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06 Feb 2016 description

Humanitarian Overview

Over 15 million people have been displaced due to conflict in Syria and Iraq.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented at least 260,000 Syrians killed in the conflict since it began in 2011. The UN reported at least 26,600 Iraqis killed from 2014-2015 due to acts of terrorism and violence.

89% of Syrian and Iraqi refugees remain in the region.

13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 4.5 million people living in hard to reach areas.

04 Feb 2016 description

Le Premier Ministre Charles Michel s’est engagé aujourd’hui à la conférence internationale des donateurs Supporting Syria & the Region à Londres à donner, au nom de notre pays, 75 millions d’euros cette année et l’année prochaine et ce, à des fins d’aide humanitaire pour la région syrienne. Les moyens sont destinés à des actions humanitaires en Syrie et dans ses pays voisins, à savoir la Jordanie, le Liban et la Turquie. Dans aucune région du monde, les besoins humanitaires ne sont actuellement aussi importants.

02 Feb 2016 description
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Iraq - On Monday, February 1, 106 Iraqi nationals departed voluntarily from Belgium to Baghdad under IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme.

The group consisted of 93 men, 13 women and 17 children, who travelled with family members (eight families in all). The passengers arrived safely in Baghdad, where they were welcomed by IOM staff. The entire journey – from Brussels to Baghdad – went smoothly.

29 Jan 2016 description

L'Office des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés de Palestine dans le Proche-Orient (UNRWA) remercie la Belgique pour sa contribution de 2,45 millions d'euros. Les fonds sont répartis sur deux projets : le programme d'aide au logement à Gaza et le programme de santé mentale mobile pour les communautés bédouines vulnérables en Cisjordanie.

28 Jan 2016 description
report European Commission
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Press Release
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Member States' financial pledges since 23 September 2015, € million
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Member States' Support to Emergency Relocation Mechanism
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State of Play of Hotspot capacity
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Returns since September
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Accepted Member States' Support to Civil Protection Mechanism for Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 25 January 2016

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

26 Jan 2016 description

GOMA – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) et l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) annoncent l’expansion de leur programme de développement des chaines de valeur des petits producteurs agricoles dans la province du Nord-Kivu.

26 Jan 2016 description


This dashboard presents the preliminary findings of a survey conducted by IOM/DTM Iraq during the months of November and December 2015 in the framework of the DFID-funded project “Understanding complex migration flows from Iraq to Europe through movement tracking and awareness campaigns”.

19 Jan 2016 description

During 2015 MSF teams provided just under 100,000 medical consultations on three search and rescue vessels in the Mediterranean, in Greece, Italy, throughout the Balkans and we are now working in northern France. Many of these consultations were for illnesses and injuries sustained on the life threatening journeys that people were forced to take for want of a safe, legal alternative. In Serbia, for example, 80% of the consultations performed by our medics were related to the tough conditions on the journey.

11 Jan 2016 description

The Kingdom of Belgium has made a generous contribution of EUR 2.45 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s services for Palestine refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory. The contribution will be divided between the UNRWA shelter assistance programme in the Gaza Strip and supporting the Mobile Mental Health Programme, targeting vulnerable Bedouin communities, in the West Bank.

23 Dec 2015 description

Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU has begun implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece, while efforts to increase reception and temporary shelter capacity in Balkan states continue. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available data as of December 14, 2015.

16 Dec 2015 description

Belgium’s USD 285 000 contribution to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) emergency programme in Vanuatu provides help to more than 4 000 families (approximately 20 000 people) in Shefa and Tafea provinces, who continue to face challenges recovering from Tropical Cyclone Pam.

16 Dec 2015 description

La Belgique a fait une donation d’un montant de 1,5 millions d’euros à l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés palestiniens (UNRWA). L’UNRWA essaie de répondre aux besoins urgents des réfugiés palestiniens en Syrie en leur offrant une assistance en espèces.

11 Dec 2015 description

Since April 2012, Madagascar is facing a Migratory Malagasy Locust plague that threatens the food security of 13 million people (60 percent of the population), 9 million of whom rely on agriculture for their living. Rice, other cereal crops and pastures for livestock were at risk of considerable damage because of the locust plague, which could have had a significant negative impact on domestic supply and grain prices.

09 Dec 2015 description

The Kingdom of Belgium has made a generous contribution of EUR 1.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s efforts to respond to the emergency needs of Palestine refugees in Syria (PRS) through the provision of cash assistance to conflict-affected households.

01 Dec 2015 description

A l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de lutte contre le SIDA, ce 1er décembre, nous demandons qu’une attention particulière soit accordée aux conséquences du SIDA et nous appelons à plus de solidarité. La journée mondiale de lutte contre le SIDA fut établie en 1987 et depuis 1997, l’initiative est soutenue par l’ONUSIDA, le programme commun des Nations Unies qui lutte contre le SIDA dans le monde.

01 Dec 2015 description

Children Account for 20% of Maritime Arrivals to Europe in 2015: IOM and UNICEF

Germany - A new data brief produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre and UNICEF shows that children make up at least one in five of the 870,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea so far this year.

30 Nov 2015 description
report European Commission
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Member States pledges
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Civil Protection Mechanism

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 30 November 2015

The European Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.

30 Nov 2015 description
report Médecins du Monde

Le mois dernier, au Quai Willebroeck, Médecins du Monde a réalisé des consultations auprès de plus de 1000 réfugiés, c’est-à-dire une moyenne de 40 par jour. Depuis le 14 novembre, on observe une augmentation significative du nombre de jeunes, de femmes et d’enfants. Leurs conditions de vie précaires et leur désespoir mènent à de plus en plus de tensions entre les réfugiés eux-mêmes. Médecins du Monde appelle le gouvernement à ne pas laisser ces personnes abandonnées à leur sort cet hiver.

27 Nov 2015 description
report Belgian Red Cross

“Je les vois pendant juste quelques minutes, les examine, les soigne, et ils partent. Mais je me souviendrai de chacun d’entre eux toute ma vie. Leurs histoires, leurs sourires, leurs souvenirs…” témoignait en octobre Maria Louvrou, infirmière de la Croix-Rouge Hellénique.