Suicide bomb attack on Turkish city Istanbul has been linked to an ISIS member, according to Turkish authorities; Deal struck between EU and Turkey that began turning refugees and migrants back to Turkey on Sunday, March 20 has been criticized by human rights advocates as “unethical.”
The European Council and Turkey agreed on Friday to a plan to manage the flow of migrants and refugees into the European Union. Under this agreement, migrants and refugees who arrived in Greece by illegal means will be returned to Turkey where they will proceed through the asylum process to relocate to a European country.
Turkey and the European Union agree on plan for migrants and refugees stuck in Greece or Turkey on their way to other European countries. Meanwhile, the Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia closes its border with Greece, further trapping migrants and refugees. This and more headlines from March 8 to March 11.
Greece and Europe at crossroads on refugee issue, EU makes first steps to halt Schengen. Turkey makes deal with EU to take in non-Syrian economic migrants, this and other headlines from Feb 29 to March 4.
NATO mission to return migrants rescued in Aegean to Turkey and Greece recalls ambassador to Austria over migrant crisis, and other headlines from the week of Feb 22 to 26.
The attack on the Turkish capital that killed 28 occurred during a high-level meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Greek MPs of the far-right Golden Dawn party expelled from parliament during a session on the refugee crisis, and other headlines from this week.
Spain hosted 6.5 million migrants in 2013, according to the OECD “World Migration in Figures” report. Migrants comprise less than 14 percent of Spain’s 46.77 million. Although a seemingly low percentage compared to the United States’ 45.8 million migrants, the European economic crisis and the social conditions in Spain put an extra strain on migrants.