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21 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Low public spending, ineffective social protection policies and programmes are hampering progress for children in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

GENEVA, 20 April 2016 — Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.

19 Apr 2016 description
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Technical Annex - Version 2

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2016/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 7 300 000

05 Apr 2016 description
report European Union

Summary

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.

26 Mar 2016 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Saturday 3/26/2016 - 11:00 GMT

by Joe Sinclair

Greece said Saturday it has begun emptying the main migrant camp on its border with Macedonia, as the huge tide of refugees flooding into the country slows to a trickle following the EU-Turkey deal.

Eight buses transported around 400 refugees from the Idomeni camp Friday, while another two buses left on Saturday, taking them to other camps set up in northern Greece, local police said.

24 Mar 2016 description

INTRODUCTION

SCENARIOS FOR APRIL – SEPTEMBER 2016

These scenarios are a description of situations that could occur in the coming six months, with their associated humanitarian consequences. The aim is to support strategic planning, create awareness, and promote preparedness activities for those responding to this crisis.

See the Methodology section for more information on how these scenarios were developed.

CURRENT SITUATION

22 Mar 2016 description
report REACH Initiative

INTRODUCTION

With the continued implementation of new border policies along the Western Balkans migration route, thousands more people are currently stranded en route.

16 Mar 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Since the beginning of 2016, almost 153,200 people have crossed the Mediterranean to seek safety and protection in Europe. Of them, 143,205 arrived through the Eastern Mediterranean, on Greek shores.

  • In February 2016, women and children made up 63 per cent of refugees and migrants crossing from Greece into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, children were 41 per cent.

16 Mar 2016 description

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.

15 Mar 2016 description

Tirana, Albania | AFP | Tuesday 3/15/2016 - 21:28 GMT

Albania is asking for Italy's help to prevent it from becoming swamped by migrants desperate to reach northern Europe, Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said on Tuesday.

"Albania has sought Italy's help to strengthen its border controls and cope with the various security problems should there be a flow of migrants heading towards the Albanian frontier," Tahiri told a press conference.

"Albania cannot cope with a wave of migrants wave by itself," he said.

14 Mar 2016 description

Ali is a shepherd from Suhe Village in Gjirokaster, in southern Albania. Each day he rises at dawn to care for his grass-fed sheep. He makes a living by selling the milk he gets from the sheep to a local processor.

08 Mar 2016 description

Sofia, Bulgaria | AFP | Tuesday 3/8/2016 - 14:01 GMT

by Vessela SERGUEVA

As helicopters buzzed overhead, Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was in defiant form at weekend exercises on the border with Greece -- meant as a show of force to any would-be migrant considering an alternative way into the EU.

"More than 400 personnel from the army, police and gendarmerie will be permanently based here," Borisov declared. "Five hundred more can be mobilised within hours."

04 Mar 2016 description

Greece - IOM estimates that 134,905 migrants already have crossed the Mediterranean this year. Of these, 125,819 have reached the Greek islands. The remainder landed in Italy. Media reports indicate that arrivals to Spain in 2016 are fewer than 100.

01 Mar 2016 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • Sea arrivals to Greece averaged 12,800 per week in February, a reduction from 13,500 in January and 22,500 in December. Daily numbers fluctuated from a few to around 4,800. Bad weather and sea conditions are considered the main reasons for the reduction.

25 Feb 2016 description

Tirana, Albania | AFP | Thursday 2/25/2016 - 22:10 GMT

A "large number" of Syrian refugees are waiting to cross into Albania, the Balkan nation's integration minister said Thursday, as migrants begin to seek out new routes into northern Europe following a series of border clampdowns.

Integration minister Klajda Gjosha said the buildup on Albania's frontier appeared to be in response to neighbouring Macedonia's decision at the weekend to deny entry to Afghan migrants coming from Greece and impose tougher checks for Syrians and Iraqis.

24 Feb 2016 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Wednesday 2/24/2016 - 08:10 GMT

by Simon Sturdee and Philippe Schwab

Balkan countries along the well-trodden migrant path towards northern Europe met Wednesday to explore ways to stem the flow despite growing fears that tighter controls will spark a humanitarian crisis, particularly in Greece.

Athens has angrily protested at being excluded from the ministerial meeting in Vienna, sparking a tetchy response from Austria, underscoring the rifts in Europe over how to tackle the crisis.

18 Feb 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

4,611 people arrived on the Greek islands on 17 February which was a significant increase and represents the highest arrival rate since 9 January. UNHCR expects this trend to continue over the coming days, whilst similar weather conditions prevail

Between 1 January and 16 February, approximately 11,000 asylum applications were recorded in Austria (an average 230 per day). During the same period approximately 100,000 people entered Austria.

18 Feb 2016 description

Zagreb, Croatia | AFP | Thursday 2/18/2016 - 13:23 GMT

by Lajla VESELICA

The police chiefs of five countries on the migrant route through southeast Europe announced an agreement Thursday for a joint refugee registration point at the Greek-Macedonian border.

Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria will jointly profile and register migrants from war-torn countries and then organise their "controlled transport" through to Austria, Croatia's police director Vlado Dominic said.

17 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • More than one million people arrived in Europe by sea in 2015. Since the beginning of 2016, almost 82,640 new arrivals were registered, 76,607 of them on Greek shores.

  • Women and children are now 59 per cent of refugees and migrants crossing from Greece into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and children make up 37 per cent.

12 Feb 2016 description
report European Commission

In managing asylum and migration policy comprehensively, responsibility and solidarity must go hand in hand. The European Commission has a number of immediate and long-term actions to strike the necessary balance between taking responsibility and ensuring solidarity of Member States.

COMPLYING WITH THE COMMON EUROPEAN ASYLUM SYSTEM (CEAS) AND ASSUMING RESPONSIBILITY