German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has confirmed his offer of resignation, rather than back down from his stance on migration. He will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU on July 1 for last-ditch talks.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has confirmed his offer of resignation from both from the cabinet and as CSU leader within the next three days, after unexpectedly re-escalating his standoff with Chancellor Angela Merkel over Germany's asylum policy.


Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the Sahara Desert over the past 14 months, including pregnant women and children, expelling them without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under a blistering sun. Some never make it out alive.

The expelled migrants and refugees can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds, appearing at first as specks in the distance under temperatures of up to 48 degrees Celsius.

In Niger, where the majority...

Migrant children – some of them just three years old – are being ordered to appear in court without their parents for their own deportation hearings, it has been reported. 

As First Lady Melania Trump made her second trip in a week to look at the conditions in which youngsters separated from their parents are being held, it was reported some children have been told to appear before judges.

The government has admitted nearly 2,000 youngsters were separated from their families...

The European Union has found itself in an internal crisis as Italy blocked the second batch of the 3 billion euros that the bloc promised to pay Turkey for supporting the Syrian refugees.

Speaking to journalists in a closed-door briefing in Brussels, an EU official said Italy has demanded that the bloc agree on a fund package for Rome and refuses to withdraw the monetary block on the funds allocated for Turkey unless the EU strikes a deal with Italy.

During the two-day EU...

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has confirmed that two military bases will be used as temporary camps to house migrants who illegally enter the US.

Speaking in Alaska, Secretary Mattis named the Texas bases but did not say whether they would house migrant children or families held together.

The Pentagon said last week it planned to house 20,000 detained children on military bases.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump repeated calls for deportations without judicial process.


Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called on Malta to take in a rescue vessel carrying more than 200 migrants, and insisted the NGO-operated ship be impounded and its crew detained.

“For the safety of the crew and passengers we have asked Malta to open its ports,” the leader of the far-right League tweeted, claiming the vessel is in Maltese waters. “It is clear that the ship will then have to be seized, and its crew detained. [It should] never again be out trafficking at sea.”...

US President Donald Trump has backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant families on the US-Mexico border, after images of children in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad.

Mr Trump signed an executive order requiring that immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take.

But that may violate a court settlement on how long children may be held, setting up a potential...

The Hungarian government has stepped up its anti-immigration measures with plans to introduce a 25% tax on aid groups it says support migration.

Viktor Orbán’s administration has been among the most hostile to immigration in Europe. His Fidesz party was re-elected in a landslide victory in April, promising to crack down on non-governmental organisations it says support migrants.

“We want to use tax policy to step up against organising migration,” Hungary’s finance ministry said...

President Donald Trump has said he will not allow the US to become a "migrant camp", as he stood by his administration's immigration crackdown.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp," he said at the White House. "And it will not be a refugee-holding facility - it won't be."

Photos over the weekend showed undocumented children being held in fenced enclosures at a Texas facility.

The UN human rights chief has condemned the policy as "unconscionable".


Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

One teenager told an advocate who visited that she was helping care for a young child she didn’t know because the child’s aunt was somewhere else in the facility. She said she had to show others in her cell how to change the girl’s diaper...

Child refugees are being abused, detained and illegally sent back to Italy by French border guards, according to a new report from Oxfam. 

Some children as young as 12 were being held overnight in cells without food, water or blankets, or access to an official guardian, the report states. 

French police routinely stop unaccompanied children and put them on trains back to Italy after altering their paperwork, either to make them appear older or to make it look as though they...

A rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy's new interior minister refused permission for it to dock.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, said Malta should accept the Aquarius but he was rejected.

Malta says the German charity SOS Méditerranée picked up the migrants in Libyan waters, which means they fall under Italy's jurisdiction.

Italy is the main entry for migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe.


The UN migration agency said on May 6, that 40 migrants have drowned and 16 others are being presumed dead as they are still missing in Yemen's shores.

"Tragedy struck migrants trying to cross from the Horn of Africa to find employment in Yemen and the Gulf, when their vessel capsized in high waves as it approached its destination in the early hours of June 6," International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement.

According to survivors, the passengers who were...

The day of "Naksa" refers to the displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians as a result of the Israeli invasion of 1967.

Palestinian refugees in Gaza recall the agony of being uprooted as they prepare to observe the day of "Naksa" which refers to the displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians for a second time as a result of the Israeli invasion of 1967.

The day of "Naksa" is commemorated on June 5 every year. 

Abed al Rahman al Dahode is a Palestinian...

At least 48 migrants were killed when their boat sank off Tunisia’s coast and 67 others were rescued by the coast guard, officials said on Sunday, one of the worst migrant boat accidents in recent years.

The boat went down near the southern island of Kerkenna, a tourist spot, in the night to Sunday, the defense ministry said in a statement. The victims were Tunisians and other nationalities, it said, without giving details.

The rescue operation was suspended late on Sunday but...