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German Ministry Wants Migrants Returned to Africa

BERLIN, Nov 6 – The German Interior Ministry wants to stop migrants ever reaching Europe’s Mediterranean coast by picking them up at sea and returning them to Africa, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday. In what would be a huge shift for a country with one of the most generous asylum policies, the

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U.N. Says 239 Migrants Die in Two Shipwrecks Off Libya

GENEVA, Nov 3 – At least 239 migrants, believed to be from West Africa, have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, a spokesman for the United Nations migration agency, said on Thursday. One group of migrants, including about 20 women and six children, set off in a rubber dinghy from Libya around 3 a.m. on

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France Begins Transferring Calais Child Migrants to Reception Centres

CALAIS, France, Nov 2  – France began moving about 1,500 unaccompanied child migrants from the site of a demolished camp to reception centres across the country on Wednesday, as a feud with Britain over who takes care of the youths dragged on. The first busload departed at around 08:30 a.m. (0730 GMT) and was headed

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U.N. Human Rights Investigator to Assess Australia’s Asylum Policy

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Nov 1 – A U.N. investigator into the human rights of migrants arrived in Australia on Tuesday to assess its tough asylum seeker policy, after aborting a visit last year claiming a lack of government assistance and access to asylum seeker detention camps. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the human rights

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Protesters Attack EU Asylum Offices on Greece’s Lesbos

ATHENS, Oct 24 – Asylum-seekers attacked the premises of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the island of Lesbos on Monday, protesting against delays in dealing with asylum claims, Greek and EU authorities said. About 70 people, most from Pakistan and Bangladesh, threw rocks and burning blankets at EASO containers inside the Moria migrant

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France Starts Clearing “Jungle” Migrant Camp in Calais

By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France, Oct 24 – France began clearing the sprawling “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais on Monday, with hundreds carrying suitcases queuing outside a hangar to be resettled in reception centres across the country. The first buses departed less than an hour after immigration workers started the operation and officials predicted some

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First 14 Unaccompanied Children from Calais “Jungle” Reach Britain

LONDON, Oct 17 – A first busload of children arrived in Britain on Monday from the “Jungle” camp near the French port of Calais as the British government started to act on its commitment to take in unaccompanied migrant children before the camp is destroyed. The fate of children staying in the Jungle, a squalid

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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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