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05 Feb 2016 description
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  • Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.

  • See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.

02 Feb 2016 description
  • 67,193 arrivals by sea in 2016
  • 368 dead/missing in 2016 as of 10:00 CET 2 February
29 Jan 2016 description

55,528 arrivals by sea in 2016

244 dead/missing in 2016 as of 10:00 CET 29 January

1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

28 Jan 2016 description

Sofia, 28 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is extremely alarmed at reports of two dead bodies being found on the Bulgarian border with Serbia, last week. UNHCR is seeking further details after being alerted about the deaths by the Bulgarian Border Police. The two men, apparently, have died of cold while trying to cross into Serbia from Western Bulgaria.

28 Jan 2016 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 22:38 GMT

Germany moved Thursday to toughen its asylum policies, as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain the migrant crisis.

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced that Germany will place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of "safe countries of origin" -- meaning their nationals would have little chance of winning asylum.

Some migrants will also be blocked from bringing their families to join them in Germany for two years, Gabriel said.

28 Jan 2016 description


  • 4,093 (1,134 on 22/01; 1,064 on 23/01; 1,895 on 24/01) refugees and migrants arrived: 3,837 (1,033 on 22/01; 1,017 on 23/01; 1,787 on 24/01) from fYRo Macedonia and 256 (101 on 22/01; 47 on 23/01 and 108 on 24/01) from Bulgaria

  • 2,585 (580 on 22/01; 1,147 on 23/01; 858 on 24/01) asylum seekers departed to Croatia  Official statistics on registration are not available

  • The climate remained very inhospitable, with sub-zero temperatures and snow at all refugee sites

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

27 Jan 2016 description

Missing Migrants Project is a database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants along migratory routes worldwide. This info-graphic focuses on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region. #MissingMigrants

26 Jan 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total affected population: 1.3 million
Total affected children: 550,0006

Total people to be reached in 2016: 447,000
Total children to be reached in 2016: 298,000

2016 Programme Targets

Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:

26 Jan 2016 description

Missing Migrants Project is a database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants along migratory routes worldwide. This info-graphic focuses on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region. #MissingMigrants

25 Jan 2016 description


  • The number of average daily refugee arrivals fell from close to 8,000 two months ago and some 3,000 a month ago to below 1,850.

  • The number of arrivals into Serbia from Bulgaria further decreased, with an average of 63 asylumseekers arriving daily across the entire stretch of this border. Around 250 asylum-seekers were assisted in Belgrade on average each day.

20 Jan 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Halt Summary Returns, Beatings, Robbery of Asylum Seekers

(Budapest, January 20, 2016) – Bulgarian law enforcement officials summarily return asylum seekers and migrants to Turkey, often after stealing their belongings and subjecting them to violence, Human Rights Watch said today.

19 Jan 2016 description


Over the last few days, severe weather conditions (rains, snow, ice, low temperatures, winds) affected several areas of Europe, especially the south-eastern countries.

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.

16 Jan 2016 description
report REACH Initiative

REACH in the Balkans: Real time monitoring and profiling of migration trends towards Europe