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September 7, 2017

Italian minister defends methods that led to 87% drop in migrants from Libya

Interior minister Marco Minniti went to Libya in an attempt to reduce migrant flows, earning praise and condemnation in equal measure for his approach

In his eight months in office, Marco Minniti, the austere Italian interior minister, has overseen a huge reduction in the number of African migrants and refugees reaching Italian shores from Libya.

At the last count in August, the figure was 87% down on the previous year.

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August 23, 2017

‘We would rather die than stay there’: the refugees crossing from Morocco to Spain

The number of people travelling across the Strait of Gibraltar has risen sharply, and most who make the journey know the risks

On the hilltops of Tarifa, the Spanish city that faces Morocco across the Strait of Gibraltar and mainland Europe’s southernmost point, gusts of wind power the turbines dotting the landscape.

For the surfers who pack the city’s hotels, the wind is a welcome sign of challenging waves. But for the Spanish coastguard and NGOs, the gusts are a warning that the record numbers of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the 10-mile strait are in grave danger.

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August 10, 2017

Teargas, cold, no toilets: plight of refugees in Calais revealed

As woods in northern France once again house hundreds of people, many report police aggression and sparse supplies

The woods around Calais and Dunkirk have once again become home to more than 1,000 refugees and migrants living in dire conditions without access to toilets, running water, showers or shelter.

Police regularly confiscate sleeping bags, bedding and possessions, and refugees complain that CS spray is often used during early morning raids on people sleeping. Reports of police harassment of refugees have risen as officials from both towns attempt, without success, to stop refugees from settling in the area.

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April 18, 2017

Child refugees in Europe ‘forced to sell bodies’ to pay smugglers

Governments urged to end ‘most heinous human rights violation’ as report finds widespread sexual exploitation of migrant children in Greece

Unaccompanied child refugees in Greece desperate to reach the UK and other parts of northern Europe are being forced to sell their bodies in order to pay smugglers to help them with their journeys, according to a new report from Harvard University.

The report, from Dr Vasileia Digidiki and Prof Jacqueline Bhabha at the university’s centre for health and human rights, reveals what they [...]

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