Human migration

Romanians Abroad Send More Cash Home

Remittances again registered an increase in 2013, with Romanians sending home 4.2 billion euro last year, according to data from the National Bank.

The rise is believed to signify that many Romanian emigrants to countries like Italy and Germany have again started to find stable employment after the worst of the financial crisis.

Environment Ministry to have final say in construction plans

Local construction projects will need approval by the Environment and Urbanization Ministry rather than municipalities and public opinion will also be taken by polls, according to a new regulation issued in the Official Gazette.

The new regulation has brought about new changes to the rules of construction in cities and was released by the ministry on June 14.

Afghan refugees suspend Ankara sit-in after 53 days, urge UNHCR to meet demands

Afghan refugees suspended a sit-in protest in front of the Ankara headquarters of the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) on June 7 after 53 days amid increased pressure from the police, vowing to return to demonstrate if they did not receive a concrete answer to their demands.

Coast guard arrests 16 undocumented migrants off Chios

Greek coast guard officers arrested 16 immigrants off the eastern Aegean island of Chios on Monday for trying to enter the country illegally.

Authorities have also detained one person on charges of human smuggling.

The immigrants were reportedly taken to the island’s Skylitseio Hospital for medical tests.

The nationalities of those arrested was not made known.