refugee crisis

Austria Threatens to Sue Hungary Over Migrants

VIENNA, Sept 7  – Austria’s interior minister threatened on Wednesday to sue Hungary if it refused to take back migrants who had crossed their shared border, as political tensions mounted over immigration before presidential elections. Austria’s government, facing a challenge from the far-right Freedom Party, has repeatedly accused Hungary of letting migrants enter its territory

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A Year On, Migrant Crisis Hangs Over Votes in Hungary, Austria

By Krisztina Than and Francois Murphy VAMOSSZABADI, Hungary/NICKELSDORF, Austria, Sept 6 – On a warm morning in late August, two dozen migrants carrying stuffed plastic bags and backpacks boarded a bus outside a refugee centre in Vamosszabadi, a village in northwest Hungary. Escorted by police on what was meant to be a short shopping trip

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Paris to Open First Migrant Camp by October

PARIS, Sept 6 – Paris will house close to 1,000 migrants in two camps to tackle the growing number of men, women and children fleeing war and poverty who are sleeping rough on the French capital’s streets, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday. The building of the two camps in the capital comes as the

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Number of Migrants Claiming Benefits in Germany Surges by 169 pct

BERLIN, Sept 5 –  The number of migrants claiming German welfare benefits soared by 169 percent last year, data showed on Monday, a figure likely to further boost anti-immigrant groups such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which performed well in a weekend election. Around 975,000 migrants were receiving benefits in accordance with the Act

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Truckers Slow Traffic at Calais in Protest at Migrant Impact

By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France Sept 5 – Two convoys of trucks and tractors slowed traffic to a crawl on the motorway approach to France’s northern port of Calais on Monday, with protesters demanding the closure of a migrants camp they blame for mounting insecurity and an ailing local economy. Dubbed the “jungle”, the squalid

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Austria Takes Another Baby Step Towards Tougher Asylum Rules

VIENNA, Aug 30  – Austria has taken its next step, albeit small, towards introducing tougher rules on immigration that will allow it to turn away asylum seekers at its borders within an hour and also to cap the number of asylum requests it accepts. The government said on Tuesday it would start next week to

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Migrant Arrivals to Greek Islands Jump to Highest in Weeks

ATHENS, Aug 30  – More than 460 migrants and refugees arrived on Greek islands from Turkey on Tuesday, the highest in several weeks, despite a European Union deal with Ankara agreed in March to close off that route. Greek authorities recorded 462 new arrivals between Monday and Tuesday morning, up from 149 the previous day.

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Danish PM Seeks Emergency Law to Reject Asylum Seekers at Borders

COPENHAGEN, Aug 30 – The Danish government on Tuesday proposed adoption of a law that would enable police to reject asylum seekers at the borders in times of crisis such as that in 2015 when thousands of migrants sought to enter the country. Denmark has already implemented tough immigration policies since a heavy influx of

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U.S. to Meet Target of Admitting 10,000 Syrian Refugees

By Ayesha Rascoe and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Aug 29 – The Obama administration will meet its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year a month ahead of schedule and is working with Congress to increase the target by a few thousand in 2017, the White House said on Monday. The 10,000th Syrian refugee

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Naming the Nameless: Experts Struggle to Identify Drowned Migrants

By Isla Binnie and Michele Kambas ROME/ATHENS, Aug 17 – Mose tapped the screen of his mobile phone to zoom in on a photograph of his wife, Yordanos, pointing to a mole under her eyebrow. “She has a recognisable mark here,” the 26-year-old Eritrean said in a park in Rome; after fleeing compulsory military service

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