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Four people smugglers arrested in Egypt after migrant boat capsizes

Four suspected people smugglers have been arrested in Egypt after at least 42 people were killed when a boat carrying hundreds of African migrants capsized off the Egyptian…

Four suspected people smugglers have been arrested in Egypt after at least 42 people were killed when a boat carrying hundreds of African migrants capsized off the Egyptian…

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Merkel starting to feel immigration backlash in Germany

A million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015, with the peak migration being reached in September, when Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to open the frontiers.

A million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015, with the peak migration being reached in September, when Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to open the frontiers.

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Disillusioned Syrian refugees return home

Months of living rough in makeshift camps have taken their toll. Some Syrians are now reportedly paying smugglers to return home.

Months of living rough in makeshift camps have taken their toll. Some Syrians are now reportedly paying smugglers to return home.

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Joyful reunion of Syrian family in Greece

Syrian refugee Zaki Ismail Khalil has finally been reunited with his family after a gap of more than a year, he claims. They attempted to settle in

Syrian refugee Zaki Ismail Khalil has finally been reunited with his family after a gap of more than a year, he claims. They attempted to settle in

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INTERPOL creates specialist network to combat people smuggling

INTERPOL and Europol, two major transnational law enforcement agencies, have outlined fresh measures to break up the organised criminal networks

INTERPOL and Europol, two major transnational law enforcement agencies, have outlined fresh measures to break up the organised criminal networks

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Greece opens first 'hotspot' centre for refugees

Greece has opened its first reception centre on the island of Lesbos. Known as ‘hotspots’, the centre will separate new arrivals between bona fide

Greece has opened its first reception centre on the island of Lesbos. Known as ‘hotspots’, the centre will separate new arrivals between bona fide

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'First arrests made' as Hungary cracks down on immigration

Tough, new laws have come into effect giving police in Hungary the authority to arrest and charge migrants attempting to enter the country illegally

Tough, new laws have come into effect giving police in Hungary the authority to arrest and charge migrants attempting to enter the country illegally

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Hungary seals border with razor wire

Hungary has sealed its border with Serbia. A razor wire fence was moved into position around 1am CET. #Europe: Barbed wire gate at the train track.

Hungary has sealed its border with Serbia. A razor wire fence was moved into position around 1am CET. #Europe: Barbed wire gate at the train track.

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Germany and Austria beef up border checks

Austrian authorities have followed Germany’s lead and imposed additional border checks on its eastern border. Train services from Hungary via Austria

Austrian authorities have followed Germany’s lead and imposed additional border checks on its eastern border. Train services from Hungary via Austria

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'Shame on you Orbán' protest hits Budapest

Thousands have taken to the streets of the Hungarian capital to demonstrate against the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The crowd marched across

Thousands have taken to the streets of the Hungarian capital to demonstrate against the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The crowd marched across

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34 refugees with many women and children perish in Greek waters

At least 34 people, nearly half of them women, babies and young children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea in the single biggest loss of life in these

At least 34 people, nearly half of them women, babies and young children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea in the single biggest loss of life in these

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Bicske: Hundreds refusing to leave migrant train

500 people are refusing to get off a train in Bicske, a small Hungarian town 40 kilometres west of Budapest, according to agency reports. A tense

500 people are refusing to get off a train in Bicske, a small Hungarian town 40 kilometres west of Budapest, according to agency reports. A tense

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Calls grow for overhaul of EU asylum laws

With the numbers of desperate people fleeing war and poverty showing no signs of abating the foreign ministers of Germany France and Italy have

With the numbers of desperate people fleeing war and poverty showing no signs of abating the foreign ministers of Germany France and Italy have

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Migrants: thousands bed down for the night in Budapest

Nightfall in Budapest has not dimmed the protests outside the city’s main railway station. Hundreds of migrants are stranded here. On Tuesday, the

Nightfall in Budapest has not dimmed the protests outside the city’s main railway station. Hundreds of migrants are stranded here. On Tuesday, the

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Hungary's hardline stance on refugees 'benefits' people smugglers

Campaigners for migrants’ welfare in Hungary say the government’s hardline stance towards refugees is costing the country a fortune. They have called

Campaigners for migrants’ welfare in Hungary say the government’s hardline stance towards refugees is costing the country a fortune. They have called

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'From death to death': a Syrian refugee's journey

Ahmed, a Syrian man, and his wife wait with hundreds of other migrants at a railway station in central Budapest hoping to find a smuggler to take

Ahmed, a Syrian man, and his wife wait with hundreds of other migrants at a railway station in central Budapest hoping to find a smuggler to take

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Thousands of migrants enter Serbia as Macedonian border opens

More than 5,000 migrants entered Serbia on Sunday, resuming their journey to western Europe after the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia abandoned

More than 5,000 migrants entered Serbia on Sunday, resuming their journey to western Europe after the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia abandoned

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Iraqi refugees return home to Tikrit

Hundreds of people displaced from the Iraqi city of Tikrit have begun returning home. It is three months since pro-government forces recaptured

Hundreds of people displaced from the Iraqi city of Tikrit have begun returning home. It is three months since pro-government forces recaptured

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Protests in German town after suspected arson at asylum shelter

Residents of an eastern German town held a protest on Saturday, in solidarity with refugees following a suspected arson attack on a building intended

Residents of an eastern German town held a protest on Saturday, in solidarity with refugees following a suspected arson attack on a building intended

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Syrian refugees stage hunger strike at Greek parliament

Refugees from Syria camped out in front of the Greek parliament have begun a hunger strike. More than 150 people are taking part in the sit-in

Refugees from Syria camped out in front of the Greek parliament have begun a hunger strike. More than 150 people are taking part in the sit-in

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Turkish coastguards rescue migrants at sea

Footage has been released showing Turkish coastguards rescuing around 35 illegal migrants when their boat sank of the country’s western Aegean

Footage has been released showing Turkish coastguards rescuing around 35 illegal migrants when their boat sank of the country’s western Aegean

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Iraq: Yazidi refugees still trapped on Mount Sinjar

Emergency aid carried by Western cargo planes was dropped on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar on Tuesday, meant for refugees from the Yazidi sect who are stuck

Emergency aid carried by Western cargo planes was dropped on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar on Tuesday, meant for refugees from the Yazidi sect who are stuck

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Asylum seekers turn former Berlin school into cause celebre

Over 3000 people turned out in Berlin in the latest chapter of the long-running dispute between the city’s Kreuzberg countercultural district and

Over 3000 people turned out in Berlin in the latest chapter of the long-running dispute between the city’s Kreuzberg countercultural district and

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Refugees surpass 50,000,000; UN pinpoints political 'incapacity'

World Refugee Day brings bad news. For the first time since World War II, the total number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced

World Refugee Day brings bad news. For the first time since World War II, the total number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced