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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...

The federal government has been secretly tracking immigration activists, immigration activists, lawyers and journalists covering the topic, KNSD-TV, an NBC station in San Diego, reported on Wednesday evening.

Leaked documents from a Homeland Security source showed that the U.S. created and maintained a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers the government had associated with the migrant caravan that traveled from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico...

An asylum seeker from Bahrain who was rejected by the Netherlands and deported back to the Gulf state has been sentenced to life in prison without being given a fair trial, refugee groups and Amnesty International have told the NRC.

The organisations base their claims on statements from the man’s family and his lawyer, the paper said. 

Ali-Mohammed al-Showaikh, who is 27, has also had his Bahraini citizenship removed.

Al-Showaikh fled to the Netherlands in 2017 because...

A European court has ordered France to pay 15,000 euros ($A24,000) in compensation to an Afghan child who lived for about six months in the so-called “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais.

In February 2016, as French authorities moved to demolish the southern part of the informal camp, a court ordered the government to place the then 12-year-old in care. The order was never followed up on.

The child, who had been living in a hut in the southern part of the camp since September, ended...

A newly-launched response plan for the Rohingya crisis needs urgent funding, the UN envoy for Myanmar said on Feb. 28.

Christine Schraner Burgener, UN secretary-general's special representative for Myanmar, told the Security Council that the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are living in "extremely challenging" conditions in Cox's Bazar of southeastern Bangladesh.

UN figures showed that more than 745,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar's Rakhine State to Bangladesh since August...

Thousands of migrant children allegedly suffered sexual abuse while in U.S. government custody over the past four years, according to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) documents released Tuesday by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch.

According to the documents, over a thousand allegations of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors in HHS custody were reported to federal authorities each fiscal year since 2015. In total, between October 2014 and July 2018, 4,556 sexual...

Austria’s right-wing government announced plans on Monday to hold asylum seekers in so-called preventative “security detention” if they are found to pose a potential threat to the public.

The constitutional amendment would enable Austrian authorities to detain asylum-seekers without first securing a court order.

In order to hold someone in preventative detention, authorities would need to have concrete suspicions that the person could carry out, or planned to carry out, a...

Starting in 2020, immigrants to Norway must display a sufficient command of the Norwegian language in order to be entitled to social assistance. At present, immigrants are heavily over-represented in the list of welfare recipients.

Norway’s Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg has announced stricter requirements for eligibility for social assistance, the newspaper Nettavisen reported.

In 2017, the Norwegian state paid out NOK 6.6 billion ($770 million) in social assistance...

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) raised concerns Tuesday over the “inhuman and degrading” conditions in Greece’s refugee camps.

The committee’s report said the situation was particularly alarming at the Fylakio camp near the Turkish border — one of the “hot spots” set up with backing from the EU to speed up refugee processing.

There was a lack of doctors, medicines, food and drinking water in several camps along Turkey’s land border, in...

A Swedish activist has been fined 3,000 krona ($324; £251) for trying to stop the deportation of an Afghan migrant.

University student Elin Ersson booked what she thought was the same flight as the Afghan, refusing to sit down unless he was taken off the plane.

The migrant in question was not on the flight after all, but another Afghan was onboard for deportation after serving a prison sentence.

Since the protest in July 2018, both Afghans have been expelled from Sweden...

The Australian government said that it would reopen a mothballed island detention camp in anticipation of a new wave of asylum seekers arriving by boat after Parliament passed legislation that would give sick asylum seekers easier access to mainland hospitals.

The Christmas Island immigration detention camp, south of Jakarta, Indonesia, was a favorite target of people smugglers who brought asylum seekers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East in rickety boats from Indonesian ports...