About: illegal immigration

EU relies on stability in the Sahel for its own security

“Europe’s security, and that of Spain, depend on security in the Sahel," said the EU Special Representative for the Sahel, Ángel Losada. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.

UK interior minister Amber Rudd resigns after immigration scandal

Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd resigned on Sunday (29 April) over an illegal immigration policy controversy, in a bitter blow to Prime Minister Theresa May days before local elections.
Future EU 24-01-2018

Italian, Greek PMs rebuke Europe à la carte on migration

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni told business leaders in Davos on Wednesday (24 January) that migration cannot be solved by countries alone, it needs a concerted action, but also public-private investments.
Global Europe 15-12-2017

EU leaders hope for migration breakthrough by June

EU leaders are preparing for a difficult start to 2018 when heads of state weigh new measures to deal with illegal migration. But the European Commission and European Council leaders agree that they want to avoid putting migration proposals to a vote that could divide member states.
Africa 15-05-2017

Italy, Germany call for EU mission on Libya-Niger border

The German and Italian interior ministers have called for an EU mission to be installed on the border between Libya and Niger to stem migrant crossings to Europe.
Global Europe 30-03-2017

Orban attacks the European Court of Human Rights

Speaking today (30 March) at the annual congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Malta, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán fiercely attacked migration, calling it a “Trojan Horse of terrorism.” He also attacked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Frontex chief: 42% of rejected asylum seekers are deported from the EU

Less than half of migrants whose asylum applications have been rejected are deported, according to new statistics from EU border agency Frontex.
Global Europe 20-10-2016

EU agrees to boost efforts to tackle illegal migration from Africa

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday (20 October) to step up their efforts to curb illegal migration from African countries with the aim of replicating their success in halting inflows from Turkey over the past year.

Police agencies voice concern jihadists mixing with migrants

Interpol and its European counterpart Tuesday (17 May) warned of growing concerns that radical Islamists could be using illegal people smuggling networks to sneak into Europe or even fund their attacks and activities.
Development Policy 01-03-2016

EU to use overseas aid for refugee crisis at home

The European Commission will this week propose using funds usually earmarked for catastrophes outside the bloc to provide aid to EU countries affected by the migrant crisis, a spokeswoman said Monday (29 February).

Council sets ’50 steps’ Athens should take to stay in Schengen

Athens has been granted three months to avoid a Grexit from the Schengen zone, and improve the protection of its external borders, by implementing 50 measures specified in a document leaked by Statewatch. EURACTIV Greece reports

Only 3% of Italy and Greece’s migrants sent back or settled last year

Only 3% of the more than a million migrants arriving in Italy and Greece in 2015 were returned to their countries of origin or relocated across the EU as refugees,  figures released by the European Commission today (10 February) revealed.
Global Europe 26-01-2016

S&D appoints Special Representative for EU Muslims

Socialists & Democrats chief Gianni Pittella has appointed UK MEP Afzal Khan (Labour) as his Special Representative to Muslim Communities. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Brexit 20-01-2016

Cameron tells EU to relax Jordan trade restrictions to help refugees

British Prime Minister David Cameron will call on EU leaders to relax trade rules with Jordan to help spur economic growth and help "hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees across the region to work". 
Global Europe 09-11-2015

Avramopoulos: Without Turkey’s help, refugee crisis will worsen

If Ankara does not join Europe’s efforts to tackle the refugee crisis the situation will deteriorate, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, has warned.

Asylum systems in Europe remain disparate

Many asylum seekers want to reach Germany or Sweden, appearing less attracted to Mediterranean countries such as France and Italy. Big differences between national asylum systems explain their preferences. The EURACTIV Network reports. 

France contemplates border controls as rightists pillory Schengen

The French government may reintroduce border controls in an attempt to pacify critics of the Schengen area. EURACTIV France reports

UK to hit immigrants with tough sentencing

The British government is planning to introduce tough prison sentences to combat illegal migrants seeking employment in the UK. EURACTIV Germany reports.

France and Britain to defuse Calais migrant crisis

France and Britain are to sign a deal today (20 August) aimed at preventing undocumented migrants entering the Channel Tunnel, while stepping up joint police operations against the people-smugglers who profit from their desperation to reach Britain.
Development Policy 07-08-2015

Verhofstadt calls for extraordinary summit on migration

Guy Verhofstadt has called for an extraordinary European summit on migration on Thursday (6 August), to address the “increasingly untenable” situation at the EU’s borders.
Development Policy 05-08-2015

EU offers to help France, UK face Calais migrant crisis

Brussels said on Tuesday (4 August) it was ready to help France and Britain deal with the migrant crisis at the Channel Tunnel, as police on both sides braced for new attempts at the crossing.
Global Europe 04-08-2015

Italy counts 90,000 sea migrant arrivals so far this year

Italy's coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels over the weekend (2 August), while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others.
Development Policy 03-08-2015

Illegal immigrants face eviction without court order under new UK law

Immigrants living in Britain illegally will face abrupt eviction from rental properties under new laws designed to make Britain a tougher place to live in, the government will announce as it redoubles its response to the Calais migrant crisis.

Man dies as thousands of migrants storm Channel Tunnel

More than 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in an attempt to reach Britain from France, French authorities said on Tuesday (28 July) before a Sudanese man was killed overnight in a second storming of the Tunnel.

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