Migrant crisis: 13 die in ferry collision off Turkey

Turkish police have blocked hundreds of refugees, mostly Syrians, who were trying to reach Europe overland from Turkey outside Istanbul.


UNHCR and its partners in Greece reported that they are providing ongoing support for the survivors and families of the casualties, including medical and psychological care, accommodation, legal assistance, food and water.

On Saturday, 13 people, including a five-year-old girl, drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Lesbos, while 26 other people are missing in the sea after another incident off the same island today.

Yesterday, Croatia admitted it has “forced” Hungary to accept migrants by sending buses and trains to the border – and the country’s prime minister has vowed this will continue. “Children are still being born stateless in Europe for a variety of reasons, but the current migrant crisis underlines the urgent need for European countries to reform nationality laws and birth registration procedures to ensure no child ends up stateless”, said the report’s co-author Laura van Waas.

According to an agreement made with representatives of Syrian refugees, they will be sent to whichever provinces of Turkey they want on Tuesday at the latest, Sahin said.

Greek coastguard spokesman Nikos Lagkadianos said 11 people were rescued from the boat that sank and a twelfth swam ashore in the early hours.

Long queues of both people and traffic have been reported at Slovenia’s borders with Croatia and Austria amid tighter restrictions.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said over 442,440 refugees have arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean so far this year, 2,921 of whom have reportedly lost their lives during the perilous journey. We could not see them in the dark, ‘ Haseen said.

“They (the migrants) told rescuers there were 46 people in the inflatable dinghy in total”, a Greek coastguard spokeswoman said.

Hungary’s erection of razor-wire fences is deeply straining its ties with neighboring countries, who feel the problem of the huge flow of migrants is being unfairly pushed onto them.

The disarray in Opatovac illustrates the struggles faced by Croatia as it seeks to control an unprecedented influx of people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


A Lithuanian helicopter from the European Union border agency Frontex is scouring the ocean, along with two vessels which have rescued 20 of the 46 migrants believed to be on board. It shares a 900-km (550 mile) border with Syria and has welcomed those fleeing the civil war, now in its fifth year.

Syrian refugees arrive on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on a inflatable dinghy, Tuesday Sept. 22 2015. More than 260,000 asylum-seekers have arrived in Greece so far this year most reaching the cou