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Greek PM defends migration policy in heated dialogue with Dutch journalist

A press conference of Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis' and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte was marked by a heated dialogue with a Dutch journalist, when the latter accused the Greek PM of pursuing an “illegal pushbacks” policy.
Global Europe 11-10-2021

EU hopeful Albania struggles with its own asylum seekers

Albania has a problem with asylum. Between 2010 and 2019, more than 193,000 Albanians applied for asylum in the European Union, a significant portion of the EU candidate country's population of 2.8 million.

UK migrant plan stokes tensions with France

Britain and France locked horns on Thursday (9 September) over reported plans by London to turn back boats carrying migrants across the Channel, triggering alarm and anger in Paris.
Transport 30-08-2021

UK mulls easing post-Brexit immigration rules to end truck driver shortage

British ministers will consider easing post-Brexit immigration rules to help end a shortage of truck drivers amid mounting pressure from supermarket chains, The Times newspaper reported.
Global Europe 17-08-2021

Greece must not become gateway to EU for fleeing Afghans, says minister

Greece does not want to become the entry point into the European Union for Afghans fleeing the escalating conflict in their homeland, Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said on Tuesday, calling for a common EU response to the crisis.

Council adopts changes to visa system in a bid to boost security

EU member states have approved changes to the European visa system aimed at increasing security in the Schengen area by providing for greater monitoring of short-stay and residence permits.
Non-discrimination 28-04-2021

Anti-LGBT discrimination ‘damages Eastern Europe’s economic growth’

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people costs Eastern European countries almost 2% a year in economic growth, a coalition of dozens of global companies promoting LGBT+ inclusion said on Tuesday (27 April).

EU Presidency: Council meeting on migration ‘extremely constructive’

EU foreign and home affairs ministers had an “extremely constructive” joint meeting on Monday that gives confidence that progress can be made on the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, Portugal’s interior minister Eduardo Cabrita has said.
Non-discrimination 08-12-2020

Germany’s discrimination protection for migrants ‘one of the weakest’ – survey

Germany no longer ranks in the top 10 countries for integration policy, according to new findings from the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 02-12-2020

English football clubs to face new immigration limits post-Brexit

The dominance of England’s football clubs on the beautiful game in Europe could become an unlikely victim of post-Brexit immigration policy, with new restrictions to be imposed on the number of overseas players which clubs can sign.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

US, Belgium strike ‘preclearance’ deal for air passengers

The United States and Belgium said on Monday (28 September) they had reached an agreement that will allow US-bound passengers from Brussels to undergo US customs and immigration checks before departing Europe.

Migrants return to EU after virus-linked slump

UPDATE: Migration into Europe increased sharply in May following a record low in illegal border crossings the previous month linked to the coronavirus pandemic, Europe's border protection agency said on Wednesday (17 June), giving revised and updated figures.
Digital & Media 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.

Germany’s Skilled Immigration Act: Who will benefit?

Germany's new law on the immigration of skilled workers, which aims to provide easier access to the German labour market for qualified workers from non-EU countries, will come into force on 1 March. But some experts believe the new law is insufficient and NGOs consider it ignores those already living in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 19-02-2020

NFU Chief: New immigration policy could ‘severely impact UK farming sector’

The UK government has come under fire from farmers and industry groups for failing to adequately consider the impact of its proposed new immigration policy on the UK agricultural sector.
Brexit 24-01-2020

Business leaders urge UK to loosen rules on post-Brexit migration

UK business leaders have urged Boris Johnson’s government to loosen its planned rules for post-Brexit migration, notably by dropping the minimum income needed to live and work in the UK.

Brexit – Raising awareness for hidden Europeans

Raising awareness of the need for EU citizens in the UK to apply for EU Settled Status is one of the main challenges facing the UK government and activists. And it’s proving to be harder than many in the government expected.
Brexit 04-10-2019

Data access blow for EU nationals with UK immigration cases

EU nationals will be unable to access their personal records held by the UK government in immigration cases, following a high court ruling on Thursday (3 October) that said "immigration exemption" introduced last year was not unlawful.

German immigration law will be adopted, despite disagreements

Leading German parties have struggled to find a common line on immigration. For the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), the draft bill on immigration does not go far enough. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-04-2019

Germany’s new workers are cause for Bosnia’s shrinking population

When a Bosnian politician announces the creation of 100,000 new jobs, we joke in Bosnia that half of these will be abroad. With Germany’s new regulation on the immigration of skilled workers, an increased number of people could reach Germany- this will have consequences for Bosnia. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-04-2019

Brexit chaos stirs fears for Bulgaria seasonal farm workers

The 960 inhabitants of the Bulgarian village of Brashten, nestled in the hills and forests on the Greek border, don't normally pay much heed to international politics.
Global Europe 05-02-2019

As EU-Arab summit approaches, more headaches than planned

When plans for a summit between the European Union and the Arab League were first hatched last year, it was envisioned as the start of a new friendship across the Mediterranean. What a difference a few months makes.
Global Europe 16-01-2019

Immigration offers outlet for European economic malaise, says OECD report

The OECD has called for immigrants to be better integrated, citing the economic advantages of migration. EURACTIV France reports.

Italian mayors oppose far-right Salvini’s xenophobic law

The mayors of three large Italian cities are refusing to obey a controversial anti-immigration law penned by far-right deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, condemning it as unconstitutional.