Thousands of refugees are still flooding into Germany after exiting from Hungary, where they were detained for days.
The European Union (EU) leaders are now weighing their actions amid the influx of refugees, most of them are from Syria. The EU governments are divided on how to deal with the entry of thousands of asylum-seekers from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and some of the nations have been labeled as anti-Muslim or antimigrant, according to Today's Zaman.
On Saturday, 6,800 refugees entered Germany with around 5,000 coming in on Sunday, based on estimates by Bavarian state officials. While Germany is expecting 800,000 migrants this year alone, the country has encouraged other EU members to also welcome the asylum-seekers. However, other members want to focus on dealing with the violence in the Middle East, as they say this has forced the refugees to leave their homes, the report relays. more >>
Pope Francis on Sunday has called on all Catholics in Europe to house at least one refugee family to help provide shelter to the tens of thousands of Syrians seeking asylum.
The Pope's call comes as thousands of Syrians who were stuck in Hungary for days rushed into Germany and Austria. A few volunteers have begun opening their homes to these refugees, but some Germans are wondering about their country's capacity to house asylum-seekers, according to The Washington Post.
Europe is now struggling to deal with the biggest wave of refugees since the 1990s, and most of them are Muslims fleeing Syria, Iraq, and other countries. While anti-migrant European leaders have used religion as their main argument for this situation, Pope Francis has released an opinion that negates their views, the report details. more >>
The family of the drowned Syrian boys found on a Turkish beach on was trying to seek refuge in Canada after fleeing Kobani, a relative revealed yesterday.
On Wednesday, a photo of a drowned three-year-old's body washed up in the resort of Bodrum went viral and sparked outrage over the situation of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. Aylan Kurdi's family was trying to emigrate to Canada when tragedy struck them, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Along with Aylan, his mother Rehan, 35, and five-year-old brother Galip drowned after their boat capsized while en route to the Greek island of Kos. Authorities found the boys' father Abdullah half-conscious near Bodrum and took him to the hospital to be treated, the report relays. more >>
Images emerging Wednesday of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed ashore face-down on a Turkish beach have rocked social media with the sad reality of the risks that hundreds of thousands of refugee families are taking just to find peace and liberty away from the nation's civil war and the rise of the Islamic State.
The 3-year-old Syrian boy, who was identified as Aylan Kurdi, was just one of 12 refugees aboard an overcrowded dinghy who drowned Wednesday in their quest to reach the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, according to the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
Among the others who perished at sea was Aylan's 5-year-old brother, Galip, who met a similar fate as he washed up on another Turkish beach. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said the border between the United States and Canada is a "legitimate issue," even though the northern border is not considered a major factor in illegal immigration.
Scott Walker's comments on the U.S.-Canada border come amid heated discussions on illegal immigration and the country's border with Mexico. The southern border has been a major issue among Republican presidential candidates, but there have not been any discussions yet about the northern border, according to BBC.
In an interview with an NBC News reporter during the "Meet the Press" program on Sunday, Walker responded to a question by saying the U.S.-Canada border is "a legitimate issue for us to look at." more >>
Austrian police detained three people believed to be involved in a human smuggling operation in which 71 migrants suffocated to death in a food truck abandoned along a highway.
On Friday, law enforcement officials confirmed that authorities have arrested three people in Austria and four in Hungary who are believed to be involved in human smuggling activities. The initial death toll of 50 was increased to 71 after they counted the decomposing bodies inside the food truck, according to Fox News.
The 71 dead migrants included eight women and four children, with the youngest around 1 or 2 years old, Burgenland police chief Hans Peter Doskozil said. The truck was found on Thursday parked on the safety lane of the main highway leading to Vienna. Authorities believe that the migrants may have already been dead by the time the food truck went past the Austrian border, RT reports. more >>