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"The leaders of Greece and other countries along the main migrant trail to affluent parts of Europe agreed late Sunday to set up holding camps for 100,000 asylum seekers, a move that Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said would help slow a chaotic flow of tens of thousands of people seeking shelter from war or simply better lives."

"A woman and two young children drowned, and seven people were missing, after an inflatable dinghy carrying dozens of migrants from Turkey hit rocks near the Greek island of Lesbos, the Greek authorities said on Sunday as fears rose of more deaths amid worsening weather conditions. An additional 53 people made it ashore after the dinghy sank shortly before dawn on Sunday in choppy waters on a very windy day, according to an official at the Greek Shipping Ministry. The dead children were 2 and 7 years old, and their ethnicity was not known, the official said."

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

Frontex, l’agence européenne chargée de coordonner la gestion des frontières extérieures, a récemment annoncé que 710 000 migrants étaient entrés en Europe entre janvier et septembre 2015. Selon cette agence, ce chiffre révèle ainsi un « afflux sans précédent » en comparaison avec l’année dernière, où 282 000 arrivées avaient été comptabilisées. Quand j’ai découvert ce chiffre sur Twitter, j’ai tout de suite su que quelque chose clochait.

" French taxpayers are spending tens of thousands of euros a week on a private aeroplane that flies migrants from Calais to other French towns, only for most to return. The practice, revealed by StreetPress, a French investigative website, has been condemned as an extraordinary waste of public money. French border police argue that it is necessary to move the migrants because their station in Coquelles, near Eurotunnel’s terminal outside Calais, has space for only 79 people in its cells"

L’Europe n’en a pas fini avec la crise des réfugiés. La crainte d’une fermeture de toutes les frontières européennes, un temps calme sur la mer Egée, ainsi que, selon les Nations unies, l’offensive de l’armée syrienne, appuyée par l’Iran et par la Russie, contribuent à un nouvel afflux. D’après l’ONU, environ 35 000 personnes ont fui notamment la région d’Alep ces derniers jours.

"Critics of the government’s policy of preventing migrants from coming ashore are seizing on her case to highlight allegations of abuse in the detention centers, and on Nauru, where hundreds of migrants have been held."

"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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