North Korean defector criticizes China in rare Beijing talk

Mar 27, 2016

North Korean defector criticizes China in rare Beijing talk

A North Korean defector made a rare public appearance in China on Saturday, criticizing Beijing’s repatriation of asylum seekers despite alleged warnings from South Korea not to speak out. Hyeonseo Lee, who escaped from North Korea to China in 1997, called on Beijing to ...

Mar 24, 2016

Finland, Russia agree to close Arctic border for migrants

Finland and Russia have signed an agreement to close their northern border crossings to migrants, blocking off the Arctic route into the European Union, Helsinki said on Wednesday. “Only citizens of Finland, Russia and Belarus … can use the border crossings of Salla and ...

Shaky EU-Turkey agreement over migrants could fall through

| Mar 19, 2016

Shaky EU-Turkey agreement over migrants could fall through

A deal between the European Union and Turkey meant to curb the flow of migrants into Europe in return for financial and political rewards could unravel within months because neither side looks able to deliver on its commitments. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and ...

EU, Turkey strike heralded migrant deal but costs are high

Mar 19, 2016

EU, Turkey strike heralded migrant deal but costs are high

European Union and Turkish leaders celebrated a “historic day” after sealing a widely-criticized pact to send thousands of asylum-seekers back to Turkey — a deal that will cost millions and require the rapid dispatch of thousands of experts to Greece to undertake the complicated ...

EU, Turkey to meet for crunch migrant talks

Mar 18, 2016

EU, Turkey to meet for crunch migrant talks

European Union leaders sought to seal a deal with Turkey’s prime minister on easing the bloc’s migration crisis Friday after agreeing on a common position at a late-night summit. EU president Donald Tusk was to present Ahmet Davutoglu with the proposals, under which Turkey ...

As a major migrant route closes, others are ready to open

Mar 11, 2016

As a major migrant route closes, others are ready to open

As the European Union tries to send thousands of migrants back to Turkey and close the heavily traveled Balkans route, concern is mounting that people desperate to find sanctuary or jobs in Europe are already using smugglers to find other pathways. Albania, Hungary, Bulgaria ...