Host - Germany. Which countries take in most refugees? Not the West. In the third case in the last two weeks, more than 100 passengers aboard a troubled boat required rescue in the waters between Australia and Indonesia.
On Wednesday, Australian authorities plucked 162 passengers from a boat in distress located south of Indonesia. The rescued passengers were taken to Australia's Christmas Island for initial security, health and identity screening. The authorities declined to say whether the people on the rescued boat were seeking asylum. This followed after a boat capsized near Christmas Island carrying an estimated 200 people seeking asylum on June 22, and another boat accident occurred on June 27.
The number of deaths from these accidents are unclear, as authorities did not know how many people had been aboard the vessels. Although it isn't clear whether the most recent incident involved asylum seekers, the issue of possible refugees boarding rickety boats to make the treacherous voyage to Australia has turned into an explosive political issue. 1. 1. 1. Refugee crisis: Where are all these people coming from and why? It is an era of violence in the Middle East and North Africa, with nine civil wars now going on in Islamic countries between Pakistan and Nigeria.
This is why there are so many refugees fleeing for their lives. Half of the 23 million population of Syria have been forced from their homes, with four million becoming refugees in other countries. Some 2.6 million Iraqis have been displaced by Islamic State – Isis – offensives in the last year and squat in tents or half-finished buildings. Unnoticed by the outside world, some 1.5 million people have been displaced in South Sudan since fighting there resumed at the end of 2013. Other parts of the world, notably south-east Asia, have become more peaceful over the last 50 years or so, but in the vast swathe of territory between the Hindu Kush mountains and the western side of the Sahara, religious, ethnic and separatist conflicts are tearing countries apart.
Refugees - Congo. Refugees - Somali. Refugees - Nigeria. Refugees - Kosovo. Refugees - Eritrea. Refugees - Yemen. Refugees - Afghanistan. Refugees - Burma. Refugees - Syria. New Zealand Red Cross - Afghan interpreters arrive in NZ. Thirty Afghan interpreters and their families have arrived in Auckland and will spend 8 weeks at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre learning about New Zealand.
The 94 Afghan men, women and children, the youngest just three months old, landed at Whenuapai Air Force base in Auckland to a large welcoming party of officials and media, after travelling for two days – the last leg on a the Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757. New Zealand Red Cross national president Dr Jenny McMahon says the atmosphere was full of emotion as army and police staff were reunited with the interpreters who were crucial to the New Zealand Defence Force operations in Afghanistan.
"There were a few tears as they came off the plane and were reunited with what seemed like old friends... they'd obviously made some really good friendships," says Dr McMahon. "It was nice to watch them arrive in family units with cute kids in their best dresses and suits. Refugee crisis News. 242 rescued, 11 dead off Greece At least 11 migrants died in the eastern Aegean Sea on Thursday, but 242 others were rescued.
Austria to build border fence The European country is looking to slow the influx of migrants as tensions mount in the region. Greek tragedy for refugees lost at sea Greece's third biggest island, Lesbos, has run out of room to bury the bodies of drowned refugees. Boost to Austrian anti-refugee party Right-wing organization The Freedom Party is looking to take control of capital Vienna in upcoming elections. Big increase in German asylum seekers Over 1.5 million are reportedly expected to arrive in the country in 2015. Hungary gets tough on refugees The new laws allow army to use non-lethal force and for police to enter private homes. Migrants face beatings, robbery, hunger Migrants to Europe risk being beaten and robbed on their perilous journey. Migrant crisis: Migration to Europe explained in graphics. Image copyright Getty Images More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.
The vast majority arrived by sea but some migrants have made their way over land, principally via Turkey and Albania. Winter has not stemmed the flow of people - with 135,711 people reaching Europe by sea since the start of 2016, according to the UNHCR. 1. Which countries are migrants from? The conflict in Syria continues to be by far the biggest driver of migration. 2.
Although not all of those arriving in Europe choose to claim asylum, many do.