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27 May 2016 description

CONTEXT

In the month of March 2016, 27,000 people made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first three months of the year to 151,400. In 2015, there were 856,000 sea arrivals. UNHCR iniKated a data collecKon and analysis exercise with support from the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) in order to beSer inform the wider community on the profile of refugees arriving to Greece, and improve immediate response and longer term planning.

27 May 2016 description
report Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 27.05.2016 – A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), chaired by its President Pedro Agramunt, will be travelling to Greece on 30 and 31 May to visit several refugee camps in Athens and on the island of Lesvos.

The aim is to allow members of the Assembly to better understand the challenges facing Greece, and to assess the situation of refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in the country, as well as the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement of 18 March 2016.

27 May 2016 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 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

27 May 2016 description

CONTEXT

In the month of March 2016, 27,000 people made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first three months of the year to 151,400. In 2015, there were 856,000 sea arrivals. UNHCR iniKated a data collecKon and analysis exercise with support from the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) in order to beSer inform the wider community on the profile of refugees arriving to Greece, and improve immediate response and longer term planning.

27 May 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 26 May 2016): 156,261

Total arrivals in Greece during May 2016: 1,159

Average daily arrivals during May 2016: 45

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2016: 122

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 60

27 May 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 194,611 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through May 25. Fatalities – including some 100 still missing – IOM estimates at 1,475 through 26 May 2016.

Flavio Di Giacomo of IOM Rome notes that 37,363 migrants and refugees arrived on Italian shores through 25 May, including all rescued individuals brought ashore so far this week. That total will certainly climb today (27/5), as some 10,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued in the region since Monday, 23 May.

27 May 2016 description

26. May. 2016 by Rebecca Harms

The EU needs a proper strategy that allows migrants a legal form of access. The current situation of the camps in and around the EU is unacceptable. The issue of clarifying immigration regulations for the EU must not be put off any longer.

27 May 2016 description

UN Refugee Agency urges Greek authorities to find better alternatives quickly for refugees transferred from Idomeni

27 May 2016 description

194,611 arrivals by sea in 2016

1,375 dead/missing published 10:00 CET 27 May

1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

27 May 2016 description

"I am tired of being here and I’m tired of living in fear"

Siham, 30, is from Halab in Syria. She was still in the camp of Idomeni, in Greece, on Wednesday morning when our staff collected this testimony by phone.

26 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The number of people arriving by sea to the Greek shores has sharply decreased since the beginning of April due to a variety of factors, including an understanding amongst refugee and migrant populations that the Balkan route is now closed, the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement, and increased border control operations at the Aegean Sea. There was an average of 119 daily arrivals in April compared with 870 daily arrivals in March which constitutes an 85% decrease.

26 May 2016 description

Thessaloniki, Greece | AFP | Thursday 5/26/2016 - 15:27 GMT

by Vassilis KYRIAKOULIS

Hours after leaving the mud and misery of the Greek border camp of Idomeni, Juan from Syria is dismayed to find his new home -- a warehouse turned into a shelter -- is hardly an improvement.

"The food is not enough, there are no showers and no doctor," the 32-year-old refugee from war-torn Aleppo tells AFP outside the newly-opened makeshift camp of Derveni, some 10 kilometres (six miles) north of Greece's second city Thessaloniki.

26 May 2016 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Thursday 5/26/2016 - 15:36 GMT

The squalid Idomeni refugee camp in northern Greece which became a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis has been fully evacuated, police said Thursday, as another 30 died crossing the Mediterranean.

In the space of three days, police transferred about 4,000 migrants by bus from Idomeni to newly created camps in the industrial outskirts of Greece's second city Thessaloniki.

"We're done. No more people remain, just tents with supplies belonging to aid groups," a police source told AFP.

26 May 2016 description

26 May 2016

Athens - As the eviction of residents from Idomeni camp continues, Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) denounces the forced movement of thousands of refugees, the lack of information provided about their destinations and the restrictions imposed on humanitarian assistance during this process.

26 May 2016 description

DIAVATA, Greece - Like thousands of other young refugees in Europe, Jamal Muafak set out on his own for a journey he was confident would take him to Germany.

The 16-year-old Syrian made it as far as northern Greece before migration restrictions were imposed along the so-called Balkan route, interrupting his plan “to join my two uncles in Berlin”.

26 May 2016 description
report European Union

Allow me to start with a short historical remark. Being here in Japan at the summit of the G7 nations who share common values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law, one should never forget that this cooperation is the result of lessons learnt from a dark history. 71 years ago we were still at war with one another, at war that cost tens of millions of lives around the world. And today we commit ourselves to building a safer world for all.