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Global Europe 10-08-2018

Spain-France border town sees marked increase in migrants

With migrant arrivals to Spain's southern shores on the rise, a lot of them are heading north to the border town of Irun, some sleeping rough as they wait to cross into neighbouring France, locals and officials said.

Avramopoulos in Spain to announce further EU support to tackle migration

As Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos headed to Madrid, the European Commission announced Friday (3 August) further 3 million in emergency aid to support Spanish border guards in curbing irregular migration.

Migrants at German-Austrian border will be returned, says Seehofer

After a meeting in Vienna on Thursday (5 July), Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz welcomed Germany’s decision to send back rejected asylum seekers to the EU countries where they first came in – namely Italy, Greece and Spain.
Africa 23-05-2018

EU increases collaboration with authoritarian regimes to tackle migration

Europe’s struggle with migrants has led to an increase in funding for border control to authoritarian regimes such as Chad, Niger, Belarus, Libya and Sudan. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Global Europe 16-08-2017

Melilla: Spanish enclave in Morocco offers an exit route to Europe

Recent uprisings in the Moroccan region of Rif have transformed the city of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, into an exit route for persecuted people seeking refugee status in the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Global Europe 01-12-2016

Juncker: ‘Europe must take care of its own defence’

In an exclusive interview, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France that Europe urgently needs to improve its defence cooperation and better defend its economic interests.

Frontex chief: ‘Turkey has delivered’ on refugee deal

Protecting the European Union's external borders has become a focal political point of the refugee crisis. The director of the EU's border protection agency, Frontex, has called for a controlled and "credible" system. EURACTIV’s partner treffpunkteuropa.de reports.

The cruel fate of the youngest refugees

Children may end up being the hardest hit victims of the refugee crisis. UNICEF's photo of the year illustrates their plight quite vividly. EURACTIV’s partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Oresund bridge

Denmark to introduce border controls

Denmark will introduce border controls with Germany on 4 January, as soon as Sweden formally introduces ID checks on the Øresund bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said on Monday (14 December).

Illegal border crossings hit record highs

According to a German newspaper report, more people have entered the EU illegally this year than ever before. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Europe's East 28-08-2014

EU calls on Russia to stop ‘border hostilities’

The European Commission called on Russia to “immediately put a stop on any form of border hostilities”, including “flow of arms, equipment and military personnel” from Russia to Ukraine.
EU Elections 2014 08-10-2013

Who is ultimately responsible for EU immigrants?

Europe’s asylum issue is clouded by a north-south divide between EU member states. As some of them face mounting economic, political and security pressures, unilateral decisions will become increasingly frequent, and so the question arises: who is ultimately responsible for Europe’s immigrants?
Trade & Society 17-09-2013

Russia backs down from costly customs dispute, for now

SPECIAL REPORT/ A letter to the head of Russian customs from the EU's top tax official, Algirdas Šemeta, has put a last ditch and temporary stop to a costly dispute that had seen European cargo emptied at the border, the EU commissioner told EURACTIV.

Syrian refugees flock to Europe’s doorstep

As Washington weighs a military strike against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, the human fallout of two and a half years of conflict that has sent millions into flight is no longer contained to the Middle East. Hundreds of refugees are trying to get into Europe from the Western Balkans.
Global Europe 31-05-2013

EU urged to guarantee human rights of migrants

Migration policy in the EU must incorporate a human rights approach instead of solely focusing on security concerns, a UN Human Rights Council report states.

MEPs launch counterattack against Schengen deal

European lawmakers yesterday (12 June) denounced the Danish presidency and the Council for agreeing to re-introduce internal border controls in the Schengen area, in effect bypassing the Parliament while negotiations are still ongoing.

Germany, Austria warn Greece to tighten border controls

Germany and Austria called on Greece yesterday (8 March) to tighten immigration controls, saying that other countries in the European Union may be forced to reinstate border checks if Athens did not act.

Western Balkans secure internal borders with EU help

The EU is helping to secure five thousand kilometres of extra internal borders in the Western Balkans, which have appeared following the collapse of former Yugoslavia, the European Court of Auditors said in Brussels yesterday (13 October).

Schengen Enlargement: Freedom of movement or scattered security?

Despite most Europeans being "overwhelmingly positive" towards the enlargement of the Schengen zone, the abolition of internal land and sea borders in the enlarged Schengen area "seems to have prompted the emergence of new forms of control," claims  Anaïs Faure Atger in a March research paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

EU to tighten border controls, critics fear ‘Fortress Europe’

The Commission has proposed setting up a European border patrol system and a requirement for travellers to submit their fingerprints before entering the EU, in plans unveiled yesterday (13 February). 
Enlargement 24-07-2007

Why Europe should have open borders

Politicians need to have the courage to stop fighting an unwinnable and destructive war against migration and seek instead to make the best of it, argues freelance writer and analyst Philippe Legrain in the summer edition of Europe's World Magazine.
Security 27-04-2007

RABIT to run EU border patrols

During its plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament adopted a report by MEP Gérard Deprez setting up RApid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT). Meanwhile Frontex, the European border agency, plans to permanently extend its operations in West Africa.
Security 18-04-2007

Frattini pushes to strengthen Eurojust

As Eurojust, the European Union's Judicial Co-operation Unit, celebrated its fifth birthday, Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini presented his vision of how to strengthen the body's legal structure. 
Security 06-12-2006

Schengen enlargement tabled for end of 2007

Internal border controls will be dropped if new member states comply with all requirements.