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Europe's East 18-08-2021

Lithuania accuses Belarus of border violations

A dozen Belarusian officers in riot gear illegally crossed into Lithuanian territory on Tuesday (17 August) while pushing a group of Iraqi migrants over the border, Lithuania's border guard service said.
Coronavirus 25-01-2021

Borders tightened around the world as coronavirus curfew fury spills over

Border restrictions were being tightened around the world Monday (25 January) in the face of an unrelenting coronavirus threat, after a weekend in which anger at social distancing rules bubbled over into fiery clashes in the Netherlands.
Coronavirus 08-01-2021

France extends UK border restrictions as virus variant spreads

France is to keep in place restrictions on its border with Britain "until further notice", Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday (7 January), after the country confirmed two clusters of the mutant UK coronavirus variant.

French cross-border commuters eager to see improved EU border management plan

EU ministers adopted today (13 October) a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restrictions of free movement in response to the COVID-19 crisis, a hot topic for France's border residents who have suffered from their closure during the lockdown. EURACTIV France reports.

Brussels writes to Budapest over discriminatory border measures

The European Commission warned Hungary not to discriminate against EU citizens and residents after new border measures were introduced that favour tourists from the four Visegrád countries.
Europe's East 11-06-2020

Russians bypass coronavirus travel ban via Belarus

Russians are using Belarus as a springboard to travel abroad as their country’s international borders remain largely closed as part of efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, transport sector sources say.
Technology 04-06-2020

EU signs contract for large-scale biometric database to protect borders

The European Union's ICT agency for internal security and border control, eu-LISA, has signed a framework contract for a new biometric matching system which aims to create a database of fingerprints and facial images of more than 400 million third-country nationals by 2022.
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.
EU-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.

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.
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).

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). 
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.