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In a sign of how Germany's "Willkommenskultur," or welcoming culture, has faded since a record number of refugees arrived last year, the hardening of the regulations that make up the German asylum law was criticized by the German Institute for Human Rights in an annual report on the development of the human rights situation in the country. The first report covers the period of Jan. 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, focusing on the scale of respecting and protecting the human rights of refugees in...

The Obama administration went before the Supreme Court Wednesday to again defend its immigration policy, this time seeking to overturn a lower-court decision that found detention practices for some immigrants were too harsh.

Last year, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco voided the government’s practice of indefinite mandatory detention for several categories of immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The appeals court found that after six months of detention,...

A Hungarian court on Wednesday sentenced a Syrian-Cypriot man to 10 years in jail his part in a riot at the border with Serbia last year, when he hurled rocks at police in an attempt to force the border open, deemed an "act of terror" under Hungarian law.

Ahmed Hamed, 40, broke into tears as a judge handed down the preliminary ruling. His was the longest prison term in the recent migration crisis, in which Hungary emerged as one of the toughest opponents of mass immigration.

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The head of Australia's largest Muslim association has slammed claims by the country's immigration minister that recent terror attacks are the result of a 1970's decision to allow Lebanese refugees into Australia.

Minister Peter Dutton has claimed that many foreign fighters travelling to the Middle East are the offspring of those who arrived in Australia as part of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser's refugee policy following the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975.

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France has illegally dispatched a number of minors and dozens of adults to Italy, rights groups and a lawyers' union said on Saturday. The expulsions occurred after a group of youngsters requested protection and access to child services in Breil-sur-Roya, a town on the French-Italian border. The accusation was made by representatives of France's Human Rights League, the Network for Education without Borders (RESF), Amnesty International, immigrant support group Cimade and the French lawyers...

Hungarian prisoners have finished building the first part of a second anti-migrant fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia, state television reported on Monday.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the plans for a second fence line in August to reinforce the existing barrier erected last year along the 175-kilometre-long (110-mile-long) border.

The risk that the European Union's deal earlier this year with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants might not last means Hungary...

Dozens of people have been driven out of a refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios after two successive nights of attacks by a far-right group. At least two people were wounded after attackers threw Molotov cocktails and rocks as big as boulders from elevated areas surrounding the Souda camp, activists said.

Three tents were burned down and three others were hit by rocks. A 42-year-old Syrian man was assaulted, while a Nigerian boy was hit by a rock.

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Nearly 100 refugees are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat capsized, an international aid organization said Thursday.

According to a tweet by the Italian branch of aid group Doctors Without Borders, at least 27 refugees were rescued by coast guards early Thursday morning.

The authorities retrieved seven bodies; at least 96 other people are still missing, the aid group added.

Migrants from North Africa were trying to reach Italy from Libya...

After the resettlement of Calais refugees across France, anger among far-right groups has risen as protestors stormed the Brittany migrant center.

Riot police used tear gas to restore order. Brittany village of Arzon in northwestern France witnessed violent anti-immigrant demonstrations on Monday, as protestors from local far-right groups clashed with riot police after they stormed a migrant center, the Local France reported. The latest violent act against migrants came after more...

Eight Germans have been charged with forming a far-right terrorist organization and carrying out bombing attacks on asylum-seeker facilities and left-wing political targets, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The seven men and one woman are accused of forming in 2015 the “Freital Group,” named after a suburb of the eastern city of Dresden that has seen a string of anti-refugee protests and other incidents amid a surge in far-right attacks following a huge influx of refugees and other...

As hate crimes against migrants in Germany continue to rise, more than 450 attacks on German politicians and refugee helpers were registered this year, according to Federal Criminal Police (BKA) statistics published online Sunday by the weekly newspaper Zeit.

Some 317 of these offenses were directed against politicians and 144 of them against workers in migrants centers, the report stated. The acts were mostly motivated by right-wing extremists, the report also claimed.

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A 24-year-old refugee says he was assaulted by a gang of youths on Manus Island, in the latest act of alleged violence against detainees from Australia’s offshore processing centre.

The man told police he was walking from a Lorengau hotel to a lodge on Sunday evening when a group of young men called out to him. He said he ignored them but then the group surrounded him and one man demanded he hand over his phone.

“They went on and started punching me and pushing my head down,”...

A suburban town in Germany is building a 13ft-high stone wall to separate residents from refugees living at a nearby migrant accomodation facility.

Officials from Neuperlach Sud, outside Munich, said the prospect of a wall was raised after locals complained about 160 unaccompanied young refugees moving into the area.

The residents argued the values of their houses would decrease due to the proximity of the refugee centre and the noise issuing from it.

The nearest houses...

Ieronymos II, the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, asked not to rush for the construction of a mosque in Athens, adding that he had serious concerns about the building of the edifice.

Speaking on a nationwide broadcasting TV channel, Ieronymos II said that recent events changed his positive views regarding the construction of a mosque in Athens, referring to the recent refugee influx and sectarian conflicts across the Middle Eastern countries. He urged authorities to wait until...

Italian police have reportedly used batons and Tasers to coerce migrants into being fingerprinted under EU regulations, Amnesty International said in a new report. Many cases potentially amount to torture and abuse, the group stated.
The Amnesty International paper, which includes dozens of migrant testimonies and witness accounts, particularly criticizes the controversial ‘hotspot approach’ advocated by Brussels, meaning that incomers are often identified in Italy – their first point...