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Migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear – Angelina Jolie Pitt

May 17, 2016 - 10:08 AM

In a speech in London the Oscar winner and UN special envoy for refugees urges the international community to respond to Europe s refugee crisis

ANGELINA JOLI-PITT. The UN special envoy speaks in London about responding to Europe's refugee crisis. File photo shows Angelina waving to photojournalists while leaving the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 16 March 2016. File photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Europe's 2016 migrant crisis in figures

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Here are some of the key figures on the migrant situation in Europe since the beginning of the year

CRISIS. A woman screams as migrants and refugees demonstrate behind a fence and barbed wire at the Greece-Macedonia border, near Gevgelija on March 2, 2016. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

UN rights chief attacks 'rising roar of xenophobia' amid migrant crisis

Feb 29, 2016 - 10:26 PM

A growing number of migrants worldwide are fleeing sickening atrocities and often encounter cruelty and xenophobia instead of compassion says UN rights chief Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein

OPEN THE BORDERS. A man carries on his shoulders a child holding a banner reading "Open the borders" during a demostration of migrants and refugees protesting behind a fence and barbed wire at the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija, on February 27, 2016. Photo by Robert Atanasovski / AFP

Austria rejects 'absurd' criticism on migrants policy

Feb 29, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Austria s government hits back at absurd criticism of its tougher migrants policy after coming under fire from Germany and Greece where a bottleneck is building due to Vienna s measures

HOLDING THE LINE. Workers take meassurements of a near finished section of a 3,7 km long fence at a border crossing between Austria and Slovenia at Spielfeld, Austria on December 9, 2015. Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP

Merkel vows to reduce refugee influx but rejects cap

Dec 14, 2015 - 10:41 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promises to cut the number of refugee arrivals but rejects calls to stop taking them in

WAITING. View into rooms in lightweight construction where clothes are hung up at the refugee accommodation at the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin on December 9, 2015. Photo by Tobias Schwarz / Rappler

Austrian government moves to tighten asylum rules

Nov 04, 2015 - 12:24 AM

Austria s government facing a record influx of migrants as well as a surge in support for the anti immigration far right moves to tighten asylum rules in the EU country

WAITING. A refugee sleeps while he waits to board a bus driving him further in to Austria in Nickelsdorf at the Austrian-Hungarian border on September 20, 2015. Photo by Vladimir Simice / AFP

17 children die as refugees brave stormy seas to reach Europe

Oct 30, 2015 - 10:20 PM

At least 17 children drowned after 3 boats sink en route from Turkey to Greece in the latest tragedy to strike migrants braving wintry seas to seek asylum in Europe

SAVED. Syrian Kurdish refugees are rescued by Greek fishermen as the boat they had boarded sinks off the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 30, 2015. Photo by Aris Messinis / AFP

Germany moves to toughen asylum rules amid record influx

Sep 29, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The German government approves new measures to cope with a record surge in asylum seekers including imposing tougher conditions for migrants from the Balkans

WAITING. A refugee from Afghanistan waits outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) where hundreds of migrants wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on September 29, 2015. Photo by Tobias Schwartz / AFP

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Sep 29, 2015 - 12:35 PM

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German intelligence 'concerned' Islamists recruiting refugees

Sep 22, 2015 - 8:29 PM

German intelligence warns that the number of Islamic extremists in the country had increased sharply in recent months expressing serious concerns that they were recruiting among refugees

WAITING. Asylum-seekers wait to register outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin where hundreds of migrants wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on September 18, 2015. Photo by John MacDougall / AFP

Thousands more pour into Austria in deepening refugee crisis

Sep 20, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Crowded aboard buses and trains thousands more migrants flood into Austria from countries unable or unwilling to cope with a desperate human tide fleeing war and poverty for a better life in western Europe

BORDER. Austrian police officers stand by a truck during border controls on the Highway A4 near Nickelsdorf, at the Austrian-Hungarian border, in early hours on September 16, 2015. Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP

Hungary seals border to refugees as Germany slams 'disgraceful' EU

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:40 PM

Hungary effectively seals its border with Serbia to stem the massive influx of refugees as Germany slams the disgraceful refusal of other EU countries to accept more migrants after 22 died in yet another shipwreck

LOCKED OUT. A group of migrants and refugees wait for police formalities after being stopped for crossing illegally close to the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, on September 15, 2015, as a new border protection law is put into place. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek / Agence France-Presse