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The US government may have separated “thousands” more immigrant children from their parents than previously known but inadequate record-keeping means the exact number is still unclear, an internal watchdog said on Wednesday.

The Office of Inspector General at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the agency had identified many more children in addition to the 2,737 that were included as part of a class action lawsuit challenging the separations brought by the...

Around 40 people in a holding center in Vincennes and 70 people in a center in Mesnil-Amelot, both in the Paris region, are on hunger strike. They allege police violence and a lack of access to adequate medical care; they say that their goal is to highlight the conditions in which they are being held.

“Even animals are treated better than us.” Since January 3rd, around 40 people in a holding center (Centre de retention – CRA) in Vincennes in the Paris region have been on hunger strike...

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said that as many as 15 displaced Syrian children, most of them infants, have died from extreme cold and lack of medical care.

The children – 13 of them less than one year old – have died in Al-Rukban refugee camp in south eastern Syria, near the border with Jordan. The remaining two died while fleeing Daesh’ stronghold in northern Syria.

“Freezing temperatures and harsh living conditions in Rukban are...

A Syrian refugee woman is in critical condition after setting herself on fire at a refugee camp near the Jordanian border due to lack of enough food. 

The suicide attempt took place at Al-Rukban refugee camp near Syria’s border with Jordan as the woman helplessly watched her children starving, according to a local medic and spokesman at the camp. 

"The refugee woman is suffering severe burns,” medic Shukri Shihab told Anadolu Agency. 

He said the woman has been...

The lives of 70,000 Syrian refugees in makeshift camps across Lebanon are at risk as the country faces extreme weather conditions and flooding, the United Nations' refugee protection agency has said.

A heavy storm with colder temperatures and high winds, dubbed Norma by Lebanese meteorologists, has affected some 11,301 refugees at 361 different sites across Lebanon since on January 6.

"These exceptional weather conditions are making the living situation of Syrian refugees even...

Migrant and refugee women who give birth on the Greek island of Lesbos are being sent to live in squalid, unheated tents with their babies after as little as four days, according to a new report by Oxfam.

There is no hot water and newborns, along with toddlers and older children, have to be washed outside in the cold.

Around 5,000 asylum seekers are crammed into the island’s notorious Moria camp, which was designed to hold 3,100 people.

It is so overcrowded that another...

Donald Trump Jr. likened his father's proposed border wall with Mexico to a zoo fence Tuesday evening, sparking a sharp backlash on social media from users who thought he was comparing immigrants to zoo animals. 

“You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo?” the son of President Donald Trump wrote in an Instagram post that has since been deleted. “Because walls work.” 

Seinfeld director Larry Charles tweeted that Trump's oldest son is "so blinded by his own hubris that he can'...

The EU has been strongly criticised over conditions in Greece’s largest refugee camp, where Oxfam reported women are wearing nappies at night for fear of leaving their tents to go to the toilet.

The British-based NGO described the increasingly dangerous state of the EU-sponsored Moria camp on the island of Lesbos, where a 24-year-old man from Cameroon was found dead in the early hours of Tuesday as temperatures fell below freezing.

Under a landmark deal agreed between the EU...

A rift has opened within Italy’s populist coalition government over the fate of 49 people who remain stranded at sea in the Mediterranean onboard two private rescue ships.

Thirty-two of them are onboard the German NGO rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, which has been at sea for 17 days after Italy and Malta refused it permission to dock. An additional 17 people were rescued off the coast of Libya on 29 December by a second vessel, which is operated by another German humanitarian group, Sea-...

Indian police on January 3 took a Rohingya Muslim family of five to the border by bus, readying to deport them to neighbouring Myanmar as the second such group expelled in four months during a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

India's Hindu nationalist government regards the Rohingya as illegal aliens and a security risk. It has ordered that tens of thousands of the community, who live in small settlements and slums, be identified and repatriated.

The husband, wife and three...

At least 376 migrants died at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018, according to a UN monitor.

The estimate from the International Organization on Migration's Missing Migrants Project includes 214 men, 20 women and four children. The other 138 could not be identified from their remains. Others likely died, but their remains have not been found.

The vast majority of those who perished were from the Americas. Only two, who hailed from South Asia, did not come from the region.

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Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said asylum-seekers who commit violent crimes must leave the country, after a group of apparently drunken teenagers attacked a dozen people in the Bavarian town of Amberg.

"If existing laws are not sufficient, they must be changed," Seehofer told Wednesday's edition of Germany's Bild newspaper. "The events in Amberg are very troubling. This is excessive violence which we cannot tolerate."

Seehofer — the leader of Bavaria's Christian...

U.S. border agents launched tear gas into Mexico early on January 1 to deter a group of migrants that one official called “a violent mob” from crossing over from Tijuana, according to a Reuters witness and the U.S. government.

Clouds of the noxious gas could be seen wafting up from around the fence at the border. One migrant picked up a canister and threw it back into U.S. territory.

U.S. officials said the group had attacked agents with projectiles but a Reuters witness did...

All migrants who arrive in Europe with the help of human traffickers will be automatically denied asylum in Austria, under new plans revealed by its Interior Minister.

Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, a member of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), said his plans aim to punish migrants using smugglers by handing down an automatic negative asylum decision.

Kickl told local media that he hopes Austrian laws will be amended to enable this policy provision and that Austria...

Thousands of asylum seekers in Greece, living in tents on one of the Aegean Islands, are enduring another winter without heat or running water as there is no space at the official camp that is supposed to house them.

They are compelled to continue waiting in the cold until the government makes some arrangement for them to live.

 

Source: Aljazeera...