Tag Archives: Migration

Austria floats idea to deploy EU border guards to ‘willing’ African states to battle migration

The EU Border Guard (Frontex) should be bolstered with soldiers and policemen, Austria’s Defense Minister Mario Kunasek has said, mulling the idea to even deploy the agents into “willing” African countries to tackle migration. “In my view, Frontex mandate should be changed in a way that would allow use of police and soldiers for border security mission,” the official told ...

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‘Arrogant' Macron risks becoming 'enemy No. 1' on migration for Italy – Rome

Top Italian officials lashed out at French President Emmanuel Macron, who said migration pressure on Italy seriously dropped over the past year. Macron was branded “arrogant,” and risks becoming a top “enemy” to Rome on migration. “Italy indeed faces a migration emergency and it’s partly because France keeps pushing back people at the border. Macron risks making his country Italy’s ...

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‘Can’t work with this woman’: Key ally Seehofer reportedly jabs Merkel over migration

On the back of the latest round of fighting over illegal immigration, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of Bavaria’s CSU party reportedly castigated Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying he “can’t work with this woman anymore.” Horst Seehofer, a heavyweight of Bavarian and German politics, previously unveiled a new strategy called the ‘Migration Masterplan.’ It would allow German authorities to turn back ...

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Germany’s migration chief is sacked amid an asylum agency fraud scandal – but is the problem solved?

The ousted head of Germany’s refugee agency was central to an unfolding asylum application fraud scandal, but firing her won’t fix core “structural problems” in the country’s migration system, a geopolitical analyst has told RT. After serving just 18 months as head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Jutta Cordt was fired this week by Interior Minister ...

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EU ministers form ‘axis of the willing’ against illegal migration, but Merkel stands in their way

In a landmark agreement, the interior ministers of Austria, Germany and Italy have banded together against illegal migration, but the move is more likely to split the German Cabinet than it is to make the EU change its mind. “In our view, we need an ‘axis of the willing’ in the fight against illegal migration,” Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz said ...

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‘It’s an invasion!’: UKIP leader blasts Brussels’ migration policy in the European Parliament

UKIP leader Gerard Batten has accused the European Union of blackmailing member states into accepting migrants from “Islamic countries”, amid boos and jeers from fellow MEPs. “You used the emotional blackmail argument of talking about helping defenseless refugee families. And yet, the reality is that the vast majority of these migrants are young men from Islamic countries,” said Gerard Batten, ...

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‘Crisis was avoidable’: Ex-German migration agency head slams interior ministry’s failure to act

A lack of coordination by the Interior Ministry led to a “de-facto bankruptcy” of the German migration service during the refugee crisis, its former head said, claiming that it could have been avoided had Berlin acted prudently. The former head of the German Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Frank-Juergen Weise, has lashed out at the German Interior Ministry ...

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German ‘asylum fraud’ scandal probe widens to include 10 more migration offices

German migration authorities have widened their probe into asylum application fraud and are now investigating 10 additional field offices on suspicion of granting refugees permissions to stay in the country without proper grounds. On Friday, the German Federal Office for Migration and Asylum (BAMF) announced that it would review some 18,000 refugee cases in the city of Bremen going back ...

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German migration agency reassesses thousands of refugee cases following corruption scandal

The German federal migration service plans to review thousands of successful asylum applications. Earlier, it was revealed that a regional migration office granted asylum to thousands of people without sufficient grounds. The German Federal Office for Migration and Asylum (BAMF) will re-examine some 18,000 cases in which refugees were granted asylum in Germany, the agency’s director, Jutta Cordt, told journalists ...

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Google to acquire cloud migration startup Velostrata

Google announced today it was going to acquire Israeli cloud migration startup, Velostrata. The companies did not share the purchase price. Velostrata helps companies migrate from on-premises datacenters to the cloud, a common requirement today as companies try to shift more workloads to the cloud. It’s not always a simple matter though to transfer those legacy applications, and that’s where ...

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