Latest European mass migration crisis News

North Macedonia: Police find 82 migrants hidden in vehicles

Jun. 12, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say officers discovered 82 migrants hidden in vehicles in two separate operations Friday. Police said a joint team of border officers from North Macedonia and Slovenia found 62 people hidden in a truck on the main...

UN says over 200 migrants intercepted off Libyan shores

Jun. 11, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — More than 200 migrants bound for Europe were intercepted on Friday by Libya's coast guard just off the shore of the North African country, a U.N. spokeswoman said. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, tweeted that...

EU lawmakers say Morocco put children's lives at risk

Jun. 10, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Thursday accused Morocco of endangering the lives of children in an attempt to put political pressure on Spain, after thousands of people crossed into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta last month. In a 397-to-85...

Lithuania readies for more migrants entering via Belarus

Jun. 10, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania will set up a border tent village to shelter increasing numbers of asylum-seekers from third countries who are entering through neighboring Belarus, officials said Thursday. Authorities in the small Baltic country have suggested that...

Work on Greek migrant camp yet to begin 9 months after fire

Jun. 09, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost 9 months after a fire gutted a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, work on a new reception center has still not begun despite pledges to have the facility built before next winter, Greece’s migration minister confirmed Wednesday. Greek...

Toddler who washed up on Norwegian island is identified

Jun. 08, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The body of a toddler that washed ashore on Norway’s southwest coast on Jan. 1 has been identified. It's a missing 15-month-old Iranian boy who died months earlier in the English Channel hundreds of miles away when the smuggling boat carrying him, his parents...

Refugee team of 29 athletes picked for Tokyo Olympics

Jun. 08, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The refugee team for the Tokyo Olympics will have 29 athletes competing in 12 sports, including a medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games who left Iran citing institutional sexism. The team selected by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday was...

Lithuania says Belarus could be behind recent migrant influx

Jun. 07, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania has detained nine Iraqi asylum-seekers who had entered the Baltic country from Belarus, officials said Monday, pointing a finger at Belarus for allegedly being involved in sending repeated groups of immigrants into Lithuania. “It is...

Auditor: EU's Frontex border agency can't fulfill its duties

Jun. 07, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s border and coast guard agency is being given additional tasks, like playing a greater role in the deportation of migrants, at a time when it is incapable even of fulfilling the duties it was ordered to carry out five years ago, the European Court of...

Greece says many migrants in Turkey could seek asylum there

Jun. 07, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday designated neighboring Turkey as a safe country in which to seek international protection for the majority of asylum-seekers departing its shores for Greece. A joint decree from the Greek foreign and migration ministries said the...