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Migrant deal off if no visa-free travel, Turkey warns EU

Antalya - Ankara will abandon a deal with the European Union to reduce migrant flows if its citizens are not granted visa-free travel to most of the bloc, Turkey's foreign minister has warned.

Hundreds evicted in fresh anti-migrant unrest on French Mayotte island

Mamoutzou - Hundreds of foreigners were booted out of their homes on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte Sunday in a fresh wave of forced evictions by anti-migrant groups, local officials said.

Bulgaria stops 100 migrants at Greek border

Sofia - Bulgaria has for the first time blocked around a hundred migrants from entering through its southern border with Greece, sending a "strong message" to human traffickers, a minister said Sunday.

Forty children drown as shipwrecks claim up to 700, survivors say

Rome - A week of shipwrecks and death in the Mediterranean culminated Sunday with harrowing testimony from migrant survivors who said another 500 people including 40 children had drowned, bringing the number of feared dead to 700.

Up to 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean this week: UNHCR

Rome - Up to 700 migrants are feared to have drowned in deadly shipwrecks off the coast of Libya this week, the UN's refugee agency said Sunday, citing survivor testimony.

Britain rescues 19 migrants from inflatable boat in Channel

London - The British coastguard said it rescued 19 migrants on Sunday from the Channel after their inflatable boat began to take on water."The rhib (rigid-hulled inflatable boat), with 19 people on board was located at 2.

The never-ending vigil for millions yearning to bury their dead

Den Haag - Nameless migrants laid to rest in unmarked scrubland, murder victims dumped in mass graves, desperate searches for the missing after natural disasters. Around the world, millions of families wait in vain to bury their dead.

Pope mourns nameless drowned girl, shipwreck orphans

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday clutched the life-jacket of a drowned girl as he met with children whose parents died during deadly boat crossings, at the end of a week of major tragedies in the Mediterranean.

Dozens drown in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy

Rome - The Italian navy has recovered the bodies of 45 migrants who drowned Friday in the latest shipwreck, while dozens of others are still missing in the third major tragedy in the Mediterranean in as many days.

Dozens missing in new shipwreck off Libya: Rescuers

Rome - Dozens of migrants were missing Friday after an overloaded fishing boat sank off the coast of Libya, the third major tragedy in the Mediterranean in as many days, Italian rescuers said.

After mud and misery, migrants find new hardship in Greek camps

Thessalon - Hours after leaving the mud and misery of the Greek border camp of Idomeni, Juan from Syria is dismayed to find his new home -- a warehouse turned into a shelter -- is hardly an improvement.

Hope fuels dreams of migrants on boat to Europe

Italy - "This is five stars compared to what we have been through recently," says the teenager from the Ivory Coast.

Over 100 feared dead in new migrant boat tragedies in Mediterranean

Rome - Over 100 migrants were feared dead Thursday after two crowded boats capsized off Libya in separate incidents, with one of the tragedies captured on video that shows dramatic rescues and desperate final moments.

Symbolic Greek migrant camp cleared as more die crossing Med

Atenas - The squalid Idomeni refugee camp in northern Greece which became a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis has been fully evacuated, police said Thursday, as another 30 died crossing the Mediterranean.

Up to 30 dead in shipwreck off Libya: EU naval force

Rome - Up to 30 people are feared dead after a shipwreck off Libya, while about 50 migrants have been rescued from the waves, the EU's naval force said Thursday.

Refugees in Germany turn to church for sanctuary

Tutzing - Peshtiwan Nasser Abdal has been holed up in a church for the past four months, in a desperate bid to avoid deportation from Germany.

Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck off Libya

Rome - Dramatic images released by the Italian navy Wednesday captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead.

A day in the life of the Med's migrant lifesavers

Italy - The sun beats down on a flat sea as a gentle breeze blows up from the Libyan coast but the Mediterranean idyll is soon to be shattered for the crew of migrant rescue ship the MS Aquarius.

Greek police evacuate 1,000 more migrants from squalid camp

Gevgelija - Greek police on Wednesday moved another 1,000 migrants out of Idomeni, the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months, on the second day of an operation likely to last a week.

Erdogan says Turkey parliament will block EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the European Union that the Turkish parliament would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel.

'Considerable drop' in Mediterranean migrant deaths: IOM

Geneva - The number of migrants dying while trying to cross the Mediterranean has fallen sharply, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday, voicing hope the lethal trend seen since 2013 may be turning.

Hundreds of migrants relocated from squalid Greek border camp

Gevgelija - Greek police on Tuesday moved hundreds of 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 had lived for months.

Attacks on refugee homes soar in Germany: Official data

Berlin - Germany recorded nearly 1,000 far-right offences targeting refugee shelters last year, a five-fold annual rise amid a record influx of asylum seekers, the government said Monday.

Greece to intensify evacuation of squalid migrant border camp

Gevgelija - Greece said Monday it will step up efforts to clear the squalid camp of Idomeni where over 8,400 migrants remain on the border with Macedonia after braving a winter in vain hope of being allowed through to Europe.

Greece 'eyes evacuation of Idomeni border camp Tuesday'

Atenas - Greece is planning a police operation early Tuesday to evacuate the squalid migrant camp of Idomeni on its border with Macedonia, a report said Monday.

Merkel voices 'great concern' over Turkey ahead of visit

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said some political developments in Turkey were a source of "great concern" and pledged to address them during a visit to the country on Monday.

Dignity only in death for migrants at France's Calais 'Jungle'

Calais - 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.

EU ministers back emergency brake on Turkey visa-free travel

Brussels - EU interior ministers on Friday adopted a so-called emergency brake that would allow European nations to swiftly halt visa-free access to Europe for Turks and other nationalities if key conditions were violated.

Austria's presidential vote also a test for EU

Vienna - Austria's presidential runoff, which could see a far-right candidate grab power this Sunday, is a test for the European Union as it battles the rise of eurosceptic and populist parties across the continent.

Smuggling rife as refugees cross closed Balkan route

Llojan - Mohamad Jomaa breathlessly recounts his covert journey from Greece to Macedonia: a 10-day trek through the mountains, getting robbed by local "mafia" and handing over costly bribes to police.
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Protestors at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
Over 7 000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
Over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
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A baby born in the Texas of an illegal immigrant cannot be given a birth certificate.
A baby born in the Texas of an illegal immigrant cannot be given a birth certificate.
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A still from one of the films.
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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)
Protestors at Yarl s Wood.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
A group of children of foreign workers that could be deported from Israel by a decision of the Israe...
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
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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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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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.
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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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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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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
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Refugee in Italy
Refugee in Italy
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Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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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Protestors with plastic horns  whistles  and bongos.
Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
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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