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Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

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POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

ROME, Italy (Oct. 16, 2017) — Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday, October 16, with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world. Continue reading Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet

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Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play

August 18, 2017 — “Hope is essential – despair is just another form of denial,” Al Gore said last week, in an interview to promote the sequel to his 2006 climate change documentary An Inconvenient Continue reading We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet

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’

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

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

Migrants keep landing in Greece despite EU-Turkey deal

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People sit in a camp near the Greek-Macedonian border on March 21, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 22, 2016) — More than 1,600 migrants have landed in Greece since a landmark EU-Turkey deal on curbing the influx took effect, officials said Monday, March 21, as Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules.

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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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Greece scrambles to implement EU-Turkey migrant deal

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‘OPEN BOARD.’ A slogan on the hands of a migrant reads ‘Open board’ as he takes part in a protest march calling for justice for migrants outside the European Commission offices, in central Athens, on March 19, 2016. Panayotis Tzamaros/AFP
Amnesty International has called the deal a ‘historic blow to human rights’

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 20, 2016) — Greece scrambled on Saturday, March 19, to begin the massive task of implementing a historic EU-Turkey migrant deal aimed at stemming the flow of refugees fleeing war and conflict in the Middle East.

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Merkel in firing line over refugees after regional vote ‘debacle’

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Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), at the final campaign event of the CDU Baden-Wuerttemberg, in Haigerloch, Germany, March 12, 2016. Daniel Mauerer/EPA
The elections are largely regarded as a referendum on Merkel’s decision to open the country’s doors to people fleeing war

BERLIN, Germany (Mar. 14, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was facing fresh pressure Monday, March 14, over her liberal refugee policy after a drubbing in regional elections described as a “debacle.”

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