migration of people

Refugee sets himself alight on Greek island of Chios

A Syrian refugee set himself on fire on the Greek island of Chios on Thursday, apparently in despair over conditions at the Vial refugee camp, the island's online newspaper Politis reported.

Boy, 16, likely sole survivor of shipwreck off Libya; 146 missing

A 16-year-old boy appeared to be the sole survivor of a migrant shipwreck off the coast of Libya in which 146 are feared dead, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

Italy passes law to protect unaccompanied child migrants

Italy on Wednesday passed a law granting unaccompanied migrant children and teens the same protections as Italian minors.

Hungary's controversial law on detaining asylum seekers kicks in

A controversial Hungarian law that will create detention centres for all asylum seekers in border zone camps went into effect Tuesday.

Austria plans to leave EU refugee relocation agreement

Austria is planning to withdraw from an EU agreement to divide asylum seekers between countries in the bloc, government officials said Monday.

East African countries pledge to integrate Somali refugees

East African leaders on Saturday pledged to facilitate the free movement of Somali refugees in their countries, calling for alternatives to camps for the refugees, whose number stands at about 900,000 in the region as well as Yemen and Egypt.

Kenya urges Europe to 'share burden' in Somali refugee crisis

Kenya on Friday launched an appeal to Europe to take in more Somali refugees as East African and Yemeni ministers discussed how to accelerate the voluntary repatriation of about 900,000 Somalis hosted by their countries.

Austrian minister balks at refugee relocations from Italy

Austria should not admit any asylum seekers from Italy under the EU relocation programme, Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said Thursday, pointing to the large number that his country has already taken in.

28 migrants escape unharmed after truck smuggling them catches fire

Twenty-eight migrants had to be rescued when a truck smuggling them into Bulgaria from Turkey caught fire, the Focus news agency reported on Thursday, quoting police.

Greek foreign minister calls on EU to boost help for refugee crisis

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias called on the European Union on Thursday to boost its support to help Athens handle the refugee crisis ahead of a meeting with his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel.

Thousands of refugees rescued off Libyan coast

More than 3,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued off the coast of Libya in 24 hours, the Italian news agency Ansa reported on Sunday.

Human trafficker suspected of torture arrested in Italy

A people smuggler who allegedly tortured refugees in Libya has been arrested in Italy after he was recognized by migrants there and nearly killed by a lynch mob, police said on Saturday.

Hungary's Orban blasts human rights court verdict as "absurd"

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday blasted the European Court of Human Rights over an "absurd" verdict ordering his government to compensate Bangladeshi asylum seekers for poor treatment.

Hungarian law calling for asylum seeker camps signed by president

A new law that would force asylum seekers in Hungary into special camps in transit zones has been signed by President Janos Ader, according to official notifications and press reports on Thursday.

EU countries register 1.2 million asylum seekers in 2016

EU member states registered just over 1.2 million first-time asylum applications in 2016, which is slightly lower than the number of asylum claims submitted in 2015, the European Union's statistical office said Thursday.

Hawaii judge halts US travel ban; Trump calls decision 'terrible'

A US district court judge in Hawaii on Wednesday blocked US President Donald Trump's new ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries, just hours before it was due to take effect.

Merkel meets with Serbian prime minister, discusses migration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Serbia on Tuesday for its role in helping deal with Europe's migration crisis, as she met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Berlin.

Judge declines to apply freeze to new Trump travel ban

A US federal judge in Washington state has declined to apply a freeze of President Donald Trump's original travel ban to the new ban issued this week, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Germany's upper house rejects bill for swift deportations to N Africa

Germany's upper house of parliament on Friday voted against legislation that would class Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco as safe countries of origin, thwarting government plans to speed up the deportation of asylum seekers from those states.

More states sign on to legal effort to block Trump travel ban

At least two more US states on Thursday joined an ongoing legal effort led by the states of Washington and Minnesota to block parts of President Donald Trump's revised executive order on immigration.

MSF demands Hungary investigate alleged police abuse of migrants

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Thursday urged Hungary to investigate allegations of brutality by Hungarian police against migrants intercepted at the border with Serbia.

Hungary warned migrant camps plan may breach European rights law

A new Hungarian law under which all migrants and refugees reaching the country would be placed in transit camps is likely to contravene European human rights law, the Council of Europe's rights chief warned Wednesday.

Germany deports 22 Tunisians including Islamic State suspect

A German state government has deported 22 failed asylum seekers to Tunisia, one of whom is suspected of membership in the Islamic State terrorist group, officials said Wednesday.

Hawaii moves to challenge Trump's revised travel ban

The state of Hawaii will challenge US President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, according to court documents filed by lawyers late Tuesday.

More than 100 migrants rescued at sea arrive in Greece

More than 100 migrants rescued at sea arrived in the Greek port city of Patras aboard a freighter on Wednesday morning, the coastguard said.

Austrian chancellor: Cut EU money to countries that refuse refugees

Austria's chancellor Christian Kern wants a major cut in European Union subsidies for countries that refuse to accept refugees, German media reported early Wednesday.

Refugee groups worry as Hungary moves to put asylum seekers in camps

All refugees and migrants who reach Hungary are to be placed in camps under legislation approved by the nation's legislature on Tuesday, a move the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said would have a "terrible impact" on traumatized people.

US considers plan to separate children from illegal immigrant parents

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is considering a plan to separate children from parents who try to enter the country illegally via Mexico, he said Monday in an interview with local media.

Timeline of Trump's so-called 'travel ban' executive order

US President Donald Trump's revised executive order on immigration halts refugee approvals for 120 days and blocks new visas for people from six majority-Muslim countries for 90 days.

US: 300 refugees eyed for "potential terrorism-related activities"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that some 300 refugees in the United States are under federal scrutiny as possible terrorism suspects.

Trump issues revised immigration order, drops Iraq from banned list

US President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order Monday halting new visas for people from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending refugee admissions for 120 days, the White House said.

Report: New US entry ban announcement expected Monday

The Trump administration is expected to announce "a new entry ban executive order" on Monday, US media reported, citing administration officials.

One year after Balkan route closed, region is stuck in crisis mode

Twelve months after the so-called Balkan route was shut, many migrants are still stuck - or have disappeared - in Greece, others pile up in Serbia, while Austria acts as if the refugee crisis is still in full flow.

Nearly 2,000 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in 2 days

Within two days authorities have saved nearly 2,000 migrants in the Mediterranean from possible drowning.

Norway to check asylum seekers' mobile phones

Norwegian police should be allowed to check mobile phones and other devices owned by asylum seekers' so officers can vet possible security threats and clarify applicants' identities, under a new proposal put forward by the government Friday.

Danish border controls bar almost 3,000 people from entry

Denmark has barred almost 3,000 people from entering the country from Germany since the introduction of temporary border checks in early 2016, the Danish government said Thursday.

EU calls on member states to step up migrant returns

EU member states should intensify efforts, close up loopholes and increase cooperation to more effectively return migrants who do not qualify for staying in the bloc, the European Commission said Thursday.

Trump: Border plans not well communicated

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday admitted to poor messaging regarding his plans for security along the US-Mexico border.

As Europe hardens its line on migration, children bear the brunt

The number of children arriving on their own in Europe doubled in 2016, and is set to increase this year. But the response by governments has not matched the need, pushing some into criminality and prostitution.

Austria toughens measures against rejected asylum seekers

Austria will increase penalties for rejected asylum seekers who refuse to leave the country, the government decided Tuesday, in a move that ups the pressure on migrants in the country.

Migrant group: Britain hits 'new low' by deporting grandmother

Britain has hit a "new low" by deporting a grandmother from north-eastern England to Singapore, a migrants' rights group said on Monday.

Syrian refugees arrive in Italy with help from Christian groups

A group of 50 Syrian refugees, more than half of them children, landed in Italy early Monday, entering the country on humanitarian visas obtained with the help of a lay Catholic NGO, Protestant organizations and the Italian government.

New Zealand PM: We need migrants as 'locals can't pass drug tests'

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said Monday his country has to rely on immigrant workers because many locals can't pass workplace drug tests.

Germany expects long-term migration growth after revising estimates

Net migration to Germany is expected to be 200,000 annually in the coming years, according to a news report to be published Sunday.

South African police disperse anti-migrant rally

South African police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse anti-immigration demonstrators and their opponents in the country’s administrative capital of Pretoria, local media reported Friday.

Aid agency: 13 dead among dozens trapped in Libya container

The bodies of 13 migrants were found along with dozens of survivors trapped inside a transport container in Libya's western town of Khoms, an aid agency said Thursday.

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.