Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp

Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp

  French police have begun a vast operation to check the “administrative status” of hundreds of migrants amassed in a makeshift camp in northeastern Paris, days after thousands of people were moved from a larger camp in Calais. Officers backed by riot police converged Monday morning on the streets around Stalingrad subway station, where an […]

EU launches new border force to stem migrant flow

EU launches new border force to stem migrant flow

The EU’s beefed-up version of its struggling border force goes into operation Thursday, as the squabbling bloc struggles to find a unified strategy to tackle its worst migration crisis since World War II. European Union officials were due to inaugurate the new task force at the Kapitan-Andreevo checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Turkish border, the main land […]

Egypt recovers scores of bodies after migrant boat tragedy

Egypt recovers scores of bodies after migrant boat tragedy

A senior Egyptian official says a total of 115 bodies were pulled out of the waters off the Egyptian coast, three days after hundreds of migrants heading to Europe drowned. Mohammed Sultan, the governor of Beheira province, told The Associated Press that dozens more are feared dead. The migrants’ boat capsized on Wednesday, nearly 12 […]

Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp to be ‘gradually dismantled’

Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp to be ‘gradually dismantled’

The “Jungle” camp in the northern French town of Calais, home to thousands of migrants hoping to reach Britain, will be dismantled in stages, the country’s interior minister pledged on Thursday. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the Nord Littoral regional newspaper that he would press ahead with the closure “with the greatest determination”, gradually dismantling […]

French authorities report ‘spectacular’ rise in Calais migrant camp population

French authorities report ‘spectacular’ rise in Calais migrant camp population

Local authorities in the French port city of Calais on Friday said the number of migrants living in the infamous “Jungle” camp has seen a “spectacular” rise over the summer, increasing by 53 percent in just two months. At the middle of August, authorities counted more than 6,900 people in the camp – the highest […]

Give us visa-free travel or lose migrant deal, Turkey tells EU

Give us visa-free travel or lose migrant deal, Turkey tells EU

  Ankara has said that the deal whereby Turkey stems the flow of illegal migrants to the European Union will be torn up if the bloc does not grant Turks visa-free travel in the EU. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was asked by Germany’s Bild newspaper whether thethousands of refugees in Turkey would be allowed […]

Syrian migrant killed by own bomb in Germany, 12 injured

Syrian migrant killed by own bomb in Germany, 12 injured

A Syrian man who was denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday when he set off a bomb outside a crowded music festival in the Bavarian city of Ansbach, injuring 12 other people, local officials said. Bavaria’s interior minister said the 27-year-old man detonated a backpack device after he was denied entry […]