17 March 2011

People on the Move

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Due to various disasters and catastrophes as well as political unrest in many nations, people are on the move.

Christchurch: where a strange silence lingersNormally a thriving city of just over 375,000 people, the centre of Christchurch is now eerily quiet. A strange silence has replaced the normal sounds of everyday life in the "red zone" - the area cordoned off by the authorities.

More foreigners leaving Japan as nuclear, quake disaster worries growTOKYO - Australia, Britain and Germany advised their citizens in Japan on Wednesday to consider leaving Tokyo and earthquake-affected areas, joining a growing number of governments and businesses telling their people it may be safer elsewhere.

'Biblical Exodus’ of Refugees From Africa Unrest Spurs Backlash in EuropeAs boats carrying hundreds of Africans set sail for a better life in Europe, they were met on Italy’s Lampedusa island with two words by a 5-foot, 8-inch blonde: go away.

“They cannot be allowed on the shore,” Marine Le Pen, the 42-year-old leader of France’s anti-immigration National Front, said in a March 15 interview in Rome after a three-hour visit the previous day to Lampedusa. “Send boats out to feed them. But they must not set foot on land.”