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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

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - An estimated 1,500-2,000 migrants are crossing from Greece to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and on into Serbia every 24 hours. The trend is expected to remain and there is a real possibility that the flow could increase to over 3,000 daily.

FYROM and Serbian government resources already are overstretched and this week IOM allocated USD 53,500 from its emergency funds to support the protection of the most vulnerable migrants.

28 Aug 2015 description

We are deeply shocked and saddened at the grim discovery yesterday of the bodies of up to 70 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary. Austrian police say that they believe the truck came from Hungary and entered Austria on Wednesday night or early on Thursday morning, and that the victims might have been dead for one or two 2 days. Their identity is still unknown but it is presumed that they were being transported by smugglers.

28 Aug 2015 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 28 August 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year has now exceeded 300,000, including almost 200,000 people landing in Greece and 110,000 in Italy. 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.

28 Aug 2015 description

Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.

28 Aug 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GMT

by Simon Sturdee and Mohamad Ali Harissi in Zuwara, Libya

Austrian police on Friday raised the number of migrants found dead and decomposing in an abandoned truck on a motorway to 71.

Meanwhile, Libyan rescue workers recovered 76 bodies from yet another capsized boat crammed with desperate people trying to make it to Europe.

27 Aug 2015 description

Belgrade, SERBIA | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 03:25 GMT

by Katarina SUBASIC

Gordan Paunovic couldn't sleep the night after he met a Syrian refugee family in a Belgrade park, where hundreds of migrants pause for a rest before continuing their journey towards EU.

"I wondered all night if I should have invited some of them into my home, to offer them a shower and to spend at least one night in a bed," he recalls.

The next day he and his wife Susanne Simon-Paunovic went back to the park with a lunch for the family.

26 Aug 2015 description

The European Commission is releasing an additional €1.5 million in humanitarian funding to assist refugees and migrants in Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The aid will support humanitarian partners in helping with the provision of basic emergency services such as drinking water, hygiene, health care, shelter, protection for refugees and migrants, improvement of the reception centres, and coordination and reporting.

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

Belgrade, SERBIA | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 23:23 GMT

by Jovan MATIC

Serbia and Kosovo voiced satisfaction Wednesday with an EU-brokered deal that marked a major step forward in normalising ties between the former foes, and boosted hopes of faster accession to the European Union.

"We have gained more than we hoped for," Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told national broadcaster RTS of Tuesday's agreement, which was mediated in Brussels.

26 Aug 2015 description

• On 23 August, authorities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia opened its southern border with Greece allowing the crossing of 5,000 refugees and migrants. Long queues formed as local authorities processed their papers to legalise their transit north and transport was organized to take them to the border with Serbia. In Presevo, on the Serbian side, the Ministry of the Interior registered 2,000 persons at the reception centre during the weekend.

26 Aug 2015 description
report UN News Service

25 août 2015 – Suite au chaos de ce weekend, où des milliers de migrants bloqués depuis plusieurs jours à la frontière entre la Grèce et l'ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine ont tenté de forcer le passage pour atteindre l'Europe occidentale, un expert des droits de l'homme de l'ONU a appelé mardi la région à redéfinir intégralement sa politique migratoire.

25 Aug 2015 description
report The New York Times

By MATTHEW BRUNWASSERAUG. 25, 2015

BELGRADE, Serbia — The tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded into the Balkans in recent weeks need food, water and shelter, just like the millions displaced by war the world over. But there is also one other thing they swear they cannot live without: a smartphone charging station.

25 Aug 2015 description

Miratovac, SERBIA | AFP | Tuesday 8/25/2015 - 16:36 GMT

by Una HAJDARI

In a dusty field on Serbia's border with Macedonia, thousands of migrants hoping to reach a better future in western Europe are offered some respite from their perilous journeys.

At the Miratovac camp, Serbia's first admission centre for the surging number of arrivals, exhausted travellers trickle in, several dozen at a time.

25 Aug 2015 description

In Serbia, UNHCR and the Serb authorities are working to respond to the humanitarian needs of the more than 10,000 refugees and others who have now arrived there in the wake of the dramatic scenes of the last few days at the Greek border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

At the Greece-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border, people have been continuing to cross in groups of up to 300-400 and then travelling onwards by train or bus to Serbia. Currently, we anticipate these arrivals continuing over the next few days at a rate of up to 3,000 people per day.

25 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

Röszke , 25 August 2015 (IRIN) - As Hungary rushes to complete the first phase of a controversial fence along its Serbian border, migrants – mainly refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – have been desperately trying to reach the country, which marks the beginning of the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone.

25 Aug 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Tueday 8/254/2015 - 02:30 GMT

by Simon STURDEE

Europe's raging migrant crisis is set to hijack a summit in Vienna of leaders from the western Balkans region on Thursday that will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

When it was announced a year ago, the gathering of a slew of heads of government and ministers as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was meant to be about regional cooperation and prospects for joining the EU.

24 Aug 2015 description

Dirty, overcrowded detention centre, people crowded onto a car park and many left to walk in sweltering heat

33,000 people have arrived on Lesbos since start of this month alone

Amnesty representative currently on the Macedonia-Greece border

Severe shortages in facilities and staffing are creating dreadful conditions for the hundreds of refugees and migrants arriving every day on the Greek island of Lesbos, Amnesty International said after one of its research teams returned from the island.

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.