About: migrant crisis

‘Club Med’ countries show united front on migration

Southern EU countries sometimes called ‘Club Med’ of MED5 on Saturday (20 March) showed a united front at a meeting in Athens, urging solidarity from other EU states in sharing the migration burden.

‘Innovative ways’ of evading responsibilities for refugees

A regrettable result of the EU-Turkey Statement from 2016 is that the model continues to serve to EU member states seeking innovative ways to evade responsibility for refugees, writes Charlotte Slente.

At least 39 migrants drown off Tunisia as two boats capsize

At least 39 migrants drowned off Tunisia when two boats capsized on Tuesday (9 March), the defence ministry said, as numbers risking the dangerous crossing to Europe continue to rise.

EU commissioner tells Bosnia to manage migration better

The European Union's migration commissioner Ylva Johansson urged Bosnia on Thursday (18 February) to manage migration properly and share the burden of its migrant crisis equally across the country if it is to stay on course for EU membership.
Global Europe 18-01-2021

Facing Biden, Erdogan extends olive branch to EU

Facing a potentially hostile US administration, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is trying to break his isolation by mending EU relations, torn by what the bloc views as his bellicose foreign policy.

Greece seeks to send 1,450 migrants back to Turkey

Greece is pushing to return 1,450 people currently in migrant reception centres on Lesbos and other Aegean islands to Turkey, Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said on Thursday (14 January), calling on Ankara to respect asylum agreements with the European Union.

EU denounces conditions for migrants in Bosnia

The living conditions of hundreds of homeless migrants in Bosnia, bordering the European Union, are "completely unacceptable", EU envoy Johann Sattler said Saturday (2 January).
Enlargement 01-01-2021

Migrants in limbo in Bosnia after camp fire

A thousand migrants from a burned-out camp were in limbo in Bosnia on Thursday (31 December), struggling with freezing temperatures and snow as efforts by local authorities to re-house them sparked protests from locals.

Rescue boats return to the Mediterranean as 20,000 migrants prepare to cross from Libya

Two charity boats have headed back to the Mediterranean after a two-month hiatus in migrant rescue operations, as humanitarian groups await a new wave of arrivals.
Global Europe 10-06-2020

Europe calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya

The EU's diplomatic chief and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Italy urged Tuesday (9 June) all parties fighting in Libya to stop military operations immediately and respect a ceasefire.

No EU country accepted any of the 400 migrants stranded off Malta

More than 400 migrants disembarked in Malta overnight Saturday (6 June) from four tourist boats in an about-face by the government that allowed them to land after nearly 40 days onboard.

Nicosia struggles with migrants crossing from Northern Cyprus

In the thick of the coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, authorities gave a group of asylum seekers a stark choice: move to an overcrowded camp or go home.
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Athens rejects ‘illegal’ Turkey drilling plan

Greece on Monday (1 June) attacked Turkey's plan to carry out oil drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, describing it as "a new provocation".
Global Europe 25-05-2020

Greece dismisses reports Turkey occupied Evros river border strip

Greece on Sunday (24 May) dismissed reports that Turkish soldiers had occupied a strip of Greek territory in the Evros border region, where Athens is expanding a fence to keep migrants out.

Fears mount over migrants dying ‘out of sight’ in Mediterranean

More and more migrants are crossing, Europe is closing its ports and no humanitarian ships are carrying out rescues. As the coronavirus pandemic dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked "tragedy".
Coronavirus 22-04-2020

Coronavirus hits migrant hostel as Greece plans to ease lockdown

Dozens of migrants, including many single-parent families, accomodated at a hostel in southern Greece tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday (21 April) as the government prepared for a gradual easing of a broad lockdown from 27 April.

Rescue group, EU officials dispute fate of 85 sea migrants

Europe's coast guards and rescue agencies were at loggerheads Monday (13 April) about the fate of four dinghies and up to 85 migrants potentially lost at sea after setting off from Libya.
Global Europe 13-04-2020

UNHCR alarm over dozens of missing migrants in Mediterranean

The UN refugee agency expressed alarm Sunday (12 April) about the fate of dozens of migrants whose rubber dinghies appear to have capsized after setting sail from Libya for Italy.

‘Are we in Greece?’: Migrants seize their chance in Europe quest

The thousands of migrants at the Kastanies border town between Turkey and Greece are desperate to reach Europe and furious with Greeks who "won't open the gates".

‘Corona time’ in Europe’s main migrant camp in virus lockdown

In Europe's biggest asylum seeker camp of Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos, authorities are trying to keep residents apart from a population with at least three coronavirus cases.
Global Europe 18-03-2020

UN urges Libyans to halt fighting, battle virus

The United Nations and nine countries on Tuesday (17 March) called on Libya's warring parties to cease hostilities to allow health authorities to fight against the new coronavirus.

Greece to restrict migrant camp movements in virus measure

Greece has said it is placing migrant camps across the country on a two-week shutdown to visitors to ward off the new coronavirus. “Visits (to camps) by individuals and organisations are suspended for at least 14 days,” the migration ministry...

Greece denies report of secret ‘black site’ for migrants near Turkish border

The Greek government dismissed on Wednesday (11 March) a report in The New York Times that it was holding illegal migrants who cross the border from Turkey at a secret "black site" where they are denied access to lawyers and cannot file asylum claims.

Erdogan vows to keep border open, compares Greece’s response to the Nazis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Wednesday (11 March) he would keep Turkey's border open for refugees until the EU had met all his demands, while comparing Greece's response to the crisis to the Nazis.