Israeli immigration officers arrest an African migrant in Tel Aviv

UN concern that Israel plans to deport asylum-seekers to mystery African country

Human-rights groups fear refugees could be forced to return to the very countries they fled

Syrian refugee children walk in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Syria's northern city of Azaz

Generation exodus: A million children flee Syrian conflict

Two UN agencies report that child refugees risk being trafficked and sexually exploited

A 'river' of refugees flows out of Syria as Iraqi Kurdistan opens border

Tens of thousands of refugees from Syria’s Kurdish-majority north-east have streamed into Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdistan region after authorities opened the border ending months of limited access.

The leader of the Australian Liberal Party, Tony Abbott, wants tough immigration reform

Abbott to take hard line on asylum-seekers

Australia’s opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has announced a new hard-line policy on asylum-seekers – trumping even the recent crackdown by the country’s Labor government, which is now sending all “boat people” to remote Nauru and Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement.

Police blocks the access to the Amygdaleza detention camp outside Athens, where some 1,200 mainly Asian migrants are kept under police guard

Greek police hunt migrants who escaped immigration detention centre during riot

Greek police were today searching for eight Pakistanis and two Afghans who escaped during a riot at an immigration detention centre, where human rights groups say migrants and asylum seekers face unacceptably long periods of incarceration in often appalling conditions.

Oprah Winfrey says she was a victim of racism during a recent visit to Switzerland.

Oprah Winfrey 'victim of racism' in Switzerland: Billionaire told she can't afford expensive handbag at exclusive Zurich store

Swiss boutique apologises after being accused of racism by the world’s most celebrated talk show host

The head of the Immigration Office, Mario Gattiker, said rules were needed ‘to ensure order’

Swiss introduce apartheid-like restrictions: Local authorities ban asylum seekers from public places

Refugees prohibited from 'loitering' in playgrounds or visiting swimming pools and libraries

Review: A Marker To Measure Drift, By Alexander Maksik

Adrift bearing memories of a faraway war

Home Office is now a tool for stirring up racial tension

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen some very visible signs of the Government’s “hostile environment” crusade. There have been vans out on the streets with threatening slogans and, reportedly, non-white people being visibly stopped and searched.

Edward Snowden at a meeting with human rights campaigners at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

Russia grants NSA PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden a year's asylum

‘Most wanted man on Earth’ leaves Moscow airport for secret safe house after agreeing to stop leaking US information

Kevin Rudd with Papua New Guinea leader Peter O’Neill

UN refugee commission claims 'formidable challenges' for Australia's deal to send 'boat people' to Papua New Guinea

Kevin Rudd's draconian and controversial plan has already outraged human rights campaigners

This damaged reactor crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant

With Fukushima nuclear plant still leaking, Japan clean-up bill soars to $50bn

Many are sceptical that government-led effort will make area habitable again

Search continues for asylum seekers missing after boat bound for Australia sinks

Tragedy comes days after prime minister changed refugee policy so that people who arrive by boat will no longer be allowed to settle there

Kevin Rudd with Papua New Guinea leader Peter O’Neill

Australia signs deal to send 'boat people' to Papua New Guinea

Former prime minister attacks new policy as ‘an abdication of our basic humanity’

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