The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - An estimated 1,500-2,000 migrants are crossing from Greece to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and on into Serbia every 24 hours. The trend is expected to remain and there is a real possibility that the flow could increase to over 3,000 daily.
FYROM and Serbian government resources already are overstretched and this week IOM allocated USD 53,500 from its emergency funds to support the protection of the most vulnerable migrants.
Italy - IOM’s Chief of Mission for Libya, Othman Belbeisi, reported today on the latest deaths from that country’s coastal waters. “We are still waiting for more details, but we have learned there were 400 migrants on one of two boats; 100 have already been rescued - nine of them women, and two girls,” Belbeisi explained.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 28 August 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year has now exceeded 300,000, including almost 200,000 people landing in Greece and 110,000 in Italy. This represents a large increase from last year, when around 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean during the whole of 2014.
Countries such as Italy and Greece dealing with an influx of asylum seekers should receive more support from other member states, MEPs said on a delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily from 22 to 24 July. “Italy spends over €1 billion every year just to take care of those who make it across the Mediterranean. Italy’s borders are the EU's borders and a better management of the migratory flows is our common responsibility,” said French ALDE member Jean Arthuis, co-chair of the delegation.
As the influx of refugees and migrants via Turkey and Greece continues at a rate of over 1 000 daily arrivals, ECHO has allocated €1.5 million in humanitarian funding to alleviate the plight of refugees and to respond to their basic protection needs while in transit through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. The adoption of strict controls at the Hungarian/Serbian border is likely to result in prolonged periods of stay in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.
Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 02:41 GMT
by Simon Sturdee and Nina Lamparski
Austrian police found the decomposing bodies of up to 50 migrants in an abandoned truck on Thursday, sparking a cross-border hunt for the people-smugglers responsible for the latest tragedy in Europe's migrant crisis.
The grisly discovery near the Slovakia and Hungary borders came as at least 30 more migrants drowned in the Mediterranean and European leaders again met to try to find ways to handle the tide of people seeking refuge in the European Union.
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.
• On 23 August, authorities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia opened its southern border with Greece allowing the crossing of 5,000 refugees and migrants. Long queues formed as local authorities processed their papers to legalise their transit north and transport was organized to take them to the border with Serbia. In Presevo, on the Serbian side, the Ministry of the Interior registered 2,000 persons at the reception centre during the weekend.
25 août 2015 – Suite au chaos de ce weekend, où des milliers de migrants bloqués depuis plusieurs jours à la frontière entre la Grèce et l'ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine ont tenté de forcer le passage pour atteindre l'Europe occidentale, un expert des droits de l'homme de l'ONU a appelé mardi la région à redéfinir intégralement sa politique migratoire.
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.
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.
In Serbia, UNHCR and the Serb authorities are working to respond to the humanitarian needs of the more than 10,000 refugees and others who have now arrived there in the wake of the dramatic scenes of the last few days at the Greek border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
At the Greece-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border, people have been continuing to cross in groups of up to 300-400 and then travelling onwards by train or bus to Serbia. Currently, we anticipate these arrivals continuing over the next few days at a rate of up to 3,000 people per day.
Italy - IOM reports this morning that deaths of all migrants and refugees attempting to reach Europe by sea in 2015 now total 2,373. The death toll recorded on this same date in 2014 was 2,081.
Over the last 365 days, IOM has recorded 3,573 migrants who died attempting to reach Italy, Greece and Spain by sea – an average of nearly ten deaths per day.
Vienna, Austria | AFP | Tueday 8/254/2015 - 02:30 GMT
by Simon STURDEE
Europe's raging migrant crisis is set to hijack a summit in Vienna of leaders from the western Balkans region on Thursday that will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
When it was announced a year ago, the gathering of a slew of heads of government and ministers as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was meant to be about regional cooperation and prospects for joining the EU.
Dirty, overcrowded detention centre, people crowded onto a car park and many left to walk in sweltering heat
33,000 people have arrived on Lesbos since start of this month alone
Amnesty representative currently on the Macedonia-Greece border
Severe shortages in facilities and staffing are creating dreadful conditions for the hundreds of refugees and migrants arriving every day on the Greek island of Lesbos, Amnesty International said after one of its research teams returned from the island.
Athens, Greece | AFP | Monday 8/24/2015 - 17:22 GMT
Greece's coastguard on Monday said it had recovered the bodies of two migrants who drowned when their boat sank near the island of Lesbos, and was seeking five more who were missing.
Another eight people on the same boat were rescued, the coastguard said, without giving details on the nationality of the victims.
Lesbos is one of several Greek islands overwhelmed in recent weeks by am t0he influx of migrants and refugees, mainly from war-torn Syria.
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.
News Stories, 24 August 2015
GENEVA, Aug 24 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has been helping refugees and migrants amid chaotic scenes in the past few days at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as thousands of people tried to cross into FYR Macedonia.
Source: Reuters - Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:41 GMT
Refugees stranded in squalor on Greek border
Overwhelmed Macedonia lets in only small groups
Afghan family separated in border chaos
Syrian bitterly criticises Arab "brothers" (Adds Lesbos arrivals, chaos and misery at border)
By Yannis Behrakis