Immigration

The federal government is considering using ships and commercial and military aircraft to transport 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of December, it was revealed Monday.

Un nouveau drame migratoire en mer Égée a coûté la vie à deux enfants jeudi, entraînant une mobilisation sur l’île de Lesbos « pour que cessent les noyades » entre la Turquie et la Grèce, une zone qui va rester sous haute tension avec 600 000 nouvelles arrivées attendues d’ici février.

They arrived in an unceasing stream, 10,000 a day at the height, as many as a million migrants heading for Europe this year, pushing infants in strollers and elderly parents in wheelchairs, carrying children on their shoulders and life savings in their socks.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Wednesday that a refugee crisis was looming in Central and North America as people flee unchecked gang violence in parts of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. “The dramatic refugee crises we are witnessing in the world today are not confined to the Middle East or Africa,” the high commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, said in Washington.

Zain al-Abideen Majid’s father lifts him over a coil of glittering razor wire in the moonlit darkness of a Serbian farm, stretching to hand the boy to a relative on the other side. Though Zain is only 4, this is by no means his first surreptitious border crossing, and he remembers his father’s admonition at the very start of their journey, when they slipped from their homeland of Syria into Turkey: Don’t make a sound, or the guards will beat us. On this night, as Zain is passed over the wire from Serbia into Hungary, the barbs rip two bloody gashes in his right shin, like the flicks of a scalpel. He stays silent

"La Slovénie a accusé mardi la Croatie de déverser des milliers de migrants sur ses frontières sans aucun contrôle, en faisant fi de ses demandes pour encadrer la vague, et elle a appelé le reste de l’Union européenne à s’impliquer pour régler la crise. La Slovénie affirme pouvoir accueillir seulement 2500 migrants par jour. La police slovène prétend toutefois que 8300 personnes se trouvent actuellement dans des centres d’accueil en attendant de poursuivre leur périple vers l’ouest de l’Europe, pendant que des milliers d’autres sont en chemin."

"Four Honduran teenage boys are missing after they ran away from a federally funded shelter in Tucson this month, sparking concern among both conservative and liberal critics of the system for housing immigrant youths. Both sides say the program needs more oversight and transparency."

"The United Nations accused the Czech Republic of violating the rights of hundreds of migrants, mostly from Syria, who were detained in “reprehensible” and “degrading” conditions, in a statement released Thursday. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said in the statement that “the violations of the human rights of migrants are neither isolated nor coincidental, but systematic: they appear to be an integral part of a policy by the Czech government designed to deter migrants and refugees from entering the country or staying there."

"Migrants have flooded into Slovenia since Hungary closed its border with Serbia to people making arduous treks across Europe in September and clamped down on its border with  Croatia on Saturday. Since then, 21,500 people have entered Slovenia from Croatia, with many thousands more on the way."

With a significant slowdown in the surge of migrants streaming across the Southwest border, it stands to reason that the number of deaths among those braving the crippling heat of Arizona’s desert frontier with Mexico would also decline. But it didn't. In fact, even more people died attempting the perilous crossing: 117 bodies have been recovered along migration routes in southern Arizona since Jan. 1, compared with 108 bodies during the same period last year. What happened?

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