Over 2,500 kids disappeared from asylum centers in 10 years

Bunk beds. (Photo HKYHA/ Wikimedia Commons) Over the past decade, more than 2,500 children disappeared from asylum centers in the Netherlands, NRC reports based on figures from the Central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA and guardianship institution Nidos. … Read More

2020 Could See A Renewed Refugee Crisis In Europe

A desperate scramble from Syria’s Idlib province has begun. Pouring from the last rebel stronghold as state troops advance, the region’s weary populace face a perilous journey. The road north is their only real hope—but strafed daily by machine gun … Read More

Belgium to send back ‘asylum shoppers’

Photo: Belga Minister of Asylum and Migration Maggie De Block announced on Saturday two new measures aimed to prevent Belgium from welcoming asylum seekers who have bypassed EU asylum rules. The goal, according to the minister, is to guarantee a … Read More

‘Looking back, I realize I was naive’: reporting on the refugee crisis

Raihan Mohammadi, five, Farzan Mohammadi, 11, and Ilyas Rezwani, five, in Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph: Alice Aedy When photographer Alice Aedy first covered the refugee crisis in 2016 she believed Europe would respond with humanity to images of … Read More

Turkey warns refugee crisis could return with a vengeance in 2020 as Greece struggles with overcrowded camps

A Syrian family flees fighting in the country’s northwestern Idlib region CREDIT: AFP Five years after Europe’s migrant crisis eased, Turkey is warning that it may no longer be able to handle a growing flood of refugees from Syria on its own. … Read More

Germany: Welfare payments to foreigners nearly double over 12 years

As the number of foreigners in Germany has risen, so have welfare payments dispensed to them over the past 12 years. Much of the money went to asylum-seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The amount in welfare that foreigners receive … Read More

Asylum crisis: “The answer is 100% ‘No’”

Belgian asylum minister Maggie De Block (Flemish liberal) has asked the seaside resort of Koksijde once again to welcome asylum seekers in a reception centre, but for the time being the request is being met by a firm rebuttal from … Read More

Erdogan warns Europe of new migration crisis

Bombardments by the Assad regime have led millions of Syrians to flee their home country (Photo: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail) Turkey cannot handle “another refugee wave” from Syria, the country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Sunday (22 December). Talking at an … Read More

Germany: CDU rejects calls to bring thousands of refugee children from Greek camps

Two German parties are at loggerheads over how to deal with overcrowded migrant camps in Greece. The Greens are urging the government to come to the aid of 4,000 children, while the CDU said it is “not a solution.” Migrant … Read More

Pope calls for refugee camps of ‘slavery and torture’ to close

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for the closing of migrant detention camps in Libya on Thursday, saying they were rife with torture and slavery. Francis, who has made a defense of migrants and refugees a key part of … Read More

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