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Pope’s visit to France stirs debate over immigration, secularism

Pope Francis meets people on the day of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, on 13th September, 2023

Paris, FranceReuters Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to France next week has stirred debate in the French political class, with left-wing politicians criticising the president for attending Mass while the far-right objects to the Pope’s positive views on immigration. Francis will travel to Marseille, France’s second city and a historic gateway for immigrants, where he is expected […]

Dutch PM Rutte meets King to discuss caretaker government

Dutch Prime Minister Rutte arrives at the Huis ten Bosch Palace to meet with Dutch King Willem-Alexander in The Hague, Netherlands, on 8th July, 2023.

The Hague, The NetherlandsReuters Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with King Willem-Alexander on Saturday to discuss a caretaker administration, the day after his centre-right government collapsed following a dispute over migration policies. Rutte declined to comment on the hour and a half-long talks after he left the palace in The Hague.  “These are confidential […]

EU lawmakers demand obligatory hosting of migrants under looming overhaul

Rescued migrants look out to sea on the Geo Barents rescue ship, operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres, as the ship makes its way to the Italian port of Bari, in the central Mediterranean Sea on 25th March, 2023.

Brussels, BelgiumReuters European Union lawmakers voted on Thursday to require member countries to host some of the refugees and migrants coming to the bloc at times of high arrivals, part of a fiercely contested reform due ahead of a 2024 pan-European election. Rescued migrants look out to sea on the Geo Barents rescue ship, operated […]

Haitians in the US feel pressure to sponsor friends, family back home

US Mexico border Rio Grande Haitian migrants

Reuters Haitians in the United States are facing enormous pressure to help family and friends under a US migration program announced last month that may help some people escape Haiti’s escalating violence but is also putting strain on the nation’s diaspora. Giubert St Fort, a South Florida resident from Haiti said he was inundated with […]

What is the US ‘Title 42’ immigration policy and why is it expanding?

US Texas El Paso border wall

Washington DC/New York, US Reuters The United States announced on Thursday it will extend COVID-19 pandemic-era restrictions, known as Title 42, to expel migrants from Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti caught crossing the US-Mexico border back to Mexico, a move would block more nationalities from seeking asylum in the United States.  At the same time, the […]