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Spain Evicts Migrants from Mediterranean Islet

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish police have evicted more than 80 migrants who tried to enter Spain illegally from a Mediterranean islet. The migrants landed last week on Spain’s tiny Isla de Tierra, off the coast of Morocco. Spanish authorities say police evicted most of the migrants early Tuesday, transferring them to the care of Moroccan authorities. Some of […]

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Israeli Authorities Detain Dozens of African Migrants

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli immigration authorities say they have detained dozens of African migrants as part of a new operation to deport illegal immigrants. Officials say immigration police arrested at least 55 migrants, mostly South Sudanese, during raids in the southern city of Eilat and parts of central Israel. Rights activists criticized the raids, saying they create fear […]

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Court: Italy Must Compensate Somali, Eritrean Migrants

Posted February 23rd, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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A European court says Italy must pay a group of African migrants more than $22,000 each for illegally returning them to Libya. The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Italy violated the rights of 11 Somali and 13 Eritrean migrants who it intercepted in the Mediterranean in May 2009 and quickly handed over […]

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UN: Mediterranean is Deadliest Stretch of Water for Migrants

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency says the Mediterranean Sea is the deadliest stretch of water for migrants and refugees seeking to escape poverty and oppression. In a new report, U.N. officials estimate that 1,500 people died last year while trying to cross the sea from Africa to Europe. They say this is just an estimate, […]

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20 Somali Migrants Found Dead in Tanzania

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Tanzania say 20 Somali migrants suffocated to death during an attempt to smuggle them through the country. They say the bodies of 17 men and three women were found along roads in Tanzania’s Morogoro region between December 26 and New Year’s Day. Police say smugglers likely dumped the bodies one by one after […]

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IOM Transports Thousands of South Sudanese Home

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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A global migration agency is intensifying its effort to bring thousands of South Sudanese home from the north. The International Organization for Migration, or IOM, says a convoy of 12 river barges carrying more than 3,000 southerners left the town of Kosti on Monday, bound for South Sudan’s capital, Juba. It says two IOM-supported trains […]

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1,200 African Migrants Arrive in Chad from South Libya

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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More than 1,200 African migrants have arrived in Chad after a long and dangerous road evacuation out of southern Libya. The International Organization for Migration said Thursday the migrants left from the southern Libyan city of Sebha earlier this month in a convoy of 15 trucks. The migrants say during the journey they were stopped […]

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Italy Planning to Repatriate All North Africans from Lampedusa

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 7:46 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian authorities say they will clear all those they call illegal immigrants from Lampedusa island, after two days of fighting between police and North African migrants there. Fifty-thousand migrants, mostly from Libya and Tunisia, have landed on the tiny Mediterranean island this year, seeking a better life in the European Union. They far outnumber the […]

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Rights Group Accuses EU Agency of Mistreatment of Migrants

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group has accused the European Union’s border control agency of knowingly exposing migrants to “inhuman and degrading” conditions. In a report entitled “The EU’s Dirty Hands,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that the agency known as Frontex takes the migrants to Greek detention centers known for inhumane conditions, and thereby shares […]

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Aid Group: African Migrants Trapped in Libyan Town

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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An international aid group says 1,200 African migrants are trapped in a southern Libya town with dwindling supplies of food and water. The International Organization for Migration says the migrants have gathered at its transit center in the town of Sebha to escape fighting between pro- and anti-Gadhafi forces on the outskirts of town. The […]

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