Thousands of asylum-seekers are suffering violent abuse, illegal push backs and unlawful detention at the hands of Hungary’s authorities and a system blatantly designed to deter them, said Amnesty in a new report.
IOM continues to advocate for the presence of counter-trafficking specialists at key transit points, reception centres and registration sites as well as for awareness-raising among vulnerable populations.
The number of Syrians seeking international protection has doubled in 2015 compared with 2014 to 362 800; the number of Afghans has almost quadrupled to 178 200; and that of Iraqis has multiplied by 7 to 121 500.
Due to increased restrictions on transit via the official Balkan route, smuggling continues to pose protection risks to increasing numbers of migrants seeking alternative ways to reach the destination countries.
By putting concerns of borders, security and deterrence ahead of the needs of those caught up in this crisis, politicians have failed to protect people, instead increasing suffering and costing lives, says MSF.
UNHCR is planning for up to 700,000 people seeking safety and international protection in Europe in 2015 and requesting funds that can be allocated as flexibly as possible in light of the fast-evolving situation.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated he was appalled at the recent actions and attitudes displayed by the Hungarian Government and authorities in relation to refugees and migrants, some of which amounted to clear violations of international law.
UNHCR is deeply disappointed that although a majority of member states agreed with a wider relocation proposal involving 120,000 people, a final consensus could not be reached. Decisive agreement is needed without further delay to address the needs.