the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Jan 2017
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods - Aug 2016
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods and Mudslides - Aug 2015
- South-Eastern Europe: Floods - Feb 2015
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Dec 2014
- FYR Macedonia: Floods - Feb 2013
- Europe/Northern Africa: Cold Wave - Jan 2012
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Forest Fires - Jul 2007
- Central/Eastern Europe: Heat Wave - Jul 2007
For the past week, Shaima and Mohamad Ahsad, both schoolteachers from Afghanistan, have slept on the ground in Victoria Square in Athens with their four young children. Over the weekend, the small park swelled with more than 500 migrants and refugees, most of them Afghans who, like the Ahsads, have been barred from continuing their journeys.
On a street corner in central Athens, Shir Muhammad grips his backpack straps and cranes his neck to look for the bus. The block, located near Victoria Square, is packed with refugees and migrants speaking a jumble of Farsi, Pashto and Arabic dialects.
IDOMENI, 25 January 2016 (IRIN) - Refugees and migrants attempting to pass through the tiny village of Idomeni near Greece’s border with Macedonia are paying the price for the introduction of ever more restrictive border policies by countries further north. Over the weekend, thousands were forced to sleep outside in temperatures that dipped to -8 degrees Celsius as Macedonia admitted only small numbers of refugees for a few hours a day.
By Christina Wassholm
It is just after midnight when they arrive at the registration centre in Dimitrovgrad on Serbia’s eastern border with Bulgaria.
The 17 Afghan men are all exhausted after a seven-hour walk over the mountain that forms the border between Bulgaria and Serbia. Their faces, hands, and arms are covered in scratches and their eyes are bloodshot from fatigue.
Riots broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning at Greece’s frontier with Macedonia as migrants and asylum seekers stranded there for the past two weeks blockaded the border, preventing people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan from crossing.
By Jodi Hilton
Since the beginning of this year, more than 700,000 migrants and refugees have taken boats from Turkey to Greece and made their way to Western Europe using the so-called Balkan route. The journey is exhausting and dangerous, even for the young and able-bodied. For the injured and disabled, the risks and challenges are multiplied.
OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Two weeks have elapsed since the terrorist attacks in Paris. With the news that at least two of the attackers posed as refugees to enter Europe via Greece, a number of EU countries have taken steps to shore up their borders and restrict entry by asylum seekers, citing both security concerns and capacity problems. Here’s a round-up of which countries have done what:
OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.
Tensions are running high at the Greek-Macedonian border. Thousands of migrants and refugees have been stranded there for the past two days since Macedonian authorities began only allowing those from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to cross and continue their journey to northern Europe.
By Kristy Siegfried
OXFORD, 19 November 2015 (IRIN) - At least three countries on the Balkan route, the main thoroughfare for migrants and refugees seeking to reach northern Europe from Greece, abruptly imposed new border controls overnight, allowing only certain nationalities to progress.
PRESEVO/OXFORD, 15 octobre 2015 (IRIN) - Le nombre de migrants et de réfugiés qui tentent de traverser la Méditerranée pour atteindre l’Europe a tendance à fortement baisser lorsque la mer commence à s’agiter et que le temps se refroidit. Mais après un été où le nombre d’arrivées a battu tous les records, l’hiver qui approche risque d’être différent.
By Marc Perry and Kristy Siegfried
PRESEVO/OXFORD, 14 October 2015 (IRIN) - Rough seas and colder weather usually signal a sharp drop in the numbers of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe. But after a summer of unprecedented refugee arrivals, this winter is likely to be different.
By Kristina Jovanovski
BUDAPEST, 9 October 2015 (IRIN) - Abdul says he fled Iraq after his father was killed by so-called Islamic State (IS). But now Abdul is in handcuffs.
The 18-year-old was caught by the Hungarian authorities crossing the Serbian border, which was sealed off by a razor-wire fence in September. He is being charged with breaking a new law that makes it a criminal offence to cross or vandalise the fence.
Less than a week after being detained, he is in court in the nearby town of Szeged, breaking down as he talks about his father’s death.
OXFORD, 11 septembre 2015 (IRIN) - À l’occasion de son discours sur l’état de l’Union, prononcé le 9 septembre, le président de la Commission européenne Jean-Claude Juncker a appelé à une « action audacieuse et concertée » pour gérer la crise des réfugiés en Europe. Il a en outre évoqué une série de mesures que les États membres devront décider d’adopter ou non à Bruxelles lundi prochain.
Voici le point de vue d’IRIN sur les principales propositions :
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Story and pictures by Marc Perry
Thousands of refugees continue to cross into Macedonia from Greece daily. While authorities in both countries are doing a better job of managing the crowds at the border, it is a fragile order that quickly evaporates when trains fail to run and the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Gevgelija railway station near Macedonia’s border with Greece has returned to sleepy normality following scenes of chaos last month as thousands of migrants and refugees tried to cram onto trains bound for Serbia.
By Imogen Wall
LONDON, 9 September 2015 (IRIN) - The Hive Warehouse on the Kingsland Road in east London would normally be empty on a Sunday, but last weekend it was buzzing with activity. A constant stream of cars pulled up outside to unload bags of donated goods. Volunteers carried them upstairs, where dozens more people of all ages and backgrounds were emptying, sorting and repackaging. They ranged from a woman whose family survived the Holocaust to Natalie Bennett, leader of the UK’s Green Party, and a musician who shares a flat with the organisers.
BEYROUTH/ISTANBUL, 4 septembre 2015 (IRIN) - Imaginez que la Syrie n'existe pas, que la guerre n'y ait jamais eu lieu. La crise des migrants en Europe ne paraîtrait alors pas si terrible.
Les deux pays de l'Union européenne (UE) où sont arrivées le plus de personnes par bateau sont l'Italie et la Grèce.
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.