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Global Europe 24-08-2018

Former UN envoy: ‘More support to Libya would bring results relatively soon’

Few people have better insights into the EU migration debate than Bernardino León, a man once described as the golden boy of Spanish politics. The diplomat said that disembarkation platforms and controlled centres for migrants, currently envisaged by EU leaders, won’t stop the flow of immigrants to Europe.
Future EU 24-08-2018

Italy to suspend EU funding unless others take in migrants

The European Commission has called a meeting today (25 August) after Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said his party would vote to suspend funding to the EU unless other member states agreed to take in migrants being held on a coastguard ship in Sicily.
Elections 01-08-2018

UN says migrants’ return to Libya by Italian boat could be illegal

A rescue operation in which an Italian towboat rescued more than 100 migrants and returned them to Libya earlier this week may have been in breach of international law, the United Nations said on Tuesday (31 July).

Italy to keep accepting stricken migrants during EU talks

Italy agreed on Monday (23 July) to continue accepting migrants rescued at sea, at least until a broader EU strategy to address fair distribution of people can be defined.
Future EU 28-06-2018

France adds its voice to stop NGO ships from acting as ‘taxis’

How to save lives without becoming "taxi services" for people smugglers? Charity-run rescue boats operating in the Mediterranean face a dilemma and their activity is being increasingly criticised by politicians in Europe.
Future EU 28-06-2018

NGO ship docks in Malta after seven countries pledge to take migrants

A humanitarian ship that has had about 230 rescued migrants on board for almost a week docked in Malta yesterday (27 June), ending a stand-off with Italy which refused to let the ship into one of its ports.
Future EU 26-06-2018

EU summit to focus on lowering Mediterranean immigration

European Union leaders meeting over migration later this week will agree to further tighten their external borders, give more support to Libya and look at creating "disembarkation" centres outside of their territory for people who arrive by sea.
Future EU 26-06-2018

Salvini on unexpected Libya trip as migrants in limbo at sea

Italy's pugnacious new government took its fight to block migrants to Libya on Monday (25 June) as a new boat with hundreds on board remained stranded at sea, deepening a crisis shaking Europe.

‘Disembarkation platforms’ outside EU considered to end migrant row

The EU is considering setting up "disembarkation platforms" outside the bloc to process migrants, according to draft summit conclusions seen Tuesday (19 June) by AFP, as Brussels tries to solve a political crisis over immigration.
Future EU 19-06-2018

Conte: Germany is aware EU needs to change its migration policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (18 June) she wanted to support Italy in its efforts to reduce the number of migrants arriving on its shores, possibly handling asylum requests for Europe in non-European countries including Libya.
Global Europe 30-05-2018

At Paris talks, Libyan factions agree to 10 December elections

Rival Libyan factions agreed on Tuesday (29 May) on a declaration that would create a political framework to pave the way for UN-backed elections in December to end the country's seven-year-old conflict.

Libyan coastguard prevents NGO boat from rescuing migrants

The Libyan coastguard on Sunday (6 May) prevented a rescue ship belonging to two NGOs from approaching a boat in distress carrying migrants, an AFP photographer witnessed.
Central Europe 13-04-2018

Juncker upbeat on Slovak presidency of Visegrad

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who received yesterday (12 April) the new Slovak PM Peter Pellegrini, made optimistic remarks on the upcoming Slovak presidency of the Visegrad countries, in the perspective of a deal to reform the Dublin asylum system.
Global Europe 15-03-2018

EU to step up training of Libya coastguards on migrant patrols

The European Union wants to rapidly expand training of Libyan coastguards to stem migrant flows to Italy and reduce deaths at sea, an EU naval mission said on Thursday (15 March.
Politics 09-02-2018

Spain sounds alarm over fighter influx from Sahel

Spain is worried about security on its southern border due to the possible influx of Islamist fighters to West Africa's Sahel region, Spain's foreign minister told AFP in an interview yesterday (8 February).
Africa 30-01-2018

13,000 migrants repatriated from Libya, but many returnees face problems

More than 13,000 migrants have been repatriated from Libya since the beginning of December, the African Union's chief said yesterday (29 January), nearly two months after reports emerged showing refugees being sold as slaves.

Migration to dominate ‘Club Med’ summit in Rome

The heads of seven southern European states gather in Rome today (10 January) to tackle one of the stubbornest thorns in the EU's side: flows of migrants from war-torn and impoverished countries.

Blocked humanity

The Dublin regulation, allocating asylum claims to the first port of call on a migrant's journey, is unfit for purpose. The European Parliament has come to a shared position that guarantees fair treatment of refugees and shared responsibility in the EU. Now it's up to member states to do their share, writes Cornelia Ernst.

EU-Africa join forces against slave trade

During an emergency meeting on the situation in Libya, 9 African countries and European member states decided to launch a joint intelligence operation to dismantle the human trafficking networks. EURACTIV France reports.

UN wants Libya to agree to shut down migrant camps

The United Nations wants Libya's internationally-backed government to agree to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants, most of whom will be sent back to their countries, the head of the IOM said on Tuesday (28 November).
Africa 28-11-2017

S&D chief: ‘Employment for young Africans is a huge challenge’

On the eve of the EU-Africa Summit, Gianni Pittella says that European short-termism in migration policy will not address its root causes, and looks at agribusiness to leverage the continent out of poverty - 'but not at any cost'.
Africa 28-11-2017

Migration think-tank: Europe is ‘obsessed’ with short-term solution

Migration will dominate the fifth Summit between Africa and the European Union, which will be held in Abidjan on 29 and 30 November. But Europeans keep dictating the agenda, due to lack of political unity in the African Union.
Development Policy 27-11-2017

Libya human bondage risks overshadowing Africa-EU summit

African leaders are expected to warn Europeans that their way of outsourcing the migration crisis to Libya, in apparent disregard for human rights, risks opening old wounds in the heavy history of the two continents.

EU working without ‘letup’ to help migrants in Libya

The EU said on Thursday (23 November) it is working without "letup" for a durable solution to the plight of migrants in Libya, adding it shared French President Emmanuel Macron's anger over slave markets there.