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Apart from a website, which is designed to educate aspiring asylum seekers on their chances of settling in Belgium, there would also be a special Facebook campaign targeting certain groups, namely Palestinians and Moroccans.

Belgium’s Immigration Office has launched a six-month-long dissuasion campaign aimed at potential migrants in their countries of origin, as well as refugees in transit countries, Minister of Asylum, Migration, Health and Social Affairs Maggie De Block, who is in ...

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer gained Cabinet backing Wednesday for his Orderly Return Bill (Geordnete-Rückkehr-Gesetz).

The plan will go to parliament for debate, and could pass before the summer recess.

However, German states do not all approve of the plan which would see asylum seekers who are to be deported being held in state jails rather than pre-deportation holding facilities.

Seehofer said his package contained "strong elements" that would facilitate ...

In early April, Greek police near the northern city of Thessaloniki used tear gas to prevent refugees from making their way to the border with North Macedonia. The refugees were headed to Central and Western Europe, driven by a series of false reports on social media that the border crossings to North Macedonia and Albania had been opened. Around 2,000 people believed the rumor and headed for northern Greece. After three days, the last of them gave up and returned to refugee shelters.

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Ending another European standoff over immigration, Malta on Saturday announced a deal to distribute 64 migrants rescued at sea off Libya 10 days ago among four European Union nations.

The migrants, who will be distributed among Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg, were transferred to Maltese army boats from the ship that saved them and were brought into Valletta’s port on Saturday afternoon.

However, Malta said the German-flagged aid ship carrying them, the Alan Kurdi,...

A millionaire Italian footballer has stepped in to pay for a migrant girl’s school lunches after she was fed crackers and canned tuna because her parents could not afford meal vouchers.

Antonio Candreva, who plays for Inter Milan and Italy, phoned the mayor of Minerbe, near Verona, where the eight-year-old girl goes to school after hearing that she had burst into tears when served her snack as her friends tucked into a two-course meal, including pasta.

“I am proud of what my...

Lebanon is continuing to send back small groups of refugees to Syria. In the past 24 hours, dozens of refugees who had fled the war in Syria have been returned from different parts of Lebanon.

Lebanon has hosted about one million refugees since the start of the war in 2011. The local population is four million.

Lebanon's main government agency, the General Security, has been in charge of the repatriation of Syrian nationals since the end of 2017. It coordinates with the Syrian...

Police have used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse refugees and migrants during a second day of scuffles outside a camp in northern Greece.

Since Thursday, hundreds of people stuck in Greece have arrived at a field next to the camp in Diavata, close to the second city of Thessaloniki, in the hope of travelling towards more prosperous countries in Northern Europe.

The move was reportedly spurred by false posts on social media claiming that years-long movement restrictions...

A humanitarian aid ship carrying 64 rescued migrants was holding position in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday as both Italy and Malta refused it safe harbour, leaving the migrants sleeping in cramped conditions on deck as a storm approached.

Their refusal sets the stage for another Mediterranean migrant standoff that can only be resolved if some European Union members agree to accept the asylum seekers.

Carlotta Weibl, spokeswoman for the German humanitarian organisation Sea-...

A Palestinian man was killed during a clash with Israeli forces in a refugee camp near Jerusalem yesterday night amid the arrest of three brothers.

Mohammed Adwan, 23, was killed by Israeli gunfire whilst two others were wounded.

Soldiers fired at close range at a Palestinian vehicle driving at al-Matar Street, killing Adwan in his car.

He was killed on the scene and his corpse was rushed by ambulance to Ramallah Medical Complex.

Locals added Israeli forces denied...

The White House on March 31 doubled down on President Donald Trump's decision to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, saying the small Central American nations were not doing enough to stop the flow of migrants to the US.

The White House reignited the issue of immigration this week, amid a surge in migrant detentions and the possibility of a second migrant caravan headed north from Central America. Trump confirmed the suspension of aid payments to the three countries on...

A 16-year-old boy has received a police caution for an assault on a Syrian refugee filmed and shared online.

Footage showed the 15-year-old being dragged to the ground and having water poured into his face at a school in Huddersfield.

Prosecutors had decided there was insufficient evidence to bring charges of racially aggravated assault against his attacker, police said.

West Yorkshire Police said the victim's family had been informed.

In a statement, the force...

Refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe from Africa are being subjected to horrific and routine sexual violence in Libyan detention centres, a survey has found.

People arriving at the centres are “often immediately raped by guards who conduct violent anal cavity searches, which serves the dual purpose of retrieving money, as well as humiliation and subjugation”, the report by the Women’s Refugee Commission says. Many of the victims have been forcibly returned to the country by...

The deportation of refugees under EU law from northern European countries to their southern counterparts has come under criticism in recent years. The court ruled however that such deportations were justified under the 'mutual trust' principle.

The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that Germany can more easily deport asylum seekers to other European countries. The ruling considered the case of a man from The Gambia, who had initially applied in Italy but later lodged another...

Australia will cut its cap on migration by 15 percent and issue new visas that require some skilled workers to live in regional areas, in a population plan Prime Minister Scott Morrison says is needed to alleviate pressure on big cities.

The nation’s annual migration ceiling will be reduced from 190,000 places to 160,000 -- a figure in-line with 2017-18’s 12-month intake, which was the lowest level in a decade. As many as 23,000 people will need to live and work in regional Australia...

An Italian charity ship has rescued about 50 people at sea off Libya, prompting Rome to warn it was ready to “stop once and for all” such private vessels from bringing rescued migrants to Italy.

Italy’s hardline interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has repeatedly declared Italian waters closed to NGO rescue vessels and has left several of them stranded at sea in the past in an attempt to force the rest of Europe to take more asylum seekers.

“Mare Jonio has just rescued a rubber...