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A $2.7 million wall will go up in Calais to keep migrants out of the UK

The "great wall of Calais," as critics are dubbing it, will be built on both sides of a road that leads to the English Channel, where refugees try to make it onto boats heading to the UK.


Bodies found off the Libyan coast highlight a spike in the deaths of migrants and refugees

The International Organization for Migration says deaths already total over 4,000 this year — 26 percent higher than in 2015 and increasingly concentrated in the Mediterranean.


More migrants are dying this year in the Mediterranean than ever before

The latest figures from the International Organization for Migration show that 2,977 people have died so far in 2016, with around 20 migrants dying each day since March.


Hundreds of migrants rescued from Mediterranean, four dead

Three operations were carried out off the coast of Libya on Tuesday retrieving around 500 survivors, most of which were rescued from an overcrowded wooden boat.


More than 3,300 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean over the weekend

The Italian coast guard said the people were picked up from 25 dinghies and one boat, all north of the Libyan coast.


French police teargas migrants trying to board trucks to the UK

Several hundred migrants threw rocks, mattresses and branches onto the road to bring traffic to a standstill in an attempt to board vehicles to Britain, and riot police officers used up more than 600 canisters of tear gas to disperse the migrants.


War has displaced more people than ever before in history, UN report says

An estimated 65.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence and conflict, according to a new report by the UN's refugee agency.


Turkish troops killed 7 adults and 4 children as they tried to flee Syria on Saturday

Turkey, a major sponsor of groups fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has closed its borders to Syrian refugees.


Syrian refugees' new lives in Canada are anything but easy

Shortfalls of the Canadian government's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in the span of a few months are become clear as many are still seriously struggling to make ends meet, eight months after the start of the program.


Hondurans seeking asylum in the US are being bused back to the murder capital of the world

They often only make it as far as Mexico, where authorities detain and deport them. Despite Mexico's harsh immigration enforcement, most of the deportees plan to try to make the trip again immediately.


Suspected Human Trafficking Kingpin 'The General' Extradited to Italy After Arrest in Sudan

Medhane Yehdego Mered, nicknamed "the General," was arrested in May and had been heard on intercepted telephone calls boasting about cramming more people onto rickety boats than other traffickers.


The Bodies of 133 Drowned Migrants Have Washed Ashore in Libya

About three-quarters of the bodies found near the western Libyan city of Zuwara in recent days were women, and there were at least five children.