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Death in the Mediterranean

  • March 29, 2012
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The Guardian reports today on the Council of Europe’s nine-month investigation into the terrible incident which took place in May last year, when 72 African migrants sail left Tripoli harbour in a packed dinghy en route for Europe.   The boat’s engine cut out and it spent two weeks adrift, even though its passengers made numerous emergency calls by mobile phone and a distress signal was sent out by the  Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome  .

By the time it was rescued, all but nine passengers had died of starvation, exposure or...

UKBA: protecting our borders once again

  • March 26, 2012
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This Wednesday at 00.10 hours, a chartered deportation flight of refused Afghan asylum seekers is due to fly from London to Kabul, escorted by guards from the private security firm Reliance Secure Task Management, which took over responsibility for escorting such flights in May last year, following the death of the Angolan asylum seeker Jimmy...

Migrants in Calais (Part 2)

  • March 25, 2012
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CALAIS, France, Mar 25, 2012 (IPS) – It”s 10 am on Saturday morning and a group of migrants is clustered round the entrance to the Migrant Clothes Association in the Calais city centre, eating breakfast provided by the association. Inside, the warehouse is stacked with blankets, tents, trainers and clothes. Some of these will be...

Migrants In Calais (Part 1)

  • March 23, 2012
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CALAIS, France, Mar 22, 2012 (IPS) – It”s more than two years since French police demolished the migrant squatter camp in Calais known as the Jungle in September 2009. At the time the widely-publicised demolition was hailed by the French and British authorities as a major blow to the smugglers or passeurs who facilitated illegal...

Stateless in Calais

  • March 18, 2012
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I’m in Calais at the moment, doing some articles for IPS news about the current situation regarding migrants in the city in view of the upcoming French elections.  It’s my third visit to the city in just over two years, and I never cease to be amazed at the brutal inhumanity of the exclusionary...

Trapping Somalis at the gates of Europe

  • February 03, 2012
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The intrepid William Hague  has been visiting Mogadishu  in preparation for the international conference on Somalia to be held in London later this month.  In the same week in which our helmeted foreign secretary ventured into what he called the world’s ‘most failed state’,  Amnesty International reported that riot police entered the Migrant...

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