The EU elections brought large electoral gains Monday for a string of far-right and nationalist parties proposing tougher measures to curb migration, with Britain’s Brexit Party, Italy’s Lega Nord, Hungary’s Fidesz, and France’s National Rally all topping their respective polls.
But attitudes have been hardening ever since more than one million migrants and refugees arrived in Europe in 2015, and the rise of right-wing nationalist parties has already brought a raft of anti-immigration policies that have had far-reaching effects.
Here’s a collection of our recent coverage highlighting this trend, what those affected say, and how some groups are trying to help them:
UN alarmed over ‘alien policing procedures’ that systematically deny food to asylum seekers in holding areas on the Serbian border.
LGBTI people fleeing persecution in their homelands have lost humanitarian protect status and associated integration services in Italy.
Activists say anti-smuggling laws are being wielded against people who are trying to save lives.
NGOs and rescuers worry that politicians may be following the Italian model, as pre-election rhetoric becomes more hardline on immigration.
Over-reaction to a small rush of Iranian arrivals aside, Britain is in a mess over immigration and no one knows where things are heading.
Thousands of new arrivals were already being cut from services, an IRIN investigation found, and the new measures will add some of the most vulnerable.
Winter housing is badly needed to stave off a humanitarian disaster on the Croatian border.
Rights groups say the shadowy practice violates international law and that the fate of those who are thwarted is largely unknown.
Migrants who attempt to sneak across Hungary's heavily guarded border risk brutal beatings by Hungarian police.
For wider coverage, check out this curation of our 2018 migration reporting, and our Destination Europe series, which looks at the challenges and choices facing migrants and refugees as a result of European policies and deals with African nations.