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Executive Summary for August 10th

We review the latest issues related to refugees, including Ecuador’s state of emergency on its northern border, a fatal shipwreck off Turkey and Spain agreeing to accept migrants returned from Germany.

Published on Aug. 10, 2018 Read time Approx. 2 minutes

Ecuador Declares State of Emergency Amid Venezuelan Crisis

Ecuador declared a month-long state of emergency in three provinces along its northern border in response to a growing number of Venezuelans fleeing their country’s political and economic crisis.

The Ecuadorian foreign ministry said 4,200 Venezuelans were arriving in the country each day, having traveled overland through neighboring Colombia and Peru. They said the state of emergency would speed up the deployment of doctors, social workers and police to the border areas.

Women, Children Drown Off Turkey Coast

Seven women and two children died when their boat sank off the west coast of Turkey, according to the Turkish coast guard. Four other people were rescued.

At least 1,500 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe this year, including around 100 people in the stretch between Turkey and Greece.

Spain Agrees to Accept Migrants Returned From Germany

Germany reached a deal with Spain to return refugees who traveled through the southern European country. It is the first of the deals with European countries envisaged in a political compromise reached in Berlin this summer.

The German interior minister threatened to collapse the coalition government if migration levels were not reduced. The parties eventually agreed to speed up the return of refugees who pass through another European Union state before Germany, but the proposal depends on countries agreeing to take back migrants.

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