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.
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."
The migrant crisis, which has long burdened the welfare systems of European countries, seems to be ultimately having an impact on Europe's demographics as well. Iraqis have now become the most popular foreign marriage partners for Finnish women.
Refugees and illegal immigrants are increasingly engaged in prostitution in Finland. While the exact extent of the shadow market remains to be estimated, this phenomenon is getting increasingly popular, as selling sex has proven to be a real way of earning money.
With the summer vacation approaching, the "high season" of forced marriages, where young girls are often lured abroad to be married off, is creeping closer, the Swedish police have warned. Despite their efforts, the Swedish authorities seem unable to do anything about it.
According to the latest Eurobarometer poll, 73 percent of Europeans still want the EU to do more to manage the situation.
Denmark has extended interim control measures on the border with Germany for another six months until November 12, 2017, the Danish Ministry of Immigration said in a statement on Thursday.
Asylum seekers lodged within the Swedish castle of Lia Hof outside the town of Falkenberg have asked the Swedish Migration Board to stop its plans to close down its luxury accommodation.
Last week, the Swedish government decided to repeal ID checks at the Swedish border after being pressured by the EU. However, the ID controls may soon be back due to a sharp increase in asylum immigration.
Weapons and terrorists pass through France's borders as things stand, presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen observed. She criticized absence of national borders within the European Union.
Sweden's decision to drop ID checks after being pressured by the EU has been met with mixed reactions, both in the home arena and in neighboring Denmark. While commuters, integrationists and the liberal left cheered the decision, concerns of a rollback to the pre-migrant crisis situation were also voiced.
Swedish McDonalds has landed in hot water on social media after the hamburger giant's restaurant in the city of Södertälje in Greater Stockholm sent out leaflets in Arabic to households in the immigrant-heavy city.
Allowing young asylum seekers in Germany to bring in their families would be an appropriate solution to the surge in migrant crimes in the country, as close relatives play an important part in instilling morals into their youngsters, Irene Mihalic, the German Green Party’s lawmaker and speaker for the internal affairs told Sputnik.
While only a few measles cases registered in Switzerland since the beginning of the year have been imported by migrants, the possibility of "hidden importation" of the disease should not be ruled out, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) told Sputnik on Thursday.
The prosecutor's office in the German city of Frankfurt-on-Main detained a 28-year-old first lieutenant of the German army on suspicion of preparing a crime that could possibly discredit refugees.
After receiving over 200,000 asylum seekers in two years, Swedes seem to have gotten weary of their "feminist" government's "humanitarian superpower" policy. Today, the majority of Swedes would like to receive fewer immigrants, a recent poll shows.
French presidential candidate Jacques Cheminade outlined his vision of addressing the migration crisis.
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