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Refugees

2018

06

Dec

UN sounds alarm on Greek push-back of migrants

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 […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Haberler , AA

06

Dec

Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from parents since June

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 […]

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Country: United States
Source: Hürriyet , CTV

05

Dec

Pentagon extends U.S. troop deployment at Mexican border through January

The Pentagon on Tuesday approved keeping several thousand active-duty troops along the Southwest border at least through January, extending a controversial mission to assist the Border Patrol as it grapples with a surge of migrants seeking asylum. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis signed the order to continue the mission through Jan. 31, according to a […]

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Country: United States
Source: En Son Haber , LA Times

05

Dec

Austria uses language barrier to cut benefits

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 […]

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Country: Austria
Source: EN , Independent

04

Dec

3 irregular migrants found frozen to death in northwestern Turkey

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 […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Sputnik , Daily Sabah

04

Dec

The Italian government is amending its people’s budget

Italy is making changes to its controversial budget to avoid EU sanctions, as gloomy economic figures spark fears of recession. The Italian government has announced the first changes to its big-spending “people’s budget” in hopes of avoiding sanctions from Brussels. The budget committee is now examining changes made to the controversial “people’s budget” this morning […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Dünya Bülteni , The Local

03

Dec

Denmark to banish immigrants to remote island

Foreigners sentenced to deportation are to be banished to a remote island off the coast of Denmark, the country’s government has announced. Finance minister Kristian Jensen said the criminals will be detained at a facility on Lindholm, an uninhabited seven-hectare island in the province of Vordingborg. The tough scheme was set up as part of […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: CNN Türk

29

Nov

Norway: ex-minister charged with sexual abuse of asylum seekers

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 […]

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Country: Norway
Source: Euronews , The Guardian

29

Nov

Italy bows out of meeting on UN migration pact

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 […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Sputnik , France 24

29

Nov

Italy passes tough anti-migrant law

Italy on Wednesday adopted far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s tough anti-migrant and security decree, despite fierce criticism from the left. The bill, which makes it easier to expel migrants and limits residency permits, was passed in the lower house of parliament with 396 in favour to 99 against. “I’m happy, it’s a memorable day,” Salvini […]

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Country: Italy
Source: EWN , Sputnik