- OCHA Conflict in North-eastern Afghanistan Flash Update No. 1 (17 April 2016)
- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 50 | 01 – 31 March 2016
- OHCHR/UNAMA: Afghanistan Annual Report 2015: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, Feb 2016 [EN/Dari/Pashto]
Appeals & Funding
- Afghanistan 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan: End of Year Report of Financing, Achievements and Response Challenges
- 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
- Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in 2016 PDF XLS
- WHO Humanitarian Response Plan 2016
In 2015, Member States reported more than 1 820 000 detections of illegal border-crossing along the external borders.
This never-before-seen figure was more than six times the number of detections reported in 2014, which was itself an unprecedented year, with record monthly averages observed since April 2014.
The total number of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and in the Western Balkans is 53,941. For a more detailed look, please see the accommodation pages of Greece, fYROM, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
On March 18, EU leaders met with their Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmed Davutoğlu. They reached an agreement aimed at stopping the flow of irregular migration via Turkey to Europe. The main action points of the agreement are available here.
Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU is implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available unclassified data as of March 4, 2016.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 2/25/2016 - 14:50 GMT
European nations have adopted a raft of restrictive measures since the beginning of the year as they seek to stem an influx of asylum seekers.
Since the beginning of the year more than 110,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean, adding to the more than one million people that landed on the continent in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Blocked in Balkans
Flow Monitoring: As of 10 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 4,681 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 4 February – 10 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.
See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.
Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.
See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.
Arrivals/Departure: In Greece, a ferry strike is on-going for the next 2 days. Travel to the mainland will not be possible thus the number of people present on the Greek islands is expected to increase causing possible congestion of reception facilities. However, compared to previous similar events (ferry strike of 4 December 2015), and given that the arrival rate to the islands is significantly lower, the impact is expected would be moderate.
Oslo, Norway | AFP | Thursday 1/14/2016 - 17:27 GMT
Norway will stop sending migrants that arrived from Arctic Russia by bicycle back across the border in mid-winter on the same mode of transport, local authorities said Thursday.
"Russian authorities recently confirmed that foreign citizens with permanent residency or a multiple-entry visa can be sent back by bus," Norwegian police said in a statement.
‘2015 has been a dramatic year. Now, as the year draws to a close, we want the remainder of our humanitarian funding to be used in some of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises, including the refugee crisis in Syria and the neighbouring countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Oslo, Norway | AFP | Tuesday 12/1/2015 - 13:22 GMT
A route used by migrants to enter Europe by crossing into Norway from Arctic Russia appears to have lost its appeal, with no migrants heading over the border after police were deployed, Norway said Tuesday.
Norwegian police were stationed right on the border at the Schengen area's northernmost checkpoint on Monday, tasked with preventing entry by people without the zone's visa.
Today, Afghans constitute the largest group of asylum seekers to Norway. While many young Afghan men cross the Storskog border in Finnmark, women are fleeing inside their homeland, Afghanistan. ”I lost two of my childhood friends in suicide bombings. And one day, when I was going to the gym, a bomb exploded in the street", Farshid says.
He entered Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) meet him on the Greek Island of Chios.
”You cannot feel safe there”, he says referring to his hometown, Kabul.
By ANDREW HIGGINSOCT. 9, 2015
STORSKOG, Norway — Pelted by hailstones and buffeted by an icy wind, Yasir Arslanuk, a 55-year-old Syrian engineer, his wife and two young sons wobbled across the border from Russia into Norway astride bicycles last week, the latest migrants to complete an improbable new route to Europe.
Read the story on the New York Times
After fleeing Afghanistan, the Hashemi family thought they had found a safe haven in Norway – until the centre-right government deported them
In autumn last year, life was finally improving for Nadereh Hashemi. After spending all her adult years on the run from her family in Afghanistan – she lived in Iran for 10 years before making an arduous escape to Europe – Nadereh and her husband, Ahmad, finally found something resembling a stable life in Europe.
Under the tripartite agreement entered into between Afghanistan, Norway and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Afghans who are refused asylum in Norway have two choices:
- either to take advantage of the assisted repatriation programme;
- or to reject this offer and risk being forcibly deported and returned to Kabul almost empty handed.
The two groups return home under very different circumstances.
Snapshot 17 December – 6 January
Nigeria: A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in Borno and neighbouring states have resulted in more than 80 deaths, 225 kidnapped, hundreds of homes burneds and thousands displaced.
Central African Republic: Nearly 200,000 people need nutrition assistance. Over 36,000 people are trapped in seven enclaves across the country; a group of 474 Fulani who fled to Yaloke months ago and now cannot leave are in particular need.
Norway is increasing its annual support for efforts to eradicate polio from NOK 50 million to NOK 240 million for the next six years. The funding will be channelled through the GAVI Alliance.
‘I am very pleased that we have signed an agreement with the GAVI Alliance to support its efforts to eradicate polio. We have an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate this infectious and crippling disease, but a concerted effort is needed if we are to succeed,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
On 5 April, Afghanistan will elect a new president. Norway is providing NOK 102 million in funding for the planning and implementation of the presidential election and next year’s parliamentary elections. The funding is being channelled through the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
“The holding of democratic elections is one of the most important elements in building a stable Afghanistan for the future,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.