One family of quota refugees has officially left Estonia
One family of refugees brought to Estonia under the European Union's migrant distribution plan has officially left the country, Estonian officials said on Tuesday.
Members of the passport mafia stand trial
Members of the so-called passport mafia stood trial again in Tallinn yesterday ten of whom opted for agreement process, while another case was closed due to lack of interest to prosecute. The case of the woman who ran the criminal organization will be heard in general procedure.
27.01.2017, Piret LaksonPM
Estonian population grows by 1,850 in 2016
According to Statistics Estonia's initial estimates, the population of Estonia was 1,317,800 on Jan. 1 this year, which is 1,850 persons more than at the same time a year ago.
What will the year 2017 bring us? From broken teeth to fishing
What will the year 2017 bring us? Besides increased excises, the coming year will bring Estonia’s residents new subsidies – for example, it is likely that more people will visit dentists in 2017, because a small compensation will be paid to adults as well. Postimees reviews the most significant law amendments.
30.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Dirty secret of Estonia’s building sites
The number of violations related to the recruitment of foreign labour has increased steeply, because some Estonian construction firms have discovered a new source of wealth – Ukrainians willing to build houses in Estonia for a few hundred euros per month while living in ascetic conditions.
20.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
No more quota refugees to arrive in Estonia this year
No more asylum seekers will arrive in Estonia under the EU migrant distribution plan this year, which means that the number of people who have arrived here under the program so far, 77, is the final number for 2016.
Quota refugees submit 2 applications for family reunification
Of the refugees relocated to Estonia under the European Union's relocation plan, two have submitted applications for reuniting with their families.
Estonia promises to continue contributing to solving migration crisis
Estonia is still ready to contribute to solving the migration crisis by focusing on the condition of children in a crisis, Estonia's representative affirmed on Monday at the high-level meeting for refugees and migrants at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.
Estonia nears readiness regarding top topics for Europe
As of today, 325 days remains till Estonia's presidency of EU. Post-Brexit, our officialdom is busy as bees to make it a success while flames of eurosceptisism are fanned by candidacy of Donald Trump in USA .
11.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Sending back a Vietnamese costs thousands of euros
This year, Estonia had dozens of Vietnamese enter it illegally. Yesterday, the last one i.e. No 30 was flown back home.
03.08.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: a changed world
Recently, the phrase «the world is not what it used to be» has been well worn out. The truth being, the world is in constant change while it is the tempo that differs, and the perception of it all.
25.07.2016, Urho MeisterPM
IRL still abstaining from populism
The political party IRL has sunk underwater with no new oxygen available. They've still got some left in the lungs, but how long will that last?
17.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
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
At present, words of the cultured carry no such weight as at end of 1980ies, observes folklorist and former first lady Ingrid Rüütel (EKRE) while admitting Estonia could never solve the problems of the nations of the world. Even so, Estonia might play a part in international cooperation provided we feature wise, experienced and balanced politicians.
26.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: European unity needed to solve migration crisis
At the moment, the European Union is faced with largest migration of nations since end of WW2. People are coming from various parts of the world and for various reasons.
Two Estonian officers with dogs sent on border mission to Croatia
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board sent at the weekend two dog handlers with their dogs to Croatia to help guard the country's border with Serbia.
Survey: 2/3 of Estonian citizens see refugee crisis as bigger threat than Russia
Two-thirds of Estonian citizens regard the migration crisis as a bigger threat than the danger of a Russian aggression, it appears from a poll commissioned by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (MTU Uhiskonnauuringute Instituut).
Accidentally, private universities helped dozens of Bangladeshis into Europe
Private universities in Estonia may have unintentionally helped dozens of Bangladeshis enter Schengen space states as seen in a Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) audit.
22.03.2016, 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
The dark side of the tough guys
The much-noticed Soldiers of Odin Estonia Facebook group features a minimum of 182 people of criminal background with at least 374 crimes under their belt. The figure may be higher but these are what Postimees was able to confirm.
08.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: Europe's last chance
A EU summit in Brussels today bring together heads of states and governments with Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to discuss taming of the migration crisis. On Friday, Donald Tusk charged with chairing the summits told those participating: «We are closing the route across Western Balkans, the main route through which 880,000 migrants flowed into the European Union last year, and 128,000 during the first months of 2016.»
Leaked memo: migrants may move towards borders of Estonia
Closure of the currently popular Balkan migration routes may put pressure on borders of Norway, Finland and the Baltics says a leaked Norwegian foreign ministry memo.
03.03.2016, VG / The Local / PMPM
Police to scrutinize all students from Bangladesh
Police suspects a number of students from Bangladesh in misuse of Estonian residence permits issued for studies and is therefore going to check all residence permits and visas.
29.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian truckers driven bonkers by migrants
Life is getting tough for Estonian trucking companies on economic community roads. Firstly due to policemen hunting refugees sneaking into cargo. Secondly, competitors are rolling into Europe from the shrinking market in Russia.
25.02.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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
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.
Oh to be embraced by Estonia ...
Six years ago a single mother from Moscow left Russia for good, in hopes to live happily in Estonia with her son. The young man is hardworking and talented, and a local through and through. And yet, despite all of their efforts, neither is officially Estonian yet.
18.01.2016, Priit PulleritsPM
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
Editorial: let's live with no fear
Often, a year has been likened to a book of 365 pages and to be filled by us ourselves. Today, we are at final page of one, to start 2016 off as blank sheets.
Editorial: Estonians. Pro-Europe, but troubled
Are the people in Estonia pleased with the EU? On the one hand, the satisfaction with belonging is still high and our folks feel Europeans, EU citizens. On the other hand, they are worried about what's happening in Europe, especially with what isn't immediately seen in Estonia (immigration crisis, terrorism, the debt crisis of member states) and those who don't think EU image is positive are far more numerous than in spring.
Law amendment opens doors for qualified foreign workers
Law amendments entering into force on January 1st 2016 make it easier for employers to bring in highly qualified workforce from abroad.
22.12.2015, Joosep VärkPM
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 Värk
Arvustus: mõõgameistri maagia trummikomplekti taga
Anotonio Sanchezi ja Migrationi kontsert 29. novembril Vabal Laval.
Antonio Sanchez - trummid
Seamus Blake – saksofon
John Escreet – klaver
Matt Brewer –bass
30.11.2015, Hendrik AllaPM
Estonian PM says refugee crisis main topic for EU this year and in 2016
The main issue facing the European Union this year and apparently also in 2016, and an existential issue in several respects is how to solve the refugee crisis that has received a new impetus from the civil war in Syria, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said in his speech on the topic of the EU in parliament on Tuesday.
Prime Minister threatened: revenge is not in words
Recently prohibited from departing from his residence, in the Bronze Night of 2007 Martin Kattai (31) was among the angry young men who as IRL members were mentally «ganging up» against Russians with youth organisations in other political parties.
11.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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
A ministry and its lone half-time crisis manager
Addressing the social ministry regarding refugees, journalists have but one person to address. That'll be Triin Raag, a local governments specialist at social department. In this situation of crisis, one lady is loaded with arrangement of housing and support. What's more, she's officially employed just half-time. Come New Year, Estonia will be receiving some 200 «batch one» refugees. To this, add 373 latest Juncker-quota people.
11.09.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Survey: difficulty of identifying immigrants a major hazard
Survey ordered by interior ministry says strongest security threat related to intake of immigrants is entry of unidentified individuals.
23.07.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
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
Editorial: leave city, be happy
As observed in a deep-delving story on small town niceties in Postimees today, people tend to be happier there... provided they have what it takes to be happy like family, friends, work and income.
Report: Non-EU immigrants mainly come to Estonia for reasons of family, study
The overwhelming majority of immigrants coming to live in Estonia from non-EU countries come here as part of family- or study-related migration, it appears from a study on the country's options in migration policy.
Report: Immigrants no burden on Estonia's welfare system
While the people who have immigrated so far have not remained a burden on Estonia's welfare system, meaning that there is no «benefits tourism» in Estonia, the country has not managed to attract workers with a high level of knowledge and skills either, it appears from a report by the National Audit Office.
Ministry: Estonia's limit is up to 156 migrants in 2 years
Estonia is capable of accepting from 84 to 156 migrants in two years, it appears from a memorandum of the Interior Ministry drawn up on the basis of analyses conducted by several government ministries.
Refugee: I’m thankful to the Estonian state
Having fled Pakistan five years ago, Maroof Muhammad (40) considers Estonia his homeland and highly appreciates what Estonian state has done for him.
26.05.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Reader: why I don’t welcome the refugees, in light of Swedish multikulti
To tell you I’m indifferent towards immigrants would be a lie. In reality, in my own atheistic way I’m praying and heartily desiring that Estonia would never be faced with the problems caused by immigrants from Moslem nations, currently so actual in Europe, writes Postimees reader Marit Hermann – an Estonian with experience of living in Sweden.
06.05.2015, Marit HermannPM
Migrants dream big at the gate of Europe
«Our God, help us,» 22-year-old Muhammed mumbled when he saw the sea. He was on the shores of Libya. On the other side was Europe. But he had to get on that boat. The young Moslem had a dream, you see – to become a big businessman. And where else could he do it if not in Europe, right?
05.05.2015, Marian MänniPM
Estonian formin: EU commissioner's warning to be taken seriously
Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn's warning that the Baltic states might soon be faced with flows of refugees from the southern neighborhood of the European Union should be taken seriously, Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said.
Baltic states might soon see streams of refugees - European commissioner
It cannot be excluded that the Baltic states might soon see a «stream of refugees» from southern neighbors of the European Union, the commissioner for European neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said in an interview with BNS.
A man legally nonexistent for years
Born in Estonia, a man is in his eighth year of life without any documents, residence permit or outlook to get legalised.
05.01.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
Editorial: sensing security
Does the (eastern) border hold? was the question publicly raised by security police officer Eston Kohver hauled away over it. Controversially perhaps, the event – in all likelihood a special operation by Russia – may not reflect what the people now feel. But though the Kohver case in itself was no proof on tightness of border, it did unearth the tight spots: for years, the border and its protection have ceased to be priority enough, and now need added care and money.
Estonia increasingly sought as shelter from war
Russian aggression in Ukraine has markedly raised numbers of asylum-seeking refugees.
23.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
President Ilves at the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honour to address this high-level meeting dedicated to the rights of indigenous peoples.
Immigration to Estonia increased last year
According to Statistics Estonia, 4,098 persons immigrated to Estonia and 6,740 persons emigrated from Estonia in 2013. There were 1,459 immigrants more than in 2012.
Migrant workers bless Estonia with hundreds of millions of euros
At an Eesti Pank seminar last week, a central bank economist Orsolya Soosaar said free movement of workers strategy was aimed at achieving maximally inclusive economic growth, boost overall employment, and enhance use of the existing labour force.
16.05.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
The decrease in the population number has slowed down
According to the revised data of Statistics Estonia, 1,315,819 persons lived in Estonia on 1 January 2014. In 2013 the population declined by 4,355 persons (0.3%). Increased immigration has reduced the impact of emigration on population decline. However, the falling number of births means that natural increase has a bigger role in population decline.
Study: Better availability of information will help foreigners to adapt quicker
In order to facilitate the adaptation of foreigners staying in Estonia it is necessary to ensure better availability of information and existence of an effective adaptation program, finds the study on foreigner adaption to Estonian society.
Editorial: the peace of being happy
Next to those now working abroad and folks drawn to major hubs inside of Estonia to find employment, there are the 30,000 others who do some significant commuting from place to place. On occasions, job and home are half a hundred miles apart.
Doctors also leaving wealthy countries
Estonia is not alone in its problem of physician migration. Doctors are also leaving wealthier countries like Germany and UK. However, while these nations find replacements from Poland and Estonia, for instance, no one shifts jobs from West to East.
03.06.2013, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: double the outflow
In the wake of the Census, Estonia has reason to be pleased: even though the population has declined, compared to the previous count, it is not as bad as with Latvia and Lithuania. The entire Baltic trio continuing as an «outflow area», Estonia still managed to position itself on the verge of the Nordic situation. Finland, Sweden and Norway also showing a negative migration balance: more departures that arrivals.
Most of emigrants from Estonia still go to Finland
According to the data of 2012, in Estonian emigration the movement takes place towards the countries offering bigger economic welfare. People emigrate from Estonia mainly to Finland and the United Kingdom and people immigrate to Estonia from Finland and Russia.