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Video: Disabled migrant allegedly abused by Mexican police

“Even in the United States, they don’t treat them like that!” New amateur footage shows a group of officers from Mexico's migration agency as they appear to abuse a disabled migrant in front of shocked onlookers. The incident reportedly took place on May 19 in the Mexican state of Querétaro. The undocumented man travelled from Honduras to Mexico, despite the fact that he relies on prosthetic legs to walk. Read more...

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Video: Spanish police beat up deportee on airplane


This video, filmed on an airplane, captures Spanish police beating up a foreigner being deported to his home country, the Dominican Republic. This scene is far from unusual, according to the collective that shared the footage. Read more...
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Asylum seekers dreaming of Australia stuck on island 'hell'


These asylum seekers dream of a promised land, but many end up in island camps far from Australia’s pristine shores. The camps were set up by the Australian government and have been likened to prisons. Up to 700 detainees recently went on hunger strike on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea – reigniting the debate over how Canberra treats illegal immigrants. Read more...
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Foreign shopkeepers targeted in Soweto looting spree


Dozens of shops owned by foreigners were attacked and looted last week in Soweto, a neighbourhood in southwest Johannesburg. The violence broke out after a youngster was killed by a Somali shopkeeper during an attempted robbery. Read more...

Immigrants run for cover as Angola rounds up hundreds


This weekend, authorities in Luanda launched a massive crackdown on immigrants, arresting hundreds, most of them from West African countries including Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal. Our Observers told us that many immigrants who weren’t arrested are now hiding in their homes, terrified at the idea of ending up in an Angolan prison. Read more...

‘Anti-fascist’ and ‘anti-immigration’ groups face off in Dresden


For the past seven weeks, activists protesting Germany’s immigration policy and the spread of Islam in the West have been marching each Monday in Dresden, a city in eastern Germany. In response, counter-protests have been organised to denounce rampant xenophobia. As tensions between the two groups increase, the situation is quickly heading towards a face-off. Read more…

Syrian, Iraqi migrants squat in Greek police station


Kos, an island located between Greece and Turkey, is a tourist destination famous for its picturesque villages, beaches and Venetian ruins. But if you take a look inside one of its police stations, you’ll find hundreds of migrants. Read more...
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Video: Calais migrants taking increasing risks to reach UK


For the migrants who have reached the French port of Calais, reaching England is an obsession.They are willing to take any risks to reach this El Dorado, as is clearly demonstrated in this video which shows dozens of migrants attempting to climb into moving vehicles on the national highway. Read more…

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African migrant in Israel: “I’m a refugee, and they want to lock me up”

 
For a second day in a row, tens of thousands of African migrants protested in Tel Aviv to ask the government to process their asylum requests rather than detain them without trial at controversial detention centres. As part of a new crackdown on migrants, more than one hundred have been arrested over the past few weeks, while many others have been summoned to report to a detention facility. Read our Observers’ stories…
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