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Oct. 18: five more dead immigrants in two shipwrecks in the Aegean

Posted by clandestina on 18 October 2015

One baby, one child and two women died in a shipwreck close to Kastelorizo island. One male immigrant is missing and eleven immigrants were rescued.

In another incident, a boat with 110 arrived at the island of Pharmakonisi. Among them an 8-years old kid, who didn’t survive crossing of the Aegean.

31 people have died the last 5 days in the Aegean, in 6 different shipwrecks, 7 of them when their wooden boat was hit by a coast police patrol boat.

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Aegean: another shipwreck, 12 more immigrants dead…

Posted by clandestina on 17 October 2015

Ankara, Turkey:  Twelve migrants drowned today when their boat sank off the Turkish coast as they were seeking to reach Greece, while around 25 others were rescued, the Anatolia news agency reported.
The Turkish coastguard recovered the bodies from the wooden boat, which had sailed from northwest Turkey’s seaside town of Ayvalik headed for the Greek island of Lesbos, the Turkish news agency said.
The rescuers managed to save about two dozen others on board the sinking boat who had called for help on their cellphones, Turkish media reported.
Anatolia did not indicate the migrants’ nationalities.

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Aegean sea: Another shipwreck with dead and missing immigrants

Posted by clandestina on 17 October 2015

Four people, a woman and three children, drowned and one child is missing after their rubber boat capsized off the Aegean island of Kalymnos, late last night.

13 people were rescued.

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Hungary closes border with Croatia

Posted by clandestina on 17 October 2015

Source: www.bbc.com

Hungary has closed its border with Croatia in an effort to stem the flow of migrants through the country en route to western Europe.

Croatia said it would begin directing migrants to Slovenia instead.

Hungary has been a major transit country for migrants, many of whom aim to continue on to Austria and Germany.

It announced the closure on Friday after EU leaders failed to agree a plan backed by Hungary to send a force to prevent migrants reaching Greece.

The border, reinforced with a razor-wire fence, closed at midnight (22:00 GMT) on Friday.

A group of several hundred migrants who arrived near the village of Zakany minutes before the deadline were the last to be allowed through.

“Closure!” a soldier shouted after the last travellers had passed across.

“We know that this is not the best, but only the second-best solution,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said, announcing the closure earlier. Migrants could still apply for asylum in Hungary at two border transit zones, he added.

The border posts at Beremend and Letenje are also open for anyone with valid documents.

Hungary has already sealed its border with Serbia.

There are fears in Slovenia that closure of the Croatia-Hungary border will channel many more migrants through Slovenia.

Early on Saturday, migrants began arriving in Slovenia by bus from Croatia, news agencies reported.

Ranko Ostojic, Croatia’s Interior Minister, said Croatia was “turning the route, the corridor, towards Slovenia”.

Croatia has not struck any agreement with Slovenia, according to Mr Ostojic. “This is (purely) a Croatian plan,” he said.

In response, Slovenia stopped all passenger rail transport from Croatia, the country’s national railway company announced.

Slovenia’s Interior Minister, Vesna Gjorkos Znidar, said extra police had been deployed to the border with Croatia.

But she said the country will keep accepting refugees as long as neighbouring Austria and Germany keep their borders open.

Earlier on Friday, Turkish officials stressed that a plan agreed by EU officials for joint action with Turkey on the migrant crisis had not been finalised.

EU leaders have agreed to speed up visa liberalisation talks for Turks if Turkey stems the influx, as well as to “re-energise” talks on Turkey joining the EU and supply more aid.

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Afghan immigrant shot dead on Bulgarian border

Posted by clandestina on 16 October 2015

An immigrant, believed to be from Afghanistan, was shot dead by Bulgarian police while trying to enter the country at an unrecognised crossing point.

The Bulgarian interior ministry said police tried to intercept a group of men who then resisted arrest. Warning shots, were then fired and a ricochet is said to have hit one of the men who died on his way to hospital.

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Juncker: EU and Turkey agree on joint plan on refugees

Posted by clandestina on 16 October 2015

Source: http://www.dw.com/en/juncker-eu-and-turkey-agree-on-joint-plan-on-refugees/a-18786078

The EU has agreed to open new chapters in Turkey’s long-stalled accession talks in return for cooperation on the refugee crisis. Bloc members are also considering billions in financial aid for Ankara.

The two sides are now in agreement on “the exact content of a joint action plan” to stem the flow of refugees arriving to Europe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said after the refugee summit in Brussels early Friday.

The EU and Turkey also agreed to “speed up” the talks on easing visa restrictions for Turkish citizens, according to Juncker.

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Lesvos island: 7 immigrants killed when Coast Police boat collided with their wooden boat

Posted by clandestina on 15 October 2015

At midday Thursday, October 15, near the island of Lesvos, a Coast Police boat collided with a wooden boat carrying migrants, killing seven of them, including three children and a baby … The circumstances of the “accident” will be investigated  …

On Wednesday, October 14, in a shipwreck in the Aegean, two children and one woman died.

These new murders in Aegean coincide with an EU summit on the “immigrant issue” in Brussels and the statement by the Croatian government that The security closure has been completed on the Hungary-Croatia border, the government is now able with the help of the police and army to seal the border”.

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