The UNHCR spokesperson said none of those intercepted in northern Sudan while heading towards the Libyan border to reach Europe are asylum seekers and Sudan may be within its legal right to pursue deportation of these Eritrean migrants from its territory. (Photo: Maram Mazen IRIN)
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Authorities in Sudan have launched a crackdown on Eritrean migrants – arresting those living in the capital, Khartoum, and intercepting hundreds travelling north through the country towards Libya, the launching point for smugglers’ boats heading for Europe. Continue reading Sudan and Eritrea Crackdown on Illegal Migrants
“More than 60 percent of people coming to Europe from the Middle East and Africa are economic migrants using asylum-seeker status as a cover” – Frans Timmerman, vice-president of the European Commission
A majority of people coming to Europe from the Middle East and Africa are economic migrants using asylum-seeker status as a cover, according to a top EU official. The EU may reinstate internal border controls if the crisis isn’t resolved in two months.
More than half of the people now coming to Europe come from countries where you can assume they have no reason whatsoever to ask for refugee status… more than half, 60 percent,” said Frans Timmerman, vice-president of the European Commission, citing what he said were new, unpublished figures from the EU border agency Frontex. Continue reading Over 60% of Refugees Heading to Europe are Economic Migrants: Top EU Official