# Asylum

(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
(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Coun […]

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
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 migrants who were stuck on a ship since their rescue in the Mediterranean 10 days ago disembark in Valletta, Malta on April 13, 2019 after four European countries agreed to take them in. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli / AFP
Some of the migrants who were stuck on a […]

EU powers push for uptake of migrant relocation pilot scheme

EU powers France, Germany and Italy, along with smaller member Malta, will on Tuesday seek to rally the rest of the bloc to a joint scheme to distribute migrants saved at sea
A migrant kneels outside a tent in a make shift camp in the vicinity of the former 'Jungle' camp site, near the northern French port city of Calais on February 18, 2019. Photo: Philippe Huguen / AFP
A migrant kneels outside a tent in a mak […]

Migration is burning issue in EU election campaign

Migration is resurfacing as a hot topic in the election campaign for the new European Parliament after sowing discord across the EU throughout the outgoing legislature's five-year term.
ARCHIVES - Migrants rescued from Italy by a dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea are sitting on a boat run by the aid organizations Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee on 27.06.2017. (to dpa "Fewer refugees in Italy and Greece" from 01.01.2018) Photo: Lena Klimkeit / dpa +++ (c) dpa - Bildfunk +++
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EU extends Mediterranean anti-migrant-smuggling mission by 3 months

The European Union extends its naval operation targeting human smugglers in the Mediterranean Sea by three months.