Migrants

A new home in Europe?
Europe was plunged into crisis in 2015 as more than a million migrants flooded into the continent, making the risky journey across the Aegean to Greece or braving a perilous Mediterranean crossing. A deal with Turkey has stemmed the flow but can the EU agree a common approach to tackling the mass movement of people?
(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen participate in a last roundtable discussion following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Coun […]

EU executive to propose overhaul of migration and asylum system

The European Commission will propose a revision of the migration and asylum system. At the same time, the International Organization for Migration demands attention to the fundamental right to asylum.
An aerial photo shows migrants in a dinghy wearing life jackets as they illegally cross the English Channel from France to Britain on September 11, 2020. - The number of migrants crossing the English Channel -- which is 33,8 km (21 miles) at the closest point in the Straits of Dover -- in small inflatable boats has spiralled over the summer of the 2020. According to authorities in northern France some 6,200 migrants have attempted the crossing between January 1 and August 31, 2020, compared with 2,294 migrants for the whole of 2019. (Photo by Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP)
An aerial photo shows migrants in a ding […]

‘Just God, the water and us’: risking the Channel ‘death route’ to Britain

AFP followed two groups of migrants as they made the perilous journey from the French town of Grande-Synthe to Dover in the south of England via the choppy waters of the Channel
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SERENE ASSIR Syrian refugees and migrants walk in a field to cross the border between Greece and F.Y.R. of Macedonia on August 29, 2015. When an Iraqi refugee couple who survived a hellish journey through the Balkans crossed the border into Germany with their baby, they celebrated that their dream of a "beautiful life" far from bombs seemed finally within reach. On the plush train from Vienna that refugees, businessmen and tourists shared, Ahmad and Alia from Baghdad laughed as they looked back on their nightmarish week-long odyssey from Turkey to Greece, then Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria. All their difficulties, they hoped, were behind them now, the LCD route map on the evening train showing they were inside Germany and out of danger. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)
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Europe still mired in division after migrant crisis

Since taking in more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in 2015, Europe has stepped up border controls but still falls short on common migration and asylum policies
Migrants from Africa sit in a rubber dinghy as they arrive from Turkey to the beach of the village of Skala Sikamineas. More than 20,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean since migration in the region started surging in 2014, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday in Geneva.
Migrants from Africa sit in a rubber din […]

EU agency: Central Med migrant crossings more than doubled in July

The number of illegal sea migration across the Mediterranean has doubled in July compared to the month before. All in all nevertheless, migration figures within the EU have fallen in 2020 due to the corona virus travel restrictions.
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