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In a bid to head off moves to reassess the visa-free regime, Macedonia says the number of asylum seekers in the EU from the Balkans is falling.
The highest number of people who sought asylum in Germany in 2012 came from Serbia, recent German foreign ministry data show.
The EU has warned Balkan countries that if they don’t lower the number of asylum seekers, visas may have to be re-introduced.
Top EU official says current regime will stay in force in the Balkans despite calls from some European politicians it to be suspended.
A plan by Prime Minister Sali Berisha to give Albanian citizenship to foreigners who invest €100,000 in the country could put the state's visa-free regime with the EU at risk.
Dialogue between the European Commission and Kosovo on visa liberalisation may start by the beginning of 2012, a European diplomat told Balkan Insight.
A group representing young Serbian professionals in the UK is lobbying the British parliament for an end to visa restrictions on Serbs wanting to travel to Britain.
Nine Albanian migrants who applied for asylum in Belgium in the last two months have been returned to Tirana’s Mother Teresa International Airport today.
Belgian authorities have seen an exponential growth of Albanian asylum seekers in the last two months, warning Tirana that criminal networks might behind the sudden surge.
EU ministers on Wednesday in Brussels are to count the latest figures on asylum claims from the Western Balkans, and decide how to curb a trend that has accelerated since visas were scrapped.
Millions of Albanians have applied for the latest “biometric” passport just months after the country was granted visa free travel across the European Union.
The European Commission proposed on Monday a mechanism that would allow the EU to suspend the visa-free regime for certain states under "exceptional" circumstances.
Belgrade pledges to stem outward flow of Roma and ethnic Albanians, as Belgium threatens to call for Serbia's exclusion from visa-free regime with Europe.
A lack of cash is the main reason many Macedonians haven't taken advantage of visa-free travel to the EU over the past year, a local survey shows.
Serbia was the top country of origin for asylum seekers in 2010, sending more applicants to the industrialized world than Afghanistan and Iraq.
While travel agents gear up to cash in on Albanians traveling westwards, experts say the outflow of currency may harm the struggling local economy.
Kosovo’s government stresses that it has fulfilled the criteria set by the European Commission on visa liberalisation, as it gears up for an expected EC mission in December.