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‘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


‘Shocking’ that UK is moving child refugees into hotels

Children’s Society criticises practice of placing unaccompanied minors in hotels with limited careRecord numbers of unaccompanied child asylum seekers who arrived in the UK on small boats are being accommodated in four hotels along England’s south coast, a situation that the Children’s Society has described as “shocking”.About 250 unaccompanied children who arrived in small boats are thought to be accommodated in hotels, which Ofsted said was an unacceptable practice. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Children, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Ofsted, Kent, Children 's Society


France and Britain cannot allow the diplomatic disaster over refugees to go on | Damian Green

To solve the crisis in the Channel, both countries must work together. Lives are being lostIt is a sad law of politics that just because a problem exists, it doesn’t mean a solution exists. In the Home Office, this law is more prevalent than anywhere else. The tragedy of 27 deaths in the English Channel last week illustrates horribly how true this is.Some of my colleagues on the Conservative backbenches agree with the section of the public that believes the government is not being, in some undef...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Home Office, Refugees, Damian Green


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


Asylum in the UK: the key numbers

So often in debates about asylum, statistics are used out of context to back up a politically motivated point, or as fuel in the government’s culture war against asylum seekers. Here are the key statistics about the UK’s asylum system in context13,210. The number of people the UK granted protection to via asylum or resettlement routes in the year to September 2021 This is significantly lower than before the pandemic hit in March 2020.64%. The proportion of initial asylum applications that were s...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Germany, Eu, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Refugees


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


I crossed the Channel in a small boat. This is what it's like – video

Ali, 28, left his home in Iran to escape religious persecution. After being denied asylum in France, he made the decision to cross the Channel in a dinghy. He told the Guardian's Today in Focus podcast about his experience making the perilous crossing twice, in search of a better life‘I come, or I die’: fatalistic refugees say Channel crossing their only option‘I’ll try to get across’: people camped out in Dunkirk still hope to reach UKToday in Focus: A tragedy in the Channel – listen Continue r...
Tags: France, UK News, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Refugees, Ali, Dunkirk


‘He didn’t come back’: the grim camps from where refugees set off for UK

In transient tent towns near Dunkirk people disappear and no one knows if they made it safely across the Channel For four days this week Karwan Tahir shared a tent in the woods around Dunkirk with a young man named Karim. In the early hours of Wednesday morning Karim set off for the UK – a journey in darkness to the nearby beach, and from there into the vast and uncertain Channel in a flimsy dinghy.“I don’t know if he made it or if he drowned,” Tahir said on Friday, showing off the living space ...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Refugees, Kurdistan, Dunkirk, Karim, Tahir, Karwan Tahir


‘I come, or I die’: fatalistic refugees say Channel crossing their only option

Young people who have made the dangerous journey tell why they have risked all to reach the UKChannel crossings – latest news liveIn the early hours of Thursday morning, a group of newly arrived refugees huddled together on the coast of Dover. The smugglers had not halted their trade in moving people across the Channel and, just hours after 27 people died on the perilous journey, they were back at work.There is little evidence that the latest loss of life will deter others from making the danger...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Refugees, Young People


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


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


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


Return to the refugee camp: Malawi orders thousands back to ‘congested’ Dzaleka

People who’ve integrated into society are expected to return to the country’s oldest refugee camp, as cost of living and anti-refugee sentiment risesDzaleka, Malawi’s first refugee camp, is about 25 miles north of the capital Lilongwe. Built 25 years ago in response to a surge of people fleeing genocide and wars in Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it was then home to between 10,000 and 14,000 refugees. But the camp now houses more than 48,000 people from east and souther...
Tags: Africa, World news, Refugees, Global development, Un, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Malawi, UNHCR, Burundi, Rwanda, Lilongwe, Burundi Rwanda, Dzaleka


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


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


Aid workers say Mediterranean a ‘liquid graveyard’ after 75 feared dead off Libya

People smugglers are putting hundreds to sea this autumn despite stormy weatherMore than 75 people are feared dead after their boat capsized in stormy seas off the coast of Libya while attempting to reach Europe in one of the deadliest shipwrecks this year, according to the UN.Fifteen survivors were rescued by local fishers and brought to the port of Zuwara in north-western Libya. They said there were about 92 people onboard the vessel when the incident took place on 17 November. Most of those w...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Refugees, Libya, Mediterranean, Zuwara, Saharan Africa Continue, UN Fifteen



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