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.
Syrian father threatened to kill mother
A scenario the authorities have feared for some time materialized last week when the police had to arrest the father of a family of refugees relocated to Estonia.
23.11.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
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.
11 Syrian refugees arrive in Estonia from Turkey
Eleven Syrian refugees who arrived in Estonia on Wednesday are the first refugees arriving in this country from Turkey under the European migrant distribution plan.
Office workers trigger guns boom
During first half year Estonia has added about the amount of new weapons permit holders as totalled in 2015. Gun training sessions overflow and people wait in lines to take the exams. Lion's share of fresh applicants are office workers stirred by threat of refugees and threat of toughened Weapons Act.
17.08.2016, Oliver KundPM
Next four refugees from Greece arrive in Estonia
Two Syrian families arrived in Estonia from Greece on Thursday under the European Union's migrant relocation program, the Ministry of the Interior said.
Next 8 refugees from Greece arrive in Estonia
Two Syrian families arrived in Estonia from Greece on Thursday under the European Union's migrant relocation program, Ministry of the Interior said.
Prison sentence requested for man who threatened prime minister
At Harju County Court session yesterday, state prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus required real imprisonment for Martin Kattai accused of threatening to kill prime minister Taavi Rõivas.
31.05.2016, Andres EinmannPM
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
Next 12 refugees from Greece arrived in Estonia on Thursday
On Thursday evening the next 12 refugees to be settled in Estonia under the European Union's migrant relocation program arrived in Estonia from Greece.
Next 12 refugees from Greece to arrive in Estonia next week
The next 12 refugees to be settled in Estonia under the European Union's migrant relocation program are to arrive in Estonia next week.
Unconventional warfare expert: Europe must prepare for the worst
When fighting ISIS, it is paramount to counteract their recruiting activities in Europe and this is best done by European Muslims themselves says Estonian Defence Forces Major Margus Kuul with Master's from US Naval Postgraduate School in defence analysis and irregular warfare.
13.04.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonia's ISS: Fear of refugees mainly triggered by ignorance
The main problem with the refugee issue in Estonia is fear proceeding from ignorance which has created a fertile ground for the increase of anxiety, tension and aggression in the society, the Internal Security Service (ISS) writes in its freshly-released yearbook.
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
Six of seven refugees from Greece settled in Tallinn
Six of the seven refugees who were settled in Estonia under the European Union's migrant relocation program were housed in Tallinn's Lasnamae borough, governor of the borough said.
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).
Initial seven refugees arrive in Estonia under quota
Arriving from Greece yesterday, initial seven refugees of war were placed in Estonia under the European migration plan, to dwell in Tallinn and Tartu.
30.03.2016, Dagne MihkelsPM
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.
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
Refugees better favoured by Estonians than by others in the land
Of inhabitants in Estonia, most do not desire refugees as neighbours. At that, non-Estonians are more reticent towards refugees than Estonians, shows a Saar Poll study.
08.03.2016, Andres EinmannPM
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
1 in 5 respondents in Estonian survey see refugee issue as biggest problem
Twenty-one percent of the respondents in a survey taken in Estonia last month consider the topic of refugees to be the biggest problem that the Estonian society is faced with at the moment.
Russia itself should grant asylum to refugees arriving there - Estonian MEP
Refugees seeking to enter Europe through Russia should be granted asylum by Russia in the first place, member of the European Parliament from Estonia Urmas Paet said in a speech at the international relations department of Columbia University.
«Hope you get raped»
A bunch of people with racist mindsets are having an internet threat campaign ranging from Facebook entries to phone calls and messages. Whoever dares to speak out against xenophobia is a likely target. Underneath, find four stories.
11.02.2016, Liisa TagelPM
Estonia gives EUR 4.1 mln to help Syria refugees
Estonia will pay altogether 4.1 million euros through various channels over the next two years to help the people who have fled the civil war in Syria.
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
PM says there should be room for humanity in asylum seeking process
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said commenting on the case of an Albanian family who is applying for asylum in Estonia but is now in fear of being sent out of the country that in issues regarding refuge there has to be room for humanity.
28.01.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
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
Estonian PM promises to deal with shortcomings of refugee policy
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas the state has already taken into account the recommendations of the National Audit Office regarding the refugee policy and government agencies have to continue working toward eliminating all shortcomings.
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.
4 Estonian officials off to Greece to help register asylum seekers
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board on Wednesday dispatched four officials to Greece to help the authorities of that country with the registration of refugees.
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.
IRL's Tsahkna: Fatherland forever
The fresh head of IRL, Margus Tsahkna thinks this past year featured an overdose of political games. He was especially annoyed by the testing of options for creation of new government under cover of opening the coalition treaty in summer.
30.12.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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.
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
Initial refugees to reach Estonia in January
In interview, Police and Border Guard Board communication officer Priit Põdra sent to Italy on November 2nd to prepare relocation of refugees to Estonia confirms that the initial eight people are arriving in January.
08.12.2015, Piret LaksonPM
Editorial: the EU must show confidence
There is no possibility of a longer debate to be held over permanent mechanism of relocation of refugees. It is highly unlikely that pivotal decisions will be made regarding the single Schengen visa space. Both are statements by Estonian interior minister Hanno Pevkur. Politically cautious, somewhat in officialese, and therefore a rather European declaration on extremely vital topics ahead of today's meeting of EU interior ministers.
04.12.2015, Urho MeisterPM
Rõivas: I must tell the naked truth
In the nervous Europe, Estonia must not panic, not become uptight, but must take the situation as a challenge that the Estonian state is prepared for, says Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform).
19.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Interior minsiter says security authorities cannot and must not monitor everything
Having been in contact with French security authorities, Estonia's interior minister Hanno Pevkur tells Postimees in interview what our relevant bodies may do to maintain safety.
16.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: Paris changed everything? It did not. The values must remain
Reaction in Europe to the Friday night terror attacks in Paris were substantially different from before. The acts owned by Islamic State were coordinated and inhumanly cruel. Even so, some of the reactions have led to conclusions potentially hazardous to basic European values. Should these reactions be allowed to dominate, not only will the terrorist groupings will be sent a signal that have they managed to shake Europe, but our own principles may be endangered.
Editorial: is Schengen dead?
We're living in a world where virtual reality sometimes feels more real than life itself. When nations which have agreed to do away with internal borders restore border checks due to influx of refugees, can we speak about Schengen treaty still valid? True: it does allow border control in certain situations and we can still travel freely from Tallinn to Lisbon with ID-card only, so both de jure and de facto if feels business as usual. But... is it?
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
Roland Freudenstein: The Refugee crisis and the future of European identity
Every meaningful political conflict is really about two things: reality and time. It is about who lives in a fantasy world, and who has their feet firmly on the ground. And it is about who is stuck in the past, and who owns the future.
04.11.2015, Roland FreudensteinPM
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
Estonian Lutheran church offering refugee accommodation in six municipalities
The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) is offering the government housing for refugees in six municipalities, it appears from the updated refugee relocation action plan.
Estonia eager to get five refugee families for Christmas
Responsible for reception of refugees, interior ministry migration policy vice chancellor Raivo Küüt and social ministry social domain vice chancellor Rait Kuuse say helping refugees will swallow no more resources than helping an Estonian jobless and in need for social support. It's just that integration needs to be more intense initial approach.
09.10.2015, 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
Hannes Hanso «embarrassed» that soc dems wanted to cut defence spending
Defence minister Hannes Hanso (44 today, Soc Dems) says the main near term aim is finding a new deputy chancellor for the ministry, and a new chief for Information Board. As for anti-refugee statements by servicemen, he wants to put an end to that.
06.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
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
Estonia lacks teachers for refugee children - school director
Estonian universities graduate at best 15-20 teachers for mixed-language classes annually, but since most of them focus on Russian-speaking students specialists for teaching refugee children whose mother tongue is for example Arabic are in short supply, a school director says.
Editorial: such times sift out the statesmen
Keep Europe in one piece, unite and quiet Estonia, move ahead with strategic problems. A general recipe for the Riigikogu, this fall.
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
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.
Editorial: words no longer enough
In his «State of the Union» address yesterday, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker stressed humane, economic and security reasons while receiving refugees while bringing a broader message: if from words – talking about solidarity and values – we switch not over to deeds, the European Union is in danger and a part of European values with it.
Parties: compulsion no option
Postimees asked heads of all parliamentary factions: if local governments do not wish to receive refugees and the state cannot force them to, should something be altered in the law to find homes for immigrants, or what would be the solution?
09.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Local leaders want no refugees
In August, social protection minister Margus Tsahkna asked parish and city elders if they'd be ready to receive and house refugees. With a few exceptions, the answer is «no».
09.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Prime Minister: Dividing refugees proportionally in EU is important step
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas the deal according to which refugees will be divided between European Union member states proportionally is an important step forward.
Estonia to get 373 migrants according to Commission's new plan
According to the new proposal of the European Commission 373 migrants would be sent to Estonia, the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reports.
Estonian minister: Closing Schengen zone talked about in EU
There has been talk in the European Union of closing the Schengen zone due to the flow of immigrants, Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Friday on the Aktuaalne Kaamera newscast of the public broadcaster.
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
Editorial: let's keep what's worth keeping
Yesterday's arson of Vao refugees center is to be addressed as it truly was: a crime intentionally endangering the lives of over 50 people including 13 kids. This is the primary issue to be considered and based our actions on. The culprit must be caught and punished. The understanding was shared by majority of parties at Riigikogu, yesterday. Worrisome, at that, is EKRE not thinking it necessary to mention that.
Icelander's campaign makes pen-selling Syrian single dad a wealthy man
Abdul, a refugee from Syria, was in the right place at the right time. A photo taken of him became a global hit and by now the single father of two has been donated over €142,000. What will he do with the money? Underneath, an Icelander behind the campaign Gissur Simonarson talks to Postimees.
01.09.2015, Marian MänniPM
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
Editorial: Turkey tackles ISIS crisis
No doubt, active involvement in Syria and permission granted to allies to use its İncirlik airbase is quite a change in Turkish policy and may serve to significantly advance the fight against ISIS.
Editorial: ministers on summer tour
So we have two elected politicians on summer tour. In a way, not wrong for social protection and interior ministers Margus Tsahkna and Hanno Pevkur to travel the nation telling local leaders about all things refugee. Explaining practicalities, as the numbers now known seem insignificant.
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
Estonia to accept 150 refugees from Mediterranean area in Phase 1
European Union interior ministers in their emergency meeting in Brussels on Monday endorsed a decision of the European Council aimed at helping 60,000 refugees and concluded an interim agreement under which Estonia will accept 150 refugees of the Mediterranean crisis in the first stage.
Estonia to take in 150-200 refugees - interior minister
Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Thursday that the number of refugees Estonia will accept will probably fall in a range of 150 to 200, public broadcaster ERR reported.
Pevkur: Christians and women preferred
Refugees to arrive in Estonia will be handpicked by a team of five who when in doubt has the right to say «no», assures interior minister Hanno Pevkur (Reform).
01.07.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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.
Estonia will on no account agree to obligatory refugee quotas - govt
The government on Tuesday took the position that Estonia does not approve obligatory quotas for taking in refugees but Prime Minister Taavi Roivas declined to name a concrete figure that could suit Estonia.
Interior min: Estonia not agreeing with Commission's refugee quota proposal
Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Wednesday that Estonia understands the solidarity principle when helping refugees and supports the need to solve the refugee crisis in countries on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, but does not support quotas for resettling and relocating refugees and considers the refugee number proposed to Estonia disproportionate.
European Commission advises Estonia to accept 738 additional refugees
According to European Commission's resettlement and relocation plan Estonia would get 738 refugees in addition to the 326 refugees whose number was announced a few weeks ago.
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
On spreading the refugees across entire Estonia
Are Estonia’s towns and parishes prepared to embrace refugees arriving from crisis areas, should it be decided to scatter these across the nation?
20.05.2015, 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
The road to Europe is paved with dead refugees
Dwelling in the Southern Swedish city of Malmö, Hassan – hailing from Syria – is satisfied indeed: no need to worry about safety like back home. The way to Scandinavia wasn’t easy, though...
05.05.2015, Toomas RandloPM
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
Editorial: the boat people – a shared EU burden
Stuffed into boats, refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean. Last year alone, 278,000 illegal EU border crossings were registered in the region. On their way to Europe, about 3,000 lost their lives. This year, the numbers are on the increase and, already, close to 2,500 have perished. Formerly regarded as a burden for the countries of destination, the crowds coming have swelled so large as to trigger the issue of EU responsibility.
Estonia to give EUR 200,000 to aid internal refugees in Ukraine
Estonia is to support with 200,000 euros relieving the situation of Ukraine's internal refugees through the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF.