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Seventeen undocumented immigrants were discovered on Sunday locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at a truck stop in Edinburg, Texas, according to Edinburg Police Chief David White. Dispatch received a call from someone in Mexico who reported that a relative was trapped inside a trailer parked at a Flying J Travel Plaza, said White. Edinburg is in southern Texas, along the US-Mexico border.

The caller said the relative was accompanied by other immigrants and that it was getting too...

Asylum seekers and other migrants arriving by sea to Spanish shores are held in poor conditions and face obstacles in applying for asylum. They are held for days in dark, dank cells in police stations. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 7,847 people reached Spanish shores between January 1 and July 26, 2017, compared with 2,476 during the same period in 2016. Almost all adults and children traveling with a family member arriving to mainland Spain by boat are...

Some 180 Ethiopian and Somali migrants were forced into rough seas off Yemen by smugglers early Thursday and 55 of them are presumed to have drowned, the U.N. migration agency said.

It was the second such incident in as many days off Shabwa province in southern Yemen, where 50 teenage African migrants were "deliberately drowned" on Wednesday by a smuggler who forced 120 passengers off his boat, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. "We have seen five bodies and can...

Refugee children could be permanently separated from their families unless the government includes family reunification in post-Brexit immigration law, the head of Unicef UK has warned. The global charity’s UK boss, Mike Penrose, urged the government to commit to including wider family reunification rights in new immigration laws for when the UK leaves the EU.

Refugees currently have the rights to be reunited with extended family members under the EU’s Dublin III regulation. However,...

The UK should double the amount of refugees it takes in under resettlement programmes, the United Nations has urged. A senior official at the UN's refugee agency said accepting around 10,000 refugees a year would be a "step change" for the UK.

Volker Turk, assistant commissioner at the UN High Commission for Refugees, said there was a need for countries around the world to "step up" to address the crisis. The Government has committed to take in 20,000 refugees by 2020 under a scheme...

Syrian refugees stranded in Greece chanted "no more waiting!" and protested outside the German embassy in Athens on Wednesday against delays in reuniting with their relatives in Germany. About 150 people, among them young children, marched from parliament to the embassy holding up cardboard banners in English reading "I want my family" and shouting slogans about travel to Germany.

Greek media have reported that Greece and Germany have informally agreed to slow down refugee...

The local government of Calais has rejected a court ruling to provide better facilities for migrants, arguing it will only encourage more asylum seekers to flock there in the hope of crossing into the UK. Local judges upheld the decision made by another court in Lille last month, ordering officials to set up drinking fountains, toilets and showers for migrants. According to the court, migrants are living in “a state of deprivation and exhaustion” and are subjected to “inhuman and degrading...

A human rights group on Wednesday slammed French police in the northern port of Calais for “routinely” using pepper spray on both underage and adult migrants. The report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) also accused the French authorities of turning “a blind eye to the widespread reports of the abuse”.

Calais was the main transit point for migrants and refugees trying to reach the U.K. until the French authorities dismantled the so-called Jungle camp in October 2016, once home to up to 7...

One in six people is either a returnee or an internally displaced person (IDP) in the nine Afghan provinces of Baghlan, Balkh, Kabul, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktia, and Takhar, according to the second round of IOM’s Afghan Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) published today (7/7).

In the nine provinces, which are believed to have the highest levels of displacement and return in the country, a total of 2,416,570 individuals either returned from abroad or were internally...

The government has been accused of routinely denying support to asylum seekers, leaving them homeless and unable to feed their families, following analysis of more than 300 recent cases. Research conducted by Refugee Action found that the Home Office was missing its own deadlines for finding emergency accommodation for homeless and destitute asylum seekers, and in some cases wrongly refusing those who make claims for emergency assistance. In one case, it took more than 10 months to make a...

More than 200,000 migrants in Italy may be granted temporary EU visas, enabling them to travel anywhere in Europe. The move, which has been described as a ‘nuclear option’, has been threatened in a bid to deal with the country’s migrant and refugee crisis. It means that new arrivals to Italy would be able to travel across Europe using the Brussels directive, according to The Times.

The little known Brussel’s directive gives displaced people entry to Europe for a certain period of time...

As thousands of refugee children have disappeared in Germany, the German children's fund office (Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk) urged the German government to take concrete steps in searching for refugee children. Germany registered 60,000 unaccompanied child refugees with 4,750 listed as missing in January. Since then, the number of missing refugee children has increased in recent months, hitting 6,000. According to statistics from the country's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), 945 children...

A scathing new Amnesty International report pins the climbing number of migrant deaths in the central Mediterranean on "failing EU policies." So far this year, more than 2,000 migrants and refugees have died while trying to get to Europe, the report said. In 2015, the European Union strengthened a search and rescue program that prevented deaths in the Mediterranean, the report states, but now, the focus is on smugglers as they launch boats out of Libya. "European states have progressively...

The Austrian cabinet has approved a law that will condemn refugees who make false statements in their applications to six months in prison and a fine of 5,000 euros ($5,373). Children whose applications have false information will be sentenced to three months in prison. The law was prepared by the interior ministry and passed with the support of the coalition parties in government and the opposition Team Stronach Party.

An explanation of the law's purpose specified that it is designed...

The Italian government is considering blocking boats carrying migrants from landing at its ports after nearly 11,000 refugees arrived on its shores in five days. It has been reported that the government has given its ambassador to the EU, Maurizio Massari, a mandate to raise the issue formally with the European commission to seek permission for a drastic revision of EU asylum procedures. One idea being discussed is denying docking privileges to boats not carrying Italian flags that seek to...