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Brexit 05-10-2020

UK interior minister Patel vows asylum system overhaul

British interior minister Priti Patel accused migrants crossing the Channel on boats of “shopping around” to claim asylum, as she vowed Sunday to overhaul the UK’s response to the arrivals. Delivering the keynote address on the second day of the...

The story of Europe’s 210,000 unaccompanied minors seeking asylum

After a journey often marked by violence and abuse, more than 210,000 unaccompanied minors without future prospects who have applied for asylum in Europe over the past five years are living in crowded refugee camps. EURACTIV's partner EUROEFE reports.

In Brussels, Visegrad countries reject the EU’s migration plan

Four Eastern European countries rejected the EU's latest plans for handling migrants on Thursday (24 September), after talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, and insisted that the plans for tougher new asylum rules do not go far enough.

EU’s new migration pact to request ‘mandatory solidarity’ from member states

The European Commission proposed to member states on Wednesday to share responsibility for asylum seekers under a "mandatory solidarity" mechanism. With the new migration pact, it hopes to avert a replay of the 2015 migration crisis by giving the countries a choice between taking in migrants or helping to send them back home.

Towards a balanced EU migration policy

When it comes to migration, there should be tangible solidarity in the EU. However, Poland cannot accept the paradigm according to which solidarity is based on obligatory measures, including relocation, writes Andrzej Sadoś.

Poland rejects southern Europe’s push for mandatory relocation of migrants

The upcoming negotiations over the EU's long-awaited new migration proposal are expected to hit another dead end, despite the European Commission's assurances of having held an "intensive consultation process".
Politics 31-08-2020

The Brief – ‘We will make it’, but not alone

Exactly five years ago to the day, Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered a phrase that will forever seal her 16 years in office: "We will make it" ("Wir schaffen das"). Having become the symbol of a message of optimism and openness towards refugees, what conclusion can we draw from this today?

Migration flow rises across Channel to Britain as political tension rises

British border agents brought ashore migrants in the port of Dover on Monday (10 August) after picking them up from an inflatable boat as they crossed the Channel, the latest in a surge of crossings that is causing political tensions with France.
Agrifood 03-08-2020

In southern Spain, fruit pickers ditched as virus spreads

Lamine Diakite has been on the street for two weeks since the Spanish shantytown he was staying in burnt down, one of the hundreds of fruit pickers abandoned as coronavirus cases soar.

Green MEP: Migration pact could enshrine injustice in law

About a year ago, German captain Carola Rackete was arrested for docking 53 people rescued from a shipwrecked vessel in the port of Lampedusa, against the instructions of the Italian authorities. MEP Erik Marquardt spoke with EURACTIV Germany about what has changed since then and the role of civil society and politics.

Italy no longer among EU’s ‘top 5’ host countries for asylum seekers

For the first time since 2015, asylum applications in the EU started to rise again in 2019. However, Italy is no longer among the main host countries while Germany retains its top spot. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Growing number of Turkish citizens apply for asylum in Germany

Since the attempted coup in Turkey in summer 2016, the number of asylum applications submitted by Turkish citizens in Germany has increased significantly. In 2019, Turkish asylum seekers were the third-most-registered group, after Syrians and Iraqis, according to the country's agency for migration and refugees (BAMF). EURACTIV Germany reports.

Poland, Hungary and Czechia broke law over refugees relocation system, EU court rules

Poland, Hungary and Czechia failed to fulfil their legal obligations under EU law when they refused to participate in the relocation system for refugees in 2015, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday (2 April). 
Global Europe 06-03-2020

Turkey-Russia agreed ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib comes into force

A ceasefire in northern Syria agreed between Russia and Turkey came into force on Friday (6 March), aiming to halt intense fighting that has sparked a humanitarian disaster and raised fears of their armies clashing.

Work with Turkey, NATO tells EU amid migrant crisis

With tensions growing and accusations flying between Turkey and the EU over an escalating migrant crisis, the head of NATO has warned Europe it must find a way to work with "important ally" Ankara.

Finland joins Portugal and France in alleviating Greece’s migrant burden

Finland will help Greece, Cyprus and Malta by taking 175 refugees from the camps and reception centres in these countries. With this move, Finland joins France and Portugal which made similar decisions previously.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2020

The EU budget explained

Leaders will meet on Thursday (20 February) for a first attempt to reach an agreement on the EU’s next long-term budget. It will shape the future of the bloc for the next seven years. EURACTIV explains what the Multiannual Financial...
Global Europe 18-02-2020

Children’s voice need to be heard in Europe, NGOs say

Poverty and violence are among the most dramatic threats children in Europe are facing, according to 'Joining Forces', a coalition of children's rights campaigners, but if the EU really wants to tackle them, it had better hear their voices, members of the coalition told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 10-02-2020

Greek asylum to refugees ‘not indefinite’ and reversible: minister

Greece will only grant refugee protection for three years as it struggles to integrate foreigners, the conservative government's migration minister Notis Mitarachi said in remarks published Sunday (9 February).
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

Merkel defends financial crisis management legacy before economic elite in Davos

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her tough stand and the austere fiscal policy she pursued in response to the financial crisis that shook up the eurozone in 2008 as she addressed the World Economic Forum on Thursday (23 January).
Elections 09-01-2020

‘We wanted to stop the right-wing authoritarian trend,’ says Green Austrian MP

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Green Austrian MP Lukas Hammer spoke about his party's negotiations with the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) while drafting the coalition agreement and why his party took the risk of accepting tough migration policies in exchange for increased climate protection.
Politics 08-01-2020

Austria’s new conservative-Green coalition enthusiastic about climate and Europe

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has formed what is now his second ruling coalition, this time between his conservative ÖVP party and the Greens, replacing the interim government of experts. Although the new government is set to make Austria a climate pioneer, there are question marks as to how long the new alliance is likely to last. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 08-11-2019

Von der Leyen promises new migration package in first half of 2020

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed European policy issues and Germany's Council Presidency in 2020 during a meeting in Berlin. Von der Leyen promised to end the deadlock in asylum negotiations soon with a new proposal. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 24-10-2019

‘It’s the jungle’: Bosnian migrant camp in crisis

No running water, putrid portable toilets and surrounding woods littered with land mines - these are the bleak conditions of a camp where hundreds of migrants brace for winter in Bosnia.
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