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REFUGEES / MIGRANTS / ASYLUM SEEKERS:

HISTORY

 

2017 January - February - March -
2016 January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December
2015

April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December

2014  
2013  

(Updated on 11/05/2016)

 

 

2015:

  • DECEMBER:

    • At least 19 drown as migrant boat sinks in Aegean Sea - 24 December 2015
      "Rescuers save 21 survivors after wooden boat capsizes two miles off Bademli coast heading for Greek island of Lesbos"

      (theguardian.com)
    • German migrant crisis: Arson suspected in refugee home fires - Article + Photo + Video - 24 December 2015
      "Twelve people were hurt, including seven teenagers, when fires broke out at two neighbouring refugee hostels
      in the south German region of Bavaria."

      (BBC)



    • Refugees in Hong Kong Face Slim Odds for Asylum - Text + Audio - 23 December 2015
      "More than 10,000 people seeking asylum make Hong Kong their home. The odds of being granted asylum is slim.
      Today’s Hong Kong refugees are mostly from India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Africa. They live in poverty on animal farms and slums."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
    • Burundi Refugees Asked to Fight Their Own People - Text + Audio - 21 December 2015
      "While thousands flee from war-torn Burundi, refugees – some only children – are being recruited to fight against their homeland.
      A report from Refugees International, a humanitarian organization that helps refugees, confirmed
      that armed groups in Rwanda are recruiting Burundians in refugee camps."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
    • Illegal migrant makes good as plumber in Nigeria - Article + Photos + Video - 21 December 2015
      "Nearly 15 years ago, successful Nigerian businessman Anselm Okoukoni was one of the desperate African migrants prepared to do anything to get to Europe."

      (BBC)
    • Migrant crisis: EU border security becomes new mantra - 19 December 2015
      (BBC)
    • 'Open the borders' rally in Athens in Greece - VIDEO - 19 December 2015
      "The United Nations has called for a massive resettlement of Syrian and other refugees within Europe.
      Several thousand people marched through the centre of Athens in Greece, calling for Europe to open its borders.
      The march was joined by some of the migrants stranded in the Greek capital by the decision made by some Balkan countries
      to close the borders to them."

      (BBC)
    • Susan Sarandon Is Welcoming Refugees To Greece - Article + Photos - 18 December 2015
      "I have come to hear their stories and learn."

      (huffingtonpost.com)
    • Calais refugee violence putting lorry drivers at risk, says victim - Article + Photos + Video - 18 December 2015
      "Man whose windscreen was smashed by rocks says drivers will start carrying tools for defence unless authorities act."

      (theguardian.com)
    • Denmark plan to seize migrants' assets draws protests - 18 December 2015
      "A Danish government proposal to seize assets of asylum-seekers to make them pay for their keep
      has drawn sharp criticism in international media."

      (BBC)
    • Migrant crisis: EU needs 'massive' resettlement programme - 18 December 2015
      (BBC)
    • Migrants: Un chiffre record de 250 millions de personnes dans le monde en 2015 - 18 December 2015
      "Les pays de destination privilégiés sont les Etats-Unis, l'Arabie Saoudite et l'Allemagne. La France arrive en 7e position..."

      (20minutes.fr)
    • Only Half of Syrian Refugee Children Attend School - Text + Audio - 18 December 2015
      "Thousands of children are not going to school as their families escape the Syrian civil war.
      Human Rights Watch says about 90 percent of children in refugee camps run by the Turkish government attend school.
      Those outside the camps do not."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
    • They made the world care - but where are they now? - Article + Photos + Videos - 17 December 2015
      "Every so often, a striking image captures the struggle refugees and migrants face on their way to northern Europe.
      For a while, it catches the public's attention - but what happens to these people after the cameras leave? Katie Razzall met three of them."

      (BBC)
    • Migrant crisis dominates as EU holds final summit of 2015 - Article + Videos - 17 December 2015
      "EU leaders are gathering in Brussels for an end-of-year summit focused on tackling Europe's migrant crisis."

      (BBC)
    • Migrant crisis: Dutch town riots over asylum centre plan - 17 December 2015
      "A meeting in a Dutch town to discuss whether to build a new centre for migrants had to be abandoned when some opponents rioted."

      (BBC)
    • Anti-Immigrant Party Loses Elections in France - Text + Audio - 17 December 2015
      "In France, an anti-immigrant political party has lost regional elections.
      The National Front had led in at least six of the country’s 13 regions in the first part of elections last week.
      But a second round of elections shows the Republican party as the victor."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
    • Migrants pulled from sea by lifeguards - VIDEO - 16 December 2015
      (BBC)
    • Migrant crisis: Rent subsidy plan for Athens' stranded migrants - VIDEO - 14 December 2015
      "A scheme to provide subsidised rent for 20,000 migrants "stranded in Athens" is expected to be launched on Monday.
      The Greek government, the UN Refugee Agency and the European Commission are expected to sign the agreement in Athens,
      where up to 5,000 migrants are expected to arrive.
      Authorities in Greece have been struggling to cope with growing numbers of migrants in the capital,
      as Balkan countries block their route further north."

      (BBC)
    • China's urban migrants to be offered residency - 13 December 2015
      "China is to offer residency status to some of the millions of migrant workers who have moved from rural areas to cities in recent decades.
      It means migrants will be entitled to use public services, such as health and education, where they live, rather than in the villages they come from.
      Migrants will be able to apply if they can show proof of work, study or housing in a city for six months.
      By 2030, up to 70% of Chinese will live in cities, the World Bank predicts."

      (BBC)
    • Canada prime minister welcomes wave of Syrian refugees - Article + Video - 11 December 2015
      "Welcoming the 163 refugees, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was "showing the world how to open our hearts".
      The newly elected Liberal government has pledged to take in 25,000 refugees by the end of February."

      (BBC)
    • Syrian Refugees Greeted by Justin Trudeau in Canada - Article + Video - 11 December 2015
      "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted a planeload of weary Syrian refugees landing in Toronto early Friday,
      telling the first to disembark that “you’re safe at home now” as he handed them winter coats."

      (nytimes.com)


    • Children Drown After Boat Packed With Migrants Sinks - Text + Audio - 10 December 2015
      "Five children drowned Wednesday near Greece as a boat packed with refugee migrants sank in the Aegean Sea. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have arrived by boat after crossing the Aegean and Mediterranean seas as they flee violence in the Mideast and North Africa."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
    • Migrant crisis: Greece removes 2,300 from Macedonia border - 9 December 2015
      "Greek police have transferred some 2,300 foreign migrants stranded for weeks at a border crossing with Macedonia to the capital, Athens."

      (BBC)
    • Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims coming to US - Article + Video - 8 December 2015
      "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US, in the wake of the deadly California shootings."
      (BBC)
    • Germany on course to accept one million refugees in 2015 - 8 December 2015
      "So far this year Europe’s leading economy has registered 964,574 new asylum seekers, more than four times the number that arrived in 2014."
      (theguardian.com)
    • Why thousands of people are leaving Nepal - 7 December 2015
      "When an earthquake hit Nepal in April, 9,000 people were killed and many more lost their homes.
      Thousands of men are now facing a difficult choice - should they stay to rebuild the country, or travel abroad where they can earn more money?"

      (BBC)
    • Migrant crisis: The hard road through Bulgaria - Article + Photos - 6 December 2015
      "As Bulgaria steps up security at its borders, migrants travelling through the country to Serbia face tougher checks from police.
      The BBC's Nick Thorpe spoke to some of those who made it to Serbia."

      (BBC)
    • Pakistan blocks 30 migrants deported from Greece - 4 December 2015
      "Pakistan has refused entry to 30 migrants deported from Greece, saying their identities could not be verified."
      (BBC)
    • Migrant crisis: Stranded at the Greek-Macedonian border - VIDEO - 1 December 2015
      "Macedonia has become the latest country to restrict the flow of migrants entering the country, erecting a fence on its border with Greece.
      Only people from three 'war-torn' countries, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are being allowed to pass.
      Several thousand migrants have been refused entry.
      From the Greek-Macedonian border the BBC's Chris Morris reports."

      (BBC)

 

 

 

  • AUGUST:

    • The Balkans are now the centre of Europe’s people smuggling web - 30 August 2015
      "Only a day after 71 people suffocated in a chicken lorry, three children were rescued from a crammed truck in Austria.
      All had been on a perilous road route controlled by criminal gangs."

      (theguardian.com)
    • In pictures: An emotional arrival in Europe - 30 August 2015
      "More than half of the 264,500 people who have crossed the Mediterranean in the hope of settling in Europe this year have arrived in Greece
      - and most of those have landed on the five Greek islands closest to the Turkish coast.
      Photographer Fernando Del Berro watched some of them arrive on the northern shore of Lesbos."

      (BBC)
    • Syrians fleeing civil war find European safety via Arctic Circle - 29 August 2015
      "Dozens of Syrian refugees have trekked to the far north of Russia this year in an unlikely bid to reach a little-known Arctic border crossing with Norway."
      (theguardian.com)
    • Migrant lorry deaths: Four suspects in Hungary court - 29 August 2015
      "Four suspects have appeared in court in Hungary in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants whose bodies were found in a lorry in Austria."

      (BBC)
    • Migrant crisis: Why do politicians seem unable to act? - 28 August 2015
      + Video: The rules governing immigration to the EU - explained in 90 seconds
      "Thousands of migrants are trying to reach Europe to escape war zones in the Middle East and poverty and turmoil in Africa.
      Germany has suspended the Dublin regulation - a system where asylum seekers must make their applications in the first EU country they reach
      - for Syrians."
      "We can't cope!" is the collective cry from across Europe, as the huddled masses spill onto its shores and scramble over hastily-assembled razor wire fences."

      (BBC)

     
  • Europe's life-jacket capital - 28 August 2015
    "The city of Izmir on Turkey's Mediterranean coast has long been known as a tourist destination.
    But now people fleeing Syria's civil war are using it as a staging post on their journey to Europe and providing shopkeepers with an unmissable business opportunity, reports the BBC's Manveen Rana."

    (BBC)
  • Migrant crisis: Libya boats search for more bodies - 28 August 2015
    "Fishing boats off the Libyan coast are searching for more bodies after two migrant vessels capsized on Thursday."

    (BBC)
  • Migrant crisis: Four arrests over Austria lorry deaths - Article + Video - 28 August 2015
    "Hungarian police say they have arrested four people over the discovery of the bodies of 71 migrants, thought to be Syrian, in a lorry in Austria.
    Three of those arrested are Bulgarian and one is Afghan."

    (BBC)
  • As Many as 50 Migrants Found Dead in a Truck in Austria - Text + Audio - 27 August 2015
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Migrant crisis: Grim find of bodies in Austria lorry - Article + Photos + Video - 27 August 2015
    "The bodies of between 20 and 50 migrants have been found in a lorry abandoned in a motorway lay-by near the Austrian border with Hungary, authorities say."

    (BBC)
  • Senegal migrant town Tambacounda mourns its lost sons - 27 August 2015
    "People in one of Senegal's poorest areas are in mourning after dozens of their loved ones lost their lives in shipwrecks off the Libyan coast
    as they tried to make the treacherous journey to Europe. The BBC's Laeila Adjovi visited them."

    (BBC)
  • UK net migration hits record high - VIDEO - 27 August 2015
    "Net migration to the UK is at an all-time high, reaching 330,000 in the year to March, the Office for National Statistics has said.
    The figure - the difference between the number entering the country and those leaving - is more than three times higher than the government's target."

    (BBC)
  • Migrants crisis: Austria and Balkans call for EU answer - Article + Video - 27 August 2015
    "Serbia and Macedonia have told a summit in Vienna the EU must come up with an action plan to respond to the influx of migrants into Europe."

    (BBC)
  • Europe migrants: Tracing perilous Balkan route to Germany - Article + Photos + Videos - 26 August 2015
    "For many thousands of migrants heading to Europe from the Middle East, the long route to a new life now lies through Greece and the Western Balkans with the ultimate destination in Germany and other northern EU countries."

    (BBC)
  • Europe 'must open official channels for migrants' - 25 August 2015
    "European leaders should do more to open up and help migrants instead of using language that dismisses their rights, a UN expert on migrant rights has said."

    (BBC)

 

  • JULY:

 

    • Passau in Germany struggles to support asylum seekers - VIDEO - 19 June 2015
      "The United Nations estimates that more than 60 million people across the world have fled their countries
      displaced by war, violence and persecution. Half of these people are children.
      Germany is one of those countries struggling to cope with new arrivals, and 400,000 asylum seekers are expected to end up there this year.
      One of the the hardest-hit areas in Germany is Passau on the Austrian border, where hundreds of children are being taken by people traffickers.
      Jenny Hill reports.

      (BBC)
    • Who are asylum seekers?
      (news.bbc.co.uk)
    • Bulgaria's fortified frontier a staging post for migrants - Video - 18 June 2015
      "In the control room of the Bulgarian border police at Elhovo, set back from the country's 270km (165 mile) long border with Turkey,
      officers control banks of CCTV screens."

      (BBC)
    • Migrants: What can Europe achieve? - 16 June 2015
      (BBC)
    • Med migrant crisis: Many mass on Italy France border - Video - 16 June 2015
      "A large number of migrants who have arrived in Italy have set up camp on the border with France.
      The French authorities will not let them pass into their country. Meanwhile, the Italian authorities are trying to move the migrants on too.
      There have been scuffles as Italian police tried to break up a nearby camp.
      Lucy Williamson reports."

      + Med migrants: Scuffles as Italian police forcibly remove migrants - Video
      (BBC)
    • Mediterranean migrants: EU split over quota plan - Article + Videos - 16 June 2015
      "EU ministers have failed to agree on a plan to distribute asylum seekers more equally across all 28 EU states."

      (BBC)
    • Syrian refugees share 'safe space' - 15 June 2015
      (BBC)
    • Migrant bodies found in Niger after Sahara sandstorm - 15 June 2015
      "The bodies of 18 migrants, mainly West Africans who were trying to reach Europe, have been found in the Sahara desert in Niger, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says...
      The IOM estimates that about 100,000 people are expected to make the same journey across the Sahara this year.
      The migrants came from different countries."

      (BBC)
    • Syrian refugees share 'safe space' - 15 June 2015
      "The conflict in Syria that began in 2011 has made millions of refugees flee the country, many making their way to neighbouring Lebanon."

      (BBC)
    • Migrant crisis as refugee camps in Calais grow - VIDEO - 10 June 2015
      (BBC)
    • Iraqi Refugees Building New Lives in America - Article + Audio + Video - 8 June 2015
      "These women are Iraqi refugees who resettled in the United States. They are safe from the violence of Iraq. But the war is not over for them.
      Many struggle with horrible memories of the past. Advocates say we need to provide more resources for helping refugees deal with the trauma."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
    • HMS Bulwark 'overloaded' by migrant tide - Article + Photos + Video - 8 June 2015
      "More than 43,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year already.
      For HMS Bulwark and her crew, 7 June was "the longest day"."

      (BBC)
    • Asylum Seekers Land in Cambodia under Secret Deal - Text + Audio - 7 June 2015
      "Australia is paying for Cambodia to take four refugees in a program designed to move asylum seekers to the Southeast Asian nation. However, the move has been criticized by rights groups and people in Cambodia. Many believe that Cambodia is a poor choice for refugee resettlement."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
    • Who are the Mediterranean's migrants? - Article + Photos + Maps + Videos - 5 June 2015
      "Thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East attempt to reach the shores of Europe each year, many making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. More than 1,800 have died making the crossing so far in 2015 - a 20-fold increase on the same period last year.
      Here, four families and individuals who made the long trip over land and sea describe
      why they decided to leave their homes and what they are hoping for from a future in Europe. "

      (BBC)

     

  • MAY:

 

2014:

 

2013:

  • What happened to history’s refugees?
    "People have been forced to leave their countries since the very notion of a country was created.
    We take a look at some of the largest human movements in history to find out why people left their homes, where they went and what became of them.
    Get data on this decade's refugees"

    (guardian.co.uk)
  • Zaatari refugee camp: The children living in limbo - 23 August 2013  - Article + Photos + Video
    "Almost two million people have fled over Syria's borders to escape the bloody internal battle engulfing the country.
    The latest figures from the UN show one million of them are children.
    Many of those forced to leave their homes have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, but 130,000 of them are now living in a three-square-mile piece
    of the desolate Jordanian desert - home to the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp. Half of the camp's population is under 18. "

    (BBC)

 

Iraq Crisis: Yazidi Refugees Fleeing Isis Make Perilous Journey To Escape Mount Sinjar
- August 11, 2014