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5.3 million people will have fled Venezuela by end of 2019: UN

Geneva - The United Nations on Friday forecast that 5.3 million Venezuelans will have fled the country by the end of next year, an exodus that amounts to "a humanitarian earthquake".

Migration crisis hits Americas, reaches US border in 2018

Mexico - From the Central American caravans trekking desperately northward to the mass exodus from Venezuela, 2018 was the year the migration crisis swept the Americas and reached the doorstep of the United States.

Activists fear states will fall short on UN migration pact

- As heads of state and government jetted out of Morocco on Tuesday after formally adopting a UN deal on migration, NGOs raised doubts about its implementation on the ground and the high seas.

UN conference adopts migration pact despite withdrawals 

Marrakesh - A United Nations conference adopted a migration pact in front of leaders and representatives from over 160 countries in Morocco on Monday, despite a string of withdrawals driven by anti-immigrant populism.

UN to adopt migration pact at meeting hit by withdrawals

- Politicians from around the globe will gather Monday in Morocco for a major conference to endorse a United Nations migration pact, despite a string of withdrawals driven by anti-immigrant populism.

Desertion over UN migration pact leaves Belgium with minority govt

Apo - Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel is now at the helm of a minority government after the Flemish nationalist party on Sunday quit the ruling coalition over his support of a UN migration pact widely opposed by anti-immigrant populists.

Flemish nationalists quit Belgian government: minister

Apo - Belgium's Flemish nationalist party said on Sunday it will quit the ruling coalition, leaving Prime Minister Charles Michel as the head of a minority government after a row over a UN migration pact.

US takes aim at UN migration pact ahead of conference

New York - Days ahead of an international conference in Morocco to endorse a UN migration pact, the United States made the case Friday for opposing the deal that it shunned a year ago and which has since prompted a wave of withdrawals.

Rohingya sent back to Myanmar camps hungry and in debt

Fleeing Rohingya Muslims sold ration books to help pay hundreds of dollars to traffickers in order to flee squalid Myanmar camps by boat, only to be stopped at sea and forced back destitute, the refugees told AFP on Friday.

Major migration flows in the last decade

Paris - This decade has seen massive movements of people fleeing war, poverty and persecution. Here are some key cases.

UN envoy 'very confident' on migration pact despite attacks

Marrakesh - UN special representative for migration Louise Arbour says she is "very confident" on the future of an international pact on migration despite a string of countries opting out.

Latvia rejects UN migration pact

Riga - Latvia on Thursday rejected the United Nations migration pact set to be adopted next week, following similar moves by several other European countries as well as Australia and the United States.

Latvia rejects UN migration pact

Riga - Latvia on Thursday rejected the United Nations migration pact set to be adopted next month, following similar moves by several other European countries as well as Australia and the United States.

EU drops plan for 10,000 border guards by 2020: officials

Apo - The European Union's flagship plan for a 10,000-strong bloc-wide border and coastguard force in two years exceeds "what is feasible," the EU's Austrian presidency said Thursday.

Welcoming refugees may have ushered in Merkel's final act

Berlin - Opening Germany's doors to more than a million refugees may come to define Chancellor Angela Merkel's legacy, a landmark moment in her career that sparked a backlash which could hasten her political exit.

Belgian PM wins backing for UN migration pact

Apo - Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel won the support of parliament to sign a UN accord on migration on Wednesday, amid a row that threatens to tear apart his coalition.

Activists call for criminal probe into migrant deaths off Libya

Rome - A rights group called Wednesday for an international criminal investigation after 15 migrants died following 11 days drifting off the coast of Libya without help.

Perilous change of tack as migrants take sea route to Britain

Wissant - In early November, police in the northern French village of Wissant made the first of a series of unusual discoveries in the sand dunes: an inflatable boat intended to ferry migrants in the dead of night to Britain.

Bulgaria says will not join UN migration pact

Sofia - Bulgaria's government confirmed on Wednesday that it would not join the United Nations pact for better regulating worldwide migration, set to be adopted later this month.

Italy adopts tough anti-migrant law

Rome - Italy on Wednesday adopted far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's tough anti-migrant and security decree, despite fierce criticism from the left.

In El Salvador, ruthless gangs draw invisible borders

Soyapango - Facing the majestic Chinchontepec volcano a seemingly bucolic path runs past a suburb of El Salvador's capital -- but this "devil's alley" is nothing but a strip of homes emptied by gang violence and swallowed by tropical vegetation.

Italian parliament to mull UN migrant pact: PM

Rome - Italy's parliament will have the last word on the UN migration pact, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday, so its officials will not attend a conference next month to ratify it.

UN envoy takes swipe at countries quitting migration pact

New York - A United Nations envoy on Tuesday took a swipe at countries dropping out of the UN migration pact, saying they were displaying "buyer's remorse" months after endorsing the non-binding deal.

Social media spreads hope and fear among Central America migrants

Sansalvador - As a group of migrants prepare to form a new caravan to set out from El Salvador for the promised land of the United States, eager participants exchange messages over social media.How will they cross the border? What should they bring?

Australia joins US in rejecting UN migration pact

Sydney - Australia's conservative government announced Wednesday it would reject a UN migration pact already denounced by the United States and several European countries.Adopting the pact "would risk encouraging illegal entry to Australia and reverse...

Migrant caravan faces cold welcome, few options at US-Mexico border

Tijuana - The Central American migrant caravan faced a desperate situation Friday as its numbers swelled at the US-Mexican border, where it got a cold welcome and a warning that its chances of entering the United States were "almost nil.

Cold welcome at US-Mexico border for 2,000 caravan migrants

Tijuana - Mexican authorities said Friday more than 2,000 Central Americans from a migrant caravan heading toward the United States have now reached the border city of Tijuana, where they have received a sometimes cold welcome.

UN experts suspend Hungary visit over access to migrants

Geneva - A group of United Nations human rights experts said Thursday they had suspended a trip to Hungary after the government denied them access to sites where migrants are being held.

Italy's Salvini meets rescued migrants, promises 'welcome'

Pomezia - Italian far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday met dozens of African migrants, recently evacuated from Libya by the UN, and sought to reassure them that Italy is "a welcoming, generous and supportive country".

Is Central American migrant caravan a security threat?

Tepic - Since the US midterm elections, President Donald Trump has barely mentioned the "hardened criminals" he warned were about to "assault" the United States from a Central American migrant caravan.
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Blacktip shark at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.
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White-rumped sandpiper chicks on northern Canada's Bylot Island.
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Various views of the Manot 1 partial calvaria.
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The western North American population of monarch butterflies migrates to Southern California. Here we see some monarchs On a Eucalyptus branch at Sweet Springs in Baywood-Los Osos. Located near Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County, central California.
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The Red Knot, Calidris canutus, makes a yearly journey from southern Argentina to the Canadian Arctic in the spring.
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Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
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Map of human migration out of Africa
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Lions, hyenas and crocodiles lie in wait along the path of the great migration.
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Wildebeest, zebras and other mammals crossing the Mara River do so even with the danger of crocodiles.
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False Pass, Alaska is also the name given the Isanoyski Strait that gray whales will sometimes use on their journey to the Bering Sea. Here many fall prey to Killer whales.
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A Tumstone at the edge of a snow patch.
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Millions of hermit crabs descend on a beach on St. John Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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The gray whale
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Sandfill cranes in the Platte River valley in Nebraska, March 7, 2007.
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This baby zebra, born right before the herd started crossing the Mara River, didn't make it.
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North American Indian migration into North Dakota
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