migrants

Canada soon to begin resettling Iraqi refugees, most of them Yezidis

Canada will resettle 1,200 survivors of the Islamic State campaign to target religious minorities in northern Iraq, Canadian officials announced Tuesday. 

Trump administration opens door for mass deportations

The US Department of Homeland Security laid the groundwork Tuesday for mass deportations of immigrants living illegally in the United States under an executive order by President Donald Trump last month.

Austria seeks to create jobs, but new EU immigrants need not apply

Austria plans to create 160,000 jobs in the next three years by subsidizing companies, but the project has raised concerns because it effectively excludes people who recently immigrated from other EU countries.

Mainly immigrant suburb of Stockholm hit by riots

Dozens of youth clashed with police in a mainly immigrant suburb of the Swedish capital Stockholm on Monday night after an arrest in an underground train station.

Istria border police discover 20 migrants in van

During routine border control, police in the northern Croatian Adriatic region of Istria on Saturday discovered 20 migrants in a van driven by a Croatian national, the Ministry of the Interior said.

Croatian, Austrian foreign ministers talk migrants, bilateral relations

A negligible number of migrants is arriving in Europe along the Balkan route which was closed a year ago, but a big problem is the Mediterranean, where the number of migrants has markedly increased, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna on Tuesday after talks with his Croatian counterpart Davor Ivo Stier.

Croatian Interior minister says Balkan migration route doesn't exist

The so-called Balkan route does not exist and the number of migrants arriving along it, is negligible, Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said in Zupa Dubrovacka on Monday.

Hungary setting up military camps on border with Serbia

Hungary has set up a new military camp near the Kelebia border crossing with Serbia and has announced that it would set up another three camps in Bacsalmas, Madaras and Hercegszanto, with authorities announcing that a second line of fences will be erected, Vojvodina media reported on Thursday.

16 European states agree stronger cooperation to prevent new migrant flow

Sixteen central and southeast European countries, including Croatia, agreed in Vienna on Wednesday to draw up plans in late April for stronger military and civil cooperation so as to secure their borders in case the European Union-Turkey agreement on refugees failed, Reuters reported.

Three attackers who badly injured 18-year-old Iraqi asylee arrested

Karlovac Police have arrested two men and a minor on suspicion of having beaten and severely injuring an 18-year-old asylum seeker from Iraq in Karlovac on Tuesday evening.

Illegal migrants found in parked truck in west Zagreb

Several illegal migrants were found in a truck parked in Zagreb's western suburb of Jankomir on Tuesday and were taken in by the police for identification.

Pahor: Razor-fence seemed necessary half a year ago, not so any more

Slovenian President Borut Pahor said on Monday that he believed that there was no longer any need for the razor fence on the border with Croatia.

No major migrations along Adriatic route, Slovenian FM says

Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec has tried to shed light on Slovenian PM Miro Cerar's statement on Friday about the opening of an Adriatic route whereby migrants might reach Croatia and Slovenia which surprised Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic.

Croatian PM says knows nothing about Adriatic migrant route

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Malta on Friday he knew nothing about a new, Adriatic route whereby migrants would enter Slovenia via the Croatian peninsula of Istria, which was mentioned by Slovenian PM Miro Cerar to everyone's surprise.

EU wants stable Libya to stem migrant flow

The European Union vowed on Friday that it will contribute to Libya's stabilisation and help the Libyan government acquire control over its territory and the land and sea borders to fight human trafficking, while Italy committed to financing refugee camps in Libya with the EU's support.

Slovenian PM demands his associate's resignation over Aliens Act vote

Controversies about the passage of disputable amendments to the Aliens Act in Slovenia have continued this week with Prime Minister Miro Cerar demanding the resignation of Milan Brglez from the post of vice

Gov't rejects interpellation concerning INA renationalisation

The government sent a report to the parliament on Thursday rejecting the conclusions of an interpellation by 19 MPs from the strongest opposition Social Democratic Party regarding the planned renationalisation of the INA oil and gas company and sale of 25 percent minus one share in the HEP power company.

Three migrants injured in knife brawl in Serbia

Three migrants were injured in a knife brawl in the northwestern Serbian town of Sid on Monday evening, while around the same time groups of migrants hiding in truck trailers failed in their attempts to cross the Croatian border illegally, the Serbian broadcaster RTV said on Tuesday.

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 violated, non-governmental organisations from Serbia and Croatia told the TV B92 broadcaster on Friday.

Slovenian parliament endorses new anti-migration law

The Slovenian Parliament on Thursday endorsed the government-sponsored bill of amendments to the Aliens Act with restrictive regulations for potential migrants and asylum seekers, criticised by international nongovernmental organisations and the Council of Europe.

Orepic denies accusations levelled by migrants against police

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic has called on non-governmental organisations to provide evidence of the alleged harassment of migrants by the Croatian police, saying that the police have no such evidence.

Serbia to receive additional EUR 4mn from EU for migrants

Serbia will receive an additional EUR 4 million in aid for migrants, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announced in Belgrade on Saturday.

Slovenian interior minister says Geneva convention outdated

Slovenia will not let others run its asylum policy and mange its borders, and the Geneva convention on refugees is outdated, Interior Minister Vesna Gjerkes Znidar said in an interview with the Maribor-based newspaper Vecer following international criticism at the government-sponsored amendments to the Aliens Act.

Croatian, Serbian ministers of interior discuss migrants

Croatian Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Thursday that he had agreed with his Serbian counterpart Nebojsa Stefanovic for the police chiefs of the two countries to meet and determine procedures to deal with new security challenges.

Somali refugee dead in Italy blaze

A Somali national died and two more suffered from smoke inhalation when a blaze broke in the Florence-area town of Sesto Fiorentino, Italian media reported Thursday.

Asylum seekers stage protest at Porin centre in Zagreb

A group of asylum seekers staged a protest outside the Porin asylum centre in Zagreb on Monday because the police allegedly had not taken any action following several incidents.

2 Bulgarians indicted for illegal trafficking of Afghanis through Croatia

Two Bulgarian nationals were indicted by the prosecutorial authorities in Sisak on Monday for having illegally transported 67 Afghan migrants in inhumane conditions in a van through Croatia in mid-December when 35 of those refugees had to be hospitalised for carbon monoxide poisoning and hypothermia.

Migrants voluntarily leaving Germany hit 16-year high

The number of migrants leaving Germany voluntarily hit a 16-year high in 2016, as the number of migrants turned away at the border also increased sharply, according to media reports.

Nearly 20,000 migrants turned away at Germany's borders in 2016

German police are on track to turn away some 20,000 migrants this year at the country's borders, airports and sea ports, local media reported Wednesday.

Mediterranean deaths reach record 5,000 as smugglers adjust tactics

New, riskier tactics by people smugglers have pushed the number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean to a new record of more than 5,000 this year, UN organizations said Friday in Geneva.

Pahor to run for second term, hopes for stronger cooperation with Croatia

Slovenia's President Borut Pahor said on Wednesday that he would run for a second term at the presidential election next year and that he would like to strengthen cooperation and mutual trust with Croatia.

Investigative custody set for Bulgarian people smugglers

Two Bulgarians arrested near Novska on Saturday night for trying to smuggle 67 Afghan migrants in inhumane conditions have been placed in investigative custody, the state prosecutor's office has reported.

Illegal migrants found in lorry east of Zagreb recovering well, 2 Bulgarians arrested

Most of 67 illegal migrants found in a lorry on the motorway near the eastern Croatian town of Novska on Saturday evening are men aged 15-20, and there are also two children aged 10-12, Health Minister Milan Kujundzic said on Sunday, stressing that all of the 42 migrants who had to be hospitalised were recovering well and would be discharged soon.

Dozens of migrants found hidden in lorry on motorway east of Zagreb

Over 50 migrants were found hidden in a cargo vehicle with foreign licence plates near Novska, 90 kilometres east of Zagreb on Saturday night, when traffic police stopped the lorry driving along the motorway, and a majority of the passengers were in a poor condition as they had inhaled carbon monoxide fumes and suffered from hypothermia.

Commissioner Avramopoulos: Balkan migrant route currently stable

EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos on Friday in Ljubljana underscored the importance of the Western Balkans for controlling the migration flows.

Gov't, parliament, president must see to cooperation with emigrants, says Croatian PM

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday it was very important that the government, parliament, the president and all ministries took into account the contribution of Croatian emigrants and the prospects of cooperation with them.  

Report: Isolation fuels Islamic and far-right extremism in Britain

Pockets of Britain where immigrants live in clustered communities are stifling social integration, setting back gender equality and fuelling Islamic and far-right extremism, a government report has found.

Iranian migrant shot and wounded in Serbia

Serbian police on Saturday confirmed reports that an Iranian migrant was wounded in a shooting near the border with Hungary, state TV RTS reported.

Slovenian police catch 30 illegal migrants

Slovenian police caught 30 illegal migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, including six minors and a child, near the coastal town of Koper on Thursday night, the town's Primorske Novice newspaper said on Friday citing the local police.

Syrian teen with headscarf complains of being kicked off Berlin tram

A 14-year-old Syrian girl was allegedly told to disembark from a tram in Berlin because the driver did not approve of her headscarf, police in the German capital said on Wednesday.

German court rules against deporting refugee to Hungary

A German court ruled on Tuesday against the nation deporting an asylum seeker to Hungary because of the Central European state's "inhumane and degrading treatment" of refugees.

Clashes break out at migrant centre in Bulgaria, 14 police injured

Clashes broke out Thursday between asylum seekers and police in Bulgaria's largest migrant reception centre, local authorities said.

PM says Slovenia protecting Schengen, will close border if necessary

If there is a new migrant wave along the Balkan route as last year, Slovenia will take every security measure and protect the external Schengen border, Prime Minister Miro Cerar told Maribor's Vecer daily of Thursday, adding that the border might be closed if Austria did the same.

Italy coastguard: More than 650 migrants rescued from Mediterranean

Some 658 migrants have been rescued following three interventions on the Mediterranean Sea stretching between Italy and North Africa, the Italian coastguard said Wednesday.

Somali-born German arrested for smuggling migrants out of Italy

A Somali-born German was arrested Wednesday in Germany for allegedly heading a 13-man smuggling ring that helped migrants travel from Italy to northern Europe, Italian police said.

Italy coastguard: 8 bodies recovered, 1,400 saved from Mediterranean

Eight bodies have been recovered and about 1,400 people saved in Mediterranean Sea migrant rescues, the Italian coastguard said Tuesday.

Migrant killed by train while trying to cross Italy-Austria border

A migrant was killed overnight in the northern Italian province of South Tyrol while trying to board a train for Austria, the ANSA news agency reported Tuesday.

Five Iranians caught illegally entering Croatia in Konavle

Five Iranians were caught by Dubrovnik police in an attempt to illegally entered Croatia on Monday, and the men aged between 25 and 31 years, are to be readmitted  to Montenegro from where they arrived in Croatia.

Mass brawl breaks out between migrants in Belgrade, one stabbed to death

One person was stabbed to death and two were seriously injured in a mass brawl that broke out between two groups of migrants in central Belgrade on Monday, Serbian police said.

Croatian FM: Balkan route needs to remain shut and under control

It is very important that the Western Balkan migrant route remains shut and under control, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Monday noting that last year's migrant wave that hit Europe illustrated the urgency to find a "joint effective and long-term solution for these movements," but also of the importance to continue the cooperation between the EU and Turkey.

Melbourne bank fire suspect identified as asylum seeker from Myanmar

The 21-year-old man who set himself on fire inside a Melbourne bank injuring 26 people, was an asylum seeker who was waiting for his immigration claim to be processed, a local community leader said Saturday.

Report: Germany expects to send about 12,000 migrants back to Afghanistan

More than 12,000 Afghan migrants to Germany are to be sent back to their home country because large parts of Afghanistan are considered safe, according to a German government document reviewed by a German newspaper Thursday.

EU agency: Italy faced record sea migrant arrivals last month

Nearly 27,500 migrants arrived in Italy in October, an all-time monthly record fuelled by favourable weather conditions, the European Union's border agency Frontex said Wednesday.

Migrants return to Belgrade by train, refuse to go to reception centres

A group of migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, who attempted to break through a barricade put up by the Serbian police at the Sid-Tovarnik border crossing and enter Croatia, have returned to Belgrade by train, but many of them refused accommodation in reception centres, Radio and Television Serbia (RTS) reported on Tuesday.

Seven migrants dead, dozens missing, almost 900 rescued off Libya

Seven bodies were found and dozens of boat migrants trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea were feared dead off the coast of Libya, a rescue charity and the Italian coastguard said Tuesday.

Migrants give up on entering Croatia, return to Sid on foot

 A group of migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan who attempted unsuccessfully to break through a barricade put up by the Serbian police at the Sid-Tovarnik border crossing and enter Croatia, gave up their efforts and returned to Sid on foot, an official of the Serbian Migrants and Refugees Commission, Ivan Gerginov, said on Monday evening.

Migrants try to break through police barricade and cross into Croatia

Around 130 migrants, who spent the night between Sunday and Monday in the open, around 2 pm on Monday attempted unsuccessfully to break through a barricade put up by the Serbian police at the Sid-Tovarnik border crossing, Radio Television Vojvodina (RTV) and the Tanjug news agency have reported.

Migrants reach Croatia's eastern border, seek passage to Italy and France

About a hundred migrants reached the eastern border of Croatia on foot on Sunday after refusing accommodation in Serbian reception centres.  

Minister: There are no problems with migrants at Tovarnik border crossing

Croatian Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic on Sunday visited Tovarnik, close to the border with Serbia, reporting afterwards that the situation there was stable and that there were no signs of any problems regarding migrants.

Migrants reach border town, Serbian authorities offer to return them to Belgrade

A group of migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, who on Friday set out on foot from Belgrade towards the border with Croatia, on Sunday arrived under police escort close to Sid, a town on the border with Croatia, a Serbian Labour and Welfare Ministry official confirmed to the public broadcaster RTS on Sunday.

Migrants from Serbia some 70 kilometres from Croatian border

About 150 migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan who on Friday set out on foot from Belgrade towards Croatia were on Saturday about 70 kilometres away from the border with Croatia while some of them returned to the Serbian capital due to exhaustion, the RTS public broadcaster said.

Migrants set out on foot from Serbia towards Croatia

A group of about 150 migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan set out on foot from Belgrade towards Croatia on Friday afternoon, seeking free and safe passage to western Europe.

Paris opens new migrant reception centre after camp clearing

The city of Paris opened a migrant reception centre on Thursday capable of accommodating 400 people for several days before they find other arrangements.

Austria, neighbours discuss action to be taken if EU-Turkey deal falls through

Austria met on Monday with its Balkan neighbours to discuss what action they might take if a deal with Turkey aimed at restricting the flow of illegal migrants into the European Union collapses, Reuters reported.

Austria wants neighbours to prepare for end of Turkey refugee deal

Austria wants Central and Eastern Europe to coordinate police and military policies in case the EU-Turkey migration deal disintegrates, Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said Monday.

Report: Germany mulls sending Mediterranean migrants back to Africa

Germany's Interior Ministry would consider sending migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea back to Africa, a spokesman said in comments published Sunday.

10 migrants dead, more than 2,200 survivors in Mediterranean rescues

Ten bodies were recovered and more than 2,200 people were saved in Saturday migrant rescue operations in the central Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

Germany expecting fewer than 300,000 new refugee arrivals in 2016

The number of newly arrived refugees to Germany this year will total fewer than 300,000, the country's migration officials estimate.

Crimes against German asylum-seeker accommodation rise in 2016

The number of crimes against asylum-seeker accommodation in Germany was almost a third higher in the first 10 months of 2016 than in the same period last year, according to fresh data released Saturday, despite a drop in the number of refugee arrivals.

Migrant camp in Paris cleared; thousands relocated

French authorities cleared a makeshift migrant camp in the northern part of Paris on Friday, taking 3,852 people in to be sent to accommodation centres, the regional authority said.

Almost 250 feared dead after migrant shipwrecks in Mediterranean

Nearly 250 people were feared dead in new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea, bringing the number of dead or missing migrants on that route to a record 4,220 for this year, UN organizations said Thursday.

Turkey threatens to stop refugee deal before end of the year

Turkey will end its refugee deal with the European Union before the end of December if the EU does not soon ease visa restrictions for Turks, Ankara's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung.

Around 77,000 refugees stuck in south-eastern Europe

Approximately 77,000 refugees are stranded in south-eastern Europe since the Balkan route into Europe was closed at the beginning of the year, according to the latest update from German security authorities.

Pope to Europe: Don't take in more refugees than you can integrate

Pope Francis warned European governments on Tuesday not to take in more asylum seekers than can be integrated into their societies.

IOM: 2016 migrant death toll in Mediterranean nears 4,000

Almost 4,000 migrants have died so far this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Tuesday.

Prague sends police to help Serbia, Macedonia stop migrants at border

The Czech Republic on Monday deployed 55 police officers to Serbia and Macedonia to block migrants from making their way north to the European Union.

Paris stand-off between police, migrants amid calls for evacuation

A police operation in northern Paris to check migrants' documents created tension on Monday, with asylum seekers facing off briefly with police in riot gear.

Offshore refugees to be banned from ever getting to Australia

Australia's government is seeking to ban for life all asylum seekers, even genuine refugees, currently held in offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, it announced Sunday.

Registration best way to prevent terrorists entering EU, says EPP official

The president of the European People's Party (EPP) Group in the European Committee of the Regions, Michael Schneider, said in Dubrovnik on Friday that borders within the European Union must not be a barrier to economic development of regions but that at the same time, the EU's external borders must be protected and that registration is the best way to prevent terrorists from entering the EU.

Isolated fires as demolition crews raze remains of "Jungle" camp

French firefighters doused a series of small blazes Friday morning at the site of a now-empty migrant camp near the northern port city of Calais.

Report: Survivors tell Italian police 51 migrants missing at sea

Fifty-one migrants are missing in the Mediterranean Sea, people who were travelling with them told Italian police after being rescued, the ANSA news agency reported Thursday.

Some migrants return to Calais camp as France says evacuation over

Dozens of migrants spilled back into the camp known as the "Jungle" near the northern French port city of Calais onThursday, as authorities declared the evacuation operation wasover.

2016 deadliest year for migrants in Mediterranean, UN agency says

This year has been the deadliest ever for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, with at least 3,800 people having drowned, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday.

MSF: 25 bodies recovered off Libya, 246 migrants rescued

Twenty-five bodies have been recovered and 246 people saved in Mediterranean Sea rescue operations, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says.

Calais migrant camp empty, as official announces "end of the Jungle"

All the migrants at a camp near the northern French port city of Calais have left, the official heading the Pas de Calais administration said Wednesday.

Migrant rescues close to Libya pose security risk, EU agency says

Migrants adrift in the Mediterranean are being picked up "closer and closer" to Libyan waters, exposing rescue vessels to greater security risks, the head of the European Union's border and coast guard agency Frontex warned Wednesday.

Turkey now top 10 destination for German arms amid refugee crisis

Turkey has jumped into the top 10 in the rankings of destinations for German arms exports as Ankara responds to increased domestic security concerns resulting from a wave of refugees fleeing wars in the Middle East, according to a government report in the hands of dpa.

Sweden lowers projection for number of asylum seekers in 2016

Tighter border checks introduced by the European Union and individual European states were Tuesday cited as the main factors for a continued drop in asylum seekers this year in Sweden.

France crews begin clearing encampments as migrants leave Calais

French crews began disassembling makeshift shelters Tuesday, removing tarpaulins and scrap materials that made up the so-called "Jungle" migrant camp near Calais.

Over 2,000 leave migrant camp near Calais on first day of clearing

French authorities started the process of clearing thousands of migrants from a makeshift camp near the northern city of Calais on Monday, with hundreds of people lining up to be registered and driven to accommodation centres throughout the country.

Slovenian PM announces stricter controls of border with Croatia in case of migrant wave

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar on Monday announced a stricter control of the border with Croatia in case of another migrant wave and pressure on Slovenia's borders, Slovenian media reported.

France starts emptying migrant camp near Calais

French authorities started the process of clearing thousands of migrants from a makeshift camp near the northern city of Calais on Monday, with hundreds of people lining up to be registered and driven to accommodation centres throughout the country.

Danish queen writes that residency doesn't make a person Danish

Living in Denmark is not enough to make a person Danish, writes Danish Queen Margrethe II in her new book, a statement raising eyebrows because of a stronger tone on migration than many had come to expect from the monarch.

Italy coastguard: 14 dead, 6,100 survivors in sea migrant rescues

Fourteen bodies have been recovered and about 6,100 people have been saved in migrant rescues in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend, the Italian coastguard said on Sunday.

Violence breaks out ahead of planned clearing of Calais refugee camp

Flashes of unrest were reported Sunday as residents of the "Jungle," Calais's infamous refugee camp, lashed out at government preparations to shut down the sprawling settlement in northern France.

Croatian PM: There's no reason to put up border fences for now

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday that at the moment he did not see any need to put up physical barriers on the border, which is what neighbouring Slovenia has started doing in anticipation of a possible new migrant wave.

Slovenia erecting panel fence along Croatia border

Slovenia started putting up a metal panel fence at its biggest border crossing with Croatia, Bregana-Obrezje, on Thursday and at the Gruskovje-Macelj crossing on Friday, Slovenia's STA news agency said, citing the Interior Ministry.

Serbia will not increase accommodation capacity for migrants

Serbia has been given additional funds by the European Union to manage the migrant crisis during the winter, but it has no intention of increasing the capacity for the reception of refugees and migrants, Serbian Labour and Social Welfare Minister Aleksandar Vulin said after talks with EU officials in Brussels on Friday.

Cypriot coastguard rescues 84 Syrian refugees

The Cypriot coastguard has rescued 84 Syrian refugees from a boat in distress, a police spokesman told RIK radio on Friday.

Violent protest by refugees in Madrid ends peacefully

A violent protest by refugees in the Spanish capital Madrid was ended peacefully by police Wednesday morning after 12 hours of negotiations, the head of the camp where they live, Ignacio Cosido, told reporters.