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Determined to take their fight to bitter the end, 14 refugees are on hunger strike in the centre of Athens, asking to be reunited with their families in northwest Europe. Most of them Syrians, they can’t wait to meet their parents, children or siblings and put the horror of war behind them. They say that because they are desperate, they are easy prey to smugglers. “The smugglers are taking advantage of us.” says Fawaz, a refugee from Syria. “Greece gives them the opportunity to do this. In...

Asylum seekers who are refusing to leave an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea say they are digging into the ground to find water, two days after the camp officially closed. About 600 men at the centre on Manus Island do not want to leave, saying they fear being attacked outside. Australia holds asylum seekers who arrive by boat on PNG's Manus Island, and on the Pacific island of Nauru. Australia withdrew from the Manus Island centre on Tuesday, following a PNG court ruling that...

Police violence towards refugees in Calais has intensified to “excessive and life-threatening” levels, according to a new report, and the overall situation for unaccompanied minors has deteriorated markedly, a year after the refugee camp there was razed. The report by the Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) says French police tactics against the estimated 700 refugees at the port are alleged to have included driving unaccompanied girls to remote spots and abandoning them. Researchers used...

Employees of German security companies have been encouraging refugees to become prostitutes, social workers inside these Berlin firms told German broadcaster ZDF on Tuesday. The social workers claimed that the "pimp network" at refugee shelters in capital Berlin was also targeting minors. Security guards at these institutions would reportedly make the first contact with their targets, who are mostly male asylum seekers.

A 20-year-old rejected asylum seeker confessed to German media...

Twelve Rohingya Muslims, including six children, drowned after their boat capsized as they fled Myanmar, Bangladeshi police said Monday. Moinuddin Chowdhury, the senior officer at Teknaf police station, which lies on the Bangladeshi side of the mouth of the River Naf, said a further six people were thought missing.

The Bangladesh Coast Guard and border guards had been searching for survivors and bodies since Sunday night’s incident. “So far 12 dead bodies have been recovered and 21...

Japan accepted just three refugees in the first half of 2017 despite receiving a record 8,561 fresh asylum applications, the government said on Tuesday, highlighting the nation’s reluctance to accept foreigners. Only four refugees were accepted in the first half of 2016, when fresh asylum applications totaled 5,011, the Justice Ministry said. The Human Rights Watch in January described Japan’s record on asylum seekers as “abysmal”.

Unlike other industrialized nations, which have...

At least 12 people died and scores were missing on Monday after a boat packed with Rohingya refugees – many of them children – capsized, the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Coast guard and border guard officials said the boat was overloaded with about 100 people when it sank late on Sunday in the mouth of the Naf river that separates Myanmar from Bangladesh.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official Abdul Jalil told said 12 bodies had been...

Italy’s Rovigo Mayor Massimo Bergamin suggested refugees wear an electronic wristband for security reasons, according to Italian publication Rai News. Bergamin, a member of the far-right Lega Nord Party, known for its anti-refugee and Islamophobic sentiments, pointing out the recent rape incidents in which refugees applying for asylum were involved in said: “These incidents once again reveal the disorganization of Italian politics and bureaucracy in managing the situation of refugees and...

More than 100 migrants are missing after a shipwreck off the coast of western Libya, the Libyan navy said on Thursday. Rescuers found at least seven survivors on Wednesday after they had remained for three days at sea, navy spokesman Ayub Kassem said, without providing further details. The shipwreck occurred off the town of Sabratha, a hub for illegal migration to Europe that has seen violent clashes between rival armed groups since Sunday.

Last week, Libya's coastguard rescued more...

More than 200,000 Rohingya children, who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, are at risk and they need urgent support, UNICEF said Tuesday. “This is a growing humanitarian crisis and children are at the heart of this crisis,” Jean Lieby, chief of Child Protection of UNICEF Bangladesh, said in a news conference at Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar near Myanmar border. According to preliminary data, Lieby said, 60 percent of the refugees are children. “The first thing you see here in different...

Denmark has once again decided not to help refugees seeking shelter. They also refused refugees in need back in 2015. Denmark has decided not to allow any refugees into the country this year under a United Nations program, and they seek flexibility in determining how many may resettle in the future instead of a set quota, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration said, according to Bloomberg. The “more flexible” quota would allow Denmark, and other countries, to reject refugees whenever...

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will ask the European Union to pay €400 million to help Hungary pay for its border protection expenses, including a newly built fence on its border with Serbia, chief of staff János Lázár said Thursday. Speaking at a press conference with government spokesman Zoltán Kovács, Lázár said the EU should pay 50 percent of the €800 million total border protection cost, saying that “European solidarity should also be shown in practise.” Hungary, the minister...

G4S has suspended nine members of staff from an immigration removal centre near Gatwick Airport, following a BBC Panorama undercover investigation. The programme says it has covert footage recorded at Brook House showing officers "mocking, abusing and assaulting" people being held there. It says it has seen "widespread self-harm and attempted suicides" in the centre, and that drug use is "rife".

G4S said it is aware of the claims and "immediately" began an investigation. The security...

Bibikhal Uzbek was 105 years old when she made the journey to the Swedish village of Hova in 2015 from her home in Afghanistan's Kunduz through Iran, Turkey and the Balkans. Weeks from her 107th birthday, she has been told she must go back as the Swedish migration agency has turned down her application for asylum. Their decision means deportation for Uzbek, her son and grandchildren who carried her on their backs during parts of the difficult journey.

"I don't understand, why?" said...

European countries are poised to begin the process of returning refugees to Greece, as migrants seeking reunification with their family members – mostly in Germany – step up protests in Athens. In a move decried by human rights groups, EU states will send back asylum seekers who first sought refuge in Greece, despite the nation being enmeshed in its worst economic crisis in modern times. Germany has made nearly 400 resettlement requests, according to officials in Berlin and sources in Athens...