Sat, May 25 2013
WATCHFUL EYES: Maltese police officers stand outside the Marsa Open Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Marsa in Valletta's Grand Harbour on March 4 2009. Many African would-be immigrants who were rescued by the Maltese Armed Forces while attempting to reach European soil from Africa end up living in the converted school after spending up to 18 months in detention camps, according to local authorities.
FOOD AND SHELTER: Asylum seekers queue for meals inside the Sangatte Red Cross refugee camp where some 1600 asylum seekers from Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan are sheltered, November 14 2002.
DISSUASION: Eurotunnel workers re-enforce security with razor-wire to dissuade asylum-seekers from the nearby Sangatte refugee centre, September 3 2001.
The United Nations refugee agency has called on the EU and its border agency, known as Frontex, to ensure that asylum in Europe is not being threatened in the drive for tighter policing of the EU’s external borders.
Resettlement of refugees is knocking on Bulgaria’s door
Every EU state willing to accept refugees will receive 4000 euro per refugee annually from the European Refugee Fund, Malta says.
Measure adopted at same meeting that approved new directive against employment of third-country nationals illegally resident in the European Union.
Report adopted on April 22 calls for new Europe-wide Schengen visa system, new border policing system, full mobility for immigrants in EU after five years and right to vote in municipal elections.
Some time in early 2009, the European Council - made up of the heads of state and government of EU countries and the president of the European Commission - will debate going ahead with Europe's Blue Card scheme, which is meant to attract highly skilled immigrants to jobs in the EU in sectors where there are skills shortages. Often described as an answer the United States Green Card system, the Blue Card proposal went one step further on November 20 when it was approved by a majority in the European Parliament.
Members of the European Parliament have voted to support the European Union's answer to the United States Green Card system - a "Blue Card" scheme to attract highly-skilled immigrants. However, they have called for clarification on a number of issues and say that Blue Card employees should not have priority over EU nationals on the labour market.
Representatives of two European church groupings, in a meeting with a senior representative of the French presidency of the European Union, expressed concern about the rights of minorities around the world, especially where Christian minorities are persecuted, and discussed "the dramatic situation of Iraqi Christians whose extinction would signify a major injustice".
The immigration pact agreed to unanimously by leaders at the October 16 2008 European Council summit - a pact that has political but not legal force in the 27 member states - has produced mixed reactions, from welcomes to protests, in the ensuing days.
Two European church groups have expressed deep concern about the "thousands of migrants unjustly detained in Europe for not having the right documents".
A total of 16 841 people had sought asylum in Bulgaria since 1993, when the authorities started registering them, Bulgarian news agency BTA reported. Nearly one sixth of them, 2873, were underaged. The UN Refugee Agency in Bulgaria said that only a small percentage of them, 1443 people, were recognised as refugees. Another 4003, 846 of whom underage, received humanitarian asylum. People who
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees fears that Bulgaria, which until a few months ago was regarded as a safe haven for Iraqi refugees, has changed its policy to get tougher towards such refugees. A story posted on the UNHCR website on April 21 said that Bulgaria used to grant either humanitarian status or full refugee status to almost every Iraqi who asked for asylum after arriving in the country, usually overland from Turkey. That meant 533 people last year, about half the number of asylum seekers registered in Bulgaria in 2007, the story said.
World leaders acknowledged Putin's victory with reservations, and international observers say the election was skewed in the former president's favour.
Hollande's call for more spending and economic growth has struck a chord with French voters.
Gallup International Association poll gives president Sarkisian’s party 44 per cent, while three main challengers alleged ‘machinations’ by ruling party in what – in contrast to 2008 – reportedly was a largely peaceful election.
The Freedom House report says the media environment in the Middle East and North Africa underwent major improvements in 2011, but remained the worst-performing part of the world.
Dissatisfaction with jobs is a global phenomenon and two-thirds of workers all over the world intend to look for another job in the near future, the survey concluded.