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UK-bound Iranian migrants rescued from small boat in Channel

Lille - Four Iranian migrants making a rare attempt to reach Britain by boat from France on Saturday were rescued in the nick of time after their vessel took on water and was close to capsizing, officials said.

Thousands march across Europe in anti-Islam Pegida rallies

Dresden - A march by Germany's anti-Islamic organisation Pegida drew thousands to the eastern city of Dresden on Saturday with rallies in support of the movement also held in a string of other European cities.

Germany's Catholic Church calls for 'reduction' in refugees

Frankfurt - The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in "all the world's needy," according to an interview published Saturday. Germany has been struggling to cope with 1.

Austria, Hungary warn over migrant influx

Amsterdam - Austria and Hungary on Saturday warned that if Greece cannot control the flood of refugees arriving from Turkey then the EU should consider reinforcing the borders of their Balkan neighbours.

Anti-Islamic protesters arrested at banned rally in Calais

Calais - Anti-migrant protesters in the French port city of Calais Saturday clashed with police as they defied a ban and rallied in support of a Europe-wide initiative by the Islamophobic Pegida movement.

Austria wants EU border agency to send migrants back to Turkey

Vienna - Austria wants the EU's border agency Frontex to send directly back to Turkey the migrants it picks trying to reach Greece, media on Saturday quoted Chancellor Werner Faymann as saying."Frontex must pick up the people fleeing to Greece.

Turkey seizes unsafe boats intended for refugees: Reports

Istanbul - Turkish police seized almost 50 unsafe boats destined for migrants wanting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, in the latest crackdown on businesses exploiting refugees in western Turkey, reports said Saturday.

France, Germany pile pressure on Turkey to stem migrant tide

Ankara - The massive flow of migrants into Europe must be slowed with the help of Turkey and better screening of asylum applicants on arrival on the continent, the interior ministers of France and Germany said Friday.

Cologne police record 22 cases of sexual assault at carnival

Berlin - Cologne police said Friday they recorded 22 complaints of sexual assault on the first day of the city's giant carnival, after security was beefed up to prevent a repeat of the New Year's Eve crime spree that shocked Germany.

Controversial Danish migrant search law comes into force

Copenhagen - A controversial Danish law allowing police to seize valuables from refugees came into force on Friday, with the government's guidelines to police exempting wedding and engagement rings from the searches.

Sweden expects 100,000 asylum seekers this year

Stockholm - Sweden's Migration Agency said Thursday it expected around 100,000 asylum seekers in 2016, fewer than the 163,000 last year, but warned its estimates remain uncertain given Europe's struggle to control the migration crisis.

Cologne opens carnival on edge after sex attacks

Cologne - Cologne opened its annual carnival Thursday with ramped-up security to prevent a repeat of the sex assaults that marred New Year and triggered a debate about Germany's ability to integrate asylum seekers.

EU warns migrant crisis could disrupt growth

Brussels - The EU warned on Thursday that any suspension of the bloc's Schengen passport-free zone due to Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II could disrupt the eurozone's sluggish recovery.

EU approves Turkey refugee fund after Italy row solved

Brussels - The EU said Wednesday it had agreed on how to finance a three billion euro ($3.3 billion) deal to aid Syrian refugees in Turkey, in exchange for Ankara's help stemming the flow of migrants, after resolving a dispute with Italy.

German populist party eyes gains despite 'shoot the migrants' uproar

Berlin - Germany's AfD began life as an anti-euro party, but it has morphed into a right-wing populist outfit suggesting that police should be allowed to shoot migrants seeking to enter the country.

EU urges Greece to take steps to tighten bloc's external border

Strasbourg - The EU on Tuesday urged Greece to take specific steps to check the flow of asylum seekers to its shores and protect the 28-nation bloc's external border.

A third of migrants sailing to Greece are children: UNICEF

Ginebra - Children now make up over a third of the migrants making the perilous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece, the UN said, as two more babies drowned off Europe's shores.

Denmark extends ID checks at German border

Copenhagen - Denmark on Tuesday extended random identification checks on its border with Germany until February 23 to curb the tide of migrants into the country and "guarantee public order," the immigration ministry said.

Greek island gives migrant life jackets for Ai Weiwei artwork: Mayor

Atenas - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will create an artwork in Germany from 14,000 life jackets discarded by migrants arriving on Greece's Lesbos island, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Finnish PM halts plan to house refugees at his home

Helsinki - Finland's centrist Prime Minister Juha Sipila has backtracked from his plans to house asylum seekers at his country house for security reasons, a government official said Tuesday.

Nine migrants drown off Turkey

Ankara - The Turkish coastguard on Tuesday recovered the bodies of nine migrants including two babies after their boat sank just a short distance from land while trying to reach Europe.

Tensions rise in Sweden after killing of asylum centre worker

Stockholm - Masked men chased migrants in Stockholm this weekend in a rare act of overt violence against refugees, but one that reflects smouldering tensions in Sweden as it grapples with the consequences of a record influx of migrants.

Turkey has spent $9 bn on refugees: Erdogan

Santiago - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday his country has spent more than $9 billion on services for 2.5 million refugees from conflict-torn Syria and Iraq."Turkey has opened its doors without distinction to more than 2.

Germany opens first shelter for gay refugees

Berlin - Germany opened Monday its first shelter for gay and lesbian refugees, as fears grew over threats to sexual minorities in overcrowded accommodations.

Cologne, on edge since sex assaults, beefs up carnival security

Berlin - Cologne is on high alert ahead of its giant carnival festivities since a shocking spate of sexual assaults, with German authorities anxious to prevent a repeat of the rampage and ward off potential jihadist attacks.

Over 500,000 signatures back Greek islanders for Nobel peace prize

Atenas - More than half a million people have put their names to an online petition calling for Greek islanders on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis to be awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

Over 10,000 migrant children missing: Europol

Den Haag - Over 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have disappeared in Europe, the EU police agency Europol said Sunday, fearing many have been whisked into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.

Merkel says expects most refugees to go home once safe to do so

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday she expected most of the refugees from Syria and Iraq to return home once peace has returned to their countries, as she faces strong pressure over her welcoming stance towards asylum seekers.

German populists in 'shoot migrants' storm

Berlin - Germany's eurosceptic right-wing populist AfD party created a storm Saturday by suggesting police "if need be" should threaten to shoot migrants seeking to enter the country.

Clashes in German town targeted by anti-refugee violence

Berlin - Far-right protesters clashed Saturday with rival, anti-fascist activists in a southwest German village where assailants had hurled a hand grenade Friday as anti-refugee violence in the country escalates, police said.
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Myra, Jathro and Melvin De Vera, a Philipino family living in Israel that could be deported. Jathro was born in Israel. (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010, Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
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Over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
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Young men, refugees/migrants marching.
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Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
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Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
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A still from one of the films.
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
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A group of children of foreign workers that could be deported from Israel by a decision of the Israeli governament. People took the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against this possibility. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
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A baby born in the Texas of an illegal immigrant cannot be given a birth certificate.
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Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to deport 400 children of foreign workers. (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio)
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Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
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Nissan the polar bear briefly spent time with four asylum seekers who broke into the truck at Calais.
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Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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