Pledges confirmed since 2013: 96,688
Additional places/visas granted under other forms of admission: 14,074
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 19,646
TOTAL places made available to date: 130,408
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (AM)
General Assembly President Urges Continuing Support in Absence of Solution to Palestinian Question, amid Broader Refugee Crisis
A total of 21 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2016 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials urged stable financing for the Agency against a backdrop of expanding crises in the Middle East.
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.
Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre
Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.
Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang
L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.
Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed
Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis
The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.
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.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 9/17/2015 - 12:20 GMT
by Danny Kemp and Lachlan Carmichael
EU leaders were to stage an emergency summit Wednesday on boosting aid and tightening borders to tackle the migration crisis, but a growing east-west split over a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees threatened to poison the talks.
Hours before the meeting, Hungary's prime minister rejected Angela Merkel's "moral imperialism" over the worst such crisis since World War II while Slovakia said it would dispute the refugee quota deal in court.
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 Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Tuesday 9/22/2015 - 19:59 GMT
Three young Dutch start-up entrepreneurs have launched a website to find temporary accommodation for refugees fleeing to Europe, modelled on the popular Airbnb home rental site.
But on Refugee Hero, created in just four days and launched on Monday, no money changes hands.
Instead private individuals, and organisations such as churches, schools and mosques, can advertise how much space they can spare for free, and leave a contact phone number for migrants seeking accommodation to get in touch.
Brussels, Belgium | Thursday 9/22/2015 - 10:17 GMT
by Lachlan CARMICHAEL
EU interior ministers were set to hold emergency talks Tuesday to try and bridge deep divisions over Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II, as pressure builds for member states to reach an agreement.
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.
Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Tuesday 9/8/2015 - 16:30 GMT
by Jan Flemr with Simon Sturdee in Vienna
Eastern European countries resisted on Friday a German push for them to take in more migrants, exposing a deep rift in the EU as video footage stoked concerns about Hungary's treatment of refugees.
Pressing his Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovakian counterparts in Prague, Germany's foreign minister warned the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants could be "the biggest challenge for the EU in its history."
Röszke, Hongrie | AFP | vendredi 11/09/2015 - 01:27 GMT
par Philippe SCHWAB et les bureaux européens de l'AFP
Les tensions croissantes entre Européens sur la crise migratoire seront au coeur d'une réunion vendredi à Prague entre l'Allemagne et plusieurs pays frontalement opposés à la politique de Berlin en faveur de l'accueil des réfugiés, qui continuent d'affluer sur les routes d'Europe.
Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Friday 9/11/2015 - 04:15 GMT
Germany on Friday will seek to mend bitter divisions over how to handle Europe's spiralling migrant crisis, pushing eastern states to accept a quota system it says is still only a "drop in the ocean".
Foreign ministers from Germany and Luxembourg are set to meet their counterparts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia in Prague for talks on a controversial system to distribute 160,000 new arrivals around the bloc.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General has spoken to the Heads of Government of Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to discuss the arrival of refugees and migrants in Europe.
Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:16 GMT
The Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday proposed creating a rail corridor for Syrian refugees linking Hungary and Germany, as Central European leaders rejected an EU-wide quota system taking in refugees.
"The Czech Republic and Slovakia can create a rail corridor for Syrian refugees travelling from Hungary to Germany, if Berlin and Budapest agree," Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said at a joint press conference in Prague.
Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 14:58 GMT
by Jan FLEMR
Human rights activists and lawyers in the Czech Republic on Wednesday slammed local police for marking the hands of refugees with numbers after detaining them on a train.
"There is no law allowing the police to mark people like this," Zuzana Candigliota, a lawyer with the Czech Human Rights League, told AFP.
The measure has raised eyebrows as it recalls Nazi Germany's practice of marking the arms of concentration camp prisoners with numbers.
Hungary continues to face a large wave of illegal migrants. Whilst at the beginning of this year most of them where Kosovo Albanians, that were fleeing for a better life in the EU, now since March migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, but also from Africa are forming the majority. This year, the Hungarian offices registered 65,000 additional migrants, and therefore Hungary officially requested 200 pieces of tents through the Operations Centre of the European Commission.