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Refugees

2018

22

Jan

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UNICEF criticizes Belgium: Length of asylum procedure affects morale of migrant children

A UNICEF report published on Friday criticized the Belgian asylum procedure and said it is “a heavy burden” for the refugee children. The UN agency interviewed 170 refugee children for two years in Belgium and the report said children were dragged from one migration center to another throughout the asylum procedure. Children speaking to UNICEF […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Anadolu Agency

22

Jan

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German city bans new refugees amid anti-migrant mood

An eastern German city has imposed a temporary ban on new refugees in an effort to stem a number of recent violent incidents. Cottbus, about 120 kilometres southeast of Berlin, has been rocked by violence from refugees and right-wing extremists since the start of this year. Earlier this week, Brandenburg state police reported that two male Syrian […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Telegraph

19

Jan

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The only country in Europe where a far-right political party has come to power, Austria establishes a “border protection unit”

Austria’s new far-right interior minister was quoted as saying on Jan. 18 that he has ordered the creation of a “border protection unit” in case of a major new influx of migrants, like the one in 2015. “A repeat of 2015 cannot be allowed to happen. Therefore I have given instructions for the creation of […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Hurriyet Daily News

18

Jan

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US border patrol routinely sabotages water left for migrants, report says

U.S. Border Patrol has been accused of causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants a year by destroying food and water supplies left for them in the brutal Arizona desert by humanitarian groups. On Wednesday, two humanitarian groups released a report, detailing how they’ve distributed more than 31,000 gallons of water along dangerous migrant paths in […]

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Country: United States
Source: Daily Mail

17

Jan

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France deportations of foreigners climb nearly 15% in 2017

France received a record high of 100,000 asylum application in 2017, making it one of Europe’s main destinations for migrants and refugees fleeing poverty and conflicts. The deportation of foreigners in an irregular situation also rose 14.6 percent in 2017, according to a report published Tuesday by the Directorate General of Foreigners in France (DGEF).

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Country: France
Source: Anadolu Agency

12

Jan

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Trump calls Haiti and African countries ‘shithole’ nations

In an extraordinary Oval Office exchange, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. should permit immigrants from “shithole countries” as he rejected a plan by a bipartisan group of senators that would have changed rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation. The White House did not […]

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Country: United States
Source: WFLA

11

Jan

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Germany hate crime: More than 4 attacks a day on migrants in 2017

According to Germany’s Amadeu Antonio Foundation and the organization ProAsyl, over 1,700 attacks on refugees were reported in Germany over the course of 2017 – on average, that’s more than four each day.

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Country: Germany
Source: Deutsche Welle , Amadeu Antonio

09

Jan

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Hungary’s Leader Says Refugees Should Be Called ‘Muslim Invaders’

Refugees in Europe are just “Muslim invaders” and economic migrants seeking better lives, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has said, adding that the large number of Muslims in the EU had led to the appearance of ‘parallel societies.’ Asked in an interview with the German Bild newspaper why Budapest does not want to accept any refugees, Orban replied: “We […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: RT

05

Jan

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Austria suggests migrants put in barracks under curfew

Austria’s vice-chancellor and far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache proposed on Thursday that asylum seekers should be kept in barracks, and their movements should be restricted with a curfew. “Order is needed, as long as there is an open asylum procedure,” he told public TV ORF.The OVP, the party of chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has not commented on the […]

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Country: Austria
Source: EUobserver

03

Jan

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Macron’s policy of expelling migrants: African migrants risk lives on snowy Alpine paths to reach France

African migrants are increasingly braving the snow-clad Alps in efforts to evade immigration police and reach France from Italy, often taking treacherous high-altitude passes that locals warn will lead to deaths. The Alps have seen weeks of heavy snowfall after an early onset of winter, making efforts to cross the border more difficult and dangerous […]

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Country: France
Source: The New Indian Express