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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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“Unfair” Refugee Distribution Stokes Global Crisis

LONDON, Oct 4 – The burden of the global refugee crisis is being unfairly shared, with just 10 countries hosting the majority of refugees, humanitarian groups said, urging wealthy nations to step up their response. Fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan has pushed the total number of refugees to a record 21.3 million

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Merkel Wants Germany to Get Refugees into Workforce Faster

By Georgina Prodhan and Paul Carrel FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Sept 15 – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany needed “viable solutions” to integrate refugees into the workforce faster after she met with blue-chip companies, which have hired just over 100 refugees since around a million arrived in the country last year. Merkel, fighting for her

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Danish PM to Push Ahead With Tough Asylum Law Despite EU Rules

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen COPENHAGEN, Sept 7  – Denmark’s prime minister said his minority government would push ahead with a bill to reject asylum seekers at the borders in times of crisis even though such a move might breach the European Union’s Dublin rules. Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he wanted to guard against a situation like

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Italy Breaks Up Ring Smuggling Syrian Refugees to Western Europe

ROME, Sept 7 – Italian police said on Tuesday they had broken up a criminal network that smuggled mostly Syrian refugees across the Balkans to Western Europe. International police forces arrested 21 people in Austria, Germany and Italy on suspicion of people smuggling, a police statement said. The arrests followed an investigation conducted by prosecutors in

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A Year On, Migrant Crisis Hangs Over Votes in Hungary, Austria

By Krisztina Than and Francois Murphy VAMOSSZABADI, Hungary/NICKELSDORF, Austria, Sept 6 – On a warm morning in late August, two dozen migrants carrying stuffed plastic bags and backpacks boarded a bus outside a refugee centre in Vamosszabadi, a village in northwest Hungary. Escorted by police on what was meant to be a short shopping trip

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Serbian Border Patrol Arrests Three for Smuggling 64 Afghans

BELGRADE, Aug 30  – The Serbian authorities have detained three men on suspicion of the attempted smuggling of 64 Afghan migrants, including women and infants, in the south east of the country near the border with Bulgaria, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. So far this year Serbia has arrested 360 suspects accused of smuggling

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Italy Rescues 6,500 Migrants from Mediterranean

ROME, Aug 30  – Some 6,500 migrants were saved off the Libyan coast in 40 separate rescue missions on Monday, the Italian coast guard said on Twitter, in one of the largest influxes of refugees in a single day so far this year. The migrants were packed on board scores of boats, many of them

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