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03 Aug 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

Geneva, Monday 03 August 2015

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

31 Jul 2015 description

Presevo, SERBIA | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 03:01 GMT

by Ismet HAJDARI

At the crack of dawn hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, stream into Serbia's southern valley of Presevo after a perilous journey they hope will lead to a new life in the European Union.

"It's a dangerous road, we've been walking for days," says Mahmoud Rashid, a 25-year-old Kurd from northern Syria's devastated city of Aleppo.

29 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

BUDAPEST/VIENNA , 29 July 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of migrants sit in the underpasses in front of Budapest’s Keleti station on a balmy Sunday morning. Every couple of hours, a few dozen rouse themselves and look up at the departures board, waiting for the platform number for the Vienna train to appear above.

The stakes are high.

24 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:52 GMT

Author: Reuters

BUDAPEST, July 24 (Reuters) - Hungary expects to complete a four-metre-high (12 feet) fence along its border with Serbia by November to stem the flow of tens of thousands of illegal migrants, a top ruling-party lawmaker was quoted as saying.

Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

16 Jul 2015 description

By Andreea Anca, IFRC

The 25-years-old woman from Iraq seems too tired to talk at length about the difficult journey that brought her to southern Hungary on a hot summer day in early July. She is trying in vain to comfort her six-months-old son who is crying in her arms. The young woman`s husband and two of her younger sisters are sleeping undisturbed in the army beds lined up at the identification centre in Röszke, near the border with Serbia.

16 Jul 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Thursday 7/16/2015 - 18:28 GMT

Hungary plans to close its permanent refugee shelters in towns and cities and set up temporary camps outside urban areas instead, the latest response to a surge in migrants crossing its borders.

"The government's position is clear: the cabinet's aim is to move out the camps that are currently in populated areas," an interior ministry spokesperson told AFP by email on Thursday.

13 Jul 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Monday 7/13/2015 - 14:32 GMT

Hungarian soldiers on Monday began erecting a controversial fence on the border with Serbia which is aimed at keeping out migrants.

"Works have begun on the construction of a section of the temporary border control fence," said a joint statement from the ministries of interior and defence.

The first fence section is being built on the outskirts of Morahalom, 180 kilometres (110 miles) south of Budapest and will run to 150 metres (almost 500 feet), it said.

08 Jul 2015 description

The Hungarian Government has decided to pledge HUF 1 billion (USD 3.57 million) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Hungary has been a member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund for three years now, and the national pledge also highlights the county’s commitment to the Fund’s continued efforts.

08 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

By Dan Nolan

BICSKE, 8 July 2015 (IRIN) - In recent months, Hungary has become a gateway to the European Union for tens of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers who have already journeyed through Turkey, Greece and the Balkans in search of international protection and a better life. But Hungarian authorities are doing their utmost to close off this increasingly well-trodden route.

07 Jul 2015 description

Balkans: Refugees and migrants beaten by police, left in legal limbo and failed by EU

Thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants – including children – making dangerous journeys across the Balkans are suffering violent abuse and extortion at the hands of the authorities and criminal gangs and being shamefully let down by a failing European Union (EU) asylum and migration system which leaves them trapped without protection in Serbia and Macedonia, said Amnesty International in a new report.

06 Jul 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Monday 7/6/2015 - 16:20 GMT

Hungary's parliament on Monday overwhelmingly approved the construction of a controversial fence on the border with Serbia to keep out migrants, under new legislation that also tightens asylum application rules.

The plans for the four-metre (13-foot) high barrier announced by populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban last month triggered concern both in Serbia and the European Union, which is struggling to control a massive influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.

03 Jul 2015 description

BUDAPEST, Hungary, July 3 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency says it is "deeply concerned" about a set of proposals to amend Hungary's asylum act that have been put forward this week to the Hungarian parliament for debate.

UNHCR has urged the Hungarian government not to rush the process without proper consultations with civil society and the UN refugee agency itself on the legality of the proposals and their consequences for people fleeing war and conflict.

02 Jul 2015 description

GINEBRA, Suiza, 1 de julio de 2015 (ACNUR/UNHCR) – La gran mayoría de las 137.000 personas que cruzaron el Mar Mediterráneo hacia Europa durante los seis primeros meses del 2015 huían de guerras, conflictos o persecución, haciendo de la crisis del mediterráneo una crisis principalmente de refugiados. Esta es la conclusión a la que llega el informe del ACNUR publicado hoy.

01 Jul 2015 description

Geneva, 01.07.2015

Mediterranean Crisis 2015 at six months: refugee and migrant numbers highest on record

01 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:40 GMT

Author: Reuters

BUDAPEST, June 30 (Reuters) - Austria, Hungary and Serbia called on the European Union on Tuesday to step up efforts to fight human smuggling through the Balkans and not just focus on southern immigration routes.

Read more on AlertNet.