migration of people

Germany deports 18 rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan

A Kabul-bound plane with 18 Afghan migrants on board took off from Munich Airport late Wednesday, its passengers becoming the third group of rejected asylum seekers to be deported by German authorities back to Afghanistan.

Merkel cabinet OKs new rules easing deportation of asylum seekers

The cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday agreed a package of measures to ease the deportation of criminal asylum seekers.

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. 

German court rules against automatic refugee status for Syrians

Syrians fleeing the multi-sided civil war in their home country do not have an automatic right to refugee status under the Geneva Convention, a German court ruled Tuesday.

Red Cross: Bodies of 74 migrants wash ashore in Libya

The discovery of the bodies of 74 migrants washed ashore on the Libyan coast highlight the continued dangers facing people trying to get across the Mediterranean to Europe, warned aid agencies Tuesday.

Residents in northern Greece oppose refugee children attending school

There were renewed clashes between angry residents and police in the northern Greek town of Oreokastro on Monday, where some locals have for months opposed children from a nearby refugee centre being taught at the local school.

Denmark registers sharp drop in asylum bids in 2016

Denmark saw asylum bids in 2016 drop by two-thirds compared to the previous year, the Scandinavian country's statistics agency said Monday.

Eleven injured as migrants storm Spanish enclave of Ceuta

Around 350 migrants managed to scale the 6-metre-high double border fence around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in Morocco early Monday.

Report: Illegal immigrant numbers in Germany fell sharply in 2016

The number of cases of illegal entry to Germany fell sharply in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to the country's federal police.

Hundreds of migrants stampede Moroccan border fence into Spanish city

Hundreds of migrants stampeded a six-metre border fence in Morocco on Friday and entered the independent Spanish city of Ceuta, Moroccan authorities said.

EU countries struggle to return migrants to other countries

Countries in the European Union struggled with returning migrants to third countries with less than 60 per cent of return decisions implemented in 2016, the EU border protection agency Frontex said in a report Wednesday.

Turkey hosting more than 3.5 million refugees, government says

Turkey is hosting more than 3.5 million refugees and migrants, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Wednesday, according to state news agency Anadolu.

Amnesty: EU-Turkey refugee deal a disaster, must not be repeated

Amnesty International issued a plea to world leaders on Tuesday not to use the "disastrous" EU-Turkey refugee deal as a blueprint for similar schemes in Libya, Sudan and Niger.

Italian mayor blocks road to halt migrants

An Italian mayor has dumped a pile of earth on a road leading to a residential building to prevent migrants and refugees coming into his community, Ansa news agency reported on Monday.

Report slams Pakistan for pressuring Afghan refugees to head home

Police abuse, combined with deportation threats, compelled more than 600,000 Afghan refugees to leave Pakistan and return home last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday.  

Trump adviser: All options on table in legal battle on immigration

A senior policy advisor to US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the White House is looking at all options to reinstate a temporary travel ban on foreigners it considers at high risk of being terrorists.

US officials take hundreds into custody after immigration raids

More than 100 immigrants without residence permits have been detained following raids in several US states, US media reported Saturday.

Merkel wants swifter deportations of rejected Tunisian asylum seekers

Tunisian asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected must be deported more quickly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday in her weekly video podcast.

Thousands protest across Germany against deportations to Afghanistan

Thousands of demonstrators in several German cities called Saturday for a halt to deportations to Afghanistan, calling it an unsafe country and saying that Germany should not be forcing people to return there.

Trump says new security measures coming due to 'tremendous threats'

US President Donald Trump said Friday the United States would announce additional security next week in light of "tremendous threats" against the country.

Italy unveils new asylum, repatriation measures

The Italian government on Friday approved new measures to speed up the processing of asylum claims as well as the repatriation of migrants who cross the Mediterranean in a bid to reach Europe.

Amnesty: Only 1 unaccompanied child refugee resettled in N Ireland

The British government "should be ashamed" that only one unaccompanied child refugee came to Northern Ireland as part of a scheme that has since been scrapped, Amnesty International said Friday.

French farmer gets token sentence for helping migrants cross border

A farmer from southern France, who had sought to aid migrants, escaped with a token sentence on Friday after being convicted of helping undocumented immigrants cross into the country from Italy, his lawyer said.

Norway extends border checks to control migrant flows

Norway is extending temporary border checks until May to control the inflow of migrants, the government said Friday.

Court ruling upholds temporary halt to Trump travel ban

A US appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday unanimously rejected the US government's request to reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Backlash after British government caps child refugee scheme

The British government faced a backlash on Thursday after deciding to put a cap of 350 on a child refugee scheme.

Kenyan court blocks government decision to close huge refugee camp

Kenya's High Court on Thursday ruled that the government's plan to close the world's largest refugee camp was unconstitutional, according to court documents seen by dpa.

Balkan route countries look to plug last gaps in borders

Countries along the Balkan migration route agreed on Wednesday to seal the already hard borders and prevent a possible new surge of people trying to reach wealthy EU countries.

Asylum applications reach 20-year high in Italy in 2016

Last year marked a new record for Italy as asylum applications reached a 20-year high, according to a new report out Thursday by a Milan-based think tank on migration.

Sweden projects fewer asylum seekers in 2017

Swedish authorities expect a continued drop in asylum seekers this year, amid tighter border checks introduced by the European Union and individual European states.

Austria reports record arrivals over Alpine migration route

The inflow of migrants into Austria's Tyrolean mountains reached a record high last year, the local police chief said on Tuesday, warning that the region was facing mounting problems due to continued arrivals from neighbouring Italy.

Germany: EU's Mediterranean anti-migrant mission helping smugglers

The European Union's anti-migrant smuggling mission in the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia, is actually helping people traffickers, the German government has admitted.

Italy rescues over 1,500 migrants from Mediterranean over the weekend

Over 1,500 migrants were rescued from unseaworthy boats in the central Mediterranean off Libya at the weekend, Italy's Coastguard said Monday.

Pence: Trump's travel ban is 'fully consistent' with US law

US Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Aid workers save 1,600 in 'nightmare' scenes in the Mediterranean

There were more dramatic scenes in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday morning as rescue workers saved 300 people in the Strait of Sicily, the Italian coastguard told news agency Ansa.

Trump slams ruling by 'so-called judge' who blocked his travel ban

US President Donald Trump on Saturday criticized a ruling by a Seattle federal judge who blocked his ban on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and vowed to have it overturned.

Airlines allow banned travellers on US flights after court ruling

Several airlines were on Saturday allowing travellers hit by a US travel ban to board flights to the United States after a federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration's move.

US judge temporarily blocks Trump travel ban; White House to appeal

A US federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's order banning refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, in a major blow to the new administration.

Frontex officers begin patrolling Greek-Macedonian border

Officers from European border agency Frontex have begun patrolling the border between Greece and Macedonia, Frontex said Friday.

Italy unveils 200-million-euro Africa fund to curb migration

Italy on Wednesday unveiled a so-called Africa fund aimed at preventing potential migrants from leaving their homelands and traffickers from exploiting them.

Under-fire White House seeks to clarify refugee ban

The United States will admit 872 refugees this week despite an executive order by President Donald Trump halting the US refugee programme and banning most travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations.

German government to give more money to freely returning refugees

The German government plans to give more money to refugees who decide voluntarily to return to their homelands, the Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday.

Fire breaks out in Bulgaria's largest refugee camp

A fire erupted in Bulgaria's largest camp for refugees and migrants, forcing the evacuation of 500 people, private broadcaster bTV reported Tuesday.

Trump fires acting attorney general as opposition to travel ban grows

US President Donald Trump wasted little time Monday in removing the acting attorney general from office after she said she would not defend his executive order on immigration in court.

Acting attorney general says she won't defend Trump's travel ban

The acting US attorney general says the Department of Justice will not defend US President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Trump firm on travel ban amid broad criticism, continued protests

The White House held firm Monday to its position that a temporary travel ban aimed at blocking potential terrorists from entering the country has been good for the security of the country despite criticism and continued pressure to walk it back.

Christian Syrians denied entry to United States, sent to Lebanon

A Syrian Christian family was sent back to Syria after being denied the right to enter the United States following President Donald Trump's strict new immigration orders imposed over the weekend, security sources told dpa on Monday.

Trump reminds the world: Travel ban was 'big part of my campaign'

US President Donald Trump said Monday there had been very few problems with the implementation of his travel ban while reminding the world that it was "a big part of my campaign."

International backlash to Trump's travel ban grows

The backlash against US President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration was widening on Monday. Here are the latest updates:

Iraq slates Trump travel ban; lawmakers demand tit-for-tat measures

Iraq Monday called on Washington to reconsider the ban on its citizens entering the US, saying it was "saddening" that it came as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition were scoring victories against Islamic State extremists.

US ban means Yemeni Nobel peace laureate's sister could miss Harvard

The sister of Yemeni Nobel peace laureate Tawakkol Karman might not be able to attend Harvard Law School because of US President Donald Trump's order barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.

Islamic bloc warns US immigrant ban would 'embolden' radicals

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed grave concern Monday at the ban imposed by the United States on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying it will only strengthen extremists.

Leaders, activists slam 'secrecy' of US-Australia refugee deal

Australian opposition leaders and human rights activists have heavily criticized a US-Australia deal that will decide the fate of hundreds of refugees currently languishing on Nauru and Manus islands.

Iranian director Farhadi will not attend Oscars over US travel ban

Iranian filmmaker Ashgar Farhadi said Sunday he would not attend next month's Oscars ceremony due to US President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Protesters at US airports, cities decry Trump order

Protests against US President Donald Trump's immigration order were held Sunday at several major US airports and in some cities, including many sparked by news of travellers being detained.

US Homeland Security: No change to Trump immigration ban

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sunday said it would continue to enforce a ban on people arriving from certain Muslim-majority countries, despite a federal judge's order placing a hold on the controversial measures.

Senior Iraqi cleric tells Trump to take Americans out of his country

Influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Sunday that US citizens should leave his country in response to President Donald Trump’s ban on the entry of people from seven mainly Muslim countries including Iraq.

Trump's travel ban sparks protests across US in tumultuous first week

President Donald Trump was facing a weekend of nationwide protests after signing an executive order to suspend refugee admissions and ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Egyptian activist: Christians in Trump's favour could face backlash

US President Donald Trump's willingness to prioritize refugee claims from members of persecuted religious minorities could actually rebound against Middle Eastern Christians, according to a prominent rights activist from Egypt's Christian minority.

Merkel opposes US travel ban targeting mainly Muslims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not believe that US President Donald Trump's order to ban the entry of refugees and citizens from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries is justified by security concerns, her spokesman said on Sunday.

Reports: Australia's refugee deal with the US still stands

US President Donald Trump has assured Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that he will honour a one-off refugee resettlement deal between the two countries, local media have reported.

US court ruling suspends Trump order, halts deportations

A US judge on Saturday granted an emergency stay against US President Donald Trump's order banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.

Trudeau tells refugees to come to Canada after Trump ban

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told refugees to come to Canada, after US President Donald Trump suspended his country's refugee programme for four months and indefinitely banned Syrians.

Drama at New York's JFK, passengers blocked in Cairo over Trump ban

An Iraqi detained at John F Kennedy airport in New York was released Saturday after being held for 15 hours, following a presidential order to ban migration to the United States from certain countries.

KLM refuses to fly seven passengers to US after Trump migration ban

Dutch airline KLM on Saturday refused to fly seven passengers to the United States, after President Donald Trump signed an order barring people from some countries from entering the nation.

Austria cancels Iranian visas following Trump migration order

Austria is cancelling visas for Iranians destined for the US, including members of non-Muslim minorities, due to changes in US migration policy brought in by new President Donald Trump.

Arabs blocked from US flights after Trump ban

Egyptian authorities Saturday stopped six Arabs from leaving for the United States, according to sources at Cairo airport, just hours after President Donald Trump suspended refugee admissions and barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Iranian director considers Oscars boycott after Trump travel ban

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is a candidate for an Oscar this year, is considering boycotting the award ceremony in protest at US President Donald Trump's changes to the country's migration policy.

UN appeals to Trump: US contribution to refugee resettlement vital

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has appealed to President Donald Trump to rethink his policy to halt immigration to the United States, stressing the importance of his country's contribution to alleviating the global refugee crisis.

UN launches mobile messaging system for Afghan refugees in Pakistan

The United Nations launched a mobile messaging service for young Afghan refugees in Pakistan, enabling them to make visible their needs and issues in the areas of health, education and protection, water sanitation, social welfare and others, the world body said in a press release on Friday.

Trump to seek tax on Mexican imports to pay for border wall

US President Donald Trump supports a "means to tax imports" from Mexico to pay for his planned wall along the southern US border, the White House said Thursday, after a planned meeting with his Mexican counterpart was called off.

German minister urges processing migrants outside of the EU

Migrants should be processed in camps outside the European Union in case of a "mass influx" of refugees, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on the sidelines of an EU ministerial meeting in Malta Thursday.

Mexican President Pena Nieto cancels White House meeting with Trump

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto cancelled a planned meeting with Donald Trump next week in Washington as the new US president clung to his demand that Mexico pay for his planned border wall.

Trump threatens to cancel meeting with Mexican president

US President Donald Trump on Thursday threw a scheduled meeting next week into doubt over Mexico's opposition to his planned wall along their shared border.

Australia 'confident' Trump will stick to refugee resettlement deal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday that he is confident that the refugee resettlement deal struck last year with the US will hold under President Donald Trump.

EU proposes prolonging border controls, increasing support for Libya

Border controls instated by five EU countries inside the Schengen free-travel zone should be allowed to continue for three more months and the EU should increase its support for migration issues in Libya, the European Commission said Wednesday.

Rights watchdog hits out at Germany over deportations to Afghanistan

EU members including Germany should immediately stop the forced deportation of rejected Afghan asylum seekers, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.

Second group of rejected Afghan asylum seekers returns from Germany

A group of 25 Afghan asylum seekers whose requests to live in Germany were rejected arrived back in their home country on Tuesday, according to border police at Kabul airport.

Germany and Austria push for extension of border controls

Germany and Austria want to extend controls at their border amid ongoing security threats, the countries' interior ministers said in Berlin on Thursday.

Mediterranean death toll exceeds 200 since January 1, IOM says

At least 219 people have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in the first weeks of 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

Australian immigration spent billions without records, audit shows

Australia's immigration department cannot show a paper trail for payments worth 1.1 billion Australian dollars (820 million US dollars) for contracts related to the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, an audit report showed Tuesday.

Denmark defends little-used law allowing seizure of refugee valuables

A controversial year-old Danish law that allows the seizure of assets from asylum seekers to make them pay for their stay has only been applied four times, according to a news report on Monday.

Migrant boat with more than 100 aboard capsizes in Mediterranean

A boat carrying around 110 migrants capsized off the coast of Libya on Saturday, according to Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Merkel accepts gift that triggered police raid

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday accepted a handmade wood carving from an Iranian refugee, two weeks after the thank-you gift triggered a police raid at a German postal centre.

Migrants shivering in Serbia find no warmth in Hungary, minister says

Hungary will not open its border to refugees and migrants facing bitterly cold conditions in neighbouring Serbia, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a German newspaper.

Number of unaccompanied child migrants in Mediterranean doubles

The number of child migrants who crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy without family more than doubled to 25,800 last year, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday in Geneva.

Report: EU has disbursed 748 million euros to aid refugees in Turkey

The European Union has disbursed 748 million euros (797.2 million dollars) of 1.45 billion euros already set aside to support refugees in Turkey, the European Commission stated in a report on Thursday.

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.

Malta PM: EU members need 'mutual understanding' to tackle migration

Members of the European Union need "mutual understanding" of concerns about migration, said Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Wednesday, noting that securing European borders was essential to reaching an agreement on burden sharing.

Austria should cut asylum numbers by half, conservatives say

Austria ought to lower its upper limit for asylum applications it will process to 17,000 - just under half the 35,000 it had planned to this year - conservative Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner proposed Wednesday.

Police in Italy and Germany bust migrant smuggling ring

Italian and German police have busted a six-member ring that smuggled asylum seekers into the European Union via the Balkans, state police in the Italian city of Ancona said Wednesday.

Migration to Germany plummets with 280,000 arrivals in 2016

Germany received 280,000 asylum seekers in 2016, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday, marking a sharp drop from the previous year.

Report: German asylum applications drop to 320,000 in 2016

Asylum applications dropped in Germany in 2016 to around 320,000, a major decrease in comparison to the year before, while the number of people arrested for human trafficking in the country also decreased, local media reported Sunday.

2016 saw sharp drop in Mediterranean migrants, surge in deaths

The number of migrants who arrived on Europe's shores dropped by nearly two thirds last year, but the death toll in the Mediterranean jumped to 5,079, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the EU border agency Frontex said Friday.

Austria seeks to stop asylum applications on EU territory

The European Union should curb immigration by banning refugee applications on its territory and setting up asylum application centres outside the bloc, according to proposals put forward by Austria's defence minister.

Thirty injured after refugee home burns down in Germany

Thirty residents of a refugee home in north-western Germany were injured in a fire, one of them seriously, a spokeswoman for the district of Paderborn said Thursday.

Report: Venice migrant centre woman died from blood clot

A 25-year-old Ivorian woman, whose death sparked a revolt at a migrant reception centre near Venice, died due to a pulmonary embolism or blood clot, Italian news agency ANSA reported local officials as saying Tuesday.

Report: Migrant centre workers released after protest in Italy

Protesting asylum seekers at a migrant reception centre near Venice in northern Italy allowed 25 operators to leave the facility early Tuesday after holding them hostage for several hours, local media reported.

European free travel dream stymied by persistence of border controls

Travel within the European Union is supposed to be control-free. But, amid security concerns and the refugee crisis, here and there controls are being reinstated on some of the EU member states' borders. Are the times of free, unrestricted travel in Europe over?

Teenage Afghan asylum seeker sets himself on fire in Germany

A 19-year-old Afghan asylum seeker was in a serious condition in hospital on Monday after he poured petrol over himself and set himself on fire in a supermarket warehouse in a town in the southern state of Bavaria.