Posts tagged as asylum

Assange plans to request asylum in France

Friday, February 21, 2020

Julian Assange’s European defence team said Thursday it will try to seek asylum in France for the WikiLeaks founder. French team member Eric Dupont-Moretti said Assange’s case placed at stake “the fate and the status of all journalists.” “We consider the situation is sufficiently serious that our duty is to talk about it with French President Emmanuel Macron,” the lawyer said He was one of a team of lawyers lined…

Greece calls on EU states to take in more asylum seekers

Monday, December 16, 2019

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called on EU states to take in migrants and asylum seekers from the Greek islands, which are currently overcrowded. “We need to develop a European asylum and migration pact, like what the [European] Commission promised, we need more burden sharing,” he said in an interview with the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that some asylum applications should be processed in other countries.

Helme: Estonia will not accept even one asylum seeker

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

As long as the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) is in government, Estonia will not accept immigrants, Interior Minister Mart Helme said at a meeting of interior ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Two weeks ago Germany, France, Italy and Malta agreed on a voluntary system which would see countries that join accept an asylum seeker within four weeks of arriving in Europe. They will then check the validity of…

Edward Snowden said ‘he would love to be granted asylum in France’

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

ormer US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said he would love if French President Emmanuel Macron granted him political asylum after one of his ministers said that if it was up to her, she would offer him asylum. During the weekend, French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said she would give Snowden asylum, though she made clear she was speaking in a personal capacity and it was not an official offer.…

EU asylum rules: reform of the Dublin system

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The influx of migrants and asylum seekers to Europe in recent years has shown the need for a fairer, more effective European asylum policy. Although the record migratory flows to the EU witnessed in 2015 and 2016 have subsided, Europe – due to its geographic position and stability – is likely to remain a destination for asylum seekers and migrants amid international and internal conflicts, climate change and poverty. There…

Polls show sour views of race relations in Trump’s America

By Hannah Fingerhut on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Even before President Donald Trump’s racist tweets toward four Democratic congresswomen of color, Americans considered race relations in the United States to be generally bad — and said that Trump has been making them worse. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the congresswomen should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, despite the fact that all are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.…

Slight rise in number of asylum seekers in Estonia, to 56

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

A total of 56 people were being accommodated at two asylum seeker centers in Estonia as at the beginning of June, Baltic News Service reports, a rise on the 42 reportedly housed in the centers in early April. The centers are located in the village of Vao, Lääne-Viru County, about 30 km southwest of Rakvere, and Vägeva, Jõgeva County, another 30 km to the south. The Vao center was home…

Turks start getting asylum in Lithuania

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Turkish citizen have started getting political asylum in Lithuania following the failed coup in Turkey, the Lietuvos Zinios daily writes on Monday. There were no Turkish citizens granted political asylum in 2015 but the next year saw two applicants granted it and their number rose to 12 in 2017 and to 13 last year. “I have always considered the word “opposition” to be a bad one. It seemed to me…

Homeland Security, Democrats seem to find rare common ground after Central America trips

By Anne Flaherty on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen traveled to Central America this week where her message wasn’t all that different from several Democrats’.Their answer? More should be done to protect Central American families in the first place, so fewer seek refuge in the United States.The comments in recent days by Nielsen and Democratic lawmakers suggests there’s rare common groundon what’s mostly been an explosive and divisive political issue. It’s also in contrast to President Donald Trump’s past…