A stock bus was already waiting in the area of the Heiligenkreuz business park, which quickly transported those who had just arrived.
They were then escorted the few meters to the border by Hungarian police officers. A stock bus was already waiting in the area of the Heiligenkreuz business park, which quickly transported those who had just arrived.
The Red Cross has set up a hotline in Heiligenkreuz for donations in kind and time (Tel .: 0664/8769144), which was hardly ever quiet. Blankets and socks were in particular demand, and men and women willing to work were put on waiting lists. There were enough staff for the time being. The warehouse for donations in kind is located at the Heiligenkreuz / Szentgotthard crossing. The Caritas asked for clothing donations (Tel .: 0664/9126995), which can be handed in at the garages behind the church in the district town of Jennersdorf.
7 p.m. | Up to 600 refugees expected in Carinthia
Around 600 refugees should come to Carinthia by bus on Monday evening and be accommodated near Villach. This was announced by Governor Peter Kaiser (SPÖ) on Monday after a meeting on the refugee issue. It was decided to set up a separate coordination office. Kaiser also criticized the Interior Ministry’s information policy in a broadcast.
The refugee summit began at 4 p.m., and at 4.30 p.m. they were informed that up to 600 refugees would be brought to Carinthia that evening, said Andreas Schäfermeier, spokesman for Governor Kaiser, in an interview with the APA. The Ministry of the Interior accommodates the refugees on the property of a Villach bus company, some of the refugees come to accommodation at the Samariterbund. The Red Cross takes care of the refugees, who are expected around 8.30 p.m. According to the aid organization acted, 517 refugees were initially on their way to Carinthia.
6:56 p.m. | Four new quarters in Upper Austria
The Red Cross has set up four new emergency quarters for refugees in Upper Austria. Accommodation has been created in Ried, Schärding, Braunau and Kollerschlag along possible routes to Germany, said Stefan Neubauer from the Red Cross. This means that the aid organization, including Linz and Wels, has capacities for 2,450 people.
400 refugees arrived in Wels by late Monday afternoon. No new people are expected to come to the Linz mail distribution center, because 500 have been stuck there since Sunday.
6.40 p.m. | Previously agreed voluntary EU quotas
On Monday, the EU interior ministers laid down the distribution of over 50,000 people in need of protection in Europe, which was already achieved in July. According to this, 32,256 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece are to be distributed to the remaining EU countries (“relocation”). In addition, 22,504 recognized refugees are to be distributed to the EU via “resettlement”.123 writings The following are the previous commitments:
Previous EU quotas CountryResettlementRelocation Austria1.9000 Belgium1.1001.364 Bulgaria50450 Croatia150400 Cyprus69173 Czech Republic4001.100 Denmark1.000 Estonia20130 Finland293792 France2.3756.752 Germany16.00010.500 Greece3540 Hungary00 Ireland520600 Italy1.9890 Latvia50200 Lithuania70255 Luxembourg30320.100 Malta146019 Slovenia20230 Spain1,4491,300 Sweden4911,369 United Kingdom2,200 non-EU countries Norway3,500 Iceland50 Liechtenstein20 Switzerland519 Total22,50432,256
6:19 p.m. | “Quotas are not a solution”
The current draft for the special meeting of EU interior ministers on the distribution of refugees in Europe does not contain any binding quotas. According to diplomats, this emerges from the current draft for the special council in Brussels on Monday. Accordingly, a distribution of 120,000 additional refugees should only be stipulated as a political declaration of intent. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker had proposed a binding quota and had so far failed due to resistance from EU countries.
“Quotas are not a solution,” said Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalinak before the special meeting of interior ministers. But his country is ready to offer help to the most affected countries.
Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) said that Austria was in favor of the EU Commission’s proposal to distribute an additional 120,000 refugees in Europe. The current proposal by the EU Commission is about relieving the load on the Balkan route and Austria would also benefit from this, said the Interior Minister.
© APA / EPA / OLIVIER HOSLET Austria’s Minister of the Interior Johanna Mikl-Leitner talks to her Slovakian counterpart Robert Kalinak at the EU special meeting
Mikl-Leitner does not expect a decision from today’s special meeting of interior ministers in Brussels. “Today there can only be one strong political signal. A decision can only be made at the beginning of October. Hopefully everyone can now see that we can only work together, that we only have two alternatives, that Europe can fail or that we can tackle it together and emerge stronger from this situation. “
6:08 p.m. | EU continues to stand still
The EU continues to tread on the distribution of refugees. At a special meeting in Brussels on Monday, the interior ministers formally decided to agree on the distribution of 40,000 asylum seekers who are in Greece and Italy by the end of the year. However, they only set a consensus from July, in which the distribution of 32,256 people is regulated.
According to diplomats, Austria does not participate in the voluntary, EU-internal distribution of 40,000 refugees who are to be redistributed from Italy and Greece to other EU countries. It was accepted that Austria had made advance payments in the “resettlement” of 1,500 refugees from Syria and 400 other refugees from the EU quota of 20,000, it said on Monday in Brussels.
A total of seven states have so far not participated in the now-debated internal EU distribution of 40,000 asylum seekers who have already arrived in Europe. In addition to the first admission countries Greece and Italy, these are Hungary and Austria. Three other EU countries have exemptions, these are Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark. Resettlement means the distribution of recognized refugees directly from their countries of origin.
5:52 p.m. | Emergency quarters in the former shopping center in Graz
More than 700 refugees had arrived from Heiligenkreuz in the Graz emergency quarter in a former shopping center in Straßgang near the Weblinger roundabout by Monday afternoon. The people were supplied with beef goulash by the Red Cross and could rest on camp beds. Children were given sweets and toys. It was unclear how many more refugees would be brought here.
According to police spokesman Fritz Grundnig, there is still capacity for a few hundred in Graz for the time being. When the halls and former shops, such as the Praktiker hardware store chain, are fully occupied, the prepared hall on the Schwarzlsee will be used. There should be space for around 1,500 people. While the Red Cross and around 50 people took care of the care in Graz, the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund prepared the areas in Unterpremstätten.
© APA / ERWIN SCHERIAU The temporary emergency accommodation in Graz
Both emergency quarters should be “inhabited” by the refugees for a maximum of 24 to 48 hours, after which they should continue their journey. However, there were no specific plans for the time being. At around 4.30 p.m., more buses rolled in almost every minute. A few migrants made their way to the city center along Kärntnerstrasse, possibly to the main train station, although the Red Cross asked them to stay: “Here you have something to eat, a bed and a roof over your head. And when buses come for onward transport , they can only be informed if they stay there, “said Red Cross spokesman August Bäck at the APA’s on-site inspection.
© APA / ERWIN SCHERIAU Refugee children are looked after by employees of the Red Cross
The refugees were divided into several business areas in the former shopping center: while the camp beds were set up in a former sports shop, the food counter can be found in a former bargain discount. In front of and in the halls, numerous children were playing, drawing or scurrying around. The division in the premises was largely calm.
17:36 | The armed forces provide 2,200 soldiers
Due to the refugee crisis, the armed forces can provide up to 2,200 soldiers within 72 hours as part of the assistance mission requested by the government. 500 soldiers are already operational from Tuesday morning, as Defense Minister Gerald Klug (SPÖ) said at a press conference on Monday afternoon. The “green border” will not be guarded.
The soldiers will be deployed to support the police and will support the executive branch, for example, with selective border controls. The aid organizations are also supported in the humanitarian field, said Klug. Whether the full number of 2,200 soldiers will be deployed will depend on the requirements of the Interior Ministry.
© APA / NEUMAYR / MMV The armed forces in assistance – here in the area of the Salzburg main station
5.25 p.m. | No binding EU quotas
The current draft for the special meeting of EU interior ministers on the distribution of refugees in Europe does not contain any binding quotas. According to diplomats, this emerges from the current draft for the special council in Brussels on Monday. Accordingly, a distribution of 120,000 additional refugees should only be stipulated as a political declaration of intent.
The distribution of 40,000 asylum seekers who are in Greece and Italy to other EU countries, which has already been decided by the interior ministers, has not yet been precisely regulated. That number should be reached by the end of the year. So far there is only one agreement of July 20th on the distribution of 32,256 refugees. Austria has not yet participated in this key.
17.17 p.m. | Faymann at a meeting of five
A high-level international meeting of top social democratic politicians on the refugee crisis in Vienna is planned for Friday and Saturday. Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann (SPÖ), his official and party colleagues from France and Sweden, Manuel Valls and Stefan Löfven, as well as German Vice Chancellor Siegmar Gabriel and EU Parliament President Martin Schulz will take part.
A corresponding report by the Swedish news agency TT was confirmed by the Federal Chancellery on Monday. Faymann will have one-to-one talks with Valls and Löfven, and Gabriel and Schulz will also take part in the following dinner.
On Saturday there is to be another Faymann-Gabriel-Löfven meeting on trade union issues. This had long been planned as part of international cooperation for a more social Europe, said the chairman of the Swedish trade union umbrella organization LO, Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, to TT. Other high-ranking trade union representatives, including ÖGB President Erich Foglar, said from the Chancellor’s office.
5:08 p.m. | EU special council agrees to distribute 40,000 refugees
The special council of EU interior and justice ministers agreed on Monday in Brussels on at least the distribution of 40,000 refugees from Greece and Italy to the European member states. EU Council President and Luxembourg Migration Minister Jean Asselborn said he was “pleased that the Special Council has accepted this decision”.
It is an “important political message”. The 40,000 quota had already been proposed by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in May of that year. However, a mandatory quota for the EU countries failed. On July 20, a special council of EU interior ministers agreed on a voluntary distribution of just over 32,000 refugees.
4:53 p.m. | Hungary closed the gap in the border fence
Hungary closed the last gap in the border fence with Serbia in Röszke on Monday. A UNHCR spokesman on site confirmed this to the APA. In the past few weeks, the vast majority of the refugees arriving had come over the train tracks that connect the two countries because this spot had been left out when the fence was built.
As pictures from Röszke showed on social media, the railway tracks were not initially closed as planned with a freight train on which rolls made of NATO wire were mounted. Instead, several border police on horses guarded the gap in the fence and sent incoming refugees back to Serbia.
4.48 p.m. | France is checking border controls
The French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve can imagine introducing border controls with Italy, similar to the German model. There is a humanitarian crisis that the EU is facing. Efficient controls at the EU’s external borders are also required. In Brussels on Monday, Cazeneuve demanded that all EU countries have to participate in the key for refugees.
Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere hopes, despite the rejection of several Eastern EU countries, that the quota system for the distribution of refugees will be accepted by the Special Council of Interior and Justice Ministers in Brussels. De Maiziere said on Monday afternoon that there was “pressure from the situation”. Germany has also made it clear that it is “not ready to bear the burden alone”. There are also good arguments and he hopes for a good result.
4.36 p.m. | RK mission in Heiligenkreuz for several days
The Red Cross expects to work for several days at the new refugee hotspot Heiligenkreuz in Lafnitztal. About 30 helpers were called up on Monday within a very short time. “We assume that we will stay until Friday,” said operations manager Markus Pumm from the Jennersdorf district office to the APA.
The Red Cross was informed in the morning about the rush at the border crossing at the Heiligenkreuz business park. As a result, staff on standby were alerted and everything was set up in terms of supply technology and medicine in the shortest possible time, said Pumm.
© APA / ROLAND SCHLAGER Refugees at the Austrian-Hungarian border near Heiligenkreuz
The chief of operations explained that food in large quantities, which is quick and easy to prepare and also easy to digest, is important. These primarily included soup, tea, still water, fruit and toast.
The Red Cross was also “prepared for a possible rush in the evening hours,” said Pumm on Monday afternoon.