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UN: Europe needs 200,000 refugee relocation spaces

Migrant children sleep next to their mother at a makeshift camp in an underground station in Budapest. Credit: Reuters

The European Union needs 200,000 relocation places for refugees and migrants, according to an estimate from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

António Guterres warned that the EU's lack of a common response to the ongoing refugee crisis only benefits people smugglers and traffickers.

Fundamental changes must be made to allow more refugees to legally enter Europe, Mr Guterres said.

The UNHCR boss also urged member states to support Greece, Hungary and Italy in what he described as a "defining moment" for the EU.


Poland: EU must tackle reasons why refugees are arrving

Migrants are seen at a makeshift camp in an underground station in front of the Keleti railway station, Budapest. Credit: Reuters

The EU has to tackle the reasons for the arrival of refugees and migrants and not just focus on how to distribute them between member states, Poland's foreign minister has said.

Grzegorz Schetyna told private Radio Zet in Poland that if the EU failed to do so, it could face an influx of millions:

The scale of the migration is enormous, so we can't focus - I'm talking about the whole of Europe - on allocating illegal migrants without fighting the causes (of their arrival), We have to think of how to stop the illegal migration.

Otherwise (we may have) soon have 3-4 million economic refugees.

– Grzegorz Schetyna, Poland's foreign minister

Overnight clashes as refugees refuse to leave train

Scores of refugees and migrants spent last night crammed in a train after an earlier attempt by Hungarian police to move them to a transit camp failed.

The stand-off is entering a second day as the passengers hope to be allowed to travel to Germany.

Since the train pulled up at a railway station near the camp yesterday they had been refusing to get off, despite the intense heat and overcrowding.

Late last night it appeared that the conditions became too much for many of them, as they began remonstrating with officers at the station.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:

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Urgent appeal: 14-year-old missing after possibly meeting a man through the internet

Cleveland Police are urgently appealing for information to help find Emily Wicking, aged 14, who is missing from Middlesbrough.

Officers believe that she may have met a man through the internet and may have left home to meet him.

Can you help find 14-year-old Emily Wicking? Please contact police on 999 if you have any information. Credit: Cleveland Police

The teenager was last seen at around 4pm yesterday, September 3rd, in the Eston area of Redcar and Cleveland and has not been seen since.

Police have said it is highly unusual for her to go missing and are concerned for her whereabouts.

  • She is slim build, 5ft 8inches tall, with light brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, blue jeans, and a body warmer with fur around the hood.

Officers are making a direct appeal to Emily to get in contact with them, friends or family to let people know she is safe and well. They are also asking local business owners or workers, such as hotels, bars and bed and breakfast accommodation for help.

Anyone who may have seen Emily is asked to call police on 999.


Hungarian PM: Flow of people into Hungary is 'endless'

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The Hungarian Prime Minister has called the flow of migrants and refugees into his country has "no end", saying that Europeans "could end up a minority in our continent."

Speaking on public radio, Viktor Orbán said that the European Union must protect its borders and enforce rules among migrants at Budapest's main international railway station.

The reality is that Europe is threatened by a mass inflow of people, many tens of millions of people could come to Europe.

Now we talk about hundreds of thousands but next year we will talk about millions and there is no end to this.

All of a sudden we will see that we are in minority in our own continent.

– Viktor Orbán, Hungarian PM

Migrants continue to refuse to leave train in Hungary

A stand off between police and migrants on a train in Hungary has entered a second day.

It comes after clashes broke out when officers attempted to force the migrants off the train, which stopped in the town of Bicske - home to one of Hungary's refugee camps, on Thursday.

The migrants could be seen holding up signs that read 'Freedom we want to go' and 'Just Freedom.'

Weather: Sunny and showery spells

The latest weather forecast Credit: Met Office

A weak weather front will push southwards over Scotland into Northern Ireland bringing outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

Elsewhere it will be a generally fine day with some decent sunny spells and just a few showers.

Parts of East Anglia however are likely to see more frequent showers and they could occasionally be heavy at times too.

Temperatures will be similar to of late, so a little cool for early September, with highs of 18 or 19C likely again.

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