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Hybrid warfare: weaponised migration – in pictures

Thousands of migrants, most of them from Iraq and Syria, have attempted to cross the EU border since the summer. The development appeared to signal an escalation of a crisis in which the regime of Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko has encouraged migrants to illegally enter the EU, at first through Lithuania and Latvia. The two Baltic states, along with Poland, are accusing Lukashenko of ‘hybrid warfare’ Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Iraq, Eu, World news, Syria, Migration, Poland, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko


‘He’s missing’: anxious wait in Calais camps for news on Channel victims

In northern France, friends and relatives of those who died in the tragic crossing on Wednesday are desperate for answersOn Saturday Gharib Ahmed spent five hours outside the police station in Calais, desperately waiting for news. “It was so cold. There was no answer,” he said. Ahmed was seeking confirmation that his brother-in-law Twana Mamand was one of 27 people who died in the Channel on Wednesday after the flimsy dinghy taking them to the UK sank. “I want to see his body. I have to understa...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Calais, Ahmed, Dunkirk, Gharib Ahmed, Twana Mamand, Twana, Kale Mamand


Channel crossings: who would make such a dangerous journey – and why?

Most of the people who reach the UK after risking their lives in small boats have their claims for asylum approvedLast week’s tragedy in the Channel has reopened the debate on how to stop people making dangerous crossings, with the solutions presented by the government focused on how to police the waters.Less has been said about where those people come from, with most fleeing conflicts and persecution. About two-thirds of people arriving on small boats between January 2020 and May 2021 were from...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Iran, Syria, Migration, Home Office, Refugees, Global development, Eritrea, Sudan


Death in the Channel: ‘My wife and children said they were getting on a boat. I didn’t hear from them again’

The human stories of some of the 27 who died attempting to cross from France to the UKAccording to his friends, Harem Pirot was an excellent swimmer. In the summer of 2019 he and a neighbour Anas Muhammad set off from their home in the Iraqi Kurdistan town of Ranya to nearby Lake Dukan, a popular picnic and boating spot.“Harem was a really good person. He could swim well in deep water,” Anas said yesterday. “Our families knew each other well. A great guy. He was 25.” Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Kurds, Kurdistan, Anas, Lake Dukan, Ranya, Harem Pirot, Anas Muhammad


A safe haven: refugee builders are being helped to a job by one of their own

Hedayat Osyun’s construction company is the kind of social enterprise he would have benefited from when he came to Australia to flee the TalibanDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingWhen a group of fellow refugees asked for help navigating the construction industry because they believed they were being exploited, Hedayat Osyun decided to go one step further. He started his own construction company as a social enterprise, now known as CommUnity Construction, that solely hi...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Taliban, Migration, Refugees, Construction industry, Hedayat Osyun


Priti Patel blames ‘evil’ gangs for Channel crossings but the reality is far more complicated

Analysis: The UK government’s own experts say many journeys are actually organised directly by desperate familiesThe government repeatedly insists that sophisticated criminal networks are driving the Channel crossings by people seeking asylum in Britain. Of all the contested claims advanced by the home secretary on the issue, it remains among the most pervasive.True to form, in the aftermath of Wednesday’s drownings, Priti Patel wasted little time reiterating her determination to “smash the crim...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Migration, Refugees, Priti Patel


‘We will start again’: Afghan female MPs fight on from parliament in exile

From Greece the women are advocating for fellow refugees – and those left behind under Taliban ruleIt is a Saturday morning in November, and Afghan MP Nazifa Yousufi Bek gathers up her notes and prepares to head for the office. But instead of jumping in an armoured car bound for the mahogany-lined parliament in Kabul, her journey is by bus from a Greek hotel to a migrants’ organisation in the centre of Athens. There, taking her place on a folding chair, she inaugurates the Afghan women’s parliam...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Women, European Union, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Afghanistan, Domestic Violence, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Migration, Refugees, Athens, Global development, Kabul


‘We will start again’: Afghan female MPs, now refugees, are still fighting for rights

From a newly-formed parliament-in-exile in Greece, the women are advocating for fellow refugees – and those left behind under Taliban ruleIt is a Saturday morning in November, and Afghan MP Nazifa Yousufi Bek gathers up her notes and prepares to head for the office. But instead of jumping in an armoured car bound for the mahogany-lined parliament in Kabul, her journey is by bus from a Greek hotel to a migrants’ organisation in the centre of Athens. There, taking her place on a folding chair, she...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Women, European Union, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Afghanistan, Domestic Violence, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Migration, Refugees, Athens, Global development, Kabul


Kurdish woman is first victim of Channel tragedy to be named

Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin from northern Iraq was messaging her fiancé when dinghy started sinkingA Kurdish woman from northern Iraq has become the first victim of this week’s mass drowning in the Channel to be named.Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin was messaging her fiancé, who lives in the UK, when the group’s dinghy started deflating on Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Iraq, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin


Macron tells Johnson to ‘get serious’ on Channel crisis after tweeted letter

French president says: ‘We do not communicate on these issues by tweets’ after PM issues five-point plan via TwitterPresident Emmanuel Macron has told Boris Johnson to “get serious” or remain locked out of discussions over how to curb the flow of people escaping war and poverty across the Channel.In a further sign of an escalating diplomatic crisis since the deaths of 27 people on Wednesday, the French leader criticised the UK’s decision to issue a five-point plan via Twitter instead of conducti...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Macron


Blowing the house down: life on the frontline of extreme weather in the Gambia

A storm took the roof off Binta Bah’s house before torrential rain destroyed her family’s belongings, as poverty combines with the climate crisis to wreak havoc on Africa’s smallest mainland country The windstorm arrived in Jalambang late in the evening, when Binta Bah and her family were enjoying the evening cool outside. “But when we first heard the wind, the kids started to run and go in the house,” she says.First they went in one room but the roof – a sheet of corrugated iron fixed only by a...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Poverty, Farming, Migration, Deforestation, Refugees, Global development, Mali, The Gambia, Fishing, Flooding, Burkina Faso, Soil, Sea Level


‘I’ll try to get across’: people camped out in Dunkirk still hope to reach UK

News of Channel deaths has reached camp, but many still plan to pay people smugglers huge amounts in hope of a better lifeEverybody at the camp on the outskirts of Dunkirk, little more than a scrappy collection of tents with no toilets or running water, has heard about the 27 people who drowned on Wednesday.Everybody knows the risks. But everybody says they still have the same plan, to try to get on a boat to the UK, because they do not believe that death will come to them – and because of their...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Dunkirk, News of Channel


UK ministers urged to ‘stop playing politics’ over Channel crossings

Aid groups say more deaths are likely and Britain must allow safe routes for asylum seekers More lives will be lost in the Channel unless urgent action is taken to stop “playing politics with people’s lives”, ministers have been warned as desperate refugees vowed to keep attempting the perilous journey.The grim prediction came as investigators tried to identify the bodies of at least 27 people, including a pregnant woman and three children and thought to be predominantly Kurds from Iraq, who dro...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Iraq, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Home Office, Refugees, Boris Johnson, Priti Patel


French coastguard's mayday call after boat capsized – audio

The French coastguard mayday call emerged on Thursday after 27 people drowned trying to cross the Channel. All ships were alerted in the area about "approximately" 15 people being overboard and to report information to Gris-Nez emergency officials.An emergency search began at about 2pm on Wednesday when a fishing boat sounded the alarm after spotting several people at sea off the coast of France. The cause of the accident has not been formally established but the boat used was inflatable and whe...
Tags: France, UK News, Migration, Priti Patel


Shock and pity mix along UK coast where Channel tragedy played out

Community reacts to the drowning of 27 people amid sense of resignation that nothing may changeA UK Border Force perimeter at Dover Marina prevented closer contact with the few dozen men and women waiting late on Thursday morning on a red doubledecker bus marked “private” – yet exhaustion was clearly etched on each one’s face.It was unclear if the latest arrivals, who were on boats picked up by a Border Force cutter and a lifeboat in the Channel at 5am had embarked from France knowing 27 people ...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Kent, Border Force, UK Border Force, Dover Marina


Shock and pity mix along coast where Channel tragedy played out

Local community reacts to the drowning of 27 people amid sense of resignation that nothing will changeA UK Border Force perimeter at Dover Marina prevented closer contact with the few dozen men and women waiting late on Thursday morning on a red double decker bus marked “private” – yet exhaustion was clearly etched on each one’s face.It was unclear if the latest arrivals, who were on boats picked up by a Border Force cutter and a lifeboat in the Channel at 5am had embarked from France knowing 27...
Tags: Europe, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Kent, Border Force, UK Border Force, Dover Marina


Priti Patel says UK will cooperate with France to stop refugees crossing the Channel – video

The home secretary said it was up to France to stop refugees crossing the Channel in small boats, after 27 people, mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, drowned trying to reach the UK in an inflatable boat.Making a statement to MPs, Patel said that while there was no rapid solution to the issue of people seeking to make the crossing, she had reiterated a UK offer to send more police to France.Patel told the Commons she had just spoken to her French counterpart, Gérald Darmanin, after the disaster in w...
Tags: UK, France, Iraq, UK News, World news, Iran, Migration, Refugees, Channel Continue, Patel, Priti Patel, Gérald Darmanin


Pregnant woman and three children among 27 drowned in Channel

Victims mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, say French authorities, as criminal investigation begins27 people drown after refugee boat capsizes in Channel – latestFrance warns UK not to use Channel tragedy for ‘political purposes’At least one pregnant woman and three children were among the 27 people, mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat, French authorities have said.Two male survivors, an Iraqi and a Somali, were being treated for exhaustion ...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Iraq, UK News, World news, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Lille, Calais


Priti Patel says it is up to France to stop refugees crossing Channel

Home secretary reiterates offer to send more police to France after 27 people drown trying to reach UKIt is up to France to stop refugees crossing the Channel in small boats, Priti Patel has said after 27 people, mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, drowned trying to reach the UK in an inflatable boat.Making a statement to MPs, the home secretary said that while there was no rapid solution to the issue of people seeking to make the crossing, she had reiterated a UK offer to send more police to France...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Iraq, UK News, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Migration, Home Office, Refugees, Priti Patel


Priti Patel faces three legal challenges over refugee pushback plans

Charities say home secretary’s policy for small boats in Channel is unlawful under rights and maritime laws27 people drown after refugee boat capsizes in Channel – latestPriti Patel is facing three legal challenges over her controversial plans to push back refugees on small boats in the Channel who are trying to reach the UK.Several charities including Care4Calais and Channel Rescue are involved in two linked challenges arguing that Patel’s plans are unlawful under human rights and maritime laws...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Migration, Refugees, Patel, Priti Patel, Channel Rescue


Pregnant women and three children among 27 drowned in Channel

Victims mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, say French authorities, as criminal investigation begins27 people drown after refugee boat capsizes in Channel – latestFrance warns UK not to use Channel tragedy for ‘political purposes’Pregnant women and three children were among the 27 people, mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat, French authorities have said.Two male survivors, an Iraqi and a Somali, were being treated for exhaustion and hypotherm...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Iraq, UK News, World news, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Lille, Calais


Drowned people were mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, says France

Two male survivors are being treated for exhaustion and hypothermia in Calais hospital27 people drown after refugee boat capsizes in Channel – latestFrance warns UK not to use Channel tragedy for ‘political purposes’Most of the 27 people, including pregnant women and three children, who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat were Kurds from Iraq or Iran, French authorities have said.Authorities said two male survivors, an Iraqi and a Somali, were being treated for exhaustion a...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Iraq, UK News, World news, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Lille, Calais


Channel drownings: UK and France trade accusations after tragedy at sea

Boris Johnson renews calls for France to agree to joint patrols along its coast, while Emmanuel Macron urges UK not to politicise the flow of migrantsBritish and French leaders have traded accusations after at least 27 people died trying to cross the Channel in the deadliest incident since the current migration crisis began.In a phone call with Boris Johnson on Wednesday night, French president Emmanuel Macron stressed “the shared responsibility” of France and the UK, and told Johnson he expecte...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Elysee


Tragedy at sea claims dozens of lives in deadliest day of Channel crisis

Two survivors in intensive care as four are arrested after deaths in boat described as like ‘a pool you blow up in your garden’Dozens of people including a young girl have died trying to cross the Channel to the UK in an inflatable dinghy, officials say, in what is the deadliest incident since the current crisis began.Two survivors are in intensive care while police have arrested four people suspected of being linked to the drownings. The International Organisation for Migration said it was the ...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, International Organisation for Migration


Dinghy deaths tragedy brings home our hostility to the world’s desperate

Closing off all safer options forces abject refugees to approach our shores by the most perilous meansAt least 31 people drown after dinghy capsizes in ChannelThe sheer terror of crossing the busy, dark and freezing cold Channel between France and the UK in a flimsy, unseaworthy boat was best described by 12-year-old Mohammad, who made the journey with his mother and eight-year-old sister in June after fleeing Afghanistan before the Taliban takeover. “It was like a horror movie,” he said. And th...
Tags: UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Afghanistan, Taliban, Migration, Refugees, Mohammad


Tragedy at sea claims 31 lives in deadliest day of Channel crisis

Two survivors in intensive care as four are arrested after deaths in boat described as like ‘a pool you blow up in your garden’At least 31 people including five women and a young girl have died trying to cross the Channel to the UK in an inflatable dinghy, officials say, in what is the deadliest incident since the current crisis began.Two survivors are in intensive care while police have arrested four people suspected of being linked to the drownings. The International Organisation for Migration...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, International Organisation for Migration


Several people dead after migrant boat capsizes in Channel

Reports of at least five deaths after French interior minister confirms sinking of vessel in ChannelSeveral people have died after a migrant boat capsized in the Channel, the French interior minister has said.The AFP news agency reported five deaths as Gérald Darmanin confirmed on Twitter that a boat had sunk in the Channel with several dead. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Afp, Gérald Darmanin, Channel the French interior


France has bought more vehicles to prevent people crossing Channel to UK

Interior ministry says they spent a further £9m on vehicles equipped with monitoring equipmentThe French government has bought another 100 vehicles to help stop people from travelling by small boats to England across the Channel as part of a deal with the UK government, it has been announced.Amid a deepening political row in parliament over the growing number of people taking the hazardous route, the interior ministry in Paris said on Tuesday that it had spent a further £9m on quad bikes, 4X4s, ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, France, Scotland, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Paris, Home Office, Local Government, Interior Ministry, Priti Patel


EU threatens to blacklist airlines linked to border influx

Draft law proposes sanctions whether or not involvement in attempts at destabilisation is intentionalThe EU has published a draft law that would blacklist airlines and travel operators that fly people to countries on its borders as part of attempts to destabilise the bloc, in its latest response to the crisis at the Poland-Belarus border.The proposal does not specifically mention Belarus, whose authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, is accused of engineering the arrival of thousands of peop...
Tags: Europe, Eu, European Union, World news, Migration, Refugees, Poland, European Commission, Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko



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