of Ethiopians trekking through desert heat and war in Yemen for the sake of a low-paid job in Saudi Arabia risk getting stuck in an overcrowded migrant camp in Djibouti, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday. Three boatloads have recently been returned from the

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Charities ask French Court to Halt Calais Migrant Camp Closure

LILLE/PARIS, Oct 13 – A group of charities has asked a court to block the imminent closure of the “Jungle” migrant camp in northern France where thousands of refugees are living in squalid conditions, many of them desperate to reach Britain. The legal challenge comes as protests mount in some areas where the government plans

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Nearly 11,000 Migrants Rescued in Last 48 Hours off Libya

By Crispian Balmer ROME, Oct 5  – More than 4,650 migrants were saved on Tuesday off the Libyan coast and 28 bodies recovered, bringing the total number of people rescued in the last 48 hours to nearly 11,000, Italy’s coast guard said on Wednesday. More than 20 people were reported to have suffocated in the

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From Colombia With Love

A Syrian refugee crosses three continents to build a life in Latin America By Elizabeth Dickinson Years later when his father’s supermarket in Damascus was gone, Almotaz Bellah would remember the delight he once found in its bounty. There was a section for sweets and a section for soft drinks; one for American coffee and another

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Belgrade Refugees Make a Break for the Hungarian Border

By Aleksandar Vasovic BELGRADE, Oct 4  – Several hundred refugees set off from central Belgrade on Tuesday morning and headed for the Hungarian border, holding handwritten banners and chanting demands for open borders, Reuters witnesses said. The crowd walked north along the city’s Sava river, stopping occasionally to negotiate with police. All of them appeared

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More than 6,000 Migrants Rescued from Sea in A Single Day, 22 Dead

ROME, Oct 3  – About 6,055 migrants were rescued and 22 found dead on the perilous sea route to Europe on Monday, one of the highest numbers in a single day, Italian and Libyan officials said. Italy’s coastguard said at least nine migrants had died and a pregnant woman and a child had been taken

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