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Asylum seekers: how France plans to handle those whose applications have been rejected

Beginning from 2018 France is set to adopt a new migration law, which will include tougher rules for people whose asylum applications have been rejected. The bill is currently being debated in France’s lower house of parliament. Anne-Diandra Louarn/InfoMigrants takes a look at the main points of the new law. Addressing the lower house of parliament on Wednesday, 8 November, …

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1.6 million people seeking asylum in Germany

The Federal Statistical Office has revealed that 2 percent of the people who lived in Germany at the end of 2016 had lodged asylum applications. That’s more than double the figure for 2014. Ben Knight reports. On Friday, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) revealed that 1.6 million people were officially registered as “seeking protection for humanitarian reasons” in Germany at …

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Nigeria’s Edo State gets tough, to jail human traffickers

Edo State gets tough on people smuggling as increasing numbers of its indigenes drown in the Mediterranean. The government of Edo State, Nigeria, has announced its intention to make a law criminalizing human trafficking. The intention of the legislation, according to the state’s commissioner for justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, is to curb the activities of persons engaged in the irregular …

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26 dead Nigerian women found on Spanish warship

The remains of 26 Nigerian women believed to be migrants have been recovered from a Spanish warship in the Italian coast city of Salerno. A report by the British Broadcasting Corporation on Monday said a Spanish warship, Cantabria, which docked in the city, was found to be carrying 375 rescued migrants and the dead women. According to the report, 23 …

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What to do when your asylum request is rejected in Germany

What happens when officials refuse an applicant’s request for asylum? In Germany, applicants have recourse to administrative courts and can even approach the European Court of Human Rights. Here is a short explanation. Types of rejection The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees or BAMF can reject applications for asylum if its officials believe that the individual concerned does not …

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30,000 rejected asylum seekers ‘disappeared’ in Germany, newspaper claims

The German government has admitted that it does not always know the whereabouts of rejected asylum seekers, but argues that the number doesn’t tell the whole truth. The government’s asylum agency faces a file backlog. Ben Knight reports. Around 30,000 rejected asylum seekers have simply disappeared from Germany’s records, a German newspaper has claimed, though the government and refugee organizations …

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Italy: 5 million documented migrants in 2016 – to rise to 20 million

In 2016, there were five million documented migrants living in Italy, according to the 2017 Immigration Statistics Dossier prepared by the IDOS and Confronti research and study centres. The report, presented in Rome recently, said estimates show the number will reach more than 20 million by the year 2065. There were more than five million documented migrants living in Italy …

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Germany launches website to discourage irregular migrants

There is currently a humanitarian crisis in Libya where between 800,000 and 1 million migrants are trapped. Most of them are waiting to embark on the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe. With new measures adopted by the Libyan government and other similar developments, the chances of the overwhelming majority of the migrants reaching Europe are almost foreclosed. Most …

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Asylum requests in Switzerland hit seven-year low

Requests for asylum in Switzerland dropped by a third in September, bringing the total for the first nine months of 2017 to just under 14,000, the lowest since 2010, government data showed. A drop since mid-July in the number of would-be refugees trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean played a role, the State Secretariat for Migration has said, adding …

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UN praises German refugee policy, urges improvements

While praising Germany’s openness toward refugees, the UN refugee agency UNHCR has called on newly elected German lawmakers to further improve the situation and prospects for refugees, reports Ashutosh Pandey. The German office of the UN refugee agency UNHCR has urged the newly elected members of the Bundestag, which will hold its first session on Tuesday, to provide the right …

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EU announces plan to shut down migrants’ Libya sea route

EU leaders, gathered at a summit in Brussels on Thursday, have agreed to focus their attention on stopping people from leaving for Europe from North Africa, report Nikolaj Nielsen and Eric Maurice. On Thursday (19 October), European Council president Donald Tusk agreed to offer Italy more help in shutting down the migrant sea route from Libya by stepping up financial …

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Germany: Asylum-seekers’ chances vary from state to state

Success rates for asylum applications in Germany vary widely from state to state, according to a new report by Funke Mediengruppe. But the varying rates raise questions over how Germany processes asylum requests. Iraqis much more likely to get asylum in Bremen than in Berlin, official figures show. For example, the protection rate for Iraqi refugees in Bremen during the …

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CDU, CSU agree on Germany’s new ground rules for migration

The ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) and their sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) have agreed to put a limit on the number of refugees Germany would accept on humanitarian grounds each year. They also laid out further steps to regulate migration in a regulatory framework. What are the key points of the plan? Charlotte Hauswedell reports. The new plan …

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