Migration crisis

    • Muslim headscarf banned in Austrian primary schools

      Muslim headscarf banned in Austrian primary schools

      Austria's parliament passed last week a law intended to ban Muslim girls from wearing the headscarf in primary schools, news wires reported. The bill was support by the governing centre-right People's Party (OeVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) MPs, while almost all of the opposition voted against it. The measure is likely to be challenged as discriminatory in the constitutional court.

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    • Keeping migration under control

      Keeping migration under control

      Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission took stock of progress made over the past 4 years and set out the measures still required to address immediate and future migration challenges, the EU press service reported. Faced with the most severe refugee crisis the world has seen since the Second World War, the EU managed to bring about a step change in migration management and border protection.

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    • Austria tables plan to detain dangerous asylum-seekers

      Austria tables plan to detain dangerous asylum-seekers

      Austria on Monday disclosed plans to preventively detain asylum-seekers if they are considered to pose a potential threat to the public, news wires reported citing Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. The change will be tabled as a constitutional amendment and would enable authorities to detain asylum-seekers without first securing a court order.

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    • Macedonia stops migrants trying Balkan route

      Macedonia stops migrants trying Balkan route

      Police in North Macedonia stopped during the weekend the separate incidents two vehicles carrying 22 migrants who allegedly planned to enter Serbia illegally and travel on to the EU. Police said on Sunday that nine Pakistanis were found in a car in the country's south late Saturday, near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. The driver was arrested and placed in custody.

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    • 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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    • Hundreds of migrants storm Spanish enclave fence

      Hundreds of migrants storm Spanish enclave fence

      Hundreds of migrants stormed last Sunday the fence dividing the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco with about 200 sub-Saharan Africans managing to enter it, news wires reported. One man who climbed over the fence died of an apparent heart attack despite, while nineteen other were being treated for fractures or cuts sustained while scaling the fence, authorities said.

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    • Humanitarian visas to avoid refugees' deaths

      Humanitarian visas to avoid refugees' deaths

      Member States should be able to issue humanitarian visas at embassies and consulates abroad, so people seeking protection can access Europe without risking their life, the Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed last Wednesday. They will ask the European Commission to table by end-March 2019, a legislative proposal establishing a European Humanitarian Visa. It will give access to the Member State issuing the visa for the sole purpose of submitting an application for international protection.

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    • Chemnitz as symptom

      Chemnitz as symptom

      Groups of young people march in the streets and chant “We are the people!” Other groups of young people go out into the neighbouring streets chanting “No to xenophobia.” In recent weeks, this has become a weekly event in the East German town of Chemnitz, whereas lately it has happened in neighbouring Koethen as well. In both cases the reason for turmoil was the death of a German after a conflict with migrants from the Middle East.

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