Australian refugee camp protest over, but not tensions

A protest involving hundreds of asylum seekers at an Australian immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea, some of whom had sewn their lips shut in protest, has ended without serious violence, authorities in both countries said on Tuesday.

Australia hands over 37 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

 Australian coastguard intercepted a boat carrying Sri Lankan nationals off the coast of Indonesia and handed over 37 asylum-seekers to the Lankan authorities, who arrested them for breaching immigration laws.

Swiss to vote on immigration cut `to save environment`

The Swiss will once again head to the polls this weekend to decide whether to dramatically slash immigration numbers, this time in the name of saving the environment in a proposal opponents have labelled xenophobic.

Sweden asylum seekers to hit two-decade high

The number of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden may reach its highest in two decades because of people fleeing Syria and Iraq, whose arrival could push immigration costs close to 1 percent of GDP in a country where tension over new arrivals is rising.

Sri Lanka illegally returning Pakistani asylum seekers: UN

Sri Lanka must stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers, a practice banned under international law, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said.

Australia sends 157 asylum seekers to Nauru detention centre

Australia has sent 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, to a detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru after they declined an offer to speak with Indian officials about their refugee claims, the government said on Saturday.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea

A group of 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, arrived at a detention camp in Australia, government officials said on Monday, after having been held at sea by authorities for almost a month.

Asylum-seekers kept at sea by Australia to seek compensation

A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel will seek compensation for their treatment, their lawyers said Monday.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea

A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were held at sea by Australian authorities for almost a month, sparking a legal challenge against their detention, have arrived at a detention camp on mainland Australia, government officials said on Monday.

Australian PM says won`t bow to `moral blackmail` over asylum seekers

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday vowed not to bow to "moral blackmail" following reports of suicide bids by female asylum seekers at a detention centre on Christmas Island. 

Australia promises to give 72 hours notice before returning asylum seekers

Australia promised on Tuesday not to return a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka without providing 72 hours notice, a move hailed by human rights lawyers as a minor victory in a case that has raise concerns about the country`s tough immigration policy.

Asylum-seeker sues Australia after losing eye

An asylum-seeker who lost his eye during a riot at an Australian immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea sued the government and British security firm G4S Tuesday for compensation.

Christmas Island shipwreck: Families of victims sue Australia

The Australian government has been sued by the relatives of asylum seekers which were killed in a shipwreck off Christmas Island in 2010.

Lankan police arrest New Zealand-bound 75 asylum seekers

Sri Lankan police on Wednesday arrested 75 people, including children and women, from Tamil-dominated Batticaloa district for allegedly attempting to travel to New Zealand for asylum.

Australia strikes deal with Malaysia on asylum-seekers

Australia on Friday said it has struck a deal with Malaysia to disrupt the transit of asylum-seekers through the Southeast Asian nation to Indonesia, where they board boats heading for Australian waters.

Australia returns 79 Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Australia has sent back 79 Sri Lankans who attempted to illegally migrate by boat to seek asylum in that country, pushing the number of those returned to nearly 1,400 since August 2012, the Australian Embassy said in a statement here on Thursday.

Italy deploys drones, warships after refugee tragedies

Italy said it was deploying drones and warships in a large-scale high seas patrol mission to scare people smugglers amid a growing influx of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean.

Death toll hits 29 in Indonesia boat sinking

The death toll in the sinking of a boat carrying asylum seekers off Indonesia`s coast has risen to 29, while dozens more are still missing.

Nauru agrees to settle refugees for Australia

The tiny country of Nauru on Saturday became the second Pacific island nation to agree to settle refugees who attempt to reach Australia by boat, in a deal aimed at deterring asylum seekers that was quickly attacked by critics.

Nine dead after Australia-bound asylum-seekers boat sinks

At least nine people died and nearly 190 suspected asylum seekers from countries like Sri Lanka, Iraq and Iran, were rescued after their overloaded Australia-bound boat sank off the Indonesian island of Java.