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29 Aug 2015 description

Kecskemét, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 20:01 GMT

by Csaba Segesvari with Simon Sturdee in Vienna

Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe finally to get to grips with its ever-deadlier migrant crisis after Austria's horrific truck tragedy, as people continued to pour into Hungary from Serbia despite a newly completed razor-wire barrier.

28 Aug 2015 description

Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 16:25 GMT

by Geza Molnar

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has vaunted the razor-wire fence being laid along the Serbian border as the only answer to stop tens of thousands of migrants from getting in.

But a visit by AFP made clear that for people hardened by war in their home countries, treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean and trekking hundreds of miles, Orban is going to have to try harder.

28 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – More than 300,000 refugees and migrants have used the dangerous sea route across the Mediterranean so far this year with almost 200,000 of them landing in Greece and a further 110,000 in Italy.

The UN refugee agency, revealing the latest statistics in Geneva on Friday, said this represents a large increase from last year, when around 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean during the whole of 2014.

28 Aug 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GMT

by Simon Sturdee with Mohamad Ali Harissi in Zuwara, Libya

Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria.

Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were Bulgarians and one was Afghan.

27 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 26 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency head António Guterres on Wednesday reiterated the need to protect refugees fleeing to Europe by ensuring they are protected from human traffickers and that a properly functioning system is created to allow them to apply for asylum legally.

At a joint press conference with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Geneva, he said such a system would help replace the currently "dysfunctional" approach within the European Union to the handling of the influx of refugees to Europe.

26 Aug 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 11:00 GMT

Europe is struggling with its biggest migration crisis since World War II, and the situation has got much worse since January.

Around 340,000 migrants have reached the borders of the European Union in the seven months to July, three times more than in the same period a year earlier, according to Frontex, the EU border management agency.

In 2014, a total of 283,000 people sought to emigrate to Europe, three times the figure in 2013.

26 Aug 2015 description

M. Wolfgang Manig, Ambassadeur d’Allemagne en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et Madame Silvia Caruso, Directrice Adjointe du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) se sont déplacés dans le Sud Ubangi, province voisine de la République centrafricaine, pour voir en quoi consistaient les programmes financés par le Gouvernement allemand et mis en œuvre par le PAM. Dès son retour à Kinshasa, capitale de la RDC, nous lui avons posé plusieurs questions pour avoir ses impressions sur cette mission.

26 Aug 2015 description

Heidenau, Germany | AFP | Thursday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GM

by Coralie FEBVRE with Csaba RANKS in Roeszke, Hungary

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and western Balkan leaders will gather in Vienna Thursday in a bid to find a coherent approach to tackling the biggest migration crisis to hit Europe since World War II.

The meeting comes a day after Merkel vowed zero tolerance for "vile" anti-migrant violence and as criticism grows against the European Union for failing to coordinate a solution.

25 Aug 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | 8/26/2015 - 04:56 GMT

by Hui Min Neo with Geza Molnar in Roszke, Hungary

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Wednesday visit a refugee centre targeted by violent far-right protests, a day after Berlin eased some asylum rules to relieve pressure as thousands more migrants pour into Europe seeking refuge.

With criticism mounting over the bloc's response to Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II, regional leaders will meet this week at a summit to be dominated by the influx.

25 Aug 2015 description

Germany commits 750,000 Euros for the purpose of helping hundreds of thousands of refugees hosted in Ethiopia, announced the German Embassy to the press on August 22, 2015). In a statement released by the German Embassy, the donation would support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing shortage of funds. It is announced that the funds will help ease food insecurity and reduce malnutrition rates, particularly among South Sudanese refugees, who continue to arrive in Ethiopia in large numbers, to improve their overall deprived health condition.

24 Aug 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Tuesay 8/25/2015 - 02:33 GMT

by Hui Min NEO with Una HAJDARI in Presevo, Serbia

A new wave of migrants began entering the European Union from Serbia Monday as the leaders of France and Germany called for a unified response to the continent's biggest migrant crisis since World War II.

The EU has been struggling to find a response to the unprecedented numbers arriving -- from the thousands landing on the shores of Greece and Italy to the hundreds risking their lives to climb onto trucks to travel from France to Britain.

20 Aug 2015 description

Genève, Suisse | AFP | jeudi 20/08/2015 - 19:41 GMT

par Ben SIMON

L'Europe s'enferme dans "une situation de déni" face à l'arrivée massive de migrants, qui fuient pour beaucoup des zones de guerre et de violences, a dénoncé jeudi le Haut commissaire des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR), le Portugais Antonio Guterres.

Au lieu de gérer cet afflux en fonction des besoins des sociétés européennes, "nous sommes dans une situation de déni", a-t-il dit dans un entretien avec l'AFP au siège du HCR à Genève.

20 Aug 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Thursday 8/20/2015 - 15:37 GMT

Seventeen people were injured in a riot at a refugee shelter in central Germany over a torn Koran, police said Thursday, in fresh tensions as the country braces to host 800,000 asylum seekers this year.

Violence erupted after about 20 refugees in the overcrowded shelter went in pursuit of another resident late Wednesday, accusing him of ripping pages out of a Koran and throwing them in a toilet, local police said.

20 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

14 garbage trucks delivered to municipalities in Beqaa and North Lebanon

Beirut, 20 August 2015 – Concluding the delivery of 14 garbage trucks to municipalities in Beqaa and North Lebanon, a delegation from the German embassy and UNICEF met with the heads of Taalabaya, Ghazze and Saadnayel municipalities to formally hand over the keys to the vehicles. The delivered vehicles are part of a larger US $1.4 million effort to support better solid waste management across Lebanon, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

20 Aug 2015 description

Calais, France | Thursday 8/20/2015 - 11:38 GMT

by Benjamin Massot with Nina Larson in Geneva

Britain and France announced a new "command and control centre" Thursday to tackle smuggling gangs in Calais, as Europe grapples with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.

Under a deal signed by Home Minister Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve, British teams will help bust smuggling gangs and reduce nightly attempts by desperate migrants and refugees to break into the Channel Tunnel.

18 Aug 2015 description

Warsaw, Poland | AFP | Tuesday 8/18/2015 - 19:37 GMT

by Nina LARSON

A record 107,500 migrants crossed the European Union's borders last month, according to new figures Tuesday, showing they are arriving in dramatically increasing numbers and creating a humanitarian crisis for the 28-nation bloc.

EU border agency Frontex reported that its latest figures far outstripped the previous monthly record in June of 70,000.

18 Aug 2015 description

The number of refugees seeking asylum in Germany could surge to 750,000 this year, according to reports citing official projections.

The government in Berlin had earlier forecast that 450,000 asylum seekers could arrive in 2015, but is now set to increase that to 650,000 or higher.

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18 Aug 2015 description

By freelance correspondent Danielle Moylan in Kabul

In the hour before dawn, Kabul's streets, bustling by day, are empty, save for a handful of men riding bicycles to work and police officers at checkpoints.

But there is one exception — Kabul's official passport office, where thousands of Afghans have been lining up before sunrise each day to lodge applications. Some are even queuing overnight.

17 Aug 2015 description
report Washington Post

By Anthony Faiola

MEISSEN, Germany — In a gesture of German goodwill, the administration in this medieval city leased a newly renovated apartment building here to humanely — even comfortably — house dozens of desperate ­asylum-seekers. The newcomers from Syria and other war- ravaged nations would enjoy freshly redone floors, cute balconies and shiny, modern appliances in a cheerful building near a timber-framed pub.

Then Meissen’s goodwill went up in smoke.

14 Aug 2015 description

Bruxelles, Belgique | AFP | vendredi 14/08/2015 - 15:36 GMT

La Commission européenne a dénoncé vendredi l'inaction des pays des Balkans face à l'immigration illégale et les a enjoints à prendre des mesures pour fermer une route devenue de plus en plus prisée par les passeurs.