‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear
"The kids love the concept that they're talking to a television"
By Adela Suliman
LONDON, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a university graduate, Korvi Rakshand wanted nothing more than to help break the cycle of poverty in his native Bangladesh by teaching children on the margins of society.
He rented a single room in a slum for his lessons and provided half a kilo of rice a day to parents as a way of encouraging them to send their children to class.
(Paris) – French President François Hollande’s announcement on February 21, 2017, that France has endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration is a strong signal to the international community and strengthens the legal protection for children and their education, UNICEF France and Human Rights Watch said today. By endorsing the declaration, a commitment to protect schools in times of conflict, France recognizes the importance of educational institutions to a country’s future.
Education Above All (EAA), welcomes President Hollande’s announcement endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, becoming the 58th country to demonstrate support
France has today become the latest country to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD), a series of common sense steps aimed at protecting students and teachers from attack in areas affected by war and conflict.
"We believe some migrants are coming back and that 300 to 400 of them are currently in the region. Most of them teenagers or young adults"
By Matthias Blamont
PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Some 300 to 400 migrants, mostly unaccompanied children, have made their way back to Calais in northern France over the past few weeks in the hope of reaching Britain, non-government associations say.
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Author : Thomas Ruttig
eurostat news release 254/2016
Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis were the most numerous
During the third quarter of 2016 (from July to September), 358 300 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), up by 17% compared with the second quarter of 2016 (when 305 700 first time applicants were registered). From January to September 2016, more than 950 000 first time asylum seekers were registered in the EU Member States.
Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.
According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.
Author: Thomas Ruttig
European Commission - Press release
Relocation and Resettlement: Member States need to build on encouraging results
Brussels, 8 February 2017
Today, the Commission adopted its ninth progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 8 December 2016.
This 3-page map is a comprehensive overview of the humanitarian situation in Syria and Iraq as a result of conflict throughout 2016, and the years prior. Page 1 highlights humanitarian access and internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout Iraq and Syria, with a timeline of key events in 2016; page 2 includes 4 inset maps of major flashpoints of conflict and displacement in 2016; and page 3 is a comprehensive summary of displacement inside Iraq/Syria and all of the surrounding refugee-hosting nations (including Europe).
Mapa de situación que muestra:
I. incendios en combate por brigadas nacionales y / o internacionales, extensión y incendios activos en VIII Región: Bío Bío.
II. la presencia de Brigadas Internacionales en la región.
Numerous wildfires have been burning across the country over the last weeks. The National Office of Emergencies of Interior Ministry (ONEMI) reported, as of 2 February at 7.00 UTC, 148 forest fires, of which 75 active, 64 controlled and nine extinguished in the regions of Coquimbo, Valparaiso, Metropolitan, O’Higgins, Maule, Biobio, La Araucania and Los Rios. Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated on 1 February by ERCC on behalf of CONAF.
Numerous wildfires have been burning across the country over the last weeks, causing casualties and damages.
As of 30 January, the National Office of Emergencies of Interior Ministry (ONEMI) reported 124 forest fires, of which 58 are active, 55 have been controlled and 11 have been extinguished. The regions of Coquimbo, Valparaiso, Metropolitan, O’Higgins, Maule, Biobio, La Araucania and Los Rios are concerned.
An area of 366 520 ha has been affected.
Erbil, Iraq, 30 January 2017 – The Government of France, through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism, has swiftly responded to an appeal byWHO and the Ministry of Health, Iraq for urgent medicines and medical supplies to manage the overwhelming number of casualty caseloads coming from East Mosul.
The shipment consists of 20 surgical kits sufficient to conduct 2,000 surgical procedures, half of which will go to each of the two main referral hospitals in Erbil, Northern Iraq. It also contains lifesaving medicines sufficient to serve the needs of 12,000 patients.
Au regard des dégâts considérables constatés en Polynésie française, Ericka Bareigts, ministre des Outre-mer, a décidé d’augmenter de 100 000 euros le montant mobilisé au titre du fonds de secours en extrême urgence.
Ce sont ainsi 300 000 euros qui sont débloqués pour répondre, le plus rapidement possible, aux besoins de première nécessité de la population touchée par les conséquences des intempéries.
Cette enveloppe sera notamment utilisée pour faciliter l’accès à l’eau potable et assurer l’hébergement d’urgence des personnes sinistrées.
- Several wildfires have been burning across the country over the last weeks, especially in the central and southern areas, causing casualties and damages.
- ONEMI reported, as of 27 January at 7.00 UTC, 142 forest fires, of which 77 active, 51 have been controlled and 14 have been extinguished, in the regions of Coquimbo, Valparaiso, Metropolitan, O’Higgins, Maule, Biobio, La Araucania and have so far burnt an area of 289 974 ha.
The number of arrivals by sea and land to Europe for 2015 exceeded one million on the 20th December, with the total number registered by the relevant national authorities standing at 1,046,599 according to IOM’s DTM system in coordination with relevant IOM missions and national authority partners. Of these,
20.2 percent were Afghans whilst 2.7 percent were Pakistani nationals. In data from January to the end of May 2016, the cumulative total of 220,796 arrivals included 19.5 percent Afghan and 3 percent Pakistani nationals.
The increasing number of people in need of international protection perishing on their way to safety is a sinister reminder of the limitations of the current international protection regime. Entitlements to the rights recognised by international and regional protection systems, including under the EU’s Common European Asylum System (CEAS), are accessible only to those who manage to reach the physical borders of the host state.