In 2021, We Were There: The Year’s 14 Most Popular Dispatches

Not even a pandemic, wars or autocrats could prevent our correspondents from seeking out secrets and surprises to share with readers. They sent dispatches from 40 countries on six continents.

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Second Deadly Migrant Boat Crash Off Greece This Week

Ninety people were left stranded after Thursday’s accident. The crash came in a week that also saw scores of migrants die in wrecks off the coast of Libya.

#aegean-sea, #antikythera-greece, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #smuggling

E.U. Proposes Changes That Would Chip Away at Borderless Model

The plan would institutionalize internal border controls to respond to emergencies, suspending some protections for asylum seekers.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #politics-and-government

Former Immigration Minister in Denmark Sentenced to Prison for Separating Couples

Inger Stojberg was sentenced to two months’ incarceration after being found by a court to have illegally ordered the separations of married migrant couples in which at least one person was underage.

#denmark, #immigration-and-emigration, #impeachment, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #stojberg-inger

With Olaf Scholz at the Helm in Germany, a New, Uncertain Chapter

After 16 years, Angela Merkel handed over the German chancellery to Olaf Scholz, leaving behind a changed country and a polarizing legacy.

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Pope Exploring a 2nd Meeting With Russian Orthodox Church

Speaking after his trip to Cyprus and Greece, Francis also said he had no choice but to accept the resignation of the archbishop of Paris because of the harmful gossip surrounding him.

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Pope Francis Laments That for Migrants, ‘Little Has Changed’

At a Greek refugee camp, Francis sought to restore compassion for asylum seekers, whose plight he called a “shipwreck of civilization.”

#francis, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #united-nations

In Cyprus, Pope’s Plea for Migrants Clashes With Island’s Tensions

As he celebrated Mass, Pope Francis urged Cypriots to welcome refugees and embrace their home’s history as a crossroads of cultures. But the government says it is overwhelmed.

#asylum-right-of, #cyprus, #european-commission, #european-union, #francis, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #united-nations

As French Election Looms, Candidates Stake Out Tough Positions on Migrants

With a presidential election looming, French presidential hopefuls are hardening their positions against immigration even as other countries compete for migrant workers.

#elections, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #zemmour-eric

Pope Francis Heads to Cyprus

Even as the world focuses on a new coronavirus variant, Francis is embarking on a trip that incorporates longstanding priorities like opening borders and welcoming the destitute.

#benedict-xvi, #cyprus, #defense-and-military-forces, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

E.U. Interpreter Says Greece Expelled Him to Turkey in Migrant Roundup

The man’s story echoes complaints from human-rights groups that Greek authorities often expel asylum seekers indiscriminately and violently.

#asylum-right-of, #european-union, #frontex, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government

A Couple’s Dream of Reuniting in England Is Dashed in a Channel Disaster

A young Kurdish woman, Maryam Nuri, died with 26 others after making a desperate attempt to join her fiancé by crossing the English Channel from France on an inflatable boat.

#content-type-personal-profile, #drownings, #english-channel, #iraq, #kurdistan, #kurds, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis

Iraqis Return From Belarus, but Some Say They Will Try Again to Reach the E.U.

“If I find a better and safe route, I will definitely try again,” said one of the more than 600 Iraqi migrants who came home on the government’s latest evacuation flights.

#baghdad-iraq, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurds, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government

‘Afghan Girl’ From 1985 National Geographic Cover Takes Refuge in Italy

Sharbat Gula, whose haunting portrait was featured by the magazine more than three decades ago, was evacuated to Rome after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #gula-sharbat, #immigration-and-emigration, #mccurry-steve, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #national-geographic, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rome-italy, #taliban

Undeterred by Channel’s Perils, Desperate Migrants Still Plan to Cross

The number of migrants setting off into the English Channel by boat has soared in recent months. The deaths Wednesday of at least 27 people trying to make the crossing illustrate how dangerous it is.

#calais-france, #english-channel, #france, #great-britain, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #smuggling

Lithuania Welcomes Belarusians as It Rebuffs Middle Easterners

People fleeing repression in Belarus are processed quickly and given visas. Middle Eastern migrants passing through Belarus to the E.U. face a harsher fate.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

How Fake News on Facebook Helped Fuel a Border Crisis in Europe

Social media worsened a migrant crisis on the border of Belarus and Poland and helped smugglers profit off desperate people trying to reach Europe.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #kurdistan, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #news-and-news-media, #poland, #social-media, #telegram-llc

On Putin’s Strategic Chessboard, a Series of Destabilizing Moves

In the stretch of Europe from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, where Moscow and the West have competed for influence for decades, the threat of a new military conflict is growing.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

Who Is Afghanistan’s Soccer Team Playing For?

Afghanistan’s national soccer team played a rare match this week. But with the Taliban in control of their country, what, and whom, are they playing for?

#international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #najem-david-1992, #politics-and-government, #soccer, #taliban

Belarus Clears Migrant Camp, Easing Border Standoff With Poland

Throngs of people, mainly from the Mideast, who had been living in freezing conditions on the border, have been moved to a giant warehouse. Their fate is uncertain.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland

How the Belarus Standoff Is Unlike Recent Migrant Crises

The images at the Belarus-Poland border look familiar, but this emergency has little in common with previous waves of people from Syria, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #syria

Greece to Put Aid Workers Who Helped Migrants on Trial on Espionage Charges

The country’s conservative government is toughening its stance on migration and on groups working with migrants, aligning itself with a hardening climate across Europe.

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A Green Light at the Window for Migrants

An unofficial network of local residents, activists and volunteer medics in Poland has been working to support those who have made it across from Belarus in freezing conditions.

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Poland Uses Water Cannons and Tear Gas as Tensions Rise at Belarus Border

Western leaders have accused President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus of using migrants as weapons in an effort to pressure the European Union.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #latvia, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #russia, #territorial-disputes

Europe Adopts New Sanctions Against Belarus

A confrontation at the Polish-Belarusian border, a funeral for a dead Syrian boy trapped in between and a new round of E.U. sanctions mark the struggle with Aleksandr G. Lukashenko.

#belarus, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #politics-and-government

Air Route to Belarus Closed to Migrants in Bid to Halt Crisis

Hoping to stem the flow of migrants stuck on the border of Belarus and Poland, Dubai banned Iraqi and Syrian passengers from traveling to Minsk.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland

Migrants Say Belarusians Took Them to E.U. Border and Supplied Wire Cutters

Iraqi Kurds and other migrants said they were fleeing despair at home, but Belarus encouraged them, offering visas and helping them get to the border.

#belarus, #border-barriers, #defense-and-military-forces, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurdistan, #kurds, #latvia, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #minsk-belarus, #poland, #smuggling

Migrant Crisis in Belarus Tests Putin’s Uneasy Alliance With Lukashenko

Last year Vladimir V. Putin helped save Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s Belarusian regime. But Russia now has an ever-more-erratic ally and risks entanglement in a dangerous crisis.

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Migrants in Peril, and Raw Emotions, in a Volatile European Border Standoff

A confrontation over migrants between Belarus and Poland is growing more volatile, as nationalist fervor rises in both countries and a humanitarian disaster looms.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #politics-and-government

Poland Gets Support From Europe on Tough Borders

Faced with the weaponization of migrants from Belarus, the European Union is defending Poland’s hard line even as it withholds funds over rule of law violations.

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‘How Did We Let People Die This Way?’

Thousands of migrants have drowned trying to reach Spain in the past year. This is the story of a man who is committed to returning their bodies home.

#algeciras-spain, #audio-neutral-informative, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #morocco

E.U. Blames Belarus for Migrant Crisis at Poland Border

Poland has massed troops at the border, the European Union’s eastern frontier, to keep migrants camped there from crossing into the country.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-commission, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #poland, #politics-and-government

3 Children and 1 Woman Drowned While Migrating Across the Aegean Sea

Migrant crossings are down and so are deaths at sea, but Tuesday’s incident was a reminder that dangers remain.

#aegean-sea, #deaths-fatalities, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-organization-for-migration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

Angela Merkel’s Refugee Plan Worked

Opening Germany to a million refugees looks even better in retrospect. 

#alternative-for-germany, #christian-democratic-union-germany, #content-type-personal-profile, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #merkel-angela, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #the-chancellor-the-remarkable-odyssey-of-angela-merkel-book

The Body Collector of Spain: When Migrants Die at Sea, He Gets Them Home

Martín Zamora, the owner of a funeral parlor near Gibraltar, has found an unusual line of business among the relatives of those who drown trying to reach Europe.

#drownings, #funerals-and-memorials, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #mediterranean-sea, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #morgues-and-mortuaries, #morocco, #spain

Migrant at Poland-Belarus Border Faces a Wrenching Decision

As a humanitarian crisis grows on Poland’s border, where the government has taken a hard line on migrants, one father had to decide whether to save an ailing baby girl and risk being expelled.

#belarus, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland

Nearly 60 African Migrants Drown on Way to Canary Islands

As the dangerous voyage from Western Africa to the Spanish archipelago has become a more popular migrant route to Europe, the death toll has risen sharply.

#canary-islands, #drownings, #illegal-immigration, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis

He Sees Migrants as ‘Modern Slaves,’ and Has Devoted His Life to Helping Them

The Rev. Daniel Alliët, for whom Jesus was a “political revolutionary,” has made it his life’s mission to fight for the rights of undocumented migrants, to the chagrin of some other clergy members.

#alliet-daniel, #belgium, #brussels-belgium, #christians-and-christianity, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #muslims-and-islam, #roman-catholic-church

Merkel’s Children: Living Legacies Called Angela, Angie and Sometimes Merkel

For some refugee families who traveled to Germany during the migrant crisis of 2015 and 2016, gratitude for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to welcome them comes via a namesake.

#afghanistan, #africa, #elections, #europe, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #merkel-angela, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #orban-viktor, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

In Orban’s Hungary, Pope Urges Bishops to Embrace Diversity

On a quick trip to the country, Francis met with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Hungary’s hard-right leader, before celebrating a public Mass.

#budapest-hungary, #europe, #francis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

Pope Criticizes Western Intervention in Afghanistan

Francis said in a wide-ranging interview with a Spanish-language radio network that he was in good health after colon surgery in July and insisted that he had not considered resigning.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #united-states-international-relations

Giant Puppet of Syrian Refugee Angers Some on Walk Through Greece

“Little Amal” is on a 5,000-mile journey from Turkey to Britain to highlight the plight of Syrian refugees. But in Greece, some have objected to her presence, saying it could encourage more migrants.

#greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Afghan Refugees Find a Firm and Unfriendly Border in Turkey

Even before the last week’s harrowing scenes at the Kabul airport, thousands of Afghans were fleeing over land through Iran to Turkey. But they are being pushed back.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asylum-right-of, #deportation, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #iran, #merkel-angela, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #turkey

He Saved 31 People at Sea. Then Got a 142-Year Prison Sentence in Greece.

Greece is prosecuting migrants on charges of people smuggling, and imposing heavy jail terms. Rights groups say many migrants are being unfairly accused and sentenced.

#chios-greece, #european-union, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #smuggling, #turkey

Denmark Passes Law Allowing Asylum Seekers to Be Processed Outside Europe

The law is the latest in a series of hard-line measures that have been introduced in recent years to discourage migration.

#denmark, #europe, #frederiksen-mette, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #united-nations, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

A Wave of the Hand Sets Off Spain-Morocco Migrant Fight

Spanish officials say Morocco increasingly sees migrants as currency for financial and political gains after it let up to 12,000 flood into a Spanish enclave in North Africa over two days.

#ceuta-spain, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #illegal-immigration, #international-relations, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #morocco, #politics-and-government, #spain

German Officer Goes on Trial, Accused of Plotting Far-Right Terrorism

The military officer, known as Franco A., is charged with plotting political murder in a case that has spotlighted networks of far-right extremists inside German security services.

#albrecht-franco, #defense-and-military-forces, #germany, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism

With Official Housing Scant, French People Open Their Homes to Migrants

A shelter system supported by private individuals highlights the French government’s difficulties managing a backlog of asylum cases.

#asylum-right-of, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #paris-france, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

The Refugee Who Fought Germany’s Hard Right

Alassa Mfouapon was falsely accused by a German tabloid and a far-right leader of starting a violent protest. So he sued them, and won.

#cameroon, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #weidel-alice

More Than 100 Migrants Are Feared Dead as Boat Capsizes in Mediterranean

The shipwreck off Libya comes as the number of attempts to cross the sea from Africa to Europe increases in the warmer weather.

#deaths-fatalities, #libya, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #mediterranean-sea, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons