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January 15, 2019 3:58 PM MACRON CRISIS: Desperate leader considers migrant quota as Yellow Vest protest rage on

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron has been branded “irresponsible” for suggesting the introduction of “annual quotas” on migration as a topic for part of the three-month national debate aimed at mollifying yellow vest protesters. But the possible imposition of quotas floated by Mr Macron has sparked outrage – and confusion – as curbing immigration is not one of the core demands 398

January 10, 2019 1:43 PM EU SHOWDOWN: Italy promises to unite with Poland to instigate ‘European SPRING’

ITALY’S firebrand deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini is trying to create a populist alliance to take on the Brussels establishment in a showdown over the future of the European Union. Mr Salvini, who leads the nationalist, anti-immigrant League party, pledged to create a “new European spring” ahead of the European Parliament elections in May and to work with Poland’s 142

January 7, 2019 3:04 PM Italy warns Juncker over migrant ships near Malta

The Work and Pensions Minister of Italy reiterated co-Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini's message Italian ports will be shut for any more migrant ships travelling from Africa via the Mediterranean Sea. He claimed the two ships currently waiting to be accepted by a European member state should dock in Malta where the migrants can be seen from the coast 116

January 6, 2019 10:19 AM French arrest eight Iranian suspected people smugglers in Calais

EIGHT suspected people-smugglers arrested on a Calais beach were freed within hours - because "buying a boat is not a crime". "They were arrested by a sea surveillance patrol," said an investigating source in Boulogne-sur-Mere. "It was at around 2pm on Friday that a boat belonging to them was found." The semi-rigid dingy, with a Suzuki outboard motor 116

January 2, 2019 12:53 PM Channel migrants: What are the numbers behind the 'major incident'?

How does an increase in efforts to reach the UK via the Channel compare with all asylum applications? Or Mediterranean crossings? Home Secretary Sajid Javid has described the increase as a "very serious concern". But how does the recent increase in attempts to reach the UK across the Channel compare with total asylum applications? And how does it match 54

January 1, 2019 4:05 PM 14 migrants accused of trying to steal French trawler

According to a local prosecutor, the migrants included a mother and her two children and they claimed to have come from Iraq. The suspects include a mother and her two children and they claimed to have come from Iraq, according to prosecutor Pascal Marconville, who spoke to the AFP news service. Police continue to look for two individuals whom they believe 84

December 28, 2018 10:35 AM Diane Abbott admits she would INCREASE boat patrols to assist migrants coming from Calais

LABOUR's Diane Abbott claimed boat patrols may have to be increased to assist migrants crossing the French border from Calais to come to the UK on dangerous boat journeys. The Shadow Home Secretary told BBC Radio 4 Today Programme she would consider increasing boat patrols in British waters to assist migrants once they have the right to go through the asylum 87

December 27, 2018 5:54 PM Viktor Orban HITS OUT at Brussels

HUNGARY’S Prime Minister Viktor Orbán believes fears over migration will make “nations vote together” in next year’s European elections. The far-right leader swept to power in 2003 as head of the Fidesz party and won a landslide general election victory in April. But Orbán’s anti-immigration stance has seen him accused of mistreating asylum seekers and refugees 121

December 26, 2018 11:53 AM Migrant CRISIS: 40 refugees intercepted in Channel during Christmas Day smuggling bid

MORE migrants were intercepted by the Border Force overnight as criminal gangs made a Christmas Day bid to smuggle 40 people across the Channel. The staggering numbers arriving in just one day follows more than 100 migrants rescued while attempting to cross the Channel in November and December before this week’s surge in attempted crossings 88

December 22, 2018 8:33 PM Malta airlifts newborn and mother from migrant ship

Malta has airlifted a newborn and his mother from a Spanish migrant rescue ship and rejected accusations that it had refused food to more than 300 other migrants on board. The baby was born three days earlier on a beach in Libya and his life was in danger, the Proactiva charity said. Proactiva's boat was refused entry to Malta and Italy, while France 83