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The aunt of a drowned Syrian boy
whose death has sparked global
outrage about the plight of refugees in
Europe says she hopes to bring the rest
of her family to Canada.
Tima Kurdi said through tears outside
her home in British Columbia that she
plans to help her brother, Abdullah, and
her other siblings immigrate to the
country she made home more than two
Abdullah isn't ready to leave his
Syrian hometown of Kobani, where his
sons, three-year-old Aylan and five-
year-old Ghalib, and wife, Rehanna,
were buried on Friday, she said. They
drowned after piling into an overloaded
boat in Turkey headed for the Greek
island of Kos. Her brother was among
the few survivors.
"I'm sure he (will) refuse and he
doesn't want to leave Kobani," Kurdi
"But one day, I will bring him here. He
cannot be by himself there."
Family, friends and strangers packed
a small Vancouver theatre filled with
white balloons, roses and photos for a
memorial service yesterday. The family
planned to release balloons in the boys'
memory on the waterfront. (AP)
Drowned Syrian boys' aunt wants to bring family to Canada
Austria and Germany have
taken in thousands of migrants
who crossed the border after days
stuck in Hungary.
After being welcomed at the
Austrian frontier by volunteers,
many went directly to Vienna and
on to Munich in southern Ger-
The plight of the migrants has
highlighted the EU s struggle to
deal with a surge of asylum seek-
Earlier this week there were
chaotic scenes in Budapest as
Hungary blocked them from trav-
elling onwards. Many migrants
refused to be taken to camps in
Hungary to register for asylum,
insisting they wanted to travel on
to Germany and Austria. Crowds
broke through security lines and
began walking 108 miles to the
border, many with small children.
Under mounting pressure, Hun-
gary opened its border with Aus-
tria, which expects to have
received some 10,000 people.
Austria has said it will not limit
the number of migrants crossing
its borders, with an interior min-
istry spokesperson saying yester-
day that the nation was dealing
with an influx of people from "cri-
sis regions" who were "desper-
Chancellor Angela Merkel has
said Germany can cope with an
influx of newcomers, without rais-
ing taxes or jeopardising its budg-
et. But Germany and Hungary say
the decision to open borders for
the asylum seekers was an excep-
tional case---for humanitarian rea-
sons---and the "Dublin rules" that
require people to apply for asylum
in the first EU country they reach
will continue to operate.
Meanwhile, Hungary laid on
trains bound for Austria for hun-
dreds more migrants who set off
on foot towards there from
Budapest s main railway station
The last train from the Austrian
border town of Nickelsdorf going
to Vienna has departed, but more
will be put on today.
Migrants, riot police
clash in Lesbos
In Greece, another key entry
point, a baby died after his family
landed on the island of Agathonisi,
while migrants clashed with riot
police on another island, Lesbos.
There is little sign of a co-ordi-
nated EU response to the crisis,
despite more than 350,000
migrants having crossed the EU s
borders in 2015 alone.
Europe s migrant crisis is "here
to stay" and nations must act
together to deal with it effectively,
the EU s foreign policy chief said
after "difficult" talks with foreign
ministers in Luxembourg.
Yesterday, Hungary said that
while it had temporarily relaxed
restrictions on the transit of asy-
lum seekers, it was pressing ahead
with plans to tighten border con-
trols and could send troops to its
southern frontier if parliament
Austria, Germany welcome migrants
Migrants and refugees walk in the direction of Austria, Budapest, Hungary, yesterday. Several hundred
people started a march from Budapest's Keleti train station towards Austria yesterday.
A Syrian family arrive at the train station in Saalfeld, central Germany, yesterday.
Finland s prime minister has
offered his private home in
northern Finland to asylum seek-
ers, at a time of massive flow of
refugees to the Western Europe
through land and sea.
Juha Sipila told state media that
his home in Kempele, located in
500km north of the capital
Helsinki, could be used to accom-
modate asylum seekers after the
end of the year.
"We should all look in the mir-
ror and ask ourselves how we can
help ... My house is not being used
much at the moment. My family
lives in Sipoo and the prime min-
ister s residence is located in
Kesaranta," Sipila said.
The prime minister also called
on other citizens, churches and
voluntary organisations in the
country of five million inhabitants
to open their facilities to asylum
Recently, thousands of people
from Iceland, another Nordic
country, offered their homes to
refugees through a Facebook page
after the government announced
it would accept only 50 refugees.
Maija Karjalainen, secretary of
international affairs for the right-
wing Finns Party, said that the
prime minister s move was pos-
itive, but could not be implement-
ed by many Finns.
"It is a move to be an example
for others in helping refugees, but
we should not forget that the
prime minister is in a unique posi-
tion, having a house available for
this purpose," she said.
"Not all Finns have the space,
finances or the capacity to do the
same." The anti-immigration
Finns Party is in a coalition gov-
ernment with Prime Minister Sip-
ila s Centre Party.
The prime minister s move
comes as thousands of refugees
stream into Austria from Hungary
over land and as Greece and Italy
face a surge of refugees reaching
their shores on boats.
The Finnish government on Fri-
day doubled its projection for asy-
lum seekers in 2015 from 15,000
to 30,000, compared to less than
4,000 last year. Sipila said yes-
terday he hoped that his move
would inspire others to share part
of the burden in the recent refugee
housing crisis. He also stressed
the lack of solidarity in the EU
over the issue of asylum seekers.
"Finland should do whatever is
possible within the EU scope to
help migrants coming to Europe,"
The Finns Party MP Karjalainen
"However, 30,000 is a crazy
number for hosting asylum seekers
as Finland is dealing with its own
economic issues." (Al Jazeera)
Finnish PM offers his home to asylum seekers
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