Overcrowding on Samos, Greece

More than 4,000 refugees and migrants currently reside on the Greek island of Samos, and the refugee camp with a capacity for only 700 people is bursting. Poor hygiene and harsh weather conditions are posing a threat to the migrant population. The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR warns the situation...

Greece: Violent Pushbacks at Turkey Border

(Athens) – Greek law enforcement officers at the land border with Turkey in the northeastern Evros region routinely summarily return asylum seekers and migrants, Human Rights Watch said today. The officers in some cases use violence and often confiscate and destroy the migrants’ belongings.

Choose Love: the shop where customers buy gifts for refugees

An orderly queue formed outside the Choose Love store despite the November cold. But unlike the thousands of visitors to other stores across central London, these shoppers were not looking to grab a Black Friday bargain, they were lining up to buy gifts for refugees

'Here I am a human being': How Kaiserslautern continues to integrate refugees

After volunteering in the Greek island of Lesbos at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, Anita Lekic was inspired to spend time in this southwest German city, which is playing a huge role in providing asylum for refugees, to see how it is dealing with the influx of people. Here’s what she...

How Integration Is Actually Working in Germany

Three years after record numbers of asylum seekers came to Germany, jobs remain the biggest challenge for post-2015 arrivals. Researcher Swati Mehta offers four ways to make financial integration work.

Greek road inferno 'kills 11 migrants'

Eleven people thought to be migrants have died after their vehicle and a lorry collided head-on in northern Greece. Both the car and the lorry burst into flames but the lorry driver managed to escape without serious injuries.

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 82,100 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,741

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 82,100 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 30 September, with 36,654 to Spain, the leading destination this year. (Spain’s arrivals include over 600 migrants sailing to Las Canarias in the Atlantic Ocean – see more below.)