Migrant arrivals to Italy by sea fell by a third in 2017 compared to a year earlier, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday, as Libyan authorities helped to slow departures during the second half of the year.
IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reported that 150,982 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through Nov. 1, with about 75 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 335,158 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.
Human Rights Watch, the rights advocacy group, has given warning that Italy's naval mission to prevent refugees and migrants from setting sail from Libya for Europe could see Italy commit human rights abuses.
Access to justice is often out of reach for migrant workers in South-east Asia, the United Nations labor agency reported in a study that shows that non-governmental organizations are assisting more often than government officials or trade unions.
The number of children traveling alone has increased fivefold since 2010, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said , warning that many young refugees and migrants are taking highly dangerous routes, often at the mercy of traffickers, to reach their destinations.
The Chinese capital is sanitizing its ancient hutong alleyways, home to millions of migrants workers and thousands of small businesses, bulldozing illegal constructions and forcing shops and tiny courtyard restaurants to relocate or go under.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country would re-evaluate or suspend all agreements under its controversial refugee deal with the European Union in case the 28-nation bloc does not grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel through most of Europe.
“Now I don’t have to worry about my little son not recognizing me when I go back home for Spring Festival,” said Yang Dongmei, a 26-year-old worker in one of the southern Chinese factories that manufactures toys for companies including Disney, Mattel and Toys R Us.