For weeks, NGOs have been criticizing the fact that more and more refugees whose applications are being processed cannot find accommodation.
In the summer it was over 4,000. The other side of the coin: asylum seekers who are entitled to basic services are turned away.
For weeks, NGOs have been criticizing the fact that more and more refugees whose applications are being processed cannot find accommodation. Last night alone, dozens of people found shelter in Traiskirchen parishes and at the Turkish cultural association, Caritas Secretary General Klaus Schwertner reported to media representatives.
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15:19 | Slovenia stops controls at the border with Hungary
As of Friday, the Schengen member Slovenia abolished the controls on the border with Hungary, which had been in effect for a month. An extension of the temporary measure is no longer necessary in view of the current situation in connection with the influx of refugees, the police said.
Passport controls were temporarily reintroduced on September 17th to control refugee movements on the Western Balkans route. Initially, the measure was limited to ten days; it was later extended for a further 20 days.
14:37 | First « hotspot » opened on Lesbos
EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and the Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn have inaugurated the first registration center for refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos. « It is an important start. But we still have a long way to go, » said the EU Commissioner responsible for migration. The so-called « hotspot » is located near the village of Moria a few kilometers north of the island’s capital, Mytilini.
13:25 | In 2015 over 613,000 people fled across the Mediterranean
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 613,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe since the beginning of the year. More than 3,100 died on the crossing or were considered missing, the organization said on Friday in Geneva.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the situation in October was calmer than in September. In the past few days, however, there has been a steep increase in the number of refugees in Greece. Between 70 and 80 refugee boats arrived there every day.
13:01 | Hungary decides to close the border with Croatia
The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has convened the Cabinet for National Security for Friday afternoon, on the agenda is the possible closure of the borders with Croatia in view of the flow of refugees on the Western Balkans route. Croatia and Slovenia were critical of the closure, albeit « prepared ».
Orban announced the meeting after the EU summit in Brussels on Friday night in front of journalists. The summit was only « halfway » successful when it came to refugees, quoted the official Hungarian news agency (MTI).edit college papers for money Hungary’s goal is to curb the flow of refugees. Hungary has already built a fence on the border with Serbia and also fortified the border with Croatia. Orban said on Thursday that the border with Croatia could be sealed off within an hour if necessary.
12:50 | Tents in Eisenstadt from today history
The accommodation of refugees in tents on the premises of the state police headquarters in Eisenstadt is history as of today. « We are currently moving to the new building yard. The refugees will be spending their first night in the warm building yard today, » said city manager Thomas Steiner (ÖVP). In a few weeks, they will move into an adapted quarter.
The new refugee accommodation will be located on Ruster Straße in a former company building of Telekom Austria and has been approved by the building authorities. After yesterday’s building negotiations, the building permit will be sent to the operator of the refugee accommodation in Ruster Strasse today, according to a broadcast.
The owner will be structurally adapting the former Telekom building in the coming weeks. After its completion (probably by November 20), the quarter will offer space for a maximum of 170 refugees and will be looked after by Caritas around the clock. Until the work in the new quarter has been completed, the refugees will be housed in a warm transition area in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior at the municipal building yard.
12:36 | Is the situation in Hamburg camps soon out of control?
The situation in the initial reception facilities for refugees in the German port city of Hamburg is obviously threatening to get out of control. According to an internal police report, the situation in a refugee camp is « on the verge of tipping over ». Because of the cold, the mood of the 3,300 residents there is now « extremely explosive ». At least 100 residents in the tent area of the camp alone are pregnant or « sick ».
The police did not want to comment on the report. « We do not comment on internal papers, » said a spokeswoman. As recently as Thursday, the police had rejected allegations of downplaying problems in accommodation: « We are dealing with the issue openly and transparently, » said a spokesman.
12:24 | The fire in German asylum seekers’ accommodation was an arson attack
After a fire in a planned asylum seeker accommodation in the north German city of Flensburg, the police assume an arson attack. « Residents heard a loud bang and saw flames from a one-room apartment, » said a police spokesman. The state security started investigations. The apartment on the first floor burned out. Nobody got hurt. The building was uninhabited.
The house was supposed to be demolished, but was rebuilt to accommodate asylum seekers in several apartments. Refugees should move in the next week. Attacks on planned or inhabited refugee shelters have increased in Germany in recent months.
11:53 | 6,000 people spent night in emergency shelters
Around 6,000 refugees spent the night on Friday in emergency shelters in Austria. 1,600 were at the collection points in Nickelsdorf and Salzburg, another 1,500 at train stations.
On Thursday night 9,500 refugees had spent in emergency shelters in Austria, 1,200 more were at assembly points in the morning. The refugee situation in Burgenland was as follows, according to the state police department on Friday: On Thursday, 5,235 refugees had crossed the border in Nickelsdorf within 24 hours. None were registered in Heiligenkreuz. On Friday by 7 a.m. there were 537 border crossings in Nickelsdorf, none in Heiligenkreuz.
11:30 | Refugees in Salzburg threatened with homelessness
The freezing of refugees in federal care is forcing more and more asylum seekers in Salzburg to move to the quarters for transit refugees. Otherwise people would have to live on the streets. Caritas speaks of an intolerable situation – especially in view of the low temperatures and the approaching winter. The Interior Ministry, meanwhile, shifted responsibility to the country.
In the transit area on the site of the former motorway maintenance depot in Salzburg-Liefering, all 750 beds were occupied on Friday night – even by people who do not even want to go to Germany. You have applied for asylum in Austria, but have not been allocated any accommodation. You ended up in the transit area to escape homelessness. According to the operations management, 60 to 80 people are currently stranded in Liefering, including families with babies, small children and heavily pregnant women.
While most asylum seekers can be accommodated elsewhere after five to six days thanks to the efforts of Caritas and the state, some refugees lived for three weeks in the overcrowded garages of the former motorway maintenance depot. « That is not ideal, these are actually transitional quarters for a few hours, » said Caritas Salzburg director Johannes Dines. At the same time, he expects the problem to increase. « Due to the difficult onward journey to Germany, the number of asylum applications in Salzburg is increasing. »
11:22 | The tent city in the Schwarzenberg barracks is abandoned
Around 160 refugees are currently receiving a permanent roof over their heads on the area of the Salzburg Schwarzenberg barracks in Wals-Siezenheim (Flachgau). The move from the tents to the containers set up there will take place at around 2 p.m. Up to 250 people can be accommodated in the approximately 70 containers.
The empty tents on the barracks area are dismantled after a drying phase, « they are no longer occupied, » said Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundböck. There is no plan to expand the accommodation capacities there.
In the next week, the asylum seekers of the tent city at the state police headquarters – around 170 people are currently housed there – will move to a sports hall in the city of Salzburg. There are good talks with the country on this. « We hope that the move will take place next week, » said Grundböck.
11:15 | Pepper spray attack
A pepper spray attack on refugees was carried out on Thursday at the ÖBB stop Klamm-Schottwien (Neunkirchen district). According to the police, an Afghan had to be hospitalized. The police confirmed that an unknown person had used pepper spray against refugees. The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution (LV) determined.
The attack occurred on Thursday around 6 p.m., says Erich Habitzl, spokesman for the Wiener Neustadt public prosecutor’s office. An asylum seeker and a carer were slightly injured. Both were treated in a hospital. According to Habitzl, the unknown perpetrator got off a train in Klamm-Schottwien. He then approached the group of asylum seekers and sprayed one of the men with « irritant gas or pepper spray » in the face. When the supervisor intervened, the same happened to him. The perpetrator fled on foot. According to Habitzl, surveys to research it continued.
10:42 | 70 Polish officials help Hungary with border security
Poland helps Hungary in the refugee crisis with border protection. Around 70 Polish officials are to support their colleagues in securing the border with Serbia, as Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz announced on Friday after the EU summit.
In addition, five special vehicles with night vision devices and equipment and other vehicles would be sent to Hungary, said Kopacz, according to the official PAP news agency. Furthermore, Poland will support the EU border protection agency Frontex with another 40 officers in addition to the 40 already deployed.
In a joint statement on the sidelines of the summit it was said that Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia each wanted to send around 50 border guards to Hungary. The four EU countries that make up the Visegrad Group stressed that protecting the Schengen area was a high priority for them.
Hungary has already built a border fence with the non-EU country Serbia to curb the influx of refugees from there. The Hungarian government announced yesterday, Thursday, that a fence on the border with Croatia has also been completed. According to state data, 204,000 people crossed the Hungarian border from January to September without a suitable passport or visa, an increase of 13 times over the same period of the previous year. Because of the fence, the flow of refugees from Serbia has already fallen sharply.
10:20 | 400 people relocated from Salzburg to Linz have already left
400 refugees, who were brought from Salzburg to Linz on a special train late Thursday evening, started their onward journey to Bavaria on Friday morning. The Upper Austrian Red Cross housed her that night in the quarter in the former poster distribution center at the train station.
After the Bavarian authorities only allow limited entry into Germany, the Salzburg train station threatened to be blocked on Thursday evening due to overcrowding. As care capacities were still available in Linz, 400 refugees were relocated there. « It was not the first time that Linz has taken in people from Salzburg, » said Red Cross spokesman Stefan Neubrauer. In the mail distribution center they were supplied with food and clothing donations. They were given shower and washing facilities and medical care.
From 6.30 a.m., trains went back to the Bavarian border either via Salzburg or Suben, reported Neubauer. In total, the Red Cross looked after 1,274 transit refugees in Upper Austria on Friday night.
9:30 | Hungary wants to decide on closing the border with Croatia
Because of the refugee crisis, the Hungarian government wants to decide on a possible closure of the border with Croatia this Friday, according to a media report. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has scheduled a meeting of the security cabinet for the early afternoon, reported the public television broadcaster M1. The aim is therefore to curb the migrant movement.
Hungary has already built a fence on the border with Serbia and also fortified the border with Croatia. Orban said on Thursday that the border with Croatia could be sealed off within an hour if necessary. Hungary is a member of the so-called Schengen area, in which border controls have largely been abolished. Croatia and Serbia have not acceded to the agreement.
9:00 | Refugee died at the Eurotunnel in Calais
Another refugee has died at the Eurotunnel in Calais in northern France. A Eurotunnel spokesman said the victim was captured on Friday night by a train coming from Great Britain. Rescue workers said it was impossible to determine the age, gender or nationality of the victim because the body was dragged over 400 meters.
It is the 16th fatal accident involving a refugee in the region since the end of June. Between 4,000 and 5,000 refugees are stuck in Calais and the surrounding area, most of them from East Africa, Syria and Afghanistan. They hope to get to Great Britain on ferries across the English Channel or on trains through the Eurotunnel. The situation escalated at the end of July when around 2,000 attempts by refugees were counted on some nights to get onto the Eurotunnel site.
8:00 | EU summit agreement on action plan with Turkey
Shortly after midnight on Friday, the EU summit agreed on an action plan with Turkey to curb the flow of refugees to Europe. After the meeting of the heads of state and government, EU Council President Donald Tusk said that Turkey had been offered an acceleration of the visa liberalization process and « a lot of money » for better border security.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker emphasized that the Union would not deviate from its basic criteria when it came to visa liberalization. « There are no other criteria for Turkey now ».