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01 Jul 2016 description

Global Overview – Trends and Outlook

01 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

HUMANITARIAN AID AND THE SWISS HUMANITARIAN AID UNIT

Emergency aid and reconstruction measures supported by Switzerland directly benefit around three and a half million people a year.
Given their scale and tragic consequences, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has focused its attention on the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (p. 8)

TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND FINANCIAL AID FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

01 Jul 2016 description

Assisted Voluntary Returns Peaked at 70,000 in 2015: IOM

Switzerland - IOM assisted 69,540 migrants from 97 host and/or transit countries and 156 countries of origin in 2015, as part of its Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes, according to the newly-released AVRR 2015 Key Highlights report.

01 Jul 2016 description

Little relief to dryness expected over Guatemala and Honduras

Africa Weather Hazards

01 Jul 2016 description

Despite favorable agricultural conditions, disruption of livelihoods due to conflict is driving assistance needs

KEY MESSAGES

01 Jul 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi concluded his first tri-nation visit to Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. On the last leg of his mission in Pakistan, the High Commissioner announced an increase in assistance package for registered Afghan refugee families, who are opting to return to Afghanistan under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary return progamme.

01 Jul 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Pakistani government should reduce rights violations against Afghan refugees by extending their legal residency status until at least December 31, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 29, 2016, the government extended registered Afghan refugees’ Proof of Residency (PoR) cards for six months, until the end of 2016.

30 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Summer monsoon forecast to bring rainfall 10–20 percent above average

  • Drought and limited health care access in Sindh have resulted in poor health outcomes, particularly for children

  • Approximately half of all people displaced from FATA had returned as of June 23

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

30 Jun 2016 description
Polio this week as of 29 June 2016
  • The Expert Review Committee on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization met in Abuja on 21 – 22 June, and emphasised that the strategy in Nigeria must now shift from interrupting transmission to staying polio free, sustaining the hard-won gains, strengthening routine immunization and responding to outbreaks of vaccine-derived polioviruses. More

30 Jun 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

State Department List Adds Iraq, Excludes Afghanistan

30 Jun 2016 description

Introduction

This report presents the findings of a Link Nutrition Causal Analysis undertaken in the Dari Suf Bala District of the Samangan Province in Afghanistan between April 25th and May 31th 2015. Based on the UNICEF causal framework1 , a Link NCA is a structured, participatory, holistic study which builds a case for under nutrition causality in a local context. To introduce the specificity of this study, we briefly present the three determinants of the conceptualization of a causal analysis of nutrition (Link NCA).

30 Jun 2016 description

Farid was walking with his father to the market when the explosion hit. “First it felt like an earthquake, and then came the loud sound of the blast,” he said. I held my ears because of the noise. A wall from the military building fell on top of me. I woke up to find myself in the hospital. Doctors told me that along with other injuries, my back and leg were broken.” On 19 April 2016, people like Farid and his father were going about their daily lives when an explosives-laden truck exploded in their neighborhood. That day, over thirty people lost their lives while many more were injured.

30 Jun 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 28 Jun 2016): 158,214

Total arrivals in Greece during Jun 2016: 1,391

Average daily arrivals during Jun 2016: 50

Average daily arrivals during May 2016: 56

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 28

Dead and missing
272 dead - 152 missing (2015)
148 dead - 46 missing (6 June 2016)

30 Jun 2016 description

What is offshore processing?

Offshore processing (referred to by the Australian Government as “regional processing”) is the term used to describe the arrangements by which Australia sends people seeking asylum who arrive by boat to either Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where their refugee claims are determined. Australia is the only country in the world that uses other countries to process refugee claims.

30 Jun 2016 description
report IRIN

By Batul Hassan

BELGRADE, 29 June 2016

Migrant smuggling and trafficking routes through the western Balkans that went dormant during the latter half of 2015 and early 2016 when migrants and refugees were allowed to move freely between Greece and northern Europe have re-emerged in the wake of border closures imposed nearly four months ago.

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30 Jun 2016 description

RAZA KHAN

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday granted an extension in the stay of registered Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan for a further period of six months — till December 31, 2016.

“Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of States & Frontier Regions shall immediately engage with UNHCR and Government of Afghanistan for gradual relocation of refugee camps in Pakistan to Afghanistan,” spokesperson for the prime minister said.

29 Jun 2016 description

Wheat is the staple food for most Afghans, comprising more than 70 percent of their diet. Low-quality rice is a poor, but sometimes necessary, substitute. All markets represent significant population centers and consumer markets. Kabul, the capital, supplies the central provinces and is a transit point between the north, south, east, and west. Jalalabad supplies the eastern part of the country and acts as a cross-border market with Pakistan. Mazar-e-Sarif supplies northern provinces and, in a good year, the southern provinces as well.

29 Jun 2016 description

Sustaining Independent Media in Times of Conflict

In a year where the greatest influx of refugees seen by Europe since World War II dominated headlines and pressured government aid budgets, I have been asked on several occasions why support to media development in conflict zones, humanitarian disasters and countries in the midst of democratic transition should be a priority.

29 Jun 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

In March, the Afghan government declared victory over "Islamic State," but the group's recent gains in eastern Afghanistan reveal a different story. The locals tell DW the situation in Nangarhar is extremely volatile.

According to media reports, hundreds of people in the eastern province of Nangarhar have been displaced after days of heavy fighting between IS militants and government troops.

The clashes began on Friday, June 24, when IS-affiliated jihadists attacked an army checkpoint in the province's Kot district.