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There have been more than 27 suicide attempts in the last two weeks by refugees detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, a refugee says.

Abdul Aziz Muhamat has called for action to resolve the mental health crisis from the Australian parliament, which is considering a bill to ease the transfer of sick refugees from Manus and Nauru to Australia.

Mr Muhamat said the crisis among about 600 men in exile on Manus was spiralling out of control.

"As someone who has been on...

The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Despite the order and a federal judge’s later ruling, immigration officials are allowed to separate a child from a parent in certain cases — serious criminal charges against a parent, concerns over the health and welfare...

UN officials are concerned by reports that Greek officials are sending back irregular migrants coming via Turkey -- “push-back” -- with no opportunity for them to seek asylum, including reports of violence.

The alleged policy made headlines this week after three migrants were found in Turkish villages, without trousers or shoes, apparently frozen to death, reportedly victims of the policy.

The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR "continues to receive numerous credible reports of alleged...

Foreigners who have moved to Austria but have not yet picked up the language are to be penalised under controversial reforms to the country's social welfare system, as the right-wing government steps up its efforts to deter immigration.

The Austrian government plans to penalise the unemployed by cutting €300 from their monthly benefits if they do not fulfil certain language requirements.

The far-right Freedom Party (FPO) reforms would target immigrants and ethnic minorities in...

Haydee Posadas had waited eight years for her son to come home. On the last night of her long vigil, she was too agitated to sleep.

Her son had fled Honduras for the U.S. in 2010 in part because of gang threats, just as thousands are doing today in the migrant caravans headed north, including men from the same neighborhood. But en route in Mexico, again like so many others, Wilmer Gerardo Nunez disappeared into the vortex of drug violence that he was trying to escape in the first...

The bodies of three people thought to be irregular migrants have been found in separate border villages in Turkey's northwestern Edirne province, security sources said on December 4.

The body of one migrant — thought to be of Afghan origin — was found in the village of Serem, while the bodies of two more migrants were found in the villages of Akçadam and Adasarhanlı, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

All the migrants are...

A Norwegian former cabinet minister has been charged with sexually abusing three asylum seekers over a period of several years, prosecution authorities said.

Svein Ludvigsen, 72, was charged with one count of taking advantage of his position as regional governor, and one count of exploiting the asylum seekers’ vulnerable situation to abuse them sexually.

“The prosecution authorities have charged a former politician with the sexual abuse of three people,” the prosecutor Tor...

A 15-year-old Syrian refugee seen being pushed to the ground and having water poured on his face in a video shared on social media has said he will not return to the school where the incident took place.

Footage of the playground incident, which occurred at Almondbury community school on 25 October, went viral on Tuesday night. Since then, fresh footage has emerged that is said to show the boy’s sister being physically abused at the same school.

On November 29 afternoon around...

Italy's parliament will have the last word on the UN migration pact, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on November 28, so its officials will not attend a conference next month to ratify it.

Italy "reserves the right to adhere to this document or not only after the parliament has decided," Conte said.

Italian officials would therefore not attend December's UN conference in Marrakesh on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, where delegates there will...

Mexico has reportedly called for an investigation into the use of what it described as nonlethal weapons, including tear gas, along its border with the United States.

In a diplomatic note presented to the U.S. on Monday, Mexico’s foreign ministry called for “a full investigation” into the use of weapons directed toward Mexican territory on Sunday, a day after U.S. agents fired tear gas canisters toward migrants seeking to breach the border between Tijuana, Mexico, and California, ...

President Donald Trump has strongly defending the US use of tear gas at the Mexican border to repel a crowd of migrants and blamed the parents of the children who were caught up in the melee.

Critics denounced the border agents’ action as overkill, but Mr Trump kept to a hard line.

“They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas,” Mr Trump said.

“Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally.”

At a...

Greece’s asylum system is hamstrung by public sector cuts imposed during the country’s EU bailouts, an UN envoy has said, as campaigners warned of a looming winter crisis for refugees and migrants.

MEPs blame Europe’s asylum system for humanitarian conditions in Greece, where thousands are stranded in squalid camps that are a danger to physical and mental health.

Philippe Leclerc, the UN refugee agency’s representative in Athens, said EU policy on Greece during the debt crisis...

As thousands of migrants from Central America wait in makeshift Tijuana shelters for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S., a process that could take months, some have organized protests to pressure U.S. officials to devote more resources to speed up the process.

On Sunday, one of those protests, peaceful at first, turned chaotic when several hundered migrants broke away, overwhelming Mexican federal police officers before rushing a border fence and attempting to illegally enter...

Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the U.S were weighing their options Tuesday after a U.S. court blocked President Donald Trump’s asylum ban for illegal border crossers.

Many said they have no intention of breaking the law, but were feeling pressure after anti-migrant protests in this Mexican border city amid claims by Trump and the Tijuana mayor that the caravan harbors gang members and criminals, something they strongly deny.

Keven Paul Mejia, a...

Former Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias revealed on Tuesday that he has referred to the prosecutor charges that Greek diplomats were allegedly involved in issuing illegal visas to unaccompanied children.

During an interview with the Union of Newspaper Reporters, Kotzias revealed there are 93 cases involving diplomats illegally issuing visas to unaccompanied migrant minors.

The former minister said that some of the diplomats are already in jail because of his initiative...