They arrived in an unceasing stream, 10,000 a day at the height, as many as a million migrants heading for Europe this year, pushing infants in strollers and elderly parents in wheelchairs, carrying children on their shoulders and life savings in their socks.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Wednesday that a refugee crisis was looming in Central and North America as people flee unchecked gang violence in parts of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. “The dramatic refugee crises we are witnessing in the world today are not confined to the Middle East or Africa,” the high commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, said in Washington.

En quelques semaines, la crise des migrants qui s’entassent aux frontières de l’Europe a fait doubler le nombre de migrants qui vivent tant bien que mal sur ces terrains vagues que l’on nomme la « jungle », près de la zone portuaire.

En distribuant des verres d’eau aux migrants qui traversent son village, Alan (qui n’a pas voulu donner son nom de famille) rigole : « Il y a deux jours j’ai dit aux gens du village voisin que Kljuc Brdovecki était devenu le centre du monde. » 

La Commission européenne, qui a convoqué pour dimanche 25 octobre après-midi, à Bruxelles, un mini-sommet extraordinaire sur la « route des Balkans », empruntée par des milliers de demandeurs d’asile, veut agir très vite.

At the end of a contentious summit, European and Balkan leaders committed early Monday to add capacity for receiving about 100,000 more migrants to help ease the plight of the tens of thousands coming from Syria and beyond and moving across the Balkans toward the European Union’s heartland. 

With freezing weather setting in, tens of thousands of migrants surging across Europe could face even more hurdles after European Union leaders pledged to stem their flow by introducing tighter border controls.

A day before a European summit on the migrant crisis, Slovenia’s president demanded immediate action from the EU and tempers flared at one overcrowded refugee center as thousands more asylum-seekers poured into the tiny Alpine nation. 

Two U.N. experts on the human rights of migrants warned Friday that force will not stop Europe’s migration crisis or deter smugglers.

The U.N. refugee agency sounded the alarm Friday about vulnerable women and children who are among hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants pouring into southeast Europe, saying it has received reports that some are being forced into sex to pay their way onward.


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