November 1, 1991 |
Ministers from 27 European governments Thursday agreed on a series of short-term measures to reduce the rising number of illegal immigrants pouring into the Continent's rich Western countries, threatening to cause social and political instability.
July 11, 1992 |
Semsa Kasic's only comforts in life are more likely tragedies she hasn't learned of yet. The 66-year-old Muslim who was pushed from her home at gunpoint in the Bosnian village of Sepak lives for the day she can be reunited with her son, who was taken away by Serbian gunmen who looted and burned their home three months ago. She is unaware of the guerrillas' boast that they take no prisoners.
April 1, 1989 |
"Our objective is . . . to do away with internal frontier controls in their entirety." --A 1985 European Community commitment Perched in his second-floor office on the Belgian-West German border, chief customs officer Peter Noben admits that his future is uncertain. The highway control point that he commands here is among the busiest in Europe, but by 1993 it could vanish.
July 15, 2000 |
The 58 Chinese immigrants found suffocated in the back of a refrigerated truck in Dover last month have exposed a horrifyingly simple truth: Men, women and children are dying to get into Europe. Although the Dover tragedy was extreme, it was hardly isolated. More than 2,000 people are known to have died crossing the seas and borders of Western Europe in the last seven years, and the mortal tide continues with numbing regularity.
October 1, 1991 |
When Argentina was a mecca for migrants, Maria del Carmen Pinera came with her family from Spain. Her father was a carpenter. She was 5 years old. Now 44, Pinera wants to go back. She has relatives in Spain who tell her it is a land of opportunity where her children can find work, salaries are good and progress is in the air. And so, like many Argentines whose European parents or grandparents came to this once-promising land, Pinera is getting her papers in order for the return trip.
November 9, 1991 |
Hands folded, the little family matriarch lifted her head slightly and began to count. There was her husband, her son, his wife and their three children. There was another son, a daughter and seven more grandchildren. "We're all going together," concluded Lydia Stahlbaum, who works in the office of the local collective farm in this town in Kazakhstan. "I think we will be in Germany by spring."