Several european leaders leapt on Sunday in favour of the right to asylum of refugees at the time where thousands of migrants have been progressing on the road to the Balkans in the hope of winning the Schengen area.
The call of London, Berlin and Paris, the Interior ministers of the european Union will meet on September 14, “to make concrete progress” in the face of the migration crisis. The French and Italian governments have spoken out Sunday for a quick action in favour of granting asylum to refugees.
Italy will be the completion of a european asylum law “the battle of the next few months,” said Sunday the president of the Council Matteo Renzi.
“Europe must stop moving and begin to move. We must choose finally (…) to have a european immigration policy, with a european asylum law”, he hammered in an interview with the daily Corriere della sera.
The migrants “fleeing war, persecution, torture, oppression, should be welcomed (…) treated with dignity, sheltered and cared for”, added the French prime minister, Manuel Valls.
The head of French diplomacy, Laurent Fabius, for his part, held Sunday “scandalous,” the attitude of some countries of eastern Europe in the face of the refugee crisis.
In the wake of criticism “shocking” made by his French counterpart, the Hungarian minister of foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto announced in the evening to have convened on Monday a representative of the embassy of France in Budapest.
“The worst part of this trip it is the humiliation”
On the “Balkan route”, thousands of migrants – mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans – were pursuing their journey to the Schengen area on foot, by bus, by train.
Hundreds of them have continued on Sunday to cross the serbo-Hungarian border, in spite of the completion of a barbed wire fence by the Hungary – who has recorded 50 000 arrivals in the month of August – on the 175 km of the boundary.
There were few migrants to enter Hungary digging under the fence of barbed wire, on which one could see many tatters of clothing. The vast majority travelling along the railway line, where no barrier was erected, and where the trains are at very low speeds.
Of the members of the special forces of the police walked along the fields with German shepherds in the muzzle.
In the south of Serbia, in the dirty air of a migrant reception center of Presevo, Samar, Syrian of 40 years and mother of two teenagers, was sitting on a piece of cardboard, waiting for her husband to finish the steps to register with the Serbian authorities.
“The worst part of this trip it is the humiliation”, she confided to a journalist of the AFP.
“We’re in a maze, going from queue to queue, and now here in Serbia, the police cries out to us over as if we were animals,” said with tears in her eyes that a refugee who has fled from Damascus.
An employee of the government agency Serbian refugees and migrants has recognized that the services of his country were overwhelmed by the influx of migrants.
“The Serbian government wants to help, but we do not have the infrastructure necessary for a thousand people”, said Dejan Milisavisevic. However, every day, “2000 to 3000 people are coming”.
The numbers of migrants leaving on a daily basis to Greece, the country through which they are passing, to the Western Europe vary according to source. If the UN speaks of 1500 people, an NGO employee of the Macedonian side of the border instead evokes 3500 daily arrivals.
Syrian children “disappeared”
Moreover, in Budapest, a fifth suspect, a Bulgarian, was arrested by the Hungarian police in the night of Saturday to Sunday in the framework of the investigation on the truck discovered Thursday in Austria with 71 dead bodies of migrants, announced on Sunday the police.
Four men – three Bulgarian nationals and one Afghan – were arrested Friday. Justice suspected to be the “small hands” of a gang of human trafficking.
According to the first elements of the investigation, the 71 migrants have perished by suffocation.
Following the grim discovery at the edge of an austrian motorway, a truck carrying 26 migrants had been intercepted in the west of the country. Three syrian children, suffering from severe dehydration, had been hospitalized in a state of health as “extremely bad”.
On Sunday, the austrian police has announced that these three children had “disappeared” with their parents, and were probably left for Germany.
The austrian government announced that it would “massively” strengthen the controls to the Hungarian border to counter trafficking in human beings.
Other passage route used by migrants trying to get to Europe, the Mediterranean has seen a series of tragedies.
Seven bodies were washed up on the beach of al khums in libya (about 120 km east of Tripoli) after a new shipwreck, said Sunday the libyan Red Crescent, which was still unknown when the boat had capsized, and that the number of people who were on board.
In Italy, the justice has ordered the continued detention of ten men and seven Moroccans, two Syrians and a Libyan – suspected of being responsible for the death of 52 migrants by asphyxiation in the hold of a boat, whose body had been found on Wednesday.