Latest European mass migration crisis News

A migrant cleans himself up next to improvised tents at a makeshift camp in a forest outside Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, Thursday, Dec. 3. 2020. Their long journeys already filled with uncertainty and hardship, migrants stranded in Bosnia are now facing another adversity _ a cold Balkan winter. As this season's first snow fell this week in parts of the region, many migrants living in make-shift tent settlements in western Bosnia are struggling to stay dry and warm. (AP Photo/Joan Giralt)

First snow, cold mean more hardship for migrants in Bosnia

Dec. 3, 2020 10:41 AM EST

VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Their long journeys already filled with uncertainty and hardship, migrants stranded in Bosnia are now facing one more adversity — a cold Balkan winter. As the first snow of the season fell this week, many migrants staying in make-shift tent settlements in...

2nd body recovered off Greek island after migrant boat sank

Dec. 3, 2020 10:22 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The body of a woman was recovered Thursday on the Greek island of Lesbos and identified as that of a woman reported missing after a migrant boat sank the previous day. The coast guard said the body was recovered from a rocky part of the coast, bringing the death toll from the sinking...

32 migrants rescued, 1 dead off Greek island of Lesbos

Dec. 2, 2020 8:12 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation was underway in the eastern Aegean Sea on Wednesday after a dinghy carrying migrants either sank or overturned off the Greek island of Lesbos, the Greek coast guard said. The body of one woman was recovered from the sea in the early afternoon, while 32...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, migrants arrive with a dinghy accompanied by a Frontex vessel at the village of Skala Sikaminias, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. The head of the European Union's border and coast guard agency faces a grilling on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 by EU lawmakers as pressure mounts over allegations that Frontex was involved in illegal pushbacks aimed at preventing migrants or refugees entering Europe through the Greek islands. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas, File)

EU border chief urged to quit over migrant pushback claims

Dec. 1, 2020 11:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers lashed out Tuesday at the head of Frontex over allegations that the border and coast guard agency helped illegally stop migrants or refugees entering Europe, calling for his resignation and demanding an independent inquiry. The lawmakers grilled Executive Director...

Migrants flee from the second fire in two days at the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress

Dec. 1, 2020 11:11 AM EST

Behold, a world in distress: A 64-year-old woman weeps, hugging her husband as he lay dying in the COVID-19 unit of a California hospital. A crowded refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, engulfed in flames, disgorges a string of migrants fleeing this hell on Earth. Rain-swept protesters, enraged by the death of George...

FILE - In this Nov.21, 2020 file photo a demonstrator takes a picture of policemen during a protest against bill on police images, in Paris. As videos helped reveal many cases of police brutality, French civil rights activists voiced fears that a new security law would threaten efforts by people from minorities and poor neighborhoods to document incidents involving law enforcement officers. French President Emmanuel Macron's government is pushing a new security bill that would notably make it illegal to publish images of officers with intent to cause them harm. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Uproar in France over proposed limits on filming police

Nov. 30, 2020 11:53 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French activists fear that a proposed new security law will deprive them of a potent weapon against abuse — cellphone videos of police activity — threatening their efforts to document possible cases of police brutality, especially in impoverished immigrant neighborhoods. French...

A worker sanitises the area used by migrants at the Arguineguin port, on the southwestern coast of the Gran Canaria island, Spain on Monday Nov. 30, 2020. Spain has dismantled most of the temporary camp for migrant processing that for over three months became known as the

Spain dismantles migrants' 'dock of shame' in Canary Islands

Nov. 30, 2020 9:01 AM EST

ARGUINEGUIN, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities have dismantled a makeshift camp for migrant processing that for over three months was known as the “dock of shame” for holding thousands of Africans in squalor after they arrived in the Canary Islands. The Spanish government’s delegation...

UK, France agree new plan to curb Channel migrant crossings

Nov. 28, 2020 1:44 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Saturday that it had struck an agreement with France to double the number of French police patrolling beaches in the country's north in an attempt to stop people crossing the English Channel in small boats. Britain’s Home Office said Home Secretary Priti...

Migrants sit in Arguineguin port after their rescue in Gran Canaria island, Spain on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Spanish rescue services said Wednesday at least seven people died after a migrant boat carrying more than 30 people hit rocks close to a small port on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. Many of the rescued were taken to the ArguineguĂ­n dock on the southwestern coast of Gran Canaria island, where several thousand people of different origin are being kept, some in tents. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

Tensions rise over housing of migrants on Spanish islands

Nov. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A row over where to house African migrants increasingly arriving by boat on Spain’s Canary Islands deepened Thursday, when the mayor of the most affected town urged the Spanish government to transfer them out of local hotels. More than 20,000 West Africans and Moroccans have...

A Tigray girl who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, watches women cook in front of her shelter at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Misery continues for the refugees in Sudan, with little food, little medicine, little shelter, little funding and little or no contact with loved ones left behind in Tigray. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Ethiopian PM says troops ordered to move on Tigray capital

Nov. 26, 2020 12:03 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. Instead, “an...