About: Refugees

Elections 04-10-2021

Emotional Merkel, marking German reunification, calls for tolerance

Angela Merkel urged Germans on Sunday (3 October) to forge a common future that draws on their diverse backgrounds, harking back to the 2015 decision to admit 1 million refugees that was a defining moment of her long chancellorship.

Surveillance is at the heart of the EU’s migration control agenda

The EU's new model of refugee camps make liberal use of new technologies and modern methods of surveillance, writes Petra Molnar.

Asselborn: We will kill Schengen if border restrictions persist

Rejecting the idea of 'deportation centres' that would host Afghan refugees in Central Asia, Luxembourgish Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told EURACTIV in an interview the EU holds enormous responsibility towards those who "helped us build an embryo of rule of law" in Afghanistan.
Central Asia 15-09-2021

US says nearly 500 Afghan citizens evacuated from Uzbekistan

The United States said Tuesday (14 September) it had evacuated nearly 500 "military and civilian" Afghans from Uzbekistan, while the Central Asian country declared there were now no Afghan refugees on its territory.
Global Europe 14-09-2021

How Paris attacks prompted tougher Greek migrant checks

In a tented courtyard in the migrant camp on Greece's Leros island, a dozen new arrivals await registration after two weeks in COVID-19 quarantine.
Global Europe 14-09-2021

Donors pledge $1.1 billion for ‘collapsing’ Afghanistan

Donors have pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Afghanistan, where poverty and hunger have spiralled since the Islamist Taliban took power, and foreign aid has dried up, raising the spectre of a mass exodus.
Central Asia 10-09-2021

Afghanistan faces near universal poverty within a year

Without major financial and logistical support, the people of Afghanistan face a future of poverty and humanitarian crisis, warns Achim Steiner.
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...

525 migrants have died on Atlantic route to Canary Islands this year

At least 525 people have died trying to make the Atlantic crossing between the African continent and Spain’s Canary Islands so far this year, one of the deadliest migrant routes in the world, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday, EURACTIVS’s partner EFE reports. 

Taliban would take back Europe’s Afghan deportees to face courts

The Taliban government in Afghanistan would accept any Afghan migrants whose applications for asylum were rejected in Europe and they would then face court, an Austrian newspaper quoted a Taliban spokesman as saying on Monday (30 August).
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...
Global Europe 20-08-2021

EU chiefs to visit Afghan evacuation centre in Spain

The EU's two top officials will visit a reception centre in Spain on Saturday for Afghan refugees who worked for the bloc, Spain's foreign minister said.
Global Europe 20-08-2021

Factbox: Will the Afghan crisis trigger a new refugee crisis for Europe?

The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan has stoked fears of an exodus of Afghans and a repeat of Europe's 2016/16 migration crisis, when more than a million people from the Middle East fled to the continent and resettled there. 
Global Europe 20-08-2021

US hails Albania for taking in Afghans

The United States on Thursday (19 August) saluted Albania, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Uganda for agreeing to take in Afghans being evacuated in a major airlift after the Taliban victory.
Enlargement 16-08-2021

Albania, Kosovo say ready to temporarily house Afghan refugees

Albania and Kosovo have accepted a US request to temporarily take in Afghan refugees seeking visas to enter the United States, the country two countries said on Sunday (15 August).
Global Europe 13-08-2021

EU foreign policy chief urges Afghan government to work with Taliban

The Afghan government should engage with the Taliban to reach an inclusive settlement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday (12 August) as the militant group made rapid gains amid spiralling violence and worries of a refugee crisis.
Global Europe 12-08-2021

Greece says EU not ready for new migrant crisis as Afghan conflict grows

The European Union is not in a position to deal with a repeat of the migration crisis in 2015 and must try to keep people from fleeing the growing conflict in Afghanistan, Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said.
Global Europe 11-08-2021

Biden says Afghan leaders must ‘fight for their nation’ as Taliban gains

Taliban insurgents tightened their grip on captured Afghan territory on Tuesday (10 August), now controlling 65% of the country, as US President Joe Biden urged the nation's leaders to fight for their homeland.

Turkey courts Biden with Kabul airport offer

Turkey is offering to protect Kabul's strategic airport after US forces leave in what experts view as a high-risk bid to improve Ankara's strained ties with Washington.
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.
Non-discrimination 30-06-2021

Pandemic takes toll on refugees’ school access

The difficulties facing refugee children in accessing education across the EU have been accentuated by the COVID–19 pandemic, according to new data, which painted a bleak picture of poor attendance and high drop-out rates.
Global Europe 18-06-2021

Time for transatlantic leadership on refugee resettlement

As numbers of displaced people across the world reach an all-time high, it’s time to restore transatlantic leadership on refugee resettlement, writes David Miliband.

Turkey hosts 15% of world’s refugees, UN report finds

Turkey continued to be the largest refugee hosting country in the world, accounting for nearly 3.7 million refugees, or 15% of all people displaced across borders globally, according to a new report published on Friday by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 
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.