HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,850. 6,565 (84%) of them were sheltered in 17 winterised government facilities. The rest were sleeping rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.
Author : Thomas Ruttig
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,700. Over 6,600 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities (below chart refers). The rest were staying rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.
The updated Country Report on Switzerland tracks recent developments in practice and case law governing asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention of asylum seekers and integration of beneficiaries of protection.
Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.
According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.
Author: Thomas Ruttig
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,700. Close to 6,500 (85%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. The others were staying rough in Belgrade city centre or in the North near the Hungarian border.
This 3-page map is a comprehensive overview of the humanitarian situation in Syria and Iraq as a result of conflict throughout 2016, and the years prior. Page 1 highlights humanitarian access and internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout Iraq and Syria, with a timeline of key events in 2016; page 2 includes 4 inset maps of major flashpoints of conflict and displacement in 2016; and page 3 is a comprehensive summary of displacement inside Iraq/Syria and all of the surrounding refugee-hosting nations (including Europe).
The number of arrivals by sea and land to Europe for 2015 exceeded one million on the 20th December, with the total number registered by the relevant national authorities standing at 1,046,599 according to IOM’s DTM system in coordination with relevant IOM missions and national authority partners. Of these,
20.2 percent were Afghans whilst 2.7 percent were Pakistani nationals. In data from January to the end of May 2016, the cumulative total of 220,796 arrivals included 19.5 percent Afghan and 3 percent Pakistani nationals.
The total number of arrivals to Europe by the end of December 2016 has been recorded as 387,739. This is in stark contrast to the 1, 046,599 arrivals recorded in 2015. The decrease in numbers of arrivals can be observed across many of the countries which saw the highest numbers of arrivals in 2015. In Greece 2016 brought 176,906 arrivals compared to the 857,363 recorded in 2015, a 79% decrease, while Italy saw a slight (16%) rise in numbers of arri-vals, from 155,842 in 2015 to 181,436 in 2016.
Tracking Earthquake and Flood Risks across Europe and Central Asia to Enhance Disaster Resilience
A new publication released by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery examines current and future trends in terms of earthquake and flood risks for 32 countries across the Europe and Central Asia region.
A period of exceptionally cold and snowy winter weather occurred in the first half of January 2017 in Eastern, Central and Southern Europe, including Turkey and Greece.
Homeless people, asylum seekers, refugees in camps and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have been among the most vulnerable.
In Greece and the Balkans, teams are assisting both the local population (homeless, vulnerable people, stranded motorists) and asylum seekers and refugees who have already endured months in harsh conditions.
Backlogs and brutal weather compound hardships facing stranded children
NEW YORK, 20 January 2017 – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses -- and even death from hypothermia, UNICEF said today.
The past year was a turning point in the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, marked by changing migration trends, more dangerous journeys and shift in the profiles of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe, including women and children. Moreover, in 2016 the number of unaccompanied and separated children crossing the Central Mediterranean doubled compared to the previous year.
Severe winter weather and extreme temperatures as low as – 30 degrees Celsius in some areas affected much of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, including Turkey and Greece in the first two weeks of January 2017.
SHORT NOTE 14 January 2017
Temperatures have dropped down to -20°C at night in Serbia since early January 2017 – way below the average low of -2°C. Even during the day, temperatures are sometimes below -10°C.
The refugee and migrant population has been particularly affected by the cold wave, due to poor shelter and NFI conditions, and low access to healthcare. There are at least 7,200 refugees in Serbia, with 80 to 100 arriving daily, and around 100 crossing onwards into other countries every week.
The lowest temperatures in decades and a blanket of heavy snow in parts of the Balkans, Greece, and Eastern Europe are causing dozens of deaths, power outages, and travel delays.
Authorities have blamed at least 73 deaths on the extreme weather, the coldest since 1963, including at least 15 people who froze to death in the Balkans this week -- four elderly men in Bosnia-Herzegovina, six people in Serbia, two homeless men in Kosovo, and an elderly woman and two homeless men in Macedonia.
Switzerland - IOM today expressed its concern for thousands of migrants, asylum seekers and others enduring freezing winter conditions across Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. The region has been hit by some of the heaviest snowfall and the most severe icy temperatures in years.
With temperatures hovering below zero (centigrade) across the Continent, the United Nations Migration Agency has learned of dozens of deaths due to exposure—including those of migrants recently arrived in cities like Rome and of others in transit across the Balkans.