The forces driving people’s movement into Europe were already apparent in a near forgotten incident of 1991.
In August 1991, with the world’s media dominated by the chronic instability in Russia and the aftermath of the violent eviction of the Iraqi army from Kuwait earlier that year, a sequence of events in the Adriatic Sea provides an uncanny foretaste of the current surge of desperate people across the Mediterranean from north Africa, as well as overland from Syria through Turkey, Greece and beyond.
Net immigration into Germany last year hit its highest level since 1992, the Statistics Office said on Thursday (3 September), with expectations that figure will rise this year to 800,000.
When looking at the sheer number of refugees around the world, it’s easy to become disillusioned.
The image of a drowned little boy who was washed up on a beach on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula was spread on the social media on Wednesday. The boy and at least ten other people drowned while trying to reach the Greek island of Kosby boat. The photo is a brutal testimony to the failure of the EU in the refugee crisis, some journalists write. Others hold Turkey partially responsible for the child’s death.
LONDON — Britain’s prime minister David Cameron found himself under increasing pressure Thursday to do more about about the growing refugee crisis, as some newspapers published front-page photographs of a drowned child found washed up on a beach in Turkey.
Young boy found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach Greece
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The full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy – one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach the Greek island of Kos – encapsulated the extraordinary risks refugees are taking to reach the west.
Top American companies no longer see Germany as an attractive investment and the country is losing jobs as a result. “Germany attracts attention, but it’s no longer attractive to investors,” said AmCham Vice-President Frank Riemensperger. EurActiv Germany reports.
Hungary’s border fence – intended to keep out refugees arriving from Serbia – was completed on Sunday according to government sources. The fence is nothing but a domestic policy manoeuvre by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, some commentators write. Others believe that Hungary is above all harming its own interests with its policy of seclusion.