December 21, 2017
December 21, 2017

InfoMigrants gives an overview of support options for voluntary return from Germany. Migrant arrivals to Italy have dropped by 70 percent and a report finds that ever more migrants are living in wealthier nations. This and more in today's roundup.

Voluntary return from Germany: financial help and other incentives: More than a million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015 alone, with tens of thousands following since then. Many, however, feel disillusioned when they realize that asylum applications take a long time to process and often result in rejection. The German government has, in cooperation with various partners, created several programs to facilitate and finance returns.

Germany's 'voluntary return' scheme for rejected migrants misses its target: The number of failed asylum seekers willing to return to their home countries from Germany has almost halved this year, compared to 2016. This despite moves by Berlin to raise the incentives for voluntary departures.

World migration trends: the facts: An international report shows a 49 percent rise in migrants over the past 17 years and that ever more live in wealthier nations. It notes that despite a drop in migrant landings on Europe's shores, over 3,000 people died trying to reach the continent via the Mediterranean Sea in 2017.

Italy: Migrant arrivals drop by 70 percent: The Mediterranean country has witnessed a significant drop in migrant arrivals by more than two thirds in the past few months. An agreement between Libya and Italy is accredited with creating the sharp decline in migrant boats arriving on the country's shores.

What life is like for refugees on the Greek mainland: DW and Infomigrants visited several refugee camps on the Greek mainland. Most of the people staying in the facilities arrived there from the Greek islands. They all want to go on to Central Europe.

Online 'Lost & Found' for migrants: Lost & Found is a documentary project and an online space for lost belongings that was launched in 2016 with the aim to tell the stories of migrants through the objects most dear to them.


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