A major displacement crisis started in Europe in 2015, when over 1 million people made their way to European states in an effort to escape violence in their home countries. Most of the refugees come from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The crisis has put a strain on European economies, raised security issues within the EU as well as caused an upsurge in social tensions.
Confronted by the snowballing problem of child marriages amid a refugee influx, Denmark decided to get a firm grip of the situation by banning anyone less than 18 years of age from the bonds of matrimony altogether. Needless to say, the law was met with mixed reactions.
Almost everything in life is constantly weighed, counted, measured and recorded. Nothing escapes the state's keen interest, and Sweden is no exception. Nothing except immigrant crime, which is rather strange, considering Swedes' propensity for transparency.
Despite its sturdy welfare economy, Sweden is suffering from an acute housing shortage, which has hardly improved since the Nordic country became an attractive destination for tens of thousands of migrants in need of shelter. Having tried modular housing, Sweden is switching to such unorthodox methods as scrapped containers as future homes.
French presidential candidate Francois Fillon proposed to extend to eight years the period of residence in France before being granted the right to obtain French citizenship, and reiterated his earlier proposal to refuse citizenship to foreigners who had been convicted.
Snow falls on the migrant camps in Greece, where canvas tents buckle under the conditions described as "untenable" by European Commission (EC) spokesperson, Natasha Bertaud. Footage has emerged from the island of Lesbos, showing migrants living in harsh winter weather conditions without any heat.
During the Christmas period, the social welfare office in the Swedish town of Mönsterås was relocated on account of death threats to personnel over child marriage, which has become a sensitive subject in Sweden.
Twelve people have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after a large-scale scuffle between right-wing vigilantes Soldiers of Odin and left-wing activists AFA in the Swedish town of Jönköping.
The Nordic countries are renowned across the globe for their welfare systems. Oddly enough, homelessness is growing in metropolitan areas across Scandinavia, partly as an aftershock of the migrant crisis.
Over 5,000 migrants bound for Europe died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called for more power to the federal government in terms of deportation, so that any migrant, whose application was rejected could be quickly and easily deported.
In recent years, Sweden has emerged as one of Europe's most generous host countries in the wake of the migrant crisis. Today, both police and the Migration Board want to see radical measures to establish the identity of newcomers to eliminate the risk of convicts and terrorists seeping into the country in asylum seekers' disguise.
Sweden, which like its Nordic peers has suffered from insufficient fertility rates for decades, is expected to experience a baby boom following the country's "open doors" policy. Due the unforeseen lack of facilities, expectant mothers are being sent to neighboring Finland to deliver their babies.
This year, Sweden's Migration Board has flagged a record number of asylum seekers as potential security threats, and reported the information to the Swedish Security Service, the national police force. At the same time, it remains unclear how many of the would-be deportees are likely to stay in Sweden.
The Kremlin spokesman said Turkey's expectations concerning the refugee issue were not met by the European Union.
Sweden's police force, which has been plagued by understaffing, underpayment and low crime detection, is making efforts to become more "diverse" in order to cater to Sweden's increasingly diverse population. Authorities are hoping immigrants will give the police more "street cred."
Finland, which during last year's migrant crisis received a fair share of refugees, has come up with a solution to illegal migration. According to Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, the EU should make refugee-producing countries stem the flow of migrants in exchange for financial assistance.
Leader of Germany's Christian Social Union (CSU) party has said they will refuse to be part of the Germany government unless Chancellor Angela Merkel puts a cap on the number of migrants entering the country.
Despite Sweden's pronounced efforts to weed out all forms of far-right extremism and right-wing opposition, homegrown right-wingers seem to be rising in numbers. The increased support for both marginal neo-Nazis and anti-immigrant Swedish Democrats may indicate Swedes' growing disappointment with the current state of affairs.
One of the problems stemming from last year's migrant crisis is the correct evaluation of asylum seekers' ages. Unlike its northern neighbor Sweden, which generally takes asylum seekers' age claims for granted, Denmark resorted to strictly medical methods of evaluating their ages.
An anti-immigration PEGIDA group rally and a counter-rally, have clashed with police in the Danish capital, resulting in at least 11 people arrested.
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