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NGOs say more than 100 migrants returned from Croatia to Serbia

More than 100 migrants were forcibly returned from Croatia to Serbia in the last six months and the human rights of migrants and refugees are systematically...

Number of international protection seekers drastically jumps in 2016

The Interior Ministry said on Tuesday that 2,230 persons sought international protection in Croatia in 2016, as against 211 in 2015, which points to a...

More than 950,000 people seek asylum in EU this year

In the period from January to September 2016, more than 950,000 persons, mostly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, sought asylum in the EU, of whom close to 360...

Merkel's CDU to toughen ayslum laws at party conference

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's signalled on Monday that her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) will toughen their asylum stance when they meet for their...

NATO chief: Turkish alliance soldiers seeking asylum in other nations

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Turkish soldiers in the military alliance have sought asylum in other countries amid a government...

Germany open to granting Turks political asylum, minister says

The German government is open to granting asylum to Turks facing persecution from the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a high-ranking official...

Asylum applications in the EU up 6 per cent in second quarter of 2016

The number of people who filed first-time asylum applications in the European Union increased by 6 per cent in the second quarter of this year, new data...

Asylum applications to OECD countries doubled to 1.65 million in 2015

Some 1.65 million people applied for asylum in the world's most developed nations in 2015 - twice as many as compared with the year before, the Organization...

EU has managed only 3 per cent of 160,000 planned refugee relocations

The European Union has fallen far behind its two-year plan to distribute 160,000 asylum seekers across the bloc, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said...

Asylum seeker in Germany sets wife on fire, kills self

A Syrian asylum seeker died while lighting his wife on fire at a refugee shelter in western Germany, police said Thursday. The 31-year-old woman was being...

Bavaria first German state to dictate residence of asylum seekers

Bavaria has become the first German state to implement a new integration law whereby the government can dictate asylum seekers' place of residence for a period...

10 Syrian refugees relocated from Greece to Croatia

Croatia on Tuesday took in ten Syrian migrants from Greece in accordance with activities "to implement the European Union Council decision establishing...

Asylum seekers self-harming to come to Australia, minister says

Some asylum seekers are harming themselves and making false allegations in order to come to Australia, the country's immigration minister said Thursday. The...

Danish police arrest "lovesick" man at refugee centre for bomb threat

Danish police Wednesday arrested a man who threatened to blow himself up on the roof of a refugee centre. During the stand-off in Nyborg on the island of...

Rights groups slam Australian government over asylum-seeker abuse

Rights groups on Wednesday strongly criticized the Australian government's policy of operating offshore detention centres, after leaked internal reports from...

Kurds make up majority of Turks seeking asylum in Germany

The number of Turkish nationals seeking asylum in Germany spiked in the first six months of 2016, and most of them are members of the country's Kurdish...

Danish politician wants to bar asylum seekers from Muslim countries

A leading lawmaker in Denmark on Thursday called for the Scandinavian country to bar entry for asylum seekers from Muslim countries for up to six years, citing...

North Korean defects in South Korean consulate in Hong Kong: reports

A North Korean defector was believed to be holed up Thursday inside the South Korean consulate in Hong Kong seeking refuge, news reports said. The consulate...

Demands for tougher stance on migrants after attacks shake Germany

Four attacks in a week, three of them committed by asylum seekers and two claimed by the Islamic State group, left Germany shaken and prompted renewed...

Sweden halves projection for number of asylum seekers in 2016

The number of people expected to seek asylum in Sweden this year was halved amid tighter border checks introduced by the European Union and individual European...

EU seeks to stop asylum cheats in effort to control migration

The European Commission unveiled measures Wednesday aimed at cracking down on asylum seekers who abuse EU rules to seek out the most generous countries, but...

EU seeks to streamline asylum rules, open door for refugees long-term

The European Union's executive unveiled measures Wednesday to streamline conditions for would-be refugees across the bloc and prevent so-called asylum shopping...

Greece grants asylum to 800 refugees on Lesbos despite migrant deal

Greek authorities have granted asylum to 800 refugees on the island of Lesbos, the Athens daily Kathimerini reported Wednesday, despite an EU deal with...

Reports: EU to propose fines for countries that refuse asylum burden

The European Union's executive is due Wednesday to propose hefty fees for EU capitals that don't take in asylum seekers from overburdened member states,...

Four-fold increase in EU asylum claims by unaccompanied children

Last year, almost four times as many unaccompanied minors sought asylum in the European Union as in 2014, according to data published Monday, with around half...

Austria adopts tougher asylum law, plans controversial border checks

Austria on Wednesday adopted tougher asylum rules and announced plans to police its border with Italy, amid rising popular support for far-right policies....

Sweden lowers projection for asylum seekers in 2016

The projected number of people seeking asylum in Sweden this year was revised downwards on Wednesday due to the hurdles migrants face in trying to reach...

Austria to adopt stricter asylum laws, present border measures

Austria is set to move towards tougher measures on Wednesday to limit the number of new asylum requests. Legislators in Vienna are expected to pass an...

Croatia approves fewest asylum requests in EU

The 28 European Union member states granted protection status to 333,350 asylum seekers in 2015, an increase of 72% compared with 2014, and Croatia was...

More than 330,000 people granted asylum in EU last year

More than 330,000 people were granted asylum in the European Union last year, the bloc's statistics agency said Wednesday, with Germany welcoming the most...

Germany says asylum applications up in first quarter of 2016

More than 180,000 people applied for asylum in Germany in the first quarter of this year, an increase on the same period in 2015, Interior Minister Thomas de...

EU options on asylum: Tweaking the system or fundamental change?

The European Union's executive floated options Wednesday aimed at making the bloc's asylum system fairer and more harmonized. The existing so-called Dublin...

EU Commission seeks fairer distribution of asylum seekers in bloc

The European Union's executive is due Wednesday to lay out options which it says will ensure a fairer distribution of refugees across the bloc, after its...

Greek parliament approves asylum bill, paving way for EU-Turkey deal

The Greek parliament has approved a bill that amends its asylum laws to pave the way for the planned return of asylum seekers to Turkey, according to the...

Athens votes on asylum bill set to give EU-Turkey deal the go-ahead

Greek parliament was Friday set to vote on a bill that prepares its asylum laws for the planned return of thousands of asylum seekers to Turkey, under a deal...

Athens parliament to vote on fast-tracking asylum to shift crowds

The Greek parliament is set to vote on a bill aimed at speeding up the country's floundering asylum procedure on Friday, a move aimed at paving the way for the...

Austria responds to legal concerns with further asylum restrictions

Austria will handle asylum requests even more restrictively to cap immigration, the government announces, defying Austrian legal experts who have found an...

Amnesty: Turkey deports 30 Afghan asylum seekers after EU deal

Turkish authorities deported 30 Afghan asylum seekers to Afghanistan, just after the European Union reached a deal with Turkey on stemming migration, Amnesty...

Over 1.2 million asylum seekers in EU in 2015, 140 in Croatia

Over 1.2 million people applied for asylum in 28 European Union member states in 2015, twice as many as in 2014, the EU statistical office Eurostat has...

Austria seeks to keep out migrants with advertisement campaigns

Austria plans to deter potential migrants from even leaving their countries with slogans such as "Austria's asylum law has now become even stricter!"...

Germany toughens asylum law as missing migrants highlight admin chaos

A package of asylum measures aimed at reducing migration to Germany and speeding up the application process passed the final hurdle in the German Parliament...

German parliament votes by big majority for tougher asylum laws

The German parliament on Thursday passed a controversial package of tough new asylum laws to help stem the numbers of refugees entering the nation.The laws...

"Sprechen Sie Deutsch?" Asylum seekers boost sales of language books

Not everyone in Germany has welcomed the recent influx of migrants to the country with open arms Sales of books for German language learners surged by 30...

Asylum seeker dead after stabbing in German refugee centre

A 20-year-old asylum seeker is dead after a stabbing in a Bavarian refugee centre, German police said Sunday. The 20-year-old victim was allegedly attacked...

EU cautions Slovenia for its asylum policies

The European Commission on Wednesday issued Slovenia with a reasoned opinion for a second infringement case concerning non-transposition of the Common European...

EU turns up heat on Germany, six others in breach of asylum rules

The European Commission stepped up the pressure Wednesday on Germany and six other EU countries for incorrectly implementing asylum rules, giving them two...

Sweden extends border controls to control flow of asylum seekers

Sweden is determined to control the influx of migrants to the country, a cabinet member said Thursday, shortly after the migration agency projected between 70,...

Merkel government agrees to fresh measures to toughen asylum laws

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed Wednesday to restrict family reunions for refugees and to fast track asylum requests as part of her government...

Australia's offshore detention policy legal, court decides

The Australian High Court Wednesday rejected a legal challenge to the country's offshore immigration detention policy, potentially giving the government the go...

Sweden mulls expulsion of up to 80,000 declined asylum seekers

Sweden is preparing for the expulsion of up to 80,000 people whose asylum bids have been rejected, a cabinet member said Thursday. "I think it is in any...

HRW: Croatia approved only 32 asylum applications 2015

By the end of November last year, more than 400,000 migrants entered Croatia and quickly continued on their way to Hungary and Slovenia and in 2015, the...

Slovenia letting through only migrants seeking asylum in Austria or Germany

The Slovenian government on Thursday adopted restrictive measures for the reception of migrants on the Balkan route and as of 10 pm today will receive only...

Hundreds protest plan for refugee camp in Slovenian town

Several hundred people rallied in the northeastern Slovenian town of Kidricevo on Friday against the government plan to set up a camp there for migrants who...

Austria to send back migrants who don't plan to seek asylum in Germany

Austria will deny entry to migrants who intend to pass through Germany rather than apply for asylum there, Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said...

Germany to debate deportation of asylum seekers who commit crimes

Germany's parliament will Wednesday debate legislative changes that will make it easier to deport asylum seekers who commit crimes, following outrage over...

France receives 79,000 asylum applications in 2015

France received 79,130 asylum applications last year, a spokeswoman for the refugee protection office confirmed Tuesday, marking a 22-per-cent increase over...

Family of asylum seekers attacked in east German city: police

A disabled Tunisian man and his two children were verbally abused and beaten by thugs in a New Year's Eve attack in the east of Germany, where the family has...

Ostojic: Dublin Regulation created for other circumstances

Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic, in response to a formal caution from the European Commission due to Croatia's failure to register migrants in the EURODAC...
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