Debate on the external dimensions of migration and asylum, including effective ways to address the root causes, should not be taboo in the EU, the world’s largest donor of development aid, writes Tomas Tobé.
The EU home affairs commissioner, who is to unveil a much-awaited asylum reform this week, urged Saturday (18 September) that a system of "mandatory" solidarity on migration be agreed between member states.
79.5 million people have had to leave their homes as a result of persecution, violence and human rights abuses, among which 4 in 10 are children, according to the annual global trends report of the UN refugee agency, published today (18 June).
Reaching a common EU response to the long-running migration crisis has been painfully slow. Ministers remain deadlocked on plans to reform the so-called Dublin Regulation that sets out the EU’s common migration and asylum rules.
Croatia closed most of its border with Serbia Thursday (17 September) as it became the latest hotspot in Europe's migrant crisis, with thousands of new arrivals overwhelming local authorities ahead of an emergency EU summit next week.
European authorities are prepared to drop the idea of a mandatory scheme to redistribute 120,000 asylum seekers around the bloc, in favour of a voluntary system favoured by Eastern European states, officials said on Wednesday (16 September).
Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow thousands of refugees stranded in Hungary to enter Germany caused a rift in her conservative bloc on Sunday (7 September) when her Bavarian allies accused her of sending a "totally wrong signal" to the rest of Europe.
Thousands of exhausted refugees and asylum seekers received a hero's welcome Sunday (6 September) as they streamed into Western Europe. But Austria warned the emergency measures are only "temporary" as the EU struggles to establish a united response to the crisis.
Many immigrants reaching Italy’s shores cannot or do not want to be identified, posing a security threat to the whole of Europe in terms of terrorism and criminal infiltration, says Alessandro de Pedys, the Italian Ambassador to Poland.
On the eve of the EU elections, France’s main opposition party, the UMP, lashed out at the Schengen agreement. Nicolas Sarkozy resurfaced and echoed this sentiment in an opinion piece published by the French weekly Le Point. EURACTIV France reports.
Europe was relatively low on the UK's political agenda until a strong showing by UKIP in May 2013 frightened the Conservatives. The recent attempts to compromise the right of free movement will leave the UK with a diminished international standing and a poorer economy, Vicky Pryce argues.
Immigration within and to the European Union dropped significantly due to the economic recession, according to a recently published report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).