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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.

26 Aug 2015 description

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.

25 Aug 2015 description
report European Union

Vessels and aircraft participating in the Frontex-coordinated operation Triton helped save nearly 3 400 of the 5 300 migrants rescued last week off the Libyan coast. Most of the people were rescued in 27 operations over the weekend (Friday-Sunday), one of the busiest three-day periods since the operation was launched in November 2014.

The migrants, who came mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa, made distress calls to the Italian authorities shortly after leaving the Libyan coast. Most of them travelled in wooden and rubber boats.

25 Aug 2015 description

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.

25 Aug 2015 description

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.

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.

22 Aug 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 8/23/2015 - 11:00 GMT

Italy's coastguard coordinated the rescue of 4,400 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean in a single day on Saturday, officials said Sunday as three new rescue operations were launched.

Saturday's total was thought to be the highest for a single day in recent years as calm conditions encouraged people smugglers to leave Libya with boats stuffed with as many paying passengers on board as possible.