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.
German authorities are almost unable to deport refused asylum seekers from Germany, Bavarian Minister-President told the Focus media outlet on Friday.
In the aftermath of the migrant crisis, integration of the newcomers has become an uphill struggle for many European nations. Sweden, which recently ranked as the world's best country for immigrants, is not afraid of trying unorthodox solutions. Of late, the Nordic nation has even turned to professional clowns to help integration.
Operation Sophia, the European Union Naval mission in the Mediterranean aimed at cracking down on people smugglers, has precipitated a significant upsurge in migrant deaths, according to a UK parliamentary report.
Austria is not planning to introduce border control with Italy so far, such measures could be implemented in future if the situation with the refugee influx worsens, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said on Wednesday.
The migrant crisis may have largely slipped off the mainstream media's reporting radar, but the humanitarian calamity remains very much ongoing – and recent developments in Europe may have dragged the slow-motion disaster into its most dangerous phase yet.
The proportion of unaccompanied girls among refugees in Sweden is increasing. This has led to accommodation issues, since most of the nation's asylum homes are adapted for men. Meanwhile, the fact that many of the so-called "refugee children" are married and have their own is a problem of its own.
Denmark's ruling Liberal Party wants to penalize NGOs rescuing migrants and refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean by boat. While the Liberals' stance has been backed by fellow government parties and the EU border agency itself, it also triggered criticism from human rights organizations.
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.
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