Number of people seeking asylum in Europe increases by 30 per cent in 2013

Asylum seekers from Eritrea waiting in Lampedusa

According to a new report, the number of people seeking asylum in the European Union has increased by 30 per cent compared to 2012 figures.

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Refugee figures exceed 50 million for first time since world war II

UNHCR tents at a Syrian refugee camp

According to a new UN report, the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people across the world has surpassed 50 million people for the first time since world war II.

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EU commits €246m to aid Palestine’s refugees

Refugees in Palestine

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and enlargement and neighbourhood policy commissioner Štefan Füle have signed a joint declaration pledging €246m in support for Palestine refugees.

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New rules for EU sea-border patrols

Italian patrol ship

MEPs have voted to adopt a new regulation which includes concrete rules to ensure that member states fulfil their search and rescue obligations to boats in distress.

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#Lampedusa

Lampedusa

The tragic events of the recent Lampedusa incident have highlighted the need for an EU-level approach to tackling the ongoing problem of migration.

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Lampedusa incident must be a ‘wakeup call’, insists commissioner

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Home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström has expressed the need to “act at European level” to prevent tragedies such as the recent Lampedusa incident.

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Commissioner welcomes new rules for EU asylum seekers

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European home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström has welcomed parliaments decision to update the existing ‘inefficient, dysfunctional and unfair’ system governing asylum seekers in the EU.

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