| Overview |
The North Africa subregion serves as either a transit or final destination for sizeable mixed migration movements from subSaharan Africa. In addition, the instability still affecting much of North Africa continues to generate irregular movements from the region to Europe. UNHCR offices throughout North Africa witnessed an increase in the number of asylum-seekers in 2013.
Who are we?
The MENA Zone consists of three regions (North Africa, Middle East and the Gulf). IFRC has Regional Representations for North Africa (based in Tunis) and for the Gulf (based in Amman), as well as Country Representations currently in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, and Syria.
The Zone Office is based in Beirut.
What is our mission?
At all levels, the support the MENA Zone will provide to the NSs aims to achieve two overarching objectives:
New adult groups and small swarms form in Sinai
Hopper bands in Israel for the first time in 50 years; adult groups in interior of Saudi Arabia
As a result of egg-laying in mid-March and low temperatures, hatching occurred from mid-April onwards in the western Negev Desert of Israel and in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt where hoppers are now forming groups and bands in both areas.
La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée préoccupante en mars dans les aires de reproduction hivernale le long des deux rives de la mer Rouge avec la poursuite des opérations de lutte contre des bandes larvaires et des essaims.
General Situation during March 2013 Forecast until mid-May 2013
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
In Focus 1
North Africa 2
Northeast Africa 4
Horn of Africa 6
This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 31 July — 13 August, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org
In this issue
IOM support migrant and communities in the aftermath of the Libyan crisis
IOM Cairo-UNHCR-Egypt-U.S. Cooperation to resettle refugees stranded at the Libyan border\
Learning Italian as an opportunity to increase employability in the tourism sector.
Combating human trafficking in Egypt
Following the outbreak of violence in the Libyan Arab Jamahirya in February, and in order to assist tens of thousands of people fleeing the conflict in that country, a Regional Flash Appeal was launched on 7 March. Three weeks on, the Flash Appeal has enabled organizations to provide coordinated humanitarian aid to affected populations. The Flash Appeal requested US$160.3 million and (as of 1 April) has received $113 million (70%) in funding towards its original requirements.
Decentralization efforts continue with increased capacity in regions
November 21, 2009, Rome - FAO continues its efforts to strengthen the capacity of its decentralized offices. This week, agreements were signed with the Governments of Barbados, Egypt and Tunisia to increase the capacity of the UN agency's decentralized offices to respond to the needs of member countries in a timely and effective manner.
The agreements, which foresee additional inputs by the host governments, will upscale the technical capacity of FAO's offices in these three regions to the …