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2006-07-10 14:41:03

By Ingrid Melander and Tom Pfeiffer RABAT (Reuters) - European and African ministers said on Monday the waves of illegal migrants seeking a better future in Europe would not be stopped unless Europe helped Africa fight poverty. The ministers, meeting in Rabat to reach a plan on migration, came from 50 nations, grouping for the first time countries where migrants leave, travel through and end up. They said legal migration should be encouraged to channel money and skills back to...

2005-10-13 11:23:37

By Zakia Abdennebi OUJDA, Morocco (Reuters) - Illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa prepared to leave Morocco on Thursday, drawing a full circle on a perilous journey marked by humiliation, beatings and killings. "I left my home in Mali three years ago with 800 euro in my pocket," said Mohamed Saieba, 28, before flying out of the eastern town of Oujda, transit point for thousands of Africans trying to enter Europe illegally. "I walked through the desert in Algeria and Morocco...

2005-10-12 09:49:13

By Lamine Ghanmi RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco, under pressure to staunch an inrush of immigrants into Spain, flew 139 illegal migrants back to Mali on Wednesday and vowed to continue with the mass deportations despite sharp criticism from the United Nations. Moroccan officials added that Rabat expects to reach a new agreement with Spain to bolster its struggle against illegal immigration, which has taken on new urgency in recent weeks since hundreds of migrants stormed the Spanish North...

2005-10-12 08:04:02

By Lamine Ghanmi RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco, under pressure to staunch immigration flow to Spain, flew 139 illegal migrants to Mali on Wednesday, government officials said. Rabat expects to reach a new accord with Spain to bolster its struggle against illegal migration, they added. "More Malian migrant groups will be flown on four similar flights later today and on Thursday from Oujda to bring the total number of Malians to be deported to 606," said a senior government official, who...

2005-10-10 14:43:25

By Zakia Abdennebi OUJDA, Morocco (Reuters) - Morocco, under pressure to stem illegal immigration to Spain and accused by rights groups of mistreating migrants, began flying detained Africans to Senegal and Mali on Monday, government officials said. "We have already flown 140 illegal migrants back home to Senegal this morning and we are preparing a flight of 140 others also to Senegal soon from Oujda," a senior official told Reuters. After arriving back in Dakar, some of the...

2005-10-08 16:25:30

By Rafael Marchante and Emma Ross-Thomas OUJDA, MOROCCO/MADRID (Reuters) - Morocco is in talks to repatriate some 1,000 African migrants who attempted to storm Spanish enclaves on the North African coast, medical aid group Medecins San Frontieres (MSF) said on Saturday. Eleven people have been killed in the last 10 days as large groups of migrants tried to get into Europe by crossing the razor wire fences around the Spanish outposts of Melilla and Ceuta, which are situated on the...

2005-10-07 08:56:35

By Emma Ross-Thomas MELILLA (Reuters) - African migrants in Spain's North African enclaves said on Friday they feared for their lives if Madrid sent them back under a plan to end attempts by hundreds to storm border fences into Spanish territory. In a radical change of policy, Spain sent 70 migrants back to its neighbor late on Thursday after it reactivated a 1992 accord with Morocco to allow it to send back sub-Saharan African migrants who have entered Spain via the neighboring...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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