Migrants clash with police in Mexico border town

More than 20 people have been injured in clashes between migrants and police in the town of Tapachula, on Mexico’s southern border, officials say. Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) said about 100 migrants, mainly from Cuba, Haiti and countries in Africa, joined in “violent protests”. The INM said the migrants were trying to jump the queue for permits to allow them to continue their journey north. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people cross Mexico headed to the US. Migrants threw stones and sticks at members of the National Guard and scuffles broke out between the two sides. Rights activist … Continue reading Migrants clash with police in Mexico border town

Mexican authorities intercept more than 1,000 migrants in one day

Mexican authorities on Thursday said they intercepted more than 1,000 migrants in the last 24 hours as the government tried to curb entry of undocumented travelers seeking to make their way to the United States. The National Migration Institute (INM) said the migrants were located in operations carried out in 22 states of the country, with about 10% of them minors and many of them traveling alone. In the last 24 hours, the National Migration Institute took into custody 1,266 migrants “from different continents that were transiting irregularly,” the INM said in a statement. Some migrants arrived from countries such … Continue reading Mexican authorities intercept more than 1,000 migrants in one day

Coastguard in France rescues 36 migrants from North Sea

France’s Coastguard has saved 36 people after their boat ran into difficulty off the north coast, officials say. It said a patrol boat picked up the “shipwrecked people” in the North Sea off Leffrinckoucke, close to the Belgian border, and took them to the port of Dunkirk on Thursday morning. Those rescued are believed to be migrants trying to get to the UK. Last November, 27 people headed for the UK drowned in the English Channel near Calais after their boat sank. The International Organization for Migration says it was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since … Continue reading Coastguard in France rescues 36 migrants from North Sea

Tragic: Twelve migrants die at Turkey-Greece border in freezing conditions

Twelve migrants have died in freezing conditions in Turkey near the country’s border with Greece, with each nation blaming the other for the tragedy. Turkey accuses Greek border officials of forcing the group back across the border, resulting in their deaths. Greece fiercely denies that claim. The two Mediterranean nations have frequently clashed over the fate of migrants crossing their shared land and sea borders. Turkish officials said nine bodies were discovered on Wednesday morning, prompting a search which found two more. Another person was found with frostbite and later died in hospital. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu alleged that … Continue reading Tragic: Twelve migrants die at Turkey-Greece border in freezing conditions

Update: Family who died in freezing cold by US-Canada border identified

Canadian authorities believe the deaths of four Indian nationals found steps away from the Canada-US border are connected to a human smuggling scheme. Jagdish Patel, 39, Vaishailben Patel, 37, and their children Vihangi, 11, and Dharkmik, 3, died from exposure due to the frigid cold near Manitoba, Canada. Temperatures dropped to -35C (-31F) on the night the Patel family attempted to cross into the US on foot. The family was found in a field north of the border on 19 January. Their identities were announced by Canada’s High Commission of India and later confirmed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police … Continue reading Update: Family who died in freezing cold by US-Canada border identified

One dead, many missing after boat capsizes off Florida

At least one person has died and 38 remain missing after a ship capsized off the Florida coast on Sunday night. Officials were alerted on Tuesday after a commercial vessel spotted a man clinging to the hull of a boat some 45 miles (72km) from the city of Fort Pierce. The survivor said the group had left Bimini in the Bahamas on Saturday night and later encountered foul weather. The boat may have been part of a “human smuggling venture”, US officials said. According to the survivor, who has not been identified, none of the passengers were wearing a life … Continue reading One dead, many missing after boat capsizes off Florida

Stowaway found in South Africa plane wheel at Amsterdam airport

Dutch police say they have found a stowaway alive in the wheel section of a plane that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from South Africa. Flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam take about 11 hours, with the cargo plane believed to have made one stop, in Nairobi, Kenya. It is very unusual for stowaways on long flights to survive, due to the cold and low oxygen at high altitudes. The man’s age and nationality have not yet been determined, police say. “The man was found alive in the nose wheel section of the plane and was taken to hospital in a … Continue reading Stowaway found in South Africa plane wheel at Amsterdam airport

Tragic: Infant among four bodies found near US-Canada border

Police in Canada have found the bodies of four people, including an infant, in a snowy field near the US border. The group died from exposure due to the frigid cold, which dropped to -35C (-31F) with wind chill, officials say. The bodies of a man, a woman, a teenage boy and an infant were found near Emerson, Manitoba, on Wednesday. US officials say the dead are believed to be a family from India. They are thought to have been attempting to cross into the US. Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy shared the discovery with … Continue reading Tragic: Infant among four bodies found near US-Canada border

Swedish PM under fire for illegal immigrant cleaner

Sweden’s prime minister has come under fire after a cleaner was detained for working illegally at her home. The police arrived at Magdalena Andersson’s house after the burglar alarm was accidentally set off at the property in Nacka, near Stockholm. On arrival, the police discovered that one of the two workers there had been issued with a deportation order. Ms Andersson, who has been in office since November, said she had ended all contracts with the cleaning company. “Even those of us who want to do the right thing can fall foul of dodgy operators,” she told the Expressen newspaper … Continue reading Swedish PM under fire for illegal immigrant cleaner

Men jailed for trying to smuggle 69 people on boat

Four men have been jailed for up to 10 years each for trying to smuggle 69 Albanian nationals into the UK. The Svanic – a 30m (98ft) converted fishing trawler – was intercepted off the Norfolk coast by Border Force in November 2020 and taken to Harwich, Essex, where the migrants were found. Chelmsford Crown Court heard the boat had spent 14 hours at sea from Belgium. A fifth man was unable to attend the sentencing due to being in isolation in prison with Covid symptoms. The court heard two pregnant women were on board and the single trip stood … Continue reading Men jailed for trying to smuggle 69 people on boat

31 people die after boat carrying migrants capsizes in English Channel

At least 31 people have died after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the English Channel while trying to cross from France to Britain on Wednesday. Speaking from Calais, French Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, said: “Today is an appalling situation for France, Europe and humanity to see these people perish at sea because of traffickers”. He said that of these, five were women and one was a “little girl”. The International Organization for Migration said it was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since it began collecting data in 2014. Of the 33 people found between Calais and … Continue reading 31 people die after boat carrying migrants capsizes in English Channel

Migrants from 12 countries among 600 found in two trucks in Mexico

Migrant caravan heads north, in Tapanatepec Migrants from 12 countries were among 600 people found hidden in the back of two trucks in eastern Mexico on Friday, most of them from neighboring Guatemala, the government’s National Migration Institute (INM) said on Saturday. The INM said 401 of the people were from Guatemala, 53 from Honduras, 40 from the Dominican Republic, 37 from Bangladesh, 27 from Nicaragua, 18 from El Salvador and eight from Cuba. There were also six men from Ghana, four people from Venezuela, four men from Ecuador, a man from India and a man from Cameroon in the … Continue reading Migrants from 12 countries among 600 found in two trucks in Mexico