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.
At the height of the migrant crisis, Sweden received among the largest shares of migrants per capita and is still struggling with the accommodation and integration of these newcomers. Today, Sweden is betting on simple low-wage jobs such as berry-picking to keep the "new Swedes" occupied.
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that unlike in several other Balkan countries and EU members, Serbia’s actions aimed at preventing illegal migrants from settling in the country were humane.
After the migrant crisis of 2015, when Europe was flooded by asylum seekers, 2016 saw a sharp increase in refugees and migrants asking for assistance to return voluntarily. In Norway, homecomings are being sped up by the harsh climate, winter darkness and failure to adapt.
Sweden is renowned for being politically correct at all times and in all places. It is therefore no surprise that a Facebook rant by a Swedish police investigator linking violent crime with immigrants triggered an outcry across the country. What is surprising is that the whistleblower received keen support from fellow officers and ordinary Swedes.
Norway is among those European countries that have taken steps to curtail immigration, and with good reason. Last week, a government report predicted that migration could shatter Norway's generous welfare state. As if that was not enough, a renowned researcher suggested ethnic Norwegians were about to become a minority in their own country.
The EU has no partner in Libya to negotiate the return of undocumented migrants with, according to Slovakia's top diplomat.
In recent years, the European political establishment has been alarmed by the rise of right-wing populism across the continent. Whereas supporters of anti-immigrant parties are being habitually painted as nationalists and even Nazis, threatening the world order, a study has found their choice to be rather a question of self-interest.
Finland, which in recent years received a fair share of asylum seekers, is increasingly questioning the applicants' age. According to preliminary estimates, two thirds of asylum seekers posing as children are in fact adults.
Following its open doors policy amid the migrant crisis, Sweden is becoming more of a multicultural crossroads. A theater pedagogue and actor from the city of Örebro started a special course for unaccompanied teenage refugees to teach them how to make contact and flirt with Swedish girls the Swedish way.
Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said some European countries, including Hungary, Austria and Slovenia, erected walls to stop the flow of migrants and refugees amid a massive migration crisis, with thousands of people from the Middle East and North Africa trying to cross into the bloc.
The European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said Sunday he was proud of European policy of offering shelter to refugees who are trying to escape war and terror.
Migration has contributed to the growth of Germany's population, according to statistical data.
Despite having dour demographics, Sweden's population has been growing at a record pace due to the country's long-term strategy of relying on "importing" new Swedes from abroad. Last Friday, Sweden's population reached a historic ten-million, with the growth rate predicted to accelerate further.
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.
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