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Bustling Beijing migrant area turns into ghost town

Bejing - The narrow alleyways of the Beijing migrant neighbourhood were once crammed with men cooking on outdoor stoves, women hanging clothes to dry and young children playing games.

From Libya's migrant hell to Italy's handbag fashion world

Italy - From forced labour in Libya to a job as a founding member of an Italian fashion start-up, Bassirou has come a long way in two years, thanks to his skills with scissors.

Returning Nigerians express relief after 'hell' of Libya camps

Lagos - Nigerian migrants expressed relief as they arrived home on Tuesday from Libya, describing the "hell" of harsh conditions in detention camps where they had been held.

Big changes for Florida with mass Puerto Rican immigration

Orlando - Cristina Sanchez is one of thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing their hurricane-ravaged island for Florida, a mass migration set to shape the southern US state as much as migrants from communist Cuba in the late 20th century.

AU, EU summit winds up after anti-slavery initiative

Abidjan - A summit gathering European and African leaders from more than 80 countries drew to a close Thursday with plans for the immediate evacuation of some 3,800 African migrants stranded in Libya.

Beijing evicts migrants onto cold streets, sparking outcry

Bejing - Two dozen police swept through the pitch-black frigid hallways of tenement buildings in a ramshackle neighbourhood of northern Beijing, posting eviction notices on every door with heavy thumps of their fists.

Migrant arrivals from Libya fall after EU deal: UN

Geneva - The number of migrants who have reached Italy via Libya has dropped significantly since July, when the European Union reached a deal with Libyan authorities to stem migrant flows, the UN said Thursday.

Refugees find safe haven after escape from Libyan hell

Niamey - After months on the road into exile and inside the hell of Libyan jails, migrants rescued by the UN refugee agency have found safety and shelter in Niger's capital before leaving for Europe.

600 African migrants rescued near Spain

Madrid - Around 600 African migrants were rescued off the coast of Spain in 24 hours, a sea rescue patrol said Saturday.The Guardia Civil and Salvamento Maritimo rescue service added that operations to recover further migrants were still under way.

No winter let-up for migrants in Calais

Calais - When the squalid Jungle camp near Calais was demolished last year, France hoped it was the last time migrants trying to reach Britain would be sleeping in tents and makeshift shacks outside the port city.

Autopsies of 26 migrant girls find that most drowned

Rome - Post-mortem examinations on the bodies of 26 teenage migrant girls found dead in the Mediterranean in early November confirmed they almost all drowned at sea, Italian news agencies reported Wednesday.

Three dead after boat sinks crossing from Turkey to Greece

Atenas - At least three people drowned on Friday after their wooden boat sank in the narrow stretch of water separating Turkey from the Greek island of Kalymnos, Greek port police said.

Colombia hosting 470,000 Venezuelans: Santos

Bogota - Colombia is bearing the brunt of Venezuela's economic and political chaos, President Juan Manuel Santos said Friday, hosting nearly 470,000 people who have fled the crisis.

Ethiopian migrant turns perilous journey into film

Addis Ababa - Zekarias Mesfin spent months making a movie about his dangerous illegal migration from Ethiopia -- and when he arrived at the film's premiere, he was in a coffin carried by six white-gloved pallbearers.Not that Zekarias, 33, was dead.

Refugees in 'deadlock' on Greek islands as arrivals surge

S - Dozens of tents stud a hillside surrounded by olive trees, while children in flimsy sandals -- the lucky ones wearing socks -- play on mounds of stinking garbage as the sun rises on the Greek island of Samos.

Venezuelans voting with their feet before Sunday's poll

Caracas - Many Venezuelans have already voted in Sunday's key regional elections -- with their feet, taking a one-way bus ticket out the country convinced the vote will change nothing.

More than 200 migrant children rescued in Med

Palermo - A migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean carried hundreds of children and unaccompanied minors from over 15 countries to safety in Italy on Friday.

Refugees take northern French town to cricket glory

Lille - On a rugby field overlooked by a towering cathedral, a group of young refugees has introduced a small northern French town to the beautiful game of... cricket.

With a gilded cage visible from Trump Tower, Ai Weiwei honors pro-migrant New York

New York - He has worked his way through refugee camps, capturing the stories of migrants across the world. Now celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has brought the fruits of his labor to New York, scattering over 300 works across the metropolis.

Mass migrations of the world

Paris - Unprecedented waves of migration are affecting the world today with record numbers of people escaping war-torn regions, poverty, persecution and natural disasters.

Amnesty condemns 'forced' returns of Afghan asylum seekers

Kabul - A surge of failed Afghan asylum seekers "forcibly" returned from Europe are at risk of torture, kidnapping and death in war-torn Afghanistan, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Vietnamese brides say 'I do' to South Korea

Can Tho - When baby-faced Huynh Thi Thai Muoi left her home in rural Vietnam to begin a life in South Korea with a man she barely knew, she feared it was a gamble.

Puerto Rico's new migration to Florida could turn state Democratic

Aibonito - Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico looks likely to trigger a major wave of migration to Florida, which could push the politically important US state to the Democratic side, analysts said Sunday.

Smartphone app for migrants gets trial in Central America, Mexico

San Jos - A smartphone app designed to help migrants safely move through countries is being tested in Central America and Mexico from this week, ahead of a wider roll-out elsewhere in the world, the UN Migration Agency said Friday.

Libya strongman asks Europe for helicopters to fight migration

Rome - Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar asked Europe for helicopters and drones to fight rampant migration on the southern border of the war-wracked country.

Italian PM calls for standardised EU rules on granting asylum

Lyon - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Wednesday called for asylum regulations to be standardised across Europe, saying immigration was one of the biggest challenges facing the continent and a major concern of EU citizens.

Unwelcome in Israel, African refugees dream of home

Telavi - Tens of thousands of Africans who fled misery at home for safety in Israel are living in limbo, fearing deportation though some have lived in the country for more than a decade.

Venezuela asylum requests soar in Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico

San Jos - The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico has jumped dramatically because of the crisis in their country, a new report by the UN migration agency and the Organization of American States said Tuesday.

German aid to migrants creating pull effect: minister

Berlin - German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned Saturday that Berlin's generous offer of benefits for asylum seekers was a siren call for migrants."The benefits for refugees in Germany are quite high compared to other EU countries.

EU countries urge caution on Turkey membership talks

Tallinn - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call to end Turkey's EU membership talks met resistance Thursday from many of her European partners, who warned against hasty action against a crucial ally.
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