Few issues arouse such strong passions as immigration, where concrete economic and social challenges overlap with the fundamental concept of national identity. It is thus not surprising that Europe is having difficulty in coming to grips with the current refugee crisis.
Neighbors Set to Meet at Summit Lack Capacity to Protect Refugees
(Brussels, October 7, 2015) – An European Union migration meeting set for October 8, 2015, looks set to focus yet again on shifting the EU government’s responsibilities toward refugees and asylum seekers to its neighbors, Human Rights Watch said today.
The number of refugee arrivals from fYR Macedonia averaged 4,200 in the reporting period. Registration capacities have been stepped up to around 1,800 persons/day in Preševo and 500/day elsewhere.
As of 21 September 2015, 137,520 PoCs expressed intent to seek asylum in Serbia.
Zagreb, Croatia | AFP | Saturday 9/26/2015 - 16:41 GMT
by Lajla VESELICA
Croatia on Saturday announced an unprecedented spike in the arrival of migrants on a long, dangerous journey towards western Europe as the continent's worst post-World War II refugee crisis showed no sign of abating.
With many of the people fleeing war and misery flocking towards Germany, a new poll showed Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity at home has been hit by her policy of openness.
Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Thursday 9/24/2015
The last of several hundred migrants who had been camped out for days in the Turkish border city of Edirne, in the hope of being allowed into Greece, left the area Thursday after EU leaders resolved to tighten the bloc's borders.
Around 500 migrants remaining from a group that at once stage numbered 2,000 left Edirne in buses laid on by the authorities, Dogan news agency reported.
Sofia, Bulgaria | AFP | Thursday 9/24/2015 - 12:53 GMT
by Vessela SERGUEVA
The truck with 71 dead migrants abandoned in August on an Austrian motorway had Hungarian plates and a Slovakian poultry firm's livery. But five of the six suspects since arrested are Bulgarians.
To detectives probing the dark business of human trafficking, this was no surprise.
Organised criminals in Bulgaria are major players in the lucrative trade in human cargo -- and often have scant regard for whether their freight lives or dies.
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.
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.
Switzerland - Through two and a half weeks of September, IOM teams have recorded total arrivals to Europe by sea in 2015 at 473,887 men, women and children. At least 182,000 of those migrants have arrived from Syria—making Syrians just under 40 per cent of this year’s total. In 2014, Syrians comprised between 25 per cent and 33 per cent of those entering Europe by sea.
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.
Edirne, Turkey | AFP | Friday 9/18/2015 - 14:46 GMT
Several hundred migrants who have been blocked by police in northwest Turkey from crossing overland into Greece drew closer to the border Friday after the authorities briefly opened the route.
From their makeshift camp on the outskirts of the border city of Edirne the migrants -- mostly Syrian refugees -- began walking in the direction of the city centre, beyond which lies the road to Greece, an AFP photographer reported.