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Migration Crisis News

25 February 2017

Merkel’s Cabinet Streamlines Deportation Process for Migrants

Germany will deport rejected asylum seekers more quickly and will allow security forces to check the cellphone data of new arrivals, reported Deutsche Welle. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved a 15-point plan on Wednesday aiming to streamline application and deportation processes for asylum seekers. Read More

10 February 2017

Hungary’s Prime Minister Opens Borders to Western European Refugees Fleeing Liberalism

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is opening his borders to “true refugees.” Orban said he offers sanctuary to German, Dutch, French and Italian citizens from Europe’s liberal policies. Read More

9 February 2017

Attacks Against Asylum-Seekers Spike Across Europe

A judge in Germany sentenced a member of a neo-Nazi political party to eight years in prison for lighting a refugee shelter on fire. No one was hurt but the fire caused close to $3.7 million in damages, according to experts the Washington Post reported. Read More

22 January 2017

Update: Celebrity Musician and Asylum Seeker Back in Afghanistan Following Deportation

Afghan musician and singer Ahmad Shakib Pouya flew back to Kabul last Friday evening less than a week after his permission to stay in Germany expired. Pouya voluntarily flew back to avoid being forcibly deported and barred from re-entering Germany for several years. Read More

1 January 2017

Hundreds of North Africans Screened by German police on New Year’s Eve in Cologne

German police screened 650 mostly North African men on New Year’s Eve in Cologne in an effort to prevent a repeat of last year’s attacks where women filed hundreds of reports of sexual harassment, robberies and rapes by men described by police of North African and Arab appearance. Read More

31 December 2016

More Migrants Crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in 2016 than Ever Before

More migrants crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in 2016 than ever before and Germany in particularly is inundated with a backlog of nearly 450,000 asylum applications. Read More

12 December 2016

Germany Deports First Group of Asylum Seekers Back to Afghanistan

The German government has began deporting the first group of Afghan refugees whose asylum application have been rejected. The controversial move has led to to protests at Frankfurt’s airport, but the government is determined to increase its effort to send failed asylum seekers back home and the next plane to Afghanistan has already been chartered for January. Read More

8 December 2016

Despite Falling Numbers Germans See Refugees as Their Biggest Problem

More than half of Germans surveyed by pollster Forschungsgruppe Wahlen for broadcaster ZDF deem refugees and integration the most important problems facing Germany. More than half of poll participants said they worried about the money being spent on refugees, feared that migration will push up crime rates and some said they feared that Germany’s cultural and social values were under threat. Read More

4 December 2016

German Politician: Sick Refugees Should Be Deported

A top member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union party defended his proposal for Germany to deport sick refugees after it was criticized. Read More

4 December 2016

German Chancellor Denounces the Rape and Killing of Student

Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced the crime as a “tragic event,” but said “that shouldn’t be combined with a rejection of an entire group, just like we don’t draw conclusions about an entire group from (the actions of) one person in other instances,” the AP reported. Read More

3 December 2016

A New Berlin Job Portal Helps Refugees

Germans and refugees have created the country’s first job portal aimed at helping connect asylum-seekers in search of employment and companies looking for employees. Read More

29 November 2016

Six Arrested Following Raids on Suspected Dresden Neo-Nazi Group

Police in Saxony raided 19 locations associated with the far-right “Freie Kameradschaft Dresden” group and arrested six people. The group is suspected of committing a number of attacks targeting refugees and political opponents. Read More

25 November 2016

Erdogan Threatens to Let Migrant Flood Into Europe Resume

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to allow migrants to cross into Europe again, apparently in response to a move to suspend talks on Turkey’s membership in the European Union, the New York Times reported. According to an earlier agreement, Turkey would receive up to €6 billion (about $6.3 billion) through 2018 in exchange for its cooperation on reducing the flood of migrants. Read More

25 November 2016

As Asylum-Seekers Clog Italy’s Courts, Europe Is No Help

The number of migrants reaching Italy’s shores has spiked, and migrants are now overwhelming the system, an Italian official told Reuters. About half a million people arrived over the last three years, compared with 119,000 in the previous three. The main reason for the spike seems to be the new EU registration system. Read More

24 November 2016

Bavarian Conservatives Press Merkel on Refugees

Christian Social Union (CSU) chairman Horst Seehofer has called for a hard cap on refugees entering Germany. The leader of the Bavarian political party insists on no more than 200,000 refugees per year. Read More

23 November 2016

German Court Approves Second-Tier Asylum for Syrian Refugees

A German state court ruled that Syrian refugees are not necessarily entitled to full asylum, and can be granted a lower-level “subsidiary protection,” which bars family reunifications for two years. Read More