UNHCR rebukes Austria, Balkan states for causing migration "chaos"

New immigration restrictions along the Balkan route are "creating chaos at several border points," the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says.

The measures by Austria and several Balkan countries are "putting particular pressure on Greece as it struggles to deal with larger numbers of people in need of accommodation and services," UNHCR says in a statement.

The new daily quotas and profiling of migrants by nationality could leave refugees stranded without shelter at borders, and could drive them into the hands of ruthless people smugglers, the agency says.

Even though most migrants are fleeing wars or persecution, "it appears some European countries are focusing on keeping refugees and migrants out more than on responsibly managing the flow and working on common solutions," it adds.

Last update: Tue, 23/02/2016 - 15:07
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