European Union urged to move faster on migrants Voice Herald

European Union urged to move faster on migrants

At least 14 people have drowned when their boat sank off the coast of Turkey, while trying to make the short but perilous journey to Greece. It added that none of the refugees, whose nationalities were not disclosed, required immediate hospitalisation. Two refugee children died in Greece in separate boat and train accidents as families continue to risk their lives to find safety in Europe, officials said on Saturday. There are now no fewer than 16,000 asylum seekers on Lesbos, while the island only has space to accommodate 2,800 properly, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said. Following Monday’s meeting, the European Union interior ministers also urged Italy and Greece, both countries at the front lines of the migrant flow, to speed up the processing of new arrivals so that they could then be relocated to other European Union countries. “We hope that land will be allocated and that the Greek authorities will be given funds necessary in order to set up proper reception sites”, she said, speaking from Athens after spending a week on Lesbos. “It was severely damaged and apparently started to take in water but they made a decision to go ahead anyway”, Canakkale governor Hamza Erkal told Anatolia news agency. “The coast guard found and rescued 345 refugees”, the coast guard said in a statement. “We can not let people die from the cold in the Balkans”. Justice Minister Anders Anundsen says the current center-right government plans to reduce benefits for refugees up to 20 percent and introduce tighter immigration rules to stem the flow of asylum seekers to Norway. Turkey is host to more than 2 million refugees from Syria. European Union interior ministers have agreed to deliver quicker on their promises for tackling the migration crisis as EU president Luxembourg called for averting a “humanitarian catastrophe” with winter approaching. Voice Herald


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