Latest European mass migration crisis News

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 file photo, a migrant rests in a tent improvised from plastic sheets at a makeshift camp in a forest outside Velika Kladusa, Bosnia. Bosnian authorities have started emptying U.N.-run migrant camps in town centers housing hundreds of people, moving residents to a crowded, out-of-the-way facility that’s not equipped for winter conditions — or just leaving them to fend for themselves in the woods. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic, File)

Bosnia: Hundreds of migrants evicted from UN-run camps

Sep. 30, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities have started emptying U.N.-run migrant camps in town centers, moving hundreds of people to a crowded, out-of-the-way facility that's not equipped for winter conditions — or just leaving them to fend for themselves in the woods. There are some...

Channel migrant-smuggling ring cracked in 4-nation operation

Sep. 30, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A multinational police operation this week led to the arrest of a dozen suspected smugglers who take migrants across the English Channel to the U.K. in small boats under dangerous conditions, officials said Wednesday. The major, four-nation operation also resulted in the seizure of a dozen...

A group of people, thought to be migrants, are ferried ashore by Border Force officers, from HMC Seeker, on a Border Force rib at Dover marina in Kent, England after a small boat incident in the English Channel, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

UK mulled sending asylum-seekers to remote Atlantic island

Sep. 30, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government reportedly proposed processing asylum-seekers on a remote volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean more than 4,000 miles (6,435 kilometers) from the U.K. — a plan that has been derided as inhumane and a “logistical nightmare” by critics. The Financial...

139 refugees head to Germany from Greece for resettlement

Sep. 30, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say 139 vulnerable asylum-seekers who had been living in overcrowded Greek island camps have left for Germany, as part of efforts to ease overcrowding and move refugees to other European countries. The group that flew out of Greece on Wednesday consisted of children...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020 file photo, a migrant is buried in a cemetery, in Sfax, eastern Tunisia. The number of Tunisians migrating clandestinely to Italy has risen to levels not seen since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. That's causing tensions in Italy's south, where more than 2,200 migrants are quarantining on ferries anchored offshore. (AP Photo/Houssem Zouari, File)

Tunisians fleeing economy, not COVID, cause tension in Italy

Sep. 30, 2020 3:14 AM EDT

RAS JEBEL, Tunisia (AP) — Once it was just the jobless young men who set off from Tunisia’s rocky northern beaches for Sicily, usually defying their parents in hopes of a better future. Now Tunisian families, even those with work or seemingly good prospects, are following that path across 130...

Refugees and migrants wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of coronavirus leave on a bus after their arrival at the port of Lavrio, about 75 kilometers (48miles) south of Athens, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Greek authorities have moved nearly 1,000 asylum-seekers from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island camps. Most of the people on a ferry that docked Tuesday at Lavrio, near Athens, were from a temporary facility hastily built on the island of Lesbos to replace a squalid camp that angry residents burned down three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece moves asylum-seekers to ease crowding at island camps

Sep. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities moved nearly 1,000 refugees from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland Tuesday as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island refugee camps. Most of the 946 people on a ferry that docked at Lavrio, near Athens, had been at a temporary facility...

Rights group: Cyprus pushed back migrants, ignored claims

Sep. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot authorities pushed back 200 migrants and refugees arriving from Lebanon aboard boats earlier this month, ignoring their claims for asylum while in some instances using violence and coercive tactics, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Human Rights Watch accused Cypriot...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 file photo Christian Lueth of the Alternative for Germany party attends a press conference in Berlin, Germany, the day after the state elections in the German state of Bavaria. The far-right Alternative for Germany party confirmed Monday Sept. 28, 2020, they have fired Christian Lueth, following reports that he made comments suggesting that migrants could be killed. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

German far-right party fires official over migrant comment

Sep. 28, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party has fired a prominent official following reports that he made comments suggesting that migrants could be killed. The party confirmed Monday that Christian Lueth, who was already suspended from his post as parliamentary spokesman in April after...

Greek police accuse 33 people of helping migrant smuggling

Sep. 28, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police are accusing 35 people — all foreign nationals and all but two of them members of non-governmental organizations — of a variety of serious crimes for allegedly facilitating the clandestine arrival of migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos from Turkey. Police...

A migrant cooks on an open fire at a makeshift camp in a forest outside Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.(AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

AP PHOTOS: Migrants face more misery in Bosnian crackdown

Sep. 28, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Remote woods, abandoned run-down buildings and roadsides in northwestern Bosnia are steadily filling with makeshift camps where migrants and refugees from the Mideast, Asia and North Africa are bracing for more misery as autumn’s chill and rains set in. A...