10/3/2015 - 17:05 GMT
by Baptiste Becquart
More than 100 migrants stormed the Channel Tunnel early Saturday, penetrating a third of the way through and attacking staff in an incident that halted overnight traffic.
The attempt to go through the tunnel from France to Britain came as the daily flow of thousands of migrants and refugees flocking to Europe's shores showed little sign of easing, with 168,000 migrants and refugees arriving in September alone, UN figures showed.
TRAISKIRCHEN, AUSTRIA—Serving 2,600 people in a kitchen intended for no more than half that figure is a challenging task, but staff and management in Traiskirchen are slowly figuring out how to deal with the notoriously overcrowded camp.
Patience is key for those waiting in long lines that extend to the courtyard of Austria's biggest reception center for migrants and asylum-seekers.
Refugee emergency in Europe: UNHCR appeals for USD 128 million
SALZBURG, Austria, Sept 28 (UNHCR) – Nobody in Salzburg ever expected the refugee crisis to hit this close to home. So when Michael Haybäck, the city's director of public order, received a call at 8.30pm one night in early September, he had to think fast.
Martin Floss from the mayor's office was on the line. "He said that about 1,500 refugees will come in the next two hours," Haybäck recalled. "I was quite astonished. I made a call back and asked if the number was correct."
Hungary says it has removed a razor wire barrier it set up Thursday near its border with Slovenia to deter refugees. Pressure had mounted on Hungary to stick to Europe's policy of open internal borders.
The Hungarian state news agency MTI said three spools of razor wire laid out Thursday at Tornyiszentmiklos, just inside Hungary's border with Slovenia, were removed Saturday.
GENÈVE/NEW YORK, 25 septembre 2015 – L’UNICEF lance un appel de fonds de 14 millions de dollars afin de venir en aide aux enfants réfugiés et migrants en Europe, face à l’augmentation de 80% du nombre d’enfants arrivés sur le continent – dont beaucoup fuient les conflits en Syrie, en Irak et en Afghanistan.
Au total, 133 000 enfants ont trouvé refuge dans l’Union européenne entre janvier et juillet 2015 – soit en moyenne 19 000 enfants chaque mois, selon les dernières données disponibles d’Eurostat. Une personne sur 4 en quête de refuge est un enfant.
US$14 million needed to care for children on the move
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 25 September – UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to assist refugee and migrant children in Europe, following an 80 per cent increase in the number of children on the move into the continent – many escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
TRAISKIRCHEN, AUSTRIA - On a recent afternoon in the small town of Traiskirchen, 20 kilometers south of Vienna, locals parked outside the gates of the former school and unloaded jackets and sneakers in all sizes, as well as thick coats, hats and gloves for the approaching winter to clothe those staying at the refugee camp.
Magd Zaour, a 23-year-old former student from Damascus, Syria, said he was thankful for the outpouring of help.
NICKELSDORF, Austria, Sept 25 (UNHCR) – They stride, sometimes even stumble, over the Austrian border and into the picture postcard town of Nickelsdorf. Among them are women and children, many of whom have been travelling for days, weeks, even months. They fled their war-torn homelands, trekking across Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans.
Now, at last, another 400 refugee journeys are almost at an end.
Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Thursday 9/24/2015 - 12:01 GMT
by Peter Murphy with Hui Min Neo in Berlin
Thousands of migrants streamed through the Balkans Thursday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned after an emergency summit that Europe still had to get to grips with its biggest post-war refugee crisis.
French officials meanwhile said a young African was killed by a Channel Tunnel train while trying to get to Britain, the latest of thousands of deaths this year of people desperate to start a new life in Europe.
UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to respond to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, with US$6.5 urgently needed for the immediate response in the next 6 months.
The number of refugee arrivals from fYRoM peaked to 4,000 per day in the last days of the reporting period. Current registration capacities remain at around 1,000 persons/day in Preševo and 500/day elsewhere. A total of 37,463 refugees were registered in August 2015, of which 94% were from refugee-producing countries, including 74% from Syria, 12% from Afghanistan and 6% from Iraq.
As of 7 September 2015, 112,630 PoCs expressed intent to seek asylum in Serbia.
What is the European Agenda on Migration and what is its state of play?
Tackling migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The Agenda, adopted on 13 May 2015 put forward concrete actions to respond to the immediate crisis and save lives at sea, and proposed structural responses for the medium and long term.
The European Union finds itself in the throes of a far-reaching humanitarian crisis, as waves of refugees and asylum seekers flock to its gates in numbers not seen since the end of World War II. The hundreds of thousands who have already arrived and the hundreds of thousands who are expected to reach the shores of Europe before the end of the year have taken EU member states by (incomprehensible) surprise and consequently, have found these states unprepared to deal with the influx. At the same time, the EU is in the throes of a deep identity crisis.
Western Balkans route ECHO contribution
• The Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) activated by Hungary (11 September) requesting shelters (252), beddings (1000) and blankets (3000); as 17 September 15, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland and Slovenia had responded with items requested, including the totality of the shelter requirements.
Nickelsdorf, Austria | AFP | Sunday 9/20/2015 - 18:30 GMT |
by Marianne BARRIAUX
"It's known that once you get to Austria, you've arrived."
It's almost the end of the journey for Saeed, a 23-year-old student from Damascus who has trekked for days through Turkey, Greece, Croatia and Hungary with his little brother and cousin in tow, his worried parents left behind.
Nickelsdorf, Austria | AFP | 9/21/2015 - 04:32 GMT
by Marianne BARRIAUX
Eastern European ministers were to meet Monday to attempt to bridge stark differences over their refugee policies, in an escalating crisis saw thousands of migrants shunted from one border to another over the weekend.
Several thousand finally entered Austria aboard crowded buses and trains on Sunday, while at least 13 refugees drowned off the coast of Turkey, the latest to perish as they try to escape conflict in their home countries mostly in the Middle East and Africa.