Latest European mass migration crisis News

Greece: 400 asylum-seekers moved out of crowded island camp

Sep. 25, 2018 5:18 AM EDT

PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — About 400 asylum-seekers who had been held in the severely overcrowded Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos have arrived in Greece's main port of Piraeus to be transferred to other camps and residences on the mainland. The asylum-seekers, mainly families from Syria,...

The Latest: Greek minister denies claims over migrant funds

Sep. 24, 2018 2:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Greece's defense minister is denying newspaper allegations that his ministry mismanaged European Union funds for improving living conditions of migrants trapped in the country. Panos Kammenos says that the ministry used around...

Charities operating migrant rescue ship ask Europe for help

Sep. 24, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Humanitarian groups operating the sole private rescue ship near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route have asked French authorities to allow 58 refugees to disembark in the southern port of Marseille. Medecins Sans Frontieres and SOS Mediterranee are also urging European...

Italy tightens eligibility for migrant protection

Sep. 24, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy on Monday tightened criteria for migrants receiving humanitarian protection as its populist government deepened its crackdown on those seeking asylum. A new law, in the form of a government decree approved by Premier Giuseppe Conte and his Cabinet, also permits authorities to suspend...

George Soros foundation sues Hungary on laws targeting NGOs

Sep. 24, 2018 8:18 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — An international philanthropic organization founded by billionaire George Soros said Monday it has filed applications before the European Court of Human Rights and Hungary's Constitutional Court to challenge recent laws in Hungary targeting civic groups working with refugees and...

Merkel: German government must give up internal squabbles

Sep. 24, 2018 5:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that it's time for her coalition government to stop getting bogged down in internal squabbles, after its leaders reached a deal to resolve its second major crisis in just three months. Merkel said she regrets the handling of the latest dispute, over...

Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

Sep. 23, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service said Sunday it rescued more than 400 people from 15 small boats, most of them off the country's southern coast, while humanitarian groups lamented that the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route risked...

German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute

Sep. 23, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition reached a deal Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief, a dispute that has further dented the image of their fractious six-month-old alliance. The center-left Social Democrats...

The Latest: German coalition reaches deal on spy chief

Sep. 23, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a standoff in Germany's governing coalition over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Germany's interior minister says leaders of the governing coalition have reached a deal to resolve a dispute over the future of the country's...

The Latest: Panama pulls migrant rescue boat's registration

Sep. 23, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Panama says that it has withdrawn the registration of the only private migrant rescue boat still operating in the central Mediterranean after complaints from Italy, which is cracking down on migrant arrivals. Panama's maritime...