Category: Middle East


French and Dutch authorities arrest 23 suspected smugglers

In a joint operation conducted by French and Dutch authorities with Eurojust coordination, 23 persons have been arrested on...
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Over 100 migrants intercepted in the English Channel in just four days

Border patrols found over 100 migrants attempting to cross the dangerous shipping lanes of the English Channel between 21 and 24...
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Greece opens migration ministry to curb irregular migration

In response to the rising number of migrant arrivals from neighbouring Turkey, the Greek government is setting up a Ministry for...
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“I constantly felt like a guest with no hope,” says Aso, a Kurdish returnee

Aso, a 29-year-old from Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, migrated irregularly through seven countries to reach Germany where he...
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Eight children among 23 migrants who drowned in Greek and Turkish waters

In two separate incidents, 23 migrants, including eight children, drowned when their boats sank off the coasts of Turkey and...
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Migrant crossings from Turkey to EU doubled in 2019

In 2019, more than 70,000 migrants have crossed from Turkey into EU countries, while 445,000 were allegedly intercepted and held...
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Nearly 10,000 Iraqi migrants returned home voluntarily in 2019

Nearly 10,000 Iraqi migrants and refugees have chosen to voluntarily return home from EU countries this year, according to The...
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“Not enough food, bathrooms, or healthcare services,” says Ramin, an Afghan returnee

Ramin*, 22, is one of the many Afghans who have been returned home this year after attempting to migrate irregularly to Europe....
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Thirteen members of Italo-Greek smuggling group have been arrested in Italy

Thirteen members of an international criminal group which smuggled migrants from Greece to Italy were recently arrested,...
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