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Can we sit back and watch this tragedy unfold? - daily

This has become more than a moral question.  How to address the issue of thousands upon thousands fleeing their home-countries and embarking on sometime hazardous journeys in order to save their lives - only to be confronted by closed borders, fences or people indifferent (if not hostile!) to their plight.

 

"Migrants will continue to arrive in southern Europe at the rate of 3,000 a day until November, the UN’s refugee agency has predicted, as record numbers of people crossed into Hungary.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said all EU member states should share the burden of Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the second world war, with an “equitable redistribution” of families seeking asylum.

According to the UNHCR, nearly 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year – 181,500 to Greece and 108,500 to Italy. About 10,000 migrants arrived in Macedonia from Greece over the weekend despite the Macedonian authorities’ attempts to stop them.

“They are coming in large groups of 300 to 400 people and then travelling onwards by train or bus to Serbia,” said the UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming on Tuesday. “We are anticipating that this influx and this route is going to continue at the rate of up to 3,000 people per day."

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