The "great wall of Calais," as critics are dubbing it, will be built on both sides of a road that leads to the English Channel, where refugees try to make it onto boats heading to the UK.
The International Organization for Migration says deaths already total over 4,000 this year — 26 percent higher than in 2015 and increasingly concentrated in the Mediterranean.
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The latest figures from the International Organization for Migration show that 2,977 people have died so far in 2016, with around 20 migrants dying each day since March.
Three operations were carried out off the coast of Libya on Tuesday retrieving around 500 survivors, most of which were rescued from an overcrowded wooden boat.
The Italian coast guard said the people were picked up from 25 dinghies and one boat, all north of the Libyan coast.
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Several hundred migrants threw rocks, mattresses and branches onto the road to bring traffic to a standstill in an attempt to board vehicles to Britain, and riot police officers used up more than 600 canisters of tear gas to disperse the migrants.
By Adam Hamze
An estimated 65.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence and conflict, according to a new report by the UN's refugee agency.
Turkey, a major sponsor of groups fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has closed its borders to Syrian refugees.
Shortfalls of the Canadian government's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in the span of a few months are become clear as many are still seriously struggling to make ends meet, eight months after the start of the program.
They often only make it as far as Mexico, where authorities detain and deport them. Despite Mexico's harsh immigration enforcement, most of the deportees plan to try to make the trip again immediately.
Medhane Yehdego Mered, nicknamed "the General," was arrested in May and had been heard on intercepted telephone calls boasting about cramming more people onto rickety boats than other traffickers.
About three-quarters of the bodies found near the western Libyan city of Zuwara in recent days were women, and there were at least five children.
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Turkey recalled its ambassador to Germany on Thursday in protest against a German parliamentary resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a "genocide."
Aid workers are still recovering the bodies, but it appears to be the latest deadly incident during a recent surge of attempted migrant crossings from North Africa to Europe.
The infant was pulled from the sea last Friday by rescuers after an overcrowded wooden fishing boat carrying more than 400 migrants capsized and sank off the Libyan coast.
The men were rescued in international waters along with hundreds of migrants and brought to the port city last week. Testimony from the migrants helped police to identify the suspects, including the captain.
The UN and aid groups say three boats packed with people sank during the busiest week for migrant crossings from Libya to Europe so far this year.
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Migrant boat traffic in the Mediterranean rose sharply this week amid warm weather and calm seas, and officials fear numbers will increase as conditions continue to improve.
Hundreds of new people have shown at the camp in recent months, with at least 3,900 people currently living in tents, shanties, and a new state-run city of converted shipping containers.
By Sally Hayden
VICE News spoke to Tag Bashir, a Sudanese refugee who has been stranded on a British military base since 1998, and his 16-year-old son who has never known anything else.