According to available data, there have been 46,015 new arrivals to Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Spain between 1 January and 30 April 2017.
Until 30 April 2017, there were estimated 37,248 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 27,926 arrivals recorded at the end of the same month in 2016 (33% increase). Contrary to that, Greece has seen a 96% lower number of arrivals by the end April 2017 when compared to the same period 2016 (5,742 and 156,551 respectively).
Author: Thomas Ruttig and Jelena Bjelica
Bern, 16.05.2017 - Migration, its consequences and what a country like Switzerland can do to help will be at the top of the agenda during Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter's two-day trip to Cyprus and Jordan. Mr Burkhalter, who is head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will be in Cyprus on Friday to attend the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. He will then go to Amman, the capital of Jordan, to inaugurate a water supply system in Azraq refugee camp.
Belgium - The UN Migration Agency’s (IOM) office in Greece reports that, as of 30 April 2017, over 12,000 asylum seekers have been relocated from Greece to other European Union (EU) Member and Associated States.
The total through the end of April was 12,496 asylum seekers who have been relocated from Greece since the launch of the EU Relocation Scheme in October 2015, continuing a clear upward trend.
Key figures (Oct 2015 - 12 Apr 2017)
- 5,001 persons relocated
- 10,659 places pledged
- 34,953 target
BY PHILLIP CONNOR
The European Union, Norway and Switzerland received nearly 66,000 asylum applications from unaccompanied minor migrants in 2016, a decline of nearly 40% from 2015’s record total but still well above the total of prior years, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical agency.
By Jemin B Guillermo
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, May 2 (PIA6) – Capiceños expressed their thanks to the people of Switzerland for the P35-million school buildings cum evacuation centers for the island and coastal barangays in Capiz.
HEKS Swiss Church Aid delegate Anita Maria Frey Bozovic said that the money spent for the three evacuation centers in the province is from the people of Switzerland, which was just coursed through their international non-government organization.
Bern, 25.04.2017 - “We are mobilising humanitarian assistance for the people of Yemen and telling them loud and clear that they have not been forgotten”, said the head of the FDFA at the beginning of the donor conference in Geneva. At the conference organised by the United Nations, Switzerland and Sweden, 1.1 billion CHF was pledged to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen. These funds are urgently needed because Yemen is currently experiencing the biggest famine worldwide.
South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen have been facing famine conditions since February 2017. A total of 20 million people are threatened by food insecurity brought on by armed conflicts and the climatic impacts of El Niño. The SDC, which already operates in these four countries, has released additional funding to deliver emergency aid and to expand its development assistance activities.
The camp in Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk was destroyed this week after a fire broke out, injuring at least 10 people.
Conclusions and options for response
A multi-country cluster of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) involving 28 migrants has been delineated by whole genome sequencing (WGS).
The Swiss Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs (SECO) will finance 5 million euros to help prevent floods in three Mekong Delta cities including An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau in the 2017-2019 period.
In addition to this aid, in order to implement this program, the Vietnamese side must provide a counterpart fund of around 500,000 euros from the central and local budget of three provinces participating in the project. Thus, the total capital to implement the project is about 5.5 million euros.
Media release, 03.04.2017
The Swiss Confederation spent 0.39% of its gross national income (GNI) on international cooperation and international aid in 2016, compared with 0.41% in 2015. The reduction is the result of the savings measures adopted by the Swiss parliament. Switzerland's official development assistance (ODA) nonetheless increased from 0.51% of GNI in 2015 to 0.54% in 2016 when the costs associated with a significant number of new asylum-seekers in 2015 are taken into account.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 2-8 April 2017 and includes updates on influenza, MDR TB and Measles.
Refugee rights subsiding? New AIDA comparative report
An AIDA comparative report launched today discusses the impact of Europe’s two-tier protection regime, distinguishing between refugee status and subsidiary protection, on the rights of those granted protection.
Les pays directement concernés par la route migratoire reliant l’Afrique à l’Europe par la Méditerranée centrale veulent mieux coordonner leurs activités. La conseillère fédérale Simonetta Sommaruga a échangé dimanche 19 et lundi 20 mars à Rome avec ses homologues de huit pays européens et nord-africains sur des approches communes pour relever les défis liés à cette route migratoire. La priorité est de sauver des vies et de lutter contre le trafic d’êtres humains.
Dona agua, plantas potabilizadoras portátiles y otros
El gobierno de Suiza expresó su solidaridad con el Perú frente a los fenómenos naturales que se registran en diversas zonas del país, en especial en las regiones del norte, a causa de un evento del Fenómeno El Niño Costero.
Refirió que esta ayuda, que se concretará a través de la Cooperación Suiza SECO y la Cooperación Suiza Cosude, estará dirigida a las zonas rurales de Piura y Lambayeque, las regiones más afectadas por los embates de la naturaleza.
Conclusions and options for response