The account of an Afghan employee of the EU border agency, who resides in Italy, has prompted an investigation by the Greek Ombudsman.
"This systematic practice endangers the life of people, including young children, that often end up abandoned in the middle of the sea," refugee rights groups say in a letter to Pope Francis ahead of his visit to Greece.
After last week’s tragedy in the English Channel, the EU border agency will be deployed to sight boats that attempt crossings, marking the first time it could be used to stop migration from the EU, rather than into the bloc.
Anti-refugee rhetoric is a useful distraction from government corruption and incompetence.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel's invitation to talks was withdrawn after a row between UK PM Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron over migrant crisis.
The refugees, who were in a life raft, were taken ashore near the Cesme district of Izmir province following illegal pushback by Greece.
This is not a ‘migrant crisis’; this is a crisis of inhumanity.
Brexit and the tightening of border controls are behind a peak in the number of people, including many minors, who attempt the dangerous sea route.
Rather than developing mechanisms to prevent such accidents, Britain and France are exchanging barbs and shrugging off their responsibilities.
Britain and French officials trade blame after rubber boat sinks during a perilous crossing of the narrow seaway, drowning 27 people.
While Belarus manufactured the refugee crisis situation, Poland shares responsibility for the acute suffering in the border area, the Human Rights Watch said.
Making its way through parliament, the new Nationality and Borders Bill is likely to deter modern slavery victims from coming forward and make life easier for traffickers, critics say
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