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21 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

6,860 Refugees and migrants arrived by sea to Europe in January 2017.

257 Refugees and migrants estimated to have died / gone missing at sea in 2017 compared to 361 in 2016.

1,393 Estimated sea arrivals in Greece in 2017 compared to 67,415 in 2016.

4,467 Estimated sea arrivals in Italy in 2017 compared to 5,273 in 2016.

20 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until 28 February 2017, there were 13,439 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 9,101 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 48% increase). Greece has seen a 98% lower number of arrivals in February 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 2,611 and 125,494 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 17,479 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 28 of February 2017.

20 Mar 2017 description
report Red Cross EU Office

In recent years, European cities have been facing new kinds of risks requiring stakeholders to rethink their strategies on how they respond to multi-site disasters, with their added level of complexity in terms of coordination. A new Red Cross project across five EU countries (France, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Portugal) aims to tackle this issue, so as to contribute to strengthening the resilience of people and communities living in large urban areas.

17 Mar 2017 description

Germany - A new data briefing produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) highlights a 27 percent increase in migrant deaths worldwide during 2016 compared to 2015. The number of migrant deaths and disappearances recorded by IOM increased significantly in many regions of the world, including the Mediterranean, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America.

17 Mar 2017 description

​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 12-18 March 2017 and includes updates on cholera, measles and Legionnaires disease.

16 Mar 2017 description
report European Commission
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Eurostat news release
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Asylum quarterly report Statistics Explained

Eurostat News Release 46/2017 - 16 March 2017

In 2016, 1 204 300 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number slightly down compared with 2015 (when 1 257 000 first time applicants were registered) but almost double that of 2014 (562 700).

Syrians (334 800 first time applicants), Afghans (183 000) and Iraqis (127 000) remained the main citizenship of people seeking international protection in the EU Member States in 2016, accounting for slightly more than half of all first time applicants.

16 Mar 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

In the wake of the dismantlement of the "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais, the migrant population of the Dunkirk camp, La Linière, has doubled. Abigal Frymann Rouch reports on their desperate attempts to reach the UK.

14 Mar 2017 description
report Médecins du Monde

Dunkerque : retour à la case départ

En mars 2016 s’ouvrait à Grande-Synthe le premier camp « aux normes humanitaires internationales ». Un an plus tard, la situation s’est dégradée dans ce camp et les plus de 1.500 réfugiés qui s’y trouvent vivent dans des abris surpeuplés et négligés. Plus de 200 d’entre eux ont demandé l’asile et attendent de partir. Faute de place, elles sont contraintes de rester.

10 Mar 2017 description

The United Kingdom’s government is preparing to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and a two-year period of negotiations to leave the European Union. Ambiguity remains around the outcome of this process, with the one certainty being the ushering in of a period of uncertainty for the UK and EU economies, which risks damaging their international profiles for trade and investment.

06 Mar 2017 description

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has launched its new Strategic Plan, which will provide guidance and direction for the Secretariat over the next ten years.

The new Strategic Plan was approved at the annual SPREP meeting held last year in Niue, and has now replaced the previous five year strategic plan.

02 Mar 2017 description
report Guardian

Natacha Bouchart says handing out of meals poses security threat, as city tries to stop establishment of new refugee camp

The mayor of Calais has banned the distribution of food to migrants as part of a campaign to prevent the establishment of a new refugee camp as hundreds of people return to the port three months after the original one was demolished.

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25 Feb 2017 description

• Promesses de contribution à hauteur de $458 millions de dollars américains pour 2017 et $214 millions pour 2018 et au-delà, annoncées par 14 donateurs

• La conférence a donné une voix aux personnes touchées par le conflit et la crise

• Accord pour répondre aux besoins de développement à plus long terme et chercher des solutions durables aux crises

24 Feb 2017 description
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Chair’s outcome statement
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Pledging matrix
  • Pledges of US$458 million for 2017 and $214 million for 2018 and beyond announced by 14 donors

  • The conference gave voice to people affected by the conflict and crisis

  • Agreement to address longer-term development needs and seek durable solutions to crises

24 Feb 2017 description

Key figures (Oct 2015 - 08 Feb 2017)
- 3,205 persons relocated
- 5,839 places pledged
- 39,600 target

22 Feb 2017 description

The UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, in which over 250 000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region. After about 10 years, four Tsunami Watch Providers (TWPs) have been established: Turkey, Greece, Italy and France.

22 Feb 2017 description
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‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

21 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(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.