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23 Jun 2016 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean

215,380 arrivals by sea in 2016*

2,868 dead/missing in 2016*

* data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 22 June 2016

Trends on sea arrivals

Between 13 and 19 June, some 405 refugees and migrants arrived by sea in Greece. This is a slight increase from the previous week when 358 people arrived to the Greek shores. For the fourth time in the last ten days, there were 40-60 daily new arrivals to Samos.

21 Jun 2016 description

Key Figures Mediterranean

211,385 arrivals by sea in 2016*
2,856 dead/missing in 2016*

*data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 15 june 2016

17 Jun 2016 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 6/17/2016 - 19:08 GMT

Austria on Friday offered to help Hungary secure its border with Serbia, which is already well-protected but where migrants continue to cross in a bid to reach northern Europe.

Hungary has long been criticised by its European partners for its treatment of migrants, having sealed its border with Serbia last year with razor wire and making illegal border crossing a criminal offence punishable by jail.

16 Jun 2016 description
report European Commission

Eurostat news release 120/2016

More than 1 out of 3 continued to come from Syria

During the first quarter of 2016 (from January to March 2016), 287 100 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), down by 33% compared with the fourth quarter of 2015 (when 426 000 first time applicants were registered) .

16 Jun 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

16 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Since January 2015, more than 1,200,000 people crossed the Mediterranean. From late 2015 and onwards there has been a steady increase in the proportion of children among refugees and migrants not only on the Eastern Mediterranean, but also on the more dangerous and perilous Central Mediterranean migration route. Currently this proportion stands at 35 per cent of all arrivals in 2016. In addition, it is estimated that almost 500 children lost their lives in the Eastern and Central Mediterranean since the beginning of 2016.

15 Jun 2016 description

MIDDAY

GENEVA (15 June 2016) - The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to health and the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons.

15 Jun 2016 description
report European Commission
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Press Release
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Communication from the Commission: Fourth Report on Relocation and Resettlement
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Annex: Relocations from Greece by 14 June
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Annex: Relocations from Italy by 14 June
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Annex: Resettlement State of Play as of 10 June

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 15 June 2016

Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month.

14 Jun 2016 description
report Save the Children

Throughout May an average of 50 children travelling without a parent or guardian arrived weekly at Save the Children-supported sites in Belgrade, Serbia, with some having walked for days with little or no access to food or clean water.

Save the Children teams in Belgrade report a five-fold increase in the number of children separated from their families arriving at their facilities last month. The number of new cases identified jumped from 15 during the first week of May to 78 by the final week.

10 Jun 2016 description
report European Union

Large-scale migration flow and border management/security

The numbers of non-regional migrants transiting the Balkans reached unprecedented and extraordinary levels during 2015 with over 2 million illegal border crossings reported by all the countries in the region. For comparison, this was roughly 30 times more than in 2014.

For several years, the main routes have remained the same: Turkey-Greece-former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Serbia-Hungary/Croatia and Turkey-Bulgaria-Serbia-Hungary/Croatia.

10 Jun 2016 description

The 2015 International Annual Report describes how SOS Children’s Villages around the world supported children and strengthened families and communities in 2015 through community-integrated responses in care, education, health and emergency services.

The 573 SOS Children’s Villages around the world in 2015 are described as ‘care and protection hubs’ for their local communities, as they provided a range of locally-tailored services to support vulnerable children.

09 Jun 2016 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Thursday 6/9/2016 - 17:04 GMT

Hungary refused Thursday to take back any of the several thousand migrants that Austria says should be returned under EU rules, adding to a brewing spat between the two neighbours.

"(It) is clear that Hungary cannot take back these migrants," Defence Minister Istvan Simicsko told a joint news conference in Budapest with visiting Austrian counterpart Hans Peter Doskozil.

07 Jun 2016 description

Combined Monthly Europe Population Movement Operations Update

A. Major developments by country

Italy

The main route remains to be Southern Italy (especially Sicily) as first entry points from the North African coasts. In 2015, according to the UNHCR,153,842 arrivals arrived in Italy by boats mainly from North African countries. In 2016, 47,820 people have arrived in Italy by sea (UNHCR- 2 June 2016).

Turkey

04 Jun 2016 description

Strategic Assessment

The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.

03 Jun 2016 description

Trends on sea arrivals

So far this year, 203,981 people made the journey to seek safety in Europe. Almost three-quarters of these had travelled from Turkey to Greece prior to the end of March. Since March arrivals in the eastern Mediterranean route have decreased by 95.32%. In May 1,465 of people arrived to Greece by sea this is 40.13% less than in the previous month (3,650 arrivals).

03 Jun 2016 description
report Transitions Online

Starting this week, EU countries can send back non-EU citizens who enter the bloc from Turkey illegally.

Bulgaria’s preparations for an expected uptick in migrants crossing from Turkey are coming in handy these days.

Migrants who go around or through the almost-finished, 150-kilometer border fence will be sent to a new purpose-built camp.

“This section of the border is getting attention for a reason: the EU-Turkey deal largely cut off the Greece-Macedonia route, so people smugglers have been seeking new routes, or reactivating old ones,” the BBC reports.