U.N. evacuates refugees to Italy from Libya for first time

By Roberto Mignucci and Steve Scherer PRATICA DI MARE, Italy, Dec 22 : The United Nations began bringing African refugees to Italy from Libya on Friday, evacuating them from detention centres whose conditions have been condemned by humanitarian groups as inhumane. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have fled conflict or poverty at home and are […]

Beijing evictions leave migrant workers in limbo as winter deepens

By Christian Shepherd and Natalie Thomas BEIJING, Dec 15 : Winter is bringing a frigid existence and an uncertain future for migrant workers in Beijing deprived of electricity and heating as they resist a month-long campaign to evict them from the city’s urban villages. A deadly fire in a hamlet of ramshackle dwellings on the […]

US quits talks on global migration pact over sovereignty clash

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 3 : The United States has quit negotiations on a voluntary pact to deal with migration because the global approach to the issue was “simply not compatible with US sovereignty,” said US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. In a statement released late on Saturday, the US mission […]

Bolstered Libyan coast guard intercepts packed migrant boat

By Aidan Lewis TRIPOLI, Nov 5 : Libya’s European-backed coast guard on Saturday turned back more than 150 migrants trying to reach Italy by boat amid its heightened efforts to block such crossings of the Mediterranean. The migrants, packed into a single rubber boat, were intercepted off the coast between the towns of Al Khoms […]

Germany’s Syrian refugees celebrate Merkel win but fear rise of far-right

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN, Sept 25 : Syrian refugees rejoiced on Sunday at the news that Angela Merkel had secured a fourth term as German chancellor, but said they were alarmed by the rise of the far-right AfD party, which they feared could push her to tighten asylum rules. “We prayed that Merkel would win,” […]

Germany climbs in development ranking by taking in refugees

By Teis Jensen COPENHAGEN, Sept 6 : Germany has jumped 10 slots from last year to fifth place on a list ranking how well rich countries’ policies help improve lives in the developing world, mainly thanks to its willingness to take in refugees – a hot topic in its Sept. 24 election. Denmark took over […]