About: Ylva Johansson

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.

EU Commission urges probe after report on migrant pushbacks in Greece, Croatia

The European Union's executive called for an investigation into illegal migrant pushbacks after a report by German media outlets Der Spiegel and ARD documented what they said were Greek, Croatian and Romanian officials carrying out such operations.

Commission acknowledges its Bulgaria failures

The European Commission acknowledged for the first time on Thursday (16 September) that it had not done enough to help fight high-level corruption in Bulgaria. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports
Economy & Jobs 16-09-2021

EU sweetens its Blue Card for foreign professionals

The EU's Blue Card giving eligible foreign professionals the right to live and work in the bloc is being made more attractive under modifications approved Wednesday (15 September) by the European Parliament.

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.

Between Belarus and Afghanistan, an EU dispute is looming over migration

EU member states, nervous about a replay of Europe's 2015-16 migration crisis and a surge of Afghan migrants, agreed on Wednesday (18 August) they need to strengthen their external borders.

Greece defends use of anti-migrant sound cannons

Greece's minister for migration and asylum on Wednesday (9 June) defended his country's use of "sound cannons" to deter irregular migrants, as a senior EU official called their use "strange" and legally questionable.

Italy hopeful on reviving EU migrant burden sharing deal

Italy is pushing EU partners to revive migrant burden-sharing deals as it seeks to stave off a summertime surge in landings from North Africa, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Wednesday (12 May).
Global Europe 11-05-2021

Brussels calls on EU countries to help Italy by taking migrants

The EU's commissioner for home affairs, Ylva Johansson, on Monday (10 May) called for the bloc's countries to show "solidarity" with Italy after it took on more than 1,400 migrants arriving on boats over the weekend.
Global Europe 29-04-2021

EU adopts stricter rules against online ‘terrorist content’

Online content deemed "terrorist" in nature can be ordered removed within an hour in the EU under stricter rules adopted on Wednesday (28 April) by the European Parliament.

EU adopts strategy on sending irregular migrants back

The EU is looking to plug a big gap in migration policy by boosting measures to have irregular migrants voluntarily returned to their countries under a strategy adopted on Tuesday (27 April).

Covid, cocaine take Europe to ‘breaking point’, says Europol

The coronavirus pandemic could fuel organised crime for years to come in Europe, a continent already at "breaking point" from an unprecedented flood of cocaine, the EU's policing agency warned Monday (12 April).
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.

EU commissioner tells Bosnia to manage migration better

The European Union's migration commissioner Ylva Johansson urged Bosnia on Thursday (18 February) to manage migration properly and share the burden of its migrant crisis equally across the country if it is to stay on course for EU membership.

Morocco rebuffs EU request to re-admit third-country migrants

Morocco has rebuffed a European Union request to take back third-party nationals who reach Europe from the North African kingdom, its interior ministry said on Tuesday (15 December).

EU sets out plan to expand Europol’s counter-terror mandate

The European Commission proposed to expand the mandate of the European police agency Europol and reinforce external border controls as part of the bloc's broader counter-terrorism strategy, presented on Wednesday (9 December).
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).

Commission says closing EU borders ‘won’t stop’ terror

The EU's top home affairs official on Monday (30 December) said putting up borders within Europe was ineffective against terrorism and would only hurt the bloc's post-Covid economic recovery.

Commission issues guidelines on ‘integration’ to clear way for EU migration pact

The European Commission on Tuesday (24 November) issued a new set of guidelines, calling on EU member states to do a better job of integrating migrants into European societies.

EU to present anti-terror plan in December

EU interior ministers on Friday (13 November), promised a coordinated crackdown on Islamist extremism after last month’s attacks in Paris, Nice and Vienna, as the bloc walks a fine line between tackling the threat of terror attacks and stigmatizing its Muslim...
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.

Commission calls for meeting with Frontex over alleged ‘push-back incidents’

The European Commission has called for an urgent extraordinary meeting of the Management Board of EU border agency Frontex, which has been accused of "illegal pushbacks" of migrants in the Aegan Sea. EURACTIV's partner Euroefe reports.

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.