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UN to Set Up Migrant Family Support Centers in Europe
   2016-02-27 07:23:10    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guan Chao

Some 500 Syrian would be immigrants arrive aboard the Ezadeen ship at Corigliano harbour on January 2, 2015. [Photo: CFP]

The United Nations has announced it will launch special support centers for migrant children and families along their most travelled route in Europe.

An official from the UN High Commission for Refugees, Volker Turk, made the announcement on Friday.

"Indeed there need to be common and coordinated responses by states. Unfortunately, we see that this is not necessarily the case in practice, on the ground, which is why you see some of those protection challenges arise, especially for children. We, as U.N. organisations, UNICEF and UNHCR, saw one way to address these risks is by creating this concept of around 20 family hubs along the way from Greece up to Slovenia."

The UN says migrant women and children made up nearly 60% of sea arrivals in Europe in February, doubling the figure from last September.

Turk said the new centers, which are called "Blue Dots", will help children in difficult situations as they move through Europe.

In the latest measure to slow the movement of migrants, countries include Austria, Slovenia and Macedonia will limit the flow to less than 600 people per day per country.

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