About: Migration

Dissension without a fuss: A way forward for the New Pact on Migration?

`Issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing climate change are pushing immigration further down the political agenda. This shift is a chance for less contentious law-making on asylum and migration.
Global Europe 11-10-2021

EU hopeful Albania struggles with its own asylum seekers

Albania has a problem with asylum. Between 2010 and 2019, more than 193,000 Albanians applied for asylum in the European Union, a significant portion of the EU candidate country's population of 2.8 million.

Twelve member states ask Commission to finance ‘physical barriers’ as border protection measures

Twelve EU member states have called for update the bloc's Schengen Border Code to allow 'physical barriers' as border protection measures, according to a letter sent to the European Commission and seen by EURACTIV.
Eastern Europe 24-09-2021

Fifth migrant dies on Poland-Belarus border

An Iraqi migrant has died in Poland after being found near the border with Belarus, bringing to five the death toll this week on this eastern EU frontier.
Politics 02-09-2021

Austria wants to limit refugee influx from Afghanistan and Parisians could swim in the Seine

This week our podcast focuses on a security conference organised by Austria with the Central Asian states to discuss further strategy regarding Afghanistan. Austria and other EU countries are asking Afghanistan’s neighbours to manage migrations flows and prevent a potential...

EU mulls aid for Afghanistan’s neighbours, ‘determined’ to prevent new migration crisis

The EU is determined to prevent uncontrolled large-scale illegal migration movements from Afghanistan by boosting aid to its neighbours in the region, a nemergency meeting of EU home affairs ministers concluded. However, they did not discuss sums or resettlement numbers.
Data protection 27-08-2021

Afghan crisis accelerates automated controls at EU borders

EU and national authorities are increasingly deploying high-tech surveillance systems at the bloc’s external borders, a trend that could accelerate as some countries seek to block refugees arriving from Afghanistan, raising questions about the ethical implications of these technologies. Greece...

Lithuania says will complete Belarus border fence by 2022

Lithuania said on Monday (23 August) it would complete a 508-km (315-mile) fence along its border with Belarus by September 2022 to stop migrants it says are crossing in record numbers orchestrated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Realpolitik: EU will have to talk to the Taliban, Borrell says

The EU will have to engage in talks with the Taliban to provide support to the Afghan people even if it does not recognise them as legitimate rulers of the country, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (17...
Digital & Media 13-08-2021

EU border agency trials high tech controls as Afghan fighting spreads

The EU's border agency is trialling new high-tech surveillance equipment to detect migrant boats, just as rapid gains by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have raised the prospect of a surge in people fleeing to Europe.
Europe's East 10-08-2021

EU sees ‘significant decrease’ in Lithuania arrivals

The European Union on Tuesday said there had been a "significant decrease" in migrants crossing the border from Belarus into Lithuania after Iraq halted flights to Minsk.
Europe's East 09-08-2021

Defiant Lukashenko says Belarusian Olympic defector was ‘manipulated’

President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday a Belarusian sprinter who defected at the Olympic Games in Tokyo had been "manipulated" by outside forces and would not have fled abroad otherwise.
Global Europe 05-08-2021

EU summons Belarus envoy over migrant influx

The EU diplomatic service has summoned Belarus's representative in Brussels to demand an end to the "instrumentalisation" of migrants crossing into Lithuania, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
Digital & Media 20-07-2021

Study: Anti-refugee disinformation connects extremists, politicians

Online disinformation surrounding refugees and the NGOs working with them acts as a “crucial nexus” between extremist far-right figures and more mainstream politicians, according to recent research.
Global Europe 19-03-2021

Tables have turned: EU is handling Turkey issue together with Washington

Turkey is not just a European-Turkish issue, but also an issue in our transatlantic partnership, and obviously, our partnership with NATO, senior EU officials have said.
Non-discrimination 10-03-2021

Germany revisits integration policy as critics demand ‘paradigm shift’

The German government has approved a package of measures aimed at promoting the integration of immigrants into society, though critics say it does not go far enough, EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Non-discrimination 19-02-2021

One year after the Hanau attack, NGOs demand concrete anti-racism strategy

This Friday (19 February) marks the anniversary of the Hanau attack. To improve prevention against such attacks, the German government  promised a package of measures against racism, but a real strategy is missing, NGOs say. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

Social inequalities overtake climate change in EU citizens’ concerns – poll

Reducing poverty and social inequality has become the main policy priority for EU citizens after the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament has shown.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2021

MEPs call for regional policy to combat demographic changes

Europe's regions are changing. The population is getting older and cities are growing while rural regions are increasingly dying out, causing strains on urban infrastructure. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Economy & Jobs 28-01-2021

Cohesion money ‘won’t buy our consent,’ Greek islands governor says

EU cohesion policy funds to support social and professional integration of migrants and refugees will not solve the problems faced by Greek islands hosting camps, the governor of the region told EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 30-10-2020

Tackling migration through cohesion: what role for regions and civil society?

With the EU’s New Pact on Asylum and Migration presented recently, the issue of migration remains on the top of the agenda for decision-makers across the bloc. Though most often thought of as the competence of national governments, local and...
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.