European mass migration crisis

Migrants warm themselves around a fire at the Lipa camp outside Bihac, Bosnia, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 202, after hundreds failed to be relocated from the burnt-out tent camp in the northwest of the country. The migrants were supposed on Tuesday to be transferred from the much-criticized Lipa camp to a new location in the central part of the country, but have instead spent some 24 hours in buses before being told on Wednesday afternoon to disembark and return to the now empty camp site. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)
January 01, 2021 - 9:04 am
BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Trying to resolve a humanitarian disaster, the Bosnian military set up tents Friday for hundreds of migrants who have been stuck in a burned-out refugee camp that has no facilities to fend off freezing winter weather. Bosnia has faced international criticism for...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 file photo, European Council President Charles Michel speaks with EU leaders during an EU Summit video conference at the European Council building in Brussels, to address the need to strengthen the collective effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. A last-minute trade deal with the United Kingdom coupled with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the final days of the year produced a sense of success for the 27-nation bloc and brought glimmers of hope to the EU's 450 million residents. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool via AP, File)
January 01, 2021 - 2:06 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Between the specter of Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and a new leadership team facing a budget battle, the European Union looked set to remember 2020 as an “annus horribilis.” Instead, a last-minute trade deal with the United Kingdom coupled with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines...
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A migrant walks through the snow wrapped in a blanket at the Lipa camp northwestern Bosnia, near the border with Croatia, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. Hundreds of migrants are stranded in a burnt-out squalid camp in Bosnia as heavy snow fell in the country and temperatures dropped during a winter spell of bad weather after fire earlier this week destroyed much of the camp near the town of Bihac that already was harshly criticized by international officials and aid groups as inadequate for housing refugees and migrants.(AP Photo/Kemal Softic)
December 26, 2020 - 12:42 pm
BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Hundreds of migrants were stranded Saturday in a squalid, burnt-out tent camp in Bosnia as heavy snow fell in the country and winter temperatures suddenly dropped. Migrants at the Lipa camp in northwest Bosnia wrapped themselves in blankets and sleeping bags to...
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FILE - In this Sep. 9, 2020 file photo, migrants from different nationalities, mainly from Somalia, Egypt and Morocco, but also from Libya, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coat, Bangladesh, Senegal, Syria, Palestine, Benin and Tunisia, including 14 minors and 4 women, rest on board the Spanish NGO Open Arms vessel after being rescued in international waters, in the Central Mediterranean sea. Tunisian authorities say 20 African migrants have been found dead after their boat, which was trying to reach Europe, sank in the Mediterranean Sea. Five survivors were rescued Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 and authorities are searching for up to 20 others believed missing. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)
December 24, 2020 - 7:38 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — About 20 African migrants were found dead Thursday after their smuggling boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe, Tunisian authorities said. Five survivors were rescued and the Tunisian navy is searching for up to 20 others still believed missing...
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Smoke rises from a fire at migrant camp Lipa, Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020, near Bihac in western Bosnia. A huge fire has broken out at a migrant camp in northwestern Bosnia which has been in the focus of rights groups because of poor conditions in the tent facility.  Thick black smoke could be seen rising Wednesday from parts of the Lipa camp near the Croatian border which currently houses some 1,200 migrants.  The cause of the fire was not immediately known as migrants were seen running away in panic. There were no reports of injuries. (AP Photo/Hasan Arnautovic)
December 23, 2020 - 9:19 am
BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A huge fire broke out Wednesday at a temporary migrant camp in northwestern Bosnia that has been strongly criticized by rights groups as unsuitable due to its lack of resources. Officials said former residents started the blaze. Thick black smoke rose from the Lipa...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 file photo, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for an EU summit in Brussels. A senior legal adviser said Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 that the European Union's top court should reject Hungary's attempts to overturn a European Parliament action aimed at holding the country to account for what lawmakers consider to be a breach of the bloc's values. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP, File)
December 17, 2020 - 7:04 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that Hungary has failed to respect EU law by denying people entering the country without authorization the right to apply for asylum and unlawfully detaining them in “transit zones” on its border with Serbia. The European Court of...
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European Council President Charles Michel, center, arrives for a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. European Union leaders meet for a year-end summit that will address anything from climate, sanctions against Turkey to budget and virus recovery plans. Brexit will be discussed on the sidelines. From left, Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)
December 10, 2020 - 7:12 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Concerned that their credibility is at stake, European Union leaders are set Thursday to give the green light to the expansion of sanctions against Turkey over its exploration of gas reserves in Mediterranean waters claimed by EU members Greece and Cyprus. At their last summit in...
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December 09, 2020 - 8:33 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s immigration chief quit Wednesday after an outcry over the death of a Ukrainian man suspected of being tortured by officials before dying in custody at Lisbon airport. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Cristina Gatões had tendered her resignation,...
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European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. The European Commission wants member states to reinforce external border controls and police cooperation to better protect the 27-nation bloc from extremist attacks. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool via AP)
December 09, 2020 - 7:27 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU’s top migration official confirmed Wednesday that she retains confidence in the embattled head of Frontex, amid pressure on the bloc’s border and coastguard agency for an independent investigation of allegations it was involved in illegal pushbacks of migrants. Asked whether...
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December 02, 2020 - 5:18 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation has been launched in the eastern Aegean Sea after a dinghy carrying migrants either sank or overturned off the Greek island of Lesbos, the Greek coast guard said Wednesday. It said 32 people — 15 men, 14 women and three children — had been rescued...
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