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Man carrying asylum application papers found dead close to a passenger ferry terminal in Greece's biggest port.

Greek authorities are investigating the apparent suicide of a man, believed to be a refugee, at the port of Piraeus.

The man, who was carrying asylum application papers, was found hanged early on Monday close to a passenger ferry terminal at Greece's biggest port near the capital, Athens, the coastguard said.

A coastguard spokesperson told Al Jazeera that the...

A Louisiana law that went into effect on Jan.1 has made it difficult for legal immigrants to get married in the state.

Marriage license laws in Louisiana prohibit anyone from obtaining a marriage license without a birth certificate or valid international ID or passport, according to WDSU. At the time the bills were proposed, they were said to be designed to combat marriage fraud.

"Fraudulent marriage is the number one way to get a green card," said Republican State Sen. A.G....

Hungary was due to begin detaining asylum-seekers in shipping-container camps on its southern border with Serbia on Tuesday.

Asylum-seekers entering Hungary as well as those already in the country will be confined in camps while their applications are processed.

A statement by the interior ministry said the country's prison service installed 324 shipping container homes at two camps.

"The border protection agencies are fully prepared for the entry into force of the...

There is a so-called “Refugee Hunter” called Dinko Valev who has become infamous within Bulgaria and the EU for assaulting and illegally detaining asylum seekers who he finds have entered Bulgaria from the Turkish border.

There are also other far-right groups copying the actions of the “Refugee Hunter” such as the Association for the Protection of Bulgarians. Recently groups of far-right and neo-Nazi organisations have raised Valev to the status of a hero for his “protection” of his...

More than 200 migrants are feared dead after their capsized boats sank off the coast of Libya.

Five bodies were pulled out of the water earlier on Thursday, but aid workers from Spanish organisation Poractiva Open Arms believe at total of 240 people may have been crammed onto the two overturned vessels.

Migrant numbers from North Africa to Italy have soared dramatically in 2017 after the route between Turkey and Greece was effectively cut off.

More than 550 deaths have...

More than 40 Somali refugees have been killed in an attack on a boat off the coast of Yemen while attempting to flee the country’s brutal civil war.

Coastguard authorities in the Houthi rebel stronghold of Hodeida said a helicopter gunship attacked the vessel they were travelling on in the Red Sea.

A Yemeni people smuggler who survived the attack said the boat had set sail overnight, aiming to cross to Sudan.

Al-Hassan Ghaleb Mohammed said women and children were among...

night for almost three years, Nicoleta Bolos lay awake at night on a dirty mattress in an outhouse in Sicily’s Ragusa province, waiting for the sound of footsteps outside the door. As the hours passed, she braced herself for the door to creak open, for the metallic clunk of a gun being placed on the table by her head and the weight of her employer thudding down on the dirty grey mattress beside her.

The only thing that she feared more than the sound of the farmer’s step outside her...

A right-wing political party in Denmark is calling for refugees and immigrants to celebrate Christmas and other Christian festivals in order to be considered “Danish”, sparking outrage from opponents.

Martin Henriksen, the Danish People’s Party (DPP) immigration spokesperson, said going to church would put new arrivals “on the right track”.

“We believe that those who come to this country should make as much effort as possible to become Danes, and to do that you need to...

Children stuck in Greek migrant camps are cutting themselves, attempting suicide and using drugs to cope with "endless misery," international charity Save the Children said on Thursday.

Reuters obtained an advance copy of a report that marks one year since the European Union struck a deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees and migrants to Greek islands.

"Their mental health is rapidly deteriorating due to the conditions created as a result of this deal," the report said,...

A Danish minister has sparked a furious backlash after she shared a photo celebrating increased immigration controls.

Integration minister Inger Støjberg posted the photograph of a celebration cake to social media after her 50th amendment to tighten immigration controls was ratified earlier this week.

The minister is seen holding a cake featuring the number 50 and a Danish flag.

“Today I got the 50th amendment to tighten immigration controls ratified," she wrote. "...

On February 21, the bodies of 74 migrants were found by the Libyan Red Crescent on the shore of Zawiya, a Libyan town known for being a capital of fuel smuggling and human trafficking.

A Zawiya resident said he was on the beach as Red Crescent volunteers filled dozens of body bags.

"The first thing I did on the shore was search for the rubber boat in which they left," said the Zawiya resident, who preferred not to reveal his name for security reasons.

"It was not far...

It was an excruciating choice that no family should ever have to make. Should they stay together with their two young daughters and miss perhaps their only chance to escape the horrors of war, or should they make a break for freedom but leave their year-old baby behind in a foreign land half-way around the world?

This was the devil's dilemma facing US-Yemeni dual national Baraa Ahmed (not his real name) and his wife, who were separated from their breastfeeding baby in the wake of...

The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party called for closing borders, restricting Islamic practices and fighting the ruling 'oligarchy' in its election campaign programme released on Thursday. Polling at around 11 per cent now, the four-year-old AfD aims to become the first party to the right of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc to enter the national parliament in September elections.

The AfD opposes all 'mainstream' political parties and what it regards...

Ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern called for increased pressure on countries in the 28-member bloc that continue to fail to take in refugees. "In future, the money from the EU budget must be distributed more equally among the member countries," Kern told German daily "Die Welt."

"If countries continue to duck away from resolving the issue of migration, or tax dumping at the expense of their neighbors, they will no longer be able to...

Human rights groups have heavily criticised a vote by the Hungarian parliament to force all asylum seekers into detention camps as the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, called migration “a Trojan horse for terrorism”.

The asylum seekers will be kept in converted shipping containers while they wait for their cases to be heard via video-link as part of measures Orbán said were designed to save Europe. He considers the migrants, many of whom are Muslims, as a threat to European...