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28 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

On 27 April, Sweden's Migration Agency forecast that Sweden expects between 40,000 and 100,000 people to claim asylum this year (which is a decrease from the original forecast of between 70,000 and 140,000).

Conditions of People

28 Apr 2016 description

This World Immunization Week, we are closer than ever to the target of a world free of polio, with just two remaining polio endemic countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan. Read more about what remains to be done to carry the world across the threshold here.

28 Apr 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 26 Apr 2016): 154,553

Total arrivals in Greece during Apr 2016: 3,101

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2016: 119

Average daily arrivals during Mar 2016: 870

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 17

Dead and missing 272 dead - 152 missing (2015) 132 dead - 24 missing (9 April. 2016)

28 Apr 2016 description


  1. March 2016 was marked by the closing of the Balkan route to Europe on March 8 and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on March 20. These developments have resulted in slowing arrivals to Greece while refugees and other mixed migrants find new ways to enter Europe.

28 Apr 2016 description

Jasmin Baulhassani (28.04.2016)

Amidst the turbulence of decades of conflicts in Afghanistan, Homaira Khairandish and her team are working hard to restore dignity in the lives of the most distressed individuals in the area, through the All-female Shelter Programme.

“When there is a conflict in an area, women become very vulnerable and are affected at a wide range. Many women lose their husbands and are forcibly located to a new place, where they are not familiar with the people,” says Homaira Khairandish.

28 Apr 2016 description
A combination of rising violence and family pressure means that the numbers of female reporters are dwindling.

By Akmal Zaher

Hila used to love her job at a privately-owned radio station in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. She was heartbroken when the deteriorating security situation forced to give up her work as a journalist.

"I used to work in a local media outlet, but my family no longer allows me to do that,” Hila said. “They tell me not to leave the house, because the security situation is not good."

27 Apr 2016 description

Monsoon rains have caused floods in Takhar, Badakhshan and Bameyan provinces where many families have been affected.

ARCS Emergency Operation Center has reported floods that have affected 32 families in Bolak, Houze and Fochi village in Takhar province, Shahr-e-Bozorg of Badakhshan province and Yakawlang distrct of Bameyan province.

Subsequently, ARCS has provided relief items to 217 affected families based on EOC survey team reports in Sholgara district of Balkh province, central district of Takhar province and Share Bozorg district of Badakhshan province.

27 Apr 2016 description


This is the first of four papers produced as part of the CSG’s project on Non-State Security Providers and Political Formation in Conflict-Affected States. The project was made possible by generous financial support from the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

27 Apr 2016 description

Humanitarian situation

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

27 Apr 2016 description

PESHAWAR: Efforts have been focused on strengthening vaccination in the regional epidemiological block comprising areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan to eradicate poliovirus from the remaining endemic countries.

Officials said that of the total four cases recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2016, the virus was detected in two genetically sequenced with Nangarhar province where it was in full circulation, according to health officials both from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

27 Apr 2016 description

Number of civilians killed or injured by explosives rises over 50% in five years

In Unacceptable Harm, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) comes out with its fifth global analysis of the harm wrought by explosive violence. We recorded 33,307 civilians having been killed or injured by explosive weapons – 54% more than when AOAV’s monitor began in 2011. 2015 was the fourth consecutive year that saw a rise in civilians killed or injured.

27 Apr 2016 description


Key Findings and Recommendations:

An Inter-Cluster Assessment Mission was conducted to Kurram Agency from 8 to 13 April 2016 to assess the situation in a sample of the 151 recently denotified villages. An estimated 12,000 families from Alisherzai,

Zemusht and Masozai tribes from Central Kurram are expected to return to these areas starting 20 April 2016.

The overall security situation is conducive for returns. The situation in the three tribes differed significantly.

27 Apr 2016 description


  • While HCIT access to asylum seekers in Kelebija and Horgos border crossings with Hungary remain denied by the authorities, the organisation distributed food and non-food aid in Subotica and nearby.

  • 68 asylum seekers departed by accessing procedures in Hungarian “transit zones”.

  • UNHCR and partners learned of 34 irregular arrivals from fYR Macedonia.

27 Apr 2016 description

MEHTAR LAM - Empowering Afghan women to participate more in public life to help shape the futures of their communities and their country was the aim of a forum held in Laghman, an eastern mountainous province facing numerous security challenges in its mostly rural, remote communities.

27 Apr 2016 description
report World Bank

Story Highlights

  • Kandahar Province is on the verge of eradicating polio as a result of improved access to health services and extensive health awareness programs.

  • It is one of many significant outcomes of the System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition project, implemented by the Ministry of Public Health.

26 Apr 2016 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Tuesday 4/26/2016 - 20:54 GMT

Greece returned another 49 migrants to Turkey on Tuesday under a controversial EU-Turkey deal to reduce the influx, a police source said, three weeks after the first deportations.

The latest expulsions came as tensions flared at a migrants' camp on the Greek island of Lesbos during a visit by Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas.

26 Apr 2016 description

Prematurity and low birth-weight are two of the biggest threats to neonatal survival worldwide. In Afghanistan, neonatal mortality remains high at 36 per 1,000 live births, and the country ranks ninth for deaths due to complications due to premature birth.[1],[2] When Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened its maternity service – in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health – at Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in the capital of Kabul just over a year ago, the neonatal unit was prepared for significant admissions of small babies with some special needs.

26 Apr 2016 description

Women’s health advisor with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and midwife Kara Blackburn recently completed an assessment of MSF’s fastest growing emergency obstetrics and neonatal care project, in Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

26 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

As reported by local media, a group of 35 people currently located on the island of Lesvos are expected to be returned to Turkey on 26 April as part of the EU-Turkey agreement. Greek media reported that the majority have expressed their wish to be repatriated given the present situation, which only allows for application to asylum in Greece.