Latest European mass migration crisis News

Refugees and migrants burn garbage bins and chant slogans as they demonstate outside Moria camp, following the stabbing death of an 20-year-old man from Yemen in the Greek island of Lesbos, Friday, Jan, 17, 2020. Authorities arrested a 27-year-old Afghan migrant in connection with the incident. Overcrowding at Moria has steadily worsened over the past year as the number of arrivals of migrants and refugees using clandestine routes from Turkey to the Greek islands remains high _ and totaled nearly 60,000 in 2019. (AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)

EU border chief says migrant entries from Turkey on the rise

Jan. 17, 2020 11:49 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of migrants entering Europe from Turkey rose significantly last year as people fleeing strife in Syria and Afghanistan flooded into the country and then set out for Greece, the head of the European Union’s border agency said Friday. More than 82,000 migrants tried to enter...

German population up to 83.2 million but growth slows

Jan. 17, 2020 6:39 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's population rose to 83.2 million last year, but its growth was the slowest for seven years, according to official figures released Friday. About 200,000 more people were living in Germany at the end of 2019 than a year earlier, the Federal Statistical Office said in a preliminary...

A man holds a baby as he walks outside a refugee camp after clashes on the eastern Greek island of Samos, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Clashes broke out between police and a group of migrants at a refugee camp in Samos island, prompting the local mayor to shut down a nearby elementary school and kindergarten. (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)

Greece creates migration ministry after surge in arrivals

Jan. 15, 2020 1:03 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's center-right government on Wednesday said it is creating a separate ministry of migration affairs as the country struggles to cope with a high number of arrivals of migrants and refugees from neighboring Turkey. The government said the ministry was established from a...

Police in North Macedonia find 36 migrants packed in truck

Jan. 15, 2020 7:34 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia found 36 migrants who are believed to have entered the country illegally from Greece packed in a truck during a routine check. The driver was arrested. Police said Wednesday that officers stopped the truck near the southern town of Strumitsa the...

Wealth Peter, from Nigeria, reacts after being rescued from an overcrowded rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea, by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Open Arms, international waters, off the Libyan coast, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Migrant agency says hundreds are fleeing Libya fighting

Jan. 14, 2020 1:00 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost 1,000 people trying to flee Libya by boat have been intercepted and returned to the conflict-ravaged country by its coast guard during the first two weeks of the new year, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. The IOM said at least 953 migrants, including 136...

CORRECTS NAME OF LIBYA'S PRIME MINISTER TO FAYEZ SARRAJ -- FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, prior to their meeting in Istanbul. The Russian Foreign Ministry says Libya's rival leaders will meet in Moscow for peace talks. The ministry said that Sarraj and his rival will meet Monday in the Russian capital. The talks follow a truce proposed by Russia and Turkey that began Sunday. It came as Libya's civil war was on the brink of a major escalation. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

A look at the major players in Libya's shape-shifting war

Jan. 13, 2020 12:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rival leaders meeting for rare peace talks on Monday with Russian and Turkish officials in Moscow was a stark reminder of how the Libyan civil war has shape-shifted in recent months. Russia and Turkey, which support opposing sides in the long-running conflict, have emerged as...

A Greek coastguard vessel approaches the port of Preveza, northwestern Greece, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Greece's coast guard says 12 migrants have been found dead in the Ionian Sea and 21 others have been rescued after their boat took in water and sank. Searchers are looking for more survivors. (Andriana Soldatou/mypreveza.gr via AP)

12 migrants dead, 21 rescued at sea off western Greece

Jan. 11, 2020 3:18 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard said 12 migrants were found dead in the Ionian Sea and 21 others were rescued after their boat took on water and sank Saturday. A search for more survivors was launched by air and sea. The dead and rescued migrants were found southwest of the Greek island of...

Refugees shot dead in Libya were pushed out of UN facility

Jan. 11, 2020 12:52 PM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Two Eritrean asylum-seekers were shot dead in the Libyan capital, just days after the U.N. refugee agency pressed them to leave its facility citing overcrowding. The UNHCR confirmed the deaths in a statement Friday saying it's “deeply saddened” by the killings a day...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

Jan. 11, 2020 12:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations. A document outlining the plans — timed...

Polish state TV ordered to apologize for migrants comments

Jan. 10, 2020 2:38 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A court in Poland has found state TV station guilty of insulting city authorities in Gdansk, including its slain mayor, and ordered the news station to publicly apologize and pay $13,000 to a refugee center. The Warsaw Provincial Court ruled Friday in a case filed in 2016 by Gdansk...