Latest European mass migration crisis News

League's leader Matteo Salvini gestures during a campaign rally in view of the upcoming local elections in the Emilia Romagna region, in Maranello, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Italy's Salvini asks for trial, his party's lawmakers oblige

Jan. 20, 2020 3:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini dared lawmakers to lift his Senate immunity Monday so he could be tried for allegedly keeping migrants hostage for days aboard a coast guard rescue ship, and they did. But the only Senate immunity commission members who ended up voting in...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell talks to journalists during a news conference after an European Foreign Affairs meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU to revamp anti-smuggler mission for UN Libya arms embargo

Jan. 20, 2020 11:47 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries have agreed to “refocus” the mission of the bloc’s anti-migrant smuggler naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea so that it concentrates on upholding the U.N. arms embargo against Libya, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday. After...

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrives for a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. As NATO leaders meet and show that the world's biggest security alliance is adapting to modern threats, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is refusing to concede that the future of the 29-member alliance is under a cloud. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Norway left with minority government after populists quit

Jan. 20, 2020 10:03 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The populist Progress Party pulled out of Norway's center-right governing coalition Monday over the decision to repatriate an Islamic State group-linked woman and her two children from a detention camp in Syria. Prime Minister Erna Solberg said she would continue with a...

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/ 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...