Thousands of migrants streamed into Austria on Saturday after being shunted through Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia, as Europe`s divided nations stepped up efforts to push the wave of desperate humanity on to other neighbours.
Hungary`s Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes to build a new wall along his country`s border with Croatia to keep migrants out, he told French newspaper Le Figaro in an interview to be published Thursday.
Hungary plans to build a fence to keep migrants out along part of its border with Romania in addition to the barrier being erected along the frontier with Serbia, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Tuesday.
The World Health Organization on Monday called for international action to respond to the public health challenges resulting from Europe`s worst migrant crisis in decades, and urged assistance for refugees exhausted from long and perilous journeys.
Hungary has closed off a railway track used by tens of thousands of migrants to enter the European Union on foot, launching a crackdown promised by the right-wing government to tackle Europe’s worst refugee crisis in two decades.
Thousands of Europeans were expected Saturday to rally in solidarity with refugees fleeing violence and war, as Hungary`s populist premier said the migrants should come no further than camps around war-ravaged Syria`s borders.
Australia`s hardline policy on asylum-seekers, who have been pushed back by the boatload and incarcerated in offshore camps, is under pressure as public sympathy for Syrians escaping conflict swells in a nation built on migration.
Canada`s Conservative government came under fire on Thursday after reports the family of a Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish beach had wanted to emigrate to Canada, rattling Prime Minister Stephen Harper`s re-election bid.
Italy's coastguard picked up another 300 migrants from stricken boats in the Mediterranean today, a day after overseeing the rescue of 4,400 people in one 24-hour period with help from British, Irish and Norwegian ships.