Thursday refugee news roundup
Latest update : 2017/02/09
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the federal government to have a larger say in deportations. Former People smuggler Iluminada Panabe speaks about her old profession and a Saudi princess speaks in favor of US President Donald Trump's travel bans on citizens from six Muslim countries. This and more in today's news roundup.
Merkel to push German states for more migrant deportations: Merkel hopes to secure a plan to quickly deport rejected asylum-seekers in a meeting with state premiers. Although deportations are a state matter, the federal government has made it clear it wants to play a bigger role. Click here to read more.
People smuggler 'wanted to help' Filipinos: By the time Iluminada Panabe was convicted of human smuggling, police estimated 800 Filipinos had gained illegal entry to Europe. Ana P. Santos spoke with Panabe, who has been serving her sentence in northern Denmark. Click here to read more.
Kenyan High Court overrules government on Dadaab refugee camp closure: Kenya's High Court has declared "null and void" the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp. The 260,000 Somali refugees will now not be sent home. Click here to read more.
Saudi princess says new travel rules 'not ban on Muslims': Saudi Princess Basmah bint Saud has defended the choice of countries listed in US President Donald Trump's travel restrictions. In an exclusive interview with DW's Brent Goff she said that the idea of a ban on Muslims was "more media than it is fact." Click here to watch the video.
- Human Rights Watch condemns Bangladesh for its maltreatment of Rohingya refugees.