About: migrant crisis

More than 230 migrants jump fence into Spain’s Melilla

Over 230 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa arrived in Melilla in the early hours of Thursday after jumping the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 

Women migrants reduced to sex slaves in Libya ‘hell’

For Aisha, sexual slavery was something you only heard about happening to others in television reports, until she found herself locked in a living "hell" in Libya.
Europe's East 16-06-2021

Lithuania says Belarus is helping Middle Eastern migrants to cross its borders

Lithuania's Prime Minister says she believes Belarus is behind a recent spike of illegal immigration into Lithuania, following a threat by its president that it will no longer prevent migrants from crossing its western border.

In migration lull, Greece bolsters border arsenal

As the sun dips into the wetlands of northeastern Evros, Greece's river border with Turkey, two Greek guards climb into a boat to begin their daily lookout for irregular migrants.

Greece defends use of anti-migrant sound cannons

Greece's minister for migration and asylum on Wednesday (9 June) defended his country's use of "sound cannons" to deter irregular migrants, as a senior EU official called their use "strange" and legally questionable.
Global Europe 08-06-2021

Harris takes on graft in Guatemala and tells migrants ‘do not come’

US Vice President Kamala Harris said on Monday (7 June) she had “robust” talks with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on fighting corruption to deter immigration from Central America and bluntly warned migrants to not come to the United States.

Expanding EU border guard agency is falling short, auditors say

EU border and coast guard agency Frontex has not managed external borders effectively and is not ready for an increased mandate that will see it swell to a force of 10,000 by 2027, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said.

Greek police plan high-decibel message to deter migrants

Greek police on Thursday (3 June) said they plan to send out a high decibel message designed to deter would-be migrants after setting up two controversial "sound cannons" at the Evros border post with Turkey.

Denmark passes law to process asylum seekers outside Europe

Denmark on Thursday (3 June) passed a law enabling it to process asylum seekers outside Europe, drawing anger from human rights advocates, the United Nations and the European Commission.
Global Europe 01-06-2021

Morocco, Spain trade accusations of violating good ‘neighbourliness’

Morocco and Spain traded new accusations on Monday (31 May) in a diplomatic row triggered by the Western Sahara territorial issue that led this month to a migration crisis in Spain's enclave in northern Morocco.
Global Europe 25-05-2021

At EU summit, Spain warns of ‘unprecedented crisis with Morocco’

Spain sent a clear message to Morocco Monday (24 May), insisting on respect for its shared borders a week after over 8,000 migrants entered its Ceuta enclave, with 1,000 minors still there.

Morocco shuts off border crossing to Spain amid record migrant influx

Moroccan border guards on Wednesday sealed off the crossing into Ceuta following two days of an abrupt migrant crisis that saw over 8,000 people illegally enter the Spanish enclave. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Global Europe 18-05-2021

Record 5,000 migrants reach Spain’s Ceuta enclave in one day

At least 5,000 migrants, about a thousand of them minors, reached Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta on Monday (17 May) from neighbouring Morocco, Spanish officials said, a record in a single day. A spokesman for the Spanish government delegation...

Italy hopeful on reviving EU migrant burden sharing deal

Italy is pushing EU partners to revive migrant burden-sharing deals as it seeks to stave off a summertime surge in landings from North Africa, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Wednesday (12 May).
Global Europe 11-05-2021

Brussels calls on EU countries to help Italy by taking migrants

The EU's commissioner for home affairs, Ylva Johansson, on Monday (10 May) called for the bloc's countries to show "solidarity" with Italy after it took on more than 1,400 migrants arriving on boats over the weekend.

EU adopts strategy on sending irregular migrants back

The EU is looking to plug a big gap in migration policy by boosting measures to have irregular migrants voluntarily returned to their countries under a strategy adopted on Tuesday (27 April).

Pandemic has prevented many migrants from reaching Europe

The various COVID-19 related lockdowns and closures of the EU's borders have reduced mobility, particularly of migrants, making the job of the EU's border and coast guard agency Frontex more difficult. EURACTIV France reports.

‘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).