Migrant Crisis

Surge in migration across EU since end of pandemic restrictions

Hundreds sleeping rough in tents in Brussels while other asylum seekers are living in school gymnasiums in Germany

Afghan refugees at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in 2021. Picture: Getty Images

All EU countries, including Ireland, are experiencing a surge in migration since the end of the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

There are hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in tents along the canal in the centre of Brussels.

Most of the 3,000 migrants estimated to be homeless in Belgium are single men, because the authorities, like in Ireland, prioritise the scarce accommodation for women and children.

The EU Agency for Asylum has reported a “major increase” in ...