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1ST LEAD Roma in focus as refugee applications in Germany surge by one third By Jean-Baptiste Piggin, dpa | EUROPE ONLINE

“Berlin dpa – The tally of people seeking political asylum in Germany soared last year by one third, compared to the previous year, with official data on Thursday highlighting growing arrivals of Roma people from the Balkans.” 21 more words

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Trafficking in Persons for Forced Labour: Backgrounder | Canadian Council for Refugees

Here is a backgrounder on human trafficking and how recent changes to Canada’s immigration system makes more migrants vulnerable to extreme exploitation.

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“In recent years, Canada has increasingly shifted its focus from permanent to more precarious temporary immigration. 152 more words

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Detained refugees treated worse than criminals: lawyer

““I think the public has long ago … come to see refugees as fake, number one, and criminals, number two,” Rankin said. “I think you’re far better off as a criminal in Canada than being a … refugee in Canada.”” 10 more words

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Federal Court allows more latitude for refugee appeals - Politics - CBC News

Potentially good news for refugees in Canada.  “The Federal Court is giving refugees a broader basis for appeals, telling Canadas Refugee Appeal Division that it can overturn a decision based on the merits of the case, rather than only if there was a mistake in the legal process.” 12 more words

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Mayors: Give Us Time To Consider Housing Migrants

MEADOWS PLACE, Texas (AP) — A group of Southeast Texas mayors say they support a proposed bill that would give local communities time to assess any federal request to house unaccompanied children who have illegally crossed into the U.S. 112 more words

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