Over 15 million people have been displaced due to conflict in Syria and Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented at least 260,000 Syrians killed in the conflict since it began in 2011. The UN reported at least 26,600 Iraqis killed from 2014-2015 due to acts of terrorism and violence.
89% of Syrian and Iraqi refugees remain in the region.
13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 4.5 million people living in hard to reach areas.
Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.
See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.
Berlin, Germany | AFP | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 22:38 GMT
Germany moved Thursday to toughen its asylum policies, as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain the migrant crisis.
Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced that Germany will place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of "safe countries of origin" -- meaning their nationals would have little chance of winning asylum.
Some migrants will also be blocked from bringing their families to join them in Germany for two years, Gabriel said.
The European Commission has granted Finland EUR 8 million in emergency funding for the reception of asylum seekers between 1 September 2015 and 31 January 2016. This assistance is allocated for the Tornio registration centre and eight reception centres in Lapland.
Finland applied for emergency funding under the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) in October. These resources are used to cover financial needs that could not be incorporated in national funding and, thus, to respond to the cost pressures created by the migration situation.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 25 January 2016
OXFORD, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - A new Danish law that will allow police to search asylum seekers arriving in the country and confiscate any cash or valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,460) has been widely condemned by refugee and human rights groups. But it is only the latest among a raft of new laws introduced by EU member states in the past six months aimed at deterring asylum seekers from lodging claims on their territory.
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
This dashboard presents the preliminary findings of a survey conducted by IOM/DTM Iraq during the months of November and December 2015 in the framework of the DFID-funded project “Understanding complex migration flows from Iraq to Europe through movement tracking and awareness campaigns”.
Friday 1/22/2016 - 18:06 GMT
Nearly 70 percent of Iraqi asylum seekers in Finland whose applications were processed last year have abandoned their claims, with many returning home instead, officials said Friday.
Statistics from the Nordic country's immigration service revealed Finland processed 3,700 Iraqi asylum seeker decisions in 2015 and nearly 2,600 of the decisions were "expired", meaning the applicants had either cancelled the process or disappeared.
Positive discussions are ongoing between Finland and Iraq concerning the return of Iraqis whose application for asylum in Finland has been refused or who have cancelled their application. Both countries would like to step up cooperation on voluntary return, in particular.
Finland has two goals in these discussions: firstly, to ensure as smooth and effective administrative return procedure as possible for those returning to Iraq voluntarily; and secondly, in the future, to also enable the return of those who are removed from Finland but do not want to return to Iraq voluntarily.
REPORTING PERIOD 14 - 20 Jan 2016
Flow Monitoring: As of 18 January 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 2,700 migrants and asylum seekers. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi,
Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 93%.
Jerusalem, December 21, 2015– Finland contributed the amount of EUR 3.6 million, equivalent to US$3.9 million to the Palestinian Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID fund) administered by the World Bank.
The funds contributed by the Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs will support the Palestinian Authority improving water, energy and local government services provided to citizens.
In the last humanitarian aid funding allocation of the current year, Finland has awarded with the decision by the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka a total of EUR 17.4 million to two UN organizations – The World Food Program WFP and the refugee organization UNHCR – for their work concerning long-running and underfunded crises in Middle East and Africa.
Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU has begun implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece, while efforts to increase reception and temporary shelter capacity in Balkan states continue. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available data as of December 14, 2015.
9 December 2015 – On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Finland's membership to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the country on its leadership in advancing the Organization's work on peace and security, development and human rights, and expressed his gratitude for the country's solidarity with refugees in the region.
YANGON, Myanmar — UNFPA, Finland and Sweden are launching a 3-year US$11.8 million1 joint initiative to protect the rights of women and girls in Myanmar.Working with local and international partners, the focus is on the most vulnerable women and girls in the remote and conflict-affected areas of Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan states. The initiative is a commitment to prevent and respond to violence perpetrated against women and girls in Myanmar, and to realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) welcomes the new infusion of US $248 million for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which was announced Monday at the global climate summit in Paris.
SOS Children’s Villages International calls on authorities to fulfil the rights of refugee and migrant children by increasing safe and legal ways for children and their families to come to Europe, ensuring dignified and humane reception facilities, not detaining children, and helping families stay together.
Children Account for 20% of Maritime Arrivals to Europe in 2015: IOM and UNICEF
Germany - A new data brief produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre and UNICEF shows that children make up at least one in five of the 870,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea so far this year.