Posts tagged as migration

EU migration commissioner: Bloc’s migration crisis is behind us

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The immigration crisis to the European Union has ended, believes the migration commissioner, who also stated that the issue in combination with misinformation could still prevail in this spring’s European Parliamentary election. Belgian news portal EurActiv reports that EU’s Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos addressed reporters on Wednesday, March 6, when he said: «The times of crisis, when hundreds of thousands were coming by sea to Italy and Greece are behind…

Estonian language initiatives great, but will they work out?

By Andrew Whyte on Friday, January 18, 2019

The recent opening of the very admirable and very well-meaning Estonian Language House in Tallinn is another step in the phasing in of a much more proactive approach to Estonian and getting foreigners to speak it properly. But is the trend wholly helpful and will it bring results? After all, as people sometimes like to say, there have been people living here for 50 years who can’t speak a word…

Lithuania posts best migration figures since EU membership

Friday, January 11, 2019

Lithuania lost almost 3,300 people due to emigration last year, the latest figures from the country’s statistics office, Statistics Lithuania, showed on Friday. It was the best result since Lithuania joined the European Union in 2004. The official figures who slightly more than 32,200 people left the country last year, and more than 28,900 arrive in Lithuania.

Latvia rejects UN Migration Pact and deals another blow to pro-migration forces

Friday, December 7, 2018

On 6 December, the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) has voted to reject the signing of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration. The debate was lengthy but Saeima, having been given autonomy over the decision in the cabinet, voted 43 to 31 to reject signing the Compact. Latvia, like the US, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Switzerland, has rejected signing and objected the document. Estonia and Lithuania will both not…

Lithuania will not sign the UN Migration Pact – Prime Minister

Friday, December 7, 2018

Lithuania will not sign the UN Migration Pact, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said Wednesday, however Vilnius will voice approval for it. “A minister will participate in the conference, express approval of the UN pact… Nothing will be signed by the minister,” Skvernelis stated at a press conference on Wednesday. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is expected to be signed on 10-11 December in Marrakech. The United States…

Estonian parlt approves draft statement in support of UN Global Compact on migration

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Estonian parliament in an additional session on Monday approved the draft of a statement by which the parliament would support joining the UN Global Compact on migration. Altogether 41 MPs voted in favor of approving the statement, while 27 MPs were against it. There were no abstentions. MPs of the Center Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDE) voted in favor of the statement. Partyless MPs Margus Tsahkna and…

H. Clinton: Europe has to address migration worries, to curb right-wing populism

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Europe should get a handle on immigration to combat an increasing threat from right-wing populists, former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has evaluated in an interview with the Guardian. Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Democratic Party in an interview with The Guardian published on Thursday, November 11, addressed the effects of migration and suggested for the European Union to become stricter on immigration. «I think Europe needs to get a…

Estonia’s Kaljulaid not to take part in UN vote on migration compact

Saturday, November 24, 2018

As the Estonian government has proved unable to decide on it support to the UN Global Compact for Migration, Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of Estonia, has unveiled she would not attend a vote on it at the UN General Assembly in January, in New York. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports Adviser to the President Taavi Linnamäe unveiled the decision in an interview on Thursday, November 22. With parties being keen…

Austria to back out of world migration agreement, following U.S., Hungary

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Austrian government just as the United States and Hungary will not support a United Nations migration pact as Vienna does not agree to what it sees as an attempt to redefine legal and illegal migration. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports on Thursday, November 1, that the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 member nations except the United States, and is expected…

Lithuanian president, EU leaders to discuss Brexit, migration in Salzburg

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is leaving for the Austrian city of Salzburg where she will discuss the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union and migration issues with leaders of other EU states. The informal summit will discuss ways to remove the final obstacles for an EU-UK divorce agreement and plan future ties. As Brussels and London have less and less time to agree on Brexit conditions, EU leaders might…