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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Migrants

Last month
January 2023
# sean binder
'It seems dramatic; most of the time I did f**k all': Kerryman on migrant smuggling trial in Greece
Sean Binder faces trial in Greece this week.
Last year
# UK
19-year-old charged in connection with migrant boat deaths in the English Channel
Four people were pronounced dead and 39 people were rescued following the incident on Wednesday.
Two-month-old baby dies in migrant shipwreck off Lesbos
The baby boy was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
# Coast Guard
Rescue under way as hundreds of migrants stranded on boat drifting off Crete
The coast guard said passengers on the boat had made a distress call to an emergency number during the night.
# Migrants
Migrants at Manston centre in Kent to be vaccinated against diphtheria following spike in cases
The UK Health Security Agency said it is moving with the Home Office to vaccinate migrants at the Kent site against the disease.
# Mediterranean
Charity asks France, Spain, Greece for help with rescued migrants
There are many unaccompanied minors and children on board, the youngest of whom is three
# Shipwreck
At least 73 people dead as boat sinks off Syria's coast after leaving Lebanon
This is the deadliest such shipwreck from Lebanon in recent years.
# martha's vineyard
Florida governor flies migrants to wealthy Martha's Vineyard
President Joe Biden slammed the move, saying Republicans are ‘playing politics with human beings’.
# Italy
More than a thousand migrants arrive in Italy within hours, hundreds more rescued off the coast
Between 1 January and 22 July, 34,000 people arrived in Italy by sea.
# English Channel
British and French police arrest 15 people in connection to English Channel migrant deaths
Twenty-seven people died when the boat they were in sank off the coast of Calais in November.
Migrants recount their journeys to US following Texas truck deaths
53 migrants died this week after the trailer they were in was abandoned in Texas.
# Undocumented
Undocumented migrants need government schemes to gain access to services, says ESRI
‘In cases where a migrant’s residence becomes undocumented, care should be taken to ensure they are not afraid to access basic services.’
# Migrants
Sicily judge to weigh trial of migrant rescue NGOs
Twenty-one suspects, including crew members of Doctors Without Borders, are accused of “aiding and abetting unauthorised entry into Italy”.
# Refugees
Charities say Rwanda plan not deterring ‘desperate’ migrants crossing Channel to UK
Small boat journeys from France to the UK began again on Sunday after a break of more than a week.
# Shipwreck
Bodies of 17 migrants found off Tunisia coast
Tunisia is a key departure point for migrants seeking to reach European shores.
# tunisia
Four migrants die of 'cold and hunger' in Tunisia
Nearly 2,000 migrants went missing or drowned last year in the Mediterranean.
All time
# Migration
Bodies of 28 migrants found on Libyan coast
Libya has become a key departure point for people from Africa and Asia attempting to migrate to Europe.
# Greece
At least 30 dead in migrant boat sinkings along the coast of Greece
The incidents have happened near the island of Paros.
# Undocumented
Undocumented migrants will be given pathway to citizenship under new scheme
It will be open to those who don’t have a current permission to reside in Ireland.
# Migrants
France rejects joint Channel border patrols with UK in letter to Johnson
Johnson wrote a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron last week proposing joint patrols.
# migrant crisis
France offers to restart migrant talks if the British get ‘serious’
Interior minister Gerald Darmanin said negotiations can resume ‘very quickly’ if the UK ends the ‘double speak’.
# English Channel
Boris Johnson asks France to take back all migrants who crossed Channel
Seven women, 17 men, and three minors died when the inflatable boat lost air and took on water off the northern port of Calais.
# Channel Crossing
Macron and Johnson pledge action against 'lethal' sea crossings after Channel tragedy
The death toll from the Channel crossing tragedy has been revised downward to 27 this evening, a French minister said.
Opinion: The suffering of migrants at the border with Belarus is a result of EU migration policy
Jim Clarken of Oxfam Ireland says the EU must better protect migrants suffering at its borders.
# Belarus
Poland says border crisis 'greatest' bid to destabilise Europe since Cold War
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is visiting the Baltic states to discuss the conflict.
# Migrants
Belarus-Poland border camp cleared as Iraqis fly home from migrant stand-off
Around 2,000 people, mainly Iraqi Kurds, had been stuck in freezing temperatures at the camp.
# sean binder
Widely criticised trial of Irishman in Greece adjourned, moved to appeals court
Greek authorities have been accused of attempting to discourage humanitarian work by criminalising volunteers.
Human rights organisations have accused Greece of attempting to criminalise aid work for migrants, Michelle Hennessy reports.
A protest in Brussels this week called for authorities to drop the charges.
# Poland-Belarus border
Polish forces use water cannons on migrants at Belarus border
Polish police said they responded after one officer was seriously injured when the migrants threw objects
# Alexander Lukashenko
Minsk says it will repatriate migrants at Polish border, as EU broadens its Belarus sanctions
Iraq has recorded 571 of its citizens on the border who have said they are ready to return “voluntarily”.
# Belarus
Belarus airline bans Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis from incoming Turkey flights
The EU believes it is “seeing progress” on the migrant crisis along the border between Belarus and Poland.
# UK
Around 1,000 people risk death to reach UK in new Channel crossings record
Lifeboat crews and Border Force boats were kept busy overnight after spending hours intercepting boats in the Dover Straight throughout the day.
# Poland-Belarus border
Explainer: Why tensions are flaring between Poland and Belarus over migrant crossings
The situation has escalated rapidly since last weekend.
# Poland
Hundreds of migrants trapped in Belarus-Poland border standoff
Washington and Brussels called on Minsk to stop what they described as an orchestrated influx.
# matteo salvini
Former Italian interior minister Salvini goes on trial for kidnap over blocked migrant ship
The former interior minister has insisted he was fulfilling his duty by refusing entry to the Open Arms rescue ship.
# France
Three killed as train hits ‘migrants sleeping on tracks’ in France
The train was on a line that links the seaside resort town of Hendaye and the city of Bordeaux.
# Peacekeeping
Expense of citizenship 'stopping some Defence Force members from serving on UN missions'
PDFORRA has called on Minister Coveney to ‘do the right thing’ and grant citizenship to migrant soldiers.
# Greece
Greek PM says migrant smugglers have been ‘crushed’ as he views new camp
Migrant entries into Greece have fallen by about 90% compared with those of 2019, the prime minister noted.
# Migrants
Number of English Channel crossings more than doubles 2020 record
Small boats arrivals in 2021 now stand at more than double the figure for 2020, when 8,417 people crossed.
No migrants left at Texas border camp as Biden condemns ‘horrible’ scenes
Almost 15,000 people – most of them Haitians – converged on the area just days earlier seeking asylum.
What is the best solution for the EU's migration crisis, and is Ireland doing enough?
The next cycle of The Good Information Project from The Journal will look at migration and the EU.