Posts tagged as refugees

Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic broke EU law

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic breached their obligations under EU law by refusing to take in refugees. The ECJ says in its ruling that these countries had failed to accept their share of 120,000 asylum seekers who had arrived in Italy and Greece, under a relocation programme agreed by the European Council in 2015. It also finds Poland and the Czech…

Latvian Welfare and Interior Ministers disagree

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Welfare and Interior Ministers can’t agree on which ministry should take responsibility for the refugees who arrived in Latvia, left, and have since been deported back, according to the Latvian Television De Facto broadcast. These are people who received asylum in Latvia, but decided to leave and go to a different European Union country. There they were “caught” and deported back to Latvia, but then in Latvia they no longer qualify…

Hungary would have to ‘use force’ if Turkey ‘opens gates’ to refugees

Friday, October 18, 2019

Hungary would “use force” at its southern border with Serbia to protect the European Union’s frontier if Turkey follows through on its threat to open the gates to Europe to refugees, Hungary’s Viktor Orban said. The Hungarian prime minister put up a fence on the country’s border with Serbia to block the Balkan route of migration, where hundreds of thousands of people marched through from the Middle East to western…

EU breaks promise of safe passage for 50,000 refugees

By Tom Wills on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The EU has delivered only three-quarters of a two-year program due to be completed by the end of October. Lithuania did not provide figures to DW on how many people were resettled in the country. European governments have failed to deliver on a pledge to admit 50,000 refugees by this month, DW has learned. The European Union launched the resettlement programme two years ago with a deadline of October 31,…

Lithuanians grow more hostile towards refugees, survey shows

Friday, October 4, 2019

A growing number of Lithuanians believe that many refugees are actually economic migrants and that they increase crime in the country, a new survey indicates. Lithuania has not People fear what they don’t understand, says the European Commission’s representative Arnoldas Pranckevičius, and Lithuania largely stood aside when Europe was dealing with the refugee crisis. Zabi Ahmad came to Lithuania from Afghanistan five years ago. He left his country, because the…

Turkey threatens to open gates for Syria refugees to go West

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to allow Syrian refugees to leave Turkey for Western countries unless a so-called “safe zone” inside Syria is established soon. Erdogan made the threat in a speech to his ruling party officials on Thursday. He also said Turkey was determined to create the safe zone and would do it alone if there’s no deal with the U.S. by the end of the month.…

Responsibility must come with market power for technology giants, Vestager says in Vilnius

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Global technology giants must realize that responsibility comes with market power, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told the LOGIN technology and innovation conference in Vilnius on Thursday. She acknowledged that Europe was slow to create its digital market and failed to create serious competition for Facebook or Google, which let them consolidate their positions. “They weren’t fazed with much competition because in Europe we only got a digital single market…

What to know about Estonia’s March 3 general election

By Geert Wijngaert on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Nearly a million people are eligible to vote Sunday to choose Estonia’s 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, where the outgoing prime minister and his Center Party is pitted against the center-right opposition Reform Party. Both want to keep at bay a nationalist, far-right party with an anti-immigration, xenophobic and Euroskeptic agenda, which has increased its popularity since the last election in 2015. WHO’S RUNNING Ten political parties and 15 independents — totaling…

UNHCR welcomes Lithuania‘s offer to receive persons rescued at sea

Monday, February 4, 2019

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the news that Lithuania has offered to receive up to five persons in need of international protection. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the news that Lithuania has offered to receive up to five persons in need of international protection who have been rescued at sea by the boat Sea Watch 3, joining a group of seven other European States. “UNHCR commends the Lithuanian…

Number of refugees in Estonian centres shrinks to 47

Monday, February 4, 2019

At the beginning of February, 47 refugees were still staying in Estonia’s reception centres in Vao and Vägeva, two villages in the Estonian countryside, down from 51 in early December last year. As of 1 February there are 34 people temporarily living in the Vao centre, 22 of which are asylum seekers and another 12 have been granted international protection, the Baltic News Service reported on Monday. Five of the…