1. Refugees in Germany: Legal entry — without asylum

    More and more "resettlement refugees" have made their way to Germany over the past five years - vulnerable persons, directly resettled from crisis-stricken regions. These humanitarian admission programs signal a change in German refugee policy. “Germany has done a lot of catching up over the past few years,” says Norbert Trosien, a registration officer for the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR in Egypt. “Germany is now setting the pace within the EU and around the globe.”
  2. US: New Satellite Imagery Shows Growth in Migrant Tent Jails

    Satellite images taken on April 25, 2019 show rapid construction of migrant tent jails intended to house families and children at Border Patrol stations in El Paso and Donna, Texas.
  3. UNHCR Ambassador Ben Stiller tells U.S. Congress: Syrian refugees still need support

    When renowned actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller left the packed hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in the United States capital of Washington, D.C., he left no one in doubt about the message he had come to deliver: Syrian refugees still need the world’s help. “Nobody chooses to be a refugee.”
  4. Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary ‘deliberately deprived of food’: UN human rights office

    The UN human rights office (OHCHR) Spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, told reporters in Geneva that under existing laws in Hungary, migrants and asylum seekers who are undocumented, are immediately detained in transit zones during the asylum procedure, or until they can be sent back to their country of origin. She said once Hungarian authorities begin proceedings to expel “rejected” applicants, they stop being given food. “Pending the enforcement of the expulsion, adults - with the sole exception of pregnant or nursing women - are deliberately deprived of food, which can lead to malnutrition and is both detrimental to their health and inherently inhumane.”
  5. Pope Francis urges migrant-skeptic Bulgaria to welcome refugees

    In a meeting with government officials on Sunday, Pope Francis urged Bulgarians to open their hearts and homes to "well-meaning migrants" and recognize they were fleeing war and poverty "to find new opportunities in life or simply a safe refuge."
  6. The Guardian podcast - Fortress Europe: what happens to the refugees sent back to Libya?

    In a podcast uploaded by the Guardian on its website on 8 May 2019, journalist Sally Hayden tells Anushka Asthana how the thousands trapped in the camps are in danger of being caught up in the increasingly dangerous conditions within Libya as the country’s civil war intensifies.
  7. Germany passes refugee migration 'stress test': expert report

    Angela Merkel's immigration policy was given a largely positive assessment by the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR), though one of its members described the confusing situation at the European level as a “catastrophe.”
  8. Release of prize-winning Reuters journalists in Myanmar welcomed by UN

    The release of two prize-winning Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after reporting on the massacre of Rohingya Muslims has been welcomed by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, which warns however that press freedom there remains “dire”.
  9. New Professional Development Series chapter on detention of applicants for international protection in the context of the Common European Asylum System

    Through its Network of Courts and Tribunals’ Members, EASO is developing Professional Development Series (PDS) and Professional Development Workshops intended for members of EU+ courts and tribunals.
  10. Dozens of migrants drown off coast of Tunisia after heading to Italy

    A boat carrying people towards Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, with dozens losing their lives in the deadliest migrant boat sinking in months. Nearby fishing boats managed to save 16 people.
  11. Undocumented migrants apprehended at Slovenia-Croatia border

    Slovenian police between Monday and Tuesday stopped 74 migrants who were attempting to cross the south-eastern border with Croatia in the area of Ilirska Bistrica, according to a police statement. A reported 10 people were apprehended in Ribnica, on the south-eastern side, police said. Security officials said most of the foreigners were Afghan nationals, followed by Pakistanis, Algerians, Egyptians, Iraqis and a Libyan citizen.
  12. Austrian state plans 'Ten Commandments' for refugees

    Authorities in Lower Austria are set to issue a new code of conduct for refugees to follow, according to a report on Monday, 13 May 2019. The rules would be referred to as the "Ten Commandments of Immigration," and would be issued to new refugees as soon as they arrive in the state, the German newspaper Welt reported.

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