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.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Europe should welcome refugees because it is a European tradition and honor.
Sweden's Chancellor of Justice (JK) has launched a preliminary investigation into a public library in the city of Karlstad which is suspected of refusing to lend books to migrants and Roma and possibly violating Swedish library law, which stipulates everyone's equal right to borrow books.
The Czech Republic does not intend to change its position on admission of refugees, despite the European Commission's warning of possible sanctions, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tuesday.
The European Commission launched infringement procedures against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland citing their failure to accept refugees in accordance with a 2015 plan.
The woman seeking asylum is allegedly the widow of one of President Bashar Assad's cousins.
The European Commission has no right to punish the member states of the European Union for refusal to accept refugees under the EU mandatory relocation scheme, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said after the meeting of the Visegrad group in Warsaw on Monday.
Belgium has declined 74.4 percent of all subsequent asylum applications it received in the first five months of 2017.
As if Sweden's struggles with so-called "underage refugees" were not enough, new hits just keep on coming. Of late, the problem of sexual relations between employees and inmates has sprung to the media's attention, intensifying the debate.
While the Nordic countries indeed try their best to project an air of tolerance and progress, it seems that hard-bitten bias still lingers on and seems difficult to weed out.
With the Swedish authorities resolute to continue deportations of rejected asylum seekers as planned despite the surge of sectarian violence in the Middle East, a new trend emerged among compassionate Swedish social media users. Refugee campaigners and sympathizers offer themselves for deportation in lieu of refugees.
Despite the striking toughening of Norway's immigration laws, which lead to the stream of asylum seekers almost drying up compared to the "bumper crop" year of 2015, the migrant crisis in Norway is far from over. In recent times, the Nordic country has seen a rise in tourists applying for asylum.
In Sweden, the age of the so-called "refugee children" who flooded the country at the height of the migrant crisis has long been the subject of hot debate. The recently introduced medical methods of age assessment have confirmed the worst suppositions, as the majority of "kids" were in fact found to be over 18.
Despite the high standard of living and the generous welfare system, refugees in the Nordic countries have exhibited signs of depression, including suicidal tendencies. Psychologists blame the increase in mental problems on the recent toughening of immigration laws.
The Swedish government has proposed amendments to its migration laws in order to protect migrants from being deported because of administrative errors made by their employers, local media reported on Wednesday.
Germany spent about 20 billion euros ($22.4 billion) on refugees in 2016, with 9.3 billion allocated to federal states and communes, local media reported Wednesday, citing a government report at its disposal.
The right-wing Danish People's Party has created a commotion in its home country with its proposal to put up a barbed wire fence equipped with motion sensors on Denmark's border with Germany to stop illegal migrants from entering the country.
Since the onslaught of the migrant crisis, Sweden has been trying all kinds of ways to promote integration, not shying away even from the most ridiculous ones. One Swedish municipality tried pairing unaccompanied refugee children with horse-riding girls in a tax-funded integration project.
A majority of Norwegians believe immigration to be positive for the Nordic country, which marks a steep increase in the number of immigration supporters since just last year. This contradicts the experts' take on the problem, who regard immigration as a major challenge.
In recent months, Denmark left no stone unturned in its attempts to tighten its migration laws and expel refused asylum seekers back to their home countries. However, an incident involving police brutality towards deported refugees has once again raised the issue of human rights violations.
Sweden's Migration Board has landed in hot water for its habit of testing religious asylum seekers' knowledge of Christianity by way of quizzes. This practice sent shockwaves through Sweden's mostly secular society and was condemned as "absurd" and "ridiculous."
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