Latest European mass migration crisis News

Belgian PM offers to resign after migration tears government

Dec. 18, 2018 4:47 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel submitted his resignation Tuesday amid pressure on his government after the biggest coalition party quit over Michel's support for a United Nations compact on international migration. "I am taking the decision to offer my resignation. I am now going to...

The Latest: Greece accused of violently forcing out migrants

Dec. 18, 2018 2:03 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 7:45 p.m. An international rights watchdog has accused Greek authorities of violently forcing back migrants who tried to illegally enter Greece from neighboring Turkey. A Human Rights Watch statement has urged Greece to immediately...

49 people smugglers arrested in Interpol-led operation

Dec. 18, 2018 1:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Interpol says a police operation targeting migrant smugglers has led to the arrest of 49 people across the Americas. According to the international police organization, the arrests took place during four days of "coordinated action" in 11 countries. Interpol secretary general Jurgen Stock said...

9 migrants trying to reach UK rescued in English Channel

Dec. 18, 2018 8:10 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French officials say that nine migrants, including a woman and child, have been rescued off the coast of Dunkirk after two distress calls from their small boat as they tried to sneak to Britain. French maritime authorities in charge of the English Channel area said the migrants were located...

AP PHOTOS: 2018 a year of discord in Europe

Dec. 18, 2018 7:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — As 2018 draws to a close, Europe is no closer to knowing the final outcome of Brexit, and Russia's ties with the West show no sign of improving. The streets of France have seen violent protests as "yellow vest" demonstrations have morphed from anger at a fuel tax hike to general discontent...

Pope to politicians: Unacceptable to blame migrants for evil

Dec. 18, 2018 6:03 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says political speeches that harangue migrants and the poor are "unacceptable." Francis issued his annual peace message, which was dedicated this year to the need for politics to promote peace. In listing the virtues and vices of politics, Francis said nationalism was one...

German high court throws out far-right complaint on migrants

Dec. 18, 2018 4:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court has thrown out complaints from the far-right Alternative for Germany party claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to allow in hundreds of thousands of migrants was a constitutional violation. The party, known as AfD, argued that Merkel's decision not to...

UN approves compact to support world's refugees; US objects

Dec. 17, 2018 11:56 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With only the United States and Hungary voting no, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a non-binding compact Monday that provides more robust support for countries where most of the world's more than 25 million refugees live. The Global Compact on Refugees also sets out...

Bosnian official: Croatia illegally expelling migrants

Dec. 17, 2018 12:26 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian official says migrants are being illegally pushed back into its territory by police in neighboring Croatia. Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic said Monday that scores of migrants are reporting that they have been forced to return to Bosnia by Croatian...

Croatia denies police violently push migrants into Bosnia

Dec. 16, 2018 4:06 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Croatian authorities on Sunday denied a report by an international watchdog group that alleged police were illegally and sometimes violently pushing migrants back into neighboring Bosnia. The Interior Ministry issued the denial in response to a video published by the...