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Several members of a far-right Greek party headed by a prominent MP have raided a primary school in Athens to prevent the staff from admitting refugee children in classrooms.

According to the Greek Ministry of Education, around 20 members of Golden Dawn, led by Yannis Lagos, a lawmaker with the party, stormed the Neo Ikonio public school in the capital’s Perama neighborhood on Tuesday.

They verbally abused the teachers and parents attending a meeting at the school, and even...

Migrants are stuck in freezing conditions behind the central train station in Belgrade, Serbia, where they survive on one meal a day.

Many of the estimated 1,000 migrants are escaping instability in Afghanistan, where a worsening war with the Taliban has sent record numbers of people fleeing their homes. They have lingered for weeks in legal limbo, unable to move north after European countries along the Balkans shut their borders last year.

“They have been left for months...

Thousands of migrants arriving in Italy will have to perform unpaid “socially useful” work to qualify for asylum and the expulsion of economic migrants will be speeded up under the Italian government’s new plans.

“It will be up to local mayors to decide what they do, and the work will probably be voluntary,” a government source said yesterday. A handful of towns in Italy already ask migrants to clean up streets and parks.

Under the scheme, which will be presented to parliament...

More than 10,000 asylum seekers can ask to have their cases heard again after a high court ruling that they were treated unfairly, but many have already been forcibly removed from the UK and may never get to hear about the decision.

Mr Justice Ouseley declared on Friday that rules on asylum appeals in place until 2014 were unlawful and ultra vires – beyond the power of the Home Office.

Some of those affected may have been tortured or even killed after being forcibly returned to...

Donald Trump has promised to end President Obama’s allegedly lenient immigration policies by deporting millions of people living in the U.S. illegally — but the Democrat and his staff have already kicked out a record number of undocumented migrants.

“We will terminate the Obama administration’s deadly non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets,” the GOP presidential nominee barked at a Wednesday rally in Phoenix, where he gave specific...

As a big freeze grips Europe, the plight of refugees has become increasingly desperate.

At abandoned industrial buildings in Belgrade, those unable or unwilling to enter official shelters in the Serbian capital are shivering in temperatures lower than -20C.

Last week, three migrants froze to death in the biting cold. The bodies of two Iraqi men, aged 28 and 35, were found on Friday in a forest in the southeast of the country. On Monday, a female Somali migrant was found dead in...

Police in a region of Greece that borders Turkey say another person has died of hypothermia on a route used by migrant smugglers despite freezing temperatures.

Authorities said the body of a man was discovered buried in snow outside a Greek village on Monday. They think he probably died over the weekend.

The man was the second to succumb to the cold in less than two weeks. Another died of hypothermia in the same area on Jan. 3.

In a separate incident, a migrant man was...

More than 100 refugees have drowned after a boat sank in rough conditions in the Mediterranean Sea as the crisis shows no sign of slowing.

The Italian Navy was searching for survivors from the vessel, which was believed to be carrying up to 110 people.

Only four survivors were pulled from the water, with at least eight bodies found so far.

Flavio Di Giacomo, from the International Organisation for Migration, told The Independent around 106 people were thought to have...

A Hungarian camerawoman who made headlines in 2015 after being filmed kicking refugees, including children, has been found guilty of breaching public peace and sentenced to three years of probation.
The actions of Petra Laszlo triggered “indignation and outrage,” Judge Illes Nanasi, in the city of Szeged, Hungary, said on Thursday, as cited by AFP and local media.

The judge rejected the argument of Laszlo’s lawyer that she was trying to protect herself.

Laszlo was...

A commemoration march marking 12 years since the death of Oury Jalloh, an asylum-seeker who was killed by a fire in a police cell in Dessau, attracted an estimated 1,100 people on Saturday.
The case of Jalloh, a Sierra Leone national, sparked outrage after the public learned how he was restrained to a mattress as he remained alone in the cell, with police ignoring a fire alarm.

The march was one of the biggest the small eastern German city has seen in years. In addition to...

A French farmer, who has become a local hero for helping African migrants cross the border from Italy and giving them shelter, has gone on trial for aiding illegal arrivals.

Cédric Herrou is one of three people to appear before courts in southern France for assisting people fleeing to Europe.

The 37-year-old activist, accused of “helping undocumented foreigners enter, move about and reside” in France, faces up to five years in prison and a €30,000 (£25,500) fine if convicted....

Police stormed a post office in western Germany on Tuesday after two asylum seekers tried to send a package containing a thank-you gift for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

An employee at a postal centre at a petrol station in Naunheim in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate called police after the two asylum seekers, who are father and son, dropped off the package.

"The employee found this to be suspicious due to events in the past week," a police spokesman told dpa.

The...

Some 100 refugees are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in two shipwrecks on Thursday which brought the Mediterranean death toll a record 5,000 in 2016, the U.N. said on Friday.

"Around 100 people are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea yesterday. The Italian coastguard carried out four rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea. These latest tragedies bring the number of casualties in the Mediterranean this year to over 5,000. This is the worst...

International Organization for Migration said that the organization had recorded the highest yearly migrant deaths worldwide since the statistics started, with 7,189 migrants and refugees dying or missing on their migratory routes.

The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200, a more than 20-percent increase over 2015, with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said.

In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing...

A majority of Germans fear the government will have to tighten its belt to take care of new refugees, a survey suggests. Despite falling numbers of newcomers, many believe migration is fueling an increase in crime.
Refugees and integration top the list as Germany's biggest problem, according to survey results released on Friday.
The figures by pollster Forschungsgruppe Wahlen show 58 percent of respondents think refugees and their integration in Germany are the country's number...