Migration

Why offshore processing of refugees bound for Europe is such a bad idea

On the same day that a top UN official bravely called on Australia to end the harmful practice of processing asylum applications offshore in Papua …

Refugees

Migrant crisis: Italy backs force to police Libya shore

<b>Italy's cabinet has backed sending a mission to Libya to try to stem the influx of migrants.</b><p>The mission would help Libya "reinforce their capacity to control their borders and national territory", said Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.<p>It would reportedly comprise ships, planes and 700 personnel.<p>Mr …

Italy

Italy Plans Naval Mission Off Libya to Stop Migrant Boats

ROME — Italy’s prime minister convened top cabinet ministers on Thursday to discuss a plan to send Italian warships into Libyan territorial waters to combat smugglers who have sent thousands of migrants to Italian shores.<p>The step came a day after Italy struck a long-elusive deal with Libyan …

Italy

The Latest: EU to spend millions training, | Miami Herald

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):<p>1:45 p.m.<p>The Italian government has approved sending Italian naval units to help …

Paolo Gentiloni

Frail 96-year-old flies back to Scotland after visa wrangle sees her kicked out of Australia

Christina Grant is nearly blind and has mild dementia but has been forced to return to Scotland after a visa error.<p>A frail 96-year-old woman was …

Amber Rudd criticised after 'cowardly' private visit to Police HQ

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been criticised after she made a ‘cowardly’ private visit to Durham Police headquarters.<p>Press and local MPs were …

Amber Rudd

Macron creates confusion over Libyan 'hotspots'

According to AFP, he said that he would send staff from Ofpra, the French office for the protection of refugees and stateless persons, to Italy, …

European News

Amber Rudd on immigration policy 'implementation phase'

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has moved to reassure business there will be no "cliff-edge" on immigration after March 2019.<p>Speaking on a visit to Scotland, she said there would be an "implementation phase" for new migration policy post-Brexit - earlier her immigration minister Brandon Lewis said …

Amber Rudd

Home Office breached woman's human rights in Yarl's Wood 'punishment room'

Kenyan asylum seeker wins high court case after being placed in segregation for 28 hours in immigration removal centre<p>A Kenyan asylum seeker has won a landmark court victory after the Home Office was found to have acted unlawfully and in breach of her human rights by locking her up in segregation …

Rights & Freedoms

Martin Schulz calls for EU solidarity on refugees

Martin Schulz, head of Germany’s Social Democrats, on Thursday criticized EU countries for “cherry picking” the bloc’s policies, especially when it …

European News

[Analysis] Visegrad lobby succeeds in making food quality an EU issue

In particular, the Visegrad group of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, have been active in raising the political profile of the …

European News

Water polo: Croatia end seven-year losing Serbia hoodoo to set up Hungary final

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The Croatian men's water polo team ended a seven-year losing streak against defending champions Serbia on Thursday to advance to the final at the world championships, where they will face hosts Hungary.<p>Croatia won 12-11 in the high scoring game after the two Balkan arch rivals …

Sports

Anti-Migrant Ship Chartered by Alt-Righters May Have Smuggled Migrants: Reports

It’s the latest setback for a sea-bound mission that includes Canada’s infamous far-right vlogger Lauren Southern.<p>A ship chartered by far-right anti-immigrant activists was stopped yesterday in the Turkish part of Cyprus and the crew arrested after police discovered the ship was allegedly …

Refugees

Schulz turns to immigration to revive flagging campaign

ROME (Reuters) - Countries should face financial consequences for refusing to share the burden of housing refugees arriving in Europe, the Social Democrat candidate for German chancellor said during a trip to Italy on Thursday.<p>Speaking after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, …

Martin Schulz

‘Refugee Boats’ and African Capitalism

HAMBURG, Germany — Until a few days ago, you could order “refugee boats” from Alibaba, the enormous Chinese e-marketplace. The Chinese-made rubber boats, available for a couple of hundred dollars, had “good capacity of anti-sinking,” the item’s order page claimed, even if “the boat is filled fully …

Refugees

EU announces new emergency support for Greek refugee crisis | Miami Herald

The European Commission is announcing a new emergency support package for Greece to help it deal with the refugee crisis that has seen tens of …

Refugees

France to carry out asylum seeker checks in Libya

France will set up processing centres this summer in Libya for asylum seekers trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean, President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday.<p>"The idea is to create hotspots to avoid people taking crazy risks when they are not all eligible for asylum. We'll go to …

European News

Captain of far-right ship disrupting refugee rescue missions in the Mediterranean arrested

C-star was chartered by right-wing extremists last month who pledged to "defend Europe".<p>The captain of a ship targeting refugees by disrupting …

UK News

Macron plans asylum “hotspots” for migrants in Libya

Emmanuel Macron has had enough of seeing migrants sleeping rough on the streets of France.<p>In Orleans, the French President attended a citizenship ceremony, which saw the leader propose a new way to stem the flow of migrants into Europe.<p>At the event, in which several refugees were granted French …

Emmanuel Macron

Italy mulls sending navy into Libyan waters to stop migrants

Italy is considering a plan to send its navy into Libyan waters to stop migrants and send them back. Approval for the mission could go before …

News

The Latest: Milan police detain 36 at migrant meeting spot | Miami Herald

The Latest on asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe (all times local):<p>5:20 p.m.<p>Authorities have detained several dozen people outside Milan's main …

Italy

Are migrants paying price as EU targets smugglers in the Med?

<b>There was a serene, enchanting glow to the view from the Vos Prudence search-and-rescue ship as it slowed to a standstill off the Libyan coast a few hours after sunset.</b><p>Three bright orange flames from an oil-rig were visible on the horizon. Closer to the ship, a seagull appeared over a moonlit strip …

Refugees

FINA World Swimming Championships Day 4 Photo Vault

We’ve now hit the half way mark in the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary. It was another fun day of swimming at the Duna …

Olympics

Crew of anti-migrant boat held in Cyprus over 'people-smuggling'

Nine people from C-star, a ship hired by far-right group Generation Identity, arrested in Famagusta with 21 south Asians onboard<p>The crew of a ship hired by a European far-right movement aiming to disrupt migrant rescues in the Mediterranean has been arrested in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus for …

Cyprus

A post-Brexit immigration system that works for all

The UK government has been clear that it wants to use the opportunity of leaving the EU to design a future immigration system that works in the best …

Amber Rudd

UK requests EU migration study, 13 months after Brexit vote

She said the committee “will look at the overall picture, moving beyond individual bits of anecdotal evidence and allowing us to make policy on …

European News

EU strikes double blow against Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic over refugee quotas

Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic suffered a double blow on Wednesday as Brussels mounted a legal fightback to force them to comply with EU …

Czech Republic

Europe's top court says member states can deport migrants to first EU country they entered

GETTYCroatia struggled to cope with large numbers of migrants in 2015<p>In an eagerly awaited ruling judges at the ECJ confirmed that Austria and …

Italy

EU court rejects 'open-door' policy and upholds right of member states to deport refugees

In a ruling which could have far-reaching consequences for how the European Union deals with migrants in future, the European Court of Justice on Wednesday upheld the right of member states to deport asylum-seekers to the first EU country they enter.<p>The ruling amounted to an effective rejection of …

Refugees