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23 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Relocation plan to respond to emergency in Italy, Greece

  • Additional resettlement plan for 20,000 migrants

  • Quota system has proven controversial

By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, May 22 (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to propose next week that 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Italy and Greece should be relocated across the continent in response to what it considers an emergency situation in both countries.

19 May 2015 description
report IRIN

By Apostolis Fotiadis

ATHENS, 19 May 2015 (IRIN) - Greece appears set for a summer of migrant chaos, with soaring numbers of people arriving by boat at southern Aegean islands where tourist bookings and ill-equipped authorities could soon lead to an accommodation crisis.

During the first four months of the year nearly 27,000 migrants and asylum seekers arrived in Greece, according to police figures, compared to 5,100 during the same period last year.

13 May 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

The Aegean Islands are a major landing point for refugees on their way to Europe. The islanders are scrambling to cope with the new arrivals in the midst of Greece's financial crisis. Joanna Kakissis reports from Leros.

On most mornings, Panos Rozakis is outside the tiny, seaside police station on this northern Aegean island, handing out dry clothes, sweet biscuits, bottled water and baby formula.

12 May 2015 description

Athènes, Grèce | AFP | mardi 12/05/2015 - 16:12 GMT

La police portuaire grecque a annoncé mardi avoir arraisonné un bateau de pêche avec 200 migrants à bord au large de l'île de Crète, dans le sud de la Grèce.

"Le bateau a été répéré par un patrouilleur et doit être escorté jusqu'au port de Palaiohora" dans le sud-ouest de l'île, a indiqué une responsable du bureau de presse des gardes-côtes.

Aucune information n'était disponible sur l'origine des migrants, qui ne sont pas en danger, a assuré la même source.

28 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

27 April 2015 – The Mediterranean Sea has sadly become “a sea of tears, a sea of misery,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today aboard an Italian naval ship, where he called on the global community to unite and take action to address the root causes of the migrant crisis.

“That is very sad. I think it seems to be the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks on board the San Giusto in Sicily, Italy.

24 Apr 2015 description

GINEBRA, 23 de abril de 2015 (ACNUR) – La agencia de la ONU para los refugiados se sumó este jueves a otros organismos en un llamamiento a los líderes europeos para que antepongan la vida, los derechos y la dignidad humana cuando lleguen a un acuerdo hoy sobre la respuesta conjunta a la crisis humanitaria en el Mediterráneo.

23 Apr 2015 description

Genève, 23 avril (HCR) – L'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a appelé jeudi – conjointement avec d'autres organisations – les dirigeants européens à prioritairement sauver des vies ainsi que garantir les droits et la dignité, dans leur réponse commune à la crise humanitaire en Méditerranée.

22 Apr 2015 description
report Amnesty

Amnesty International’s “Blueprint for Action” to end refugee and migrant deaths in the Med

On the eve of an emergency summit in Brussels, Amnesty International is publishing a Blueprint for Action calling on European governments to take immediate and effective steps to end an ongoing catastrophe that has left thousands of refugees and migrants dead.

21 Apr 2015 description

Riga, Latvia | AFP | Tuesday 4/21/2015 - 18:32 GMT

The European Commission on Tuesday urged EU members to tackle the health challenges posed by the influx of asylum seekers in the Mediterranean, including sharing hospital resources.

"The emergency is there, now, it's concrete," Commission official Ladislav Miko told reporters in Latvia's capital Riga.

There was "suffering which needs to be addressed very fast," he added.

21 Apr 2015 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is deeply concerned by the news that on Monday, 13 April, a boat capsized about 120 kilometres south of Lampedusa Island. So far around 140 people have been rescued, but 400 others are still believed missing.

20 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 20 avril 2015 (IRIN) - Il ne fait aucun doute que l’augmentation estivale du nombre de traversées de la Méditerranée par les migrants à déjà commencé. Le weekend dernier, les autorités italiennes ont en effet secouru 8 500 migrants et signalé la mort de près de 400 autres.

17 Apr 2015 description

How European indifference pushed MSF to take 'controversial' action.

By Aurélie Ponthieu, MSF Humanitarian Adviser on Displacement, Brussels.

16 Apr 2015 description

In the space of a week, at least 750 migrants are feared to have died crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Many thousands of others have risked their lives this year, fleeing conflict and instability in Africa and the Middle East, in small, often decrepit vessels in an attempt to reach European territories.

16 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

By Carolina Montenegro and Kristy Siegfried

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way.

15 Apr 2015 description

GENÈVE, 15 avril (HCR) – Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés António Guterres a fait part mercredi de sa consternation après les nouvelles sur une nouvelle tragédie en Méditerranée où des centaines de personnes demeurent portées disparues. Le bateau à bord duquel elles se trouvaient a coulé. Le Haut Commissaire a réitéré son appel à agir d'urgence pour éviter de nouvelles tragédies à l'avenir.

15 Apr 2015 description

GENEVA, April 15 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday expressed shock at news from the Mediterranean that hundreds of people were missing after their boat sank and called anew for urgent action to prevent such tragedies in the future.

The latest incident involves the capsizing of a double-deck boat on Monday in waters about 120 kilometres south of Italy's Lampedusa Island. So far, 142 people have been rescued and eight bodies recovered. But survivors said some 400 others were aboard and are feared lost.

15 Apr 2015 description

ATHENS, 15 APRIL 2015 – As unprecedented numbers of refugees arrive in Greece’s Dodecanese islands after making journeys across the Aegean Sea, Greek and European Union authorities must urgently improve the conditions for receiving them and prepare a contingency plan for a higher peak of arrivals this summer, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned today.

14 Apr 2015 description

Athens, Greece | | Tuesday 4/14/2015 - 23:40 GMT

The Greek government on Tuesday said it planned to create shelters on the mainland to deal with an influx of illegal boat migrants arriving on the shores of its islands.

The decision was made at an emergency cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. It came after more than 700 migrants and refugees, mainly Syrians and Africans, arrived in Greece between Friday and Tuesday, with the island of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea receiving around 500 of them.

09 Apr 2015 description

Athens, Greece | | Thursday 4/9/2015 - 22:58 GMT

The number of illegal migrants arriving in Greece by sea has tripled in the first three months of 2015, the Greek coast guard said Thursday.

The period saw 10,445 migrants arriving, compared with 2,863 for the corresponding months last year.

In March alone, 6,493 migrants arrived along Greece's coastline and islands, mostly on islands in eastern Greece near Turkey, the main embarkment point for the people smugglers' boats.