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As thousands of refugee children have disappeared in Germany, the German children's fund office (Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk) urged the German government to take concrete steps in searching for refugee children. Germany registered 60,000 unaccompanied child refugees with 4,750 listed as missing in January. Since then, the number of missing refugee children has increased in recent months, hitting 6,000. According to statistics from the country's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), 945 children...

A scathing new Amnesty International report pins the climbing number of migrant deaths in the central Mediterranean on "failing EU policies." So far this year, more than 2,000 migrants and refugees have died while trying to get to Europe, the report said. In 2015, the European Union strengthened a search and rescue program that prevented deaths in the Mediterranean, the report states, but now, the focus is on smugglers as they launch boats out of Libya. "European states have progressively...

The Austrian cabinet has approved a law that will condemn refugees who make false statements in their applications to six months in prison and a fine of 5,000 euros ($5,373). Children whose applications have false information will be sentenced to three months in prison. The law was prepared by the interior ministry and passed with the support of the coalition parties in government and the opposition Team Stronach Party.

An explanation of the law's purpose specified that it is designed...

The Italian government is considering blocking boats carrying migrants from landing at its ports after nearly 11,000 refugees arrived on its shores in five days. It has been reported that the government has given its ambassador to the EU, Maurizio Massari, a mandate to raise the issue formally with the European commission to seek permission for a drastic revision of EU asylum procedures. One idea being discussed is denying docking privileges to boats not carrying Italian flags that seek to...

Two women have been charged over claims they had sex with underage asylum seekers at a migrant shelter in Denmark. The pair, aged 36 and 52, are facing up to four years in jail each after allegedly having sex with two 17-year-olds while working at Børnecenter Tullebølle, located on the Danish island of Rudkøbing. The 36-year-old allegedly had sex with one unaccompanied teen asylum seeker at her house and in her car between May and July last year. Meanwhile the 52-year-old is accused of...

“I am extremely worried that large numbers of Nigerian refugees hosted in Cameroon are again returning to northeast Nigeria - into a situation dangerously unprepared to receive them” says United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

Three weeks ago UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency warned about the situation in the Nigerian border town of Banki where thousands were returning.

Shelter was lacking, there was severe overcrowding, water supplies and sanitation...

The UN Refugee Agency's annual Global Trends study found that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2016 – a total bigger than the population of the United Kingdom and about 300,000 more than last year. It noted that the pace at which people are becoming displaced remains very high. On average, 20 people were driven from their homes every minute last year, or one every three seconds – less than the time it takes to read this sentence. “It speaks louder than ever...

Up to 126 refugees and migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean after Libyan smugglers stole the outboard engine of their dinghy. The dinghy, which left from a beach on the Libyan coast, was heading north towards Italy when a boatload of traffickers turned up and removed the motor. Without an engine, waves soon engulfed the dinghy and it sank. It was believed to have been carrying 130 migrants, most of them reportedly Sudanese, when it went down on Friday. Only four survived...

A man suspected of having neo-Nazi links has confessed to driving his car into a crowd of rejected Iraqi asylum seekers who were protesting against their deportation in the Swedish city of Malmo. Police have opened a hate crime investigation. The man, 22, whose identity has not been revealed, admitted that he had driven his car into the crowd of asylum seekers, who rallied outside the Swedish Migration Agency office in Malmo on two occasions last weekend. The perpetrator’s car had a Nazi...

The EU has launched a legal case against Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland over their tough stance on taking in asylum seekers. The Hungarian and Polish governments have long refused to take in migrants under a 2015 relocation plan, which was agreed by qualified majority. The Czechs have taken in twelve.

“It is binding and mandatory for all member states to comply and implement according to the pledges they gave. The sanctions have somehow being defined by the infringement...

The Australian government and its contractors have offered compensation totalling A$70m (£41m; $53m) to refugees detained in Papua New Guinea. The 1,905 claimants had alleged they suffered harm while being held on PNG's Manus Island between 2012 and 2016. The government said it "strongly denied" the allegations but that settling was a "prudent" decision.

Australia turns away any refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat and sends them to PNG and Nauru. It says this deters migrants...

Greek judicial authorities have ordered an investigation into allegations that staff at a European Union-funded NGO sexually exploited refugees and misused money intended for their welfare. Immigration Minister Ioannis Mouzalas on Monday handed Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou a letter from the EU’s top humanitarian aid official outlining the allegations.

The NGO allegedly involved was not publicly named, and no details on the claims were provided. Dimitriou ordered a...

Poland's prime minister on Wednesday cited the attack in Manchester in which a Polish couple died to reinforce her government's opposition to a European Union plan to share migrants. Beata Szydlo spoke ahead of a parliament vote in which the opposition sought in vain to oust Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz. She praised Macierewicz, saying he wants a strong army capable of opposing threats that include terrorism. Citing security reasons, her populist government is rejecting EU pressure...

Germany's Parliament has passed legislation making it easier to deport failed asylum seekers and to monitor those deemed dangerous in a move that has been slammed by opposition parties and rights groups as an assault on the rights of refugees.

In the legislation passed by the Bundestag late Thursday, German authorities will be able to detain migrants due for deportation for 10 days rather than four, and also have the right to use ankle bracelets to monitor those deemed willing and...

Reports emerging from the sea rescue effort between Italy and Libya suggest around 20 men, women and children are missing and feared dead after rescuers were able to pluck some 500 survivors from the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend. Information gathered by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Italy indicates that the survivors were rescued from four rubber boats on Sunday by the SeaEye NGO and a merchant vessel called Ohio in the Central Mediterranean Sea. UNHCR is gathering more information...