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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jasont
    +17 +1

    'They were laughing at us': immigrants tell of cruelty, illness, and filth in US detention

    After harrowing journeys to the US, new arrivals are held in overcrowded and unhygienic conditions, dozens of interviews reveal. All day and night they listened to the wailing of hungry children. Here, in a freezing immigration detention facility somewhere in the Rio Grande valley of south Texas, adults and children alike were fainting from dehydration and lack of food. Sleep was almost impossible; the lights were left on, they had just a thin metallic sheet to protect against the cold and there was nothing to lie down on but the hard floor.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jedlicka
    +44 +1

    Europe - Thousands march in German anti-Islam rally

    The German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months on Monday, sparked into fresh life on its first anniversary by anger at the government’s decision to take in hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bkool
    +18 +1

    20+ States to Refuse Syrian Refugees

    More than a 20 U.S. states’ governors have announced they will refuse to take in Syrian refugees following Friday evening’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Sunday he planned to refuse the relocation. “I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest possible risk of an attack on our people,” the governor said in a statement. Earlier Sunday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he would suspend the acceptance...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +41 +1

    Canada to turn away single male Syrian refugees

    Canada will accept only whole families, lone women or children in its mass resettlement of Syrian refugees while unaccompanied men -- considered a security risk -- will be turned away, it emerged Monday. Since the Paris attacks launched by Syria-linked jihadists, a plan by new leader Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast-track the intake of 25,000 refugees by year's end has faced growing criticism in Canada.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +49 +1

    Edward Norton Helps Raise Nearly $400,000 for Syrian Refugees

    The story of a Syrian refugee has touched the heart of Edward Norton. The actor, 46, is working to raise money for a Syrian scientist who was featured in the popular photography blog Humans of New York last week. After reading the devastating story of the unidentified man referred to as “The Scientist” who lost his wife and daughter in a bombing and is fighting stomach cancer, Norton said he was moved to tears and inspired to step in and help.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by rexall
    +22 +1

    Migrant crisis: 'One million enter Europe in 2015'

    The number of migrants and refugees crossing into Europe by land and sea this year passes one million, new figures show.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +37 +1

    10,000,000 More Asylum Seekers Heading To Europe, German Official Warns

    The massive surge of refugees in Europe hailing from the Middle East and Africa has barely scratched the surface for the number of asylum seekers who will come to the continent, a German politician warned Monday, the Express reported. It is the European Union's fault that as many as 10 million more will come to Europe because its countries' borders have not been regulated, the German development minister said, pointing in part to the...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zobo
    +33 +1

    New Charlie Hebdo cartoon suggests dead 3-year-old refugee Alan Kurdi would have become sexual attacker

    In hindsight, the death of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian refugee who washed up on a Turkish shore after the boat he was in sank, may mark the high point in European public sympathy for refugees. The widespread reports that refugees and migrants were involved in mass sexual assaults in Cologne and other European cities on New Year's Eve could well be its nadir. Now the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has attempted to marry the two moments...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +26 +1

    Germany's big surplus to cover costs of refugees

    The German economy, Europe's biggest, grew by 1.7 percent in 2015, fractionally faster than in the year before, the federal statistics office Destatis said on Thursday. That growth rate was above the average for the past ten years for the second year in a row, following on from growth of 1.3 percent in 2014. At the same time, Destatis said that Germany notched up a surplus on its public budget equivalent to 0.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wetwilly87
    +23 +1

    'We told you so,' Eastern Europe tells Germany

    Influential politicians across Eastern Europe have pointed to the Cologne attacks, in which men of Middle Eastern appearance allegedly sexually assaulted over a hundred women, as proof that Germany’s open-door refugee policy has been a mistake. As Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks to reach a consensus on a quota system, whereby refugees would be divided up among European countries, the mood in Eastern Europe has now hardened against...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by 66bnats
    +42 +1

    Danish nightclub bars migrants over language requirements

    A Danish nightclub has been accused of discrimination over its language requirements for entry by asylum seekers, prompting fears more establishments could follow suit amid a spate of reports of sexual harassment. The Buddy Holly nightclub in the southern town of Sonderborg has hit the news after requiring customers to speak either Danish, English or German after women in several Danish towns hosting refugees complained of being harassed by asylum seekers.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by baron778
    +17 +1

    Migrant crisis: Norway begins deportations to Russia

    Norway has sent 13 migrants back to Russia under new rules expected to see thousands deported by bus, reports say. About 5,500 people are due to be transported from Norway to Russia. Many crossed the Arctic border by bicycle as part of the influx of migrants to Europe in 2015. Norway announced in November it would immediately deport people who had arrived from a country deemed safe. The first bus left a refugee shelter in the town of Kirkenes earlier.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jcscher
    +28 +1

    Winter Weather Raises Fears as Thousands of Refugees Head to Europe

    Worried that borders could close at any moment, sense of urgency propels those fleeing to press on despite dangers of plummeting temperatures

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by cone
    +31 +1

    Germany is forcing refugees to hand over their cash, jewellery and valuables

    German authorities have started confiscating jewellery, valuables and cash from refugees entering the country to make them fund their stay. Officials in Bavaria and other southern states seeing high numbers of asylum seekers arriving from Austria are following Denmark and Switzerland to implement the controversial practice.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +25 +1

    Sweden 'to expel up to 80,000 failed asylum-seekers'

    Sweden expects to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers whose applications have been rejected, its interior minister was quoted as saying. Anders Ygeman said that charter aircraft would be used to deport the migrants over several years. "We are talking about 60,000 people but the number could climb to 80,000," Swedish media quoted him as saying. Some 163,000 migrants applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015, the highest per capita number in Europe.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jasont
    +20 +1

    Police chief sparks anger by sympathising with 'killer Somali boy'

    The head of the Swedish police has sparked outrage by expressing sympathy with the teenage asylum seeker accused of murdering social worker Alexander Mezher. National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson, who has already admitted police cannot cope with the wave of migrant crime, said he has concerns about the ‘horrors’ and trauma the accused murderer may have witnessed. He said he was ‘distraught’ on behalf of Miss Mezher’s family but also...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zritic
    +55 +1

    Teenage girl admits making up migrant rape claim that outraged Germany

    Allegation by 13-year-old sparked far-right protests and anger in the Kremlin

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +28 +1

    Finnish PM drops promise to let refugees use his home

    Finland’s prime minister, Juha Sipila, has said he will not be able fulfil a promise to put up a family of asylum seekers. Sipila, a former telecoms executive, prompted controversy in September by saying he would open his second home in northern Finland to refugees. ‘Refugees are warm, emotional people. There’s a lot we can learn’ But on Sunday he told public YLE radio that he had had to put the plan on hold because of security concerns...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by grandsalami
    +29 +1

    Top Europe Official Warns 'Risk of Break Up Is Real'

    "This is a critical moment" for the European Union, Donald Tusk warns

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +31 +1

    Is this the most controversial magazine cover about the migrant crisis?

    The right-wing Polish weekly magazine wSieci (The Network) has caused outrage with its latest front cover. The publication features the image of a white woman, draped with the European Union flag, screaming as she is being groped and assaulted by dark skinned male arms. Twitter users have compared the images with fascist propaganda in Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy, which used images of women being attacked by...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +2 +1

    Germany migrant bus surrounded by protesters

    Demonstrators chanting "we are the people" surrounded a bus carrying asylum seekers as it arrived at a shelter in a German village and tried to prevent them from getting off. The state interior minister described the incident as "deeply shameful". Video footage from the scene late on Thursday in Clausnitz in Saxony has been widely shared. Clearly upset children can be seen on board the bus, which was prevented from reaching its destination for two hours.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +34 +1

    At Least 18 Refugees Drown After Boat Sinks Off Turkish Coast

    At least 18 people attempting to reach Greece drowned after their boat sank off the Turkish coast on Sunday, the state-run Anatolian Agency reported. The Turkish Coast Guard, using speedboats and a helicopter, rescued 15 people and recovered 18 bodies in the Aegean Sea near the town of Didim, it said. Efforts continued to find more victims whose nationalities were not given.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by 8mm
    +42 +1

    270,000 dead, 4.7 million refugees: Syria's war in numbers

    Syria's war has killed more than a quarter of a million people, uprooted over half the population and left much of the country in ruins since it erupted five years ago. Here are some key facts and figures on the conflict: The fighting has left more than 270,000 people dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor which relies on a large network of doctors and activist sources across the country.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by cone
    +35 +1

    Poland gives up pledge to host refugees following Brussels bombings

    Poland abandoned a pledge to shelter migrants under a European Union relocation agreement, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said, shifting her country’s stance a day after suicide bombers killed dozens of people in the bloc’s de-facto capital. Poland’s previous government agreed to host several thousand migrants under a deal forged by the EU’s 28 member states to address the hundreds of thousands of mostly...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Pfennig88
    +40 +1

    Cologne police claim they were ordered to cover-up word ‘rape’ in NYE sex attacks report

    Police investigating the mass sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve claim they were ordered to remove the word “rape” from their initial report. Local officers had produced an internal “important event” memo entitled “rape, sexual harassment, thefts, committed by a large group of foreign people” – the first indication of the scale of the incident which would go on to make headlines around the world.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by everlost
    +30 +1

    Migrant crisis: Scores missing after boat sinks off Libya

    Eighty-four migrants are missing after their inflatable dinghy sank off the Libyan coast, the International Organization for Migration says. The dinghy was found taking on water in rough seas after the Italian coast guard received a satellite phone call. It diverted the merchant ship to rescue 26 survivors and bring them to Italy. A spokesperson for the coastguard said similar boats used by people smugglers could hold 100-120 people, and were usually full.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +7 +1

    Syrian refugee shot trying to enter Slovakia

    Slovakian border officials shot and wounded a Syrian refugee when they opened fired at a car carrying migrants from Hungary into Slovakia, authorities have said. The unidentified 26-year-old woman is thought to be in a stable condition after undergoing surgery to remove a bullet from her back, according to a hospital in Dunajska Streda, southern Slovakia. The hospital added it had also treated two other migrants suffering from dehydration. 

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +25 +1

    Germany is trying to teach refugees the right way to have sex

    The German government is rushing to integrate hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, offering them language classes and the prospect of work. But in a country known for its matter-of-fact acceptance of public nudity and creative forms of lovemaking, it is also trying to teach the mostly-Muslim migrants about the joy of sex. Operating under the premise that many Syrians...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +33 +1

    Bavarian police ready to hire migrants, German citizenship not required

    A campaign to employ police officers of foreign origins regardless of whether they have a German passport or not has been launched in the state of Bavaria. The move is aimed at helping solve crimes involving migrants.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +42 +1

    A Swiss village has banned refugees, and decided to pay a £200,000 fine instead

    A Swiss village, one of the wealthiest in Europe, has refused to take in its government imposed quota of asylum seekers, voting to pay a fine of £200,000 instead. The residents of Switzerland’s alpine resort Oberwil-Lieli, where there are 300 millionaires among a population of 2,200, voted “no” in a referendum over whether to accept just 10 refugees. Swiss government proposals had outlined a quota across its 26 counties in order deliver on promise to take 50,000 asylum seekers across the country, but Oberwil-Lieli voted by 52 per cent to 48 to reject the refugees.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +31 +1

    The Dalai Lama says ‘too many’ refugees are going to Germany

    Speaking to German reporters in the de facto capital of Tibet's exiled government, the Dalai Lama apparently said that "too many" refugees are seeking asylum in Europe. "Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country," he said with a laugh, according to AFP, which quoted from an interview the spiritual leader gave to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German newspaper. "Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult."

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +13 +1

    Migrants linked to 69,000 would-be or actual crimes in Germany in first three months of 2016: police

    Migrants in Germany committed or tried to commit some 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016, according to a police report that could raise unease, especially among anti-immigrant groups, about Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal migrant policy. There was a record influx of more than a million migrants into Germany last year and concerns are now widespread about how Europe's largest economy will manage to integrate them and ensure security. The report from the BKA federal police showed that migrants from northern Africa, Georgia and Serbia were disproportionately represented among the suspects.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by distant
    +17 +1

    Refugees banned from Austrian pool after ‘foreigner’ sexually assaults teenage girl

    Authorities in the Austrian town of Mistelbach issued a temporary pool ban for refugees following a sexual assault by a “dark-skinned’ man on a 13-year-old girl. "This news was a shock," said the town’s mayor, Alfred Pohl, as quoted by the Heute media outlet. According to Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, the attack happened on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +1 +1

    Refugees Encounter a Foreign Word: Welcome

    How Canadian hockey moms, poker buddies and neighbors are adopting Syrians, a family at a time. One frigid day in February, Kerry McLorg drove to an airport hotel here to pick up a family of Syrian refugees. She was cautious by nature, with a job poring over insurance data, but she had never even spoken to the people who were about to move into her basement.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +37 +1

    Germany Puts Migration-Related Costs at Over $86 Billion Over Next Four Years

    The tidal wave of refugees that crashed through Germany’s doors last year has long turned to a trickle, but the costs of the inflow will remain a burden on the country for years, budget figures released on Friday showed. The German finance ministry expects to spend €77.6 billion ($86.2 billion) over the next four years feeding, housing and training refugees as well as helping their home countries to stem the flow, according to...