About: Mediterranean crisis

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'.

Vessel with 356 people still stranded, after Open Arms disembarkation

Italy’s justice ordered Spanish rescue vessel Open Arms disembarkation in Lampedusa on Tuesday (21 August)but 356 people are still trapped at sea in SOS MEditerranée and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) operated boat.
06-08-2019

Migrant rescue NGOs defy European states

A Spanish charity that saved 121 migrants in the Mediterranean last week vowed Monday (5 August) to continue sea rescue operations, the latest NGO to defy moves by European nations to shut down a route exploited by trafficking gangs. Proactiva...

Migrant rescue ship arrives in Malta, ending standoff

The Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius arrived at Valletta harbour in Malta on Wednesday (15 August) to allow 141 migrants to get off, ending a five-day tug-of-war among EU countries which had seen the vessel banned from docking in several ports.
EU-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.
EU-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. 
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

Wrap-up: Special EU summit on the Mediterranean crisis

European heads of state and government met on Thursday (23 April) in an extraordinary summit to discuss the Mediterranean migrant crisis following mass drownings of migrants off the coast of Libya.

EU leaders shy away from revamping the asylum policy

European heads of state and heads of government will meet this afternoon, 23 April, to agree on tougher measures to stem the flow of sinking refugee ships in the Mediterranean. But they are highly unlikely to make headway in introducing an element of “solidarity” in the Union’s asylum policy. EURACTIV France reports.
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