Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 60,521 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 24 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 193,333 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016.
IOM Rome reported that, through 24 May this year, 50,267 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy (See chart below), however that does not include all the men, women and children who are believed to have been rescued over the past 48 hours.
26 May 2017 – “I envy the mountains and the trees and the rocks because they will be able to breathe Daraa’s air and I won’t.” Those were the thoughts going through Doaa Al Zamel, when she and her family reached the Jordanian border. It was November 2012, one year and eight months since the violence in Syria first began.
Doaa is a refugee from Syria who now lives in Sweden. She survived one of the worst refugee shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea. In August 2014, aboard an overloaded ship carrying more than 500 refugees, Doaa became an unlikely hero.
60,521 arrivals by sea in 2017 1,530 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 26 May 363,401 arrivals in 2016
35,867 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, self-settled, NGOs)
65,869 capacity (Official, informal, on-hold sites, other state run facilities, NGOs, UNHCR)
12,920 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities)
8,569 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, UNHCR)
On 23 May, Amnesty International was informed by the Greek Ministry for Migration Policy that a registration process has begun in the Elliniko refugee camps in order to determine the specific housing needs of each resident ahead of the closure of the camps.
Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 59,135 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 21 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 190,977 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016.
IOM Rome reported that, through 21 May this year, 50,041 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy (See chart below).
26,160 People benefitted from alternatives to camps in UNHCR accommodation since the beginning of the programme
20,962 People benefitted from cash assistance through UNHCR and UNHCRfunded partners in February
19,314 UNHCR accommodation places currently active as alternatives to camps
1,581 Asylum-seekers transferred from the islands to improved accommodation on the mainland in state-run sites or UNHCR accommodation this month
Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - May 2017): 6,421
Total arrivals in Greece during May 2017: 1,257
Average daily arrivals during May 2017: 60
Average daily arrivals during Apr 2017: 39
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 7
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during May 2017: 807
Missing Migrants Project tracks fatalities of migrants, including refugees, traveling along mixed migration routes around the world. This infographic focuses on arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region and also provides a global view. #MissingMigrants
Human Rights Council
6-23 June 2017
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
Note by the Secretariat
The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, on his follow-up visit to Greece from 12 to 16 May 2016.
Greek authorities must ensure that refugees and migrants expected to start being evacuated from three Elliniko camps tomorrow, are provided with safe, adequate, alternative housing, said Amnesty International.
“Whilst no one will mourn the closure of these uninhabitable, unsafe camps, the failure to provide people living there with information about their imminent removal has only served to increase their fears and anxieties,” said Monica Costa Riba, Amnesty International’s Regional Campaigner.
According to available data, there have been 46,015 new arrivals to Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Spain between 1 January and 30 April 2017.
Until 30 April 2017, there were estimated 37,248 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 27,926 arrivals recorded at the end of the same month in 2016 (33% increase). Contrary to that, Greece has seen a 96% lower number of arrivals by the end April 2017 when compared to the same period 2016 (5,742 and 156,551 respectively).
Face delays, barriers to reuniting with families
(Athens) – Unnecessary delays and arbitrary barriers are keeping older refugees and asylum seekers stranded in Greece, unable to reunite with family members who have legal status in the European Union, Human Rights Watch said today.
New project will monitor needs of vulnerable children, says UNICEF
BRUSSELS , 19 May 2017 - A grant from the European Commission of Euro 955,809.00 to UNICEF is expected to give a much needed boost to the efforts of the Greek authorities to provide better protection to over 20,000 vulnerable refugee and migrant children stranded in the country.
Author: Thomas Ruttig and Jelena Bjelica
Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 54,715 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 17 May, with nearly 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 189,950 arrivals across the region through 17 May 2016
IOM Rome reported that, through 17 May this year, 45,754 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy, and over 8,500 – or nearly one fifth of this year’s total – have arrived over the past two weeks. (See chart below.)
Between January and April 2017, 45,011 people entered Europe by sea- 90 per cent of them arrived in Italy. While the proportion of children among sea arrivals in the first four months of 2017 has decreased by ten per cent compared to the same period last year, the number of children on the Central Mediterranean Route, who arrive unaccompanied or separated, is on the rise with 5,500 newly registered UASC- one thousand more than the same period of time last year.
2,150 Estimated number of UAC currently in Greece based on analysis from referrals to EKKA (as of 15 May 2017)
1,294 Total number of places available in UAC shelters (filled, pending assigned cases as of 15 May, including 113 vacant places in the process to be filled)
1,013 Total number of UAC on waiting list for shelter (as of 15 May) including:
173 in Reception and Identification Centers
61 in protective custody