By Elizabeth Pineau and Christian Lowe, PARIS (Reuters): France is to clear out some migrant tent camps, impose quotas for migrant workers and deny newly-arrived asylum seekers access to non-urgent healthcare, in a drive to show voters President Emmanuel Macron is heeding their concerns about..
Greece wants to return 10,000 migrants to Turkey after deadly camp fire September 30, 2019
ATHENS, (AFP): Greece said Monday it wanted to start sending back thousands of migrants to Turkey, a day after a deadly fire sparked riots at an overcrowded camp on the island of Lesbos. The decision, taken at an emergency cabinet meeting, came as officials in Greece and abroad called for action..
Valletta (AFP): The migrant rescue boat Alan Kurdi has saved another 44 people, including women and infants from their stricken vessel in the Mediterranean, its operator German charity Sea-Eye said on Tuesday. Malta has agreed to take in those rescued and is sending a vessel to pick them up, the..
MILAN, (AFP): A charity rescue vessel on Saturday brought 41 shipwrecked migrants into port in Lampedusa, the second boat to defy far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's bid to close Italian ports to them. Mediterranea's Italian-flagged Alex arrived in port where a strong police presence was..
By ANNALISA CAMILLI and FRANCES D'EMILIO, LAMPEDUSA, Sicily (AP) — The German captain of a humanitarian rescue ship with 40 migrants aboard has been arrested after she rammed her vessel into an Italian border police motorboat while docking at a tiny Mediterranean island Saturday in defiance of..
Lampedusa (Italy) (AFP): The Sea-Watch 3 charity ship carrying dozens of migrants rescued off Libya forced its way into the Italian port of Lampedusa on Friday night after a lengthy standoff, the charity said. Sea-Watch spokesman Ruben Neugebauer told AFP the boat's German captain Carola Rackete,..
THE HAGUE, (AFP): Mediterranean countries say they have taken a key step towards finding out the fate of thousands of migrants -- many fleeing Syria's war -- who have gone missing while trying to reach Europe. At a meeting of the International Commission for Missing Persons in The Hague this week,..
BERLIN, (AFP) - Germany and France on Thursday condemned Moscow for making it easier to obtain Russian passports in separatist areas of east Ukraine, saying the move undermined the Minsk peace agreements. "Together with France, we condemn the Russian decree, which would ease the granting of..
Immigration Is Good for Britain, We Just Need Control: British PM May February 25, 2019
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May denied accusations by some in her governing Conservative Party that she had "a problem with immigration", saying on Sunday that while it had been good for Britain, people just wanted more control. Last week, Anna Soubry, a Conservative..
Migrant boat capsize leaves 8 dead, 25 missing off Turkey October 10, 2018
ANKARA, (AFP) - Eight people died and 25 were missing after a boat carrying illegal migrants capsized off Turkey's western shores, the coastguard said on Wednesday. The discovery came after an Iraqi woman in wet clothes and wearing a life jacket sought help in Karaburun district, Izmir province,..
EU security chiefs, Sessions hold stadium terrorism exercise October 9, 2018
By JOHN LEICESTER, LYON, France (AP) — European security chiefs struggled over solutions to the migrant crisis and oversaw a simulated terrorist attack on a stadium Tuesday, with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looking on. Elite police forces staged the anti-terrorism exercise Tuesday in the..
UK says EU immigrants won’t get priority after Brexit October 2, 2018
By JILL LAWLESS, BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Britain will not offer European Union citizens preferential immigration status after Brexit, the government said Tuesday, announcing a system designed to give migrants with skills the U.K. needs priority over low-skilled migrants. At present, all EU..
Greece to move 2,000 out of overcrowded Lesbos migrant camp September 18, 2018
By ELENA BECATOROS and RAPHAEL KOMINIS, MORIA, Greece (AP) — Some 2,000 asylum-seekers will be moved out of a severely overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos this month, a Greek official said Tuesday as charities slammed conditions at the camp, which has raw sewage running out of..
Austria: EU summit focus on Brexit, migration, cool tension September 17, 2018
PARIS (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says Brexit and bridge-building will be center-stage at a two-day European Union summit this week. Kurz met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday, having met the previous day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We have to..
Sweden faces political deadlock after gains by far-right party September 10, 2018
Niklas Pollard, Simon Johnson, STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden headed for a hung parliament after an election on Sunday that saw support for the nationalist Sweden Democrats surge, as one of Europe’s most liberal nations turned right amid fears over immigration. Far-right parties have made..