Egypt - This week IOM moved the last of nearly 600 refugees – half of them Syrian – from Egypt to Germany as part of the country’s Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP).
HAP is designed to enable the swift entry of refugees to Germany to secure their immediate protection until such time as they are able to return home in safety and dignity or find other durable solutions.
OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Two weeks have elapsed since the terrorist attacks in Paris. With the news that at least two of the attackers posed as refugees to enter Europe via Greece, a number of EU countries have taken steps to shore up their borders and restrict entry by asylum seekers, citing both security concerns and capacity problems. Here’s a round-up of which countries have done what:
OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.
BERLIN, Nov 24 (UNHCR) – Gripping the handlebars of the unfamiliar, borrowed bicycle, Shiraz peers down at her right foot and places it hesitantly on the raised pedal. Lifting her head, eyes fixed on the wide sweep of park beyond, she glides off as her left leg falls irresistibly into a pedalling rhythm.
A. Aim of this guidance
The note outlines benefits, risks, options, and resources for supporting appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit situations in Europe.
The unprecedented influx of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region poses a public health challenge that needs to be addressed in a timely and effective manner. An effective response to this challenge will require strengthening of national and regional health systems to ensure that all refugees and migrants have easy access to the needed health services. In dealing with such a challenge, the principles of equity, solidarity, human rights and dignity must be adhered to.
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Steinmeier and his Italian counterpart Gentiloni, the Foreign Ministers of the Western Balkans met in Berlin on Tuesday, 24 November. The main focus of the talks was the current refugee crisis. The Ministers also discussed economic issues regarding investment and economic growth in the region.
The refugee and migrant crisis does not just pose a major challenge for the European Union but also for the countries in the Western Balkans.
Chair’s Summary – Publication of the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
The Chair of the G7 has the honour to present the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Published: 24 November 2015
Berlin/Geneva, 20 November 2015 – The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, has praised the “remarkable and principled” efforts of the German Red Cross to meet the needs of tens of thousands of vulnerable people on the move.
Speaking at the end of a visit to Berlin, Mr Sy said the German Red Cross response was another illustration of the dedication of Red Cross volunteers and staff across the country.
11/22/2015 - 12:45 GMT
Berlin has opened a shelter at the former headquarters of communist East Germany's feared Stasi secret police to help house a record influx of asylum seekers, weekend media reports said.
Nearly 500 people, most of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been staying in the foreign intelligence wing of the imposing former Ministry of State Security since late Friday, the daily Berliner Zeitung said. Up to 900 people will eventually be housed there temporarily.
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany granted 500 000 Euro support to the International Red Cross Society to finance the project “ICRC – Physical Rehabilitation in Myanmar 2015".
The project activities shall mostly focused on improvement of the living conditions of the affected population in Kachin State, Rakhine State and Shan State.
An Update on the Migrant and Refugee Crisis
Refugee and migrant flows in Europe are at an unprecedented high – so far this year, almost 793,000 people have arrived by sea. Some 158,000 of them are children.
The month of October has seen an increasing number of families with children and babies, unaccompanied children and children with disabilities.
Between 19 and 31 October, more than 12,440 children have rested and played in UNICEF child-friendly spaces in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia.
More than 800.000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to get to Europe this year – most of them from Syria and Afghanistan.
Six people who have made the dangerous journey, explain why they fled.
In dad´s footsteps
Name: Majed (10) From: Homs, Syria
”I would like to see my father again. He is in Sweden”, says Majed.
The Syrian boy had just started primary school in Homs when the war broke out.
PARIS/OXFORD, 18 novembre 2015 (IRIN) - Vendredi soir, Fade Kintar, un ingénieur chimiste de 24 ans originaire de Damas, était devant la télévision avec d'autres réfugiés syriens, à regarder l'horreur des attentats terroristes multiples frappant Paris, dans son logement temporaire de Sontra, en Allemagne.
The board of the European Investment Bank yesterday approved more than EUR 12 billion of new loans expected to support investment in roads, railways, industrial innovation, social housing, hospitals, and energy, as well as lending by leading local banks to enhance access to finance by small businesses across Europe and around the world.
The Board opened its work by observing a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.
By Kristy Siegfried
PARIS/OXFORD, 16 November 2015 (IRIN) - Fade Kintar, a 24-year-old chemical engineer from Damascus, was among a group of Syrian refugees watching the horror of multiple terrorist attacks in Paris unfold on TV on Friday night in his temporary housing unit in the German town of Sontra. “When we saw that on the news, all those attacks there, we just felt afraid,” he said.