migrant crisis

EU to Double Emergency Aid for Refugees Stuck in Greece

ATHENS, Sept 10 – The European Union will more than double emergency aid to Greece in order to improve living conditions for refugees and migrants who have been stranded in the country for months. Some 115 million euros ($129 million) in emergency support is being provided by the EU, in addition to 83 million euros

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UK, France Stick to Calais Migrant Deal “Now and When” Britain Leaves EU

PARIS, Aug 30- British and French interior ministers agreed on Tuesday to develop cooperation “now and when the United Kingdom leaves the EU” to address challenges posed by flows of migrants to the European Union. Britain’s new interior minister, Amber Rudd, came to Paris to meet her French counterpart, seeking assurances on a deal which

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Merkel’s Deputy Says She Underestimated Migrant Integration Challenge

BERLIN, Aug 28 – German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives had “underestimated” the challenge of integrating a record migrant influx. Gabriel is also leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior coalition partner in Merkel’s government – and his comments to broadcaster ZDF come

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Germany Unveils National Crisis Plan, First Overhaul in 20 Years

BERLIN, Aug 24 – Germany has told its citizens to stock up on water and food in the event of a terrorist attack or national catastrophe and may even consider re-introducing conscription in its first overhaul of civil defences in two decades. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved the 70-page plan at a time when Germans

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Germany to Accept Hundreds of Migrants to Boost EU Programme

Germany has agreed to take in hundreds of migrants who are blocked in Italy in a move that might revive the European Union’s failed relocation programme, Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Tuesday. As part of a deal to relieve pressure on Europe’s frontline states in the migration crisis, the European Commission last year

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Naming the Nameless: Experts Struggle to Identify Drowned Migrants

By Isla Binnie and Michele Kambas ROME/ATHENS, Aug 17 – Mose tapped the screen of his mobile phone to zoom in on a photograph of his wife, Yordanos, pointing to a mole under her eyebrow. “She has a recognisable mark here,” the 26-year-old Eritrean said in a park in Rome; after fleeing compulsory military service

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Give Us EU Visa Freedom in Oct. or Abandon Migrant Deal: Turkey

BERLIN, Aug 15 – The European Union should grant Turks visa-free travel in October or the migrant deal that involves Turkey stemming the flow of illegal migrants to the bloc should be put aside, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a German newspaper. Asked whether hundreds of thousands of refugees in Turkey would head to Europe

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EU’s Juncker Sees “Great Risk” to Migrant Deal with Turkey

ZURICH, July 30 – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is concerned that a deal struck with Turkey in March on handling a wave of migrants bound for Europe could collapse, he told an Austrian newspaper. “The risk is great. The success of the pact so far is fragile. (Turkish) President (Tayyip) Erdogan has several times

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