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Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

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DANGEROUS JOURNEY. Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy, where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

GENEVA, Switzerland (Oct. 27, 2016) — At least 3,800 migrants and refugees have perished this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the highest ever toll ever on the perilous route, the United Nations (UN) said Wednesday, October 26.  Continue reading Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

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MOVING OUT. A refugee family sits in front of their tent waiting to be transferred to hospitality centers, during a police operation in a camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece on May 24, 2016. Photo by Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Thousands of refugees and migrants are being moved to reception centers around the country

IDOMENI, Greece (May 24, 2016) — Hundreds of Greek police on Tuesday, May 24, began clearing the overcrowded Idomeni camp, a migrant flashpoint on the Macedonia border where thousands have been living in squalid conditions for more than 3 months. Continue reading Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

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MIGRANT CRISIS. Pope Francis gives a speech during the awarding ceremony of Germany’s famed Charlemagne Prize, given to public figures in recognition of contribution to European unity, on May 6, 2016, at the Vatican. Photo by Angelo Carconi/AFP

‘I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being,’ says the pontiff

VATICAN CITY, Holy See (May 6, 2016) — Pope Francis said Friday, May 6, he dreamed of a Europe in which “being a migrant is not a crime”, as he urged EU leaders to “tear down the walls” and build a fairer society. Continue reading Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

‘There was such suffering’, Pope Francis on meeting with migrants

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EMOTIONAL VISIT. Pope Francis hugs a child at the Moria detention center in Mytilene on April 16, 2016. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP
‘There were so many children. Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying, drowned at sea,’ says the pontiff

VATICAN CITY, Holy See (Apr. 18, 2016) – Pope Francis spoke emotionally Sunday, April 17, of his meeting a day earlier with migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, which culminated with him taking 3 Syrian families back to the Vatican.

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5 dead in new migrant boat sinking off Turkey

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ANOTHER TRAGEDY. Members of Turkish emergency services respond after a migrant boat sank just 500 meters from the Turkish coast, March 10, 2016. Photo by EPA
The fatalities include a baby, while two others remain missing

ANKARA, Turkey (Mar. 11, 2016) — At least 5 migrants, including a baby, drowned as they tried to sail from Turkey to Greece, the Dogan news agency reported on Thursday, March 10.

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25 migrants drown off Turkey

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The Turkish coastguard says 10 out of the 25 fatalities were children

ANKARA, Turkey (Mar. 7, 2016) — At least 25 migrants including children died on Sunday, March 6, when their wooden boat capsized in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coastguard said.

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Tusk tells economic migrants ‘Do not come to Europe’

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MIGRANT CRISIS. European Council President Donald Tusk speaks to journalists before visiting a Migrants Reception Center in Dobova, Slovenia, on March 2, 2016. Photo by Jure Makovec/AFP
EU President Donald Tusk also lashes out at ‘unilateral’ actions by EU members as the bloc grapples with the migrant crisis

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 3, 2016) — EU President Donald Tusk on Thursday, March 3, issued a stark warning to economic migrants not to come to Europe, as he castigated countries for taking unilateral action to tackle the crisis.

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