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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, "...

A huge fire, apparently started deliberately, tore through the Grande-Synthe migrant camp near the northern French city of Dunkirk late Monday, reducing it to "a heap of ashes", the regional chief said. Firefighters said at least 10 people had been injured in the blaze at the camp, which was home to some 1,500 people, mostly Iraqi Kurds, living in closely packed wooden huts. "There is nothing left but a heap of ashes," Michel Lalande, prefect of France's Nord region, told reporters at the...

Refugees and migrants using the Balkan route often experience violent, brutal and unlawful treatment by authorities, according to a report published Thursday.

People fleeing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria told researchers for NGO Oxfam, which compiled the “A dangerous game” report, that they had been beaten, robbed and illegally deported by police, border guards and other officials.

The research, conducted for Oxfam by the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and the...

EU releases report on the state of Turkey-EU refugee deal.
Today, the sixth Steering Committee meeting of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey took place in Brussels to report on the progress made to date. They discussed the latest projects to support refugees, in particular the recently launched €34 million Conditional Cash Transfer for Education project with UNICEF and a €5 million contract with the NGO Spark which will increase participation and equal access to higher education of...

Police have launched a hate crime investigation after a 17-year-old boy was brutally beaten by a gang after revealing he was an asylum seeker.

The Kurdish Iranian refugee was in a critical condition in hospital after the attack, which took place in Croydon, South London.

Police believe eight people approached the boy as he sat at a bus stop with friends outside a pub in the Shrublands area.

DS Kris Blamires from Croydon CID said: “It is understood that the suspects...

A Syrian refugee set himself on fire at a migrant camp on the Greek island of Chios on Thursday in despair over his bid to gain asylum, the Greek news agency ANA reported.

Video footage, posted on Twitter by the BBC's Greece correspondent, showed a young man holding a petrol can and addressing camp residents, and then catching fire as a policeman approached.

The unidentified man was rushed to hospital with burns over 90 percent of his body, ANA said. The policeman who tried to...

A Northern Ireland Coca-Cola factory recently found 'human waste' in their Coke cans. The beverage giant and Northern Ireland authorities are investigating the incident.

Coke says no contaminated cans made it onto the market, but did not comment on whether "human waste" is the cause of the ubiquitous soft drink's aftertaste.

The factory, which is located in Lisburn, County Antrim, is responsible for receiving empty and open Coke cans. It fills them with soda before sealing them...

About 146 migrants are feared missing after their boat capsized after leaving Libya, according to a Gambian man who was rescued following the disaster, the United Nations' refugee agency said Wednesday. The vessel left on Sunday or Monday from Sabratha, northwestern Libya, with five children and several pregnant women among those on board, the Gambian told a member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees who met him at a hospital in Lampedusa. Most of the passengers were from Nigeria, Mali...

In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country. Uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees. The patients seem to have lost the will to live. The Swedish refer to them as de apatiska, the apathetic. “I think it is a form of protection, this coma they are in,” doctor said. “They are like Snow White. They just fall away from the world.”

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A man believed to be one of the world’s most wanted people smugglers, whom British police claimed to have helped to arrest and extradite to Italy, seems to have said this week that he remains at large and that an innocent man was seized and extradited in his place.

In private messages sent from his Facebook account and later seen by the Guardian, Medhanie Yehdego Mered said that another Eritrean man facing trial on Tuesday in Sicily, accused of being Mered, is in fact the victim of...