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The United Nation’s refugee agency said on Monday that Greece had no right to stop accepting asylum applications as Athens struggled with a sudden increase of arrivals at its border of Middle East refugees and migrants from Turkey.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday his country would not be accepting any new asylum requests for a month after two days of clashes between border police and thousands of people seeking to enter the EU from Turkey.

“It is...

Greece will not accept for a month, beginning Sunday, any asylum applications from migrants entering the country illegally and, where possible, will immediately return them to the country they entered from, Greece's government spokesman Stelios Petsas announced Sunday.

The announcement was made at the conclusion of a cabinet meeting on national security.

Greece will also ask the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, also known as Frontex, to engage in a rapid border...

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to open the door for foreign nationals to pursue civil rights cases in American courts, declining to revive a lawsuit by a slain Mexican teenager's family against the US Border Patrol agent who shot him on Mexican soil from across the border in Texas.

The court ruled 5-4 to uphold a lower court's dismissal of the lawsuit against the agent, Jesus Mesa, who shot 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca in the face in the 2010...

As soon as he heard reports that Syrian government forces were moving towards his home city of Saraqib, Muadh al-Ahmad decided to flee.

"We knew what was coming. Families did not want to be buried under the rubble of their own homes so we got up and left," the 34-year-old told Al Jazeera.

According to al-Ahmad, the city in northwestern Syria quickly turned into a "ghost town" in the few days that preceded Syrian government forces' attack on the city, backed by Russian and...

Hungary temporarily closed a border crossing with Serbia after dozens of migrants gathered at the site and demanded to be let into the country. The situation arose a week after Hungarian security staff fired warning shots to force back migrants trying to cross elsewhere on the border with Serbia.

Children shouted "Open borders!" while some migrants held signs reading, "We are refugees, not criminals." A border officer on the Serbian side told AFP that "about a hundred migrants" were...

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) urged Greece on Friday to increase efforts to address "alarming" overcrowding and precarious conditions for asylum seekers and migrants staying on the five Aegean islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros.

"UNHCR has been appealing to the Greek government to use emergency measures to expedite its plans to transfer a greater number of asylum-seekers to appropriate accommodation on the mainland," said UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic at a regular UN...

Among the perks listed in a job advertisement seeking a new teacher, Göttibach primary school mentioned “lower than average number of children with a migration background”.

The ad’s wording quickly sparked a wave of criticism.

“It reads as though the job is more attractive because there are few foreigners at the school,” the president of the teachers’ association Dagmar Rösler told the 20 Minuten news portal.

“This sends the wrong message”, she added.

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The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Hungary - for the 28th time - to stop depriving an asylum seeker of food during his stay at the transit zone.

The Afghan man's pregnant wife and daughter had to give him food from their own portions during the course of a week, according to media reports.

"He is the 28th person starved by the Hungarian authorities since August 2018," the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, an NGO which provides free legal assistance to asylum seekers in...

Greek police fired teargas to disperse migrants and refugees protesting on Monday about conditions in migrant camps on the island of Lesbos and the slow pace of processing asylum requests.

Violence broke out near the Kara Tepe camp, a police official said, after hundreds of people marched from the island’s congested migrant camps to the city of Mytilene.

Aid groups have described living conditions in some of Greece’s island camps as appalling.

A Reuters witness said the...

An increasing number of those classed as “unaccompanied migrant children” are being exploited for sex, crime or forced labour, Red Cross Sweden has reported.

Exposure among unaccompanied children and young people has increased rapidly, and more of them are now falling outside the community's safety net, the Red Cross report said.

In a 103-person survey compiled by a volunteers' organisation, nearly one in five responded that they had slept outdoors the very night before...

Greece plans to install a 'floating fence' in the sea to stop migrants reaching its islands from the nearby coast of Turkey.

The 1.7-mile barrier will be put in place within the next three months after the government has found a private contractor to build it.

The Defence Ministry announced the plans on a government procurement website and invited private firms to bid for the contract which it estimates will cost 500,000 euros.

The 1.7-mile barrier will be put in place...

A Hungarian security officer fired three warning shots early on Tuesday after about 60 migrants and refugees tried to force their way through a checkpoint on the border with Serbia.

No one was wounded in the incident, which took place at the Roszke/Horgos border crossing, Hungarian police spokeswoman Szilvia Szabo said.

Serbian police said later they had arrested 37 people for trying to cross the frontier illegally.

Hungarian police said the group tried to enter the...

In Moria camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, the Greek government is deliberately depriving at least 140 children with chronic, complex and life-threatening diseases of adequate medical care. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling on the Greek government to act on these grave medical concerns and evacuate all severely ill children to the Greek mainland or other EU member states, where they can receive appropriate medical care.  

“We see many children suffering from medical...

President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday published new visa rules aimed at restricting "birth tourism", in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have a coveted US passport.

Applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth, according to the rules in the Federal Register. It is a bigger hurdle to overcome, proving they are travelling to the US because they...

Migrant numbers are rising, and conditions at the overcrowded camps on the islands are dismal.

At Moria, the largest camp on the island of Lesbos, there are more than 19,000 asylum seekers living at a facility with a capacity for 2,840.

Banners on the Lesbos municipal theatre proclaimed: "We want our islands back".

Another read: "No more prisons for human souls in the North Aegean."

North Aegean Regional Governor Kostas Moutzouris said on Wednesday he was "annoyed...