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Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

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At least 35 minors, including a baby, are among the flow of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea as they fled unrest or poverty in their countries

At least 35 minors, including a baby, are among the flow of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea as they fled unrest or poverty in their countries

MADRID, Spain (Aug. 17, 2017) — Spanish coastguards rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski on Wednesday, August 16, in the waters between Morocco and Spain, a route increasingly used by migrants trying to reach Europe. Continue reading Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

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BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy summons Austria’s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year

ROME, Italy (Jul. 5, 2017) — Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador Tuesday, July 4, after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year. Continue reading Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Australia declares game-up for ‘fake refugees’

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WELCOME. Protestors march on the streets of Sydney’s central business district in support of refugees. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Refugee advocates say the Australian government has sunk ‘to an impossible new low’ with the decision

SYDNEY, Australia (May 21, 2017) — Australia Sunday, May 21, gave 7,500 boatpeople until October to file a claim proving they are genuine refugees or be kicked out, declaring the “game is up” for illegal arrivals ripping off taxpayers. Continue reading Australia declares game-up for ‘fake refugees’

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

Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a press conference in Berlin on July 28, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel tells reporters that the assailants ‘wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need’

BERLIN, Germany (July 29, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, July 28, rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees in the wake of a series of brutal attacks in the country.  Continue reading Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

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’