Hungary will submit proposals to the EU to protect Europe’s borders by automatically detaining any asylum seeker for the whole period of their asylum application, according to the government’s chief spokesman, Zoltán Kovács.

Kovács claimed Donald Trump’s election in the US was contributing to “a change of mood in Europe” that vindicated the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s tough position on migration, and said the recent EU summit in Malta marked a turning point in the EU’s...

The European Union prides itself on being a bloc of fairness, justice and equality. But is it ignoring abuses against refugees in Eastern Europe?

It’s not just heads of state who have launched an all-out assault on refugees. Public officials, policemen—and an overwhelming majority of the public have joined in.

1. Hungary

“Every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk.” —Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister.

Hungary was one of four EU members in...

A U.S. citizen was asked her immigration status while taking a walk in her neighborhood in Maryland. The Bel Air Police Department is owning up to its misstep and says it will learn from the incident, CBS Baltimore station WJZ-TV reports.

“I didn’t expect this to happen in Bel Air. Walking while brown? He said, ‘No, no, no, nothing like that,’” Bel Air resident Aravinda Pillalamarri said.

Pillalamarri told WJZ-TV Bel Air police officers demanded her ID after a resident called...

An investigation has been opened after an African refugee drowned in Venice's Grand Canal as onlookers watched from nearby boats and filmed him with their phones.

Footage shows the man, named as 22-year-old Gambian Pateh Sabally, flailing in the middle of the canal.

At least three life rings were thrown into the water near him, but he did not appear to reach for them, raising speculation he wanted to kill himself.

No one jumped in to help him.

In the video, some...

President Trump on Wednesday will order the construction of a Mexican border wall — the first in a series of actions this week to crack down on immigrants and bolster national security, including slashing the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States and blocking Syrians and others from “terror prone” nations from entering, at least temporarily.

The orders are among an array of national security directives Mr. Trump is considering issuing in the coming days, according...

Several members of a far-right Greek party headed by a prominent MP have raided a primary school in Athens to prevent the staff from admitting refugee children in classrooms.

According to the Greek Ministry of Education, around 20 members of Golden Dawn, led by Yannis Lagos, a lawmaker with the party, stormed the Neo Ikonio public school in the capital’s Perama neighborhood on Tuesday.

They verbally abused the teachers and parents attending a meeting at the school, and even...

Migrants are stuck in freezing conditions behind the central train station in Belgrade, Serbia, where they survive on one meal a day.

Many of the estimated 1,000 migrants are escaping instability in Afghanistan, where a worsening war with the Taliban has sent record numbers of people fleeing their homes. They have lingered for weeks in legal limbo, unable to move north after European countries along the Balkans shut their borders last year.

“They have been left for months...

Thousands of migrants arriving in Italy will have to perform unpaid “socially useful” work to qualify for asylum and the expulsion of economic migrants will be speeded up under the Italian government’s new plans.

“It will be up to local mayors to decide what they do, and the work will probably be voluntary,” a government source said yesterday. A handful of towns in Italy already ask migrants to clean up streets and parks.

Under the scheme, which will be presented to parliament...

More than 10,000 asylum seekers can ask to have their cases heard again after a high court ruling that they were treated unfairly, but many have already been forcibly removed from the UK and may never get to hear about the decision.

Mr Justice Ouseley declared on Friday that rules on asylum appeals in place until 2014 were unlawful and ultra vires – beyond the power of the Home Office.

Some of those affected may have been tortured or even killed after being forcibly returned to...

Donald Trump has promised to end President Obama’s allegedly lenient immigration policies by deporting millions of people living in the U.S. illegally — but the Democrat and his staff have already kicked out a record number of undocumented migrants.

“We will terminate the Obama administration’s deadly non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets,” the GOP presidential nominee barked at a Wednesday rally in Phoenix, where he gave specific...

As a big freeze grips Europe, the plight of refugees has become increasingly desperate.

At abandoned industrial buildings in Belgrade, those unable or unwilling to enter official shelters in the Serbian capital are shivering in temperatures lower than -20C.

Last week, three migrants froze to death in the biting cold. The bodies of two Iraqi men, aged 28 and 35, were found on Friday in a forest in the southeast of the country. On Monday, a female Somali migrant was found dead in...

Police in a region of Greece that borders Turkey say another person has died of hypothermia on a route used by migrant smugglers despite freezing temperatures.

Authorities said the body of a man was discovered buried in snow outside a Greek village on Monday. They think he probably died over the weekend.

The man was the second to succumb to the cold in less than two weeks. Another died of hypothermia in the same area on Jan. 3.

In a separate incident, a migrant man was...

More than 100 refugees have drowned after a boat sank in rough conditions in the Mediterranean Sea as the crisis shows no sign of slowing.

The Italian Navy was searching for survivors from the vessel, which was believed to be carrying up to 110 people.

Only four survivors were pulled from the water, with at least eight bodies found so far.

Flavio Di Giacomo, from the International Organisation for Migration, told The Independent around 106 people were thought to have...

A Hungarian camerawoman who made headlines in 2015 after being filmed kicking refugees, including children, has been found guilty of breaching public peace and sentenced to three years of probation.
The actions of Petra Laszlo triggered “indignation and outrage,” Judge Illes Nanasi, in the city of Szeged, Hungary, said on Thursday, as cited by AFP and local media.

The judge rejected the argument of Laszlo’s lawyer that she was trying to protect herself.

Laszlo was...

A commemoration march marking 12 years since the death of Oury Jalloh, an asylum-seeker who was killed by a fire in a police cell in Dessau, attracted an estimated 1,100 people on Saturday.
The case of Jalloh, a Sierra Leone national, sparked outrage after the public learned how he was restrained to a mattress as he remained alone in the cell, with police ignoring a fire alarm.

The march was one of the biggest the small eastern German city has seen in years. In addition to...