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31 Oct 2017 description

New, nationwide effort aims to match each "unaccompanied foreign minor" with an Italian citizen who volunteers his or her support

By Vera Haller

PALERMO, Italy, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The 16-year-old Bangladeshi boy and the retired Italian social worker made an unlikely pair as they strolled though a Palermo park.

Sharing no common language, the teenager, named Sobuj, and 65-year-old Christiane Frost used Google Translate on her smartphone to figure out what the other was saying.

10 Aug 2017 description

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African migrants are seeking a cheaper and easier path to Europe with a rising number setting sail for Spain from Morocco using toy dinghies and jetskis, migration experts said on Thursday.

The voyage from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy remains the most popular route - 95,000 migrants have set sail this year - yet numbers are down compared with 2016, while sea arrivals to Spain from Morocco have more than doubled.

20 Jun 2017 description

"We can't change their lives ... but we work so that they take charge of their lives and see themselves as something other than victims"

By Sophie Davies

BARCELONA, June 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Dominican migrant Angel Méndez moved to Barcelona two years ago and couldn't find a job, his future looked bleak.

The 19-year-old ended up living in a flat on the outskirts of the city and "doing nothing" for a year, he said. But his fortunes have changed dramatically.