Migration

    • Historical low for migration due to pandemic

      Historical low for migration due to pandemic

      This year (2020) is expected to be a historical low for international migration in the OECD area due to COVID-19 crisis, that has unprecedented consequences on migration flows. Following the onset of the pandemic, almost all OECD countries restricted admission to foreigners. As a result, issuances of new visas and permits in OECD countries plummeted by 46% in the first half of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019. This is the largest drop ever recorded. In the second quarter, the decline was 72%, the OECD International Migration Outlook 2020 says.

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    • Demetra Duleva: I come back to leave again

      Demetra Duleva: I come back to leave again

      Leaving Bulgaria is not just a desire to get out of poverty and earn more money. It is something much more fundamental, which is obviously so significant that most of the emigrants are willing to pay a very high price to have it, Demetra Duleva says in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Federico Alagna: EU's big mistake is to consider migration as a problem

      Federico Alagna: EU's big mistake is to consider migration as a problem

      Migration is a complex, long-standing and absolutely ordinary phenomenon, which can entail challenges at times, but also plenty of opportunities. And, as such, it should be addressed and dealt with in a comprehensive way. When one considers migration as a problem, then the whole discourse is in a way misled. I would say that the pandemic has exacerbated an already existing attitude that, very broadly, the EU has kept over the years, Italian political researcher Federico Alagna says in an interview to Europost.

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    • Swiss to vote again on limiting EU migration

      Swiss to vote again on limiting EU migration

      The Swiss will on 17 May vote on a proposal that could dramatically limit immigration from the EU, six years after a similar referendum nearly destroyed relations with the bloc. Announced last Wednesday by country's government, the so-called “limitation initiative” calls for the country to revise its constitution to ensure it can autonomously handle its immigration policy.

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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 speed up deportations to curb migrant influx

      Greece to speed up deportations to curb migrant influx

      Greece is to step up border patrols, move asylum-seekers from islands to the mainland and speed up deportations in an effort to deal with a resurgence in migrant flows from neighbouring Turkey, news wires reported. A government’s unit convened on Saturday for an emergency session after the arrival on Thursday of more than a dozen boats carrying around 600 migrants, the first such arrival in three years.

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    • Giles Merritt: It would be wonderful if Merkel were to succeed Donald Tusk

      Giles Merritt: It would be wonderful if Merkel were to succeed Donald Tusk

      My hope is that the solution will be a second referendum. That finally politicians on both sides will understand that the only way out is to ask the British voters again, after three years of heated debate and with much more information available: “Do you still want to leave the European Union?” or “Do you want to think again and perhaps stay?”, says Giles Merritt, Founder and Chairman of Friends of Europe, in an interview to Europost.

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    • Pledging for more fair Europe

      Pledging for more fair Europe

      Upholding the standpoint that the EU has to be more fair and closer to the concerns and desires of its citizens, and hence needing a number of changes, the six candidates for the EU's top job held their Eurovision Presidential Debate in Brussels. It took place at the hemicycle of the European Parliament on Wednesday, 15 May. In just one week, it will be clear who among them will on 1 November take the seat of Jean-Claude Juncker as chief of the EU executive, if of course the European Council and the European Parliament also give their consent.

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