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Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:06 PM

'This will inflame another religious war – this time a religious war inside Syria and the consequences will be many, many more refugees and you know where exactly they will come,' says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

ON IRAN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address a press conference after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 4, 2018. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/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

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

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

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

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

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

UN chief in Greece sees 'tremendous challenge' of migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Speaking after talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens the UN chief also hailed Greece for managing the refugee influx at the same time as grappling with its huge debt crisis

MIGRATION. Macedonian police officer checks the paper of the refugees who cross the border between Greece and Macedonia, near the city of Gevgelija, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, January 6, 2016. Serbia, Croatia and Hungary sent groups of police officers to help the Macedonian police in handling of the migrant crisis on the Greek-Macedonian border. Thousands of migrants continue to cross the border and pass through Macedonia on their way to the European Union countries. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

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

Hundreds feared missing off Greece in new migrant sinking

Jun 03, 2016 - 7:08 PM

UPDATED Until this point 340 people have been rescued and nine bodies have been recovered the Greek coastguard says in a statement without giving details on the migrants nationalities

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

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

Pope Francis arrives on Greek island to meet with refugees

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis arrives in Lesbos for a visit framed as an awareness raising exercise trip whose purpose his spokesman insists is strictly humanitarian and ecumenical not political

POPE'S VISIT. A general view over the hotspot refugee camp, formerly a detention center, in Moria, Lesbos island, Greece, April 5, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

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

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

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

25 migrants drown off Turkey

Mar 06, 2016 - 10:20 PM

UPDATED The Turkish coastguard says 10 out of the 25 fatalities were children

Tusk tells economic migrants: 'Do not come to Europe'

Mar 03, 2016 - 8:28 PM

EU President Donald Tusk also lashes out at unilateral actions by EU members as the bloc grapples with the migrant crisis

President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks to journalists prior to visiting a Migrants Reception Centre in Dobova, Slovenia, on March 2, 2016. After visiting Austria and Slovenia on March 1 and 2, Croatia and Macedonia on March 2, Tusk was expected in Athens and then Ankara on March 3, to meet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Tusk said on March 1, 2016 he would press Turkey this week for more "intensive" help in the migrant crisis, while urging EU states to coordinate better to restore trust. / AFP / Jure Makovec/AFP

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Mar 03, 2016 - 7:05 PM

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EU unveils 700M-euro migrant aid plan for Greece

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:47 PM

UPDATED The funds would be allocated over 3 years under the plan which must be approved by a majority of member states and the European Parliament

epa05190538 Refugees wait to take the permission to pass the Greek-FYROM borders at the refugee camp in Idomeni, northern Greece, 02 March 2016. The refugees camp of Idomeni, at the borders between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), changes shape almost every hour of the day. Less than an hour a ship docks at the port, or a train arrives at the station of Thessalonica, more people flow to every available space in the fields near the frontier where more than 10,000 people have arrived and only 300 of them managed to pass the borders on 02 March. EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Macedonia defends use of tear gas against migrants

Mar 01, 2016 - 8:03 PM

Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki says hundreds of young males were trying to enter Macedonian territory

epa05188275 Members of Macedonian special police forces walk to the border line with Greece, near Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 01 March 2016. Macedonian police fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants after they stormed a metal fence along the border with Greece on 29 February, as refugees were blocked from traveling between the two countries on the main route to Western Europe. Migration restrictions along the so-called Balkan route, the main path for migrants from Greece to other EU countries, has left thousands stranded at the border between Greece and neighboring Macedonia. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Calm in the 'Jungle' ahead of fresh bid to raze migrant camp

Mar 01, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Workers are set to resume destroying shanties after violence broke out on the first day of the demolition

Policemen stand next to agents dismantling shacks as two migrants stand on a shelter's roof on March 1, 2016 in the "Jungle" migrant camp in the French northern port city of Calais. Workers were due to start a second day of destruction in the southern half of the camp, where thousands of migrants and refugees have been living while they try to reach Britain.. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

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Mar 01, 2016 - 12:12 PM

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Migrants try to storm Greece-Macedonia border fence

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:56 PM

UPDATED When one insists on his border the other suffers That s not my Europe says Germany s Angela Merkel lashing out at Austria and Balkan states for introducing tight limits on migrant entries

A Syrian refugee leans against the fence as she waits for the opening of the border to cross into Macedonia, at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on February 28, 2016. Greece warned on February 28, 2016 the number of refugees and migrants on its soil could more than triple next month, reaching as many as 70,000, as a Balkan cap on border crossings left thousands "trapped" in the country. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Greece says up to 70,000 migrants may be 'trapped' next month

Feb 28, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED The bottleneck is expected to get worse after EU members Slovenia and Croatia as well as Serbia and Macedonia impose a limit of 580 migrants entering their borders each day

epa05182244 Refugees and migrants walk to the refugee camp at the buffer zone of the Greek-FYROM border, near the border village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 26 February 2016. The Greek government will proceed with a temporary plan to limit the refugee flow from the islands for the weekend. The aim is to give the necessary time in order to develop new temporary hosting facilities for refugees and migrants in Attica and other regions of the country. EPA/NIKOS ARVANITIDIS

France criticizes 'strange' Belgium border checks

Feb 25, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Belgium takes action to monitor its border as France is expected to demolish a refugee camp

epa05162416 Migrants warm their hands with fire aside of the tents and huts of the makeshift camp called 'The Jungle' next to the fenced area made of containers recycled in rooms in Calais, France, 15 February 2016. A new deadline was set by the French administration for the removal of migrant settlements in a week's time, as authorities plan to create a no-man zone in order to better spot migrants trying to access trucks and reach Britain. Between 4,000 and 7,000 migrants currently live in 'The Jungle'. EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

Kerry: Refugee crisis 'a near existential' threat to Europe

Feb 13, 2016 - 9:41 PM

Kerry on the refugee influx: We are not saying This is your problem not ours This is our problem

KERRY IN MUNICH. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the 52nd Security Conference in Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on February 13, 2016. Sven Hoppe/EPA

Merkel wants expulsion rules toughened after Cologne sex assaults

Jan 09, 2016 - 9:44 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile brief clashes break out during a far right protest on Saturday against the rash of sexual assaults blamed on migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. File photo by Michael Kappeler/EPA/File

Mass brawls erupt in crowded migrant shelters in Germany

Nov 29, 2015 - 11:49 PM

Tensions escalate quickly as often traumatized people from different cultures share spaces

ESCAPE. Migrants walk to a train at the central railway station in Passau, southern Germany, on November 18, 2015. Photo by Christof Stache / AFP

At least 13 dead in migrant boat collision with ferry off Turkey

Sep 20, 2015 - 9:33 PM

Four children are among the victims of the accident involving a vessel carrying 46 migrants

BOAT COLLISION. Rescuers carry the body of a 6-year-old refugee girl at the coast of Mytilini, Lesvos island, Greece, on September 20, 2015. Photo by Stratis Balaskas/EPA

UN to Aquino: Save desperate Syrian refugees

Sep 19, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The UN s refugee agency asks Aquino: Can daang matuwid also be extended in offering solutions to victims of persecution outside of this country?

PATH BLOCKED. A boy pushes against a police barricade as Syrian refugees and migrants march along the highway towards the Turkish-Greek border at Edirne on September 18, 2015. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

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EU summons leaders for refugee crisis summit next Wednesday

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:50 AM

President Tusk would like to focus on other immediate issues that need tackling urgently if we want to get the situation under control including in our neighborhood

REFUGEE CRISIS. In this file photo European Council President Donald Tusk arrives for an EU Summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 22, 2015. File photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

Refugees can no longer pick EU host state – German minister

Sep 14, 2015 - 12:26 AM

The asylum seekers must understand that they cannot chose the states where they are seeking protection says Germany s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere

EU divided as record wave of refugees stream into bloc

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:37 AM

The European Union is bitterly divided over how to cope with the biggest migrant crisis since World War II with some countries on the bloc s borders hardening their stance while others in Western Europe have opened their doors

East European, German ministers to meet on refugee crisis

Sep 10, 2015 - 11:17 PM

The European Union s eastern members have taken the hardest stance against compulsory quotas proposed by the EU Commission

Migrants on their way to Austria who walked from a nearby refugee camp wait for a west-bound train at the railway station of Karolyhaza, 150 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, 05 September 2015. Photo by Csaba Kirizsan/EPA

Iran says EU must live up to historic duty on migrants

Sep 06, 2015 - 9:34 PM

We are glad some European countries have taken positive measures to save the displaced immigrants and we hope that other EU countries would join this trend says Iran s President Hassan Rouhani

SPEECH. Iran President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2014. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA