Record 4,200 migrants rescued at sea by Italian coastguard

Up to 4,200 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea were rescued by European ships on Friday, but 17 people died during the journey on unseaworthy boats. The number rescued in 24 hours appears to be one of the highest in … Read the rest

Biggest political upset in the Netherlands after asylum announcement

The political upset this week does not come from France, where Marine Le Pen came out stronger in local elections, but from the Netherlands.

The largest party, the liberal VVD has announced that it wants to abolish asylum completely for … Read the rest

Finland shuts door on black refugees

Finnish municipalities have significantly cut quotas on receiving refugees from foreign countries.

Refugee quotas have significantly been reduced by Finnish municipalities, with just 40 of them signaling readiness to receive refuges, local media outlets reported.

Last year, the municipalities received … Read the rest

Finnish municipalities have significantly cut quotas on receiving refugees from foreign countries.

Refugee quotas have significantly been reduced by Finnish municipalities, with just 40 of them signaling readiness to receive refuges, local media outlets reported.

Last year, the municipalities received … Read the rest

UN urges US to welcome immigrants as refugees

United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of … Read the rest

Fighting on the streets in Germany over refugees

German police kept angry rival protesters apart Wednesday during a third day of demonstrations in suburban Berlin over a new shelter for asylum seekers.

The conflict on the streets over a recent upsurge in refugee arrivals has spilled into violence … Read the rest

Not white enough for Oz

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Sunday said he made “absolutely no apology” for his hardline new policy on asylum-seekers under which they are sent to Papua New Guinea.

Rudd quickly moved to announce a radically reshaped immigration plan under … Read the rest

Attacks on foreign Africans ‘a threat to democracy’: South African minister

The inhumane and degrading treatment of African foreign nationals is a threat to democracy and freedom in South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said on Thursday.

“Our brothers and sisters on the African continent played an important role in … Read the rest

UK ‘very reluctant’ to arm Syrian rebels

Britain said on Sunday it and other countries were “very reluctant” to arm rebels in Syria even as it warned that success on the battlefield by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad was undermining chances of a Geneva peace conference.… Read the rest

South Africa detaining refugees and migrants ‘unlawfully’

The department of home affairs (DHA) is unlawfully detaining refugees and migrants and forcing costly court actions to fight for their release, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) said on Wednesday.

“The detention of refugees and migrants is carried out in … Read the rest

If Africa is more like Singapore, why are we getting so many refugees?

by Dan Roodt

Living in South Africa, one gets used to being called a moron by every visiting foreigner, especially ones of the liberal to left-wing persuasion. After all, they seem to reason, we do not know anything about our … Read the rest