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Now 1 in 2 World’s Refugees Live in Urban Areas

ROME – It is true that millions of refugees, especially in Africa and the Middle East, reside in camps. But in all they represent only one-quarter of the total number of refugees.

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EXCLUSIVE. EU-Africa: Valletta, the summit of dissent

Brussels – The EU and its African partners are meeting on November 11th and 12th in Valletta (Malta), for a summit on migration that has very uncertain political outcomes. Afronline.org reveals here the latest draft of the agreement between the two parties that contains an Action Plan in which return arrangements and the fight against irregular migration take precedence over mobility.

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The hierarchy of refugee stories

Three hundred refugees and migrants are now missing and feared dead after trying to cross the Mediterranean over the weekend from Libya to Italy on rubber dinghies. According to the latest news reports, the majority of the refugees were from sub-Saharan Africa.

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Money rolls in as remittances to developing countries increase

Remittances by international migrants from developing countries are on course for strong growth this year, while at the same time forced migration due to violence and conflict has reached unprecedented levels, says the World Bank‘s latest issue of Migration and Development Brief.

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What next for refugees in Europe?

Brussels – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) held a policy briefing at the European Parliament today to launch their latest report entitled ‘Rescued – What Next? Protection Seekers Stranded in Sicily’. ‘We have yet to see a coordinated response to migration in Europe’, said Stefan Kessler, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for JRS Europe.

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Mediterranean crossings more deadly a year after Lampedusa tragedy

Rome –The UN refugee agency reported on Thursday that new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of the year show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

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