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Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe
21.10.15


For a Thousand Lives: Be Human: An Appeal from European Filmmakers and Other Film Professionals to our Governments and to the E.U (link): Over 5,500 cinema directors and actors sign a petition:

"Every day, people fleeing war, terror, political persecution and misery are drowning in the sea, suffocating in the back of a truck or tumbling to their death in ports or train stations in their desperate attempts to reach Europe. According to Amnesty International, more than 23.000 people have lost their lives that way since 2000. These deaths are a direct consequence of E.U. immigration policies. The guilt doesn’t just lie with the traffickers; Europe cannot deny its share of responsibility.

To make matters worse, those who reach Europe often find themselves in degrading living conditions and are subjected to inhumane treatment. The E.U. is spending up to twenty times more money on border control, than on welcoming centres for refugees."

Filmmakers urge EU leaders to welcome refugees (euobserver, link)

Refugees/Migrants Emergency Response - Mediterranean (UNHCR, infographic, link) 502, 840 arrivals (29 October, 2015)

News (21.10.15)

German Government Draws Line Between Greek-Turkish Coordination and Joint Sea Patrols (Greek Reporter, link): "German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert clarified Germany’s stance on how Greece and Turkey must approach the refugee crisis.... “Coordination, I believe, is what we should pursue. We know of course Greece’s sensitivities, but coordination along the EU’s external borders with a NATO counterpart like Turkey must be pursued. That does mean joint patrols. That is something else,” he said."

Arsonists attack another migrant centre in Sweden (france24, link)

Dispatches: Lesbos is a Disaster for Asylum Seekers. Will Becoming a "Hotspot" Improve it? (HRW, link)

NETHERLANDS:
Minister writes to refugees, warning of "austere reception" (Durch News, link) and A record 8,400 refugees came to the Netherlands in September

Poland announces refugee numbers (the news.pl, link): "Deputy Foreign Minister Rafał Trzaskowski has confirmed that Poland has agreed to accept fewer than 7,000 refugees as part of an EU programme."

Migrant workers' house in Germany destroyed in fire (DW, link)

African Dictatorship Fuels Migrant Crisis (wsj, link): "Thousands flee isolated Eritrea to escape life of conscription and poverty"

Slovenia gives army expanded powers to tackle refugee crisis (DW, link): "Ljubljana has granted the military the power to patrol the border where police are absent. Slovenia has seen thousands of migrants come through from Croatia just this week."

Opinion: European refugee policy descends into chaos (DW, link): "More and more refugees are flooding into the EU. European politicians appear hapless and helpless. Now, everything depends on Germany, says DW's Bernd Riegert, who wonders when Germany will close its borders."

Few takers for refugee relocation from Greece (ekathimerini.com, link): "Only 15 Syrian refugees in Greece have so far applied to be relocated to Luxembourg, which currently holds the rotating European Union presidency, Kathimerini has learned."

Migrants come ashore on British RAF base in Cyprus (ekathimerini.com, link): "Two boatloads of migrants came ashore at a British military base on Cyprus on Wednesday, authorities said, the first time since Europe's migrant crisis began that refugees have landed directly on what is considered British sovereign soil. Vessels carrying the migrants were spotted in the early morning hours off RAF Akrotiri, a sprawling military facility on the southern coast of Cyprus used to bomb Islamic State targets in northern Iraq. Authorities initially said there were four boats, but later corrected that figure to two."

EU plans to deal with refugee crisis about to fail (euractiv, link): "An EU scheme to relocate asylum seekers from overstretched Italy and Greece could grind to a halt just two weeks after it began if member states fail to meet their obligations, an EU source said on Tuesday"

Juncker calls EU-Balkans mini-summit over refugee crisis (euractiv, link): "European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has called a mini-summit in Brussels on Sunday (25 October) to tackle the migrant crisis along the western Balkans route, his office said. The leaders of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia will meet their counterparts from non-EU states Macedonia and Serbia."

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