Belgium - Over 10,000 asylum seekers have now been relocated from Greece and Italy to other European Union (EU) member states through the EU relocation programme, according to IOM, which is facilitating the operation.
This week, 168 people left Greece for Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway and Portugal. Another 81 people were relocated from Italy to Spain. This brings the total number of people relocated under the scheme to 10,189 since its launch in October 2015.
One year after the great refugee influx reached Europe, lasting changes are seen to have occurred in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. All four have tightened their asylum policies, in some cases drastically, and border controls between them have been reinstated for the first time since the 1950s. While differences over joint EU migration policy also remain, the situation has also created awareness of the need to improve coordination of migration and integration policies in Northern Europe. Closer coordination with Germany would also be desirable.
The European Commission is currently working alongside EU Member States to facilitate emergency aid deliveries in Iraq, to help people affected by the crisis in Mosul.
EAST JERUSALEM, 23 December 2016 – Today UNICEF and the Representative Office of Finland to Palestine signed a grant agreement for an innovative, cross-sectoral project aimed at promoting a culture of non-violence in Palestinian schools.
Thanks to a contribution of EUR one million from Finland, the new UNICEF programme will support efforts to address the violence which affects Palestinian children from their early years through adolescence.
Oct 2015 – 06 Dec 2016
1,950 persons relocated
5,839 places pledged
As of 06 Dec 2016
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Press release 239/2016
IDA18, the donor meetings for replenishing the resources of the International Development Association IDA (a part of the World Bank) were completed on 15 December in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The IDA lends money on concessional terms as well as providing aid to the poorest developing countries.
Today the European Commission is stepping up its response for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq by a further €25 million, bringing total EU humanitarian aid to €159 million in 2016. The new funding comes in addition to aid deliveries this week by EU member states which were channelled via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for the current emergency in Mosul.
Finland has today sent 268 tents, camping mats, blankets, tarpaulins and soap to the UN organisations in Mosul, Iraq, to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the area. Furthermore, Finland donated 1,000 Finnish maternity packages containing baby clothes and care products to Iraq. The assistance sent by Finland is based on the request for humanitarian assistance in Mosul presented by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to the European Union.
A cargo plane carrying close to 40 tonnes (more than 290 cubic metres) of emergency supplies will land in Erbil, Iraq, in the first of several operations organised jointly by the European Commission and Member States.
Combined Europe Population Movement Operations Update Timeframe covered: August - November 2016
A. Situation overview - Highlights
Since the EU-Turkey agreement, sea arrivals to Greece have significantly dropped compared to 2015, but many migrants continue to reach Europe. Since the summer, there was a shift of sea arrivals to Italy, but every European country has been affected by the migration crisis which is the biggest one for the continent since the second World War.
◾Since the start of the military offensive on 17 October, 69 000 people have been displaced from the region of Mosul, and this number is rapidly growing. It is critical to address the most urgent humanitarian needs. ◾Critical civilian infrastructure have been destroyed. There is a lack of emergency medical support and health facilities are overcrowded.
Oct 2015 – 08 Nov 2016
1,549 persons relocated
4,954 places pledged
As of 08 Nov 2016
The Finnish Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Helena Airaksinen said yesterday (November 8) that her country would continue providing professional and financial assistance to Ethiopia.
She said the assistance would focus on rural water supply and sanitation as well as the expansion of primary school education. The Ambassador added that Finland had the desire to carry out concrete works in these selected sectors during the second Growth and Transformation Plan.
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 30 Oct–5 Nov 2016 and includes updates on influenza, poliomyelitis, Zika fever, MERS CoV, cholera, West Nile virus, and enterovirus detections in Europe.
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 23-29 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extensively drug-resistant TB.
3,930 FATALITIES 2016 (1 JAN—27 OCT)
3,777 FATALITIES 2015 (1 JAN—31 DEC)
The number of migrant deaths and disappearances recorded by IOM in 2016 so far have reached 5,328.
Most of the increases have been in the Mediterranean where an estimated 3,930 people have died trying to make the crossing in 2016 so far.
Oct 2015 – 27 Sep 2016
1,196 persons relocated
3,809 places pledged
As of 27 Sep 2016