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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.

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.

21 Aug 2015 description

Vintimille, Italie | AFP | vendredi 21/08/2015 - 16:11 GMT

par Catherine MARCIANO

Dans le centre d'accueil de la Croix-Rouge à Vintimille, près de la frontière franco-italienne, des migrants font une pause, au frais dans un dortoir. Presque un havre de paix, vite quitté pour tenter de poursuivre leur route vers le nord de l'Europe.

Des vies se croisent sous le regard bienveillant de la bénévole Raïssa, qui arbore fièrement le sigle rouge de la Croix-Rouge, accolé à un croissant musulman, et dont les connaissances en arabe sont une aide précieuse.

20 Aug 2015 description

Calais, France | AFP | Thursday 8/20/2015 - 14:35 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.

20 Aug 2015 description

Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, António Guterres, se félicite de la déclaration conjointe franco-britannique à propos de la situation à Calais ainsi que du plan d’action qui y est associé, tel qu’il a été annoncé aujourd’hui.

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.

20 Aug 2015 description

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, welcomes the joint Franco-British declaration on the situation in Calais and the associated action plan announced today.

20 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 19 August 2015 (IRIN) - Migrant arrivals to Europe in 2015 were widely expected to surpass the record levels reached in 2014, as conflicts in Syria and elsewhere raged on. But the staggering number of sea arrivals to Greece in recent weeks appears to have taken many by surprise. Greece recorded more than 50,000 arrivals in July, according to the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, surpassing in just one month the 43,500 who arrived during the whole of 2014.

20 Aug 2015 description

August 17, 2015 - The recent government reaction to the events in Calais has focused on strengthening border control as a primary response. As many European states, including the UK, take this approach, the complex mixed migration flows and causes of human mobility have been lost in a heated debate characterised by increased security and threats to deport irregular migrants.

18 Aug 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | mardi 18/08/2015 - 16:39 GMT

Paris et Londres signeront jeudi un accord sur la gestion de la crise des migrants qui affluent à Calais dans le nord de la France, portant notamment sur la sécurité, "la lutte contre les filières criminelles de passeurs" et l'aide humanitaire, a annoncé mardi le ministère français de l'Intérieur.

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.

14 Aug 2015 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery]

"A European Response to Migration: Showing solidarity and sharing responsibility"

Brussels, 14 August 2015

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner You have all seen the news headlines – you are the ones writing the reports – you know why I am here.

I have come here today at the request of President Juncker, whom I spoke with again this morning and who, like me, remains gravely concerned by the situation in our Member States.

08 Aug 2015 description

CALAIS, France, Aug 8 (UNHCR) – It's nearly midnight while Farad*, Yacine* and a dozen other refugees sit around a fire and drink tea in a makeshift shelter in the so-called jungle in Calais. They talk about their flight from Sudan, their hazardous way to Europe and Calais, and their plans and hopes for the future.

07 Aug 2015 description

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Melissa Fleming – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 7 août 2015 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

07 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 7 (UNHCR) – Stressing the situation was neither new nor unmanageable, the UN refugee agency said on Friday there were an estimated 3,000 refugees and migrants in Calais and elsewhere on the northern coast of France – virtually the same number as last November.

However, UNHCR expressed concern over the rising death toll among refugees and migrants attempting to cross the Channel from the French port city into the United Kingdom, at least 10 since the beginning of June.

07 Aug 2015 description
report Médecins du Monde

On le sait : quoi qu’il advienne, les migrants de Calais continueront de tenter de passer en Angleterre, ce proche et pourtant si lointain Eldorado. Le poste de santé de Médecins du Monde, deux tentes pour l'accueil et le tri infirmier, et trois cabanes en bois pour les consultations médicales et infirmières, reçoit maintenant entre 60 et 90 personnes par jour. Depuis début juillet, des bénévoles de MdM-Be se mobilisent en renfort.

06 Aug 2015 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 04 August 2015

Today I held constructive and friendly bilateral exchanges with both French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and with UK Home Secretary Theresa May, who updated me on the situation in Calais and the measures they are taking to address it.

05 Aug 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | mercredi 05/08/2015 - 14:14 GMT

Quelque 350 tentatives d'intrusion de migrants voulant gagner l'Angleterre ont été enregistrées dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi sur le site Eurotunnel près de Calais (France), bien moins qu'en début de semaine, a-t-on appris de source policière.

Dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, 600 tentatives d'intrusion avaient été enregistrées, et la veille 1.700, après deux nuits plutôt calmes dues à la diminution du trafic le weekend.

05 Aug 2015 description
report Save the Children

By Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive, Save the Children

How do you know your parents love you?

For most of us the answer to that is pretty simple. A parent’s love is measured in the lengths they’ll go to keep their children safe and give the best possible chance in life.

That’s what motivates the mums and dads who encourage their children to flee violence and suffering knowing they face horrific journeys across deserts, seas, borders and barbed wire fences – to reach safety. Not greed, not opportunism, but love.

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