Demonstrators protest deportation of Afghan asylum seekers in Helsinki

Hundreds of protesters on Tuesday assembled downtown in Helsinki to protest forced return of Afghan asylum seekers, local media reported. The protest was the continuation of a demonstration held on Monday at Helsinki Airport to oppose the latest flight, which was transporting 10 rejected Afghan asylum seekers from Helsinki to Kabul. The local media said……

Germany to deport asylum seekers with failed applications

Germany plans to deport asylum seekers whose applications have failed once it completes all procedures in line with international migration laws, a top official has said. The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bernhard Schlagheck, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, said the exercise……

EU countries register 1.2m asylum seekers in 2016

The European Union’s statistical office said Thursday that member states registered 1.2 million first-time asylum applications in 2016, which is slightly lower than the number of asylum claims submitted in 2015. The highest number of asylum seekers came by far from Syria with 335,000 applicants, followed by Afghanistan with 183,000 and Iraq with 127,000. The……

Trump at it again! Set to raise bar for asylum, speed deportations

President Donald Trump is at it again; weeks after signing an executive order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering America, which sparked wide protests in and outside the US, the businessman turned politician is seeking to raise the bar on asylum as well as speeding deportations. According to reports, Trump is liaising with the…