Latest European mass migration crisis News

Volunteers in the sky watch over migrant rescues by sea

Oct. 17, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

ABOARD THE SEABIRD (AP) — As dozens of African migrants traversed the Mediterranean Sea on a flimsy white rubber boat, a small aircraft circling 1,000 feet above closely monitored their attempt to reach Europe. The twin-engine Seabird, owned by the German...

Turkey's Erdogan bids farewell to Merkel after 16 years

Oct. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Angela Merkel’s final visit to Turkey as German chancellor on Saturday saw two of Europe’s longest serving leaders pay tribute to one another as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted her for farewell talks overlooking the Bosporus. Erdogan...

AP PHOTOS: Children brave the cold in makeshift Bosnian camp

Oct. 16, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Their toys brighten the muddy field and their cries at play fill the air. So, increasingly, do their coughs at night. Dozens of children, from months-old babies to young teenagers, are camping out with their families in...

UN refugee agency concerned by Polish law allowing pushbacks

Oct. 15, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency on Friday expressed deep concern about legislation Poland adopted this week allowing the arbitrary rejection of migrants' asylum applications. The new legislation, approved by parliament on Thursday, came in...

Female former Afghan lawmakers, judges meet Greek PM

Oct. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Six female former lawmakers and judges from Afghanistan were received Friday by Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, after fleeing their homeland in the wake of the Taliban takeover. The three former lawmakers and three former judges...

Italy ship captain convicted after sending migrants to Libya

Oct. 14, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A court in Naples has convicted the captain of an Italian commercial ship of abandonment-related charges for returning 101 migrants rescued at sea to Libya in 2018, in a ruling praised by human rights organizations. But the court absolved the captain of the...

German minister faults airlines on Belarus migrant arrivals

Oct. 14, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says airlines that fly would-be migrants to the European Union to Belarus should ask themselves whether they want to be part of a “smuggling ring” run by the country's authoritarian leader. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas'...

Afghan Taliban delegation in Turkey for high-level talks

Oct. 14, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday met with a high-level delegation of Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, officials said, the first such talks since the Taliban takeover of the country in August as U.S. forces pulled out after two decades of war. ...

Syrian migrant found dead on Polish-Belarusian border

Oct. 14, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police said Thursday they have found the body of a Syrian migrant near the border with Belarus, the latest fatality among people trying to illegally cross the European Union’s eastern border through dense forest and swamps. Bialystok...

AP PHOTOS: Concern grows over makeshift Bosnia migrant camp

Oct. 14, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Hundreds of migrants — including small children, babies and elderly people — have camped out in northwest Bosnia, braving worsening weather and tough Croatian border police for a chance to head on towards Western Europe. ...