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Global Europe 05-06-2020

Europe’s COVID crisis does little to disparage Mediterranean migrants

Alfa Jafo has spent the last few months working in the kitchen at a restaurant in the historic city of Agadez in Niger, a launchpad for irregular migration in the Sahel. Asked if the COVID-19 pandemic has killed his dream of going to Europe, Jafo looks genuinely puzzled and says 'No'.
Development Policy 28-04-2017

EU’s ‘New Consensus on Development’ puts migration control centre-stage

The EU's New Consensus on Development is meant to plot a roadmap to meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Instead, the draft proposal appears to prioritise migration control and military operations, writes Johannes Trimmel.
Global Europe 06-02-2017

Refugees returning to ‘tried and tested’ North African route

Compared to 2015, the number of refugees who tried to enter the European Union last year decreased significantly. Aktuálně reports. 

Clashes reported at Greek island hotspot

The EU-managed hotspot on the Greek island of Chios descended into anarchy yesterday night (31 March) following severe clashes between Afghan and Syrian refugees. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Global Europe 11-03-2016

Turkish opposition leader criticises Turkey-EU refugee plan

The leader of Turkey's main opposition party has criticised the government for demanding European Union funds to stem the flood of migrants streaming through the bloc, local media reported on Friday (11 March).
Global Europe 10-02-2016

EU exec to recommend suspending third of migrant relocations to Austria

The European Commission will recommend on Wednesday (10 February) suspending a third of the relocations of migrants to Austria as requested last year by Vienna, two officials told Reuters.
Development Policy 04-02-2016

Austria seeks EU aid suspension for countries rejecting ‘failed’ refugees

Austria's foreign minister called on the European Union on Thursday (4 February) to stop giving development aid to countries that refuse to take back nationals whose asylum claims were rejected.

Immigration helps push German employment to record high

Favourable economic conditions and an influx of foreign workers boosted employment in Germany to its highest since reunification in 1990, according to data published on Monday (4 January) as the jobless rate hovers at a historic low.

Greece sceptical, but won’t veto Commission’s border force plan

The Greek government disagrees with two crucial “points” of the European Commission’s plan for a new border force to be discussed at the two day summit starting on Thursday (17 December), but opposing a veto has been ruled out. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Development Policy 24-11-2015

Nigerien migrants long for pre-war Libya

The Libyan crisis has not only forced Nigeriens to flee across the Mediterranean. Many have returned to their homeland, where they lament the passing of the Gaddafi era. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports. 
Donald Tusk

LIVE: The EU refugee summit

European Union leaders held an emergency summit on the refugee crisis on Wednesday (23 September). The meeting focused on strengthening the EU's external borders and setting up “hotspots” outside of the EU where asylum seekers’ requests can be processed.

Analysts: Refugees ‘may end up boosting European economies’

European nations overwhelmed by the biggest refugee crisis since World War II may end up boosting their economies if they just let the migrants in, analysts say.
Languages & Culture 14-09-2015

Anti-Islam protests rock Central Europe

Thousands of people joined anti-refugee protests in three central European capitals on Saturday (12 September) after leaders from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia opposed an EU scheme to fix refugee quotas.

Orbán’s plans to stop refugees revealed

EXCLUSIVE/ A Hungarian journalist has revealed government plans to create an airtight system designed to prevent asylum seekers from entering the country. The measures will be introduced on Tuesday (15 September). 

Church leaders propose lifting of visa requirement for Syrians, Iraqis

Five organisations representing the Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant Churches and Christian service, have sent a letter to EU justice and home affairs ministers, asking, among other things, that the EU lifts its visa requirement for Syrian and Iraqi nationals living in war zones.

Tusk threatens leaders with another summit

Council President Donald Tusk tweeted today (11 September) that he will call an extraordinary summit if the Union’s justice and home affairs ministers fail to reach an agreement, based on the Commission’s plan to redistribute 160,000 refugees among them.

‘Transit’ countries get tough on refugees

While Germany has surprised the world with its welcome of refugees, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary and Denmark are growing hostile towards them, despite the fact that asylum seekers show no interest in settling there.

US to take in 10,000 Syrians, will screen them thoroughly

President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, the White House said on Thursday (10 September).

Serbia happy to help EU, ambivalent about refugee hub status

The EU has praised Serbia for coping with the refugee crisis. However, this contributed to widespread speculation inside the country that it will host a large refugee camp. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Denmark closes borders with Germany as migrants head to Sweden

Danish police closed a motorway and rail links with Germany yesterday (9 September) in a bid to stem the flow of refugees heading north to Sweden, as Europe's migrant crisis spreads northward.

EU counter-terrorism czar: Terrorists among asylum seekers? Unlikely

The refugee crisis is a major challenge by itself. If you start mixing it with terrorism, you confuse the logic, EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.

At least 850,000 will cross the Mediterranean this year, UN says

At least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe this year and next, the United Nations said on Tuesday (8 September), giving estimates that already look conservative.
Ewa Kopacz

Poland says EU summit on migration likely next week

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said the European summit which is to deal with Europe's migrant crisis is likely to take place earlier than planned.

Verhofstadt slams Tusk for ‘not doing his job’

Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, slammed Council President Donald Tusk yesterday (7 September) for not playing his role in solving the refugee crisis.