A major migration crisis has been ongoing in European countries in the course of the last few years, with many of them struggling to cope with the growing influx of migrants.
Swedish Social Security Minister Annika Strandhäll has sparked an international spat by making Nazi references in connection with Hungary's family policy, which is intended to boost birth rates.
Amid a seething grooming gang scandal, the link between immigration and sex crimes has become a hot election issue in Finland. As a remedy, Finns would like to see harsher penalties and checks on immigration in place.
Starting from January, asylum seekers leaving Finland can receive up to 5,000 euros in cash or subsidies in what the Migration Service has dubbed the "cheapest option".
Parental concerns and security considerations are the reasons behind the ban on asylum seekers visiting schools in a Finnish city, where Finland's biggest sexual assault scandal is unravelling.
The large number of "paperless migrants" has caught the authorities and the government unawares, Finland's national broadcaster admitted. Recent research has attributed this to a unsuccessful combination of tougher immigration laws and failure to execute them.
In a spectacular u-turn by the Social Democrats, whose election pledge was to limit immigration, Sweden's new minority coalition government seeks to introduce a so-called humanitarian protection cause that will encompass "climate refugees".
For its "jewellery law" allowing police to confiscate valuables from incoming migrants, Denmark received a lot of flak and was even compared to Nazi Germany. However, having received tens of thousands of migrants in three years, Denmark hasn't confiscated a single piece of jewellery, which means the law was rather symbolic.
Despite what is often described as a "crackdown" on immigration, Denmark remains one of the most desirable countries for asylum seekers from across the world, contradicting attempts to portray it as an uninviting place.
While about 2 percent of Finland's rejected asylum seekers have been found to pose a security threat, the authorities are having trouble in locating them, as some have already left the country.
Amid a record-low fertility rate of 1.62 births per woman recorded last year, which makes the Scandinavian country increasingly rely on immigration to maintain its population, Norwegian right-wing MP Per Willy Amundsen has proposed measures to bolster ethnic Norwegians' demographics.
The migrant grooming gang scandal that shook Finland in late 2018 appears to have escalated, earning stern condemnation from Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and triggering renewed calls to strip dual citizen sex criminals of Finnish citizenship.
The recent grooming scandal in northern Finland involving migrant gangs has spurred a debate on harsher penalties for non-Finnish sex criminals, with the Interior Ministry proposing a crackdown referring to the "Finnish sense of justice".
According to the Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations, underage migrants are often forced to sell sex in exchange for accommodation and other basic needs. Often, older people act as "sponsors", NGOs say.
In 2009, Norway was among Europe's most fruitful countries, with an estimated 1.98 children per woman. Since then, it has rapidly gone downhill, with fertility rates falling to an alarming 1.62 by 2017. Researchers have labelled the new trend toward smaller families as "Two is the new three".
While the right-wing Danish People's Party vigorously celebrated the decision, it was also reported that the island off Copenhagen's coast will first have to the cleared of swine fever and other dangerous diseases before the new inhabitants are sent there.
Pro-refugee protesters forming a human chain and chanting humanitarian slogans failed to stop the biggest deportation from Sweden in recent years.
If it hadn't been for 35 years of mass immigration, Denmark would have been better off and less exposed to crime, writers Mikkel Andersson and Niels Jespersen claim.
Unemployment in Norway is 3.5 times higher among immigrants than among native Norwegians, fresh statistical data says. As a consequence, immigrants rank first among welfare recipients.
In categories like "mafia" and "Islamist extremism," only 6 percent and 1.9 percent of the individuals were born in Sweden and had both parents born in the same country, a report that identified 15,000 people belonging to criminal or extremist milieus found. By contrast, Swedish media chose to trump up the "rise of the far-right narrative."
In its new campaign to offset an ongoing personnel crisis, the Swedish Police emphasized the importance of having police officers with a "mixed background."
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