About: Asylum seekers

In blow to UK’s Johnson, Council of Europe stops asylum-seekers’ flight to Rwanda

A first flight carrying asylum seekers to Rwanda as part of a controversial UK policy was cancelled on Tuesday (14 June), in an embarrassing blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.

Denmark to seek Rwanda cash-for-migrants pact following UK lead

Denmark is seeking its own cash-for-migrants agreement with Rwanda a week after the UK signed its own asylum pact with the East African country.

UK’s €150 million asylum deal with Rwanda set for legal challenge

The UK on Thursday (14 April) unveiled an agreement with Rwanda that will see them send thousands of asylum seekers to the East African country to have their applications processed, but the controversial deal is likely to spark legal challenges.
Future EU 17-02-2022

CoFoE: Citizens ask for harmonised EU approach to migration

Citizens contributing to the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), the EU's democracy engagement project, have issued their recommendations on migration following the conference's fourth panel in Maastricht.
Data protection 27-08-2021

Afghan crisis accelerates automated controls at EU borders

EU and national authorities are increasingly deploying high-tech surveillance systems at the bloc’s external borders, a trend that could accelerate as some countries seek to block refugees arriving from Afghanistan, raising questions about the ethical implications of these technologies. Greece...

Pandemic has prevented many migrants from reaching Europe

The various COVID-19 related lockdowns and closures of the EU's borders have reduced mobility, particularly of migrants, making the job of the EU's border and coast guard agency Frontex more difficult. EURACTIV France reports.

Refugees left behind in coronavirus crisis, aid groups warn

With restrictive measures imposed across Europe, authorities are struggling to provide  food and shelter for migrants and asylum seekers sleeping outdoors, aid organisations have warned.
Global Europe 10-02-2020

Greek asylum to refugees ‘not indefinite’ and reversible: minister

Greece will only grant refugee protection for three years as it struggles to integrate foreigners, the conservative government's migration minister Notis Mitarachi said in remarks published Sunday (9 February).

UN official ‘concerned’ about denial of access to asylum procedures in Croatia

The Croatian government must ‘urgently’ address reports suggesting it is denying access to asylum procedures in the country, a high-ranking official from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told EURACTIV Croatia in an interview.
Central Europe 18-07-2019

Germany and Italy’s migration schemes are simply ways to avoid uncomfortable truths

The issue of migrants entering Europe will dominate the European Parliament's upcoming session, but the proposals already put forward are simple remakes of previously failed plans for the migrant crisis, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
Economy & Jobs 28-03-2019

Austria plans €1.50 hourly wages for asylum seekers

The Austrian government wants to introduce a uniform hourly wage of €1.50 during the first three months following an asylum application. However, opposition parties and charities vehemently oppose this. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria deports refused refugees in training and education

Refugees in Austria who are refused asylum are rigorously deported, even if they are halfway through their training or education. There are now appeals from the Austrian economy to Chancellor Kurz. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria: Interior minister wants tighter right of asylum

Austria is debating a host of measures proposed by the interior minister intended to tighten the right of asylum, so that procedures could be quicker and asylum-seekers checked more strictly. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Road charging 12-02-2019

German car toll and deportation law stokes EU criticism in Austria

A European Court of Justice decision on Germany's controversial motorway toll and a proposed tightening of deportation laws for asylum seekers has stoked the ire of Austrians over the past week. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 11-01-2019

‘Hell on earth’: The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos

Living conditions in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, housing thousands of refugees, are particularly difficult, according to Oxfam. As the weather turns colder, the charity is calling for an immediate reaction from Europe. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2018

Germany to ease immigration rules to fight worker shortage

Worker-starved Germany will ease immigration rules to attract foreign jobseekers, including giving well-integrated irregular migrants in employment a shot at staying, ministers said Tuesday (2 October).
Central Europe 06-09-2018

Migration – the ‘mother of all problems’

The Federal Minister of Interior, Horst Seehofer, described Germany as “a divided country” and the issue of migration as “the mother of all political problems”. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 02-07-2018

‘Controlled centres’ for migrants – not ‘hotspots’, say EU leaders

The European Council’s idea of “controlled centres” for migrants put forward in its conclusions is strikingly similar to the 2015 hotspots. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Bulgaria under fire for ill-treatment of asylum-seekers

French lawyers will file a complaint against Bulgaria and ask the European Commission to start an infringement procedure for inhumane treatment of asylum seekers by the country’s authorities, the Green/EFA group announced on Tuesday (26 June).

If we fail to reform the Dublin Regulation, everybody loses – especially children

If European leaders won't agree on a working intra-European solidarity mechanism, Europe's free movement zone will be at risk and many more children will lose their lives trying to reach safety and shelter in Europe, writes Karen Mets.
Global Europe 20-06-2018

NGOs demand asylum reform on World Refugee Day

68.5 million people in the world are displaced due to wars, conflict and persecution - a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row, an UNHCR report published on World Refugee Day revealed.
Future EU 20-06-2018

Asylum reform: ‘Europe United’ must unite refugee families

On World Refugee Day (20 June), it is important to touch upon the sensitive issue of uniting families at a time when separation is happening on the US border. However, separation is also a consequence of the Dublin regulation, which must be reformed, writes Iverna Mc Gowan.
Global Europe 13-06-2018

MS Aquarius reveals a strained Dublin system

The refusal of Italy and Malta to take in the rescue ship Aquarius packed with migrants this week has shone a light on the flaws of European solidarity and underlined the urgent need to reform the Dublin asylum system. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Abolish Dublin Regulation for a humane asylum system built on solidarity

The European Parliament and the Council will soon negotiate a revision of the Dublin regulation, concerning the EU's asylum system. This is an opportunity for the EU to develop a more humane system based on objective criteria, and for every member state to take its share of responsibility, writes Cornelia Ernst.