Europe split on migrant crisis on eve of Brussels talks
By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Maja Zuvela SOFIA/RIGONCE, Slovenia (Reuters) – European leaders traded threats and reprimands on Saturday as thousands more migrants and refugees streamed into the Balkans on the eve of European Union talks aimed at agreeing on urgent action to tackle the crisis. Concern is growing about hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving in Europe, many from war zones in the Middle East, and camping in western Balkan countries in ever colder conditions as winter approaches. More than 680,000 migrants and refugees have crossed to Europe by sea so far this year, fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, according to the International Organization for Migration.
17 October, 2015 Croatia diverts migrants to Slovenia after Hungary closes border By Aleksandar Vasovic and Marja Novak OPATOVAC, Croatia/LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Migrants streaming across the Balkans reached Slovenia on Saturday, diverted overnight by the closure of Hungary's border with Croatia in the latest demonstration of Europe's disjointed response to the flow of […]
19 October, 2015 Migrant backlog builds in Balkans after new diversion By Aleksandar Vasovic and Marja Novak BERKASOVO, Serbia/LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Buses packed with migrants backed up on Serbia’s border with Croatia on Sunday, their passage to western Europe slowed by a new diversion through Slovenia, which vowed to limit the influx. Many spent the […]
11 January, 2016 Pope Francis urges Europe to keep welcoming migrants Pope Francis on Monday urged European governments to keep welcoming migrants while acknowledging security and other concerns over the recent mass influx of people mainly from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Addressing ambassadors to the Holy See in the aftermath of the New Year's Eve […]
19 October, 2015 Backlog of migrants swells in the Balkans, tempers fray By Aleksandar Vasovic and Marja Novak BERKASOVO, Serbia/LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - The Balkans struggled with a growing backlog of migrants on Monday after Hungary sealed its southern border and Slovenia tried to impose a limit, leaving thousands stranded on cold, rain-drenched borders where […]
14 September, 2015 Hungary offloads migrants on eve of promised crackdown By Ivana Sekularac and Krisztina Than KANJIZA, Serbia/ROSZKE, Hungary (Reuters) - Hungary sent migrants by special trains direct to the Austrian border on Monday, trying to offload record numbers streaming into the country before a crackdown by the rig...