Posts tagged as migration

Estonia refuses to accept migrants as EU debates new migration scheme

Thursday, October 10, 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. Following a draft deal reached in Malta in September, EU interior ministers aimed to sign an agreement to distribute migrants rescued in central Mediterranean. The deal, which according to AFP was to see Lithuanian participation, failed to…

Latvian Red Cross raises awareness on migration issues with regional training

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Latvian Red Cross, in cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency`s Regional Representation for Northern Europe (UNHCR), has organized 5 regional trainings with the title “Work for the integration of refugees and immigrants: intercultural interaction, good practice and experience.” The training aims to build capacity and expertise of more than one hundred service providers, public authorities and representatives of local communities. Organized in five different regions across Latvia – Rezekne, Puikule,…

The Brief: Migration and Europe’s way of life

By Meabh McMahon, Bryan Carter, Sandor Zsiros on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Migration remains a politically toxic topic in the European Union in recent years. Euronews spoke with outgoing EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos who warns that “Europe should never become a fortress”. “The very first time this term was used was in the year 1933 by Hitler. We don’t want this kind of Europe, but at the same time, we have to protect our borders.” But the division between EU countries…

Foreign minister discusses migration and UNSC with Hungarian counterpart

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) met his Hungarian opposite number Péter Szijjártó (Fidesz) Tuesday, where the pair discussed Estonia’s priorities related to its UN Security Council (UNSC) non-permanent seat, international migration policy, and the European Union’s next budgetary framework. The meeting, which took place in Štrbské Pleso in Slovakia, brought together foreign ministers from the  Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) nations, on an informal basis. Reinsalu and…

Lithuania facilitates invitation procedures for foreigners

Monday, July 1, 2019

Lithuania’s Migration Department is introducing changes as of July 1 and is facilitating invitation procedures for foreigners and is merging residence permit issuance procedures. According to the department, people inviting a foreigner will no longer be required to confirm the invitation at the migration service as all procedures related to the confirmation of a foreigner’s invitation will be automated. The inviter will no longer have to submit a request to…

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…