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Freezing temps threaten asylum seekers in Europe

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 01:23

Asylum seeking migrants face freezing temperatures on their journeys into Europe. Julie Noce reports.

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Bundled up families take a break from the cold at a shelter in a Serbian border town. They are part of the continuous flow of migrants from war torn regions in the Middle East making their way through the Balkans into central Europe. Aid agencies said many people aren't prepared for the chilly weather, and the risk of children freezing to death was very high. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANTS FROM FALLUJA, IRAQ, AMR, SAYING: "It's too cold, but what can I do? I am wearing everything but it is too cold." Although the numbers have dropped in recent months- 2,000 per day down from 10,000- small European countries like Austria are feeling overwhelmed. Government officials said Wednesday the country would be forced to cap the number of people allowed to claim asylum this year. Serbia also said it was cracking down and will deny access unless migrants plan to seek asylum elsewhere. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said the rest of Europe needs to lend a hand. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SERBIAN PRIME MINISTER ALEKSANDAR VUCIC, SAYING: "...And those countries which took all the money from Germany, those countries that took a lot of money from western European countries, now come on, deliver something. You cannot always be on that side when you need something. And when you have to deliver something, 'well, I know nothing about it." German Chancellor Angela Merkel also called for a Europe-wide response and said the EU would re-assess the situation at a summit in mid-February.

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Freezing temps threaten asylum seekers in Europe

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 01:23