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22 May 2017 description

by Liska Wittenberg

Every summer since 2014 has seen an increase in the number of refugees and migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and Malta. This increase in migration is having a wide-ranging impact on countries of origin, transit, and destination, creating new and complex challenges for governments, humanitarian agencies, the European Union, and the international community at large.

22 May 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Our team on the ground in Bangladesh are preparing to support vulnerable households in the affected areas, where heavy rainfalls and flash floods have resulted in harvest losses and food security has become a major concern.

Alhamdulillah, Islamic Relief UK will respond swiftly, by providing over 4,800 people with immediate access to food, thanks to the continued support of UK donors.

19 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 54,715 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 17 May, with nearly 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 189,950 arrivals across the region through 17 May 2016

IOM Rome reported that, through 17 May this year, 45,754 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy, and over 8,500 – or nearly one fifth of this year’s total – have arrived over the past two weeks. (See chart below.)

19 May 2017 description

Bangladesh - On Wednesday (17 May), the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) helped 43 Bangladeshi migrant workers to return home from Libya.

The returnees were detained by the Libyan authorities for not having valid travel documents, work permits or visas. The return assistance, under IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme, was funded by the European Union and facilitated by the Bangladeshi Embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM), and IOM missions in Tripoli and Dhaka.

19 May 2017 description
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Key Facts

  • 2,150 Estimated number of UAC currently in Greece based on analysis from referrals to EKKA (as of 15 May 2017)

  • 1,294 Total number of places available in UAC shelters (filled, pending assigned cases as of 15 May, including 113 vacant places in the process to be filled)

  • 1,013 Total number of UAC on waiting list for shelter (as of 15 May) including:

  • 173 in Reception and Identification Centers

  • 61 in protective custody

18 May 2017 description

Report highlights need for early warnings and disaster risk reduction

GENEVA 18 May 2017 (WMO) – The World Meteorological Organization has announced « world records » for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has broadened its scope from temperature and weather records to address the impacts of specific events.

18 May 2017 description

CEPSA Report Explores Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation The Strauss Center's Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) program has released a new report titled “Policy Architectures for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South and Southeast Asia: Evidence from Bangladesh and Nepal.” The report is co-authored by Catherine Weaver, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center, and Graduate Research Assistants Nisha Krishnan and Caleb Rudow.

17 May 2017 description

This is the first consolidated presentation of the reported results of CERF funding, covering a full year of CERF allocations. As such, it serves as a pilot and will inform future CERF results reporting. This report was compiled on the basis of information provided by Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/ HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in 66 consolidated reports covering the results of more than 450 CERF-funded projects.

17 May 2017 description

Bangladeshi security forces have detained more than a dozen members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim community and two men accused of attempting to smuggle them into Malaysia by boat on May 9, said the Office-in-Charge (OC), Mainuddin Khan from Teknaf police station.

The two Bangladeshis were charged with people smuggling offences after arranging the trip to Malaysia, the first time in two years would-be migrants have attempted to journey there by boat, said Teknaf police chief Mainuddin Khan.

17 May 2017 description

A new report released on Tuesday provides another grim accounting of gross human rights abuses allegedly committed by security forces against the Rohingya in northern Arakan State, according to the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.

Based on an enquiry conducted across the border in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, the report comes while the government steadfastly refuses to cooperate with a United Nations fact-finding mission in the restive region, as well as Kachin and Shan states.

16 May 2017 description
report European Union

There were more than 14 100 detections of illegal border crossings on the three main migratory routes into the EU in April, 2% higher than the number of detections from the previous month. The total number of detections in the first four months of 2017 fell 84% from the same period of last year to almost 47 000, even though Italy continued to see numbers higher than a year ago.

Central Mediterranean

16 May 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Reports emerging from the sea rescue effort between Italy and Libya suggest around 20 men, women and children are missing and feared dead after rescuers were able to pluck some 500 survivors from the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend.

15 May 2017 description

Between 1 January and 30 April 2017, 37,235 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 33% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (27,926). As in previous years, monthly arrivals were comparatively lower during the winter, due to less favourable weather and sea conditions. Monthly arrivals increased in the spring: in April 2017, 12,943 refugees and migrants reached Italian shores.

15 May 2017 description

Between 1 January and 30 April 2017, 5,190 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 14% of all sea arrivals in this period. This proportion is comparable to the first four months of 2016, when 16% of those arriving by sea were UASC. Their numbers, however, have increased compared to last year, when 4,541 UASC arrived in the first four months of the year.