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


More from Europe

Three dead in shooting in south-east Finland

Three people were killed in a shooting late Saturday outside a restaurant in south-east Finland, local media and...

Austrian voters choose between rightist, Green president

Austrian voters are casting their ballots Sunday to decide the drawn-out presidential race between far-right...

Italy votes on constitutional referendum that could topple government

Italy is voting Sunday on a constitutional referendum that could increase political stability or topple Prime...

Norway: No suspects linked to stolen gate from former Nazi camp

Norwegian police said Saturday they had no suspects linked to the find of a gate believed to have been stolen in...

Scottish village gets 384,000-pound gift from former German POW

A village in Scotland has received a gift of 384,000 pounds (489,000 dollars) from a German soldier who was held...