April 1, 2014
Melilla, Spain
Spanish police officers watch would-be immigrants climb a fence in the north African Spanish enclave of Melilla. Several hundred people launched a dawn attempt to cross into the Spanish autonomous city, which lies on the northern tip of Morocco but is part of the European Union (via Guardian)

Melilla, Spain

Spanish police officers watch would-be immigrants climb a fence in the north African Spanish enclave of Melilla. Several hundred people launched a dawn attempt to cross into the Spanish autonomous city, which lies on the northern tip of Morocco but is part of the European Union (via Guardian)

March 10, 2014
Melilla, Spain
Prospective immigrants jump over a fence into the north African Spanish enclave. More than 300 migrants launched a dawn assault and tried to cross a triple-layer border fence into the Spanish city, which lies on the northern tip of Morocco, and 214 made it across. (via Guardian)

Melilla, Spain

Prospective immigrants jump over a fence into the north African Spanish enclave. More than 300 migrants launched a dawn assault and tried to cross a triple-layer border fence into the Spanish city, which lies on the northern tip of Morocco, and 214 made it across. (via Guardian)

February 7, 2014
Italy Rescues More than 1,100 Migrants in Rafts South of Sicily
The Italian navy has rescued more than 1,100 migrants from nine large rafts in the waters south of Sicily.
Patrol helicopters identified the overcrowded rafts about 120 miles south-east of Lampedusa on Wednesday and four navy vessels participated in the rescue which ended early on Thursday. The navy gave no details about the nationalities of the migrants involved.
Italy is a major gateway into Europe for migrants, and arrivals by boat more than tripled in 2013 from the previous year, fuelled by Syria’s civil war and strife in the Horn of Africa. (via Guardian)

Italy Rescues More than 1,100 Migrants in Rafts South of Sicily

The Italian navy has rescued more than 1,100 migrants from nine large rafts in the waters south of Sicily.

Patrol helicopters identified the overcrowded rafts about 120 miles south-east of Lampedusa on Wednesday and four navy vessels participated in the rescue which ended early on Thursday. The navy gave no details about the nationalities of the migrants involved.

Italy is a major gateway into Europe for migrants, and arrivals by boat more than tripled in 2013 from the previous year, fuelled by Syria’s civil war and strife in the Horn of Africa. (via Guardian)

December 29, 2013

Humans of Portugal

Following the worldwide trend of sharing portrays and stories of humans from all corners of the world, inspired by the work started by Brandon Stanton in 2010 with Humans of New York (HONY), Portugal also has a share of its people from several cities around the country represented on different collections on Facebook.

For three years in a row, this country of roughly 10.5 million people (according to data from 2012) has seen its population decrease. In 2012 not only were there more deaths than births, but also the number of people emigrating reached a peak unseen since the 1960s. Estimates from 2010 point to nearly 5 million Portuguese people who live outside the country.

Meet some of the faces of those humans who have either stayed or happen to be passing by in Portugal. (via Global Voices)

December 26, 2013
Presevo, Serbia
Migrants, who said they were from Syria, sit on the ground after being apprehended by the Serbian border police, having illegally entered the country from Macedonia. Every year, the Serbian border police catch thousands of migrants from Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere who are trying to reach Serbia illegally. In many cases they come from Turkey, through Greece to Macedonia and Serbia before they reach Hungary and with it, the borderless Schengen travel zone. (via Reuters)

Presevo, Serbia

Migrants, who said they were from Syria, sit on the ground after being apprehended by the Serbian border police, having illegally entered the country from Macedonia. Every year, the Serbian border police catch thousands of migrants from Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere who are trying to reach Serbia illegally. In many cases they come from Turkey, through Greece to Macedonia and Serbia before they reach Hungary and with it, the borderless Schengen travel zone. (via Reuters)

December 26, 2013
Valletta, Malta
A would-be immigrant looks out of a window on a police bus after arriving at the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Marsamxett Harbour (via Reuters)

Valletta, Malta

A would-be immigrant looks out of a window on a police bus after arriving at the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Marsamxett Harbour (via Reuters)

April 19, 2012
Orestiada, Greece
Mohamed, 22, from Algeria, sits inside an abandoned wagon at the train station after crossing the border from Turkey. Debt-crippled Greece is the EU’s main entry point for illegal immigrants, mostly from Asia and Africa (via guardian.co.uk)

Orestiada, Greece

Mohamed, 22, from Algeria, sits inside an abandoned wagon at the train station after crossing the border from Turkey. Debt-crippled Greece is the EU’s main entry point for illegal immigrants, mostly from Asia and Africa (via guardian.co.uk)

March 6, 2012
Germany: meet the migrants in Duisburg-Hochfeld 
In the German city of Duisburg, the suburb of Hochfeld is known for its vibrancy. It’s home to people from 100 different nations. But with the recent influx of eastern European migrants, the community has changed. (via DW.DE)

Germany: meet the migrants in Duisburg-Hochfeld

In the German city of Duisburg, the suburb of Hochfeld is known for its vibrancy. It’s home to people from 100 different nations. But with the recent influx of eastern European migrants, the community has changed. (via DW.DE)

March 5, 2012
Madrid, Spain
A man holds a heart-shaped lollipop during a protest outside an immigrant detention centre (via Reuters.com)

Madrid, Spain

A man holds a heart-shaped lollipop during a protest outside an immigrant detention centre (via Reuters.com)

January 31, 2012
Foreigners: 15 percent of Norway's workforce

After several years of what a leading economist has described as “mass immigration”, foreign nationals made up 15 percent of Norway’s workforce in 2011, official figures show.

Of the 2,560,000 people registered as employed by the tax authorities last year, 387,103 were foreign nationals, newspaper Bergens Tidende reports.

Kjell Gunnar Salvanes, a professor of economics at the NHH business school, said Norway’s economy had benefitted hugely from an influx of foreign workers since the last major EU enlargement eight years ago.

“Since 2004, immigration has switched from low-qualified asylum seekers to well-qualified workers from Eastern Europe and Sweden. And that change has come about very quickly,” he said.

The 2004 EU enlargement gave increased access to the Norwegian labour market to citizens of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Cyprus and Malta. (via The Local)

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