Latest European mass migration crisis News

Poland plans 'radical' strengthening of its military

Oct. 26, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader presented plans Tuesday for a bill to “defend the fatherland,” legislation he said is aimed at “radically” strengthening the military as the country faces migration pressure from its eastern neighbor Belarus. ...

Greece: 3 girls, 1 woman die after migrant dinghy sinks

Oct. 26, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three girls and a woman died after a dinghy transporting migrants from the coast of Turkey sank Tuesday near the eastern Greek island of Chios, Greek authorities said. The coast guard said another 22 people - 14 men, seven women and a child - were...

In France, Trump-like TV pundit rocks presidential campaign

Oct. 25, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A survivor of the terrible journey to Auschwitz remembered how the youngest wailed. There were 99 children squeezed among 751 adults gasping for air, crazed by thirst and hunger, aboard convoy No. 63 that departed Paris at 10 minutes past midday on Dec. 17, 1943. ...

2 Polish troops hurt as migrants try forcing Belarus border

Oct. 25, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials in Poland said Monday that two soldiers were lightly hurt when a group of some 60 migrants tried to force their way across the border from Belarus. The Border Guards office said the troops — who have been deployed to help protect the...

Canary Islands: Child dies after urgent migrant boat rescue

Oct. 25, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Emergency agencies in Spain’s Canary Islands say a child who was among dozens of migrants rescued from a boat drifting in the Atlantic Ocean has died. Two adults and six children found on the boat some 185 kilometers (114 miles) southwest of...

Pope: Don't send migrants back to Libya and 'inhumane' camps

Oct. 24, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday made an impassioned plea to end the practice of returning migrants rescued at sea to Libya and other unsafe countries where they suffer “inhumane violence." Francis also waded into a highly contentious political debate in...

Secrecy shrouds Afghan refugees sent by US to base in Kosovo

Oct. 23, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about a small group who remain overseas: dozens who triggered potential security issues during security vetting and have been sent to an American base in the Balkan...

Salvini on trial in Italy over 2019 migrant ship

Oct. 23, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

PALERMO, Italy (AP) — Italy’s right-wing former interior minister, Matteo Salvini, went on trial Saturday charged with kidnapping for refusing in 2019 to allow a Spanish migrant rescue ship to dock in Sicily, keeping the people onboard at sea for days. It is the...

Evacuation flights for migrants start again in Libya

Oct. 22, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said on Friday that it has resumed humanitarian evacuation flights for migrants stranded in Libya after authorities suspended them for several months. The announcement comes after a massive crackdown on migrants by Libyan security forces. ...

EU to keep fighting Belarus's "weaponization" of migrants

Oct. 22, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders pledged on Friday to “keep up the pressure" on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to halt the flow of migrants from his country and raised the prospect of new sanctions amid calls by some bloc members to build walls and fences to thwart new...