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How Europe Built Fences to Keep People Out

By Gabriela Baczynska and Sara Ledwith BRUSSELS, April 4 – In early March, Europe’s migration chief Dimitris Avramopoulos squelched through a muddy refugee camp on Greece’s border with Macedonia and peered through the barbed-wire topped fence that stands between tens of thousands of migrants in Greece and richer countries that lie to the north. “By

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Migrants Sent Back from Greece Arrive in Turkey Under EU Deal

By Dasha Afanasieva and Karolina Tagaris DIKILI, Turkey/LESBOS, Greece, April 4 – Migrants sent back from the Greek island of Lesbos began arriving in Turkey on Monday under a European Union deal aimed at stopping the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe since last year. The first of two Turkish-flagged passenger boats carrying 131

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Greece Begins Ferrying Migrants to Turkey Under Landmark EU Deal

LESBOS, Greece, April 4 – Greece began returning migrants from the island of Lesbos to Turkey on Monday under a landmark European Union deal aimed at stopping the uncontrollable influx of migrants and refugees into Europe since last year. Under the EU-Turkey deal, Ankara will take back all migrants and refugees, including Syrians, who enter

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Uncertainty Reigns a Day Before Migrants Are To Be Returned To Turkey

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, April 3  – Less than 24 hours before Greece is due to begin returning migrants to Turkey, little sign of preparation is evident on Lesbos, the island through which hundreds of thousands of people have poured into Europe since last year. More than 5,600 migrants have been registered on Greek

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Amnesty Says Turkey Illegally Sending Syrians Back to War Zone

By Dasha Afanasieva and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, April 1 – Turkey has illegally returned thousands of Syrians to their war-torn homeland in recent months, highlighting the dangers for migrants sent back from Europe under a deal due to come into effect next week, Amnesty International said on Friday. Turkey agreed with the EU this month

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Visits to Berlin’s Islamic Museum Restore Pride in Syrian Refugees

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN, March 31 – Arabic-language guide Razan Nassreddine says Syrian refugees visiting Berlin’s Museum of Islamic Art often ask her how and when the artefacts clearly marked as stemming from their war-torn country ended up in the German capital. Others jokingly wonder if the shrapnel holes on centuries-old palatial facades and gates

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Turkey, Greece Scramble to Start EU Deal As Migrant Arrivals Rise

By Tulay Karadeniz and Dasha Afanasieva ANKARA, March 31 – Five days before Turkey is due to begin taking back illegal migrants from Greece under a deal with the European Union, neither side is fully ready, with officials scrambling to be able to make at least a symbolic start as new arrivals rise. Turkey agreed

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Germany Wants Refugees to Integrate or Lose Residency Rights

BERLIN, March 28 – German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he is planning a new law that will require refugees to learn German and integrate into society, or else lose their permanent right of residence. The initiative comes after voters punished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in regional elections earlier this month, giving a thumbs-down

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Turkish Officials Arrive In Greece Under Migrant Accord

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, March 21 – Turkish officials arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday to help implement a deal with the European Union to tackle a migrant crisis that has tested European cohesion to its limits. The day after the formal start of an agreement intended to close off the

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EU-Turkey Deal Fails to Stem Refugee Flight to Greece

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, March 20 – They waved, cheered and smiled, elated to have made it to Europe at dawn on Sunday in a packed blue rubber motor boat. The 50 or so refugees and migrants were among the first to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos on day one after an

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