As a Turkish citizen/resident on the south coast of Turkey, I see nothing of the Syrian refugees who are living in the camps along the Syrian border (Report, 5 September). Turkey does not allow them to spread out over the country so that if and when the crisis ends, it can help them return to their own country. They are adequately fed, provided with makeshift shelter and schools. Sunni and Alevi refugees have been resented when placed in communities of the opposite persuasion, and now people, for the first time in Turkey, are segregated on religious lines. This is a potential disaster in itself.

The voluntary system has not provided enough space for refugees in the European Union. François Hollande has blamed this failure on the bad will of certain countries. EurActiv France reports.

Greece acts over Lesbos migrant crisis

Greece and the UN bring in extra staff to deal with some 25,000 migrants on Lesbos, amid warnings that the situation there is getting out of control.


Volunteers share food and drinks with refugees who wait in front of the Berlin Office for Health and Social Affairs (#LaGeSo).
Photo from Tim Lüddemann on 13 August 2015 on Flickr. Non-commercial use with credit to owner permitted.

VIDEO: Farmers set hay alight in Brussels protest

Thousands of farmers took to the streets of Brussels on Monday to protest against plummeting prices for their produce.

At their meeting in Prague on Friday the heads of government of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia once again rejected a quota system for taking in refugees. This stance is entirely understandable from an economic perspective, some commentators write. Others warn that the European states must finally admit that they too played a part in causing the migrant crisis.

EU migration: Crisis in graphics

Graphics showing migrant crisis in Europe

VIDEO: Greek island becomes giant campsite

Thousands of migrants and refugees have gathered in tents on Lesbos, Greece, in the hope of travelling on to Athens and northern and western Europe.

MacedoniaIt’s the photo you couldn’t not see if you were online this week: the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who was laid to rest with his brother and mother on Friday. His body was discovered washed up on a Turkish beach in sneakers, blue shorts and a red shirt on Wednesday after the small rubber boat he and his family were travelling in — a desperate attempt to seek asylum in Europe — capsized.

VIDEO: What happens when migrants get to Germany?

The BBC’s Ben Brown reports on what happens to migrants and refugees in the hours and days after their arrival in Germany.

VIDEO: Meeting Germany’s settled migrants

As thousands cross the border into Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country can cope with an influx of newcomers without raising taxes or jeopardising its budget.

No-way-australia-homeThe Australian government has hit back after an editorial in the New York Timesslammed Australia’s handing of the influx of migrants and refugees traveling to its shores and advised Europe not to follow suit

Fighting the wrong battle: Central Europe’s crisis is one of liberal democracy, not migration

The hostile response of central and eastern European heads of states to the prospect of accepting Syrian refugees is emblematic of a wider problem of democracy and liberalism in these countries.


A European Disaster

BERLIN—The scenes of desperate refugees camping out in Budapest in the hope of catching a train to Bavaria are the rerun of an old film. In September 1989, communist Hungary’s reformist government opened the border to Austria, allowing tens of thousands of East Germans to slip through the Iron Curtain to a better life in the West. By November, the ramshackle regime in East Berlin was facing such an exodus of its citizens via third countries that it caved in to the pressure and opened the borders to West Germany.

Europe’s Deadly Denial

LONDON—Picking apart the layers of irony and hypocrisy that surround the European refugee crisis is like peeling an onion without a knife. At a train station in southern Moravia, Czech Republic, police pulled 200 refugees off a train and marked numbers on their arms. On its eastern border, Hungary is building a barbed-wire fence to keep out refugees, remarkably like the barbed-wire “iron curtain” that once marked its western border. Choose whatever image you want—ships full of Jews being sent back to Nazi Europe, refugees furtively negotiating with smugglers at a bar in Casablanca—and it now has a modern twist.

Austria and Germany agree to accept refugee group

Officials agree to let more than a thousand people cross over while Hungary deploys buses to ferry them to the borders.

MAIN FOCUS: Orbán calls refugee crisis Germany’s problem | 04/09/2015

Visiting Brussels on Thursday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán described the refugee crisis as a German and not a European problem. In Budapest, meanwhile, the situation at Keleti train station is escalating. The German government prompted refugees to storm trains by announcing its willingness to take them in, some commentators write. Others believe that with his egoistic policies Orbán will soon isolate himself in the EU.

Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, sharply criticised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday (3 September) for saying refugees should not come to Europe, and that Muslims are not welcome in Hungary.

EU ‘must accept 200,000 refugees’

The EU must accept up to 200,000 refugees in a “common strategy” to replace its “piecemeal” approach to the migrant crisis, the UN says.

Would-be migrants hoping to flee war in the Middle East are using Facebook as their compass for finding the smugglers they hope will get them to a better life in Europe.

Hungary migrants start walk to border

Large groups of refugees and migrants in Hungary are trying to walk to the Austrian border, after defying official efforts to stop them.

First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said what everyone suspected on Friday (4 September): that the refugee crisis overwhelming the EU will last a long time, and that “every single European” will feel its consequences.

Migrant influx ‘will change Germany’

Chancellor Angela Merkel says the “breathtaking” flow of migrants will “occupy and change” Germany as France agrees to take in thousands more.

The EU’s external energy security is in Washington’s longterm interest, especially at the time of renewed rivalry between the West and Moscow, writes Jarosław Wiśniewski .

VIDEO: Hundreds march to Austria border

Hundreds of migrants stuck at a Budapest railway station for days have set off on foot, saying they intend to walk to Austria.

Organic undies for Norway’s military

Norwegian military personnel will soon be going into action in organic underwear.
French secularism as failed social engineering

The principle of laïcité has become a demagogic tool to reinforce narrow judgements about French identity and discriminate against minorities.

Amnesty pleads with Harper to rescue Syrian refugees
National Observer
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