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Digital & Media 31-03-2021

Moria 2.0: The EU’s sandbox for surveillance technologies

The three camps of Lesvos, Old Moria, Moria 2.0 all tell a story of the multi-layered ecosystem which gives rise to the allure of quick fixes facilitated by technology. Yet the complexity of human movement is nothing but simple, writes Petra Molnar.
Global Europe 30-03-2021

After a decade of impunity in Syria, the EU needs to take a fresh approach

In the face of a seemingly intractable conflict in Syria the EU and international community to change their approach, writes Imogen Sudbery.
19-03-2021

Last two refugees from the transit zone want to stay in Hungary

Hungary has been one of the most vocal opponents of accepting refugees and migrants from Africa and Asia. Yet, Iranian refugee Abouzar Soltani and his young son have decided to stay in the country, after spending 18 months in a detention centre there. EURACTIV's media partner Telex reports.

‘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.
Global Europe 25-02-2021

EU, US concerned over Malaysia’s deportation of Myanmar nationals

The European Union on Thursday (25 February) joined the United States in expressing concern over Malaysia's mass deportation this week of Myanmar nationals after a military coup in defiance of a court order halting the plan.

EU money won’t solve Bosnian migration mismanagement, rights groups say

Emergency funding won't suffice to avoid a repetition of humanitarian crises during winter months in Bosnia, which is the result of local migration mismanagement and EU border-tightening measures, human rights group said on Tuesday (12 January).
Global Europe 08-01-2021

Almost 2.3 million people need aid in Ethiopia’s Tigray: UN report

Fighting is still going on in several parts of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region and almost 2.3 million people, or nearly half of the population, need aid, a UN report said.
Global Europe 02-12-2020

EU wants to improve migration cooperation with Morocco

The European Union wants to improve cooperation with Morocco on the return of illegal migrants from the bloc while also discussing visa facilitation, the EU's home affairs commissioner said Tuesday (1 December).

French police probe ‘brutal’ dispersal of Paris migrants

French authorities on Tuesday (24 November) ordered an investigation into the forceful removal by police of a camp of migrants in central Paris that prompted outrage over the "brutal" tactics used.
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2020

Row over rule of law infects EU virus summit

Hungary and Poland’s opposition to Brussels’ oversight over the rule of law will be top of the EU summit agenda Thursday (19 November), sidelining efforts to tackle the coronavirus epidemic. EU member states had planned to share the lessons learned...
Global Europe 11-11-2020

Brussels presses Frontex guards on refugee push-back

The European Commission said Tuesday (10 November) it expects answers this month from the Frontex border agency after allegations that migrants crossing from Turkey towards Greece were pushed back.

Hundreds of African migrants reach Canary Islands

More than 1,600 African migrants have landed on Spain's Canary Islands over a two-day period, a rate last seen a decade ago, emergency services said Sunday.
Development Policy 21-10-2020

UN raises $1.7 billion for hungry, displaced millions in Sahel

The United Nations raised more than $1.7 billion in pledges to fund aid efforts as UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned a "preventable tragedy is looming" in the central Sahel region.
Global Europe 24-09-2020

Amnesty urges EU to rethink Libya support over migrant abuse

Amnesty International on Thursday (24 September) urged the EU to reconsider cooperation with Libya over "horrific abuses" of refugees and migrants in the North African country.

Thousands march in Germany urging EU to take in Moria refugees

Thousands of people demonstrated Sunday (20 September) in Berlin and other German cities, urging the European Union to take in migrants left without shelter after a fire destroyed their biggest camp in Greece.

Free the ‘prisoners’ of Moria now!

Europeans frightened by migration must be shown concretely that their security will not be at risk if reasonable programmes are implemented with the direct help of organised civil society, writes Marco Impagliazzo.

Germany to take in 1,500 refugees from Greek islands, Michel urges for more EU solidarity

Germany said it will take in more than 1,500 refugees from Greece from the island of Lesbos as Berlin tried to rally a fresh EU response to a years-long migrant crisis that flared anew.

Greek government accuses migrants of ‘burning’ Moria camp

Greece on Monday (14 September) accused migrants of deliberately burning their overcrowded camp last week on Lesbos island, where hundreds reluctantly moved to a new temporary site with "no showers or mattresses".

Greek PM promises permanent migrant centre after fire on Lesbos

Greece will build a permanent migrant reception centre on Lesbos to replace the overcrowded refugee camp destroyed by a fire last week, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday (13 September), calling for closer European involvement.

More migrant arrivals fuel local anger in Italy’s Lampedusa

A fishing boat carrying nearly 370 migrants landed overnight on the Italian island of Lampedusa, the country's news agencies said on Sunday (30 August), fueling anger from local officials over a recent rise in illegal arrivals.

Syrians still finding their way in Sweden, five years on

They arrived in unprecedented numbers, pushing a strained Sweden to shut its borders as anti-immigration sentiment flared. Five years later, Syrians are still trying to integrate, some more successfully than others.

Italy wants no more illegal migrants, minister tells Tunisia

Italy has no more room for illegal migrants, its foreign minister Luigi Di Maio said Monday (17 August) on a visit to Tunisia, from where many of them cross the Mediterranean Sea.
Coronavirus 14-08-2020

17 newly arrived migrants in Lesbos test Covid-19 positive

Greece has been lucky – 17 migrants, all from Somalia, are safely isolated at Kara Tepe camp in the island of Lesbos, a show-case reception centre on the island. But at the overcrowded Moria camp on the same island the...

Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s turns fire on UK migration rhetoric

The British government has become embroiled in an unlikely row with ice cream maker Ben and Jerry's over its approach to migrants arriving by boat from France, after the brand criticised ministers' increasingly bellicose rhetoric.