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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...

The United Nations is warning that more than half a million Rohingya refugees who have fled Rakhine since August are at risk of exploitation in Bangladesh. One woman told Nomia Iqbal, from the BBC's Newsday programme, how she had been groomed and forced into prostitution after fleeing. With her face covered in a pink scarf, 21-year-old Halima agreed to talk to me in a private place. "As we entered Bangladesh, we were taken to camp, where a local Bangladeshi man gave us some food," she said...

Papua New Guinea’s supreme court has refused a bid to restore power, water and medical services to the Manus detention centre. About 600 refugees and asylum seekers have refused to leave the Manus Island detention centre, which was closed last Tuesday. Electricity was shut off to the final compounds last Wednesday morning, more than 12 hours after the scheduled 5pm shutdown, and the generator was removed. Food, water and other essential services had already been stopped, and all staff left...

Italian authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of death of 26 teenage girls whose bodies were recovered in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday. The girls, aged 14-18, are believed to have been migrants from Niger and Nigeria who had embarked on the treacherous route to Europe from Libya over the weekend.

Lorena Ciccotti, Salerno's head of police, told CNN that autopsies would be carried out on Tuesday and that coroners would be investigating whether the girls had been...

More than 30,000 migrants due for deportation have gone missing under Merkel’s watch. The government has no clue to their whereabouts, German newspapers report. Putting a spin on the situation, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry told reporters that some of these migrants may have self-deported. Despite this wishful thinking, it is more likely that most of these illegal immigrants are still within the country and have simply gone underground.

The news comes as Germany faces an...

Determined to take their fight to bitter the end, 14 refugees are on hunger strike in the centre of Athens, asking to be reunited with their families in northwest Europe. Most of them Syrians, they can’t wait to meet their parents, children or siblings and put the horror of war behind them. They say that because they are desperate, they are easy prey to smugglers. “The smugglers are taking advantage of us.” says Fawaz, a refugee from Syria. “Greece gives them the opportunity to do this. In...

Asylum seekers who are refusing to leave an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea say they are digging into the ground to find water, two days after the camp officially closed. About 600 men at the centre on Manus Island do not want to leave, saying they fear being attacked outside. Australia holds asylum seekers who arrive by boat on PNG's Manus Island, and on the Pacific island of Nauru. Australia withdrew from the Manus Island centre on Tuesday, following a PNG court ruling that...

Police violence towards refugees in Calais has intensified to “excessive and life-threatening” levels, according to a new report, and the overall situation for unaccompanied minors has deteriorated markedly, a year after the refugee camp there was razed. The report by the Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) says French police tactics against the estimated 700 refugees at the port are alleged to have included driving unaccompanied girls to remote spots and abandoning them. Researchers used...

Employees of German security companies have been encouraging refugees to become prostitutes, social workers inside these Berlin firms told German broadcaster ZDF on Tuesday. The social workers claimed that the "pimp network" at refugee shelters in capital Berlin was also targeting minors. Security guards at these institutions would reportedly make the first contact with their targets, who are mostly male asylum seekers.

A 20-year-old rejected asylum seeker confessed to German media...

Twelve Rohingya Muslims, including six children, drowned after their boat capsized as they fled Myanmar, Bangladeshi police said Monday. Moinuddin Chowdhury, the senior officer at Teknaf police station, which lies on the Bangladeshi side of the mouth of the River Naf, said a further six people were thought missing.

The Bangladesh Coast Guard and border guards had been searching for survivors and bodies since Sunday night’s incident. “So far 12 dead bodies have been recovered and 21...

Japan accepted just three refugees in the first half of 2017 despite receiving a record 8,561 fresh asylum applications, the government said on Tuesday, highlighting the nation’s reluctance to accept foreigners. Only four refugees were accepted in the first half of 2016, when fresh asylum applications totaled 5,011, the Justice Ministry said. The Human Rights Watch in January described Japan’s record on asylum seekers as “abysmal”.

Unlike other industrialized nations, which have...

At least 12 people died and scores were missing on Monday after a boat packed with Rohingya refugees – many of them children – capsized, the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Coast guard and border guard officials said the boat was overloaded with about 100 people when it sank late on Sunday in the mouth of the Naf river that separates Myanmar from Bangladesh.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official Abdul Jalil told said 12 bodies had been...

Italy’s Rovigo Mayor Massimo Bergamin suggested refugees wear an electronic wristband for security reasons, according to Italian publication Rai News. Bergamin, a member of the far-right Lega Nord Party, known for its anti-refugee and Islamophobic sentiments, pointing out the recent rape incidents in which refugees applying for asylum were involved in said: “These incidents once again reveal the disorganization of Italian politics and bureaucracy in managing the situation of refugees and...