Many of the migrants and refugees hoping to reach Europe are seeking refuge from violence and deepening economic insecurity in their home countries, in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
While overall numbers reaching Europe were down in 2017 compared to 2016, the flow of desperate migrants to Spain climbed, and the number reaching Greece surged in the latter months of last year.
“Asylum-seekers arriving by sea to Greece faced extended stays in overcrowded and dire conditions on Greek islands,” the report said.
As Hungary tightened its borders, for example, more migrants are crossing from Serbia to Romania while others move from Greece through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina to Croatia. Women, especially those travelling on their own, and unaccompanied children remain particularly exposed to risks of sexual and gender-based violence along the routes as well as in some locations within Europe, the report said. EU has launched infringement proceedings against Hungary over its draconian asylum laws, while giving Belgrade far more money to boost border security than to improve conditions in its camps. Serbia insists it is doing its best with limited resources to handle thousands of people who do not want to be here.
German to migrants are to be provided -Anchor refugee centres
Dutch government has accused Italy and Greece of allowing two-thirds of migrants arriving on their shores to slip into the Europe by failing to register them properly as the EU rift over the migrant crisis deepens.
Mark Harbers, the country’s migration minister, made his remarks as he sought to underline serious shortcomings which he said were undermining the EU’s border-free Schengen travel zone. Mr Harbers said: “95 percent of irregular migrants and asylum seekers arrive from other Schengen states.
“This means about two thirds still manage to enter and travel through other member states undetected and unregistered, despite all measures taken to improve registration.”
Because other countries had failed to register migrants making claims for refugee status, EU asylum rules meant the Netherlands was therefore not permitted to return them to the country through which they first arrived in the continent.
Mr Harbers said: “The Netherlands ends up granting protection to large numbers of asylum seekers who consciously refuse to apply for protection in the member state of first arrival.
“Giving asylum seekers this de facto choice of which member state they want to settle in is in itself a pull factor.”
“Only one-third have been registered previously.
Germany’s interior minister has vowed to speed up the deporting of failed asylum seekers after a group of migrants violently forced the police to release a young African man about to be deported. Berlin faces mounting public pressure to toughen its approach towards deportation, especially of young criminals and refugees accused of harbouring extremist views. Angela Merkel is planning to set up so-called anchor refugee centres that will house new arrivals
Regional police statistics show that 56.9 per cent of crime in the German town Sigmaringen was committed by asylum seekers last year. The figures reflect ‘real crimes’ as offences of breaking migration laws were excluded, newspaper Schwäbische reports.
Crime, especially drug-related crimes (+69.6%) and shoplifting (+44.8%), has risen sharply due to migrant criminality. But other more serious crimes increased significantly, as well, such as street crimes (+33.5%), assault (+39.5%) and sexual offences (+14.7%).
Therefore the region’s Ministry of the Interior has now developed a security plan for Sigmaringen, a special group of investigators. The group recently arrested 21 multiple offenders among the asylum seekers.
The massive public consumption of alcohol by some asylum seekers, especially at the station, angers the local residents. As a result, Mayor Schärer has called for compulsory prevention courses for asylum seekers who have repeatedly been apprehended for alcohol abuse.
Swedish government allocates 3.7 million Swedish Crowns (347,000 euros) to the country’s Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU). The budget will be spent among other things, on the production of films in different languages and themes.
Minister Strandhäll says it is “extremely urgent” to inform new arrivals about the sexual and reproductive rights that are relevant in Sweden. According to her, new arrivals ‘have a completely different view of sex’ than Swedes.
“We can find that some of the women in this group of new arrivals come from communities where there are completely different norms, laws and regulations,” Annika Strandhäll told SVT Nyheter.
While Sweden’s government tries to cover it up, the country faces a serious rape crisis since importing hundreds of thousands of Third World migrants.
Statistics from last year revealed that migrants from Muslim-majority countries commit 84 per cent of ‘very violent’ rapes. At the start of this year research showed that rape reports have increased by 400% in Sweden’s capital since 1996.
Another child rape in Sweden, another ridiculous sentence. 12 year old girl was raped in the city of Stenungsund. The police didn’t have any resources to arrest the suspect for a long time, it took many months. Now finally he is convicted – He got 6 months prison.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday that his new government would soon bring forward tighter immigration rules. “We are building a Christian democracy,”Orban told public radio. “We will defend Christian culture and will not surrender the country to aliens,” Orban said. He named Interior Minister Sandor Pinter and Economy Minister Mihaly Varga as deputy prime ministers, and gave notice he would take a tough stance against the EU over the bloc’s next budget, Reuters reports. Orban was re-elected in an April landslide that gave his ruling Fidesz party a two-thirds parliamentary majority, enabling it to rewrite major laws.
European migrant crisis,or the European refugee crisis,is a term given to a period beginning in 2015 when rising numbers of people arrived in the European Union (EU), travelling across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe. These people included asylum seekers, but also others, such as economic migrants and some hostile agents, including Islamic State militants disguised as refugees or migrants.
Most of the migrants came from Muslim-majority countries of regions south and east of Europe, including Western Asia, South Asia and Africa.By religious affiliation, the majority of entrants were Muslim (usually Sunni Muslim), with a small component of non-Muslim minorities (including Yazidis, Assyrians, Mandeans, etc.). According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the top three nationalities of entrants of the over one million Mediterranean Sea arrivals between January 2015 and March 2016 were Syrian (46.7%), Afghan (20.9%) and Iraqi (9.4%). Inputs Wikipedia.