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04 Sep 2015 description

Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:16 GMT

The Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday proposed creating a rail corridor for Syrian refugees linking Hungary and Germany, as Central European leaders rejected an EU-wide quota system taking in refugees.

"The Czech Republic and Slovakia can create a rail corridor for Syrian refugees travelling from Hungary to Germany, if Berlin and Budapest agree," Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said at a joint press conference in Prague.

04 Sep 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 15:12 GMT

Some 2,200 people had joined a social media campaign in Austria by Friday afternoon to organise a convoy of private cars and vans on Sunday to help pick up hundreds of migrants stranded in Hungary.

"The Austrian government and the EU stand by idly and watch as people on the streets of Budapest -- without any appropriate supplies -- have to endure appalling conditions," organisers of the citizen initiative wrote on the Facebook page.

04 Sep 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | Friday 9/4/2015 - 10:09 GMT

Germany is calling on the European Union to tighten asylum rules for western Balkans nationals by designating the states of the region "safe countries of origin", a government spokesman said Friday.

As Germany grapples with a massive influx of refugees and economic migrants, it said the EU must take action to ensure stable, secure countries keep their nationals at home.

03 Sep 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 3 September 2015 (IRIN) - By now, most of us have seen the gut-wrenching photographs of a lifeless Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach. Countless Twitter and Facebook users have suggested only such horrifying images can shame EU leaders into taking action on Europe’s refugee crisis.

02 Sep 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 20:02 GMT

Germany, France and Italy called for an overhaul of laws on the right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday.

The foreign ministers of the three countries signed a joint letter emphasising "the shortcomings" of the current European asylum system.

02 Sep 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

BERLIN, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A record 104,460 asylum seekers arrived in Germany last month, a Bavarian official said on Wednesday, part of an unprecedented wave of refugees and migrants straining the resources of German towns and villages.

Germany, with relatively liberal asylum laws and generous benefits, is the EU's biggest recipient of people fleeing war in the Middle East and economic migrants from southeastern Europe.

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02 Sep 2015 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 18:07 GMT

by Katy Lee with Peter Murphy in Budapest

Tensions between European Union countries escalated Wednesday over how to tackle the huge influx of refugees and migrants, as thousands more arrived on the Greek mainland, hoping to push north.

At least 12 Syrian refugees drowned trying to make the perilous sea crossing from Turkey that has seen more than 160,000 people land on Greek shores this year.

02 Sep 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 09:33 GMT

More than 100 migrants an hour arrived in Germany early Wednesday amid a record influx travelling on packed trains to the southern city of Munich, police said.

An average of 109 illegal entries per hour were registered between midnight and 6:00 am local time (2200-0400 GMT) nationwide, said federal police.

The national total for Tuesday was 3,709 -- more than twice the daily average of recent weeks -- with most arriving in Munich by rail from Hungary via Austria.

02 Sep 2015 description

In recent weeks, the upsurge of Syrians seeking asylum in European countries has overwhelmed existing capacity. According to UNHCR, as of July 2015 almost 350,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe since the conflict in Syria began, nearly half applying in Germany and Sweden and one third in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands combined.

02 Sep 2015 description

La FAO y el PNUD unen fuerzas en una iniciativa financiada por Alemania para dar prioridad a la agricultura en la planificación ante las variaciones del clima

1 de septiembre de 2015, Roma/Bangkok - Un nuevo programa de las Naciones Unidas financiado por Alemania apoyará a ocho países en desarrollo para que renueven y fortalezcan sus estrategias de adaptación frente al cambio climático.

01 Sep 2015 description

L'initiative est financée par l'Allemagne

1er septembre 2015, Rome/Bangkok – Un nouveau programme des Nations Unies financé par l'Allemagne aidera huit pays en développement à réorganiser et à renforcer leurs stratégies d'adaptation au changement climatique.

01 Sep 2015 description

FAO and UNDP join forces under German-funded initiative to raise profile of agriculture in climate change planning

1 September 2015, Rome/Bangkok - A new UN programme funded by Germany will help eight developing countries revamp and strengthen their adaptation responses to climate change.

31 Aug 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | Monday 8/31/2015 - 15:38 GMT

by Coralie FEBVRE

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Monday for EU action on the migrant crisis, saying it was testing the core ideals of universal rights at the heart of the European Union.

"If Europe fails on the question of refugees, if this close link with universal civil rights is broken, then it won't be the Europe we wished for," she said, urging other EU nations to accept their fair share of asylum seekers.

31 Aug 2015 description

GENÈVE, 26 aout (HCR) – Le chef du HCR, António Guterres, a réitéré mercredi la nécessité de protéger les réfugiés fuyant vers l'Europe en les protégeant contre les passeurs et en créant un système efficace pour leur permettre de demander l'asile en toute légalité.

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

Kecskemét, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/30/2015 - 17:37 GMT

by Csaba Segesvari and Serene Assir in Presevo reception camp, Serbia

Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe to finally get to grips with its ever-deadlier migrant crisis after Austria's horrific truck tragedy, as people continued to pour into Hungary from Serbia despite a newly completed razor-wire barrier.

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

GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – More than 300,000 refugees and migrants have used the dangerous sea route across the Mediterranean so far this year with almost 200,000 of them landing in Greece and a further 110,000 in Italy.

The UN refugee agency, revealing the latest statistics in Geneva on Friday, said 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

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.