Few issues arouse such strong passions as immigration, where concrete economic and social challenges overlap with the fundamental concept of national identity. It is thus not surprising that Europe is having difficulty in coming to grips with the current refugee crisis.
Berlin, Germany | AFP | Tuesday 9/29/2015 - 12:48 GMT
by Hui Min NEO with Nina LARSON in Geneva
Germany toughened rules Tuesday for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a record surge in migrants, with new figures showing more than half a million have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year.
Berlin added Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro to a list of so-called safe countries, so people claiming asylum from those conflict-free states can be deported more swiftly to free up resources for refugees from war-torn countries like Syria.
Budapest, Hongrie | AFP | vendredidi 25/09/2015 - 03:00 GMT
par Peter MURPHY / Geza Molnar
Les relations se sont envenimées jeudi entre Etats des Balkans sur fond de crise des migrants, la Croatie et la Serbie bloquant un peu plus leur frontière commune et la Hongrie déployant des barbelés à sa frontière slovène, une première entre pays de l'espace Schengen.
Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Thursday 9/24/2015 - 12:01 GMT
by Peter Murphy with Hui Min Neo in Berlin
Thousands of migrants streamed through the Balkans Thursday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned after an emergency summit that Europe still had to get to grips with its biggest post-war refugee crisis.
French officials meanwhile said a young African was killed by a Channel Tunnel train while trying to get to Britain, the latest of thousands of deaths this year of people desperate to start a new life in Europe.
UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to respond to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, with US$6.5 urgently needed for the immediate response in the next 6 months.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 9/17/2015 - 12:20 GMT
by Danny Kemp and Lachlan Carmichael
EU leaders were to stage an emergency summit Wednesday on boosting aid and tightening borders to tackle the migration crisis, but a growing east-west split over a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees threatened to poison the talks.
Hours before the meeting, Hungary's prime minister rejected Angela Merkel's "moral imperialism" over the worst such crisis since World War II while Slovakia said it would dispute the refugee quota deal in court.
What is the European Agenda on Migration and what is its state of play?
Tackling migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The Agenda, adopted on 13 May 2015 put forward concrete actions to respond to the immediate crisis and save lives at sea, and proposed structural responses for the medium and long term.
Nickelsdorf, Austria | AFP | 9/21/2015 - 04:32 GMT
by Marianne BARRIAUX
Eastern European ministers were to meet Monday to attempt to bridge stark differences over their refugee policies, in an escalating crisis saw thousands of migrants shunted from one border to another over the weekend.
Several thousand finally entered Austria aboard crowded buses and trains on Sunday, while at least 13 refugees drowned off the coast of Turkey, the latest to perish as they try to escape conflict in their home countries mostly in the Middle East and Africa.
Horgos, SERBIA | AFP | 9/16/2015 - 04:49 GMT
by Eric RANDOLPH
A first busload of migrants arrived early Wednesday near Serbia's border with EU member Croatia hoping to circumvent a razor-wire fence erected by Hungary, as Germany's Angela Merkel called for an EU summit on the refugee crisis.
The group of 30-40 mostly Syrian or Afghan migrants disembarked at the Serbian border town of Sid after an overnight journey from the Macedonian border at Presevo, 500 kilometres (300 miles) to the south.
Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Tuesday 9/15/2015 - 10:35 GMT
by Geza Molnar and Peter Murphy
Hungarian police on Tuesday arrested 174 people after harsh new laws came into force which punish "illegal border-crossing" with prison terms of several years, authorities said.
Under the new legislation, which came into effect at midnight (2200 GMT on Monday), police arrested 60 people for "cutting or damaging" a razorwire barrier along the Serbian border.
Röszke, Hongrie | AFP | vendredi 11/09/2015 - 01:27 GMT
par Philippe SCHWAB et les bureaux européens de l'AFP
Les tensions croissantes entre Européens sur la crise migratoire seront au coeur d'une réunion vendredi à Prague entre l'Allemagne et plusieurs pays frontalement opposés à la politique de Berlin en faveur de l'accueil des réfugiés, qui continuent d'affluer sur les routes d'Europe.
AS European leaders seek to deal with what an EU (European Union) representative called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, The Salvation Army is responding across the continent, providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.