About: Mediterranean crisis

Africa 22-12-2017

The European dream remains seductive to Côte d’Ivoire’s youth

The European dream remains firmly anchored in young Ivorians. To fight against departures, Côte d'Ivoire is focusing on awareness and reintegration. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 22-12-2017

Building a positive agenda for the Mediterranean

Confidently building a positive agenda for the Mediterranean is critical, and it must be done with strength and conviction, writes Fathallah Sijilmassi.
Africa 30-11-2017

Youth unemployment worries both sides at EU-Africa summit

A lack of jobs is pushing many young Africans onto the migration path to Europe, and is putting pressure on African and European leaders meeting in Abidjan at the EU-Africa summit. EURACTIV France reports. 
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.
Global Europe 16-08-2017

Migrant rescue NGO accuses the EU of ‘hiding the dirt’ under the Mediterranean

Speaking about the refugee crisis and the Lybian and Syrian conflicts, Óscar Camps, director of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, accused the EU of “hiding the dirt under the carpet” of international waters in the Mediterranean sea. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Economy & Jobs 03-03-2017

French PM visits Athens to offer support on bailout talks

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, accompanied by Finance Minister Michel Sapin and Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Desir, will visit Greece today (3 March), aiming to offer political backing for the crucial bailout talks of the indebted country.
Future EU 09-09-2016

Tsipras: Euro-Med summit will unite Europe, not divide it

EXCLUSIVE / The meeting of leaders from Southern European countries taking place in Athens today (9 September) will put Mediterranean issues on the EU agenda, without attempting to create divisions, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Tsipras under pressure to tear down Turkish border fence

The Greek government is facing increasing pressure to take down a fence along its land border with Turkey, and stop refugees from making the deadly journey to Europe via the Mediterranean. EURACTIV Greece reports.

MEPs debate migrant crisis after Juncker’s State of the Union address

On Wednesday (9 September), MEPs held a heated debate on how to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his first ever State of the Union Speech in Strasbourg.

Juncker calls for the redistribution of 160,000 refugees

“160,000 is the number of refugees Europe should take in its arms,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said during his first ever State of the Union speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday (9 September).
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.

Immigrant crisis causes outcry in Europe

Jean-Claude Juncker has responded to the public outcry over the immigration crisis by urging European leaders to show solidarity and resist the message of populist parties. EURACTIV France reports.
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.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2015

EU leaders agree to relocate 40,000 migrants, reject migrant quota system

EU leaders agreed that 40,000 migrants would be relocated from Italy and Greece to other EU countries over the next two years. Another 20,000 would be resettled from outside Europe to EU member states,
Economy & Jobs 25-06-2015

Tusk warns Cameron: ‘The fundamental values of the EU are not for sale’

EU Council President Donald Tusk warned the UK that “the fundamental values of the EU are not for sale,” as the British Prime Minister is set to lay out his UK referendum plans during the June Council Summit in Brussels.
Global Europe 22-06-2015

EU foreign ministers to agree on Mediterranean intelligence operations

EU foreign affairs ministers will today (22 June) agree on an intelligence gathering operation, the first phase of the bloc’s response to the burgeoning migration crisis in the Mediterranean, but military action against people smugglers will depend on the support of Libya’s National Unity Government and the United Nations.
EU Priorities 2020 09-06-2015

Why we all need an EU migration agenda

The EU needs to adopt an immigration agenda to help regions that are struggling to cope and offer migrants a safe, legal route to a better life, writes Markku Markkula. 
EU Priorities 2020 27-05-2015

Ban Ki-moon on migration crisis: EU member states must show compassion

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged European countries to “show compassion” and to do more to help migrants.
EU Priorities 2020 27-05-2015

Commission calls on member states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers

“We have a proposal for an emergency mechanism to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers. Syrians and Eritreans will be relocated from Italy and Greece to other European Union member states over a period of two years,” said EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos in Brussels on Wednesday.
Climate change 28-04-2015

Pope calls for action on migrants and climate change

Pope Francis and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced their shock on Tuesday over migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, and agreed on the need for tackling global warming, just weeks before the Vatican issues an official opinion on the controversy.
Global Europe 24-04-2015

Juncker suffers double blow on immigration at summit

EU leaders tonight (23 April) dealt Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a double-blow on immigration at their meeting to discuss the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.
Global Europe 23-04-2015

Coffin-carrying migrants march on European Council

“I am an undocumented immigrant, like many of the people here, and we are here to tell the European Parliament and the European Parliamentarians that the situation is a problem they created and they can solve it. So we want them to save these people that are dying in the Mediterranean sea.”
Global Europe 23-04-2015

EU leaders will use military against refugees, warns leading MEP

EU leaders are set to agree a deal that will mean refugees being turned away from Europe by “military means”, a leading MEP warned today (23 April)