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01 Dec 2015 description

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.

30 Nov 2015 description
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Civil Protection Mechanism

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 30 November 2015

The European Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.

27 Nov 2015 description

MSF hadn’t expected to build wooden shelters in Calais. The refugees who ended up at the “Jungle” site didn’t expect to stay for long. Calais was to be just one phase of their journey, but it has become nearly impossible to continue on to England. With winter approaching, MSF will provide shelters to protect them from the cold, in collaboration with a project initiated by volunteers.

27 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Two weeks have elapsed since the terrorist attacks in Paris. With the news that at least two of the attackers posed as refugees to enter Europe via Greece, a number of EU countries have taken steps to shore up their borders and restrict entry by asylum seekers, citing both security concerns and capacity problems. Here’s a round-up of which countries have done what:


25 Nov 2015 description

Financé par l’Agence Française de Développement, ce projet a été dévoilé lors d’un Forum sur la formation professionnelle qui a réuni tous les acteurs du secteur le 24 novembre à Port-au-Prince.

24 Nov 2015 description

Chair’s Summary – Publication of the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Chair of the G7 has the honour to present the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.

19 Nov 2015 description
report Médecins du Monde

An Update on the Migrant and Refugee Crisis

18 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

PARIS/OXFORD, 18 novembre 2015 (IRIN) - Vendredi soir, Fade Kintar, un ingénieur chimiste de 24 ans originaire de Damas, était devant la télévision avec d'autres réfugiés syriens, à regarder l'horreur des attentats terroristes multiples frappant Paris, dans son logement temporaire de Sontra, en Allemagne.

17 Nov 2015 description

GENEVE, 17 novembre (HCR) – Le HCR a exprimé sa vive émotion et son indignation après les attentats à Paris et le meurtre d'un si grand nombre d'innocents. Par ailleurs, l'organisation exhorte à ce que les réfugiés ne deviennent pas des boucs émissaires.

Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés António Guterres a fait part de sa solidarité à l'égard du Gouvernement et du peuple de France, comme il l'avait également fait auprès du Gouvernement libanais à la suite des récents attentats meurtriers à Beyrouth.

17 Nov 2015 description

GENEVA, Nov 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has expressed its shock and horror at the attacks in Paris and the killing of so many innocent people, and cautioned against the scapegoating of refugees.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has conveyed his solidarity with the government and people of France as he also did with the government of Lebanon following the recent deadly attacks in Beirut.

16 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

PARIS/OXFORD, 16 November 2015 (IRIN) - Fade Kintar, a 24-year-old chemical engineer from Damascus, was among a group of Syrian refugees watching the horror of multiple terrorist attacks in Paris unfold on TV on Friday night in his temporary housing unit in the German town of Sontra. “When we saw that on the news, all those attacks there, we just felt afraid,” he said.

13 Nov 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Friday 11/13/2015 - 19:27 GMT

Several EU countries have reintroduced border checks as Europe struggles under the strain of its worst migrant crisis since World War II, threatening to undermine the bloc's cherished passport-free Schengen zone.

EU President Donald Tusk warned on Thursday Europe faces a "race against time" to save the 20-year-old system, which is seen as one of the union's most concrete achievements.

11 Nov 2015 description

Calais, France | AFP | Tuesday 11/11/2015 - 01:33 GMT

by Benjamin MASSOT

Clashes broke out between police and migrants living in temporary camps near the northern French port of Calais on Tuesday for a third night running.

Riot police used teargas and watercannon to end an hour-long standoff with the migrants, who started by throwing objects and insults at officers before lighting a wooden pallet on fire.

10 Nov 2015 description

Faced with a large flow of refugees, Croatia and Slovenia have asked for humanitarian assistance through the European civil protection mechanism. They must be able to count on European solidarity.

France stands ready to provide aid to these two countries, as it did last month for Serbia, offering emergency shelter materials and bedding.

We will provide them with 480 tents, more than 1,000 beds and bedding kits, and 6,780 blankets.

03 Nov 2015 description
report Médecins du Monde

Bruxelles, 03/11/2015

Ce 2 novembre, le tribunal administratif de Lille s’est prononcé : l’État a 48h pour prendre des mesures d’urgence dans la Jungle de Calais où survivent 6000 réfugiés. Il y a une semaine, Médecins du Monde, le Secours catholique et six demandeurs d’asile avaient déposé un référé contre les autorités françaises au vu de la situation intenable dans le camp et l’atteinte aux droits fondamentaux des réfugiés.

02 Nov 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | Monday 11/2/2015 - 17:52 GMT

A French court on Monday ordered the state to improve conditions at the giant "New Jungle" migrant camp in Calais after NGOs called for immediate action over "serious human rights violations". 

02 Nov 2015 description

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL qui est intervenue au mois de juin dernier sur le site de la Lande à Calais va progressivement passer le relais à Médecins sans Frontières sur les activités eau, hygiène et assainissement afin de rediriger les activités de son équipe d’urgence vers d’autres zones où les besoins sont eux aussi criants.

30 Oct 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • About 100 refugees to be sent next week to France, Spain

  • So far 86 refugees have been sent to Sweden, Finland

  • Italy housing roughly 100,000 in immigration centres

  • About 140,000 have entered Italy by boat so far this year

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Italy will send 100 refugees to France and Spain next week as part of a European Union relocation plan aimed at easing the burden on border states, the country's top immigration official said on Friday.

30 Oct 2015 description


  • As of 28 October, IOM has assisted 2,060 migrants with air evacuation, including 90 resettlement cases to Sweden (68) and France (22).

  • To date, over 21,000 individuals in Abyan, Aden, Al Dhale’e, and Ibb governorates have received shelter assistance.

  • Since the beginning of the crisis, IOM has provided 12,140 individuals with onward transportation assistance from Djibouti and Somalia to their areas of origin.

Situation Overview

29 Oct 2015 description
report Sphere Project

From Gaziantep in Turkey to Calais in France to several German cities, humanitarian standards are taking centre stage in the response to an unprecedented crisis... with no end in sight.

The arrival of more than 600,000 people - most of them refugees - in the European Union during 2015 has spotlighted the crucial contribution humanitarian standards make to upholding the right to life with dignity of people fleeing conflict and violence.