Refugees - Cinema - History - Information - Lesson plans - Novels - Statistics - Videos - Vocabulary As Many as 50 Migrants Found Dead in a Truck in Austria - Text + Audio - 27 August 2015 (learningenglish.voanews.com) Migrant crisis: Grim find of bodies in Austria lorry - Article + Photos + Video - 27 August 2015 "The bodies of between 20 and 50 migrants have been found in a lorry abandoned in a motorway lay-by near the Austrian border with Hungary, authorities say." (BBC) Senegal migrant town Tambacounda mourns its lost sons - 27 August 2015 "People in one of Senegal's poorest areas are in mourning after dozens of their loved ones lost their lives in shipwrecks off the Libyan coast as they tried to make the treacherous journey to Europe. The BBC's Laeila Adjovi visited them." (BBC) UK net migration hits record high - VIDEO - 27 August 2015 "Net migration to the UK is at an all-time high, reaching 330,000 in the year to March, the Office for National Statistics has said.
Music of Syria "Syrian music" redirects here. See Syrian hymnody for the sacral music of Syriac Christianity. The music of Syria largely emanates from the country's capital Damascus and the largest city Aleppo. Map: The walls Europe is building to keep people out After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, for a while it seemed like border fences and barriers were a thing of the past in Europe. Many on the continent hoped for a new era of integration and receptivity. It didn't happen. Instead, various pressures have led Europe to adopt wall-building projects that would make Donald Trump proud. Right now, in Hungary, for example, the government is rushing to complete a 109-mile-long barbed wire border fence along its southern frontier with Serbia – a project made bitterly ironic by Hungary's 1989 decision to cut its border fence with Austria and help break the Iron Curtain. "We have only recently taken down walls in Europe," European Union spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said when news of the fence spread in June.
Migration figures: what do the numbers really mean? The latest official figures showing that net migration to the UK is at record levels underline how far nearly 20 years of continuous mass inward migration has helped turn Britain into a flourishing modern economy. It is not a message that you will hear from many, if any, mainstream politicians but, as the government’s own Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has pointed out, mass migration has been a key factor fuelling Britain’s economic recovery. While Conservative politicians, including David Cameron, have been keen to boast that Britain has become the “jobs factory of Europe”, they are less keen to highlight the fact that the country’s ability to attract the “brightest and the best” from around the world has proved a key ingredient in the UK’s relative economic success.
Diplomats From Iran, U.S., And Other Nations Discuss Crisis In Syria UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, center left, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center right, meet with foreign ministers for talks on Syria at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Friday. Brendan Smialowski/AP hide caption itoggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AP UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, center left, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center right, meet with foreign ministers for talks on Syria at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Friday. Brendan Smialowski/AP For the first time, Iran is joining international talks on Syria's future, sending a team to meet with diplomats in Vienna Friday.
World War One: How 250,000 Belgium refugees didn't leave a trace Image copyright Alan Taylor, Folkestone Historical Society The UK was home to 250,000 Belgian refugees during World War One, the largest single influx in the country's history. So why did they vanish with little trace? Little could have prepared Folkestone for 14 October 1914. The bustling Kent port was used to comings and goings, but not the arrival of 16,000 Belgian refugees in a single day. Germany had invaded Belgium, forcing them to flee.
Culture of Syria Eggelin Tomb Tower in Palmyra Syria is a traditional society with a long cultural history. Importance is placed on family, religion, education and self-discipline and respect. The Syrian's taste for the traditional arts is expressed in dances such as the al-Samah, the Dabkeh in all their variations and the sword dance. In 1 tweet, J.K. Rowling captured the media's hypocrisy in how it treats Syrian refugees. J.K. Rowling is heartsick over how the thousands of Middle Eastern refugees flooding into Europe are being treated. So when The Daily Express published an article about the major humanitarian crisis on the bottom of their front page, Rowling took them to task.
Who Was The First To Try To Manipulate Birthrates? Not China! : Goats and Soda France is willing to give money to families that have more babies. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images France is willing to give money to families that have more babies. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images Blame it on France. Shame On Europe Thousands of child refugees have arrived in Europe alone without any parents or relatives to look after them. Exhausted and terrified, many are in danger of being abused by criminals. We believe the government must offer 3,000 of them a safe home in Britain. Take action now if you agree. Last year 26,000 children arrived in Europe on their own - leaving them incredibly vulnerable. We're asking the government to give a home to 3,000 children who are travelling alone.
Refugee life through a child’s eyes: Young Syrians capture the laughter and heartbreak of living in a refugee camp in photos they took themselves The incredible photos have been taken by Syrian refugee children forced to leave their country in on-going violenceChildren were given cameras by world-renowned photographer Reza Nomade as part of his Exile Voices projectThey captured life inside Kawergosk refugee camp in Erbil, northern Iraq, home to more than 10,000 Syrian refugeesBeautiful images show the children laughing, washing and playing with their toys despite their dire struggles Among the rubble is the heartbreaking picture of some frozen shoes belonging to a young girl who wanted to go to photography class - but waited until her shoes had thawed By Jay Akbar For Mailonline Published: 09:08 GMT, 30 July 2015 | Updated: 23:18 GMT, 31 July 2015 They are homeless, hungry and sometimes alone. But their stunning pictures show how they have managed to retain some shred of childlike innocence.