Italy threatens to turn away foreign ships with rescued migrants. In Spain, immigrant families are saving small towns from depopulation, and in Germany, Palestinian-Syrian pianist Aeham Ahmad shares his story with InfoMigrants. This and more in today's news roundup.
Italy threatens to turn away foreign ships with rescued migrants: Italy's envoy to the EU has said it is unsustainable for all migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean to land on his country's shores. Over 10,000 asylum-seekers have arrived in Italy over the last few days. Click here and here to read more.
OECD: asylum requests dip slightly after 2015 record: In a report on broader migration trends, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said that the biggest exodus of asylum-seekers was from war-ravaged Syria, followed by Afghanistan and Iraq. In all 35 industrial nations part to the OECD, a total of 1.6 million asylum requests were made in 2016. Germany received the most applications for the fourth year running.
'I feel lost without the piano': Aeham Ahmad made headlines when photographs of him playing the piano amidst the destruction and the exodus from al Yarmouk camp near Damascus went viral. Today, the accomplished pianist lives in Germany and plays in concerts to raise awareness about the war in Syria. Click here to read more.
families save small Spanish towns fading away: The survival of some small
Spanish towns on the verge of extinction due to depopulation and the aging of
its inhabitants has been entrusted to immigrants from North Africa. Visedo in
northwestern Aragona is one example. Click here to read more.
Refugees in Turkey - cooking for the future: The cookery school "Amazon Queens" in Harran in southeastern Turkey opened its doors to over one hundred refugee women last year. The goal is to offer training as well as to preserve the culinary traditions of areas destroyed by war. Click here to read more.
Refugees in Germany tumble easily into debt traps: Limited German language skills and an unclear understanding of legal contracts make refugees easy victims for companies. But one consumer services office has some tips to avoid debt defaults and long-term payments. Click here to read more.