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Migrant boat crossings to UK surge during virus lockdown

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  The number of unaccompanied young migrants crossing the Channel from France to Britain has spiked during the coronavirus outbreak, as travel restrictions force them onto boats rather than trucks. Kent County Council in southeast England, which includes the major port of Dover, was dealing with …

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Saudi deportations of Ethiopians could fuel COVID-19 spread: UN

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP |  Saudi Arabia has deported nearly 3,000 Ethiopian migrants in recent days, despite concerns that such operations could hasten the spread of the coronavirus, the United Nations says. Since mid-March, the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) has registered 2,870 Ethiopian returnees, all but 100 of …

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Under-pressure Greece toughens migration stance

Athens, Greece | AFP |  Facing overwhelming migration pressure on the Aegean with island camps on the brink of asphyxiation, the conservative Greek government has hardened its asylum policy with increased repatriations, new detention centres and plans for a sea barrier. “The decongestion of our islands is our number one priority,” …

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Italy Senate to vote on migrant trial for far-right head Salvini

Rome, Italy | AFP |  Italian senators will decide Wednesday whether far-right leader Matteo Salvini should face trial on charges of illegally detaining migrants at sea last year, for which he could be jailed for 15 years. A court in Sicily has recommended that former interior minister Salvini stand trial for …

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Migrants asked to impart new business acumen to Kampala slum dwellers

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Migrants Kampala slums have been asked to integrate nationals in their businesses to foster social cohesion with their host communities.       Dr Antonio Querido, the Acting Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Uganda says extending an olive branch to host communities will eliminate the commonly …

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Nigerian ‘sex slavery’ ring goes on trial in France

Lyon, France | AFP |  Twenty-four suspected members of a sex trafficking ring accused of forcing Nigerian women into prostitution in France go on trial Wednesday, the latest case to highlight the growing use of Nigerian migrants as sex slaves in Europe. Nigeria was the main country of origin of the …

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‘It’s the jungle’: Bosnian migrant camp in crisis

Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina | AFP | No running water, putrid portable toilets and surrounding woods littered with land mines — these are the bleak conditions of a camp where hundreds of migrants brace for winter in Bosnia. “It’s the jungle,” says Mohammad Nawaz, a 30-year-old Pakistani living in the tent-city built …

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High crimes: Britain’s cannabis farms

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  A derelict hospital, dog kennels, abandoned warehouses, suburban homes and buried shipping containers — cannabis farms dot Britain, often staffed by Vietnamese migrants-turned-growers. Some have been smuggled in voluntarily, others trafficked against their will. Here are a few high-profile busts involving Vietnamese migrants. – Bunker …

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