WASHINGTON, D.C.— VOA correspondents are on the scene of Europe’s migration crisis with comprehensive coverage for television, radio, online, and social media.
From Vienna, London correspondent Luis Ramirez reported on the flood of refugees arriving from Hungary then travelled to the Serbian border, where many of the migrants first make their way into the European Union. Islamabad correspondent Ayesha Tanzeem teamed up with Afghan Service reporter Fawad Lami and videographer Hoshang Fahim reporting specifically on Afghan migrants, who make up as much as one-third of the influx.
Cairo correspondent Heather Murdock set up in Turkey to concentrate on refugees from the war in Syria and the pressures driving them toward Europe. In Izmir, she interviewed a human trafficker who is smuggling migrants from Turkey into Greece. Paris-based stringer Lisa Bryant covered a meeting of 60 countries pledging to support victims of extremist groups who account for much of the migrant wave. VOA Kurdish video journalist Zana Omer was at the Kobabni funeral of a Syrian woman and her two young sons who drowned off Turkey, photographs of which appear to have marked a turning point in the crisis.
VOA’s Eurasia Division produced original video of refugees crossing into Macedonia, Albania, and Bosnia. VOA Bosnian stringer Elvir Bucalo reported on how these countries are working to adopt a common approach to humanitarian challenges. VOA Serbian’s Jela de Franceschi discussed the crisis on the VOA television program The Correspondents and helped secure an on-camera interview with Jelena Milic, director of the Belgrade-based Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, for Hashtag VOA.
VOA’s Urdu Service continues to follow the migrant crisis in Europe with UNHCR spokesman for Central Europe Baber Baloch, who said that the situation of migrants is getting better as many European countries are accepting them. Somali Foreign Minister Abdisalam Omar told VOA the solution is creating jobs for young people where they live. “But arresting them and deporting is not the right solution.”
VOA’s Washington correspondents reported that the United States will accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year as well as increase humanitarian assistance for those fleeing the violence in Syria. This comes as some U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to do more to address the refugee crisis.
VOA now has a dedicated site focused exclusively on its coverage of the migration crisis. Keep abreast of the latest events as VOA’s team of correspondents continue to provide daily comprehensive reports from across Europe.