Tag Archives: Refugee

Turkey’s Erdogan calls the shots at EU summit

The Turkish government is holding the strongest cards in the ugly refugee negotiation with the EU. Germany would like to agree to most Turkish demands. Other EU leaders still think that a billion Euros and a promise of some visa liberalisation sometime will satisfy the Turkish side. Meanwhile the EU leaders still struggle to agree […]

Czechs and Slovaks not doing enough on Roma and gay rights

“Refuges welcome!” – but they might prefer Austria or Germany. https://euobserver.com/lgbti/130671 52

Norway to send back Syrian refugees who came from Russia

No human rights problems in Russia apparently. Norway will deport Syrians who arrive via the Russian Federation. Meanwhile as a NATO member Norway will defend ‘western’ values to the end http://www.dw.com/en/norway-to-send-back-syrian-refugees-who-came-from-russia/a-18785362 57

More EU states oppose ‘permanent’ refugee quotas

Clear split between EU countries that want a common asylum system (Germany, Austria, Holland are the most vocal) and those who don’t. Spain is hesitating, and Poland, Czech, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary are against. The more asylum seekers a country has, the more likely it supports moves towards a common system. The counties that want […]

£14m spent on private jets to deport asylum seekers in 18 months

Want to deport lots of failed asylum seekers? The U.K. has been doing it with charter aircraft. The cost per person is astronomical. In most cases it would be cheaper to let the person stay. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/16/14m-spent-on-private-jets-to-deport-asylum-seekers-in-18-months 74

Slovakia selects refugees while sending police to assist in Hungary

Slovakia seems to have backed down on its threat to refuse to implement the binding EU plan to reallocate 160,000 refugees. A first 200 will be selected in Italy. Slovakia is the only EU country with a “Christian only” policy for quota refugees. The main arrival country Greece has refused to cooperate with religious screening […]

Opinion: Fighting sham battles over the transit zone

“Transit zones” for refugees? Nein danke! Huge prison camps beside the motorway, while EU citizens speed past pretending not to see the suffering…   http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-fighting-sham-battles-over-the-transit-zone/a-18779740 118