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An aerial photo shows migrants in a dinghy wearing life jackets as they illegally cross the English Channel from France to Britain on September 11, 2020. - The number of migrants crossing the English Channel -- which is 33,8 km (21 miles) at the closest point in the Straits of Dover -- in small inflatable boats has spiralled over the summer of the 2020. According to authorities in northern France some 6,200 migrants have attempted the crossing between January 1 and August 31, 2020, compared with 2,294 migrants for the whole of 2019. (Photo by Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP)
An aerial photo shows migrants in a ding […]

‘Just God, the water and us’: risking the Channel ‘death route’ to Britain

AFP followed two groups of migrants as they made the perilous journey from the French town of Grande-Synthe to Dover in the south of England via the choppy waters of the Channel
Recognised refugees families and their children stage a protest outside the UNHCR offices in Athens on May 29, 2020 against planned evictions from their places of shelter. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
Recognised refugees families and their c […]

Thousands face homelessness in Greek refugee relocation push

Abdelkader and his family are among thousands of refugees about to lose the temporary homes they were given under a Greek housing scheme in order to make room for other asylum seekers
Two African migrants on board the Aita Mari rescue boat watch a new group of migrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan wait to be rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Maydayterraneo in Mediterranean international waters off the Libyan coast on February 10, 2020. Photo: Pablo Garcia / AFP
Two African migrants on board the Aita M […]

Fears mount over migrants dying ‘out of sight’ in Mediterranean

As the coronavirus dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked tragedy as more migrants try to cross, Europe closes its ports and rescue ships cease to function
Staff prepare beds ready for use inside the NHS Louisa Jordan field hospital, set up in the main hall at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on April 20, 2020, during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - "From Monday 20 April 2020, the hospital will be equipped and clinically ready to treat patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, if required", a scottish government press release announced. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)
Staff prepare beds ready for use inside […]

Coronavirus highlights role of foreign staff in British hospitals

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the important contribution foreign workers make to Britain's National Health Service, prompting a possible rethink on their immigration status post-Brexit
Numerous refugees are saved by a boat of an aid organisation just off the Libyan coast while attempting to cross over to Italy in the Mediterranean. Photo: Laurin Schmid/SOS Mediterranee/dpa
Numerous refugees are saved by a boat of […]

130 migrants forced to remain on docked Italian coastguard vessel

Italy will not allow rescued refugees from the Mediterranean Sea to enter its shores until the European Union clarifies which countries are willing to take them in.
British Conservative MP Boris Johnson answers questions from journalist Iain Dale as he takes part in a Conservative Party leadership hustings event in Birmingham, central England on June 22, 2019. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
British Conservative MP Boris Johnson an […]

UK’s Boris Johnson pledges post-Brexit migration controls

British leadership hopeful Boris Johnson pledges to introduce a new points-based system to control migration after Brexit, addressing a key issue from the EU referendum
Leader of The Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho (R) and Party Secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo attend a parliamentary election party in Helsinki, Finland on April 14, 2019. Photo: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva / AFP
Leader of The Finns Party Jussi Halla-ah […]

Finland’s far-right fires new warning ahead of EU polls

The strong performance of the far-right in Finland's elections has mirrored the strength of anti-immigrant parties across the continent, just over a month before European parliament elections.