ENGLISH CHANNEL CROSSINGS BY MIGRANTS REACHES NEW DAILY RECORD

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On Thursday 11 November, the number of migrants crossing the English Channel to enter the UK reached a new daily record of 1,185 migrants. Lifeboat crews and Border Force boats spent many hours throughout the day and evening rescuing or intercepting boats and processing the arrivals, including children, on shore. Three people reported missing by…

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17 NOVEMBER ’21 | PRAY FOR POLAND & BELARUS

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Dear prayer partners, On Wednesday 10 November, Polish border guards recorded at least 468 failed attempts by migrants to breach Poland’s frontier. Poland deployed additional troops to strengthen the border and to prevent refugees from crossing over. Small numbers of people that breached the fence have been detained and others were sent back to Belarus….

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MIGRANT CARAVAN HEADS NORTH DESPITE OPPOSITION AND SICKNESS

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On 1 November, one of the more than 2,000 undocumented migrants making their way northward from southern Mexico was fatally shot. The victim was about 20 km ahead of the main caravan comprising migrants from Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, and other Latin American countries and includes pregnant women, children, and disabled people. A representative of the…

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RIGHTS GROUP REPRIMANDS GREECE OVER PROPOSED MIGRANT RESCUE CRACKDOWN

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By Donnelly McCleland Europe’s top human rights body on Friday [3 September] called on Greece’s parliament to withdraw articles included in draft legislation that would impose heavy penalties on nongovernmental organisations that carry out unsanctioned rescue operations of migrants at sea. The Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, Dunja Mijatovic, said in a statement that…

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8 SEPTEMBER ’21 | PRAY FOR THE TAJIKISTAN

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Dear prayer partners, On 30 August, Tajikistan’s President, Emomali Rahmon, proposed a bill on mass amnesty which will affect more than 16,000 people to mark the 30th anniversary of Tajikistan’s Independence on 9 September. The proposed bill states that more than 9,500 convicts would be released from penitentiaries of different security levels and that probes…

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COLOMBIA AND PANAMA PLEDGE A COORDINATED EFFORT TO ADDRESS MIGRANT CRISIS

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The foreign ministers of Columbia and Panama met to discuss joint efforts to process, organise, and protect the thousands of Panama-bound migrants stuck for prolonged periods in northern Columbia. After lifting COVID-19-related border closures in May 2021, the Necoclí region in Colombia’s Antioquia province was overwhelmed by an influx of migrants, mostly from Haiti (75%…

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EU-TURKEY STANDOFF AS GREECE BLOCKS REFUGEES

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Thousands of migrants and refugees are caught between the borders of Turkey and Greece after Turkish president Recep Tayipp Erdogan announced last week that the path to Europe was open. However, the Greek border is lined with barbed wire and riot police armed with tear gas. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece will not…

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SOUTH AFRICANS AND OTHERS TAKE STOCK AMID VIOLENCE

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6 SEPTEMBER 2019 (SOURCE: VOA) – South Africa has begun assessing the toll of the week’s anti-immigrant violence, which, according to authorities, has claimed 10 lives, injured scores more, incited fear, hobbled business activity, and strained relations with other African countries. In a televised address Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa denounced the attacks that began Sunday,…

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MIGRANT CHALLENGES AROUND THE WORLD STILL A CRITICAL ISSUE

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By Donnelly McCleland Pope Francis has prayed for migrants in a special Mass, saying they are people and not just a social issue. The Mass, celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica on Monday [8 July], marked the sixth anniversary of the pope’s visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa on 8 July 2013. Francis had been…

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WORRIES MOUNT OVER HUMAN COST OF US SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA

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8 JULY 2019 (SOURCE: FINANCIAL TIMES) – As the refugee exodus from once-wealthy Venezuela accelerates, concerns are mounting over the extent to which US economic sanctions are exacerbating the suffering of a population already beset by shortages of food, medicine and fuel. Punitive US measures have included cutting off Venezuela’s access to most of the US financial system, freezing the assets of…

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