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  1. FROM THE FIELD: For refugees and migrants in Europe, healthcare’s essential but a challenge to find

    Even a healthy migrant or refugee can fall sick, while traveling to – or sheltering in – a receiving country. Poor living conditions and lifestyle adjustments to a totally new environment, are just two possible reasons why, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first Report on the health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region. It may come as no surprise that children without parents or a guardian are especially vulnerable, and at risk of suffering both health and social problems. The WHO report, which was developed in partnership with the Italian National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty, summarizes the latest evidence on the health of refugees and migrants in various parts of Europe, along with the progress made by countries to promote their health
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  2. African continent ‘an example of solidarity’ towards migrants and refugees: UN chief

    African nations are setting an example for richer countries when it comes to the treatment of refugees, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a press conference on Saturday, following a meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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  3. Ten migrants in two boats picked up off Kent coast

    Ten migrants in two rigid-hulled inflatable boats have made their way across the Channel to the Kent coast. The first vessel was spotted at the entrance to Dover Port at 02:15 GMT. The Border Force was sent to the scene and six people were taken to Dover. The second boat, carrying four people, was located in the Channel at about 04:30 and escorted to Dover by a coastal patrol vessel. All 10 people were medically well, and were passed to immigration officials. The Home Office said their nationalities had yet to be established.
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  4. UN agencies call for action to bolster rights of Europe’s stateless children

    United Nations agencies are calling on States and regional organizations across Europe to take urgent action to ensure that thousands of currently stateless children are given the support and protection they deserve. With more than 500,000 people in Europe estimated to be unrecognized as a citizen of any country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) underscored that children without a nationality have limited access to basic rights and services, like education or healthcare, and can face life-long discrimination.
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  5. Immigration Officials See Spike In Large Groups Crossing Southern Border

    Border Patrol agents say they're struggling to care for large groups of migrant families who turn themselves in after crossing at remote stretches of the southern border.
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  6. More asylum seekers using visa-free travel rights to enter the EU legally

    An increased number of refugees are coming into the European Union via regular channels, utilizing their right to visa-free travel to enter the bloc and apply for asylum, according to a report by the EU asylum agency (EASO) cited by the German publisher Funke Mediengruppe on Sunday. The report indicates one in five asylum seekers is able to arrive in the EU without a visa and then move throughout the Schengen zone. Many of these would-be refugees are from Latin American and West Balkan countries. According to the EASO, the number of people using their right to visa-free travel in order to seek asylum rose by one-third in the past year, to a total of about 115,000 across the EU. This number is higher than the amount of applications from Syrians and Iraqis put together.
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  7. US states file lawsuit against Donald Trump's border wall emergency

    Sixteen US states have sued Donald Trump's administration over the president's recent national emergency declaration, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Monday. Trump declared the national emergency on February 15, in order to secure funding for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, after he failed to convince the US Congress to approve the money through a budget bill. "We're suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states. For most of us, the office of the presidency is not a place for theater," Becerra said. California is leading the suit and the procedure was filed in one of its federal courts. Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia have all joined the lawsuit, arguing that Trump's move has violated the US Constitution.
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  8. Not enough resettlement solutions for refugees worldwide, says UN

    Despite record numbers of people forcibly displaced across borders, with 1.2 million in need of a new permanent place to call home last year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) released new data on Tuesday showing that only 55,700 of them – 4.7 per cent – were able to be resettled in 2018
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  9. Nauru: Deterring essential medical transfers risks deadly consequences

    Responding to news that the government of Nauru has passed a law severely restricting medical transfers to Australia for refugees and asylum seekers, Meghna Abraham, Director of Global Thematic Issues at Amnesty International, said: “This move by the Nauru government is a dangerous and callous act that could have deadly consequences for the women, men and children whom Australia has exiled there. “Nauru has failed to provide refugees with the health care they desperately need. Denying them medical transfers is yet another blow and demonstrates just how far the human rights of refugees have slipped down Nauru and Australia’s agendas.”
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  10. Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers

    European Union policies contribute to a cycle of extreme abuse against migrants in Libya, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The EU and Italy’s support for the Libyan Coast Guard contributes significantly to the interception of migrants and asylum seekers and their subsequent detention in arbitrary, abusive detention in Libya.
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