About: European pact on immigration and asylum

MEPs hope to break deadlock on migration reform

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.
Elections 19-01-2018

Set voting age at 16 to renew EU, says Davos report

The voting age for next year’s European elections should be lowered to 16 as part of a suite of reforms to revitalise the European project.

Refugees inundate new EU crisis hotspot Croatia

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.
Dimitris Avramopoulos

Commission ready to drop mandatory quotas for refugees

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).

Hungary, Austria seal their borders as refugee crisis escalates

Hungary's right-wing government shut the main land route for migrants into the European Union on Tuesday (15 September), aiming to halt a massive influx of refugees.
Global Europe 09-09-2015

Why Angela Merkel is so generous to the refugees

The German government has set aside €6 billion for the settlement of refugees. The Chancellor has many reasons for this magnaminity. La Tribune reports.

Merkel accused of sending ‘totally wrong signal’ to Europe on refugees

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.
Refugees welcome

Refugees greeted to cheers in Germany as EU bickers over quotas

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.

Britain, chaos and Calais

Sending a few sniffer dogs across the Channel to deal with what David Cameron called “swarms” of refugees cannot cope with the scale of the problem, writes Melanie Sully.
Alessandro de Pedys

Italian ambassador: ‘Illegal immigration poses security threat to Europe’

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.
Jean François Copé
EU Elections 2014 22-05-2014

UMP demand more selective Schengen II

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.

Can we make sense of the UK immigration debate?

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.
Global Europe 11-07-2012

Most asylum seekers in EU come from Afghanistan

Most asylum seekers to the European Union in 2011 came from Afghanistan, a new EU report revealed Tuesday (10 July).

Recession causes drop in EU immigration: OECD

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).

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