Latest European mass migration crisis News

Iranian refugee beats 2-time Olympic taekwondo gold medalist

Jul. 25, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh shocked two-time Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones at the Tokyo Games, beating the British champion 16-12 in the round of 16. Alizadeh, a bronze medalist in Rio de Janeiro, won twice for the Refugee Olympic Team on Sunday to...

Search continues off Greek island for missing migrants

Jul. 23, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation continued into the night Friday off the coast of the Greek island of Crete for several people believed missing a day after a sailboat carrying dozens of migrants sank in high winds. Greece’s coast guard said 37...

Turkey: Boat carrying 45 migrants sinking in Aegean Sea

Jul. 23, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A boat carrying 45 migrants was sinking in the southeastern Aegean Sea and rescue units were deployed, Turkey’s defense ministry said Friday. The ministry tweeted that the boat ran into trouble about 60 miles (nearly 100 kilometers) south of the Greek...

Greece: Dozens of migrants rescued after stranded boat sinks

Jul. 22, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say 36 migrants were rescued late Thursday after a sail boat was stranded in high winds and sank off the island of Crete, while a search continues for people feared missing. The coast guard said an air force helicopter picked up...

Over 200 African men cross from Morocco into Spain's Melilla

Jul. 22, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's autonomous city of Melilla said Thursday that 238 African men have made it into the North African Spanish enclave after climbing over fences separating it from Morocco. Sub-Saharan migrants fleeing poverty or violence regularly...

Refugee defector from Iran to face Iranian at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 22, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A defector from Iran who competes in taekwondo for the refugee team at the Tokyo Olympics was drawn on Thursday to face an Iranian opponent in the qualifying round. Kimia Alizadeh, who left Iran citing institutional sexism, will face Nahid Kiyani Chandeh in...

17 migrants drown, 166 others rescued off Tunisian coast

Jul. 22, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least 17 migrants from Bangladesh drowned and more than 300 were rescued by Tunisian and Libyan naval units after their boat sank in the Mediterranean, according to aid groups Thursday. Survivors said all those who died had been in the hold of...

UN migration official: 20 migrants drown off Libya's coast

Jul. 21, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted Wednesday four boats in the Mediterranean Sea carrying migrants trying to reach Europe, a U.N. official said. According to the migrants, 20 people from one of the vessels had gone overboard earlier in the day and were presumed to have drowned. ...

Belgian govt announces breakthrough in migrant hunger strike

Jul. 21, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government announced a breakthrough Wednesday that it hoped would end a hunger strike by several hundred migrants seeking to collectively obtain legal residency. The chairman of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo’s Liberal party, Egbert...

Report: UK border officers to stop routine COVID checks

Jul. 21, 2021 07:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.K. border officers have been directed to stop routinely checking whether travelers from many countries have tested negative for COVID-19, British media reported Wednesday, citing leaked government documents. While the change is designed to reduce waiting...