European-Mediterranean Refugee Crisis
The European migrant crisis, also known as the refugee crisis, is characterised by high numbers of people arriving in the European Union overseas from across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe. It is part of a pattern of increased immigration to Europe from other continents which began in the mid-20th century. In March 2019, the European Commission declared the migrant crisis to be at an end. However, the issue hasn’t been resolved, as seen through recent events in Italy and Greece. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) observed that the top three nationalities among over 1 million refugees arriving from the Mediterranean Sea were Syrian (46.7%), Afghan (20.9%) and Iraqi (9.4%). Many refugees that arrived in Italy and Greece came from countries where armed conflict was ongoing or which otherwise were considered to be "refugee-producing" and for whom international protection is needed.
5th November 2015
Refugee crisis: EU states failing to meet funding and resource commitmentsEU member states are falling short of all the main commitments they agreed to in September to urgently address the refugee crisis. Too few had responded to calls from Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia to provide the resources they need to cope with the situation, according to the European commission. A dozen member states have yet to even appoint the liaison officers required to coordinate relocations with Greece and Italy.
18th February 2017
Barcelona protest to support refugees draws thousandsAround 160 thousand people have demonstrated in Barcelona to demand the government allow more refugees into Spain from war-hit areas such as Syria. They say the government has not honoured its pledge made in 2015 to allow more than 17 thousand refugees into Spain within two years. Spain is in many respects similar to other EU countries who have fallen below target when it comes to accepting refugees.
26th June 2019
Sea-Watch captain arrested as ship docks at LampedusaItalian police arrested the German captain of a migrant rescue ship after it docked at the port of Lampedusa. Italy had refused the German rescue ship port entry since it picked up 53 migrants who were floating on an inflatable raft off the Libyan coast on June 12. Sea-Watch says this is the safest option, and that bringing the migrants to Germany is risky and time consuming.
21st August 2020
Italy: Hundreds of migrants continue to arrive in LampedusaThree ships with hundreds of migrants reached Italian territory in the last 24 hours. The local reception centre is over-saturated since 1,136 migrants are living in facilities that barely have a maximum capacity of 200 people. In the first eight months of this year, over 15 thousand migrants arrived by sea to Italy.
29th August 2020
Italy rescues dozens from migrant rescue boat funded by BanksyA migrant rescue boat funded by famous artist Banksy got stranded in Malta's coast carrying more than 200 people. After one person died, the crew accused Europe of ignoring its request for help. A day later, Italy's coast guard arrived at the overcrowded ship and took 49 of the "most vulnerable" people, leaving other migrants waiting in the boat.
10th September 2020
Greece: Fire 'destroys' Europe's largest migrant campEurope's largest migrant camp, Moria has been "completely destroyed" after massive fires broke out at the overcrowded site on Greece's Lesbos island. Firefighters are trying to contain the fire at the refugee camp. Moria is home to an estimated 13 thousand people which is more than six times its maximum capacity.
12th September 2020