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03 Sep 2015 description

Rome, Italie | AFP | jeudi 03/09/2015 - 04:45 GMT

Les victimes de tortures ou d'autres abus répétés souffrent souvent d'un syndrome post-traumatique complexe, un mal insidieux étudié depuis seulement une quinzaine d'années et nécessitant une prise en charge spécifique.

"Il s'agit de personnes ayant subi des abus répétés, pendant longtemps et dans un contexte coercitif", victimes de tortures ou enfants violés par exemple, explique Massimo Germani, un psychiatre qui a dirigé un centre pour victimes de tortures à Rome.

03 Sep 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief aid workers are to arrive in Greece tomorrow, to assist refugees on the island of Lesvos.

In July, over 50,000 vulnerable people arrived in Greece – more than during the whole of last year. The situation is changing rapidly, and there is no clear information about others who may be undertaking often perilous journeys get to the country’s shores. Most travel by dangerous sea routes, typically on flimsy boats, across the Mediterranean in a bid to reach safety in Europe.

02 Sep 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 20:02 GMT

Germany, France and Italy called for an overhaul of laws on the right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday.

The foreign ministers of the three countries signed a joint letter emphasising "the shortcomings" of the current European asylum system.

02 Sep 2015 description
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Syria Crisis

Fighting continues to intensify across Syria, further increasing internal displacement and humanitarian needs. As of 31 July, almost 1.2 million people have been internally displaced this year alone, Many have been repeatedly displaced, while hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring countries, and beyond. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

01 Sep 2015 description
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Last updated on: September 01, 2015 2:35 PM

The International Organization for Migration said Tuesday that more than 350,000 migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, fleeing turmoil and poverty in the Mideast and Africa in search of a better life in Europe.

01 Sep 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Tuesday 9/1/2015 - 16:30 GMT

The EU is preparing to step up action against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, actively seizing the boats which carry thousands of hapless migrants to Europe, officials said Tuesday.

The 28-nation EU launched the first, intelligence gathering phase of its EU NavFor Med operation in July and the commander Admiral Enrico Crendendino believes it is now time for the next step as the crisis deepens, they said.

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

GENEVE, 28 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 000 réfugiés et migrants ont déjà emprunté des voies maritimes périlleuses en Méditerranée en 2015, avec près de 200 000 d'entre eux ayant rejoint la Grèce et quelque 110 000 autres l'Italie.

Le HCR a publié ce vendredi les toutes dernières statistiques à Genève, en faisant état d'une forte augmentation par rapport à 2014, où près de 219 000 personnes avaient traversé la Méditerranée pour l'ensemble de l'année.

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.

30 Aug 2015 description

Luxembourg, Luxembourg | AFP | Sunday 8/30/2015 - 16:38 GMT |

European Union home affairs ministers will hold emergency talks on September 14 in Brussels on the continent's escalating migration crisis, the Luxembourg government said on Sunday.

"The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions," said the statement from Luxembourg, which holds the EU's six-month rotating presidency.

29 Aug 2015 description
report Government of Italy

Italy is responding to the appeal by the Serbian authorities, who are faced with a significant influx of refugees arriving from the Middle East and heading for northern Europe. Italian Development Cooperation has arranged funding of 100,000 euro for the Serbian Red Cross for initial assistance activities.

28 Aug 2015 description

PALERMO, Italy, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air.

Next to him between 200 and 300 migrants and refugees – who departed Zuwarah, Libya in the early hours of Tuesday morning on a rickety wooden boat – were suffocating in the pitch-black hold.

28 Aug 2015 description

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.

28 Aug 2015 description

Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Aug

A seminar on the Union-level Comprehensive Community-based Year Two Project took place at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 in the capital on Thursday.

Speaking at the seminar, Vice President U Nyan Tun reaffirmed his government’s commitment to ending armed conflicts, shifting the country from least developed to middle-income status, eradicating poverty, promoting rural development and raising living standards.

28 Aug 2015 description

Geneva, 27 August 2015 – Two recent tragedies have highlighted the dangers faced by individuals and families attempting to reach safety in Europe. In Austria, dozens of people were discovered suffocated in the back of a lorry parked alongside a highway in the east of the country. Earlier today, in the Mediterranean, a Swedish coast guard vessel rescued more than 400 people from a small boat, but found a further 51 people dead on the lower decks.

These deaths increase the current total of over 3,200 people known to have died in 2015 on the world’s migration routes.

28 Aug 2015 description
report European Union

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.

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.

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.