Tag: migrants
Balkans 21.01.20 | 22:16

V4: Record numbers of migrants arrive from Turkey

Frontex has revealed that the number of migrants arriving to the EU from Turkey in 2019 increased by 46 percent compared with the previous year , the V4 news agency reported. According to a report published by Frontex, the EU’s Coast and Border Agency, 2019 saw a drastic increase in the number...

Macedonia 17.01.20 | 16:37

Two Afghan migrants caught in a cargo train bound for Hungary

Two illegal migrants from Afghanistan were detained while crossing the Macedonian – Serbian border. The two were hiding in a cargo train bound from Greece for Hugary. A Serbian border guard noticed that seals on the train cars were broken and found the two Afghan men, aged 18 and 20, hiding among...

Macedonia 16.01.20 | 21:02

Corrupt police commander involved in migrant trafficking was given a high level position in the Interior Ministry

A former top police commander in Stip, who was charged with organized migrant trafficking, was named an adviser in the Interior Ministry. Ljupco Trajkovski was appointed to this position during the flurry of reassignments in the Interior Minister done by Oliver Spasovski in the last days of his term...

World 14.01.20 | 11:19

V4: High migration pressure at Hungary’s borders

The first two weeks of the year has given a lot of work to police officers and soldiers protecting the borders, and the migration pressure is high, the Hungarian Interior Ministry’s state secretary said at a press conference in Budapest on Monday, the V4 news agency reported. Karoly Kontrat added...

Balkans 12.01.20 | 11:49

8 Children among 11 migrants killed after boat sinks in the Aegean Sea

Eleven migrants died on Saturday, including eight children, when their vessel sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey, state news agency Anadolu reported. The boat sank off Cesme, a popular tourist resort in western Turkey opposite the Greek island of Chios, Anadolu said, adding that eight others...

Balkans 02.01.20 | 13:31

V4: Migrant flow through the Balkans doubled in 2019

Hungarian authorities are warning that the number of illegal crossings along the Balkan migrant route have doubled in 2019 compared to 2018. Gyorgy Bakondi, security adviser at the Hungarian Government, said that the increased pressure against Hungary was seen mainly on the Serbian border, but also noticeable...

Balkans 27.12.19 | 12:11

V4: Hungarian police intercept 139 illegal migrants on the Serbian border on Boxing Day

Hungarian police officers apprehended 101 foreign nationals along the Bacs-Kiskun county section of the Serbia-Hungary border on 26 December. The migrants, who claimed to be Palestinian, Syrian, Iraqi and Algerian citizens, entered Hungary illegally. Two migrants were prevented from crossing the Hungarian...

Balkans 24.12.19 | 16:06

V4: Hungary apprehends 1.000 illegal migrants as Greece struggles with the migrant crisis

Last week more than a thousand people attempted to illegally enter Hungary, and thus the territory of the EU, according to a statement issued by the Hungarian Police Headquarters. It is a record-high number, five times of last year’s figure. The pressure of migration has steadily increased in...

World 19.12.19 | 14:43

V4: Hungarian FM says UN tries to force through its migration compact rejected by many states

Hungary, along with some like-minded countries, including Poland, who share a similar position on migration, will make every possible effort to prevent the UN’s global migration package from becoming a basis of reference in international law, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a UN...

Macedonia 18.12.19 | 14:19

Increase in the number of illegal migrants intercepted in Macedonia in 2019

The Macedonian Interior Ministry reports that it stopped 18.488 illegal migrants from crossing the country in 2019. This is an increase of more than 5.000 cases, compared to 2018, when 13.143 migrants were stopped. Overwhelmingly – over 90 percent – these were people crossing into Macedonia...

Macedonia 16.12.19 | 14:04

Two migrants, from Cuba and Afghanistan, arrested after crossing into Macedonia from Greece

An Afghan and a Cuban illegal migrant were arrested yesterday in two separate incidents on the Macedonian border with Greece. The Afghan man – a 26 year old identified as J.I., was arrested at a hotel in Old Dojran, on the border with Greece. It was determined that he crossed the border illegally. The...

World 07.12.19 | 14:59

V4 summary: Migrant groups on the move in the UK, Greece, Spain

More than a hundred migrants attempted to reach the EU by boat last week, with almost a record high of seventy-nine trying to cross the English Channel to reach the United Kingdom in a single day. A boat carrying an African group of migrants on their way to the Canary Islands capsized near the Mauritania...

Balkans 28.11.19 | 13:18

V4: More than a thousand migrants arrive in Greece in just a few days

Seven hundred migrants in twenty-four hours. It might seem like a record, but it is commonplace in Italy and Greece. Migration pressure has been growing continuously in the Southern European region, with 1350 migrants landing on the Greek islands just last weekend, reports the V4 news agency. After Italian...

Macedonia 27.11.19 | 10:39

Van with 25 illegal migrants slides off the road between Sveti Nikole and Kumanovo

A passenger van carrying 25 illegal migrants had an accident on the regional road between Sveti Nikole and Kumanovo. Police found that the driver has fled and some of the migrants had sustained injuries, Alsat TV reported. The group was taken to the Kumanovo hospital for treatment. Kumanovo is the main...

Macedonia 24.11.19 | 19:34

Strumica police officer arrested as the was extorting money from a Syrian migrant

A police officer from Strumica was charged with transporting Syrian migrants. The officer was stopped three days ago, as he was extorting 10 EUR from a Syrian citizen who he said will help provide with transportation. The police did not reveal how large the group was. The 29 year old officer was detained....

Balkans 21.11.19 | 17:11

Greece urges Turkey to stop using migrants to pressure EU

Greece called on Turkey to fully implement the EU-Turkey statement on curbing migration and stop using refugees and migrants to pressure the European Union and Greece for more concessions, the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, Kathimerini reports. “As a democratic country based on the...

Macedonia 21.11.19 | 14:15

Group of 33 illegal migrants intercepted near Strumica

A group of 33 illegal migrants were found in the village of Svidovica near Strumica yesterday. The group included mostly Afghans, with some Pakistanis, Iranians and Iraqis. It is believed that they crossed over the border with Greece and were planning to make their way north, to the EU states. The group...

Balkans 21.11.19 | 11:12

V4: New Greek government gets tough on immigration

The infamous camp on the Greek island of of Lesbos will be closed and migrants will be moved to new, closed camps to prevent them from coming and going as well as possibly escape, reports the V4 news agency. What’s more, NGO groups failing to comply with the new rules will be banned from operating...

Macedonia 19.11.19 | 15:37

Avramopoulos: Macedonia has not asked for EU funds to build migrant camps

Macedonia has not asked the European Union for financial support for building migrant and refugee camps, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos said Tuesday at the EU-Western Balkans ministerial forum on Justice and Home Affairs answering a journalist’s question. Among the main...

Macedonia 18.11.19 | 18:54

Seven illegal immigrants from Syria stopped near Kumanovo

Seven Syrian illegal migrants were arrested last night in the village Recica near Kumanovo. The men were stopped after a report that a Renault van is transporting migrants. They were sent to the Skopje transit center. Recica is close to the border with Serbia, in a region which is a busy crossing for...

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