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17 Mar 2017 description

This systematic review, commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme (HEP) and carried out by a research team from the University of Sheffield, represents the first attempt to apply systematic review methodology to establish the relationships between recovery and relapse and between default rates and repeated episodes of default or relapse in the management of acute malnutrition in children in humanitarian emergencies in low- and middle-income countries

16 Mar 2017 description
report European Commission
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Asylum quarterly report Statistics Explained

Eurostat News Release 46/2017 - 16 March 2017

In 2016, 1 204 300 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number slightly down compared with 2015 (when 1 257 000 first time applicants were registered) but almost double that of 2014 (562 700).

Syrians (334 800 first time applicants), Afghans (183 000) and Iraqis (127 000) remained the main citizenship of people seeking international protection in the EU Member States in 2016, accounting for slightly more than half of all first time applicants.

16 Mar 2017 description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is alarmed by US President Donald Trump’s announcement today of his administration’s intention to cut the international affairs budget, which includes humanitarian aid, development and diplomacy, by US$10.1 billion or 28 per cent, to bolster a $54 billion hike in military spending.

“The question is not if human lives will be lost as a result of President Trump’s decision to slash spending on foreign aid and diplomacy; the question is how many and how soon,” warned Joel Charny, NRC’s Director in the United States.

16 Mar 2017 description

Bamyan - Over 30 members of the Provincial Council, Provincial Government and Civil Society shared ideas and discussed how partnerships can lead to good governance at an event held by UNAMA in Bamyan.

The Deputy Governor of the Province, Asif Mubaligh, said cooperation and guidance from the provincial council and civil society was the key to promoting good governance – something which he says is working well.

“The progress we’ve made in the fight against corruption are shared achievements we can all be proud of,” he said.

16 Mar 2017 description


  • 33 affected provinces
  • 8,209 affected families reported
  • 553 houses completely destroyed
  • 2,282 houses severely damaged
  • 501 houses partially damaged
  • 202 individual deaths
  • 127 individuals injured
  • 3,439 affected families verified
  • following assessments 1,998 families assisted by IOM

Situation Overview

16 Mar 2017 description


• Mr. Mark Bowden, who finished his posting as Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan in February, farewells the humanitarian community, reflecting on his successes and challenges as HC, and what still needs to be achieved.

• Undocumented returnees receiving cash assistance under an NCRO program prioritised spending on food, rent, debt repayment and health expenses, according to a recent post distribution monitoring survey.

15 Mar 2017 description
report Pew Research Center


Europe’s record for annual asylum applications was nearly broken last year, but the numbers trailed off considerably by the end of 2016 and fell short of the previous year’s peak surge in late summer and early fall.

15 Mar 2017 description
report European Union

In February, there were more than 10 900 detections of illegal border crossings on the three main migratory routes into the EU. This is less than a tenth of the figure from the same month of last year, although 46% higher than in January because of an increased activity in the Central Mediterranean.

Central Mediterranean

15 Mar 2017 description

In order to further identify the specific education needs and priorities of undocumented returnee children, the NRC Afghanistan education team in the East and South with support from the Education Unit in the capital office, Kabul, conducted a rapid needs assessment in high return areas and IDP settlements of Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Kandahar Provinces.

15 Mar 2017 description
report REACH Initiative

Afghanistan continues to be torn by a three-decade long conflict and recurrent natural disasters which have forced an ever increasing number of families to leave their homes. In 2016, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees reached unprecedented records, with more than 623,000 people on the move due to conflict alone. Many families have joined informal settlements throughout the country, straining the already limited resources available in these sites.

14 Mar 2017 description

19,653 arrivals by sea in 2017
525 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 14 March
363,401 arrivals in 2016

14 Mar 2017 description

GARDEZ - Representatives of six political parties from across Paktya Province have come together in a UNAMA-facilitated meeting to openly and frankly discuss their role in elections, as well as peace and reconciliation.

Participants said that the environment of insecurity, as well as a high level of corruption in the region will make fair and transparent elections a major challenge.

14 Mar 2017 description

14.03.2017 – Many Afghans are fleeing to different parts of the country – where they often face limited prospects. But in the north of the country their situation is now starting to improve.

14 Mar 2017 description

Afghanistan - IOM has launched a four-year, EUR 18 million project with funding from the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) to support returnees and host communities across Afghanistan.

14 Mar 2017 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Mar 2017): 2,813

Total arrivals in Greece during Mar 2017: 329

Average daily arrivals during Mar 2017: 27

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2017: 39

Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 10

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during March 2017: 679

Dead and missing

272 dead - 152 missing (2015)

146 dead - 51 missing (Nov. 2016)

14 Mar 2017 description


  • Close to 7,800 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 87% (6,718) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities (below chart refers). The rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or the North. Based on available data, 43% were children, 16% women children and 41% men; some 80 % originate from Afghanistan (54%), Iraq (18%) and Syria (8%), with 12% Pakistan and 8% from other countries.

13 Mar 2017 description


The Education in Emergencies (EiE) Response Plan for Afghanistan reports that approximately 3.5 million primary school-aged children were out of school in 2016, with 75% being girls.