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Activists Redecorate Columbus Statue

Barcelona statue gets a life jacket protesting plight of migrants, as ship carrying 60 more docks

(Newser) - Activists in Barcelona have dressed a statue of 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus in an orange life-vest to draw attention to the loss of migrant and refugee lives in the Mediterranean Sea, reports the AP . Two volunteer firefighters on Wednesday climbed the 197-foot monument towering above the northeastern Spanish city and... More »

Walk or Die: Algeria Shoved 13K Migrants Into Sahara

Mass expulsions pick up in last 14 months; 'there were people who couldn't take it,' says survivor

(Newser) - Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the Sahara Desert over the past 14 months, including pregnant women and children, expelling them without food or water and forcing them to walk, at times at gunpoint, under blistering temperatures of up to 118 degrees. In Niger, where the majority... More »

Arguments Erupt Over Immigration at the White House

Customs and Border Protection chief faces off against Justice officials

(Newser) - The White House has seen arguments erupt since President Trump signed an executive order to keep migrant families together at the US border, the New York Times reports. Sources say the quarrels began Thursday night and resumed Friday when Kevin McAleenan, who heads Customs and Border Protection, asked how his... More »

Maddow Apologizes for Losing It Over Migrant Kids

'Not the way I intended that to go'

(Newser) - "Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border to at least three 'tender age' shelters in South Texas," reads the first line of an AP story that proved too much for Rachel Maddow on Tuesday.... More »

Spain: We'll Take Migrants From Ship 2 Countries Rejected

But it's not clear the ship can make the journey

(Newser) - Spain has come to the aid of a ship that was left drifting with no destination after both Italy and Malta refused to take the migrants it's carrying. The Aquarius rescued the 629 migrants, who include 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 other children, and seven pregnant women among them, from... More »

UN to US: Stop Separating Migrant Children From Parents

An estimated 550 children are currently in custody at US-Mexico border

(Newser) - The UN Human Rights Office has urged the White House to halt its zero-tolerance policy of separating parents from their children at the US-Mexico border, reports Newsweek . The practice has caused asylum-seekers and others in vulnerable situations to be “subjected to criminal prosecution and having their children—including extremely... More »

Family Grieves as Border Patrol Changes Shooting Account

Claudia Patricia Gómez González was only 19

(Newser) - The Guatemalan family of a young woman killed by a Border Patrol agent says they want justice—but the events leading to her death aren't totally clear, NBC News reports. "Why did they do this to her?" the mother of Claudia Patricia Gómez González, 19, tells... More »

African Migrants Nearly Make It Across Atlantic to Brazil

The boat with the migrants was adrift for weeks when fishermen found it Saturday

(Newser) - About two dozen African migrants were brought ashore in northeastern Brazil after being rescued at sea by fishermen, Brazilian authorities said Sunday. Per the AP, the government of Maranhao state said that 25 people from Senegal, Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde along with two Brazilians landed Saturday. The... More »

Caravan at Border Must Prove 'Credible Fear'

About 200 migrants will make plea for asylum, a process that can take months or longer

(Newser) - The caravan of migrants that has drawn the attention of President Trump is much smaller than it used to be, but an estimated 150 to 200 Central Americans are now at the US-Mexico border hoping to gain entry into America. US border officials have slowed things down at least temporarily... More »

Migrants Arrive at US Border in Mass Bid for Asylum

The caravan hundreds strong gathered in Tijuana Sunday

(Newser) - Hundreds of Central American migrants arrived at the US border Sunday for a rally, to be followed by a planned mass attempt to apply for asylum, in a direct challenge to the Trump administration. The migrants, many traveling with children, left a downtown Tijuana shelter where they had been staying.... More »

Report: Border Patrol Destroys Aid Left for Migrants in Desert

Food, water drops sabotaged in Arizona

(Newser) - Two groups dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to migrants trying to cross the Arizona desert says their efforts are being systematically sabotaged by Border Patrol agents. In a report released this week, No More Deaths and La Coalicion de Derechos Humanos say the agents pour out gallons of water left... More »

Pope's New Year's Message: Dump Life's 'Useless Baggage'

Francis also told congregants: 'Do not extinguish' hopes of migrants, refugees

(Newser) - Jan. 1 isn't just New Year's Day for the Roman Catholic Church. It's also the World Day of Peace , and Pope Francis used the occasion Monday to remind 40,000 congregants at St. Peter's Square about the plight of one of the world's "weakest... More »

List of 33,293 Names Details Decades of Tragedy

Newspaper publishes name of every migrant who has perished trying to get to Europe since '93

(Newser) - A German newspaper has published a list of 33,293 people it says died while trying to immigrate to Europe between 1993 and May of this year. The list, published by daily Der Tagesspiegel on Thursday, covered 46 pages and included names, ages, and countries of origin, when available, as... More »

26 Bodies Found Floating in Sea. All Were Teen Girls

Their remains were brought ashore in Salerno, Italy

(Newser) - They were mostly between the ages of 14 and 18, and 26 of them are now dead. CNN reports on the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea and describes an appalling scene: teenage girls' bodies floating lifelessly beside a nearly submerged rubber dinghy that survivors tried to cling to. The... More »

Smuggler 'Deliberately Drowns' Up to 50 Migrants Near Yemen

UN says 29 shallow graves have been found so far

(Newser) - Up to 50 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia were "deliberately drowned" when a smuggler forced them into the sea off Yemen's coast, the UN migration agency said Wednesday, calling the drownings "shocking and inhumane." International Organization for Migration staffers found the shallow graves of 29 of... More »

Scores of Bodies Wash Ashore in Libya

Libyan Red Crescent recovered the migrants' bodies Tuesday

(Newser) - Scores of bodies of African migrants washed ashore in Libya, in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent says. The drownings—at least 74 bodies were found in Zawiya—are the latest tragedy at sea after migrant deaths rose to record... More »

10 Numbers That Sum Up 2016

From 7 new stars to 7.1K migrant deaths

(Newser) - Whether or not you believe 2016 was cursed, you have to admit it was an eventful year, dominated by the US election, global conflicts, and a refugee crisis. CNN takes a look at some of the numbers that best encapsulate those events and the year in general: More »

UN: Survivors Report 240 Dead in 2 Mediterranean Shipwrecks

More than 4,200 migrants have died in the Mediterranean this year

(Newser) - Survivors say as many as 240 people have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, a UN refugee agency reported Thursday, bringing this year's toll to more than 4,220 migrants dead or missing in risky Mediterranean Sea crossings, the highest count on record. A spokesperson for UNHCR says 31... More »

90 Feared Dead in Disaster Off Libya

Migrants' boat fell apart in international waters

(Newser) - The Libyan navy says at least 90 migrants are believed to have perished Thursday when their rickety boat started to fall apart in the Mediterranean Sea after leaving the Libyan coast. The boat, which was made of rubber, tore and began filling with water about 26 miles off the Libyan... More »

End of the 'Jungle': Migrant Camp Coming Down in France

Thousands of refugees near Calais being bused out to temporary centers

(Newser) - A camp that has come to symbolize Europe's struggle to handle an ever-growing wave of migrants is being emptied and dismantled near Calais, France. Nicknamed the "Jungle," the camp has been home to somewhere between 7,000 and 10,000 people, and a mass evacuation got started... More »

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