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27 Feb 2017 description

A. Summary of the current situation

Migration trends

As of 8 February 2017, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe, including more than 9,000 to Italy. This is an increase for Italy of almost one third against the same period in 2016.

27 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education underpinning the commitment of the Government to optimising the school meals programme with the models piloted by WFP.

  • WFP held a validation workshop for key government stakeholders on the re-positioning of the Optimising School Meals Programme from a sole focus on education to a strategic national social safety net.

  • WFP signed an agreement with the UK Embassy for a USD 18,600 grant to support peacebuilding activities in Batken province.

25 Feb 2017 description

Budding actors and musicians from the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Group tour the world performing for refugee children

By: Omar Karmi

LONDON, United Kingdom – The ragged boy lurched forward and fell. Limbs flailed desperately until, at the last moment, they caught, leaving his body dangling precariously over a drop.

24 Feb 2017 description

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

23 Feb 2017 description

At 31 January 2017, there were 1351 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1082 in immigration detention on the mainland and 269 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 568 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 25,252 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

22 Feb 2017 description
report Oxfam

In response to the UK Government’s announcement to give an additional £200 million in aid to help prevent famine in South Sudan and Somalia, Oxfam’s Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, said: “We welcome this additional funding which will certainly make a difference to the dire humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Somalia.

22 Feb 2017 description

The International Development Secretary Priti Patel has today announced new packages of life-saving UK aid for South Sudan and Somalia and issued a call to action to the international community to step up their support before it is too late.

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

21 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

An IRIN investigation finds evidence the Home Office is using outside NGOs to pressure asylum seekers

The UK Home Office is accelerating its drive for “illegal” migrants and those refused asylum to return home voluntarily – a tactic publicised as more cost-effective and “humane” than forced returns. But how “voluntary” are these returns really? And how have NGOs become complicit in this strategy?

21 Feb 2017 description

This is a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sudan and South Sudan, a cross-party parliamentary group promoting the cause of peace, human rights, justice and development for the people of Sudan and South Sudan. The report collects over 40 pieces of written evidence and 10 hours of oral hearings to make constructive recommendations for the UK Government, seeking to influence and inform the UK Government’s engagement with its Sudanese counterpart.

16 Feb 2017 description
report Save the Children

Last week, the government announced it would bring over just 150 more unaccompanied child refugees under the Dubs scheme, drawing widespread criticism.

But in the coming week our MPs have the chance to change this – and you can help make sure they do.

What is the Dubs scheme?

Named after Lord Alf Dubs, who came to Britain as a child refugee during the Second World War, the ‘Dubs scheme’ was introduced in May 2016 after he sponsored an amendment to the Immigration Act.

15 Feb 2017 description
report European Commission

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.

14 Feb 2017 description
report Guardian

The UK’s programme to resettle lone children fleeing war is a small beacon of humanity amid Europe’s sorry response to the refugee crisis

13 Feb 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 31 December 2016, there were 1364 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1101 in immigration detention on the mainland and 263 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 566 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 25,810 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

12 Feb 2017 description

Executive Summary

The Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP) intends to have impact on humanitarian actors’ capacity to deliver improved response and resilience programmes that are effective at supporting vulnerable people. HIEP is a £50.2 million investment that is working towards three specific outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: International donors, including DFID, develop funding instruments and frameworks for investment into evidence, innovation, and its applications.

10 Feb 2017 description

As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.