Paris, France | AFP | Friday 11/13/2015 - 19:27 GMT
Several EU countries have reintroduced border checks as Europe struggles under the strain of its worst migrant crisis since World War II, threatening to undermine the bloc's cherished passport-free Schengen zone.
EU President Donald Tusk warned on Thursday Europe faces a "race against time" to save the 20-year-old system, which is seen as one of the union's most concrete achievements.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is making a EUR 5 million contribution to the Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF) recently established by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). This is the largest donor contribution to date. EIB President Werner Hoyer and CEB Governor Rolf Wenzel signed the contribution agreement today at the CEB’s headquarters in Paris.
“The first responses of EU member states are coming in with regard to deploying police forces,” the State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Boštjan Šefic, told today’s press conference.
Assistance was offered by Austria, which has already sent officers, while others are expected from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and France, said Šefic. Slovenia expects other EU member states to do the same.
Ljubljana, Slovenia | AFP | 10/28/2015 - 16:38 GMT
by Nina LAMPARSKI
Austria said Wednesday it would build a fence along its border with fellow EU state Slovenia to "control" the migrant influx, in a blow to the EU's cherished passport-free Schengen zone.
Both countries have become key transit points for tens of thousands of refugees and migrants seeking to reach northern Europe ahead of the winter, and before more potential EU border closures.
Last week, Hungary announced that it was closing its border with Croatia.
With the Hungary-Serbia border already closed, this means that child refugees and their families who were using Hungary as a passage to their final destinations in Austria and Germany, now must join thousands of other refugees traveling through Croatia to Slovenia.
Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia are now under huge strain, particularly camps such as Opatovac on the Croatia-Serbia border.
What we’re doing
19 October 2015 – While visiting a humanitarian centre in Slovakia today where refugees have been accommodated by the Government, United Nations Secretary-General urged all leaders to show their “global solidarity and compassionate leadership.”
“I really appreciate the Slovak Government for establishing this emergency transit centre,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Gabcíkovo, a municipality situated on the border with Hungary.
19 octobre 2015 – En visite en Slovaquie, le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a appelé lundi les dirigeants européens à faire preuve de détermination et de générosité dans leur gestion de la crise actuelle des réfugiés.
Dans un discours prononcé à l'Université Comenius de Bratislava, la capitale slovaque, M. Ban a salué la contribution significative de la Slovaquie à l'action des Nations Unies, non seulement depuis son adhésion à l'Organisation en 1993, mais aussi bien avant cela, au travers de ses personnalités marquantes.
Source: Reuters - Fri, 16 Oct 2015 05:01 GMT
Some Syrians asylum seekers fall out of reception system
Misunderstandings common in overburdened Austrian camp
Austria sending some to accommodation in Slovakia
But they often fear they won't be allowed to return
Migrants can't pick and choose accommodation - minister
By Shadia Nasralla
Paris, France | AFP | Friday 10/16/2015 - 17:00 GMT
More than 610,000 people desperately fleeing war and poverty have reached Europe's shores in 2015, as the continent struggles with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, the International Organization for Migration said Friday.
Here is a look at six key phases in the crisis.
- Europe overwhelmed -
After some 1,200 migrants drown in a week in April off the Libyan coast, EU leaders raise the alarm and triple a budget for Mediterranean operations by the border agency Frontex.
Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Thursday 10/15/2015 - 09:14 GMT
by Fulya OZERKAN with Danny KEMP in Brussels
The EU's much-hyped deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants looked shaky on Friday after Ankara said Brussels had offered too little money and mocked Europe's efforts to tackle the refugee crisis.
Just hours after the European Union announced the accord with great fanfare at a leaders' summit, Ankara said the plan to defuse a crisis that has seen some 600,000 mostly Syrian migrants enter the EU this year was just a draft.
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.
Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre
Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.
Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang
L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.
Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed
Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis
The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.
Continuing to address the broad range of challenges facing the global community, Heads of State and Government along with other high-level representatives hailed recent diplomatic successes, while decrying the plight of refugees and the crises leading to their flight, during day four of the General Assembly’s annual debate.
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.
Brussels, Belgium | Thursday 9/22/2015 - 10:17 GMT
by Lachlan CARMICHAEL
EU interior ministers were set to hold emergency talks Tuesday to try and bridge deep divisions over Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II, as pressure builds for member states to reach an agreement.
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.