protection or safety, especially that given by a government to people who have been forced to leave their own countries for their safety or because of war:

to seek/apply for political asylum

Cambridge Dictionary

1 An inside look at France’s forced repatriation process

30 jan. 2020

France is now receiving more asylum applications than any other EU country. Last year saw some 133,000 requests, up 7.3 percent on the previous year. Also on the rise are cases of forced repatriation: foreigners whose applications have failed and who are deported back to their home country. It’s an expensive and time-consuming process fraught with legal, humanitarian and logistical concerns. Our colleagues Hakim Abdelkhalek, Philippe Maire and Delphine Chevalier from France 2 were given rare permission to film an example of forced repatriation.

2 Deported and devestated: A painful homecoming for Afghan migrants

31 okt. 2018

There is concern that the EU is returning aslyum seekers to the very instability they fled in the first place. In early October the bloc reached a deal with the Afghan government to deport an unlimited number of the country’s asylum seekers. International rankings annually list Afghanistan as one of the most dangerous, violent countries in the world.  Meanwhile, a billion-dollar dam project in Indonesia is threatening one of the habitat of the world’s rarest orangutan. There are only around 800 of the recently discovered species in the wild. Officials says the project, backed by China, will improve electricity supply but conservationists worry the environmental risk is too high. And tourism is booming in one of China’s most isolated areas: the Gobi desert. From road trip, to hiking, camping and riding camels, visitors trek along the Silk Road in tours that are catered to adventure lovers. 

3 Following the deportation of a teenager whose one mistake changed his life: Part 1

31 okt. 2020

Brandon Salinas came to the U.S. as a child. At 17, he was caught with marijuana, arrested and later sent to an ICE detention center. Then, nearly a year later, he was left on the border of Mexico.

4 Thousands of asylum seekers waiting in streets, makeshift camps around Paris

15 jan. 2020

After an asylum seekers’ camp in northern Paris was cleared last November, France plans to continue to break up others across the country. Although the number of places in shelters has doubled, with over 108,000 beds available for asylum seekers, makeshift camps are still scattered around the capital’s ring road, where several thousand people are living in squalid conditions. FRANCE 24’s team reports.

5 Moroccan youths living rough in northern Paris park

1 sep. 2017

For the past few months, a small park in northern Paris has been the closest thing to a home for a group of Moroccan youths who illegally entered the European Union. Most are teenagers but some are as young as ten. Living rough on the streets, they smoke, drink alcohol and commit petty crimes. Their presence in the neighbourhood has sparked both anger and pity amongst locals. And while some social workers are providing them with a basic level of support, authorities are a rare sight. A report by Jean Barrère and Norredine Bezziou, with Julia Sieger. A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Florence Viala.

6 Sweden Is Not The Migrant Paradise The Left Wants You To Believe

7 feb. 2017

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7 Sweden’s U-turn on asylum

20 apr. 2016

Sweden once flew the flag for an open door migrant policy, but the Scandinavian country has now done a dramatic U-turn: introducing border controls and tighter legislation, creating one of the most restrictive asylum policies in Europe. Our reporters went there to investigate what caused the turnaround and what it means for the latest arrivals of refugees. A programme prepared by Josh Vardey and Elise Duffau.

8 Germany steps up deportation of failed asylum seekers

2 mrt. 2016

Germans are increasingly voicing doubts about whether the country can cope with large numbers of asylum seekers. As a result, Berlin’s list of so-called “safe countries of origin” is getting longer and more failed asylum seekers are being sent back. Several Balkan states were added to the list last year, resulting in a big drop in arrivals from the region. The government has now listed Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco as “safe” – this just weeks before key regional elections. A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Elise Duffau and Claire Pryde.

9 People smuggling in Germany – a multibillion dollar business | DW Documentary


People smugglers help tens of thousands of illegal migrants enter Europe each year with fraudulently obtained tourist or study visas. Their methods are becoming more and more refined.

In one instance, migrants were charged 8,000 euros per person to come to Germany on fraudulently obtained tourist visas. The head of the people smuggling ring – run by a family with Syrian and Polish roots – has now been arrested. But another gang in the eastern German state of Saxony is still running an operation that exploits a legal loophole. The people smugglers – in this case with German and Indian roots – organize sham marriages between Romanian or Czech women and Indian or Pakistani men. The men pay 20,000 euros to enter the EU.
Police in Germany have managed to break up a number of people smuggling rings in recent years, but new structures quickly spring up again. The smugglers work internationally. Cross-border cooperation between law enforcement agencies is essential if authorities are to have any chance of combatting the problem.
The United Nations estimate that smuggling migrants generates profits of some seven billion dollars a year.


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10 Broken lives of immigrants deported from US to Mexico – BBC News

20 mrt. 2014

Subscribe to BBC News Almost two million undocumented immigrants have been deported from the US since Barack Obama entered the White House, more than under any previous president.
Many of those sent back to Mexico have to walk through a door in the fence separating California and the Mexican town of Tijuana. Some were caught trying to enter the US illegally, others had lived in the US – without papers – for years. 
The BBC’s Valeria Perasso reports from both sides of the border on what happens to deportees once they pass through this door.

11 For Undocumented Workers, It’s Not-so-Sweet Home Alabama

29 okt. 2011

Read the transcript: From Alabama, Paul Solman reports on how the nation\’s toughest immigration law is affecting the state\’s workers and employers.

12 Kitty Vending Machine

30 apr. 2019

It might not be the most humane way to buy a cat, but we can’t argue that it’s efficient. What would you do if you saw this at your grocery store?