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Global Europe 04-05-2022

Women’s bodies must not be a battlefield

Rape and sexual violence are being used as a ‘weapon of war’ against Ukraine, and women fleeing the country are at risk of human trafficking. On Thursday the European Parliament will adopt the resolution on the impact of war on women.

EU countries set to drop barriers for Ukraine refugees

The European Commission has proposed that those fleeing the war in Ukraine should be granted “temporary protection” in the EU, while border checks should be simplified. EU interior ministers will decide on the matter on Thursday.
Future EU 28-02-2022

CoFoE: citizens discuss EU foreign policy and migration

The CoFoE is the EU deliberative democracy experiment where citizens are taking part in the EU policy making.

EU ministers seek solutions as Ukraine humanitarian crisis looms

EU home affairs ministers have put off a decision on whether to grant temporary protection to Ukrainian refugees amid what threatens to become the “largest humanitarian crisis” in Europe in recent times.
Global Europe 21-02-2022

UN warns pushbacks of migrants in Europe becoming ‘normalised’

The UN refugee chief voiced alarm Monday (22 February) at increasing violence against refugees and migrants at European borders, warning that rights abuses and illegal pushbacks across frontiers risked becoming "normalised".
Future EU 17-02-2022

CoFoE: Citizens ask for harmonised EU approach to migration

Citizens contributing to the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), the EU's democracy engagement project, have issued their recommendations on migration following the conference's fourth panel in Maastricht.

EU states agree to ‘mandatory solidarity’ on migration

EU interior ministers have agreed to make the so-called "solidarity" principle mandatory for migration issues, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced on Thursday (3 February). France is seeking a close alliance with Germany on this matter.
EU-Africa 31-01-2022

Amnesty slams five years of EU-Libya migrant deal

An EU-Libya deal under which migrants desperate to reach Europe are turned back and held in "hellish" conditions must be ended, Amnesty International said on Monday, the pact's fifth anniversary.
Eastern Europe 25-01-2022

Poland begins work on new EU-Belarus border wall

Polish contractors began work on Tuesday ( 25 January) on a 353-million euro wall along the Belarus border aimed at deterring migrant crossings following a crisis in the area last year.
Global Europe 11-01-2022

‘No path ahead but the sea’: Lebanese join migrant flow to EU

If he wasn't making good money smuggling irregular migrants to the European Union by sea, Ibrahim himself might have joined the growing exodus from crisis-hit Lebanon.

Slovenia’s Hojs warns of emerging migration crisis in Cyprus

While the situation on the Belarusian border is stabilising, the focus should shift to other hot spots such as Cyprus, Slovenian's interior minister Aleš Hojs warned as EU home affairs ministers met in Brussels on Thursday (10 December).
Technology 24-11-2021

Social media platforms accused of contributing to crisis at Poland-Belarus border

Facebook has found itself in the spotlight for allegedly providing a “key coordination hub” for human smugglers enticing people to the Poland-Belarus border, creating an increasingly dangerous situation for those trapped in the area, according to research and media reports.

Budapest to Luxembourg court: Judgment ‘practically’ means supporting human trafficking

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga accused EU judges in Luxembourg of making Budapest "practically support human trafficking" in her response to a ruling that found Hungary's 2018 law threatening jail sentences on anyone helping asylum seekers had violated bloc rules.
Future EU 15-11-2021

How the Conference on the Future of Europe can still be saved

The Conference on the future of Europe is faltering, but EU institutions and member states can still save it. And they should, as it could be a key tool to re-engage the citizens, writes Nicoletta Pirozzi.

UN Refugee chief slams EU leaders for management of refugee crisis

EU leaders cannot justify xenophobia, pushbacks, and violence amid the current refugee crisis. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told European Parliament on Wednesday (10 November).

Greek PM defends migration policy in heated dialogue with Dutch journalist

A press conference of Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis' and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte was marked by a heated dialogue with a Dutch journalist, when the latter accused the Greek PM of pursuing an “illegal pushbacks” policy.
Europe's East 09-11-2021

EU pushes to extend sanctions on airlines ‘involved in human trafficking’ via Belarus

Several high-ranking EU officials have called for extensive sanctions on Minsk on Monday evening (8 November) as tensions mount along Belarus's border with Poland over large numbers of migrants attempting to cross the EU's border.
Non-discrimination 29-10-2021

Migrants brace for harsh winter in Bosnia

In Bosnia, close to the border with EU member Croatia, fears of cold, isolation, and evictions persist for asylum seekers soon to face sub-zero temperatures outside camps, as the opening of a new housing facility has been delayed several times.

EU leaders to discuss stronger response on migration against Belarus backdrop

With EU leaders set to discuss migration and the situation at the EU's eastern border with Belarus on Friday, Eastern Europeans are expected to ask for a review of the bloc's legislation to reflect the ongoing crisis.

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...