Austria is to cap the number of asylum seekers it accepts to 37,500 in 2016. The move is part of a four-year plan to keep the portion of asylum seekers in the country below 1.5 percent of the population.
With one detention center set to close on October 31, human rights advocates want Australia to accept the asylum seekers. But Canberra remains determined to deny those imprisoned that opportunity.
Iraqi asylum seekers in Germany would be wise to choose Bremen over Berlin, according to newly released government data. But the varying rates raise questions over how Germany processes asylum requests.
Amnesty has urged European nations to stop sending Afghans who do not qualify for asylum back to their home country. The human rights group said the policy risked exposing those affected to death and torture.
Polls have opened in Austrian elections that are tipped to see conservative Sebastian Kurz become Europe's youngest leader. The far right is also expected to score well, with immigration an important election issue.
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