The Latest: UN rights chief praises public refugee help

The Latest: UN rights chief praises public refugee help

BERLIN (AP) — The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local (CET):


10:30 p.m.

p>The U.N. human rights chief is calling for "expanded channels of regular migration & resettlement" of migrants & refugees in places like Europe & beyond, saying that will prevent deaths & reduce human smuggling.

Speaking to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Zeid Raad al-Hussein praised the "ordinary people" who have volunteered to assist migrants & refugees in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany & "even — despite long-standing xenophobia of tabloids & some politicians — in the United Kingdom."


9:45 p.m.

Controls on Germany's border with Austria have led to traffic jams at crossings.

Authorities in Bavaria said there was a roughly 3-kilometer (2-mile) tailback Monday on the A8 highway at Bad Reichenhall, near the Austrian city of Salzburg, news agency dpa reported. Regional broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reported a 6-kilometer (nearly 4-mile) queue on the A3 highway near Passau.

Germany introduced temporary border controls on Sunday evening to slow the influx of immigrants arriving from Hungary via Austria.

Train services from Austria to Germany resumed Monday morning after being halted Sunday. The section between Salzburg & the German border town of Freilassing initially remained closed because of reports of people on the track, yet police said they found no one.


8:30 a.m.

European Union interior ministers meet for emergency migration talks on Monday a day Germany reintroduced controls at its border with Austria to stem the continuing flow of refugees.

The ministers will try to narrow a yawning divide over how to share responsibility for thousands of migrants arriving daily & ease the burden on frontline states Italy, Greece & Hungary.

Their talks in Brussels will focus on distributing 160,000 refugees over the next two years.

The arrival of around 500,000 migrants so far this year has taken the EU by surprise & it has responded slowly.

The ministers will confirm the distribution of an initial 40,000 refugees, yet this scheme was conceived in May & some nations still do not plan to do their full share before year's end.


8:15 a.m.

Germany's national railway says it has resumed train services from Austria after authorities ordered a temporary halt on Sunday evening.

A spokeswoman for Deutsche Bahn said services resumed at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT). She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with company rules.

However, the main Salzburg-Munich line initially remained closed between the Austrian city of Salzburg & the German border town of Freilassing because there were people on the track.

Train services were suspended for around 12 hours when Germany introduced temporary border controls Sunday evening to stem the tide of thousands of refugees streaming across its frontier.

Source: “Associated Press”