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After Calais, France clears Paris migrant camp

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CLEARING. Migrants carry a tent across a migrant tent camp in Paris on November 3, 2016, near to the Stalingrad metro station, one of several camps sprouting up around the French capital. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

We’ve got to grips with this issue. Their conditions were disgraceful, unbearable,’ says Prime Minister Manuel Valls

PARIS, France (Nov. 5, 2016) — Hundreds of French police cleared a huge migrant camp in northeast Paris on Friday, November 4, in a fresh sign of the government’s determination to take refugees off the streets and into shelters.  Continue reading After Calais, France clears Paris migrant camp

Last ‘Jungle’ children moved to shelters around France

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OUT OF THE ‘JUNGLE’ Unaccompanied migrant minors, from the recently-demolished ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais, arrive to a reception centre in Cerdon, near Orleans, central France, on November 2, 2016. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

French authorities have said that Britain, which has taken around 300 child refugees from Calais since mid-October and promised to take more, will continue to review applications from minors seeking to be transferred there

CALAIS, France (Nov. 3, 2016) — Over 1,600 unaccompanied minors left in Calais after the demolition of the infamous “Jungle” migrant camp were bussed to shelters across France on Wednesday, November 2, even as many still hoped to be admitted to Britain.  Continue reading Last ‘Jungle’ children moved to shelters around France

France to move migrant youths from razed ‘Jungle’ camp

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A migrant walks in the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp, in Calais, northern France, on November 1, 2016, a day after a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Philippe Huguen/AFP

The minors have been awaiting news of their transfer to Britain or alternative housing in France, with their fate a source of enduring tension between London and Paris

CALAIS, France (Nov. 2, 2016) — Around 1,500 unaccompanied minors living near the demolished “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais will be moved to reception centers around France starting on Wednesday, November 2, authorities said.  Continue reading France to move migrant youths from razed ‘Jungle’ camp

France clears Calais camp as concern mounts in Paris

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Workers watch as a crane destroys a caravan, once used as a makeshift shelter, at the site of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp, on October 31, 2016 in Calais, northern France, as a massive operation to clear the settlement nears completion. Philippe Huguen/AFP

While the Calais camp is now demolished and thousands have been sent to lodgings elsewhere, the fate of the unaccompanied minors housed in containers near the site remains unresolved

CALAIS, France (Nov. 1, 2016) — French demolition teams cleared the last shacks in the Calais “Jungle” on Monday, October 31, signaling the end of the notorious camp as concerns mount for thousands of migrants sleeping rough in Paris.  Continue reading France clears Calais camp as concern mounts in Paris

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

More Than 6,000 Migrants Plucked From The Sea

Migrants from African origin receive food at the port in the Libyan town of Garabulli, east of Tripoli, on October 3, 2016 after they were rescued by the Libyan coast guard police as their small boat capsized. Two children and nine women died on when a small boat carrying migrants to Italy capsized off the shore of Libya, a coastguard official said. The official, who asked not to be identified, told AFP the victims were among 160 people crammed aboard the boat that went down off Garabulli. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants from African origin receive food at the port in the Libyan town of Garabulli, east of Tripoli, on October 3, 2016 after they were rescued by the Libyan coast guard police as their small boat capsized. Two children and nine women died on when a small boat carrying migrants to Italy capsized off the shore of Libya, a coastguard official said. The official, who asked not to be identified, told AFP the victims were among 160 people crammed aboard the boat that went down off Garabulli. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

It was one of the highest numbers in a single day

ROME (Oct. 3, 2016) — 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.  Continue reading More Than 6,000 Migrants Plucked From The Sea

Migrants injured in mass brawl at Hungary refugee camp

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HUNGARY MIGRANTS. Migrants among their tents on the Serbian side of the Hungarian-Serbian border near Horgos, Serbia, July 16, 2016. Photo by Edvard Mohar/EPA

A group of around 20 asylum-seekers triggers the violence when they exchanged blows before attacking each other using furniture

BUDAPEST, Hungary (July 18, 2016) — Eight people were hospitalized after a mass brawl involving some 200 migrants broke out at a migrant camp in Hungary on Sunday, July 17, a senior government official said.  Continue reading Migrants injured in mass brawl at Hungary refugee camp

2,000 migrants moved from Greek border camp

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Refugees and migrants wait to be tranferred by buses to reception centers during an evacuation operation of a makeshift migrant camp at the border at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, on May 24, 2016. Yannis Kolesidis/Pool/AFP

The transfer launches a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months

IDOMENI, Greece (May 25, 2016) — Greek police on Tuesday, May 24, transferred some two thousand migrants out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months. Continue reading 2,000 migrants moved from Greek border camp

Dignity only in death for migrants at France’s Calais ‘Jungle’

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THE JUNGLE. Migrants chat outside their tents in the “Jungle”, the biggest makeshift camp to spring up along the northern French coast, in the port town of Calais, on March 30, 2016. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

They fled hardship and war only to find misery and squalor, but migrants who meet a gruesome end in northern France hoping to reach England are finally getting a touch of dignity in death

CALAIS, France (May 22, 2016) — They fled hardship and war only to find misery and squalor, but migrants who met a gruesome end in northern France hoping to reach England are finally getting a touch of dignity in death. Continue reading Dignity only in death for migrants at France’s Calais ‘Jungle’

Migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear

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ANGELINA JOLIE-PITT. The UN special envoy speaks in London about responding to Europe’s refugee crisis. File photo shows Angelina waving to photojournalists while leaving the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 16 March 2016. File photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

In a speech in London, the Oscar winner and UN special envoy for refugees urges the international community to respond to Europe’s refugee crisis

LONDON, UK (May 17, 2016) — UN special envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt urged the international community on Monday, May 16 to respond to Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II with generosity and not the “politics of fear.” Continue reading Migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear