migrant crisis

Germany Wants Refugees to Integrate or Lose Residency Rights

BERLIN, March 28 – German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he is planning a new law that will require refugees to learn German and integrate into society, or else lose their permanent right of residence. The initiative comes after voters punished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in regional elections earlier this month, giving a thumbs-down

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EU-Turkey Migrant Scheme Could Start Sunday: EU officials

By Francesco Guarascio and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 18 – A plan to return all irregular migrants arriving on Greek islands back to Turkey could take effect on Sunday if EU leaders strike a deal on Friday with the Turkish prime minister, senior EU officials said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned overnight that any delay

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EU Leaders Meet to Offer Migrant Deal to Turkey

By Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 17  – Leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on Thursday to agree on a deal to offer Turkey the following day that would secure Ankara’s commitment to a scheme intended to halt migrant flows to the Greek islands. A year into a crisis in which

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EU Ministers Cautious on Easing Visa Rules for Turkey Under Migration Deal

By Tom Körkemeier and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 10 – European Union interior ministers expressed reservations on Thursday over easing visa requirements for Turkey, a key element of a tentative deal with Ankara that Brussels and Germany hope will halt the mass influx of refugees and migrants to Europe. EU and Turkish leaders agreed in

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Europe’s Deal With Turkey Fails to Deter Migrant Attempts For Now

By Dasha Afanasieva and Melih Aslan DIDIM, Turkey, March 9 – Turkey’s coastguard intercepted dozens of mostly Syrian migrants in coves along the Aegean coast on Wednesday as they continued to attempt perilous sea crossings to Greece despite Ankara’s efforts to stem the flow under a deal with the European Union. A group of 42

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Macedonia Closes Border to Illegal Migrants

SKOPJE, March 9 – Macedonia has closed its border “completely” to illegal migrants after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announced tight new restrictions on migrant entry, a police official said on Wednesday. Thousands of migrants have built up on the Greek side of the Macedonian border. Macedonia had been allowing small numbers of Syrians and Iraqis

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Besieged Syrian Children Run Toward Bombs for Fire Wood: Aid Worker

UNITED NATIONS, March 9 – Instead of fleeing aerial bombings throughout winter, besieged Syrian children ran towards devastated buildings to search for broken furniture that could fuel fires for warmth and cooking, said a Syrian aid worker as the country marks five years of war. The aid worker – who spoke on condition of anonymity

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“Game Changer”: How EU May Shut Turkish Door On Migrants

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 8  – A European Union draft deal with Turkey to stop migrants reaching Greece introduces a harder edge of coercion to what critics have derided as a hitherto feeble EU response to a crisis tearing it apart. Just last week, some saw European Council President Donald Tusk running short on

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EU Welcomes Bold Turkey Plan to Stop Migrants, Defers Decision

By Humeyra Pamuk and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, March 8 – European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who cross into Europe from its soil and agreed in principle to Ankara’s demands for more money, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel in return. However, key details remained to

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EU Welcomes Bold Turkey Plan to Stop Migrants, Defers Decision

By Humeyra Pamuk and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, March 8 – European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who cross into Europe from its soil and agreed in principle to Ankara’s demands for more money, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel in return. However, key details remained to

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