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11 Jul 2016 description
report European Union
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Executive Summary

The 2015 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the number and nature of applications for international protection made in the EU+ (1). It examines how those applications were processed and indicates important developments at EU+ and national level in order to describe the functioning of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) in each of its key aspects.

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01 Jul 2016 description

The Government of Denmark has announced a generous contribution of DKK 30 million (US$ 4.46 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) towards the 2016 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal. This contribution will help the Agency provide vital humanitarian assistance and emergency services to respond to the needs of Palestine refugees who have been affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria, including those who have been displaced internally or to neighbouring Lebanon. 

01 Jul 2016 description

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen, launches a new strategy for Denmark’s continued engagement in Palestine (2016-2020). The Danish engagement in Palestine is based on a broad consensus within the Danish Parliament to support the objective of a two-state solution.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen, states:

30 Jun 2016 description

Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Thursday 6/30/2016 - 11:39 GMT

Danish police announced Thursday they confiscated cash worth nearly 11,000 euros from migrants under a controversial law allowing authorities to seize valuables from people trying to obtain asylum in the country.

It marked the first time police used the law, which took effect in February.

"The police in Copenhagen have seized around 79,600 kroner (10,700 euros, $11,900) from five foreigners who were trying to enter the country with fake identity papers," the police said in a statement.

28 Jun 2016 description

KAHRAMANMARAŞ, Turkey – The Danish Refugee Council on Tuesday opened the first Community Centre (CC) in Kahramanmaraş province, Turkey, hosting more than 80,000 Syrian refugees.

The new ECHO-funded CC is part of a bigger programme of centers that DRC is implementing in center Turkey. Through all type of services, DRC supported more than 137,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 alone, in close collaboration with the authorities.

"Our top priority is to provide essential support to both the refugee and Turkish host community," said DRC Secretary General Andreas Kamm.

22 Jun 2016 description

EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE

Colombo, 22 June 2016 – The European Commission is providing a further € 500 000 (LKR 81 640 000) in humanitarian funding to Sri Lanka to bring emergency assistance to communities affected by Tropical Storm Roanu, which wreaked havoc across large parts of the country last month.

15 Jun 2016 description
report European Commission
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Press Release
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Communication from the Commission: Fourth Report on Relocation and Resettlement
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Annex: Relocations from Greece by 14 June
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Annex: Relocations from Italy by 14 June
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Annex: Resettlement State of Play as of 10 June

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 15 June 2016

Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month.

07 Jun 2016 description

BALANCE

As of 22 May, US$ 31,381,306 is available with the administrative agent MPTF with deposits from:

Australia
US$ 5,848,785
May 2016

Denmark
US$ 1,448,394
January 2016

Germany
US$ 1,122,900
April 2016

Netherlands
US$ 6,810,000
April 2016

Sweden (SIDA)
US$ 7,467,624
March 2016

UK (DFID)
US$ 8,875,800
December 2015

2016 PLEDGES

04 Jun 2016 description

Strategic Assessment

The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.

03 Jun 2016 description

​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 29 May - 4 June 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, an outbreak of enterovirus and yellow fever.

27 May 2016 description

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 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

24 May 2016 description

ISTANBUL – Denmark and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed a landmark agreement today to ensure flexible, predictable and multi-year funding to support WFP’s efforts toward reaching zero hunger globally by 2030.

The first Strategic Partnership Agreement was signed by Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and provides multi-year funding that is not earmarked for specific countries.

19 May 2016 description
report European Commission

Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken up to 13 May 2016. Overall, progress remains unsatisfactory since the Commission's second report, despite signs of increased preparation for future action: few relocations have taken place since mid-April, though the pipeline of future relocations has been strengthened.

12 May 2016 description

Zoom sur l’in­ser­tion pro­fes­sion­nelle de cent jeunes maliens en si­tua­tion pré­caire à Tombouctou.

Avec l'ap­pui de Swiss­con­tact, les po­pu­la­tions du Nord bé­né­fi­cient de for­ma­tions pro­fes­sion­nelles ci­blées qui leur per­mettent de trou­ver un em­ploi ou d'amé­lio­rer leurs re­ve­nus. C'est le cas de 100 jeunes de Tom­bouc­tou, ac­com­pa­gnés pas à pas pour le dé­mar­rage d'ac­ti­vi­tés gé­né­ra­trices de re­ve­nus. Pre­mière étape pour la réus­site de ces jeunes : l'in­for­ma­tion et l'orien­ta­tion pro­fes­sion­nelle.

10 May 2016 description

Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Tuesday 5/10/2016 - 12:09 GMT

Two migrants were in hospital after authorities pulled them from icy waters off Denmark on Monday as they tried to reach Sweden to ask for asylum, Danish police said.

The rescued migrants were part of a group of four who attempted crossing the strait between Denmark and Sweden, where the water is around eight degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit).

05 May 2016 description
report European Commission
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Press Release
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Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on internal border controls

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 4 May 2016

02 May 2016 description
report European Union

Asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors

Slightly more than half are Afghans

In 2015, 88 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. While their number always stood between 11 000 and 13 000 in the EU over the period 2008-2013, it almost doubled in 2014 to reach slightly more than 23 000 persons, then nearly quadrupled in 2015.