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The UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe Gonzalez Morales, fiercely criticized Hungary's treatment of migrants in recent years. He also accused the country's government of hijacking the perceived threat posed by a falsely perceived migrant influx for political gains, perpetuating the ruling Fidesz Party's strongly anti-immigrant stance.

There was "no mass influx of migrants and asylum seekers" to Hungary, he declared at a news conference held in Budapest,...

According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. The rule, expected to go into effect Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.

The rule applies to anyone arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Sometimes asylum seekers from Africa, Cuba or Haiti and other continents arrive there, but the vast majority of migrants arriving recently come from...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday said authorities are investigating an alleged sexual assault that took place in a border protection center in Arizona after a complaint from a detained underage migrant.

According to NBC News that has obtained an internal report, the 15-years-old girl from Central American country Honduras said a CBP officer put his hands inside her bra, pulled down her underwear and groped her under the guise of a routine pat-down search.

The...

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials plan to launch nationwide raids and arrest thousands of undocumented immigrants as soon as this weekend, The New York Times reported.

Citing two current and one former official at the Department of Homeland Security, the Times said around 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported by the federal government will be targeted.

Agents will also reportedly arrest people who happen to be on the scene, even if they weren’t the...

Svein Ludvigsen was sentenced to five years in jail for having sexually abused three young asylum seekers when he was a regional governor. Between 2011 and 2017, Ludvigsen reportedly demanded sex in exchange for granting a stay permit and threatened expulsion if the asylum seeker refused.

Norway is in shock over the conviction of former fisheries minister Svein Ludvigsen, who was sentenced to five years in prison for having sexually abused three young asylum seekers, one of whom was a...

A migrant centre on the Italian island of Sicily which had been one of the largest of its kind in Europe has been officially shut down.

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini attended the closure of the Mineo centre, which at its peak housed more than 4,000 people.

The leader of the populist, right-wing League party, has spearheaded Italy's hard-line stance toward migration.

He live-streamed a walkabout tour of the empty facility on Tuesday.

Italy is the main entry for...

Advocated for by the Social Liberal party, refugees may no longer risk having their residency revoked by the government if they have been employed for two years or more.

The 'paradigm change' bill passed earlier this year made it more likely that all people granted asylum will eventually be sent back to their source countries if it is deemed safe to do so.

But two years of employment could provide an exception to that policy, according to the agreement reached last month...

Migrant rescue boats have defied Italy and Malta's attempts to block Italian ports to rescue ships to save dozens of migrants who in search of a better future by trying to reach European shores.

Migrant rescue ship Alan Kurdi, operated by the nongovernmental organization (NGO) Sea-Eye, headed to Malta yesterday with 65 migrants on board, after waiting near the Italian island of Lampedusa. However, Maltese authorities barred the vessel from docking on the island, the Armed Forces of...

"All 54 survivors have been rescued and are now aboard," Mediterranea, which is made up of left-wing activists, tweeted. "Among them 11 women [three pregnant] and 4 children...

"Happy to have rescued 54 lives from the hell of Libya. Now we need a safe port."

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini who has tried to close Italian ports to migrant rescue vessels swiftly tweeted that Mediterranea's 18-metre sailboat Alex should take those rescued to Tunisia.

"Otherwise we...

Pediatricians shared disturbing images drawn by migrant children who were recently separated from their parents while in US Customs and Border Protection custody. The drawings show people behind bars and in cages. The pictures were drawn last week by three children, ages 10 and 11, at Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, after being released by CBP.

The staff at the center asked the children to depict their time in CBP custody. A social worker at the...

MEXICO CITY, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The Mexican government on Tuesday began to implement a program for Central American migrants to voluntarily return to their countries.

The Mexican National Institute of Migration (INM) announced in a statement that the first group of migrants returning home departed Tuesday morning by bus from Ciudad Juarez in the northern state of Chihuahua.

Of the 69 migrants in that group, 66 chose to return home after asking for asylum in the United States...

US officials are investigating a secret Facebook group where border patrol members allegedly posted racist and sexist jokes about migrants.

The private group had about 9,500 members, including former and current border patrol agents, ProPublica reported.

Some posts mocked migrant deaths, while others targeted Latino members of Congress, ProPublica said.

The Border Patrol chief has called the posts "completely inappropriate".

"Any employees found to have violated...

A 30-year-old Honduran man who had previously been forced to wait in Mexico while his asylum case was processed in the US died on June 30, weeks after being taken into federal immigration custody, officials said.

The death of Yimi Alexis Balderramos-Torres, first reported by BuzzFeed News on Monday morning, is the sixth in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since October. Hours after the report, congressional staffers were informed by ICE officials of the man’s death. Six...

The Sea-Watch 3 NGO boat carrying dozens of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean headed for Lampedusa island on June 26 despite the threat of hefty fines from Italy's far-right interior minister.

"I've decided to enter the port of Lampedusa," Sea-Watch tweeted Captain Carola Rackete as saying. "I know this is risky, but the 42 shipwrecked on board are exhausted. I will bring them to safety."

Marine tracking websites showed the vessel had entered Italian territorial waters ...

The grim reality of the migration crisis unfolding on America’s southern border has been captured in photographs showing the lifeless bodies of a Salvadoran father and his daughter who drowned as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande into Texas.

The images, taken on June 24, show Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 26, and his daughter Valeria, lying face down in shallow water. The 23-month-old toddler’s arm is draped around her father’s neck, suggesting that she was clinging to him in...