Migrants

    • Migrants on Lesbos revolt, police fire teargas to calm protests

      Migrants on Lesbos revolt, police fire teargas to calm protests

      Greek police fired teargas to disperse migrants and refugees protesting on Monday about conditions in migrant camps on the island of Lesbos and the slow pace of processing asylum requests. Violence broke out near the Kara Tepe camp, a police official said, after hundreds of people marched from the island’s congested migrant camps to the city of Mytilene, Reuters reported.

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    • Pope calls for peace in Christmas message

      Pope calls for peace in Christmas message

      Delivering his traditional Christmas Day message Urbi et Orbi, Pope Francis urged the world to let the light of Christmas pierce the "darkness in human hearts" that leads to religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and migration. The 83-year-old pope called for peace in the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Venezuela, Ukraine and several African countries caught up in conflicts.

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    • Greece gets tougher with arriving asylum seekers

      Greece gets tougher with arriving asylum seekers

      Greece will shut down overcrowded refugee camps on its Aegean islands and replace them with more restrictive holding centres, authorities said last Wednesday. The move is part of a government plan to tackle the resurgence in migrant arrivals in the last months. Vowing to tighten its borders and clear away bottlenecks in asylum procedures, Greek parliament approved earlier this month tougher asylum guidelines

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    • Migrants torch cars, injure policeman in Malta

      Migrants torch cars, injure policeman in Malta

      A group of migrants went on rampaging in Malta, and torched at least five cars and injured a policeman in a holding centre, demanding to be let free, news wires reported. The violence broke out Sunday night at a former British army barracks, close to Malta's airport. The migrants took control of part of the compound, and the situation was brought back under control only in the early hours of Monday.

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    • Migrant kills one, wounds another in Austria knife attacks

      Migrant kills one, wounds another in Austria knife attacks

      A knife-wielding Afghan man killed one person and badly wounded another in a series of attacks in Austria on Monday, police said. The man, 33, wounded a staff member at a refugee centre in Wullowitz, near the border with the Czech Republic, before fleeing the scene by bicycle. He then stabbed to death a nearby resident and took his car, police said.

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    • EU urged to share refugees as boat tragedies mount

      EU urged to share refugees as boat tragedies mount

      A nucleus of four EU countries was trying Tuesday to coax more reluctant member states to take a share of rescued asylum-seekers, a day after another Mediterranean migrant boat tragedy. Germany, France, Italy and Malta were seeking support from colleagues in an EU interior ministers' meeting in Luxembourg for an agreement they worked out 23 September in Malta meant to serve as a six-month, stop-gap plan pending a long-delayed reform of the EU's asylum policy.

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    • Greece to start returning migrants to Turkey en masse

      Greece to start returning migrants to Turkey en masse

      Thousands of migrants clogged at overcrowded migrant camps on the island of Lesbos in Greece should return to Turkey, the Greek government declared last Monday, a day after a deadly fire broke out at the Moria camp. Athens wants to send back to Turkey at least 10,000 migrants by the end of 2020, in a bid to ease pressure on the overcrowded camps at the Aegean islands, the government said in a statement following the four-hour cabinet meeting.

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    • Greece asks Frontex for help as migrant flows surge

      Greece asks Frontex for help as migrant flows surge

      The Greek coast guard has sent a new request, the second within three weeks, for additional assistance from Frontex, amid the recent surge in migrant flows to the islands of the eastern Aegean, Kathimerini newspaper reported on Monday. More specifically, Greece has asked the European Border and Coast Guard Agency to provide state-of-the-art monitoring equipment – mainly radars and thermal cameras.

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    • Rome, Paris will run for new system of taking in migrants

      Rome, Paris will run for new system of taking in migrants

      Meeting in Rome on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian PM Giuseppe Conte agreed that EU must introduce a new, automatic system of taking in migrants saved from the Mediterranean, news wires reported. The issue has caused particular tensions between Rome and Paris, with Italy complaining that French non-governmental organisations have been instrumental in rescuing migrants but that France has not done enough to help take them in.

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