Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Germany’s top migration official says he will immediately ban a local branch office of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration from making any further asylum decisions. The unprecedented decision comes amid a scandal over the improper granting of asylum requests which also has put the head of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration, Jutta Cordt, under pressure.Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s ban came Wednesday after an internal revision of 4,568 asylum cases found officials at the Bremen branch had intentionally violated regulations. Seehofer said the “trust in the quality of the asylum procedures and the integrity of the welcome center in Bremen has been massively damaged.” In April, prosecutors said at least 1,200 asylum requests, mostly by members of Syria’s Yazidi minority, may have been wrongly approved between 2013 and 2016.
Swedish political commentator Jan Sjunnesson was interrogated by police after a well-known “anti-hate group” reported him for sharing a satirical book cover mocking Islamic sharia law on Facebook.
Universities in Britain have offered Irish students up to £110 to travel home and vote for liberalising abortion laws, as recent opinion polls show a serious narrowing of the ‘yes’ camp’s lead ahead of Friday’s referendum.
Labour Allows Bearded Man to Stand For Woman-Only Role Because He ‘Identifies’ as Female Once a Week
A middle-aged man with a beard has been accepted to stand for a woman-only position in a local Labour Party branch because he “identifies” as female for a few hours a day once a week.