10th Dec 2023


Lithuanian migrant crisis enters new phase, as influx ceases

An influx of migrants from Iraq and elsewhere into Lithuania allegedly abetted by neighbouring Belarus appears to have stopped, but leaving a pile of asylum applications to process and local communities angry about nearby camps, creating an unfamiliar challenge for the Lithuanian government, AP reports. This year, more than 4,000 asylum-seekers from 40 countries illegally crossed from Belarus into Lithuania. That was 50 times more than during all of 2020.

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How Moldova is trying to control tuberculosis

Moldova, Europe's poorest country, is working hard to combat tuberculosis. The country wants to be tuberculosis-free by 2030, at the same time as joining the EU. That's quite a challenge.


Sudanese fleeing violence find no haven in Egypt or EU

Since the cycle of violence started earlier this year in Sudan, more than six million people have been displaced. With increasingly fewer safe areas within the country, thousands have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries — especially Egypt.


How should EU reform the humanitarian aid system?

The example of Ukraine illustrates that donors like the EU should be more ambitious about the localisation of aid. And this funding to local actors needs to be predictable, flexible, and longer than the typical one-year funding cycle.

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