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Once swarmed with dinghies packed with migrants, the Aegean Sea is relatively calm in the winter. This is due to a deal Turkey and the European Union struck two years ago to stop the refugee influx to Europe. Yet still, many people take the risky route to Greece, their gateway to Europe, on unsafe vessels from Turkish shores. In January alone the Turkish Coast Guard intercepted 1,640 illegal immigrants, most of them Syrians, Afghans, Pakistanis and Iranians.

Syrians refugees have long...

The German government started constructing two youth centers in northern Morocco to house local "street children" as well as unaccompanied Moroccan minors who have been deported by Germany, according to a report from the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday. The pilot project creates a legal pathway for Germany to start deporting youths without needing to necessarily locate their families first. In recent years, Germany hasn't deported any unaccompanied minors.

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Denmark will no longer automatically accept a quota of refugees under a U.N. resettlement program after passing a law on Wednesday that enables the government to determine how many can enter each year. Since 1989, Denmark has agreed to take 500 refugees a year selected by the United Nations under a program to ease the burden on countries that neighbor war zones. But after the European migration crisis in 2015 brought almost 20,000 claims for asylum, Denmark has refused to take any U.N. quota...

European countries should adopt Donald Trump-style travel bans to counter a wave of Islamisation supposedly sweeping the continent, the Dutch anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders has said. Wilders, the leader of the Netherlands’ Freedom party (PVV), made his comments at a gathering of far-right leaders in Prague. He also urged Europe to adopt Australia’s tactics in turning back migrant boats and to build new border walls, as Trump has vowed to do along the US frontier with Mexico.

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Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Italy and other EU governments of being “knowingly complicit” in horrific abuses of migrants in Libya, warning of legal action against them at European and UN rights institutions.

The charges by the London-based rights group mark a ratcheting up of activist and other accusations against the European Union’s policy of aiding the UN-backed government in Tripoli in order to stop migrants from travelling to Europe. “European governments are...

Residents in one Paris suburb have threatened to go on hunger strike unless President Macron deals with the African migrants ‘living in squalor’ outside their homes, with women being reportedly being harassed. Locals in the 10th and 19th arrondissements have written to Macron to demand that a migrant centre in the district, one of the largest in the country, be closed down as it has led to over 40,000 people living on the surrounding streets over the last two years in an attempt to get an...

Authorities are investigating the apparent suicide of an 11-year-old Afghan boy at a refugee camp in Austria. The child had reportedly been struggling to help care for his six siblings at the camp in Baden, south of Vienna, where they had lived since last year. He died a day after being taken to hospital in the capital, police said. They did not reveal how he had taken his life.

Austrian ombudsman Guenther Kraeuter announced an inquiry into the boy's death following claims, reported...

On the inauguration day of the 33rd “Restos du Coeur” winter campaign, the president of the republic was firm on the question of his policy of right of asylum. Speaking to the woman who was trying to claim French papers, Macron took his time to explain to her that France cannot hand out citizenship to anyone who asks. “I can not lie to you: In France, we will protect all people who are in the asylum and who are not safe in their country. But we can not accommodate everyone who comes with...

An Algerian man has died two days after he was treated “roughly” by Danish police on board an aircraft while being deported to Paris, Anadolu reported on Friday. A report in the Danish tabloid Extra Bladet said that the 34-year-old was escorted by police to Copenhagen Airport on Monday for deportation. A struggle apparently took place which lasted 30 minutes. The local report explained that two policemen then stood over the body of the Algerian citizen and kept him motionless. When his...

Hundreds of refugees near the Moria camp on the Greek island, Lesvos are facing "critical" conditions due to overpopulation. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, refugees tell tales of need, of the little they have to protect themselves from the rain, the cold, of safety issues and bad sanitation conditions.

Sherife al-Hassoun, 65, from Syria's Deir ez-Zor, is staying in an olive grove next to the overcrowded Moria Hotspot with her 11 grandchildren, of whom the youngest is three months old. "...

The Spanish government has been forced to defend its decision to house around 500 recently-arrived asylum seekers in a prison, following harsh criticism by human rights groups and NGOs, who slammed it as an “unfair criminalization” of migrants.

Madrid justified its actions by saying that nearly a thousand asylum seekers landed on Spanish shores by boat between 17-19 November. New arrivals are usually detained by police before being sent to immigrant detention centers while their...

Papua New Guinea police have removed dozens of asylum seekers from the Manus Island detention centre and put pressure on hundreds of others to leave, more than three weeks after the camp was decommissioned. Refugees inside the centre reported large numbers of officers, including the paramilitary police mobile squad, entered the centre on Thursday and gave them an hour to move to alternative accommodation in the nearby town of Lorengau. The officers shouted at detainees and demanded they hand...

Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is planning to build homes in Morocco as places to deport underage unaccompanied migrants who have broken the law, or who want to return voluntarily. A BAMF document leaked to the "taz" newspaper shows that two homes have been planned for now, each with 100 places, at a cost of 960,000 euros ($1,050,000) per year. The orphanages would include medical facilities, as well as some sort of schooling and vocational training, the plans...

More than 50,000 children in Yemen are expected to die by the end of the year as a result of disease and starvation caused by the stalemated war in the country, Save the Children has warned. Seven million people are on the brink of famine in the country, which is in the grips of the largest cholera outbreak in modern history. An estimated 130 Yemeni children are dying every day and an estimated 400,000 children will need treatment for acute malnutrition this year, the charity said. “These...

The EU's policy of aiding Libyan authorities to intercept migrants and return them to detention is "inhuman", the United Nations said on Tuesday. The UN's human rights chief accused European countries of ignoring warnings over the deal struck with Libya. Authorities say it has caused detainees to rise sharply to almost 20,000.

UN monitors who visited facilities said they found "thousands of emaciated and traumatized men, women and children piled on top of each other". The UN High...