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World in Progress: Irregular Migration and the EU   

Trieste Refugees: with winter approaching, many irregular migrants remain stuck on the Italy/Slovenia border  -- Lebanon: More migrants attempt to cross the mediterranean to Cyprus  -- Interview: Why migrants less welcome in the EU -- Armenian Diaspora concerned about Nagorno-Karabakch conflict

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Trieste Refugees: stuck on the Italy/Slovenia border  

For years, thousands of migrants and refugees arriving from the Balkan route have transited through Trieste, a city on Italy's north-eastern border, only 10 kilometres from Slovenia. But the pandemic and the need to quarantine new arrivals presented new challenges for local and national governments along the so-called Balkan route, where thousands of migrants and refugees remain stranded since EU countries shut their borders in 2015. The UN has warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in the Balkans as winter sets in and thousands remain homeless. 

(Reporter: Ylenia Gostoli / Presenter: Gabriel Borrud)

Lebanon: More migrants attempt to cross to Cyprus  

At the moment, the majority start their journeys in Libya or Tunisia. But in the past few months, an increasing number of people have set out from Lebanon. That's partly due to the deterioration of the economic situation in the country, and aftermath of the devastating explosions that destroyed part of the harbour in Beirut in August.

Over the past weeks, a number of dead bodies have been washed up on the coast of Lebanon - bodies of irregular migrants who were trying to reach Cyprus or Greece, but did not survive the dangerous crossing. 

Many others, who have survived the  journey, are being turned down by Cypriot authorities and will be sent right back to Lebanon. Björn Blaschke met with some of these would-be migrants in Lebanon. Anne-Sophie Brändlin has the story. 

(Author: Björn Blaschke/ presenter: Anne-Sophie Brändlin) 

Interview: Migrants less welcome in the EU

In recent years, it's become much more difficult to get in - and European countries are much more reluctant now to accept irregular migrants. To find out what's changed in Europe, before the show, I talked to DW's Brussells correspondent and expert for European politics, Bernd Riegert.

(Author: Anke Rasper)

Armenian Diaspora concerned about Nagorno-Karabakch conflict

More than 7 million Armenians live abroad  - which is actually more than in Armenia itself. And these expats are currently closely following events in their "homeland" ever since fighting erupted in the disputed enclave of Nagorno Karabakh. The enclave is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but mainly populated by ethnic Armenians. The two countries fought a war over it in the 1990s. Now new fighting has displaced thousands of people. Marianna Deinyan reports on how that affects the Armenian diaspora. 

(Author: Marianna Deinyan)