Denmark Passes Law Allowing Asylum Seekers to Be Processed Outside Europe

The law is the latest in a series of hard-line measures that have been introduced in recent years to discourage migration.

#denmark, #europe, #frederiksen-mette, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #united-nations, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

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A Wave of the Hand Sets Off Spain-Morocco Migrant Fight

Spanish officials say Morocco increasingly sees migrants as currency for financial and political gains after it let up to 12,000 flood into a Spanish enclave in North Africa over two days.

#ceuta-spain, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #illegal-immigration, #international-relations, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #morocco, #politics-and-government, #spain

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German Officer Goes on Trial, Accused of Plotting Far-Right Terrorism

The military officer, known as Franco A., is charged with plotting political murder in a case that has spotlighted networks of far-right extremists inside German security services.

#albrecht-franco, #defense-and-military-forces, #germany, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism

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With Official Housing Scant, French People Open Their Homes to Migrants

A shelter system supported by private individuals highlights the French government’s difficulties managing a backlog of asylum cases.

#asylum-right-of, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #paris-france, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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The Refugee Who Fought Germany’s Hard Right

Alassa Mfouapon was falsely accused by a German tabloid and a far-right leader of starting a violent protest. So he sued them, and won.

#cameroon, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #weidel-alice

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More Than 100 Migrants Are Feared Dead as Boat Capsizes in Mediterranean

The shipwreck off Libya comes as the number of attempts to cross the sea from Africa to Europe increases in the warmer weather.

#deaths-fatalities, #libya, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #mediterranean-sea, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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After a Tragedy at Sea, a Wrecked Ship Becomes a Powerful Symbol in Italy

The relic of the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean in living memory — in which some 1,000 migrants died — is being re-envisioned as a human rights monument.

#italy, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #ships-and-shipping

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Refugee Who Set Herself on Fire in Greece Is Charged With Arson

A woman set fire to her tent on the island of Lesbos in a suicide attempt after her family’s relocation to Germany was delayed.

#arson, #asylum-right-of, #greece, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Her New Life Started With a Robbery on a First Date

Nine months after she fled Syria, Maisam met Marvin in Germany. Their relationship gave her a surrogate family while she was separated from her own.

#asylum-right-of, #content-type-personal-profile, #families-and-family-life, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria

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Turned Back by Italy, Migrants Face Perilous Winter in Balkans

Advocacy groups and legislators say a practice of informal deportations violates Italian, European Union and international laws. At least one court in Rome agreed.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #croatia, #europe, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #italy, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #slovenia

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E.U. Border Agency Pulls Out of Hungary Over Rights Abuses

The decision by Frontex comes after Hungary disregarded a ruling by the E.U.’s top court that the way the country handles asylum seekers violated the bloc’s law.

#asylum-right-of, #europe, #european-court-of-justice, #european-union, #frontex, #hungary, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #orban-viktor, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A.

A German officer is facing trial on terrorism charges. At a volatile time for Western democracy, his story mirrors the story of Germany itself.

#albrecht-franco, #asylum-right-of, #content-type-personal-profile, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism

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Protestant Church That Found Refuge in Italy’s Hills Helps Syrians Do the Same

Mindful of a history of persecution, members of the Waldensian Church have been at the forefront of a push to bring refugees from Syria to Italy.

#christians-and-christianity, #italy, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis

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After Perilous Atlantic Journey, Migrants Await Their Fate in Canary Island Hotels

The Spanish government has put migrants up in hotels as the islands struggle to cope with a rise in arrivals from Africa, but tensions are fraying with locals who fear they’ll scare off tourists.

#africa, #canary-islands, #europe, #european-union, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #spain

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E.U. Border Agency Accused of Covering Up Migrant Pushback in Greece

Frontex is under fire for letting Greece illegally repel migrants as the agency expands to play a more central role at the bloc’s external borders.

#asylum-right-of, #europe, #european-union, #frontex, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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At Least 74 Drown in Wreck Off Libya, U.N. Agency Says

A rubber raft crowded with at least 120 migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday. The craft was on a notoriously dangerous route for refugees trying to reach European shores.

#drownings, #international-organization-for-migration, #libya, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #mediterranean-sea, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Syria Seeks Return of Refugees, but They Fear Leader’s Wrath

President Bashar al-Assad said the millions of citizens who fled during the war have been blocked from coming back. But he left out the main reason they are staying away: Mr. al-Assad himself.

#assad-bashar-al, #damascus-syria, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #lebanon, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #turkey, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Attacks in France Point to a Threat Beyond Extremist Networks

The most recent attackers were isolated, self-radicalized individuals. That has raised questions about the government’s response.

#anzorov-abdoullakh-d-2020, #aouissaoui-brahim, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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Hundreds Die at Sea Off Senegal’s Coast on a Perilous Route to Europe

Those attempting to migrate from West Africa to Europe are once again taking a route so dangerous it’s known as “Barcelona or die.”

#africa, #canary-islands, #drownings, #europe, #international-organization-for-migration, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #senegal

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At Least 140 Drown in Worst Shipwreck of 2020, U.N. Agency Says

About 200 migrants were aboard a boat that caught fire and capsized on Saturday, hours after it had left Senegal for the Canary Islands, according to the International Organization for Migration.

#canary-islands, #drownings, #international-organization-for-migration, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #senegal

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The Ship That Stopped 7,000 Migrants, and Smuggled 700,000 Cigarettes

The Caprera, an Italian warship, was deployed to Tripoli to help combat people-smugglers in Libya. Some of its sailors gathered a cargo of contraband.

#brindisi-italy, #european-union, #italy, #libya, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #smuggling

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E.U. Offers Cash and More Deportations in New Plan for Migrants

The bloc wants to persuade its most anti-immigrant member countries to agree to a common policy. But the future of its new plan, like many of its details, remains uncertain.

#asylum-right-of, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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With Moria’s Displaced, a Larger Conundrum for Europe

Years after the Syrian refugee crisis subsided, asylum seekers from other nations face even higher obstacles to enter Europe, which is more ambivalent about accepting them than ever.

#asylum-right-of, #europe, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Why a Refugee Camp Burned in Greece

Conditions at the Moria center on the island of Lesbos were already dire. This year, the coronavirus compounded the misery, and then fires razed the squalid camp, leaving thousands homeless.

#european-union, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #moria-greece, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Afghan Migrants Charged With Arson in Fires that Destroyed Lesbos Camp

Four men are accused of involvement in the blazes at the Moria camp that left 12,000 migrants without shelter.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis

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After Fire Razes Squalid Greek Camp, Homeless Migrants Fear What’s Next

The camp, already a bleak emblem of Europe’s migrant policy, was locked down after a coronavirus outbreak, prompting some asylum seekers to set fires that left thousands homeless.

#asylum-right-of, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #immigration-and-emigration, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Pandemic Collides With Europe’s Migrant Crisis to Set Off a Calamity in Greece

Frustrated asylum seekers lit fires this week in protest over lockdowns that worsened cramped and squalid conditions on Lesbos. Now 12,000 migrants are homeless.

#arson, #asylum-right-of, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #moria-greece, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Fire Destroys Most of Europe’s Largest Refugee Camp on Greek Island of Lesbos

Campaigners have long warned that the overcrowded conditions at the impoverished camp might lead to catastrophe.

#europe, #greece, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #moria-greece

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Tanker Asked to Rescue Migrants Off Malta Is Denied Permission to Dock

The weekslong refusal by Malta and other nations to allow a tanker from a major global company to dock reflects an escalation in hard-line tactics against migrants.

#europe, #immigration-and-emigration, #italy, #malta, #mediterranean-sea, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #ships-and-shipping

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Banksy-Funded Rescue Vessel Evacuated After Distress Call

About 400 migrants remain stranded aboard several rescue vessels in the central Mediterranean as international aid groups urge European officials to let them come ashore.

#banksy, #illegal-immigration, #louise-michel, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #mediterranean-sea, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #rescues, #sea-watch-ev, #ships-and-shipping

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Taking Hard Line, Greece Turns Back Migrants by Abandoning Them at Sea

Many Greeks have grown frustrated as tens of thousands of asylum seekers languished on Greek islands. Now, evidence shows, a new conservative government has a new method of keeping them out.

#asylum-right-of, #greece, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #mitsotakis-kyriakos, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey

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Migrants Adrift Off Malta Called for Help. Then They Waited. And Waited.

A boat carrying 95 migrants on the Mediterranean floated adrift for more than 30 hours before the Maltese authorities finally brought them to shore under intense pressure.

#international-organization-for-migration, #malta, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #rescues

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Boat Disaster in Turkey Leaves at Least 60 Migrants Dead

Rescuers continue to pull the bodies of victims from Lake Van, in eastern Turkey, more than three weeks after the fishing boat carrying them sank.

#boats-and-boating, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-organization-for-migration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #turkey

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As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’

After plastic explosives and Nazi memorabilia were found at an elite soldier’s home, Germany worries about a problem of far-right infiltration at the heart of its democracy.

#alternative-for-germany, #anti-semitism, #defense-and-military-forces, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #military-bases-and-installations, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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His Family Fled Syria. He Didn’t Cry Until He Heard About His Sisters.

Yousef was just 13 when his family left Syria for Europe. Five years later, he’s adjusting to life separated from his three sisters and the ups and downs of adolescence.

#assad-bashar-al, #malek-alia-1974, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #netherlands, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria

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French Muslims Face a Cruel Coronavirus Shortage: Burial Grounds

For many immigrant families, the pandemic has halted the tradition of repatriating bodies to their country of origin, and finding a plot in France has become ever more difficult.

#africa, #cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #france, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #muslims-and-islam

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Latest Tactic to Push Migrants From Europe? A Private, Clandestine Fleet

The government of Malta enlisted three privately owned fishing trawlers to intercept migrants in the Mediterranean, and force them back to a war zone, officials and a boat captain say.

#asylum-right-of, #illegal-immigration, #libya, #malta, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #ships-and-shipping

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A Time to Save the Sick and Rescue the Planet

With closer cooperation among nations, the head of the United Nations argues, we could stop a pandemic faster and slow climate change.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-union, #global-warming, #great-britain, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-twenty, #international-renewable-energy-agency, #italy, #japan, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #mizuho-financial-group-inc, #paris-france, #quarantines, #united-nations, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #world-meteorological-organization

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‘We Are Like Animals’: Inside Greece’s Secret Site for Migrants

The extrajudicial center is one of several tactics Greece is using to prevent a repeat of the 2015 migration crisis.

#asylum-right-of, #deaths-fatalities, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Erdogan Says, ‘We Opened the Doors,’ and Clashes Erupt as Migrants Head for Europe

Thousands of migrants in Turkey faced off with riot police at the Greek border, and the Turkish leader lashed out at the E.U., saying it had not helped him manage a growing crisis in northern Syria.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #idlib-syria, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #syria, #turkey

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