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Myanmar migrants abandoned by smuggler in Thai south – police

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The migrants are bound for Malaysia where they had been promised work on rubber and palm plantations

BANGKOK, Thailand (May 6, 2017) — Thai police said Saturday, May 6, they were hunting for suspected human smugglers who deserted 35 Myanmar nationals in southern Thailand, a key stop on a regional trafficking route. Continue reading Myanmar migrants abandoned by smuggler in Thai south – police

World powers ready to arm Libya in fight against ISIS

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TALKS ON LIBYA. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (R) listens to US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), during a bilateral meeting in Vienna, Austria, 16 May 2016. EPA/LEONHARD FOEGER / POOL

The Vienna conference is being co-chaired by the United States and Italy. More than 20 top diplomats are set to attend the meeting.

VIENNA, Austria (May 16, 2016) — World powers said Monday, May 16, they supported the lifting of an arms embargo on Libya and were ready to supply weapons to the country’s new unity government to help it fight the growing threat posed by the Islamic State group. Continue reading World powers ready to arm Libya in fight against ISIS

A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo

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IN LIMBO. This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Christophe Archambault/File/AFP

One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution

BAYEUN, Indonesia (May 3, 2016) — One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, Sonamia and hundreds of other desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee Continue reading A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo

Migrant smuggling flight grounded in Greek police bust

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MIGRANTS IN GREECE. Refugees from Iraq cook their meal in the make-shift camp for refugees in Idomeni, north Greece, some meters from the borderline with FYROM, March 16, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
According to the police, the network had successfully sent 12 groups of migrants to Italy, with each passenger paying the smugglers between 4,500 to 7,500 euros

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 18, 2016) — Six suspected members of a trafficking network were arrested in Greece as they prepared to fly 7 Iraqi migrants to Italy in a light aircraft, Greek police said Thursday.

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Turkey detains two over latest migrant tragedy

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SAFETY. A Syrian child carries a lifebelt before boarding a dinghy to cross the Aegean Sea to the Greek island of Lesbos from the Ayvacik coast in Canakkale on February 27, 2016 as the number of asylum-seekers entering Greece from Turkey continues unabated Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP
The migrants who died include 10 children, died on Sunday when the boat carrying them on a bid to reach EU member Greece from Turkey sank in the Aegean in the latest deadly disaster on the route

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Mar. 7, 2016) — Turkish authorities have detained a Turkish boat owner and a suspected people smuggler over the latest sinking of a vessel carrying migrants in the Aegean Sea that left at least 25 dead, reports said on Monday.

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Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU as NATO steps in

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‘GOODBYE’ REFUGEES? In this file photo, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the inauguration of the refurbishment works of the Turkey Square in Santiago de Chile, Chile, February 2, 2016. File photo by Sebastian Silva/EPA
Alarm is growing in EU capitals that thousands of migrants are still crossing the Aegean daily from Turkey after over a million made the perilous journey last year

ANKARA, Turkey (Feb. 12, 2016) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, February 11 threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to European Union (EU) member states, as Continue reading Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU as NATO steps in

NATO deploys Aegean migrant naval mission

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STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to press as he arrives at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 10, 2016, at the start of a NATO defense ministers’ council. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA
The move follows a request this week by alliance members Germany, Greece, and Turkey for assistance in tackling Europe’s biggest migrant crisis since World War II

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 11, 2016) — NATO launched on Thursday, February 11, an unprecedented naval mission in the Aegean Sea to tackle people smugglers taking migrants and refugees from the Turkish coast, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

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Thailand says 100 held in trafficking blitz on seafood industry

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Migrant fishermen from Myanmar and Cambodia on a Thai fishing boat after unloading fish at a jetty in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, January 19, 2016. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA
The EU hit Thailand with a ‘yellow card’ warning last April, threatening to ban all seafood exports unless the military government tackled rampant illegal fishing and labor abuses among its fleets

BANGKOK, Thailand (Feb. 1, 2016)— Thai police said Monday, February 1, over 100 people have been arrested in a crackdown on human trafficking since the European Union threatened to boycott the country’s multi-billion dollar fishing industry over the issue.

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Over 10000 migrant children missing

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STRUGGLE. Migrants board through a window a train heading to Zagreb at a railway station, near the official border crossing between Croatia and Serbia, near the eastern-Croatian town of Tovarnik, on September 18, 2015. AFP photo
EU police agency Europol fears many have been whisked away into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Feb. 1, 2016) — Over 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have disappeared in Europe, the EU police agency Europol said on Sunday, January 31, fearing many have been whisked away into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.
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Under pressure, Merkel looks to Turkey for help in migrant crisis

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TURKEY’S HELP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a press statement in front of the conference building of the Winter Conference of CSU state parliamentary group in Kreuth, Germany, January 20, 2016. File photo by Sven Hoppe/EPA
Germany and Turkey have emerged as key players in the biggest migration crisis to rock Europe since World War II

BERLIN, Germany (Jan. 22, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will press Turkey to step up to its “key role” in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe, when she hosts Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for talks Friday, January 22.

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