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28/07/2016

Less than 2% of Syrian refugees resettled

Topic: Refugees


Security 22-07-2016

ISIS in Würzburg

Following an axe attack on a Bavarian commuter train on Monday (18 July) by an Afghan asylum seeker claiming allegiance to ISIS, Germany’s news media were awash with reports that the terrorist organisation had finally staged a successful attack. EurActiv.com news editor Joel Schalit, was almost there.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Smartphone app lets users decide fate of Netherlands refugees

Looking to change public perception about migrants in the Netherlands, two journalists have launched a Smartphone app that dramatizes the asylum-seeking process and lets users ask tough questions of would-be refugees.
Global Europe 15-07-2016

A year on, no business as usual at Austrian border

It's holiday season at Nickelsdorf on Austria's border with Hungary as families hit the highway. But although the huge numbers of refugees seen here a year ago have gone, things are far from normal.
Global Europe 13-07-2016

Refugees face asylum rejection if they leave country of arrival, under new EU rules

Asylum seekers moving to other EU countries after arriving in Europe will face having their applications for international protection rejected, under tougher rules put forward by the European Commission today (13 July).
UK & Europe 24-06-2016

Brexit threatens to undo UK's Calais border deal

The bilateral agreement on the policing of the UK border on French territory could be one of the first victims of Brexit. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 17-06-2016

US group: Alleged killer of British MP was neo-Nazi supporter

The alleged killer of British lawmaker Jo Cox was a "dedicated supporter" of a neo-Nazi group based in the United States, a civil rights group reported Thursday (16 June).
Global Europe 10-06-2016

Italy arrests two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians by boat

Italian police have arrested two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians to Italy on a sail boat and have launched a probe to find the criminal organisation responsible.
Global Europe 07-06-2016

At Ramadan, refugees in Europe dream of family and comfort food

As Ramadan began in Germany on Monday (6 June), Syrian asylum seeker Khairallah Swaid said he would pray for a reunion with his wife, who is stranded at a camp in Greece, and crave his mother's makloubeh, a meat and rice dish served during the fasting month.

EU court rules illegal migrants cannot be jailed

EU countries cannot imprison illegal migrants just for crossing borders inside the passport-free Schengen area, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday (7 June), in a new blow to efforts to crack down on the migration crisis.
02-06-2016

Hungarian police secure refugee camp, block protesters from leaving

Hungarian police secured a fenced-in refugee processing centre near the Serbian border on Wednesday (1 June) to block about 300 protesting refugees from marching to Budapest, police said in a statement.
Global Europe 01-06-2016

Denmark and Sweden extend border checks until November

Denmark and Sweden on Wednesday (1 June)  extended their border controls until November to curb the tide of migrants into their nations, saying the European Union still lacked security at its external borders.
Global Europe 30-05-2016

Libya: Human rights at risk of being forgotten in the Mediterranean

EU plans to help Libya police its waters should be welcomed cautiously, but we should not ignore the causes of the migration crisis or the plight of those detained in Libya, writes Magdalena Mughrabi-Talhami.
Global Europe 30-05-2016

Stop ignoring the refugee crisis and start working on solutions

Nothing better demonstrates the decline of the EU as the pillar for common solutions than the painful scenes of refugees abandoned at Idomeni. The crisis is here to stay, so the EU must adapt, write Joost Lagendijk and Monica Frassoni.
EU Priorities 2020 27-05-2016

Slovak ambassador: We’ll firm up our EU Presidency priorities after Brexit vote

Slovakia's agenda for its first EU Council Presidency will be adopted at the last moment, says Dušan Krištofík, the Slovak Ambassador to Poland. The reason is the British referendum on EU membership, which "will have a major impact on the Union" whichever way it goes, he told EurActiv Poland.
Global Europe 26-05-2016

Merkel says 'not worried' about EU-Turkey migrant deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (25 May) brushed off concerns about a landmark EU-Turkey deal designed to stem the flow of refugees to Europe after critical comments by her Turkish counterpart.
Global Europe 19-05-2016

Survey: Chinese, Germans the most welcoming of refugees, Russians the least

China is the most welcoming country when it comes to refugees, according to a new survey of citizens' attitudes published on Thursday (19 May), with Germany ranking second and Britain third.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Protecting civilians in South Sudan in a time of war

Five years after winning a hard-fought battle for independence, South Sudan remains embroiled in a vicious civil war. Tragically, as is so often the case, the civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence and enduring years of hardship, writes David Derthick.

Commission says EU asylum rules 'dead as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones'

The migration crisis has left the European Union’s Dublin asylum rules as dead as Game of Thrones heartthrob Jon Snow, Commission First-Vice President Frans Timmermans has said.

Europe can learn from its largest ethnic minority

Soon, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture will be established in a major European city yet to be revealed. It’s time to look to us for guidance, solutions, and inspiration, writes Ethel Brooks.

Red Cross questions Turkey refugees deal

EXCLUSIVE / Francesco Rocca, the vice-president of the International Red Cross Federation, questioned the European Union's controversial refugee repatriation agreement with Ankara on the first day refugees started being sent back to Turkey, euractiv.com has learned.

Clashes reported at Greek island hotspot

The EU-managed hotspot on the Greek island of Chios descended into anarchy yesterday night (31 March) following severe clashes between Afghan and Syrian refugees. EurActiv Greece reports.
Health & Consumers 30-03-2016

Call for coordinated European response on tuberculosis

Every year on World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the World remembers those who have died and the millions that suffer every year from of an infection that is both preventable and curable, write a group of health experts.
Security 30-03-2016

The challenges of the Brussels bombings

Last week's attacks on Brussels exacerbate already existing tensions over freedom of movement and deepening integration. Thanos Dimadis contends that we should think twice before giving into our fears.

Less than 2% of Syrian refugees resettled

Rich countries have so far relocated only a tiny fraction of the five million refugees that have fled Syria since the conflict began five years ago, according to a report by Oxfam. EurActiv France reports.