# Migrants

(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen participate in a last roundtable discussion following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
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EU executive to propose overhaul of migration and asylum system

The European Commission will propose a revision of the migration and asylum system. At the same time, the International Organization for Migration demands attention to the fundamental right to asylum.
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SERENE ASSIR Syrian refugees and migrants walk in a field to cross the border between Greece and F.Y.R. of Macedonia on August 29, 2015. When an Iraqi refugee couple who survived a hellish journey through the Balkans crossed the border into Germany with their baby, they celebrated that their dream of a "beautiful life" far from bombs seemed finally within reach. On the plush train from Vienna that refugees, businessmen and tourists shared, Ahmad and Alia from Baghdad laughed as they looked back on their nightmarish week-long odyssey from Turkey to Greece, then Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria. All their difficulties, they hoped, were behind them now, the LCD route map on the evening train showing they were inside Germany and out of danger. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)
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Europe still mired in division after migrant crisis

Since taking in more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in 2015, Europe has stepped up border controls but still falls short on common migration and asylum policies
Migrants from Africa sit in a rubber dinghy as they arrive from Turkey to the beach of the village of Skala Sikamineas. More than 20,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean since migration in the region started surging in 2014, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday in Geneva.
Migrants from Africa sit in a rubber din […]

EU agency: Central Med migrant crossings more than doubled in July

The number of illegal sea migration across the Mediterranean has doubled in July compared to the month before. All in all nevertheless, migration figures within the EU have fallen in 2020 due to the corona virus travel restrictions.
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrives for the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020, held to discuss the next long-term budget of the European Union (EU). (Photo by Ludovic Marin / various sources / AFP)
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsota […]

Coronavirus praise as Greek PM completes first year in office

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been praised for his government's response to COVID-19 but tackling the economic impact of the lockdown will be the true test of his leadership, analysts say
An asylum seeker is waiting to take a ferry from the port of Mitilini to Athens in Greece. Photo: Socrates Baltagiannis/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
An asylum seeker is waiting to take a fe […]

EU Commission’s long-awaited migration reform plan expected September

The European Union has confirmed that an "EU migration and asylum pact" will be proposed to the 27 member states by autumn, in order to reach an agreement regarding the asylum and migrants allocation within the EU.
Some of the 67 migrants rescued by members of French NGO SOS Mediterranee chartered-boat Ocean Viking off the coast of Lampedusa island are helped off a speedboat on June 25, 2020. Photo: Shahzad Abdul / AFP
Some of the 67 migrants rescued by membe […]

‘I’m going to jump’: tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

After over a week at sea, tensions are running high on the Ocean Viking, the charity ship that has pulled 164 migrants from the Mediterranean but which is now marking time, waiting for a safe port
Members of the Spanish NGO Maydayterraneo rescue the last migrant of a group of 65 rescued in Mediterranean international waters off the Libyan coast on February 10, 2020. Photo: Pablo Garcia / AFP
Members of the Spanish NGO Maydayterrane […]

Political stagnation and virus galvanise Maghreb migrants

With the coronavirus pandemic further squeezing already scant economic opportunities, Algerians and Tunisians are more determined than ever to reach Europe