Shortly before sunrise on January 9, about 40 officers and officials gathered outside the police station in Calais, northern France, as temperatures dipped to -3°C (26.6°F). Shortly after, in a well-drilled procedure, a nine-vehicle convoy started down the road toward the first of five forced evictions of makeshift refugee camps planned for that morning.
Hundreds of migrants are taking shelter in abandoned buildings in and around the northwestern Bosnian town of Bihac, wrapping up as best they can against the snow and freezing weather and hoping eventually to reach EU member Croatia across the border.
More than a thousand migrants from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa were left to sleep in the cold after their camp in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina burned down amid a dispute among Bosnian politicians over where to house them.
The number of deaths recorded on migratory routes fell this year, although COVID-19 difficulties and so-called “invisible shipwrecks” mean the real number is probably much higher, officials at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.
Saudi Arabia is detaining hundreds of mainly Ethiopian migrants in squalid conditions in Riyadh, Human Rights Watch said, quoting some as saying they had been tortured or beaten, and that at least three had died since October.
Saudi Arabia was Tigrit’s dream: A place where she could find work as a cleaner or maid, and send money back to her husband and young daughter in Ethiopia. Now, like hundreds of thousands of East Africans who have left home and travelled across the Red Sea in search of a better life, she finds herself stranded in Yemen instead.
After a three-day boat trip from Western Sahara, Mohceine Ait Lamadane reached the Canaries and from there traveled to Italy, taking advantage of a system swamped by arrivals and slowed by the coronavirus.