September 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen
Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia
October 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic
Conflict resolution opportunities
Refugee emergency in Europe: UNHCR appeals for USD 128 million
What is the European Agenda on Migration and what is its state of play?
Tackling migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The Agenda, adopted on 13 May 2015 put forward concrete actions to respond to the immediate crisis and save lives at sea, and proposed structural responses for the medium and long term.
By Berta Acero
CAIRO, 14 September 2015 – Health services across the region continue to deal with the impact of the severe sandstorm which hit the Middle East last week, sweeping across Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, causing casualties and sending dozens to hospitals, as health risks particularly respiratory problems increased. Other countries in the region, like Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, were affected by the clouds of dust and sand causing flight delays and disrupting school activities.
In response to the growing numbers of refugees and migrants arriving in the European Region, WHO supports countries by offering medical supplies, assessing national preparedness to assist people in need, training personnel at points of entry in public health and migration matters, and providing information materials.
Kofinou, Cyprus | AFP | Thursday 9/10/2015 - 02:55 GMT
by Nadera Bouazza
Palestinian pensioner Zahra Zahroura always imagined seeing out her days in her adopted Syrian hometown of Homs, sustained by the hope that being made a refugee once was enough for any lifetime.
But as the war in Syria worsened the 84-year-old was forced to flee a second time, aiming for a new life in mainland Europe but making it only as far as Cyprus, lucky to be alive at all.
Beyrouth, Liban | AFP | mardi 08/09/2015 - 15:13 GMT
Au moins huit personnes sont mortes et des centaines d'autres hospitalisées pour problèmes respiratoires au Proche-Orient à cause d'une tempête de sable qui affecte notamment des camps de réfugiés syriens.
Les nuages de sable ont obscurci mardi, pour le deuxième jour consécutif, le ciel d'une grande partie du Liban, de la Syrie, d'Israël, des territoires palestiniens et de Chypre.
Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Tuesday 9/8/2015 - 14:43 GMT
A dense sandstorm engulfing parts of the Middle East left at least eight people dead and hundreds suffering from respiratory problems on Tuesday, as officials warned residents to stay indoors.
Large parts of Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Cyprus were shrouded in a thick cloud of dust from the storm that began sweeping into the region on Monday.
Refugees from Syria now living in basic conditions in Lebanon were badly affected.
A total of USD 30.5 million is requested from June 2015 to December 2016 for the initial response plan for the refugee crisis in Europe (RCE), in the affected countries of Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, France (Calais), Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Serbia, Spain, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey.
Nicosia, Cyprus | AFP | Monday 9/7/2015 - 14:28 GMT |
EU member Cyprus said Monday it was willing to take in up to 300 refugees to help ease the crisis facing the European Union but preferred them to be Christians.
"We have already stated that 260, a maximum of 300, people can be taken in" by the small eastern Mediterranean island, Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos told state radio.
Nicosia, Cyprus | AFP | Sunday 9/6/2015 - 17:35 GMT
by Charlie Charalambous with Nadera Bouazza
Cyprus said rescuers on Sunday saved more than 100 refugees fleeing the war in Syria after their boat ran into trouble overnight off the Mediterranean island.
The 115 people, including 54 women and children, had been aboard a small fishing boat about 40 nautical miles from the southern port of Larnaca at the time they struck trouble, said a source in the island's Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.
August 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen
- Improved situations
Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka
September 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen
Conflict resolution opportunities
- Around 53,500 Syrians arrived so far in Southern Europe in 2015.
- Some 272,500 Syrians applied for asylum in Europe (28), Norway and Switzerland since 2011, less than 6% of Syrians who fled the conflict.
- In 2015, 5,300 new asylum applications were registered from Syrians in Southern Europe, over three times more than the same period of 2014 (1,704 applications).
- Around 32,500 Syrians arrived so far in Southern Europe in 2015.
- Some 235,000 Syrians applied for asylum in Europe (28), Norway and Switzerland since 2011, less than 6% of Syrians who fled the conflict.
- In 2015, 3,707 new asylum applications were registered from Syrians in Southern Europe, over three times more than the same period of 2014 (1,128 applications).
Riga, Latvia | AFP | Tuesday 4/21/2015 - 18:32 GMT
The European Commission on Tuesday urged EU members to tackle the health challenges posed by the influx of asylum seekers in the Mediterranean, including sharing hospital resources.
"The emergency is there, now, it's concrete," Commission official Ladislav Miko told reporters in Latvia's capital Riga.
There was "suffering which needs to be addressed very fast," he added.
Almost 20,500 Syrians arrived so far in Southern Europe in 2015.
Some 235,000 Syrians applied for asylum in Europe (28), Norway and Switzerland since 2011, less than 6% of Syrians who fled the conflict.
In 2015, 3,132 new asylum applications were registered from Syrians in Southern Europe, almost three times more than the same period of 2014 (1,128 applications).