French court acquits researcher who helped illegal migrants find shelter

French court acquits researcher who helped illegal migrants find shelter

A Nice court acquitted a Frenchman caught giving a lift to three illegal migrants in the latest case to highlight the actions of citizens in the now famous “rebel valley”, who claim it is their civic duty to help those in need. Prosecutors had requested a six-month suspended jail term for the 45-year-old university researcher, […]

Brexit, migrants on table as EU leaders gather for ‘minefield’ summit

Brexit, migrants on table as EU leaders gather for ‘minefield’ summit

Leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on Thursday for a summit fraught with so many disputes Brexit could prove to be the least divisive. After a day of talks on migrants, Turkey, Russia, defence in the era of Donald Trump and the euro zone economy in the age of austerity, leaders will see […]

French police clear thousands of migrants living rough on streets of Paris

French police clear thousands of migrants living rough on streets of Paris

French police on Friday evacuated several thousand migrants from a makeshift camp in northeastern Paris, just over one week after thousands were moved from a larger camp in Calais. Officers backed by riot police converged early Friday on the streets around the Stalingrad subway station, where migrants and refugees had been living rough. A total […]

Hundreds of migrants die in two shipwrecks off Libya

Hundreds of migrants die in two shipwrecks off Libya

At least 239 migrants, believed to be from West Africa, have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, a spokesman for the United Nations migration agency, said on Thursday. One group of migrants, including about 20 women and six children, set off in a rubber dinghy from Libya around 3 am on Wednesday, but their boat […]

Wear a veil or be French: Hollande shocks with views on Muslims and migrants

Wear a veil or be French: Hollande shocks with views on Muslims and migrants

The French president’s candid remarks on the sensitive issue of Islam, part of a wide-ranging collection of interviews that also touch on his troubled private life, have triggered a frenzy on both sides of the political divide. A 672-page doorstopper of a book, “A President Should Not Say That” is the result of a staggering […]

Italy leads rescue of more than 6,000 migrants off Libyan coast

Italy leads rescue of more than 6,000 migrants off Libyan coast

Italy’s coastguard said nine corpses were recovered in operations in which 6,055 people were rescued off Libya Monday, three years to the day after 366 people died in the sinking that first alerted the world to the Mediterranean migrant crisis. In a poignant reminder of the ongoing drama being played out on Europe ‘s southern […]

Migrants flee burning camp on Greek island of Lesbos

Migrants flee burning camp on Greek island of Lesbos

Thousands of asylum seekers were forced to flee to safety Monday when their camp on the Greek island of Lesbos was badly damaged in a fire apparently started on purpose after a scuffle between migrants. No casualties were reported but tents at the Moria camp were “almost entirely destroyed” and containers that provide additional accommodation […]

Work on Calais wall to shut out migrants to start this month

Work on Calais wall to shut out migrants to start this month

Work on building a wall along the approach road to the French port of Calais to try to stop migrants from jumping aboard trucks bound for Britain will begin this month, British officials said Wednesday. UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill told lawmakers that security was being stepped up in Calais, home to the “Jungle” camp, […]

Around 6,500 migrants saved off Libyan coast

Around 6,500 migrants saved off Libyan coast

Italian naval ships and vessels from aid organizations on Monday rescued up to 6,500 Europe-bound migrants off the coast of Libya, according to Italy’s coastguard. The mass rescue in the Mediterranean comes amid the latest surge in migrants who are desperately attempting to flee poverty, political repression and war in their home countries. Nearly 4,000 […]

Europe starts to crack on migrants: French say Britain COULD have trade deal and control its borders in a major boost for hopes of a smooth exit from the EU

Europe starts to crack on migrants: French say Britain COULD have trade deal and control its borders in a major boost for hopes of a smooth exit from the EU

France last night signalled the EU could strike a deal with Britain on immigration. In a major boost for hopes of a smooth exit for the UK, finance minister Michel Sapin said there would be no ‘red lines’ in talks over the single market. His declaration of flexibility was backed by Finland’s deputy PM. The […]