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Fortress Europe – Where will the migration flashpoints be in 2024?

Migrants, intercepted off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea, wait to disembark from a rescue boat at the port of Malaga, southern Spain, on 3rd January, 2019

Brussels, Belgium/London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation  As governments across Europe pursue policies aimed at deterring growing migration from Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries, rights campaigners say some measures could shut out or even criminalise refugees. With polls pointing to a swing to the far-right in June’s European parliament elections, and migration dominating debate ahead of Britain’s 2024 general election, […]

Australia signs climate, migration and security pact with Pacific’s Tuvalu

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Friday signed a bilateral agreement with Tuvalu, aimed at countering China’s influence in the Pacific and protecting the tiny island nation from climate change.  The agreement, which Albanese said made Australia Tuvalu’s “partner of choice”, covers climate change, security and human mobility. “The Australia-Tuvalu Falepili union will […]

King Charles III hosts reception to mark 75th anniversary of ‘Windrush’ arrivals

Britain's King Charles III speaks with a guest during a reception to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush, at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain, on 14th June, 2023.

London, UKReuters King Charles III held a reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the start of the arrival of the ‘Windrush generation’ of post-war migrants to Britain from the Caribbean. The Empire Windrush ship docked in London in June 1948, bringing the first of hundreds of thousands of people […]

Europe could see record numbers trying to reach its borders this year, agency says

Tunisian coast guards try to stop migrants at sea during their attempt to cross to Italy, off the coast off Sfax, Tunisia, on 27th April, 2023.

Warsaw, PolandReuters The European Union could see another record number of people seeking to reach its borders this year via irregular crossings, with more migrants driven by poverty and climate change rather than conflict, the EU’s Frontex border agency said on Friday. Frontex reported some 330,000 unauthorised arrivals via all routes last year, the highest […]

Italy’s migrant rescue ship decree should be scrapped – Catholic bishop

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Rome, Italy Reuters Italy’s new anti-immigration decree that aims to curtail NGO rescue ships should be scrapped as it violates international law, a top Catholic bishop said, in an unusually blunt attack against Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing government. The decree, which was introduced in December, forces charity-run ships to request a port and sail to it […]

Venezuela’s working-class communities get together to eat Christmas ‘hallacas’

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Caracas, Venezuela Reuters Residents in working-class neighbourhoods of Venezuela’s capital city of Caracas are coming together to break bread over “hallacas”, a dish commonly served around Christmas, as part of an initiative to unite communities depleted by migration. Hallacas, a type of tamale filled with ingredients such as beef, chicken, olives and capers and wrapped […]