NEW EXODUS: A GLOBAL SURGE IN MIGRATION

By The Washington Post | The causes and impact of a global surge of migration driven by war, oppression and poverty has left countries and families struggling to cope.

A small town near the Arctic Circle braces for a historic influx of refugees | The Washington Post

Published on November 25, 2015<p>SIILINJARVI, Finland<p>The buses are coming. No one knows when, how many, or exactly who will be in them, only that they are coming — buses filled with refugees who began their journeys thousands of miles away and will arrive any day now at their final destination, this …

Refugees

A small town in Slovakia held a vote on accepting refugees; 97 percent said no.

GABCIKOVO, Slovakia — The next act of the European refugee crisis will unfold in little places like this one, where hundreds of Syrian war refugees are coming to live in a town that just voted by overwhelming numbers to oppose their stay.<p>Over the past few days, the first of 500 Syrian asylum …

European Union

Tighter security in French port breeds growing defiance among refugees

CALAIS, France — With whoops and with whistles, they emerged from the “Jungle” just as the unseen sun dipped low on a horizon painted in shades of gray.<p>At first, just a few clambered up the muddy embankment leading to the highway. Then dozens. Then a crowd of hundreds, all desperate to halt the …

Security

‘Syria is emptying’

IZMIR, Turkey — A new exodus of Syrians is fueling the extraordinary flow of migrants and refugees to Europe, as Syria’s four-year-old war becomes the driving force behind the greatest migration of people to the continent since the Second World War.<p>Syrians account for half of the 381,000 refugees …

War

The faces of Syrian children who only know life in a refugee camp

LEBANON -- I’ve been spending a lot of time meeting Syrian refugees lately for stories about the massive influx of people fleeing to Europe and the hardship caused by the shortfall in aid. Along the way I took some pictures of the people I met, and especially the children. Half of all the 4 million …

Syria

8 reasons Europe’s refugee crisis is happening now

A complicated mix of war, weather and logistical considerations lies behind the extraordinary influx of refugees and migrants into Europe this summer. Here are eight of the reasons that the biggest migration of people to the continent since World War II is happening now. The most important is No. 1.<p>…

Eurozone Crisis

Refugees face tear gas, water cannons as they cut new paths through Europe

TOVARNIK, Croatia —Refugees blazed a new pathway through Europe on Wednesday, with hundreds hiking through cornfields to reach welcoming Croatia even as others faced tear gas and water cannons from Hungarian police determined to turn them away.<p>The contrasting scenes along the Serbian border …

Europe

What it feels like to have hundreds of refugees in your front yard at the Croatian border

BREGANA, Croatia — The leading edge of refugees, the first of thousands behind them, arrived here like a change in the weather, a wind in the trees, like summer to fall.<p>One minute there was an empty crossroads with high grass and wildflowers. Total nowheresville. In an hour it became the center of …

Refugees

Thousands of refugees arrive in Austria as Hungary, Croatia let them pass

SPIELFELD, Austria — Asylum seekers whose journey had been slowed by bickering among Balkan countries began to arrive in Austria en masse Sunday, just one border away from the ultimate destination for many refugees, Germany.<p>Thousands of economic migrants and war refugees walked across the border …

Austria

5 reasons Germany reintroduced border controls

Hungary finally had some words of praise for Germany after weeks of rising tensions between the two countries: The Hungarian government applauded Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to reinstate border controls between Germany and Austria.<p>The Eastern Europeans in particular might regard the border …

Germany

First trainloads of Syrian asylum-seekers reach Germany

NICKELSDORF, Austria — A column of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty made it to Western Europe on Saturday, after forcing Hungary’s anti-<br>immigrant leaders to yield in a days-long campaign to turn them back. But with a fresh rush of migrants at Europe’s borders, the broader refugee crisis …

Germany

Hungary begins busing migrants to Austrian border

BUDAPEST — Sending Europe’s refugee crisis hurtling toward another country, Hungary’s leaders on Friday backed down from a confrontation with thousands of asylum-seekers, offering to bus the desperate migrants to the border with Austria.<p>The late-night offer came after days of efforts to repel …

Austria

The Arab world’s wealthiest nations are doing next to nothing for Syria’s refugees

The world has been transfixed in recent weeks by the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe, an influx of migrants unprecedented since World War II. Their plight was chillingly highlighted on Wednesday in the image of a drowned Syrian toddler, his lifeless body lying alone on a Turkish beach.<p>A fair …

Religion

‘People in Europe are full of fear’ over refugee influx

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s sharpening divisions over a spiraling refugee crisis broke into the open Thursday with two leaders strongly disagreeing in public over whether the asylum-seekers were threatening “Europe’s Christian roots.”<p>That was the language used by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor …

Refugees

Why I tweeted the photo of the dead Syrian toddler

He looks as though he is asleep — perhaps taking a nap before running off to play with his friends. But he’s not asleep. He’s dead. He died because of a war the world can’t or won’t solve and immigration policies that say: We don’t care.<p>The photograph of the drowned little Syrian boy who washed up …

Syrian civil war

A dead baby becomes the most tragic symbol yet of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

At least eleven refugees die after boats carrying them to Greece capsize off the coast of Bodrum.<p>At least eleven refugees die after boats carrying them to Greece capsize off the coast of Bodrum.<p>Twelve migrants thought to be Syrian refugees were feared to have drowned off the coast of the Greek …

Mediterranean

Scraps of life | The Washington Post

This back end of a junkyard, an acre or so of roughly cleared space, is home to about 50 Syrian refugees who could not find anywhere better to live. Even this garbage-strewn dump looks good compared with the war back home that has destroyed their houses and killed their families.<p>So they have …

Plastic

Britain takes in so few refugees from Syria they would fit on a subway train

LONDON — Of the 4 million Syrians who have fled their country since the war began, including hundreds of thousands who have poured into Europe, the number who have been resettled in Britain could fit on a single London Underground train — with plenty of seats to spare.<p>Just 216 Syrian refugees have …

Refugees

Migrants’ deaths bring scrutiny to European handling of refugees

BUDAPEST — The 71 people whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck on the main highway between Budapest and Vienna last week may have died at the hands of smugglers. But critics are also blaming a broken European refugee system that is increasingly forcing desperate asylum-seekers into the arms …

Europe

As tragedies shock Europe, a bigger refugee crisis looms in the Middle East

EXODUS | <i>An occasional series examining the causes and impact of a global wave of migration driven by war, oppression and poverty.</i><p>AL-MINYA, Lebanon — While the world’s attention is fixed on the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees swarming into Europe, a potentially far more profound crisis is …

Middle East

The migrant crisis is dividing Germany all over again

The small eastern German town of Heidenau made headlines, as several hundred supporters of the far-right National Democratic Party shouted "Heil Hitler" and clashed with police at anti-refugee riots last weekend. It also highlighted a continuing divide between Germany's east and west.<p>Once a …

World Politics

In Turkey, Syrian refugees find a home of their own - The Washington Post

- Women fleeing the chaos of war in Syria become vulnerable as refugees abroad. In Gaziantep, Turkey a group of Syrian widows have moved in together and are bonding in the kitchen and courtyard as they cope with challenges of refugee life. ()

Turkey

Smugglers who drove migrants to their deaths were part of a vast web

A Hungarian court placed four men under preliminary arrest for being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.<p>A Hungarian court placed four men under preliminary arrest for being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.<p>KECSKEMET, Hungary — The …

Hungary

Discovery of more than 70 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis

BERLIN — Austrian authorities launched an international probe Thursday into the deaths of more than 70 suspected migrants, with white-suited forensic experts still struggling to count the decomposed corpses left by a tragedy that immediately touched off a new round of recriminations over Europe’s …

IOM

A glimpse of what it’s like for refugees transported in a small van

A trial in the Austrian town of Korneuburg could offer some insight into what it might have been like for the dozens of suspected migrants found dead in a small truck in Austria on Thursday.<p>A 51-year-old man from Bulgaria was sentenced there to three years in jail Friday for smuggling refugees in a …

Refugees

‘We love you': Angela Merkel becomes an unlikely hero to Syrians online

This week, Germany made a small yet important decision regarding how it deals with Syrian migrants. Instead of deporting the migrants to the first European Union country they arrived in – as Germany was allowed to do for decades under an old E.U. regulation known as the Dublin procedure – it will …

Angela Merkel

Germany unnerved by scores of xenophobic attacks against refugees

MEISSEN, Germany — In a gesture of German goodwill, the administration in this medieval city leased a newly renovated apartment building here to humanely — even comfortably — house dozens of desperate ­asylum-seekers. The newcomers from Syria and other war-<br>ravaged nations would enjoy freshly redone …

Germany

How Macedonia became the latest front in Europe’s migrant crisis

Macedonia declared a state of emergency this week. The problem? A 30-mile-long stretch of its border with Greece where Macedonian police and soldiers are struggling to control what they describe as a "massive" influx of migrants. Things turned violent on Friday: Macedonian special police forces …

Eurozone Crisis

On Greek island, tourists come for the sun and stay to help refugees

MOLYVOS, Greece – The vacation had been everything that Angelique and Onno Bos dreamed it would be.<p>With their four children, the Dutch couple had taken full advantage of the first-class amenities on the picture-perfect Greek island of Lesbos: They power-boated through aqua-green waves, scootered …

Greece