Berlin began a crackdown on right-wing violence in response to a rise in hate crimes last year. Germany's domestic intelligence agency estimates there are around 24,100 "right wing extremists" in Germany, about half of whom are potentially violent.
Three existing amps are to be closed, on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos, currently housing over 27,000 people under terrible conditions which have been repeatedly castigated by rights groups. They have a nominal capacity of just 4,500.
In a long-running sit-in in front of the UN refugee agency offices in Pretoria, asylum-seekers are asking for protection and relocation to a safer country. The sit-in was sparked by a wave of xenophobic violence in September.
The White House said Guatemala would now be considered a "safe third country," meaning that US-bound migrants who enter Guatemala would be required to seek asylum there instead.
Migrant detention centres, or 'concentration camps', in the US make the world more dangerous for everyone.
The ruling centre-right Liberal Party and the opposition Social Democrats both say a tough stance in immigration is needed ahead of Denmark's general election.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election is likely to translate into tougher immigration laws and the repealing of 'Medevac' bill that would ensure seriously ill refugees are flown to mainland Australia for treatment.
The UN's human rights office says Hungary is deliberately denying rejected asylum seekers food in clear violation of international law.
Some refugees in Belgium rely on charity-run hostels to survive as the country plans to reduce illegal migration.
As the US began sending Central American families seeking asylum back to Mexico, rights groups say the program endangers asylum seekers by forcing them to remain in regions of Mexico experiencing record levels of violence.
PM Scott Morrison approved reopening Christmas Island after a legislative defeat in Parliament allowed refugees and asylum seekers detained in existing offshore centres to travel to Australia for medical treatment.
The desperate people who have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea paid huge sums of money to reach Europe, while they could have afford air journeys to escape conflict and persecution — only if they were allowed to.
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