Germany toughened rules Tuesday for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a record surge in migrants, with those crossing the Mediterranean exceeding the half a million mark.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged Germans to bring back the spirit of the country`s reunification in 1990 to help face today`s challenge of integrating hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants.
The German government decided to free up additional three billion euros ($3.35 billion) for federal states and municipalities to help cope with this year`s record influx of refugees and migrants, a joint statement by the ruling coalition issued on Monday said.
Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest`s Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as the biggest ever influx of migrants into the European Union left its asylum policies in tatters.
Twenty of the 22 Indian Sikh asylum-seekers, who were on hunger strike for over two weeks at a detention centre in Florida protesting against alleged unfair practices by immigration department, have been released on bond to fight their cases.
As many as 22 Indian asylum-seekers, all of them Sikhs, are on a hunger strike in a Florida jail, demanding that a local court should hear their bond hearing, prompting a US civil rights group to seek federal government intervention.
France, Italy and Germany agreed on Tuesday to join forces to identify migrants arriving by sea and to swiftly relocate them across the European Union or send them back to their home countries if their claims for asylum in Europe are rejected.