asylum-seekers

Police: Germany investigating 60 asylum seekers for terrorist links

German authorities are investigating 60 asylum seekers in the country on suspicion of belonging to or supporting terrorist organizations including Islamic State, the Federal Criminal Police Office BKA said Monday.

Six-fold spike in number of unaccompanied minors arriving in Germany

The number of unaccompanied minors applying for asylum in Germany has rocketed, according to a government response to a parliamentary information request, with applications up six-fold in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2015.

Austria rejects EU proposal on jobs for asylum seekers

The EU should not give asylum seekers access to labour markets as this would attract additional migrants, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said in an interview published Thursday, rejecting a proposal by the European Commission.

First group of relocated migrants welcomed in Zagreb

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic and the head of the European Commission Representation to Croatia, Branko Baricevic, welcomed the first group of migrants outside the Porin reception centre for asylum seekers in Zagreb on Friday.

Danish police start to seize cash from asylum seekers under new law

A controversial Danish law allowing authorities to seize assets from asylum seekers was implemented for the first time this week, police said Thursday.

Asylum applications in the EU dropped in first three months of 2016

The number of people who filed first-time asylum applications in the European Union dropped to 287,085 in the first three months of this year, new data released on Thursday showed, with Germany remaining the preferred destination for migrants.

Current migration border controls in Europe's Schengen area

Several European countries reintroduced border controls in response to the surge of migrants and asylum seekers that overwhelmed their systems last year.

EU seeks to force member states to take in asylum seekers or pay fees

EU member states would in future be obliged to take in asylum seekers from overburdened countries in the bloc or else pay hefty fees, under proposals issued Wednesday to shake up asylum rules following last year's migration surge into Europe.

Hundreds protest in Australia against detention of asylum seekers

About 400 people protested in the Australian city of Melbourne Saturday against the offshore detention of asylum seekers, a news report said, as the future of the detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island remains uncertain.

EU Commission wants to shake up bloc's asylum rules, official says

The European Union's executive is due this week to lay out options aimed at ensuring a better distribution of refugees across the bloc, after its asylum system broke down last year amid a migration surge into Europe.

Athens to vote on asylum bill for return of refugees to Turkey

The Greek parliament is set to vote on a bill Friday readying its asylum system for the planned return of thousands of asylum seekers to Turkey, under a deal struck between the European Union and Ankara.

Norway stops deportation of asylum seekers to Russia

Norway said Monday it will not deport any more asylum seekers to Russia, noting that Russian authorities are contradicting the European Convention on Human Rights and immediately returning Syrians to their country of origin.

Somali asylum-seeker arrested in Italy for incitement to terrorism

A Somali imam has been arrested on charges of spreading Islamist propaganda among fellow asylum seekers hosted in a reception centre, Italian police said Wednesday.

EU saw record 1.2 million first-time asylum applications last year

More than 1.2 million people filed first-time asylum applications in the European Union last year, a record for the 28-country bloc, its statistics agency said Friday.

Three asylum seekers first to be convicted over Cologne attacks

Two asylum seekers tried in connection with a series of crimes in Cologne on New Year's Eve have been handed suspended sentences for theft, and a third has been put on probation, a court spokesman said.

Asylum seeker first to be convicted in New Year's Eve Cologne attacks

The first person tried in connection with a series of thefts and sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve has been handed a fine and a six-month suspended sentence for theft, a court spokesman said.

Police: Nearly 5,000 refugee children missing in Germany

Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied refugee children were registered as missing in Germany as of January 1, the Federal Criminal Police Office BKA said Wednesday.

OECD, UN refugee agency chiefs call for better integration in Europe

The heads of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called Thursday for better integration of asylum seekers in Europe.

Merkel toughens laws to deport criminal migrants

More than 1 million refugees arrived in Germany last year, placing enormous strains on the nation's resources for asylum seekers and triggering criticism from within Merkel's coalition of her handling of the crisis.

ECRE: Europe must overcome differences concerning asylum policies

"Refugee-supporting organizations from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland call on the European Union and European states to overcome their fatal division concerning asylum policies.

Male migrants banned from German pool after sexual harassment

Male asylum-seekers have been banned from a German municipal indoor swimming pool after incidents where women bathers complained of sexual harassment, town officials said Friday.