UK angry at 'unacceptably high' Channel migrant numbers
British interior minister Priti Patel on Friday described the volume of migrants crossing the Channel as "appalling and unacceptably high" and called on France to help keep numbers down.Patel made her comments on social media the day after British border officials detained 235 migrants as they tried to cross the narrow stretch of water between the UK and France - a daily record high.The government has come under increasing political pressure from critics to tackle the issue and has floated the idea of using the Royal Navy to patrol the Channel."The number of illegal small boat crossings is app...
Mexico says migrant numbers down but warns of impending crisis
Mexico City (AFP) - The number of undocumented migrants entering Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States dropped by almost a third in June, the foreign office said Wednesday, warning that a crisis was still on the way if the numbers didn't fall further.Some 100,000 people, mostly Central Americans, entered Mexico in June, compared with 144,000 the month before, Deputy Foreign Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean Maximiliano Reyes told reporters.Under the threat of export tariffs from Washington if it doesn't stem the flow of undocumented migrants towards the US, Mexico deploye...
Australia migrant numbers hit 10-year low
Sydney (AFP) - Migration numbers in Australia have hit a 10-year low, the government said Friday, boasting its hardline stance had not just tightened borders but ensured only the best candidates were accepted.Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the annual intake of permanent migrants fell by 20,000 last year to 162,000, with both skilled and family visas down.This was the lowest in a decade and attributable to tighter vetting procedures, he said, with dishonest applications in the government's crosshairs."We're making sure that people who do become part of our Australian family are coming ...