Latest European mass migration crisis News

Syrian refugee pleads guilty in IS-inspired church bomb plot

Sep. 16, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Syrian refugee accused of plotting to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh and who was inspired by the Islamic State group pleaded guilty to a federal charge on Thursday and awaits sentencing. Pittsburgh resident Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 23, entered...

Austrian minister: Turkey uses migrants to pressure EU

Sep. 16, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Austria’s minister for the European Union on Thursday accused Turkey of using migrant flows as a means to pressure the 27-member bloc for its own purposes and warned that the EU won’t be “blackmailed” by any country. Karoline Edtstadler...

Rights groups say EU fails Afghans fleeing Taliban

Sep. 16, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Human rights and refugee groups appealed Thursday to the European Union to step up its help for people trying to flee Afghanistan, accusing the bloc of failing to do enough to assist those living in fear of Taliban rule. More than 100,000 people were...

The Latest: Taliban order Afghan squatters in Kandahar out

Sep. 15, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Impoverished Afghans living in a long-abandoned military compound in the southern city of Kandahar say they’re devastated by the Taliban order to expel them from their homes. Several hundred staged a rally against the order on Monday, saying...

Sidelined by rivals, Germany's far-right AfD bides time

Sep. 15, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Immigration is a side issue in this year's German election campaign, but that hasn't stopped the country's biggest far-right party from trying to play it up. “Cologne, Kassel or Konstanz can't cope with more Kabul,” Alternative for Germany declared on...

Agencies in New Hampshire work on resettling Afghan refugees

Sep. 15, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two agencies in New Hampshire are working on resettlement plans for Afghan refugees. The refugees are currently being screened at military bases before they arrive in New Hampshire. Jeff Thielman, president and CEO of the...

The Latest: Afghan women soccer players enter Pakistan

Sep. 15, 2021 04:25 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD--- Members of Afghanistan’s women soccer team and their families arrived in Pakistan after fleeing their country in the wake of the Taliban's takeover, local media said Wednesday. It was unclear how many Afghan women players and their family members were...

Turkey says it lacks capacity to handle new refugee influx

Sep. 14, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey does not have the capacity to deal with a possible new refugee wave from Afghanistan, the Turkish president told German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a telephone call on Tuesday. During the call, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said Germany...

300 Afghan refugees expected in Connecticut in coming months

Sep. 13, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — About 300 refugees from Afghanistan are expected to arrive in Connecticut in the coming weeks and months as immigrant advocacy groups work to find permanent homes for them in the state, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and advocates said Monday. ...

Libya arrests 2 suspected traffickers, returns 53 to Egypt

Sep. 13, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

Libyan authorities arrested two suspected human traffickers and facilitated the return of more than 50 Egyptian migrants to their home country, officials said. Fifty-three Egyptians landed in Cairo’s international airport on a private flight late Sunday after...