FREE News: 19th June 2015

Immigration: “Europe’s ‘credibility’ on brink over migrants” (EuObserver): “Sixty percent of people risking their lives to reach Europe since the start of this year are fleeing war and violence from Afghanistan, Somalia, and Syria. The figures, cited by the UN’s refugee agency, are part of much larger exodus that has reached historic proportions. Worldwide, 59.5 million were displaced last year.” Read more here

See also: “Hungary’s anti-migrant fence draws rebuke” (EuObserver):Hungary has said it will build an anti-migrant fence on its border with Serbia, drawing an immediate rebuke from its neighbour. “We’re talking about a stretch of border 175km long, whose physical closure can happen with a four-metre high fence,” Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s foreign minister, told press in Budapest on Wednesday (17 June).” Read full article

Elections in Denmark: “Rightist coalition wins Danish election” (EuObserver): “An alliance of right-wing parties won the Danish general election on Thursday evening (18 June), in an extremely close race marked by the dramatic rise of the far-right Danish People’s Party, which became the country’s second biggest political force.” Read more here

 Development policy: “UN official: More development doesn’t mean less immigration” (EurActiv):François Crépeau, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today (18 June) that the assumption that more development aid would reduce immigration was wrong.”  Read full article

UK in Europe: “Schulz on Cameron meeting: “I came to London to listen and to learn” (European Parliament News): “EP President Martin Schulz discussed British plans to renegotiate EU membership during a meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron today. They also talked about the migration crisis in the Mediterranean and the ongoing talks on trade deals. Afterwards Schulz said: I came to London to listen and to learn and I think we had an excellent and open-minded exchange of views.” Read more here




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