Migrants

    • Managing migration to further lessen irregular arrivals number

      Managing migration to further lessen irregular arrivals number

      Ahead of December European Council, the Commission last Tuesday called on Member States and the European Parliament to consolidate the significant progress made by adopting the outstanding reform proposals, the EU press service reported. The EU's comprehensive approach on migration is delivering on all fronts: deeper cooperation with partner countries; better-protected external borders; and more effective tools to manage migration inside the EU.

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    • Greece receives €43.7m to improve migration reception

      Greece receives €43.7m to improve migration reception

      The European Commission has awarded an additional €43.7m in emergency assistance to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support Greece in responding to migratory challenges. The grant has been awarded from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and will support the provision of emergency shelter for up to 6,000 asylum seekers and refugees by rapidly establishing places in temporary accommodation facilities.

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    • Merkel looks to Africa to cement a legacy shaped by migration

      Merkel looks to Africa to cement a legacy shaped by migration

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted African leaders on Tuesday, pledging a new development fund to tackle underdevelopment on the continent that has helped to spur mass migration, shaping the later years of her long premiership. Merkel announced on Monday she would retire from politics by 2021, sending shockwaves across Europe and starting a race to succeed her. She needs the Compact with Africa summit to show that progress has been made in addressing the aftermath of one of the defining moments of her 13 years in power: her 2015 decision to open Germany’s doors to more than a million refugees.

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    • Top Greek court orders inquiry into handling of EU funds

      Top Greek court orders inquiry into handling of EU funds

      Greek Supreme Court Public Prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou has ordered a preliminary investigation into media reports about an alleged mismanagement of €570m of EU funds given to Greece to cope with the migration crisis. According to reports, country’s financial prosecutor Marianna Psaroudaki has already summoned witnesses to testify, including the head of the migration policy ministry’s reception and identification service, Lieutenant General Andreas Iliopoulos. 

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    • Merkel, Kurz back Juncker on stronger EU borders

      Merkel, Kurz back Juncker on stronger EU borders

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz appeared to put aside their differences on Sunday in Berlin, as the two leaders announced a series of efforts aimed at combating irregular migration to Europe. Although Merkel and Kurz have previously clashed on migration, this time they both welcomed plans by European Commission President Jean-Clause Juncker to bolster Frontex staff to 10,000 by 2020 and agreed to cooperate with African states to stem migration flows.

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    • UN: Migrant crossings across Mediterranean fall, but risk rises

      UN: Migrant crossings across Mediterranean fall, but risk rises

      Fewer people are making the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, but the proportion of those losing their lives trying has sharply risen. That's one of the key findings from the latest UNHCR report about efforts to reach Europe. The report, released early Monday and titled "Desperate Journeys," says that even though the number of crossings and deaths has plunged compared to recent years, the voyage has become far more deadly in percentage terms for those who venture across.

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