Two refugees brought to Estonia go to court
Of refugees of war brought to Estonia according to European migration plan, two have had recourse to the courts not being satisfied to status awarded. By today, the police have altered the way they operate.
17.05.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Police Board: the men have not helped to be identified
In these recent weeks, four men of African origin have been released from detention centre and are now at homeless shelter in Tallinn. They were released as the maximal 18 months period allowed for organizing expulsion expired.
02.05.2016, Maige LeppPM
Legally illegal. A day in the life of homeless Africans
Postimees spent a day with Africans held in Harku Detention Centre for 18 months. Now, the guys are Tallinn's outlaws – impossible to expel and without right to be here.
02.05.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonia to accept up to 200 refugees directly from Turkey
Estonia is about to accept up to 200 refugees directly from Turkey under the agreement concluded between the European Union and Turkey last month, Postimees said.
08.04.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Police: Crackdowns on immigrants in St. Petersburg increasing pressure on Estonian border
Russian authorities conducting raids on illegal immigrants in St. Petersburg can be felt also on the Estonian border, in the form of growing numbers of attempts at illegal crossing of the border, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board says.
Humane reasons for residence permit written into law
Yesterday, Riigikogu passed a law amendment stating that Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), while proceeding residence permit applications, may consider the human circumstances of applicants.
17.03.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Russia might try smothering Estonia with migration
At end of last week, Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) got this troublesome piece of news from Russia about three refugees of Bangladeshi origin apprehended in Ivangorod wishing to enter Estonia. As dozens of Vietnamese with like plans were afterwards detected in Ivangorod, alarm went off in Estonia.
16.03.2016, Oliver KundPM
Rigid law obstructs humane approach
Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) deputy director-general Priit Pärkna says migration office has been at pains to find a way to remain in Estonia for the Albanian family successfully adapted. Even so, the officials are now looking to lawgivers as humane decisions are hindered by stiffness of current law.
11.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonia finds a refugee candidate
Italy has offered Estonia eight refugees from Eritrea for relocation, the background checks with whom have thus far proven difficult.
03.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Albanian family's story about to alter Estonian law
Almen, an Albanian with three years of court dispute under his belt with Police and Border Guard (PPA) regarding asylum application is also filing for residence permit to be processed simultaneously with the application for asylum. A glance on the broader picture reveals a need for law amendment, admit prime and interior ministers.
29.01.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: the regugee quota system does not work
Big words, small numbers – to sum of the relocation from Southern Europe. Having offered documents of eight (!) by Italy, Estonia has rejected five as the papers were faulty.
Estonia has rejected five Eritrean refugees offered
According to Estonian communications officer Priit Põdra operating in Italy we have thus far been offered eight refugees from Eritrea, five of whom Estonia has already declined.
22.01.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Natl Audit Office: Estonia is poorly prepared for receiving refugees
Estonia's ability to welcome people applying for international protection as well as the ones who have received the status of displaced person and to integrate them into the society is insufficient and needs significant improvement, the National Audit Office finds.
Swedish defence analysis admits migration is serious threat
Migration – into Nordics and out of Baltics – poses considerable security risk to Baltic Sea Region (BSR) as admitted by freshly released research ordered by Swedish defence ministry.
06.01.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
IRL wants legal refugee limit
With Estonia having to seek diligently for refugees desiring to live here so as to fill up the EU-imposed quota, a bill is making rounds in Riigikogu aimed at toughening our policy.
17.12.2015, Joosep VärkPM
Asylum in Estonia does not come easy
Estonia has hundreds of entries a year from third countries. Illegal entrants with no documents and likely to just «transit» through are put into Harku Detention Centre by Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). Those applying for asylum may usually lodge at liberty, at the shelter in Vao Village.
26.11.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Former Guantánamo inmate integrating into Estonia
After ten years innocently jailed on the Cuban isle of Guantánamo, then released and sent to Estonia this January, the Yemeni Ahmed Abdul Qader is still in Estonia and trying actively to get settled says social ministry.
06.11.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonia may miss refugees for Christmas
This coming Monday, Police and Border Guard Board communications officer Priit Põdra (29) goes to Italy to prepare how Estonia will be picking refugees from camps and bringing them here.
29.10.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Arabic speakers countable on fingers
Lion's share of refugees coming to Estonia will be Syrians whose command of English will be our basic school level at best. Meanwhile, Arabic speakers in Estonia number under two dozen.
07.10.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Mastering Estonian: two years will do
In an old manor some kilometers from the refugee center at the village of Vao there sits this tiny Kiltsi Basic School. While, at education ministry, preparations for educators regarding refugees is starting next year, in this school with 60 students this is already reality.
21.09.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
PM says Estonia agrees with number of refugees offered by Commission
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas confirmed that Estonia agrees with the number of refugees to be relocated to Estonia according to a plan adopted by the European Commission on Wednesday.
An evil person set fire to refugee's house
Yesterday, officials and media were busy around the burnt house of Vao refugees with the occasional villager daring to show up to take a look.
04.09.2015, Kristi ErlichPM
Estonian president condemns arson at center for asylum seekers
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has condemned the act of arson committed at the accommodation center for asylum seekers at Vao early on Thursday morning.
Estonian PM visits refugee center at Vao
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas visited the accommodation center for asylum seekers at Vao on Thursday, following an arson attack committed against a building of the accommodation center in the early morning.
Fire at Estonia's refugee center investigated as arson
A fire that spread to about ten square meters of the outside lining of the building of the accommodation center for asylum seekers in Vao village in north-central Estonia early on Thursday morning is being investigated as arson.
Editorial: a cheaper and nicer return
Immigration into Europe is ratcheting up and «flooded» nations are accumulating problems. Among other issues, the question arises: what do we do with those who were not permitted to stay? Sending them back should be easy on taxpayer while as humane as possible towards the person.
Finland seeks to make migrants go home for money
A large yet little discussed problem for the overwhelmed EU immigration policy are asylum seekers whose need for asylum goes unconfirmed.
12.08.2015, Martin DislisPM
Russians fear freedom
Former Tomsk Oblast cultural department head Andrei Kuzichkin says policy of Putin's regime is built on special operations while Kremlin sees Western leaders as weak.
10.08.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Refugee reception in precautious preliminary preparation
While local leaders listen rather placidly to soothing talks by ministers responsible to receive the migrants, Vao asylum seekers center chief harbors painful memories from recent meeting in South Estonia.
23.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
326 refugees feels like more than Estonia can handle
These past few days, the hottest number in Estonia is 326 – the amount of refugees initially prescribed for Estonia by European Commission. Unavoidably, we need to ask about our capacity to receive these. As also acknowledged by interior minister, we definitely cannot speak about full readiness as things stand.
15.05.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
A new life: from Sudan to Estonia
Thursday morning meant good news for Emad, at Vao, Väike-Maarja asylum seekers centre in Lääne-Viru County – his answer was yes. Hailing from Sudan, the man is optimistic and eager to start a new life in Estonia.
15.05.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Editorial: time for kindness!
Strolling down a department store in Estonia, many are the tempting fragrances the nostrils notice – an abundance of sensations for the prodigal buyer and the stingy abstainer alike.
Estonia increasingly sought as shelter from war
Russian aggression in Ukraine has markedly raised numbers of asylum-seeking refugees.
23.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: looking the fear in its coffee-brown eyes
For lion’s share of Estonians, receiving refugees is rather a negative – as seen in an asylum related study presented yesterday. No big news really (three years back, results were the same) and it’s never too wise to praise or criticize the general mentality in a nation. We should ask ourselves, however, why we think like we do. And judge the foundations for it.
Border Guard committee cuts numbers of refugees in Estonia
As revealed by human rights report published yesterday, conditions for refugees in Estonia have improved. Meanwhile, their numbers are in decline. As a reason for that, Estonian Human Rights Centre (EIK) legal expert Anni Säär cites a committee formed by Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB), a year ago.
06.05.2014, Marian MänniPM
Number of asylum-seekers remains at last year's level
The number of asylum applications stayed at the same level as last year in the first six months of 2013.
Granting asylum is not political decision - Estonian PM
Making decisions on asylum requests is a humanitarian act, not a political decision, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said on Thursday in a comment on the government's rejection of an Afghan interpreter's asylum application.