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02 May 2016 description
report European Union

Asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors

Slightly more than half are Afghans

In 2015, 88 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. While their number always stood between 11 000 and 13 000 in the EU over the period 2008-2013, it almost doubled in 2014 to reach slightly more than 23 000 persons, then nearly quadrupled in 2015.

28 Apr 2016 description

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Thursday 4/28/2016 - 16:27 GMT

Six refugee families who have been living on a British military base in Cyprus since 1998 won their legal action against the British government on Thursday although their future is still in limbo.

The group were among 75 people who landed on the southwest coast of Cyprus after the boat in which they were travelling to Italy foundered.

They were recognised as refugees but Home Secretary Theresa May in 2014 decided that they could not be admitted to Britain.

28 Apr 2016 description

Twenty new water projects funded by the governments of the UK and the US announced

Beirut, 28 April 2016 – The Ministry of Energy & Water and UNICEF announced today 20 new projects which will ensure improved access to water for more than 300,000 people across Lebanon. The governments of the United Kingdom (US$ 6M) and the United States of America (US$ 1.7M) fund the projects.

28 Apr 2016 description

The first ever World Humanitarian Summit will take place in Istanbul in May 2016.

The International Development Committee is currently inquiring into the Global Humanitarian System. The Committee has written to the Secretary of State for international Development, Justine Greening MP, in order to contribute to the debate. In the letter, the Chair, Stephen Twigg MP, sets out six priority areas for discussion at the summit which the Committee feels will help the international community fulfil its responsibilities to deliver a more effective and efficient humanitarian system.

26 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

As reported by local media, a group of 35 people currently located on the island of Lesvos are expected to be returned to Turkey on 26 April as part of the EU-Turkey agreement. Greek media reported that the majority have expressed their wish to be repatriated given the present situation, which only allows for application to asylum in Greece.

26 Apr 2016 description

Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147

26 Apr 2016 description

UK engineers and a humanitarian advisor have arrived in Ecuador to help the country recover and rebuild following the devastating earthquake on Saturday 16 April.

The team of British experts form part of a package of support offered by the UK to the Ecuadorean authorities following the disaster, which has killed more than 500 people and forced more than 20,000 from their homes.

The team is made up of:

25 Apr 2016 description

On the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquakes, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced that the UK will match public donations to a new appeal to help thousands of people living with disabilities to access rehabilitation services and get back into education and jobs.

24 Apr 2016 description

The United Kingdom has contributed more than $4 billion to the work of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide loans, grants and technical assistance that help the poor and vulnerable in Asia and the Pacific.

Updated yearly, this ADB Fact Sheet provides information on United Kingdom's contributions to ADB in terms of capital subscription and funding, the country’s delegates to ADB, and the involvement of companies and consultants from the United Kingdom in ADB projects.

22 Apr 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Izza Leghtas

Working up to 18 hours per day for weeks without breaks or a day off. Being paid little, or not at all. Locked in their employers’ home, fed food scraps, their passports confiscated. These abuses can amount to modern slavery as defined by the United Kingdom government.

21 Apr 2016 description
report Christian Aid

The programme announced by the Government today to resettle 3,000 refugee children in the UK over the next four years has been welcomed by the development agency Christian Aid, but stresses that the plans are too slow and lacking in adequate ambition. It ignores the thousands of vulnerable unaccompanied minors already in Europe who need assistance.

21 Apr 2016 description

Following the UK Government’s announcement launching the new resettlement scheme for children at risk, the UNHCR Representative to the United Kingdom Gonzalo Vargas Llosa said:

"Today’s launch of the UK Government’s resettlement scheme for refugee children at risk is an important contribution to UNHCR’s continuing efforts to address the global protection needs of refugee children, including through resettlement and other pathways for admission.

20 Apr 2016 description

To combat escalating malnutrition rates, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), is funding WFP and UNICEF to ensure comprehensive nutrition treatment services are available for children and pregnant/breastfeeding women at health facilities in 25 districts affected by the current food insecurity in Malawi. In districts with high incidences of HIV and tuberculosis (TB), malnutrition treatment services are also offered to malnourished adults.

20 Apr 2016 description


The government does not fully understand how taxpayers’ money is spent when it intervenes in crises overseas, the Committee of Public Accounts concludes in a new Report.

In its 35th Report of this Session, published today, the Committee says the Department for International Development is “doing a good job” of intervening across an increasing number and range of crises.

19 Apr 2016 description
report Save the Children

Yesterday we heard tragic reports that hundreds of people had drowned in the Mediterranean after the boats they were travelling in capsized.

This news comes almost exactly one year after hundreds of people lost their lives just outside of Libyan waters when their boat sank during the night.

Months before this incident one year ago, the EU had scaled back it search and rescue operation, leaving only a border patrol in Italian waters. By spring, the terrible impact of this decision was starting to become clear.

19 Apr 2016 description

Lille, France | AFP | Tuesday 4/19/2016 - 16:28 GMT

Migrants from the Jungle camp in Calais used branches to block roads into the northern French port early Tuesday as officials warned they were stepping up attempts to reach Britain.

Over the past three weeks, there has been a sharp increase in migrant attempts to stow away in the back of lorries which then board ferries or shuttle trains to England, officials say.

Such attempts have stoked tensions with the police after a period of calm following last month's dismantling of part of the sprawling Jungle camp.

16 Apr 2016 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2016 – Eight nations and the European Commission today pledged a package of more than US$1 billion -- US$141 million in grants, US$1 billion in soft loans, US$500 million in guarantees – to a World Bank-led financing initiative in support of Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as recovery and reconstruction across the region. The package means that the new facility will be able to generate up to US$800 million in concessional loans in the next year.

15 Apr 2016 description
report European Commission
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Table 1: EU28 Official Development Assistance 2006-2015 and gaps to individual EU targets

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 13 April 2016

New figures confirm the EU and its Member States have kept their place as the world's leading aid donor in 2015.

13 Apr 2016 description

The UK is failing in its responsibility to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people who have been displaced by conflict, violence, persecution and poverty, a group of 13 aid and refugee agencies said today.

The lack of adequate response from the UK and European governments to the more than a million refugees and migrants who arrived in Europe in 2015 has compounded the suffering and created a humanitarian crisis on Britain’s doorstep

13 Apr 2016 description

13/04/2016 - Development aid totalled USD 131.6 billion in 2015, representing a rise of 6.9% from 2014 in real terms as aid spent on refugees in host countries more than doubled in real terms to USD 12 billion. Stripping out funds spent on refugees, aid was still up 1.7% in real terms, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).