House of Lords votes to let lone child refugees come to Britain

Peers warn that government must act fast amid complaints about conditions endured by child migrants in Calais
Three Syrian 16-year-olds, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, arrived in London from Calais on Monday to be reunited with relatives.

The government has been defeated in the Lords as peers voted to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the country.

Peers voted by 306 votes to 204, a majority of 102, to amend the immigration bill in order to require the government to let the children, currently in Europe, come to Britain.

Read more … http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/21/house-of-lords-votes-to-let-lone-child-refugees-come-to-britain

Mediterranean Alarmphone

Alarm PhoneWeekly Reports: Bad weather, violence and ongoing movements in the Aegean

Alarm Phone Weekly Report 7th – 13th March 2016

Despite stormy weather and attempts of the European leaders to prevent them from coming, refugees continue to cross the Mediterranean and are able to reach Europe, especially from Turkey. According to UNHCR estimates, about 9,942 refugees, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, arrived in Greece from Turkey in the second week of March.[1] Continue reading “Mediterranean Alarmphone”