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ACCESS ASIA

Exclusive reports, features and analysis on political and social events from across the Asian continent. Every Monday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-04-12

The painful journey home: Returning to Afghanistan

This week, we take a look at the asylum seekers returning to Afghanistan after being deported by European authorities. An agreement signed between the European Union and Kabul last October called for the return of 80,000 migrants whose asylum applications had been denied. People are being deported daily yet with little improvement in the security situation in Afghanistan, and rebuilding their lives there is often an almost insurmountable challenge.

Also, we meet the Chinese families who send their children to the United States to better their prospects when it comes to higher education.

And we check out the chart-topping hits that are breaking down barriers in India, as a new generation of music fans shuns the social divisions created by the caste system.

By Olivia SALAZAR WINSPEAR , Narimène LAOUADI , Joanna COCKERELL , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2018-02-05 China

China's 'Great Green Wall': Country battles large-scale desertification

Decades ago, China began building a so-called "Great Green Wall" to halt desertification. Despite this, some 3,000 square kilometres of land are lost every year, ravaging...

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2018-01-22 Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong produces 200,000 tons of electronic waste per year

Where do your computers, tablets and smartphones go to die? Electronic waste is an environmental problem throughout Asia, but nowhere more so than in Hong Kong. For a long time...

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2018-01-13 unemployment

Fighting unemployment: Millions of Indians face layoffs amid shrinking job market

For several years now, India has been selling its wares as one of Asia's biggest economies. But despite the government's claims that things are getting rosier, there's been no...

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2017-12-18 Funeral

Japan offers world's first drive-through funerals

In Japan, paying your final respects to your nearest and dearest needn't be a long, drawn-out affair. You can now bid your last farewells to loved ones without ever unbuckling...

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2017-12-04 North Korea

North Korea: Global sanctions hit Pyongyang’s ‘experiment in capitalism’

In North Korea, the port city of Rason has a special status as an economic zone. Attracting foreign businesses in manufacturing, tourism and transportation, some even speculate...

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