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Greece to clear last makeshift refugee camp in Athens

Atenas - Efforts are underway to remove hundreds of refugees from an unhygienic makeshift camp at an ex-Olympics facility in greater Athens, a migration ministry source said Tuesday.

Italy inks deal with Libya neighbours to block migrants

Rome - Italy has signed a deal with Libya, Chad and Niger to try to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean by beefing up border controls and creating new reception centres in the African nations.

5,000 migrants rescued in 48 hours off Libya

Rome - Some 5,000 migrants bound for Italy were rescued in waters off the coast of Libya between Thursday and Saturday morning by Italian and Libyan coastguards, statements from both countries said.

Hungary PM slams EU sanctions threat

Budapest - Hungarian populist premier Viktor Orban on Friday denounced threatened EU sanctions over the country's deteriorating rights situation and again accused Budapest-born US financier George Soros of pulling the strings in Brussels.

Austrian migrant death truck trial set for June 21

Budapest - Eleven men will stand trial on June 21 over the deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria in 2015, court officials in Hungary said Thursday.

Tusk slams Poland for shunning EU 'solidarity' on migrants

Varsovia - EU Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday condemned his native Poland for wanting to "harshly reject European solidarity" by refusing to welcome refugees, warning Warsaw that there would be consequences.

Italian lawmakers want police on charity boats

Rome - An Italian parliamentary commission on Tuesday called for police to be deployed on or close to charity boats rescuing migrants in waters off Libya.

EU sets June deadline for Poland, Hungary to take migrant share

Strasbourg - The European Union on Tuesday set a June deadline for Poland and Hungary to start admitting their share of migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece or risk sanctions.

Bach vs burka: Germany in election-year identity debate

Berlin - What does it mean to be German? A minister close to Chancellor Angela Merkel has kicked off a divisive election-year debate about cultural identity -- earning him praise, ridicule and charges of immigrant-bashing.

Italy busts mafia clan, Catholic group in migrant scandal

Rome - Italy has broken up a mafia ring accused of infiltrating one of the country's largest migrant reception centres and capitalising on asylum seekers with the help of a Catholic association, police said Monday.

Anxiety mounts as Italy moves to get more migrants out

Rome - Behind the high fences of the repatriation centre at Ponte Galeria, just down the road from Rome's Fiumicino airport, dozens of women sit outside, waiting for word on whether they will have to leave Italy.

Paris police clear hundreds of migrants from tent camp

Paris - Police on Tuesday evacuated a tent camp in northern Paris where more than 1,600 migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea, were living in squalid conditions.

UN defends migrant rescue groups, under fire in Italy

Geneva - The UN refugee agency sprang to the defence Sunday of aid groups that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, some of which have come under fire in Italy for alleged complicity with Libyan people smugglers.

Libya rescues 129 migrants stranded at sea

Tripoli - Gunmen mugged 129 migrants on a rubber dinghy headed for Europe and also stole the craft's engine, abandoning them off the Libyan coast, Libya's navy said on Saturday.

Growing African repression causing migrant exodus: Oxfam

Durban - African countries are becoming increasingly repressive and causing more people to leave their homes, British charity Oxfam said this week, as Germany warned of the destabilising effect migration is having on the continent.

Changing face of migrant crisis in Mediterranean

Rome - From waves of dinghies setting off from Libya to the appearance of privately-funded rescue ships, the face of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean has changed greatly over the past few years.

Migrant rescues, deaths in Med as NGOs cry foul

Catania - Rescuers in the Mediterranean raced Friday to the aid of more than 20 migrant dinghies in distress as the debate in Italy over privately-funded aid ships intensified and the death toll at sea ticked steadily upwards.

Exhibition of AFP migrant crisis photos opens in Brussels

Brussels - An exhibition showcasing the work of Agence France-Presse photographers who have documented the hope and heartbreak of Europe's migration crisis opened in Brussels on Wednesday.

EU to end internal Schengen controls by November

Brussels - EU countries that imposed border controls in the passport-free Schengen area because of the migrant crisis should end them by November, Brussels said Tuesday.

Milan exhibition highlights migrant odyssey

Milan - An exhibition in Milan is offering through the lens of 65 photographers an original look at the topic of immigration and the migrant crisis.

Italian FM backs prosecutor on NGO migrant row

Rome - Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said Saturday that he "agreed 100 percent" with a prosecutor's repeated suggestions that some charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya.

Hungary completes second anti-migrant fence

Budapest - Hungary said Friday it has completed a second anti-migrant fence on the Serbian border, a "smart" barrier with night cameras, heat and movement sensors and speakers blaring warnings in five languages.

Hungary completes second anti-migrant fence

Budapest - Hungary said Friday it has completed a second anti-migrant fence on the Serbian border, a "smart" barrier with night cameras, heat and movement sensors and speakers blaring warnings in five languages.

Hungary completes second anti-migrant fence

Budapest - Hungary said Friday it has completed a second anti-migrant fence on the Serbian border, a "smart" barrier with night cameras, heat and movement sensors and speakers blaring warnings in five languages.

Italy clears activist charged for helping migrants into France

Rome - An Italian court on Thursday acquitted a humanitarian activist who had faced a possible prison term for trying to help a family of Sudanese migrants cross from Italy into France.

EU granted protection to 700,000 asylum-seekers last year

Brussels - EU nations granted refugee or protection status to 710,400 people last year, of whom more than half were Syrian, the bloc's statistical agency said on Wednesday.The figure was "more than double the number of 2015," Eurostat said.

At least 16 migrants die as boat sinks off Greece: police

Atenas - Greece's port police said Monday at least 16 people including women and children have died in a suspected migrant boat sinking off the Aegean island of Lesbos.

Italy prosecutor stirs migrant 'taxis' row with NGOs

Rome - Charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya, an Italian prosecutor was quoted as saying Sunday, stirring up a simmering row over aid groups' role in Europe's migrant crisis.

Mediterranean migrant death toll for 2017 tops 1,000

Rome - Around 100 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean according to shipwreck survivors, raising the death toll for the perilous crossing to Italy to over 1,000 victims in 2017, the UN's refugee agency said Friday.

Migrant rescuers, island mayor win UNESCO peace prize

Rome - UNESCO awarded its prestigious peace prize on Wednesday to migrant rescue association SOS Mediterranee and the mayor of Lampedusa, the tiny Italian island on the frontline of the refugee crisis.
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Britain's smaller rural towns are also having to adapt to large numbers of eastern Europeans se...
Britain's smaller rural towns are also having to adapt to large numbers of eastern Europeans seeking agricultural work, say campaigners
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People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign ...
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
A Turkish police officer stands next to the body of a migrant child on the shores in Bodrum  souther...
A Turkish police officer stands next to the body of a migrant child on the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.
Dogan News Agency / AFP
Qatar's Search and Follow Up Department is now dealing with some 300 migrant workers a day appl...
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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People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to d...
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)
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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A refugee family falls into a river they try cross on their way to Macedonia from a makeshift camp a...
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
Daniel Mihailescu, AFP
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign ...
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
Central American migrants get on the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train  in Apizaco  Tlaxca...
Central American migrants get on the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train, in Apizaco, Tlaxcala state, Mexico on July 22, 2014
Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP
Protestors at Yarl s Wood speak with police officers.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
Dozens of migrants feared to have died after falling out of boat in Mediterranean Sea.
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 ...
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
Young men  refugees/migrants marching. Not a single woman in the picture...
Young men, refugees/migrants marching. Not a single woman in the picture...
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A still from one of the films.
A still from one of the films.
Amnesty International
Refugee in Italy
Refugee in Italy
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A municipality employee walks past a pile of lifejackets discarded by migrants and refugees in the v...
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
Iakovos Hatzistavrou, AFP/File
Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
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Climate activists gathered for a march on the waterfront in Doha; calling on Arab countries to take ...
Climate activists gathered for a march on the waterfront in Doha; calling on Arab countries to take the lead in UN climate change negotiations. But notice the banner being carried by the activists to the right-front of the picture.
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Central American migrants wait in line for food as they wait for the La Bestia (The Beast) cargo tra...
Central American migrants wait in line for food as they wait for the La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train in Apizaco, Tlaxcala state, Mexico on July 22, 2014
Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP
This video grab made on September 9  2015 shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she ru...
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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