Europe migrant crisis - updates

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Critics slam U.K. post-Brexit immigration plans

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The new measures will make it easier for more qualified, English-speaking workers to get visas, and harder for low-skilled migrants to do so

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near Big Ben. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Locals in a Greek island fear a repeat of the 2015 European migrant crisis as the number of migrant-loaded boats booms in recent weeks

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant woman walks with her children outside the official refugee camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, on August 31, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

Rescued migrants face Christmas at sea after Italy closes ports

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:33 PM

This area of the Mediterranean has been the most deadly for migrants attempting the crossing to Europe

450 migrants stranded at sea as Italy, Malta dig heels in

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The new standoff kicks in just hours after 67 migrants were allowed to disembark from an Italian coast guard ship in Sicily late Thursday

Macron backs sanctions on EU states that refuse migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:01 AM

France and Spain also declare support for the creation of closed reception centers where migrants would be held while their asylum claims are considered.

FRANCE AND SPAIN. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) gestures as he speaks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as they arrive for a joint press conference at The Elysee Palace in Paris on June 23, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/AFP

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP

Italy, Malta in diplomatic spat over migrant arrivals

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:41 PM

"The good God put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily," said the nationalist Salvini, as a new wave of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean prepared to land in Italy.

WAITING. Migrants sit aboard rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily on May 14, 2018. Some 73 migrants of various nationalities, including women and children were rescued by MV Aquarius on May 12. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The measure is aimed at non governmental organizations which Libya accuses of facilitating illegal migration

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The migrants are the latest to risk their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe

Migrants wait to be rescued by Italian coast guard in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS

Italy moves to end migrant crisis with naval mission, NGO crackdown

Aug 03, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The twin moves come as new figures revealed a surprise drop in July in the number of mainly African asylum seekers and economic migrants arriving at the country s southern ports

RESCUED. Members of the Aquarius rescue ship run by NGO SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) help a migrant from Libya to board the ship after his rescue, in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 2, 2017. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100 000 this year

BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

Jul 02, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Rome wants a regional maritime command center to oversee all rescue operations from Greece to Libya to Spain

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

56 jail terms for Egypt migrant shipwreck

Mar 26, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The charges include manslaughter negligence using a boat for unlicensed purposes endangering children and organizing illegal immigration

ANOTHER TRAGEDY. Egyptian rescue workers arrive on a boat carrying bodies of migrants, during a search operation in the Mediterranean, along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 23, 2016. Photo by stringer/AFP

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya – Italy coastguard

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The rescue was undertaken in 22 separate operations coordinated by the Italian coastguard

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

EU-Turkey migrant deal turned Greek islands into 'prisons'

Mar 19, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Thousands of people remain stranded in Greece a year after the European Union and Turkey signed a landmark agreement to reduce migrant flows

A photo taken on March 16, 2017 shows a view of the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos.  The EU-Turkey deal, signed on March 18, 2016, has sought to stem the flow of migrants from Turkey to the EU, in particular Greece, by land and sea routes. The EU expects Turkey to honour a key migrant return accord which Ankara has threatened to ditch amid a bitter dispute with the bloc, a European Commission spokesman said on March 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Germany to 'speed up deportation' of failed asylum seekers

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The planned measures include setting up national deportation centers and offering financial incentives to those who will return voluntarily

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

Germany hunts Tunisian suspect after ISIS claims truck attack

Dec 21, 2016 - 7:48 AM

3rd UPDATE The man is in his early 20s known by 3 different names and was born in the southern city of Tataouine reports say

The scene of a terrorist attack is seen on December 20, 2016 after a lorry smashed into a busy Christmas market in central Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

Police fear Berlin truck rampage driver still at large

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

4th UPDATE A Pakistani asylum seeker is suspected of the attack but doubts emerge over whether the man detained overnight actually committed the atrocity

CRIME SCENE. Authorities inspect a truck that had sped into a Christmas market in Berlin, on December 19, 2016, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more. Odd Andersen/AFP

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued as they drift in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

New deaths put Italy on track for somber migrant records

Oct 25, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The interior ministry which only counts those who have been registered said the latest arrivals lifted to more than 153 000 the total number of asylum seekers and economic migrants who have arrived in Italy since the start of this year

This handout picture taken and released by the Italian Red Cross on October 22, 2016 shows migrants landing in Vibo Marina, after a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea. Yara Nardi/Italian Red Cross/AFP

EU launches tough border force to curb migrant crisis

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Brussels hopes the revamped agency will not just increase security but also help heal the huge rifts that have emerged between western and eastern member states clashing over the EU s refugee policies

Turkey's border police personel patrols next to a barbed wire wall fence erected on the Bulgaria-Turkey border near the town of Lesovo, on September 14, 2016. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

At least 32 migrants dead off Libya – Italy coast guard

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:44 PM

The latest people to be rescued adds to a total of some 132 000 migrants who have landed at Italy s southern ports so far this year

Refugees and migrants wait to be rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. Aris Messinis/AFP

Germany's anti-migrant populists beat Merkel's party in local vote

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:35 PM

3rd UPDATE German Chancellor Angela Merkel s Christian Democratic Union gets just 19 in Mecklenburg Western Vorpommern – its worst showing there

MATE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands at a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party campaign on the eve of state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Eastern Germany, on September 3, 2016. Photo by Adam Berry/AFP

Germany expects 300,000 asylum seekers this year

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Should more people arrive it would put us under pressure But even then we would not have conditions like last year says BAMF chief Frank Juergen Weise

epa05512696 (FILE) A file picture date 07 March 2016 shows Frank-Juergen Weise, Head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, at the opening of the new arrival centre for asylum seekers at the Central Contact Point for Asylum Seekers Saxony-Anhalt in Halberstadt, Germany. Weise said in a newspaper interview on 27 August 2016, that up to 300.000 migrants are expected to arrive to Germany in 2016. EPA/JENS WOLF

UK lawmakers criticize EU response to migrant crisis

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:48 AM

The bloc has struggled to respond to the crisis which has threatened the collapse of the EU s cherished passport free Schengen zone

Children pose in a makeshift camp at the old Athens airport on June 13, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe – UN refugee chief

Jun 19, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Refugees don t bring danger to us they flee from dangerous places says UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

epa05326034 A refugee boy looks out from the window of a bus as he waits to be transferred to a hospitality centre during a police operation at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 24 May 2016. The transport of refugees from Idomeni to the new accommodation centres started on Tuesday. According the refugee coordinating committee spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis, all the refugees will have been transferred in the next ten days adding that it will be a smooth relocation procedure and not a police sweeping operation. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

More migrant bodies wash up on Libyan beaches

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:50 AM

Over 130 bodies are found on beaches in Libya over the past 4 days

epa05343251 A buoyancy aid lies on a beach where bodies of migrants washed up, in Zuwarah, west of Tripoli, Libya, 02 June 2016. According to media reports citing Red Crescent officials, at least 85 bodies have washed up onto Libyan beaches this week. EPA/STR

Migrants hurt, tents torched in Lesbos brawl

Jun 02, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis battle each other with clubs and stones

Volunteers help an injured migrant, following overnight clashes between migrants at the Moria migrant detention camp on the island of Lesbos, early on June 2, 2016. Over a dozen migrants were hurt on June 2 in a brawl in the main detention camp on the Greek island of Lesbos that also saw nearly 30 tents torched. Hundreds of people -- mainly families with children -- were evacuated from the camp during the night as rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis went at each other with clubs and stones. There were nearly 3,000 people in the Moria camp ahead of the clash, most of them asylum applicants trying to avoid deportation to Turkey under an EU deal that went into effect in March.  / AFP PHOTO / STR

20 rescued from boat in English Channel

May 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED They are among thousands of people trying to reach Britain where they believe they will have a better chance of getting jobs

Dozens of children drown as shipwrecks claim 700 lives, survivors say

May 29, 2016 - 6:52 PM

3rd UPDATE Survivors tell harrowing stories of their journeys in the Mediterranean

epa05330259 A handout picture released by the European Union Naval Force - Mediterranean (Eunavformed) on 26 May 2016 shows people in stress on their overturned boat in Canal of Sicily off the Libyan coast, 25 May 2016. The Italian navy said it had recovered five bodies from the overturned migrant ship. Over 550 migrants on board were rescued safely. EPA/EUNAVFOR MED OHQ / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Migrant crisis is 'global challenge' – G7 leaders

May 27, 2016 - 11:45 AM

German leader Angela Merkel says the G7 had decided to dedicate its attention this year especially to Iraq – one of the chief sources of the tide of migrants fleeing conflict and seeking refuge in Europe

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant sits on a rail, among tents on the Greek side of the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 10, 2016. File photo by Zoltan Balogh/EPA

Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

May 24, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Thousands of refugees and migrants are being moved to reception centers around the country

epa05326199 A refugee family sits in front of their tent waiting to be transferred to hospitality centres, during a police operation in a refugee camp at the border between Greece and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 24 May 2016. Greece started the transport of refugees from Idomeni to the new accommodation centres started on 24 May. According to the refugee coordinating committee spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis, all refugees from Idomeni will have been transferred in the next ten days adding that it will be a smooth relocation procedure and not a police sweeping operation. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS / POOL EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS / POOL EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS / POOL

Turkey visa deal unravels as Erdogan defies EU on key condition

May 12, 2016 - 10:10 PM

3rd UPDATE Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the European Union of hypocrisy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during an event entitled "Domestic and national will in Turkish political History" at ATO Congress Center in Ankara, on May 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

May 07, 2016 - 2:20 AM

I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being says the pontiff

Pope Francis gives a speech during the award ceremony of Germany's famed Charlemagne Prize, given to public figures in recognition of contribution to European unity, on May 6, 2016, at the Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANGELO CARCONI

Italy to start fingerprinting migrants at sea

Apr 28, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The move might ease tensions between Italy and other European countries which are still struggling to deal with the migrant crisis

epa05265392 Some of the 108 migrants disembark at Lampesusa's harbour from the Aquarius ship of the humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee, in Lampesusa, Italy, 18 April 2016. Six bodies were recovered and 108 migrants were rescued from a semi-submerged rubber dinghy as boat arrivals accelerate amid calm seas. A private rescue ship, the Aquarius, run by humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee found the bodies on the rubber dingyon 17 April 2016. EPA/ELIO DESIDERIO

'There was such suffering': Pope Francis on meeting with migrants

Apr 18, 2016 - 1:06 AM

There were so many children Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying drowned at sea says the pontiff

Pope Francis hugs a child at the Moria detention center in Mytilene on April 16, 2016.  Pope Francis received an emotional welcome today on the Greek island of Lesbos during a visit aimed at showing solidarity with migrants fleeing war and poverty. Pope Francis, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Jerome visit Lesbos today to turn the spotlight on Europe's controversial deal with Turkey to end an unprecedented refugee crisis. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Refugees escape war, but face new threat in Europe – germs

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Health experts warn refugees are at risk of illnesses such as measles tuberculosis cholera and typhoid fever

epa05252765 A refugee woman washes her clothes, at a makeshift camp where refugees and migrants find temporary shelter, at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 10 April 2016. The use of violence against refugees is dangerous and reprehensible, Refugee Crisis Body spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis says. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

First migrant drownings in Aegean Sea since EU-Turkey deal

Apr 10, 2016 - 1:07 AM

Meanwhile Italy and Albania are working closely to prevent the creation of a new migrant route via the Greek Albanian border

Pope Francis set to visit refugees in Greece as deportations stall

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

The trip by the pope who will be accompanied by the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church is likely to pile pressure on European leaders already criticized for the deal with Turkey

IN LIMBO. Migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan protest against deportations in the hotspot refugee camp, formerly a detention centre, in Moria, Lesvos island, Greece, April 5, 2016. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

First wave of migrants returned to Turkey under EU deal

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED The European Union also keeps its side of the pact with 16 Syrian asylum seekers flying into Germany

BACK IN TURKEY. Refugees escorted by Turkish police walk pass a banner reading: 'Migration directorate of the Izmir Governor' as they arrive by ferry from the Greek island of Lesvos (Lesbos) at the Dikili harbour in Izmir, Turkey, April 4, 2016. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Pope slams 'rejection' of migrants, refugees in Easter message

Mar 27, 2016 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis also speaks of areas affected by climate change

Pope to wash asylum seekers' feet in Easter ritual

Mar 23, 2016 - 1:45 AM

Pope Francis will perform the ritual in the town of Castelnuovo di Porto to bring attention to the plight of refugees

epa05220417 Pope Francis presides over a Mass for the ordination of Monsignor Peter Brian Wells and Monsignor Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 19 March 2016. EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI

UN slams migrant 'detention facilities' in Greece

Mar 22, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The UN refugee agency also suspends some activities in the Greek islands where thousands of migrants have been arriving

epa05224129 A migrant woman cleans the area around her tent at the Greek-Macedonian border, in Idomeni, Greece, 21 March 2016. Migration restrictions along the so-called Balkan route, the main path for migrants and refugees from the Middle East to the EU, has left thousands of migrants trapped in Greece. EPA/ARMANDO BABANI

Migrants keep landing in Greece despite EU-Turkey deal

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:01 AM

Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules

People sit in a camp near the Greek-Macedonian border on March 21, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greece scrambles to implement EU-Turkey migrant deal

Mar 20, 2016 - 1:19 AM

Amnesty International has callled the deal a historic blow to human rights

'OPEN BOARD.' A slogan on the hands of a migrant reads 'Open board' as he takes part in a protest march calling for justice for migrants outside the European Commission offices, in central Athens, on March 19, 2016. Panayotis Tzamaros/AFP

EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:14 AM

4th UPDATE Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA

EU leaders push migrant plan ahead of Turkey summit

Mar 16, 2016 - 2:40 PM

EU president Donald Tusk warns that hard work lies ahead to finalize the deal after Cyprus threatened to derail it over long standing disagreements with Turkey

A young migrant runs through the refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) near Idomeni, Northern Greece, March 15, 2016. Nake Batev/EPA

5 dead in new migrant boat sinking off Turkey

Mar 10, 2016 - 8:52 PM

The fatalities include a baby while two others remain missing

epa05204038 Members of Turkish emergency services capture migrants on a boat after they attempted to reach the Greek island Lesbos in the Agean Sea in Ayvacik district near Canakkale, coastal city of Turkey, 10 March 2016. Five people, including a baby, drowned off Turkey's coast when their boat capsized en route to Greece, it was reported, as migrants continue to make the dangerous journey from Turkey to the European Union. About 850,000 made the crossing in 2015, but hundreds of others died in the attempt. EPA/STR