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03 Sep 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | 08:36 GMT

by Peter Murphy with Danny Kemp in Brussels

Hundreds of migrants stormed Budapest's main international rail station after police reopened it Thursday, in an escalating refugee crisis seared into European hearts by horrifying pictures of a drowned Syrian toddler.

Chaos erupted as crowds of people burst into the flashpoint station and rushed towards a standing train, with Hungarian police seemingly absent following a two-day standoff with migrants trying to head to Germany and Austria.

02 Sep 2015 description
report IRIN

BEIRUT, 2 September 2015 (IRIN) - Imagine Syria didn't exist - that the war never happened. Suddenly Europe’s migration crisis doesn't look so bad.

The two EU countries that receive the vast majority of arrivals by boat are Italy and Greece.

02 Sep 2015 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 18:07 GMT

by Katy Lee with Peter Murphy in Budapest

Tensions between European Union countries escalated Wednesday over how to tackle the huge influx of refugees and migrants, as thousands more arrived on the Greek mainland, hoping to push north.

At least 12 Syrian refugees drowned trying to make the perilous sea crossing from Turkey that has seen more than 160,000 people land on Greek shores this year.

02 Sep 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | 9/3/2015 - 00:16 GMT

by Peter MURPHY

Scuffles broke out between migrants and police in Hungary on Wednesday as thousands were left stranded at Budapest's main international train station, while the government called for clarification on Germany's asylum regime.

As the number of migrants prevented from boarding trains to Austria and Germany swelled to over 2,000 at the Keleti station, according to an estimate from an AFP photographer, crowds chanted "No police! No police!" and "Germany! Germany!"

02 Sep 2015 description

In recent weeks, the upsurge of Syrians seeking asylum in European countries has overwhelmed existing capacity. According to UNHCR, as of July 2015 almost 350,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe since the conflict in Syria began, nearly half applying in Germany and Sweden and one third in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands combined.

01 Sep 2015 description

Hundreds of migrants are stranded outside a major railway station in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, after police sealed off the terminal to stop them travelling through the EU.

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs defended the closure, saying Hungary was trying to enforce EU law.

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31 Aug 2015 description
report Finn Church Aid

Finn Church Aid (FCA) begins to provide assistance to refugees in Europe through its partners in Hungary, Serbia and Greece. The assistance will consist of providing clean water and sanitation, hygiene packages, bedclothes, blankets and winter clothes to the refugees. Psycho-social support will also be offered.

31 Aug 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 9/1/2015 - 02:34 GMT

by Nina LAMPARSKI with Serene ASSIR in Belgrade

Trains packed with migrants arrived in Austria's capital on Monday where 20,000 people turned out to show their support for the new arrivals, as Europe struggled to cope with the biggest movement of people since World War II.

Police looked on as hundreds of migrants -- many of them without visas -- pulled into Vienna's Westbahnhof station late in the evening before boarding trains to the Austrian city of Salzburg or on to Munich in southern Germany.

31 Aug 2015 description

Crossing the border in an illicit manner will be a crime from the middle of September and will be sanctioned, the Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Friday in Kiszombor, near the Romanian border.

Following the inauguration of a new bicycle path, János Lázár told reporters that the Government would make a detailed report to Parliament’s Committee for Defence and Law Enforcement on 1 September on the effectiveness of the rapid deployment border closure and the actions of police who have been stationed along the border.

31 Aug 2015 description

Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Monday 8/31/2015 - 03:06 GMT

by Csaba Segesvari and Serene Assir in Presevo reception camp, Serbia

European Union leaders on Sunday called for action to defend the "dignity" of migrants ahead of fresh emergency talks, as tensions flared on the bloc's eastern borders over the escalating crisis.

Home affairs ministers will meet on September 14 in Brussels to try and "strengthen the European response" to the influx, said Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency.

31 Aug 2015 description

Röszke, Hongrie | AFP | lundi 31/08/2015 - 00:07 GMT

par Csaba SEGESVARI / avec Serene ASSIR à Presevo en Serbie

Plusieurs dirigeants européens sont montés au créneau dimanche en faveur du droit d'asile des réfugiés au moment où des milliers de migrants progressaient sur la route des Balkans dans l'espoir de gagner l'espace Schengen.

29 Aug 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Saturday 8/29/2015 - 18:18 GMT

A razor-wire barrier along Hungary's border with non-EU member Serbia, aimed at keeping out migrants, has been completed, the Hungarian defence ministry said on Saturday.

"Two days before the August 31 deadline, the first section of the border closure has been completed," the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency MTI.

29 Aug 2015 description

Kecskemét, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/30/2015 - 17:37 GMT

by Csaba Segesvari and Serene Assir in Presevo reception camp, Serbia

Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe to finally 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.

29 Aug 2015 description


The following statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued today:

I am horrified and heartbroken at the latest loss of lives of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe. Yesterday saw the grim discovery of the bodies of more than 70 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary. Reports indicate that many of the victims were Syrian asylum seekers — including children.

28 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 28 August 2015 (IRIN) - On Thursday, Austrian police opened the back of a truck abandoned on the side of a motorway to find the bodies of 71 migrants. They had suffocated after paying smugglers to transport them across the border from neighbouring Hungary. The bodies were so decomposed it took a day to determine the number of dead.

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) – The UN refugee agency said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" at the grim discovery yesterday of the bodies of 71 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary.

"This tragedy underscores the ruthlessness of people smugglers who have expanded their business from the Mediterranean sea to the highways of Europe. It shows they have no regard for human life and are only after profit," UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a press briefing in Geneva.

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
  • 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.