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Germany launches app to help refugees integrate

Germany has launched a smartphone app to help hundreds of thousands of migrants get to grips with the country they hope to make their new home. The app called Ankommen, which means "Arrive" in German, offers guidance on

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Behind scary headlines, 2015 offers scope for optimism

This year may be remembered for barrel bombs, beheadings and the Bataclan massacre, but according to a Harvard psychologist, a remarkable long term downward trend in violence is continuing. Wars are far less common and deadly than

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Smugglers ‘make $1bn off EU refugee ops’

More than 1 million refugees and migrants came to the European Union this year, while almost 3,700 died or went missing in perilous journeys which reaped huge profit for smugglers, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

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French PM calls on Gulf to accept more Syrian refugees

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on the Gulf states to accept more refugees fleeing Syria, saying that a "humanitarian disaster" could erupt in the Balkans if Europe does not control its borders. "I'

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GAC co-ordinates boats delivery for sea rescue effort

GAC, a provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services, has co-ordinated the delivery of two high-speed boats from Sweden to Greece, that have joined the sea rescue effort in the Eastern Aegean.  

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Airbus calls on Germany to open up labour market to refugees

Germany should deregulate its labour market and create more lower-paid jobs to help refugees find work and integrate better into society, the head of Europe's largest aerospace group Airbus said on Sunday. Germany expects at l

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Europe split on eve of Brussels migration talks

European leaders traded threats and reprimands on Saturday as thousands more migrants and refugees streamed into the Balkans on the eve of European Union talks aimed at agreeing on urgent action to tackle the crisis. Concern is gr

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UNHCR plans for 1.4m Mediterranean refugees in 2015-6

U.N. refugee agency UNHCR expects 1.4 million refugees to flee to Europe via the Mediterranean this year and next, it said in a revised appeal seen by Reuters on Thursday, a sharp rise from initial estimates of 850,000. "UNHC

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Some Iraqis ditch fight against IS for life in Europe

Some Iraqi soldiers are abandoning their posts and joining a wave of civilian migrants headed to Europe, raising new doubts about the cohesion of the country's Western-backed security forces in the fight against Islamic State militants.

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In ageing Germany, refugees seen as tomorrow's skilled workers

While many European countries say asylum seekers could damage their economies if they let in too many, Germany is counting on the record numbers pouring across its borders to save its own.   Berlin estimates its

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