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Private plane pilot charged for flying illegal immigrants into the United Kingdom

A pilot has been charged for flying illegal immigrants into the UK in a light aircraft. A 52-year-old-man was detained by the National Crime Agency (NCA) at Deenethorpe Airfield near Corby, Northamptonshire. He had flown a twin-engine plane from Belgium. Four Albanian nationals were found in a taxi in Corby having just left the airfield […]

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12 migrants found frozen to death, sparking row between Turkey and Greece

Twelve migrants were found dead in a small Turkish town near the border with Greece, officials said on Wednesday, a week after a rare winter storm blanketed both countries in snow. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the dozen migrants froze to death in Ipsala, a border town often used by migrants seeking to enter […]

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U.S. Coast Guard intercept 191 Haitians aboard overloaded sailing vessel heading towards Florida

The United States Coast Guard has intercepted 191 Haitian migrants aboard an overloaded sailing vessel off the Bahamas that was believed to be headed for Florida, officials said on Wednesday, a day after the encounter. The Haitians were taken aboard two Coast Guard vessels on Tuesday to be given food, water and basic medical attention, […]

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Bodies of more than a dozen drowned migrants wash up on Libya’s coastline

The bodies of more than a dozen migrants who drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe washed up on Libya’s coastline, its interior ministry and the local Red Crescent said. Libya is a major transit point for migrants, many from African countries, who are seeking better opportunities in Europe. Mohamed Abushaala, the head of […]

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Refugee boat sinks off the coast of Greece; 3 dead, 12 rescued and 35 feared missing

Greek authorities launched a sea-and-air search and rescue operation in the Aegean Sea after a migrant smuggling vessel sank, leaving at least three people dead and dozens reported missing. The coast guard said 12 people, all believed to be from Iraq, were rescued from an inflatable dinghy off the island of Folegandros in the southern […]

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More than 160 migrants drown in two separate shipwrecks off Libya: UN

More than 160 migrants drowned in two separate shipwrecks off Libya during the past week, a United Nations migration official said. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, said on Tuesday that at least 102 migrants were reported dead after their wooden boat capsized off Libya on Friday. At least eight others […]

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United Kingdom: More than 900 migrants cross Clandestine Channel in small boats in the past two days

More than 900 people crossed the Clandestine Channel in small boats over the past two days, UK Home Office has confirmed. On Thursday 559 people were picked up off the Kent coast after making the crossing in 19 boats, and on Friday 358 people crossed in 10 boats. Over the two days the French authorities […]

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Car with Serbian license plate carrying migrants crashes into a house in Hungary, 7 killed

Seven people were killed and four injured when a car with a Serbian license plate carrying migrants crashed into a house in Hungary late on Monday, after its driver refused to stop for a check, police said. The driver saw that police were checking cars in the village of Morahalom near the Serbian border and […]

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Mexico: At least 49 people killed after truck-trailer crammed with migrants overturns

At least 49 people have been killed and dozens more injured after the truck they were being transported in crashed in southern Mexico, authorities say. Some 100 people, said to be migrants from Central America, were crammed into the trailer when the truck rolled and hit a bridge in the state of Chiapas. At least […]

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Belarus changes tactics on border crisis with Poland

Poland said Belarus changed tactics in the border crisis by now directing smaller groups of people to multiple points along the European Union’s eastern frontier. Though there have been signs of the crisis easing, the defence minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, said he expected the border showdown to continue for some time. Polish border guards reported new […]

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Mexico: Close to 600 migrants from 12 countries crammed in two tractor-trailers rescued

Close to 600 migrants from 12 countries were found crammed in the back of two tractor-trailers in eastern Mexico, the country’s National Migration Institute (INM) said on Saturday. Majority of the migrants were from the neighboring state of Guatemala. The migrants were “crammed” into the trailers of two trucks, according to the local head of […]

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Belarus threatens to cut off gas supplies to Europe over migrant crisis on western border

Belarus’s leader has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Europe if sanctions are imposed over the escalating migrant crisis at the country’s western border. Thousands of people, mostly from Iraq, Syria and Yemen, are at the border with Poland, enduring freezing conditions in the hope of crossing into the EU. European Union officials have […]