The year maybe far from over, but 2016 has already been dominated by European Muslim success stories, taking social media by storm. The latest addition to the growing list of Muslim personalities is the Eurovision Song contest winner – Jamala, 32 from Ukraine. Her song, which evokeed emotional memories of[…]
OPINION by Richard Seymour The recent drowning of 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea was not only preventable, but arguably caused by policy. A policy known colloquially as “Fortress Europe”, designed to make the journey to Europe as difficult as possible for asylum seekers. The European Union’s two-faced[…]
Pope Francis decried what he called Europe’s “indifferent and anaesthetized conscience” over migrants, during Good Friday prayers in Rome during which he also slammed pedophile priests, arms dealers and fundamentalists. Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful gathered for the service, many clutching candles in the imposing surrounds of the city’s[…]
OPINION BY Sulaiman Addonia – “Is it worth risking my life for?” my young cousin, an Eritrean refugee in Sudan, asked me. Our telephone conversation took place the day after a boat sunk off the coast of Libya in August, killing more than 200 people. Terrified he would take the[…]
European leaders agreed to cooperate to manage migrants crossing the Balkans but offered no quick fix to a crisis that threatens to take more lives as winter sets in and to set Europe’s nations against one another. Meeting in Brussels as another woman and two children died at sea off[…]
Sweden said on Thursday it expected up to 190,000 migrants this year, putting unprecedented strain on a country famous for welcoming refugees but planning to house many in tents this winter. On the opposite pole of the angry debate on the migration crisis, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged European[…]
Thousands of migrants clamored to enter European Union member Croatia from Serbia on Monday after a night spent in the cold and mud of no-man’s land, their passage west slowed by a Slovenian effort to impose limits on the flow to western Europe. Croatian police held them back, with its[…]
Europe’s aging economy may just find that the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two gives it a new lease of life – even if huge uncertainty about the future scale of immigration and how refugees are integrated cloud any long-range forecasting. With winter approaching, the dramatic flow into Europe[…]
The U.N. refugee agency expects at least 1.4 million refugees to flee to Europe across the Mediterranean this year and next, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday, a sharp rise from initial estimates of 850,000. “UNHCR is planning for up to 700,000 people seeking safety and international[…]
A record number of refugees have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year, breaching the half million mark for the past nine months, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). As of Tuesday, the group said 522,124 people had travelled by sea to reach the continent. Some 388,000 have[…]
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