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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

Britain to start building anti-migrant wall in Calais

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In this file photo, migrants stand near the A16 motorway near the site of the Eurotunnel in Coquelles, near Calais, northern France on January 21, 2016. Philippe Huguen/AFP

The wall, which is expected to cost 2.7 million euros ($3.0 million), will be the latest barrier to go up around Europe as the continent struggles with its biggest migrant influx in decades

LONDON, United Kingdom (Sept. 7, 2016) — Britain is to start building a wall in the northern French port of Calais to stop migrants jumping on trucks, under a deal agreed earlier this year, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, September 7.  Continue reading Britain to start building anti-migrant wall in Calais

Australian FM defends refugee policy on Indonesia trip

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BISHOP IN JAKARTA. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L), accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (R), talks to journalists during a joint press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 21, 2016. Adi Weda/EPA
Julie Bishop: ‘Australia is sharing the burden and will be looking to other countries in our region to do similar’

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Mar. 21, 2016) — Australia’s foreign minister defended Canberra’s controversial refugee policy Monday, March 21, during a trip to the key transit nation Indonesia, after Jakarta pressed for more help for people waiting for resettlement.

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Pope urges Europe to share migrant burden fairly

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Migrants wait in the refugee camp at the buffer zone of the Greek-Macedonia border, near the border village of Idomeni, northern Greece, February 26, 2016. Nikos Arvanitidis/EPA
Pope Francis: ‘My prayer, and also certainly yours, does not forget the crisis of the refugees fleeing wars and other inhuman situations’

VATICAN CITY (Feb. 29, 2016) — Pope Francis on Sunday, February 28, urged European countries struggling with the migrant crisis to “share the burden fairly”, amid growing divisions on how to handle the flow of people fleeing poverty and war.

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Australia churches to offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers

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DEFIANCE. Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt poses for photos at St John’s Anglican cathedral in Brisbane, Australia, February 4, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA
Anglican Dean of Brisbane: ‘So this is really a moral stand and it wouldn’t be a good look, I don’t think, for someone to enter a church and to drag people away’

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 4, 2016) — Australian church leaders Thursday, February 4, said they would offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers facing removal to a remote Pacific camp, vowing to defy the government’s harsh immigration rules.

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Turning back boats with asylum seekers work

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REFUGE SEEKERS. Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka stand in their boat at a seaport in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia, in 2009, looking to make their way to Australia. File photo by EPA
‘We’re simply not going to allow people to travel through other countries, whether it be Indonesia or Sri Lanka or wherever, to get on a boat, come to Australia and set up shop’

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Feb. 4, 2016) — Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson backed his Government’s decision to turn back asylum seeker boats when possible.

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EU mulls partial Schengen suspension over migrant crisis

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BORDER CONTROL. A sign that reads ‘Kontrolle’ (Control) has been set up at the border crossing in Mittenwald, Germany, May 26, 2015. Sven Hoppe/EPA
‘If the situation does not change there could indeed be justifications under public order and security reasons to maintain internal controls at internal Schengen borders’

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Jan. 27, 2016) — The EU on Tuesday, January 26, mulled allowing states in the passport-free Schengen zone to reintroduce border checks for up to two years to cope with the Continue reading EU mulls partial Schengen suspension over migrant crisis