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30 Dec 2016 description

More than a thousand face a winter sleeping rough

BELGRADE, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Serbia's centres for housing migrants are completely full, the U.N. refugee agency said, leaving more than a thousand facing a winter sleeping rough in the Balkan country that has become a bottleneck as the European Union sealed its borders.

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30 Dec 2016 description
  • 181,000 boat migrant arrivals in 2016 vs 154,000 in 2015

  • More than 500,000 arrivals since start of 2014

  • Some 175,000 asylum seekers living in Italian shelters

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Nearly a fifth more migrants arrived in Italy by boat this year, setting a record and bringing the three-year total to more than half a million, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

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28 Dec 2016 description

By Angeliki Koutantou

ATHENS, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Greece, a frontline country for migrants fleeing to Europe from war and poverty, vowed on Wednesday to improve living conditions in its overcrowded island camps.

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15 Dec 2016 description

"Our ability to forecast how strong the hurricane is going to be when it does make landfall will get much better"

By Irene Klotz

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Eight small satellites, designed to improve hurricane forecasts by detecting the wind speeds within storms, blasted off on Thursday aboard an air-launched Pegasus rocket, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

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11 Dec 2016 description

ROME, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Rescuers plucked 1,164 people from rubber and wooden boats in the Mediterranean under heavy thunderstorms on Sunday and recovered six dead bodies during the operations, relief services said.

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09 Dec 2016 description

"A mass and summary deportation of migrants, including men and women who may have fled persecution or have worked for years in Algeria, would violate their rights"

By Edward McAllister

DAKAR, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Algerian authorities have deported hundreds of West African migrants to Niger this week, trucking them thousands of miles across the desert in one of the biggest roundups seen this year, according to officials and human rights groups.

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09 Dec 2016 description

Spain's two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, are often used as entry points into Europe for African migrants

MADRID, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Hundreds of sub-Saharan African migrants forced their way on Friday morning over a barbed-wire fence into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, which borders Morocco.

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06 Dec 2016 description

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Dec 6 (Reuters) - At around 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, a large blue fishing boat carrying hundreds of African migrants and their children capsized just off the coast of Egypt.

Some drowned quickly. Others thrashed in the water, yelling for help in Arabic, Somali or Afan Oromo. The few with lifejackets blew whistles that pierced through the shrieks.

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05 Dec 2016 description

ROME, Dec 5 (Reuters) - More than 1,000 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats and 16 bodies were recovered in the past two days, Italy's coastguard said on Monday, adding to the already record number of arrivals this year.

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25 Nov 2016 description

Bulgaria has built a fence along its border with Turkey and has beefed up border controls to deter the migrants

  • More than 400 migrants arrested over camp riot

  • Bulgaria hopes to extradite some back to Afghanistan

  • PM Borisov urges local people to stay calm

By Dimitar Kyosemarliev

25 Nov 2016 description

by Reuters

ATHENS, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Two people were killed and two others were injured after a fire broke out at a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesvos late on Thursday, a police official told Reuters.

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24 Nov 2016 description

Despite decreasing numbers, Bulgarian nationalists call for the immediate closure of all refugee centres in the country

SOFIA, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Migrants clashed with police and set fire to furniture and tires at a refugee camp in Bulgaria's southern town of Harmanli on Thursday, two days after the facility was sealed off following reports alleging outbreaks of disease among residents.

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22 Nov 2016 description

More than 168,000 migrants have reached Italy by boat this year

ROME, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Some 1,400 boat migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe have been rescued so far on Tuesday, Italy's coastguard said, after at least 11 overcrowded boats set out from Libya amid calm seas.

16 Nov 2016 description

"We waited in the water, grabbing hold of whatever floated, but most people drowned, including my little brother. He was 15 years old"

CATANIA, Italy, Nov 15 (Reuters) - More than 240 migrants died or went missing in the Mediterranean this week, humanitarian groups said on Wednesday, as another 580 people were pulled from overcrowded boats.

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15 Nov 2016 description

Around 90 percent of refugees could not speak German when they arrived, a major stumbling block for many employers

By Michelle Martin

BERLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) - When refugees started arriving in Germany in large numbers last summer, many politicians and economists feted them as a solution to a skilled labour shortage, but a survey published on Tuesday shows that only around 1 in 8 have found jobs so far.

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15 Nov 2016 description

In total, about 550 migrants, most of them from West Africa, were pulled to safety in five operations on Monday, the coastguard said

ROME, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Rescuers have rushed to the aid of migrants in the Mediterranean on Tuesday amid poor weather conditions a day after a rubber boat carrying an unknown number of people flipped in heavy seas, Italy's coastguard said.

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10 Nov 2016 description

The test, which uses a mobile phone chip, requires a drop of blood to be placed onto a spot on the USB stick

By Kate Kelland

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain have developed a type of HIV test using a USB stick that can give a fast and highly accurate reading of how much virus is in a patient's blood.

03 Nov 2016 description

A source familiar with the operation to clear the camp said the authorities were having to find 4,000 places

By Cyril Camu and Pascal Rossignol

PARIS/CALAIS, France, Nov 3 (Reuters) - French authorities prepared on Thursday to dismantle a makeshift migrant camp in central Paris, its numbers swelled by refugees from a larger settlement in Calais that was meanwhile shut down for good.

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01 Nov 2016 description

CALAIS, France, Nov 1 (Reuters) - French authorities will on Wednesday begin transferring about 1,500 unaccompanied migrant minors to reception centres across the country, officials said on Tuesday, as a standoff with Britain over who takes care of the youths drags on.

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01 Nov 2016 description

Some 61,000 migrants are still scattered across Greece, including 15,900 in overcrowded island camps that have grown violent as the delays mount

(Refiles with correct Nov 1 dateline)

  • Thousands stranded on islands by EU-Turkey deal

  • Asylum applications rise sharply

  • Red-tape, inefficiency add to delays

By Karolina Tagaris