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Dozens of migrants drown as boat sinks off Mauritania

Nouakchott - At least 62 migrants travelling on a makeshift boat have drowned off the coast of Mauritania, in the worst loss of life this year along the increasingly travelled western Atlantic migration route to Europe.

Italy authorises arrival of two ships carrying rescued migrants

Rome - Italy authorised the arrival of two charity ships carrying more than 100 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, under the terms of an agreement with other EU countries, the interior ministry said late Tuesday.

Bosnia should close 'unacceptable' migrant camp: Council of Europe

Sarajevo - Bosnia should urgently close a temporary migrant camp or people will "start to die" during the winter period, a European human rights official warned Tuesday.

German rescue ship asks Italy to take in migrants

Berlin - A German charity on Monday said its rescue ship was heading to Italian shores with 69 migrants on board, hoping they will be allowed to disembark.

113 Syrian refugees welcomed in Italy

Rome - More than a hundred Syrian refugees arrived in Rome on Wednesday, the latest wave of refugees from the war-torn country to be escorted to safety in Europe.

UK driver admits two charges in truck deaths case

London - A British driver accused of the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants found dead in a refrigeration truck pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to assist illegal immigration.

Greece to overhaul migrant camps and enforce 'air-tight' borders

Athens - Greece announced a plan Wednesday to massively overhaul its overcrowded migrant camps on islands facing Turkey and make borders "air-tight" against a feared new surge of asylum-seekers.

Greece to shut down three largest migrant camps

Athens - Greece will shut down the three largest of its overcrowded migrant camps on islands facing Turkey, and replace them with new closed facilities with much larger capacity, officials said Wednesday.

Migrants found alive in refrigerated truck on Dutch-UK ferry

Den Haag - A ferry crew found 25 migrants in a refrigerated container on a boat sailing from the Netherlands to Britain on Tuesday, emergency services said.

Asylum-seekers in Greece, Italy face years of limbo: EU audit

Apo - Asylum-seekers crowded into "hotspots" in Greece and Italy face limbo that can drag on for years because of legal bottlenecks and poorly performing EU schemes, a report said Wednesday.

'Don't move!' Greek coastguards rescue migrants in Aegean

S - "Sit down! Don't move! Be quiet!" The crew of the Greek coastguard patrol boat jumps to life as they pull nearly 50 migrants from a rubber dinghy close to the island of Samos.

Migrants lose in futile game on Hungary-Serbia frontier

Subotica - Asurma Arab and her family spent more than two years waiting in Serbia for their chance to cross the steel fence that Hungary erected along its border to keep out migrants.Little did the Afghan family know, their asylum plea was already a lost cause.

French police clear hundreds of migrants from Paris camps

Paris - French police evacuated over 1,600 migrants from two camps in northern Paris on Thursday, one of the biggest such operations in the city in years, a day after the government unveiled tough new measures to a "take back control" of immigration.

French police clear hundreds of migrants from Paris camps

Paris - French police evacuated hundreds of migrants from two camps in northern Paris on Thursday, a day after the government unveiled a series of measures to a "take back control" of immigration.

EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar

Apo - The European Commission on Wednesday urged Greece to speed up the processing of asylum-seekers as a jump in new arrivals in its already overcrowded island camps pushed the situation to "unbearable" levels.

Two Greek towns protest migrant transfers

Athens - Protesters in two towns in northern Greece took to the streets Sunday to rally against the transfer of migrants from the Greek islands to sites on the mainland."They should leave.

Migrants on Greek islands 'on edge of catastrophe': Council of Europe

Athens - The situation for migrants in camps on Greek islands is "explosive" and "on the edge of catastrophe", the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights said Thursday.

Migrants on Greek islands 'on edge of catastrophe': Council of Europe

Athens - The situation for migrants in camps on Greek islands is "explosive" and "on the edge of catastrophe", the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights said Thursday.

Paris, Berlin and Rome to take 194 migrants rescued from Med

Rome - Nearly 200 migrants pulled from the Mediterranean in the last two weeks by two humanitarian rescue boats will be taken in by France, Germany and Italy, in line with a European deal agreed in September.

NGOs claim Turkey forcibly deported refugees to Syria

Istanbul - Human rights organisations on Friday accused Turkey of "forcibly" deporting refugees to war-torn Syria in the months leading up to its military incursion in the neighbouring country.

'It's the jungle': Bosnian migrant camp in crisis

Bihac - No running water, putrid portable toilets and surrounding woods littered with land mines -- these are the bleak conditions of a camp where hundreds of migrants brace for winter in Bosnia.

'Powderkeg' in Germany amid Turks-Kurds conflict

Berlin - Syrian Kurd Mohamed Zidik, 76, still buys his bread and baklavas from Turkish neighbours in Berlin, but he knows better than to expound on his views about Ankara's offensive in his hometown.

Mexico deports 311 Indian nationals in 'unprecedented' move

New Delhi - More than 300 Indian nationals who paid tens of thousands of dollars each trying to get into the United States arrived in New Delhi Friday after an "unprecedented" mass deportation by Mexico.

Drowned migrant mother 'held baby to the last': Italian diver

Rome - An Italian diver who led a search for victims of a Mediterranean shipwreck has described the horror of finding the body of a baby, whose mother had clutched him to her as they drowned.

African migrant child dies trying to reach Spain

Madrid - A young African child has died off the coast of Spain after being rescued from a packed boat carrying 66 migrants, the maritime rescue services said Friday.

EU commissioner says 'urgent need' to prevent migrant departures from Turkey

Ankara - EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Thursday there was an "urgent need" to stop illegal departures from Turkey as Greece struggles to cope with a sharp increase in the refugee arrivals.

Greece struggles to cope as migrant arrivals soar

St - The hulking Greek coastguard officer gazed intently as another group of migrants, the fifth of the day, boarded a minibus after landing on a beach on the island of Lesbos.

Hundreds of migrants protest conditions on Greek isle of Lesbos

M - Around a thousand migrants staged a fresh protest Tuesday in Europe's largest migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, two days after a deadly fire at the vastly overcrowded facility.

Hundreds of migrants protest conditions on Greek isle of Lesbos

M - Around 400 migrants staged a fresh protest Tuesday against conditions on the Greek island of Lesbos, police said, two days after a deadly fire at the overcrowded migrant camp there.

UN, Lesbos mayor urge migrant camp transfers after deadly fire

M - The UN and the mayor of Lesbos on Monday called for the immediate transfer of migrants from an overcrowded Greek refugee camp on the island after a deadly fire sparked riots.
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A Syrian boy climbs on the facade of the Vrazhdebna reception centre for migrants in Sofia on September 15, 2016
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Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
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A still from one of the films.
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Qatar's Search and Follow Up Department is now dealing with some 300 migrant workers a day applying under an amnesty so they can leave the country
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This video grab made on September 9, 2015 shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she runs with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Roszke
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Protestors at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
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A refugee family falls into a river they try cross on their way to Macedonia from a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni on March 14, 2016
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People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to deport 400 children of foreign workers. (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio)
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Dozens of migrants feared to have died after falling out of boat in Mediterranean Sea.
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Myra, Jathro and Melvin De Vera, a Philipino family living in Israel that could be deported. Jathro was born in Israel. (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010, Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
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A municipality employee walks past a pile of lifejackets discarded by migrants and refugees in the village of Molyvos, on the Greek island of Lesbos
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Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
Protestors at Yarl s Wood.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
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File photo: More than 90 percent of claims by Haitian nationals, who represented the bulk of arrivals, were rejected. It used to take about 16 months to process a claim, and now, according to a CBC Canada report, it now takes 20 months or longer.
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A group of children of foreign workers that could be deported from Israel by a decision of the Israeli governament. People took the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against this possibility. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
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Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
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Nissan the polar bear briefly spent time with four asylum seekers who broke into the truck at Calais.
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