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Merkel warns of consequences for EU asylum laggards

Sep 10, 2017 - 4:54 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel s warning comes after eastern governments reacted angrily to a court decision requiring them to accept a share of asylum seekers from overstretched Greece and Italy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

Trudeau warns 'no short-cutting' in Canada's asylum process

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:05 AM

You will not be at an advantage if you choose to enter Canada irregularly You must follow the rules and there are many Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells migrants

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers process refugees who crossed the border illegally near Hemmingford, Quebec, August 5, 2017. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on August 4 promised that his government would redouble its efforts to handle the influx of migrants illegally entering the country from the United States to seek asylum. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins

Wasted lives: The unbearable wait of refugees in Indonesia

Mar 13, 2017 - 10:17 AM

Refugee men are at the end of the queue when it comes to resettlement In Indonesia without the right to work days are long and endless as they wait indefinitely for a chance for a better life

In this picture taken on May 22, 2015, Rohingya men eat food at a confinement area for migrants at Bayeun, Aceh province, after more than 400 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the waters of the province on May 20. Romeo Gacad/AFP

Asylum seekers fleeing U.S. for Canada brave snow, extreme cold

Feb 11, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Among the first wave of immigrants to Canada in the wake of Trump s measure is a two year old boy who reportedly begged his mother to let him to die in the snow because he could walk no further

Germany to 'speed up deportation' of failed asylum seekers

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The planned measures include setting up national deportation centers and offering financial incentives to those who will return voluntarily

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

In Jakarta, protesters condemn Trump's refugee ban

Feb 04, 2017 - 11:17 PM

Only a handful of protesters showed up in front of the American Embassy in Indonesia s capital carrying signs decrying U S President Donald Trump s executive order

NO TO TRUMP. Protesters in Jakarta decried US President Donald Trump's refugee ban. Photo by Diego Batara Mahameru/Rappler

Germany expects 300,000 asylum seekers this year

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Should more people arrive it would put us under pressure But even then we would not have conditions like last year says BAMF chief Frank Juergen Weise

epa05512696 (FILE) A file picture date 07 March 2016 shows Frank-Juergen Weise, Head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, at the opening of the new arrival centre for asylum seekers at the Central Contact Point for Asylum Seekers Saxony-Anhalt in Halberstadt, Germany. Weise said in a newspaper interview on 27 August 2016, that up to 300.000 migrants are expected to arrive to Germany in 2016. EPA/JENS WOLF

Pakistani men arrested in Germany as 18 women report sex assaults

May 31, 2016 - 6:40 PM

The mostly young women say they were encircled and groped by groups of men on Saturday night in ways that recalled a spate of mob attacks at chaotic New Year s festivities in Cologne

Seeking asylum in Denmark

May 29, 2016 - 9:00 AM

For those seeking asylum in Denmark Center Sandholm is the first stop

SEEKING ASYLUM. For those seeking asylum in Denmark, Center Sandholm is the first stop. All photos by Ana Santos

Australia minister slammed over 'rubbish, ignorant' remarks about Indonesia

May 26, 2016 - 4:33 PM

What did Barnaby Joyce say about Indonesia that put him under the spotlight?

SLAMMED. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce faces criticism over asylum remarks he made about Indonesia. EPA/MICK TSIKAS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Pope Francis washes asylum seekers' feet

Mar 25, 2016 - 7:30 AM

The Pope says this fraternal gesture sharply contrasts with the gesture of war of destruction committed 3 days ago in a European city

Pope to wash asylum seekers' feet in Easter ritual

Mar 23, 2016 - 1:45 AM

Pope Francis will perform the ritual in the town of Castelnuovo di Porto to bring attention to the plight of refugees

epa05220417 Pope Francis presides over a Mass for the ordination of Monsignor Peter Brian Wells and Monsignor Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 19 March 2016. EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI

EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

Mar 05, 2016 - 11:15 AM

New official figures show that a record 1 2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA

Austria launches migrant cap despite EU anger

Feb 19, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Vienna says the measures are necessary because a German backed EU plan for Turkey to stem the flow of migrants setting off from its coast is not yet working

TOUGHER ASYLUM POLICIES. A group of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who declared that they will seek asylum in Germany or Austria, board the train to Croatia at the train station in the south Serbian city of Presevo, January 25, 2016. Photo by EPA

No denial: Australia mum on allegations it paid asylum-seekers to return to Indonesia

Feb 05, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Because it goes to the heart of operational activities I am not able to answer that question Australian Border Force operational commander Major General Andrew Bottrell said

THE UNWANTED. Rohingya migrants jump to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter from a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Australian ambassador: Turning back boats with asylum seekers work

Feb 03, 2016 - 9:58 AM

We’re simply not going to allow people to travel through other countries whether it be Indonesia or Sri Lanka or wherever to get on a boat come to Australia and set up shop

REFUGE SEEKERS. Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka stand in their boat at a seaport in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia, in 2009, looking to make their way to Australia. File photo by EPA

At least 44 migrants dead as boats sink on way to Greece

Jan 22, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The Greek coastguard says they had rescued 74 people after two boats ran into trouble off the Greek Aegean islands of Farmakonisi and Kalolimnos

MIGRATION. Macedonian police officer checks the paper of the refugees who cross the border between Greece and Macedonia, near the city of Gevgelija, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, January 6, 2016. Serbia, Croatia and Hungary sent groups of police officers to help the Macedonian police in handling of the migrant crisis on the Greek-Macedonian border. Thousands of migrants continue to cross the border and pass through Macedonia on their way to the European Union countries. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Germany should limit migrants to 200,000 annually – Bavaria premier

Jan 03, 2016 - 9:37 PM

This figure of 200 000 is tolerable and in that case integration would also work properly For me anything above that is excessive says the head of a Bavarian political party

WELCOME. Refugees react to the welcome greetings of Munich's residents after their arrival at the main train station in Munich, southern Germany, on September 05, 2015. Hundreds of refugees arrived in Germany on September 5, 2015 coming from Hungary and Austria. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Indonesian crew could face 8 years in jail for smuggling asylum-seekers

Dec 22, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Captain Yohanis Humiang and his 5 crew were taking 65 mostly Sri Lankan migrants to New Zealand when they were intercepted by Australian authorities

REFUGE SEEKERS. Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka stand in their boat at a seaport in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia, in 2009, looking to make their way to Australia. File photo by EPA

Large number of refugees to Germany may not be able to find work – Bundesbank

Dec 21, 2015 - 11:50 PM

The German central bank estimates that the net immigration of asylum seekers may reach over 1 5 million between 2015 and 2017

Indonesian boat captain testifies about Australia's 'turn-back payment'

Dec 02, 2015 - 3:03 PM

He recounted how his boat was intercepted en route to New Zealand and he was taken aboard an Australian navy ship

REFUGE SEEKERS. Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka stand in their boat at a seaport in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia, in 2009, looking to make their way to Australia. File photo by EPA

Turned away by Australia, migrants arrive in Indonesia

Nov 27, 2015 - 12:41 PM

We spent four days in Christmas Island but were told to turn back to Indonesia by Australian security officials because the Australian government refuses to accept illegal immigrants

BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

Indonesia in talks with Australia about island for refugees

Nov 20, 2015 - 1:24 PM

We can discuss the possibility of allocating an island for the refugees but Australia is required to entirely finance it

NO ENTRY. A detained woman and child asylum seeker from Pakistan gather at a hotel in Tasikmalaya, West Java, in February 2014, after their group who was heading for Christmas island was turned back by Australian Navy according to Indonesian authorities. File photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Rains ease haze crisis, Australia sends boatpeople to Indonesia

Oct 30, 2015 - 6:14 AM

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BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

'Australia paid boatpeople to return to Indonesia': Amnesty

Oct 29, 2015 - 12:26 PM

The rights group claimed to have evidence Australian officials were involved in transnational crime and had abused asylum seekers

BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

Merkel defends refugee policy as expression of 'humanity'

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:14 PM

Despite falling poll ratings German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her open door policy to refugees was part of the basic humanity of our country

A refugee cries as he arrives at the main station in Dortmund, western Germany, on September 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / MAJA HITIJ GERMANY OUT

Germany moves to toughen asylum rules amid record influx

Sep 29, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The German government approves new measures to cope with a record surge in asylum seekers including imposing tougher conditions for migrants from the Balkans

WAITING. A refugee from Afghanistan waits outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) where hundreds of migrants wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on September 29, 2015. Photo by Tobias Schwartz / AFP

Hungary rushes to complete anti-migrant barrier

Sep 13, 2015 - 10:27 AM

The four meter high barrier being built along Hungary s 175 kilometer 110 mile border with Serbia is aimed at stopping the several thousand migrants who enter Hungary

Some migrant people cross through a hole in a barbed-wire fence an they run into the forest at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, on September 10, 2015. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/ AFP

Refugee influx to cost Germany EU10 billion – report

Sep 06, 2015 - 12:53 AM

But despite the 800 000 refugees expected to pour into Europe s biggest economy this year Chancellor Angela Merkel says on Saturday she was still aiming to balance the country s budget

File photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel by Michael Kappeler/EPA

Italy, France play down migrant border drama

Jun 22, 2015 - 12:30 AM

French police have been stopping migrants from the frontier town of Ventimiglia to cross into France sparking protests and a heated exchange between the countries interior ministers

In this file photo, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi shows a proposal for reform of the electoral law during his end of the year press conference at the Italian Palace of Parliamentary Groups of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

The problem with Australia's secrecy on asylum seeker boat payments

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Boats secrecy leads to bad policy without democratic accountability writes Alex Reilly

SECRETS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (center) and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with fellow Liberal MPs in Canberra, Australia. File photo by EPA

Indonesia demands answers from Australia on asylum boat 'payment'

Jun 13, 2015 - 2:30 PM

We are really concerned if it is confirmed – Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi

MIGRANTS. Ethnic Muslim Rohingya migrants, believed to have come from Myanmar and Bangladesh, on an abandoned boat drifting in the Andaman Sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by EPA.

Indonesia to probe claims Australia paid asylum-seeker boat to turn back

Jun 11, 2015 - 7:44 PM

If that is true we would truly regret that something like this could happen Indonesia s foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir says

REFUGE SEEKERS. Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka stand in their boat at a seaport in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia, in 2009, looking to make their way to Australia. File photo by EPA

Indonesian police say Australia paid crew of asylum-seeker boat to turn back

Jun 10, 2015 - 7:32 PM

The captain and five boat crew told police they were each paid 5 000 by an Australian immigration official to turn back to Indonesia

THE UNWANTED. Rohingya migrants jump to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter from a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Refugee to rights lawyer: Why we should help the Rohingya

May 22, 2015 - 4:15 PM

What we actually have now is a humanitarian crisis and as various nations continue to violate their international obligations more will continue to die at sea

ASYLUM SEEKERS. Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants are seen in a truck as they arrive at a naval base before being transferred to Kuala Kedah jetty with the navy ship 'KD Mahawangsa', in Langkawi, Malaysia. Photo by: EPA/Fazry Ismail

Travel docs 'not expected' from boat people – PH

May 18, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says nearly 3 000 Rohingya boat people in search for a home are stateless and may not have passports

IN PROTEST. Tears roll down the face of an ethnic Myanmar Rohingya refugee during a demonstration outside the United Nations offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 16, 2014. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Indonesia navy tows migrant boat out of Indonesian waters: spokesman

May 12, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Our business is they don t enter Indonesia because Indonesia is not the destination

RESCUED. Rohingya Muslim migrants take shelter after being rescued, in Matang Raya Village, North Aceh, Indonesia, on May 10, 2015. Photo by Zikri Maulana/EPA

Second boat carrying around 400 migrants rescued off Indonesia

May 11, 2015 - 11:17 AM

A second boat carrying hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh has been rescued off Aceh

Asylum-seekers say held 'hostage' by Australia

Jan 18, 2015 - 5:48 PM

Today we consider us to be hostage for the Australian government so they can deter others not to come to Australia asylum seekers say in a letter

Why Indonesia shrugged off Australia’s move to bar refugees

Nov 24, 2014 - 1:46 PM

Indonesia doesn’t seem to care if its neighbor wants to help out less

NO ENTRY. A detained woman and child asylum seeker from Pakistan gather at a hotel in Tasikmalaya, West Java, in February 2014, after their group who was heading for Christmas island was turned back by Australian Navy according to Indonesian authorities. File photo by AFP

Australia shuts door on asylum-seekers in Indonesia

Nov 19, 2014 - 9:51 AM

This is Australia saying we don t give a damn about these people Australian Greens leader Christine Milne says

NO ENTRY. A detained woman and child asylum seeker from Pakistan gather at a hotel in Tasikmalaya, West Java, in February 2014, after their group who was heading for Christmas island was turned back by Australian Navy according to Indonesian authorities. File photo by AFP

Australian activists say asylum-seeker boat in trouble

Jun 28, 2014 - 12:57 PM

Hundreds of asylum seekers drown making the perilous sea journey to Australia in recent years

United Nations: Number of global refugees highest ever

Jun 20, 2014 - 5:21 PM

The Philippines joins the top 12 countries with new highest displacement figures in 2013

Indonesia speaks out on boatpeople amid Australia tension

Apr 21, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says there must be alternative ways of stopping the flow of asylum seekers

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Australia ends asylum boat stand-off with Indonesia

Nov 09, 2013 - 11:16 AM

Australia to take asylum seekers to Christmas Island

ASYLUM SOLUTION. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on September 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/William WEST

Lampedusa migrant shipwreck toll rises to 359

Oct 12, 2013 - 10:16 PM

About 100 of the victims may be buried at the cemetery of the southern Sicilian city of Agrigento

MORE BODIES. The coffin of a migrant boat accident victim is winched on board the deck of Italian military ship Cassiopea in Lampedusa harbour  for shipment to Porto Empedocle, Sicily. Photo by EPA/Lara Sirignano

Italy divers recover more refugee bodies from shipwreck

Oct 07, 2013 - 9:27 PM

Divers recovered 17 more bodies from a shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa Italy

CASUALTIES. Italian soldiers on October 6, 2013, carry the body of a victim of the ship of immigrants that sank on October 3 in the Lampedusa harbor. AFP/Alberto Pizzoli

Lampedusa drama highlights Europe's flawed migrant policy

Oct 04, 2013 - 11:21 AM

The tragedy at Lampedusa underlines Europe s failure to cope with the flood of would be immigrants knocking at its doors

RESCUED IMMIGRANTS. A picture released by the Health Agency of Palermo on October 3, 2013 shows immigrants being rescued in Lampedusa early on October 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO /HO/ NINO RANDAZZO

Australian ministers in Indonesia for boatpeople talks

Aug 20, 2013 - 10:36 AM

Australian ministers will take part in regional talks in Indonesia on people smuggling Tuesday

Myanmar Buddhist-Muslim brawl in Indonesia rages on

Apr 05, 2013 - 12:19 PM

Fighting breaks out at the Belawan Port immigration detention center