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The civil war in South Sudan has forced more than two million children to flee their homes, according to two UN agencies. Children make up 62 percent of the more than 1.8 million South Sudanese refugees who have arrived mainly in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, say the UN children's fund, UNICEF, and the refugee agency, UNHCR. More than a million children have, meanwhile, been internally displaced. "No refugee crisis today worries me more than South Sudan," said Valentin Tapsoba, Africa...

Horrific phone calls which reveal how the Italian Coast Guard let dozens of refugees drown in the Mediterranean Sea in 2013, have been obtained by an Italian newspaper. In previously unheard audio, Italian authorities tell a caller from the sinking refugee ship to "call Malta," despite an Italian Navy patrol boat being miles away. As the fishing boat began to take on water, it was around 61 miles away from the Italian island of Lampedusa and within the territorial waters of Malta, which was...

There is growing controversy in Italy over claims that some NGOs involved in the rescue of migrants at sea have been colluding with Libyan people smugglers. Italy’s justice minister slammed the claims as “lies” and the Sicilian prosecutor behind the accusations has been called before the High Council of the Judiciary next week to explain. Prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro told Italian television: "In my opinion, those NGOs could be financed by the smugglers – some NGOs, we have to make the right...

A 16-year old Syrian-Palestinian youth who came to Germany in 2015 was hoping to eventually bring his family with him. He especially wanted to get his eight-year-old sister. His family is still in Damascus, but he now lives in Germany’s capital, Berlin. The boy was below 18 years of age when he arrived in Germany and received protection and shelter from the German youth office. As soon as he turned 18 however, he was forced to leave the youth center. In Berlin, he was forced to live with...

Hungary says it has finished building a second fence on the border with Serbia to keep migrants out. The double layer barrier stretches for 155 kilometres and comes equipped with alarms and thermal imaging cameras. Fences went up along the southern borders with Serbia and Croatia in 2015 after an estimated 400,000 migrants and refugees, many from the Middle East, passed through the country heading for Western Europe. The first section of barbed wire was built along the 175-kilometre border...

A German soldier suspected of planning a terror attack has been arrested, prosecutors in Frankfurt said on Thursday. The 28-year-old, whose name was not provided due to privacy laws, was arrested by police during training at the Bundeswehr base in Hammelburg, Bavaria. Police also searched 16 locations in Germany, Austria and France that yielded evidence. Investigators believe the lieutenant was motivated by a "xenophobic background" to plan an attack, possibly on migrants and refugees....

A group of Syrian refugees stranded on a Greek island launched a hunger strike in protest at the long processing of their asylum application, witnesses told dpa on Monday. The 14 Kurds from Syria, sitting wrapped in blankets in front of the asylum bureau at Moria camp on Lesbos, have been refusing nourishment since Friday. Their application for shelter in the European Union had been rejected in the first instance, and their appeal has been taking months to process.

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Pope Francis has drawn criticism from a Jewish organisation for comparing European refugee holding centres to “concentration camps”. The pontiff made the comparison during a visit to Rome Basilica where he met with migrants on Saturday. Recalling his visit to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year, he talked of encountering a Muslim refugee from the Middle East who told him how “terrorists came to our country”.

According to Reuters, islamists cut the throat of the man...

Child refugees in northern France are facing exploitation and violence on a daily basis​, including threats from adult men armed with knives and machetes, Unicef has warned.

An alarming report has revealed that unaccompanied minors who lived in the Grande-Synthe refugee camp in Dunkirk before it burnt down last week were “constantly fearful” of sexual abuse and attacks with weapons, and that no one – including the police – was there to care for them or to protect them.

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Italy’s parliament yesterday approved measures to accelerate asylum procedures, cutting the number of possible appeals and speeding up deportations of rejected migrants. Since 2014 the number of migrants reaching Italy’s shores has surged, with half a million arriving in the country, and under European Union law Italy has to set up so-called “hotspots” where migrants with the right of asylum are set apart from those without. As a result, Italy’s asylum applications have jumped, burdening the...

Protestors in Roszke on Saturday demanded the government change its anti-refugee policies and open its borders, according to the Hungary News Agency. Demonstrators gathered in front of a church in the city's square before walking to a border area surrounded by razor wire fences where they demanded the release of a Syrian who was sentenced last year to a 10-year prison term for throwing stones and bottles at police on the border. Actor Arpar Schilling told the crowd the government's treatment...

The Interior Minister of the Czech Republic, Milan Chovanec, stated in an interview with Czech newspaper "Pravo" that he did not support the refugee quota set out by the European Union. Chovanec said if the EU threatened the country with financial penalties, the Czech Republic would still not accept further refugees. "We have accepted 12 refugees out of approximately 1,600," Chovanec said, hinting that many of the asylum seekers assigned to the Czech Republic could pose a security risk, he...

At least 97 people are missing and believed to have drowned after their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, according to the Libyan coastguard.

Spokesman Ayoub Qassem said 23 migrants were rescued around 10 kilometres off the coast of Tripoli after authorities received a distress call. Fifteen women and five children are among those still missing.

The boat, which was packed with African nationals seeking asylum in Europe, "completely collapsed", he...

Fake lawn signs with the city seal and an anti-immigrant message have cropped up on a weedy street median near Beverly Hills. The signs at Burton Way and Doheny Drive read: "Landscaping by L.A. City Council, We'd rather spend your taxes on welfare for illegals."

City Councilman Paul Koretz condemned the signs on Friday and said they'll be removed. In a statement, Koretz said such messages have been turning up since, in his words: "Donald Trump empowered racists and bigots across the...

European countries have relocated only 10 percent of the refugees they promised to shelter by this September, figures from the European Commission showed Wednesday.

According to the commission’s 11th Relocation and Resettlement Report, the total number of relocations stands at 16,340 since last March, far below its 160,000 goal for relocating refugees from Greece and Italy under an EU-Turkey deal reached in March 2016.

But the report tried to accentuate the positive, saying, "...