BEIRUT, 2 September 2015 (IRIN) - Imagine Syria didn't exist - that the war never happened. Suddenly Europe’s migration crisis doesn't look so bad.
The two EU countries that receive the vast majority of arrivals by boat are Italy and Greece.
August 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen
- Improved situations
Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka
September 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen
Conflict resolution opportunities
GENEVA/SKOPJE, 1 September, 2015 – The number of women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin and passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, UNICEF said today.
An estimated 3,000 people are transiting through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia daily. A third of them are women and children – up from 10 per cent in June. Some 12 per cent of the women are pregnant.
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.
Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Sunday 8/30/2015 - 12:01 GMT
Switzerland said Sunday it was planning to send financial assistance to help Balkans nations cope with the massive numbers of migrants and refugees passing through in a bid to reach the European Union.
The Swiss foreign ministry confirmed a report in the NZZ am Sonntag weekly that the wealthy Alpine nation aimed to send financial aid to Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia Herzogovina to help them deal with the ballooning migrant crises on their territories.
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.
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.
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.
Brussels, 27 August 2015
For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support.
The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.
This is done primarily through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).
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.
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.
Paramedic Pavel Ignov gently shakes a badly dehydrated woman who has collapsed in the dirt just over the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia’s border with Greece. “Stay with me Rania. Stay here, stay here,” he says. Rania is from Syria and has been waiting in the hot sun with her husband and family for a train to leave the town of Gevgelija. She is three months pregnant.
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.
For many thousands of migrants heading to Europe from the Middle East, the long route to a new life now lies through Greece and the Western Balkans with the ultimate destination in Germany and other northern EU countries.
It is a journey fraught with risk, braving the Aegean Sea, Balkan people smugglers and the long path over land through Europe.
BBC correspondents have traced that journey, describing what happens along the route.
Read the full article
GENEVA/SKOPJE Macedonia, 25 August 2015 - UNICEF has established a child-friendly space with a mobile team near Geveglija town, at the border with Greece to provide much needed support to women and children on the move through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The child-friendly space has been set up within the compounds of the migrant rest area established by UNHCR. A mobile team from the local NGO LaStrada is helping to reunite children with their families and to provide psychosocial support and early childhood development services to the children.
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.
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.
Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Monday 8/24/2015 - 18:54 GMT | 378 words
More than 1,000 migrants and refugees arrived in EU member Hungary late Monday, the first of around 7,000 who found their gruelling journey to Europe blocked when Macedonia declared a state of emergency last week.
An AFP photographer said at least 1,000 people entered Hungary from Serbia via a cross-border railway track, close to the southern Hungarian village of Roszke.
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.
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.