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++Latvia Migrants
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Summary: President on migrant crisis, refugee centre
Story No: 4001688
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Date: 08/26/2015 09:34 PM
People: Raimonds Vejonis
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Latvia is getting ready to welcome around 250 migrants as part of a European Commission quota, drawing increasing interest in the lives of refugees already awaiting the outcome of their asylum applications.

Around 40 people live at Mucenieki reception centre, Latvia's only centre for asylum seekers, having made the journey from Afghanistan, Vietnam, Georgia, Russia and Syria.

For some, the Baltic states were their final destination, but for others it's an unwelcome transit, having been stopped by police on their journey towards Sweden or Germany.

Aras Omer Karim, a 34-year-old Kurd from northern Iraq, frequently speaks to local reporters and he is eager to dispel growing fears over immigration among Latvians, explaining that he is not here by choice.

But there is growing concern among the wider population of the effect that the arrival of more refugees, mostly from Muslim countries will have on national identity and national security.

Latvian President, Raimonds Vejonis, says opposition to immigration is being intensified by Latvian nationalists, and admits his country is somewhat prejudiced.

"We are a tolerant society, but at the same time we have a little bit of phobias," he told the AP.

Whilst these fears are real, he insists that his country wants to show solidarity with southern Europe and do their part to help with the migrant crisis.

But ahead of the arrival of the first group of 50 refugees, the Latvian government wants a proper integration plan, something it has never needed before.

"We need this first experience: how to deal with such persons, because it could be a problem. We will learn by our own mistakes," Vejonis said.

Hosams Abu Meri, Latvia's first Arabic lawmaker, agrees that integration is important among Latvia's immigrant groups.

Abu Meri says he understands Latvia's nationalist tendencies in country still very conscious of its occupation by Soviet forces for 70 years, but believes that refugees can benefit the country if integrated well - a point he put across to NGOs and government departments during a meeting ahead of the latest influx.

As the summer draws to an end, Latvia's only asylum centre is busy preparing for new arrivals, but hopes this former Soviet military base will become a spring board for a more integrated country.

Latvia is getting ready to welcome around 250 migrants as part of a European Commission quota, drawing increasing interest in the lives of refugees already awaiting the outcome of their asylum applications.

Around 40 people live at Mucenieki reception centre, Latvia's only centre for asylum seekers, having made the journey from Afghanistan, Vietnam, Georgia, Russia and Syria.

For some, the Baltic states were their final destination, but for others it's an unwelcome transit, having been stopped by police on their journey towards Sweden or Germany.

Aras Omer Karim, a 34-year-old Kurd from northern Iraq, frequently speaks to local reporters and he is eager to dispel growing fears over immigration among Latvians, explaining that he is not here by choice.

But there is growing concern among the wider population of the effect that the arrival of more refugees, mostly from Muslim countries will have on national identity and national security.

Latvian President, Raimonds Vejonis, says opposition to immigration is being intensified by Latvian nationalists, and admits his country is somewhat prejudiced.

"We are a tolerant society, but at the same time we have a little bit of phobias," he told the AP.

Whilst these fears are real, he insists that his country wants to show solidarity with southern Europe and do their part to help with the migrant crisis.

But ahead of the arrival of the first group of 50 refugees, the Latvian government wants a proper integration plan, something it has never needed before.

"We need this first experience: how to deal with such persons, because it could be a problem. We will learn by our own mistakes," Vejonis said.

Hosams Abu Meri, Latvia's first Arabic lawmaker, agrees that integration is important among Latvia's immigrant groups.

Abu Meri says he understands Latvia's nationalist tendencies in country still very conscious of its occupation by Soviet forces for 70 years, but believes that refugees can benefit the country if integrated well - a point he put across to NGOs and government departments during a meeting ahead of the latest influx.

As the summer draws to an end, Latvia's only asylum centre is busy preparing for new arrivals, but hopes this former Soviet military base will become a spring board for a more integrated country.

Mucenieki - 26 August 2015

1. Various of asylum seekers, including children, in the garden of Mucenieki reception centre for asylum seekers

2. Aras Omer Karim, 34-year-old asylum seeker from northern Iraq, filling kettle in the asylum centre

3. Aras with kettle

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Aras Omer Karim, asylum seeker from Iraq:

"It is every single hour you fear you will die, not from God, from somebody, what you going to do?"

5. Close of face of Aras UPSOUND "It doesn't matter which country. It doesn't matter where it is. This is for me the important thing is that my life is safe."

6. Cutaway cup of tea

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Aras Omer Karim, asylum seeker from Iraq:

"I see the future here. From the first month I started - On the first month, from now - I have and I see and I feel this is going to be my own house (home)… Latvia."

8. Various exteriors of Mucenieki reception centre for asylum seekers

Riga - 25 August 2015

9. Freedom monument in central Riga

10. Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis arriving for interview

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Raimonds Vejonis, President of Latvia

"We are a tolerant society, but at the same time we have a little bit of phobias. And also, we have a little bit of phobias against possible refugees: it's understandable, because society fears how we will choose these persons. Because we know that among refugees, there also could be some terrorists, maybe. And that is the main fear of our society."

12. Cutaway of hands

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Raimonds Vejonis, President of Latvia

"The 250 (refugees) is according to our possibilities. Because we need special infrastructure in the beginning and we can't manage 2,000. We are only ready for such amount. And of course, we need this first experience also: how to deal with such persons, because it could be a problem. We will learn by our

Riga - 24 August 2015

14. Various of Arab Member of Parliament, Hosams Abu Meri, addressing audience during a discussion among NGOs and government representatives about the drafting of Latvia's integration plan

15. Audience and participants atthe discussion

16. SOUNDBITE (English) Hosams Abu Meri, first Arab MP in the Latvian parliament

"The bad experience of the Latvian society with the Russian-speaking people who lived here 50 years ago and don't speak the language till this moment is a good example that we have to push for a strong and real integration plan."

17. Cutaway mid of Meri

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Hosams Abu Meri, first Arab MP in the Latvian parliament

"After 25 years since we got freedom from the Soviet Union we still haven't built our country like we need it. So we need some other minds, some other people. And we don't ask for thousands or millions. We are asking for some part, we have a hope that if some part of foreign people will be integrated into Latvian society, it will be the part that will push Latvia forward, and give more productions and more productivity."

Mucenieki - 26 August 2015

19. Pull out from road leading to Mucenieki reception centre for asylum seekers

20. Bas relief monument next to Mucenieki reception centre

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Subjects: Political refugees, Religion and politics, Population growth and decline, Emergency management, Government and politics, Immigration, Nationalism, Legislature, Non-governmental organizations, General news, Political refugees, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Religious issues, Religion, Religious issues, Demographics
People: Raimonds Vejonis
Organisations: European Commission, European Union
Locations: Latvia, Europe, Russia, Iraq, Eastern Europe, Middle East
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++Hungary Migrants 9
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Summary: Scuffles outside stopped train
Story No: 4002603
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 09/03/2015 02:12 PM
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Bicske - 3 September 2015

1. Syrian refugee pushing wife holding child on rail tracks; police trying to remove them from tracks

2. Various of police trying to remove man from tracks

3. Police holding man on ground

4. Police pushing back migrants and refugees, removed from train earlier, coralled in underpass

5. People breaking away and jumping on rail tracks, police chasing them

6. Various of migrants and refugees trying to get back onto train

7. Pan from migrants and refugees on train to police on platform

STORYLINE:

Scuffles have broken out at the train station in the Hungarian town of Bicske between migrants and police in riot gear.

Several hundred migrants and refugees excitedly packed into Thursday's first train leaving the Budapest train station, hoping to reach Austria.

But when the train stopped on a police-packed platform at Bicske, which hosts a major refugee camp, the disappointed passengers refused to leave the train as police ordered.

One distraught Syrian refugee pushed his wife and their young child on the rail tracks in protest over Hungarian authorities not allowing them to continue their journey to Western Europe.

Several hundred migrants have remained on or beside the idling train at Bicske for hours.

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Bicske - 3 September 2015

1. Syrian refugee pushing wife holding child on rail tracks; police trying to remove them from tracks

2. Various of police trying to remove man from tracks

3. Police holding man on ground

4. Police pushing back migrants and refugees, removed from train earlier, coralled in underpass

5. People breaking away and jumping on rail tracks, police chasing them

6. Various of migrants and refugees trying to get back onto train

7. Pan from migrants and refugees on train to police on platform

STORYLINE:

Scuffles have broken out at the train station in the Hungarian town of Bicske between migrants and police in riot gear.

Several hundred migrants and refugees excitedly packed into Thursday's first train leaving the Budapest train station, hoping to reach Austria.

But when the train stopped on a police-packed platform at Bicske, which hosts a major refugee camp, the disappointed passengers refused to leave the train as police ordered.

One distraught Syrian refugee pushed his wife and their young child on the rail tracks in protest over Hungarian authorities not allowing them to continue their journey to Western Europe.

Several hundred migrants have remained on or beside the idling train at Bicske for hours.

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Bicske - 3 September 2015

1. Syrian refugee pushing wife holding child on rail tracks; police trying to remove them from tracks

2. Various of police trying to remove man from tracks

3. Police holding man on ground

4. Police pushing back migrants and refugees, removed from train earlier, coralled in underpass

5. People breaking away and jumping on rail tracks, police chasing them

6. Various of migrants and refugees trying to get back onto train

7. Pan from migrants and refugees on train to police on platform

STORYLINE:

Scuffles have broken out at the train station in the Hungarian town of Bicske between migrants and police in riot gear.

Several hundred migrants and refugees excitedly packed into Thursday's first train leaving the Budapest train station, hoping to reach Austria.

But when the train stopped on a police-packed platform at Bicske, which hosts a major refugee camp, the disappointed passengers refused to leave the train as police ordered.

One distraught Syrian refugee pushed his wife and their young child on the rail tracks in protest over Hungarian authorities not allowing them to continue their journey to Western Europe.

Several hundred migrants have remained on or beside the idling train at Bicske for hours.

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Subjects: Rail transportation industry, Transportation and shipping, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business
Locations: Bicske, Fejér, Hungary
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Greece Migrants
Title:
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Summary: Minor scuffles among migrants at Mytilene port
Story No: 4002831
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 09/05/2015 08:17 AM
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Scuffles broke out on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday morning between migrants and refugees and port authorities.

The migrants and refugees were being kept behind the port's closed gates, waiting to be allowed to enter the main area where they will register for travel documents allowing them to get to Athens.

There are approximately 15-thousand migrants and refugees on Lesbos, the majority are refugees from Syria.

Scuffles broke out on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday morning between migrants and refugees and port authorities.

The migrants and refugees were being kept behind the port's closed gates, waiting to be allowed to enter the main area where they will register for travel documents allowing them to get to Athens.

There are approximately 15-thousand migrants and refugees on Lesbos, the majority are refugees from Syria.

Mytilene, Lesbos - 5 September 2015

1. Various of migrants and refugees at Mytilene port scuffling while trying to enter the main port area in order to get registered and receive their travel documents

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gammal (no Surname Given) refugee from Iraq:

"I leave everything behind me, my family, my home, my mother, my sister. Just, I want to live my life in peace."

3. Close of young children behind metal gate that separates them from the main port area

4. Port authorities officials opening the gate, allowing a few people into the port

5. SOUNDBITE (English): Gammal (no Surname Given) refugee from Iraq:

"(There are) Many thousand people here. We just want to get the paper of… to leave to Athena (Athens), and… I think no respect here, no food, no toilet, no water, no hotels. Many troubles."

6. Migrants entering the port through partially opened gate

7. Port security banging on metal gate with truncheons, migrants and refugees on the other side

8. SOUNDBITE (English): Ammar (no Surname Given), refugee from Syria:

"You can't move to anywhere. Like if you move to the gate, the police will hit you. Why it's all that? There's a lot of kids. Like we came from an island, in Turkish (Turkey), so we have a lot of kids with us."

9. Child being let through gate with man

10. SOUNDBITE (English): Ammar (no Surname Given), refugee from Syria:

"We need one solution, just one. I wish all countries work together to find a one solution for us."

11. Migrants pushing each other trying to get through gate

12. Woman in niqab waiting behind the closed gate

13. Wide of migrants and refugees who are waiting for their turn behind closed gate

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Subjects: European Mass Migration Crisis, Events
Locations: Mytilene, North Aegean, Greece
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Hungary Migrants 5
Title:
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Summary: Chaos at migrant border centre in Hungary
Story No: 4003192
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Date: 09/08/2015 11:03 AM
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Refugees and migrants are stuck in their hundreds on Tuesday at a collection point in the Hungarian town of Roszke near the Serbian border.

From there buses are supposed to take them to a nearby refugee camp, but only four have arrived since morning.

The mood is tense as some people have been stuck at the collection point for days.

Conditions are poor, with rubbish strewn around the area, and insufficient food and water supplies.

There have been several attempts by the refugees to break through a police line holding them there and walk away by road.

So far police have prevented these attempts from succeeding, amid minor scuffles.

Refugees and migrants are stuck in their hundreds on Tuesday at a collection point in the Hungarian town of Roszke near the Serbian border.

From there buses are supposed to take them to a nearby refugee camp, but only four have arrived since morning.

The mood is tense as some people have been stuck at the collection point for days.

Conditions are poor, with rubbish strewn around the area, and insufficient food and water supplies.

There have been several attempts by the refugees to break through a police line holding them there and walk away by road.

So far police have prevented these attempts from succeeding, amid minor scuffles.

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Roszke, Hungary - 8 September 2015

1. Refugees attempt to walk away from Roszke collection camp

2. Police holding refugees back; Refugees chant "Allahu Akbar" (God is great)

3. Man injured in stampede being taken away

4. Injured man being attended to

5. Various of police trying to stop woman from walking away from the camp; Screaming; Woman says: "Serbia! Serbia! I go Serbia". Policeman says: "No. No".

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ali, refugee from Syria:

"But this is not a way to treat refugees. What's our fault that our country has war? What's our fault? What's our fault that our country has war? We have a problem. I'm not happy to leave my home to come here to be treated like an animal. We've been here for two days and the Hungarian government only brings one bus? We're asking to go back to Serbia and they are not giving us this right. We're asking to go to Budapest and they are not giving us this right. Why? Why? Macedonia helped us, Greece helped us, four countries we've passed through, they all helped us. Why are they treating us like this?"

7. Woman and child screaming

8. Refugees moving across the border from Serbia

9. Police directing the refugees to a collection point

10. Tents at the refugee collection point

11. Refugees lining up near the collection point

12. Various of refugees waiting at the collection point to be taken by bus to camp

13. Volunteer handing out food to refugees

14. Various of refugees at the collection point

15. Rubbish strewn around the collection point

16. Various of refugees waiting

17. Various of refugees trying to get on bus

18. Bus leaving

19. Various of refugees walking, including someone in a wheelchair

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Subjects: Political refugees, European Mass Migration Crisis, General news, Political refugees, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Events
Locations: Röszke, Csongrád, Hungary
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Croatia Migrants
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Summary: Scuffles between police and migrants
Story No: 4004977
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Date: 09/22/2015 07:45 AM
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Scuffles occurred outside of Opatovac Reception Centre near the Croatian border with Serbia on Tuesday between police and migrants and refugees who crowded at the centre to be registered and then continue to travel towards northern Europe.

Police tried to calm people down and pushed them back from the centre, telling them to wait for their turn.

Croatia opened the transition reception centre two days ago for migrants that were staying around the border with Serbia.

Scuffles occurred outside of Opatovac Reception Centre near the Croatian border with Serbia on Tuesday between police and migrants and refugees who crowded at the centre to be registered and then continue to travel towards northern Europe.

Police tried to calm people down and pushed them back from the centre, telling them to wait for their turn.

Croatia opened the transition reception centre two days ago for migrants that were staying around the border with Serbia.

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Opatovac, near Croatian-Serbian border - 22 September 2015

1. Various of scuffles between Croatian police and migrants and refugees; Police trying to control the movement of migrants and refugees

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Locations: Opatovac, Brodsko-Posavska, Croatia
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Instant Library - Jul-Sep 2015
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Summary: World - Migrant Crisis
Story No: G12347
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Date: 09/23/2015 12:00 AM
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Ship arrives with about 500 rescued migrants

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Messina - 15 July 2015

1. Various of rescue ship Phoenix of the humanitarian organisation Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), with migrants on board, reaching port

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Migrants crawl through fence onto train tracks

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Calais - 30 July 2015

2. Various of migrants crawling under fence onto Eurotunnel railway line

3. Migrants walking along inside fence of railway line

Migrants battle to board trains to Serbia border

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Gevgelija - 15 August 2015

Railway station in Gevgelija, southern Macedonia, near border with Greece - 15 August 2015

4. Migrants standing on tracks while waiting for a train that will take them to the border with Serbia

5. Migrants crossing railway tracks in front of a train entering the railway station

6. Migrants standing by the railway tracks as a train enters the railway station

7. Group of migrants pushing each other to board a train that will take them to the border with Serbia

Island struggles to cope with number of migrants

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Leros, Greece - 18 August 2015

8. Castle of Leros on hill on the Greek Island of Leros

Leros, Greece - 17 August 2015

9. Six-year-old Syrian refugee, Abbas

10. Abbas and other Syrian refugee camped in the trees outside of Leros' hospital

11. Refugee camp with clothes drying

Migrants and police scuffle at Macedonia border

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Idomeni, Greek border with Macedonia - 21 August 2015

12. Macedonian police pushing the migrants back

13. Migrants throwing stones at police, stun grenade fired

14. Migrant with blood on his nose

Migrant truck on side of road, police comment

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Pandorf - 27 August 2015

15. Tracking shot of police cars and other vehicles and emergency crews on side of road where truck with migrant bodies is parked

Over 100 dead in disaster off Libyan coast

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Zuwara - 28 August 2015

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16. Body of dead migrant washed up on beach ++GRAPHIC WARNING++

17. Red Crescent workers putting on protective suits

18. Red Crescent workers putting dead bodies into body bags

4 in court over deaths of 71 migrants

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Kecskemet, Hungary - 29 August 2015

19. Suspects being led in by police officers.

2,500 migrants arrive in Piraeus port

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Piraeus - 29 August 2015

20. Eleftherios Venizelos boat arriving

21. Various of migrants and refugees on boat

Refugees endure exhausting trek across Europe

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Morahalom, Hungary - 30 August 2015

22. Cyclist approaching group of Afghans sleeping on path near border with Serbia

23. Wide of men sleeping, truck passing by

Asotthalom, Hungary - 30 August 2015

24. Afghans resting

Germans welcome migrants and refugees

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Saalfeld - 5 September 2015

25. Migrants and refugees disembarking train, media waiting outside

26. Tracking shot of local residents gathered on platform to welcome migrants and refugees

Munich - 5 September 2015

27. Munich citizens waving to welcome new arrivals

Frankfurt - 6 September 2015

28. Various of refugees being welcomed by Frankfurt citizens, people applauding, holding welcome banners and balloons

Iraqi would-be migrant learning to swim

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Baghdad - 9 September 2015

29. Various of Mustafa Jassim Mohammed who is learning to swim in the hope of leaving Iraq by sea, walking on the banks of Tigris River

30. Various of Jassim taking his child into the river

Razor wire fence being built, army patrols

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Roszke - 11 September 2015

31. Various of soldiers walking along border fence

32. Migrants and refugees walking along rail track

Migrants arrive by bus at Croatia-Hungary border

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Baranjsko Petrovo Selo - 23 September 2015

33. Various of buses at border crossing point, migrants disembarking

34. Border crossing sign, reading "Hungary"

35. Various of migrants crossing border into Hungary and walking towards transit point (filmed from Croatian side of border)

36. Child in basket, tilt up to father

37. Queue of migrants waiting to enter Hungary

STORYLINE:

On July 15th 2015 a rescue ship, carrying around 500 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean sea, arrived in the Italian port of Messina

The operation was carried out by the rescue ship Phoenix of the humanitarian organisation Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)

MOAS was funded entirely by an Italian family until 2014 when they launched a crowd-funding initiative.

The MOAS team is headed by a former Maltese defence chief and consists of about 17 people, including crew and the search and rescue team.

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On July 30th 2015 scores of migrants crawled under the fences near the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais, hoping to jump aboard a train to England.

One migrant was crushed to death and another was critically injured after being electrocuted in Paris on July 29th, but that has not deterred many more from trying to make the risky journey.

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Hundreds of migrants on August 15th were desperately trying to board a train in Macedonia that would take them to Serbia, the last country that stands between them and an EU member state, Hungary.

The migrants, mainly from the the Middle East, pushed and shoved one another at the railway station in Gevgelija to secure a place onboard the train.

The route, which partly avoids deadly boat crossings in the Mediterranean and thus is becoming increasingly popular, goes from Turkey to Greece or Bulgaria, via Macedonia and Serbia, where the migrants often fall prey to people smugglers and criminal gangs.

The migrants' urgency to reach the EU has become more apparent as they race to reach Hungary before the Hungarian government finishes building a razor-wire fence.

Some 1,000 migrants per day tried to cross before Hungary announced plans for the fence a few months ago.

That number has shot up to 1,500.

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The small island of Leros is on the front lines of the European migration crisis as the tight knit community struggles to cope with the massive influx of migrants arriving and unable to leave the island.

The three weekly ferries aren't able to meet the burgeoning demand from both Greek tourists and migrants hoping to leave the island.

Led by a former Judge and migrant activist, Matina Katsiveli, the island's almost 8,000 inhabitants have come together with the help of tourists and holiday residents to provide aid - including diapers, water, food, and clothes to what the mayor estimates to be over 1,000 migrants trapped on the island.

But even on Leros, a 75-square kilometer (29 sq. mile) rocky outcrop in the Aegean Sea with a permanent population of fewer than 10,000 people, the welcome mat is fraying under the sheer numbers of migrants - hundreds arrive in smugglers' boats most days.

This week, hundreds of migrants camped out in the shaded grounds of the island's hospital, in a half-built seaside cinema and theater complex and at the headquarters of the local coast guard as they waited for a seat on the next available ferry to take them to the Greek mainland.

But there is no daily ferry service and in the tourist season seats are scarce meaning migrants often have to wait several days to leave, sleeping rough and relying on handouts.

The driving force behind the volunteer network on Leros is a 60-year-old former judge, Martina Katsiveli, who marshals locals and tourists but also urges the migrants to help themselves - handing out brooms and garbage bags with which to keep their makeshift camps clean and tidy.

Katsiveli says that of the 9,000 migrants who landed on the island this year, 2,550 have come in the last 15 days.

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On August 21st Macedonian special police forces fired stun grenades to disperse thousands of migrants stuck on a no-man's land with Greece, a day after declaring a state of emergency on its borders to deal with a massive influx of migrants heading north to the European Union.

A crowd of 3,000 migrants who spent night out in the open made several attempts to charge Macedonian police after the border was shut the previous day.

At least eight people were injured, according to Greek police.

Police backed by armored vehicles also spread coils of razor wire over rail tracks used by migrants to cross on foot from Greece to Macedonia.

The migrants, many with babies and young children, spent the night in a field without food and with little water.

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Austrian police on August 27th discovered the badly decomposing bodies of at least 20 - and possibly up to 50 - migrants stacked in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main highway from Budapest to Vienna.

The bodies were so badly decomposed that police couldn't tell exactly how many there were or how long they'd been there.

The truck, with all the bodies still inside, was later taken away to a secure location so forensic experts could better examine it.

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The head of Libya's Red Crescent in the coastal city of Zuwara, says at least 105 migrants have drowned off the Libyan coast when their boat capsized.

About 100 people were rescued, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, with at least 100 more believed to be missing.

The Red Crescent said that some of the migrants died after being trapped inside the boat.

Fishermen and the coast guard found the waterlogged vessel at sea on August 27th and towed it back to Zuwara, where they had to break the ship's deck to reach the people trapped inside.

Workers pulled the dead from the water and placed them in orange-and-black body bags that were laid out on the waterfront in Zuwara, about 105 kilometres (65 miles) west of Tripoli.

Several victims floated face-down in a flooded boat towed into the harbour.

At least one of the dead wore a life vest.

Most of the people rescued came from Syria and sub-Saharan African countries, said Mohamed al-Misrati, the spokesman for the Red Crescent in Libya.

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On August 29th four men accused of involvement in the trafficking of 71 migrants found dead in a truck in Austria, were brought before a Hungarian court.

Prosecutors were seeking to keep the four men, three Bulgarians and one Afghan national, in custody.

The bodies of 71 migrants were found in a refrigerated truck on August 27th, parked on the safety lane of the main Budapest-to-Vienna motorway.

The case is being prosecuted in Kecskemet, in central Hungary, because it is believed the truck set off from the city before picking up the migrants near the country's southern border with Serbia.

Prosecutors were asking the court in Kecskemet at a closed-door hearing to order the suspects' preliminary arrest on suspicion of qualified human smuggling, which carries a sentence of between two and 16 years in prison.

The initial detention period would be up to 30 days, which could be extended by a judge for up to one year, Gabor Schmidt, a spokesman for the Bacs-Kiskun county chief prosecution office, told reporters outside the courthouse.

The four handcuffed men were taken into the court building through a side entrance.

No official information was released by authorities other than their nationalities.

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Large numbers of migrants and refugees continued to arrive at Piraeus port near Athens on August 29th.

the 'Eleftherios Venizelos' arrived at the port with 2,500 people on board, after being chartered by the Greek government to transport migrants and refugees from the Aegean islands.

People fleeing war and poverty make a perilous crossing to the Greek islands from Turkey, often in precarious plastic dinghies.

Most of the migrants want to cross the Greek border with Macedonia, to continue their journey towards central Europe.

Usually, the migrants go immediately to the central train station to catch a train to Thessaloniki and from there, catch another train to the border with Macedonia.

The European migrant crisis continues unabated as thousands more continue their journey through the Balkans to reach the borders of the European Union.

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Small groups of migrants crossed the Serbian border into Hungary on August 30th, trying to evade border police en route to more prosperous European Union nations.

A barbed wire fence constructed by Hungary consists of three layers of razor wire along its 174-kilometre (109-mile) border with Serbia.

But it is failing to prevent migrants and refugees, including women and children, from crossing into the country.

Many opt to pay smugglers to drive them surreptitiously through Hungary, despite the deaths last week of 71 migrants in a Hungarian truck abandoned along an Austrian highway.

Police say they have arrested nearly 800 suspected human traffickers already this year, compared to 593 in all of 2014.

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Hundreds of migrants and refugees arriving in cities across Germany have been greeted by large groups of well-wishers.

Crowds welcomed them with cheering and applause as their trains arrived in Saalfeld, Munich and Frankfurt on September 5th, from the morning until late in the evening.

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Thousands of Iraqi youths are hoping to leave and resettle in Europe, as they suffer from low standards of living and the deteriorating security situation in their homeland.

Mustafa Jassim Mohammed, 29, who has two children, is one of those who have decided to leave, describing his life as unbearable.

He is learning to swim, so that if the boat he travels on to Europe sinks, he will have a chance of surviving.

The security situation has worsened in recent months with bombings having recently spiked in Baghdad as government forces fight to dislodge Islamic State militants from the north and west of the country.

The Baghdad passport office reports there has been an increase in demand for passports, with about 11,000 to 12,000 passports being issued daily.

A Baghdad local, Gasan al-Badri, criticised youths who were gathering at the passport office for passports, saying that they are mistaken in thinking the journey to migrate abroad would be easy.

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Hungary's army began deploying troops near the border fence at Roszke on September 11th, with several army jeeps and around a dozen soldiers present in the area.

It was not immediately clear whether their deployment was part of ongoing army drills, launched on Thursday to prepare troops to assist police in dealing with the influx of migrants and refugees, or in anticipation of the actual deployment expected next week.

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Several buses filled with migrants and refugees arrived on September 23rd at the Baranjsko Petrovo Selo crossing on Croatia's border with Hungary.

The people were taken off the buses and crossed to a transit point in Hungary where they were searched by Hungarian police.

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Organisations: European Union, Red Cross and Red Crescent, United Nations
Locations: Hungary, Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Budapest, Athens, Turkey, Europe, Frankfurt, Middle East, Libya, Mediterranean Sea, Baghdad, Vienna, Austria, Munich, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Turkey, Germany, North Africa, Africa, Iraq
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Serbia Migrants
Title:
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Summary: Tension builds as migrants face tough conditions
Story No: 4008460
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 10/19/2015 08:57 AM
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Hundreds of migrants and refugees, including women and small children, have been left waiting in the mud on the border between Serbia and Croatia after Croatian police put up a fence to control the influx.

The migrants and refugees have spent the night in aid tents and buses.

Scuffles broke out among migrants and refugees and then with the police as they stood in a cordon, preventing them from continuing their journey onto Western Europe.

Hundreds of migrants and refugees, including women and small children, have been left waiting in the mud on the border between Serbia and Croatia after Croatian police put up a fence to control the influx.

The migrants and refugees have spent the night in aid tents and buses.

Scuffles broke out among migrants and refugees and then with the police as they stood in a cordon, preventing them from continuing their journey onto Western Europe.

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Berkasovo, Serbia - 19 October 2015

1. Various of migrants and refugees, wearing raincoats and holding umbrellas, standing at the border line between Serbia and Croatia

2. Various of migrants and refugees scuffling

3. Various of migrants and refugees

4. Various of migrants and refugees pushing the police cordon to cross over

5. Various of Croatian police pushing migrants and refugees back

6. Various of Croatian police bringing in metal barriers

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Faiz (no last name given):

"(This is) about the bus not taking people, but I think it is lie. I don't know why is Croatia close the border.

Another migrant, no name given (English) "Only Croatia like this. In all the countries already they pass everything and situation was fine. But here we cannot pass the border. We are already here with the kids and the children for about four days."

8. Migrants and refugees in the field

9. Various of migrants and refugees walking on the road towards the border

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Subjects: Political refugees, European Mass Migration Crisis, General news, Political refugees, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Events
Locations: Berkasovo, Serbia
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Austria Migrants
Title:
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Summary: Tension among migrants stuck on Austria border
Story No: 4009751
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Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 10/28/2015 02:56 PM
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Tensions were running high on Wednesday among refugees and migrants accumulating in large numbers on Austria's border with Slovenia, waiting to be allowed to continue their journey deeper into Europe.

Police said some 5-thousand people were waiting in makeshift reception camps on the border and more were on their way.

In a fenced off area on the Slovenian side of the border, many people, including children, were standing or sitting on the ground.

Groups of men were seen arguing and scuffling, forcing authorities to intervene to restore calm.

Austria, which has been a strong critic of the building of fences to keep out migrants, announced plans on Wednesday to erect barriers along parts of its own border, but insisted the move was meant solely to bring order to the flow of people entering the country.

An Austrian police spokesman on the border said forces on the ground had not yet received any specific orders in relation to the plan and that an expert commission would be sent from the capital to assess their needs.

Tensions were running high on Wednesday among refugees and migrants accumulating in large numbers on Austria's border with Slovenia, waiting to be allowed to continue their journey deeper into Europe.

Police said some 5-thousand people were waiting in makeshift reception camps on the border and more were on their way.

In a fenced off area on the Slovenian side of the border, many people, including children, were standing or sitting on the ground.

Groups of men were seen arguing and scuffling, forcing authorities to intervene to restore calm.

Austria, which has been a strong critic of the building of fences to keep out migrants, announced plans on Wednesday to erect barriers along parts of its own border, but insisted the move was meant solely to bring order to the flow of people entering the country.

An Austrian police spokesman on the border said forces on the ground had not yet received any specific orders in relation to the plan and that an expert commission would be sent from the capital to assess their needs.

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Austrian/Slovenian border, near Spielfeld - 28 October 2015

1. Various of refugees and migrants waiting on Austrian side of border, standing behind police-guarded barriers

2. Various of large crowd of refugees and migrants in fenced off area on Slovenian side of border, Slovenian army soldiers standing in front of fence

3. Refugees and migrants seen through fence, Austrian army soldiers in background

4. Mid shot of Austrian soldiers

5. Close of scuffles amongst crowd

6. Slovenian soldier ordering men behind fence to stop fighting, UPSOUND (English) "Hey, stop. Did you hear me? Stop. Calm down, calm down, everything will be fine, just calm down."

7. Various of men inside fence arguing, pushing each other and fighting

8. Austrian soldier with megaphone

9. Austrian soldiers entering behind barriers

10. Various of refugees and migrants seen through fence, including children and women, sitting on the ground eating

11. Close of man kissing small child

12. Two small girls holding onto wire fence

13. Wide of migrants and refugees, Austrian soldiers

14. Set up shot of Austrian police spokesman Fritz Grundnig

15. SOUNDBITE (German) Fritz Grundnig, Austrian police spokesman:

"I do not have any concrete information on this (referring to Austrian plans to build border fence). They formed a working group of experts in Vienna, which will look at the situation on the ground and decide what construction measures are necessary or feasible."

16. Refugees and migrants behind fence

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Subjects: Political refugees, European Mass Migration Crisis, General news, Political refugees, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Events
Locations: Austria, Slovenia, Western Europe, Europe, Eastern Europe
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Slovenia Migrants 2
Title:
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Summary: Hundreds wait to cross border into Austria
Story No: 4009869
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 10/29/2015 12:42 PM
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Migrants and refugees gathered at the Slovenian border on Thursday waiting to cross into Austria.

A large crowd waited to cross from Sentilj in Slovenia to Spielfeld in Austria, where they will be processed before continuing their journey by bus to other locations in the country.

Migrants and refugees gathered at the Slovenian border on Thursday waiting to cross into Austria.

A large crowd waited to cross from Sentilj in Slovenia to Spielfeld in Austria, where they will be processed before continuing their journey by bus to other locations in the country.

AP TELEVISION

Sentilj, Slovenia (at border with Austria) - 29 October 2015

1. Wide pan of large crowd of migrants and refugees waiting to cross into Austria, scuffles between border security and migrants, one man is lead away

2. Various of people waiting to cross into Austria

3. Police arriving at scene

4. Various of crowd on Austrian side of border (near Spielfeld), waiting by tents for registration and for buses to take them to other locations in Austria

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Subjects: Political refugees, European Mass Migration Crisis, General news, Political refugees, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Events
Locations: Obcina Šentilj, Šentilj, Slovenia
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Hungary Migrants 7
Title:
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Summary: Migrants burst through Hungary police cordon
Story No: 4003108
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 09/07/2015 08:47 PM
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Hundreds of migrants broke through Hungarian police lines near the Serbian border on Monday and marched north on the main highway to Budapest as authorities once again were overwhelmed by the human tide passing through Hungary.

Police repeatedly tried to form lines blocking roadways around a migrant-holding centre near the border village of Roszke.

But the asylum seekers vastly outnumbered police and were able to go around authorities, racing through farm fields to reach the M5 motorway which runs from Serbia into Hungary.

Hundreds of migrants broke through Hungarian police lines near the Serbian border on Monday and marched north on the main highway to Budapest as authorities once again were overwhelmed by the human tide passing through Hungary.

Police repeatedly tried to form lines blocking roadways around a migrant-holding centre near the border village of Roszke.

But the asylum seekers vastly outnumbered police and were able to go around authorities, racing through farm fields to reach the M5 motorway which runs from Serbia into Hungary.

AP TELEVISION

Near Roszke - 7 September 2015

1. Large group of migrants, some carrying personal belongings, trying to make their way across border to Serbia

2. Police reinforcements arriving to block migrants' progress

3. Group of migrants walking along highway

4. Police trying to create cordon to block highway

5. Large group of migrants approaching cordon, camera pan right

6. Various of chaotic scenes as migrants push through cordon, with police being unable to hold them back

7. Young migrant woman being overcome with emotion, helped up by other migrants and walking away

8. Migrants trying to make their way past police officer

9. Migrant, holding crying infant, trying to find someone in large group of migrants

10. Emotional migrant, holding infant, shouting at police officer who tells him to move back

11. Migrants walking on highway

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Subjects: European Mass Migration Crisis, Events
Locations: Hungary, Budapest, Serbia, Eastern Europe, Europe
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