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5.10.15


EU: Council of the European Union: The future management of the EU's external borders (LIMITE doc no: 12541-15, pdf):

"How can the collective responsibility of Member States and Frontex evolve, e.g. for ensuring a better and at times compulsory allocation of border guards and equipment from low risk areas to those most affected by illegal migration?" [emphasis added]

Moria camp on Lesbos: Registration chaos, police violence, hunger, thirst and sleeping rough (w2eu.net. link):

"In the first days of October 2015 Moria has become for one more time a nightmare to refugees and activists alike even though registration procedures have been speeded up since September. Anyhow, the system changes every day with no one knowing how to actually get documents. The despair of the people arriving wet from the coasts, staying outside in the cold without shelter, food or water, medication and without any information on what to do – specifically in the nights – is creating anxiousness and stress....

While many refugees are pushing to enter and get registered, riot police is controlling the gates with clubs and tear gas by force. Moria officially includes since a few weeks a First Reception Center (FRC) and a Pre-removal center. The different sections just look alike though."

EU: Council of the European Union: Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoðan (5.10.15, pdf):

"It is indisputable that Europe has to manage its borders better. We expect Turkey to do the same....

Turkey needs to be equally ready to act. The situation where hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing to the EU via Turkey must be stopped. And we cannot do it on our own, we need the Turkish side. Strengthened cooperation will benefit both sides. Europe wants a real solution to this very real crisis."

EU: Council of the European Union: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 8-9 October 2015: Background Note (9 pages, pdf) Including "returns" policy.

The Humanitarian Caste System? (IRIN, link): "Syrians collect their registration papers from the Greek authorities at Kara Tepe camp. Queues here are calm and well managed... The difference? Kara Tepe is for Syrians only. Everyone else must go to Moria... At Moria camp, Greek riot police push back non Syrian refugees from the barbed wire surrounding the registration centre. Here, people wait for hours in the hot sun before they can complete papers... "

EU: TURKEY: EU Action on Migratory Pressures - targeted update and the outcome of discussion on Turkey (LIMITE doc no: 9491-15, 15 pages, pdf):

"Turkey had the capacity to act as a significant transit point for migrants from the wider Middle East-North Africa region: migrants may legally enter Turkey but then illegally enter the EU. Along with Syrians, Moroccan, Tunisian, Libyan, Georgian, Jordanian, Lebanese and Iranian passport holders do not require a visa to enter Turkey."

EU and Turkey to discuss plan to stem flow of migrants (ekathimerini.com, link):

"Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is due to meet with Juncker on Monday.

A spokesman for the European Commission said the meeting was "precisely about seeing how to step up cooperation to jointly tackle the refugee crisis" and said any new announcements would be made at a news conference on Monday.

Asked about the newspaper report, a spokeswoman for the German government said Merkel, Juncker and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann had held a phone call on Wednesday but she declined to comment on the content of their discussion."

See also: Erdogan brings Turkish election campaign to Strasbourg, Brussels (euractiv, link): "Supporters and foes gathered in Strasbourg on Sunday (4 October) on the occasion of a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has apparently turned his European tour into part of his election campaign..... The European Commission and Turkey have agreed on a plan to stem the flow of refugees to Europe by patrolling Turkey's frontier with Greece and setting up new camps, a newspaper cited sources in the Commission and the German government as saying yesterday.... However a senior EU official involved in the negotiations with Turkey told Reuters that the newspaper report went beyond what was currently under discussion between Brussels and Ankara. "It's a bit exaggerated," he said."

and EU and Turkey have struck plan to stem flow of migrants - newspaper (Reuters, link)

News (5.10.15)

Refugee centre daubed with swastikas (The Local.at, link): "A refugee centre in Hohenems, Vorarlberg, has been defaced with red graffiti - including swastikas and the words “stop the asylum flood”. The wall of the building in Erlachstrasse was defaced sometime during Saturday night, police said. A second building in Bahnhofstrasse was also daubed with similar graffiti."

501 illegal immigrants detained in Bulgaria (standartnews.com, link): "501 illegal immigrants were detained in Bulgaria in a joint operation of the MI, NSA and prosecution, said Interior Ministry Secretary in Chief Georgi Kostov and senior representatives of the Prosecutor's Office and the National Security Agency at a press conference today, announced Nova TV."

Danes donate record amount to Red Cross (The Local.dk, link)

Erdogan harangues EU at Strasbourg rally (euobserver, link): "Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to “crush” Kurdish “terrorists” and harangued the EU over its handling of the migrant crisis at two rallies."

Germany: Report: Up to 1.5 million refugee arrivals in 2015 (The Local.de, link): "Authorities believe that up to 1.5 million refugees could arrive in Germany in 2015, according to an internal government document seen by Bild."

Minister: Detention centres for migrants must improve (Prague Monitor, plink): "The conditions in the Czech detention centres for migrants must markedly improve as these facilities are even worse than prisons in some aspects, Justice Minister Robert Pelikan (for ANO) told public Czech Television (CT) Sunday. "The migrants do not stay in the facilities as punishment. They only committed an offence according to our law," Pelikan said."

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