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30 Nov 2015 description

The charts represent the daily estimated arrivals to each of the countries crossed by the refugee flow through the Western Balkans route, until Austria.

A large number of refugees continue their journey after Austria, towards Germany, Sweden and other European Countries. More than 300,000 refugees are estimated to have arrived in Greece and used the Western Balkan Route since 1 October 2015.

29 Nov 2015 description

Total arrivals (Jan – 27 Nov 2015): 728,910

Total arrivals during November: approx. 127,272

Average daily arrivals during November: approx. 4,700 per day

Average daily arrivals during October: approx. 6,800 per day

Top nationalities of arrivals during October: Syria: 51%, Afghanistan: 30%, Iraq: 11%, Iran: 3%

Top nationalities of arrivals during November: Syria: 46%, Afghanistan: 28%, Iraq: 11%, Iran: 6%

29 Nov 2015 description

Total arrivals in Lesvos (Jan – 26 Nov 2015): 425,709

Total arrivals in Lesvos during November: 82,903 (65% of arrivals in Greece during November)

Average daily arrivals during November in Lesvos: approx. 3,070 per day

Average daily arrivals during October in Lesvos: approx. 4,400 per day

Top nationalities of arrivals in Lesvos during November: Syria: 47%, Afghanistan: 37%, Iraq: 7%, Iran: 4%

Top nationalities of arrivals in Lesvos during October: Syria: 42%, Afghanistan: 40%, Iraq: 12%, Iran: 4%

29 Nov 2015 description

Missing Migrants Project is the only global database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants around the world. This info-graphic focuses on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region. #MissingMigrants

28 Nov 2015 description

Skopje, Macedonia | AFP | Sunday 11/29/2015 - 16:11 GMT

Macedonia on Sunday finished building a fence on its frontier with Greece becoming the latest country in Europe to build a border barrier aimed at checking the flow of migrants.

Some three-kilometre (1.8-mile) long metal fence was erected by the army at the Gevgelija crossing, on the main road north from the Greek city of Thessaloniki to Macedonia's capital Skopje.

For the time being the fence is not being erected at other locations, but Macedonian officials did not rule out such a possibility in future.

27 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Two weeks have elapsed since the terrorist attacks in Paris. With the news that at least two of the attackers posed as refugees to enter Europe via Greece, a number of EU countries have taken steps to shore up their borders and restrict entry by asylum seekers, citing both security concerns and capacity problems. Here’s a round-up of which countries have done what:


27 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.

27 Nov 2015 description

Ankara, Turkey | Friday 11/27/2015 - 09:46 GMT

At least six children drowned on Friday in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece, state media reported.

A first boat loaded with 55 Syrian and Afghan migrants sank in strong winds and high waves in the Aegean after setting out from near the town of Ayvacik for the Greek island of Lesbos, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Turkish coastguards have so far recovered bodies of four Afghan children, it said.

26 Nov 2015 description

26 November 2015 – New measures by a number of Balkan states to allow certain nationalities only to cross into their territories are leaving hundreds of people in transit stranded at border crossings, uncertain of their rights and without sufficient aid, says international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

26 Nov 2015 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 15:45 GMT

Over 200 migrants on Thursday tried to break through barbed wire fences on Greece's border with Macedonia, throwing stones at police, AFP reporters said.

At least five of the migrants managed to get across in the assault as the crowd shouted "Open the border" to the Macedonia police ranged across them.

All five were returned to the Greek side by Macedonian police.

25 Nov 2015 description

A. Aim of this guidance

 The note outlines benefits, risks, options, and resources for supporting appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit situations in Europe.

25 Nov 2015 description


The unprecedented influx of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region poses a public health challenge that needs to be addressed in a timely and effective manner. An effective response to this challenge will require strengthening of national and regional health systems to ensure that all refugees and migrants have easy access to the needed health services. In dealing with such a challenge, the principles of equity, solidarity, human rights and dignity must be adhered to.

25 Nov 2015 description

Guiding principles

The following principles will guide the response for refugees and other people on the move:

Access, Equity and Integration

  1. UNHCR seeks to ensure that all refugees and other people on the move; women, men, boys, girls, have adequate access to essential WASH services.

  2. WASH facility design and operation must consider asylumseekers, refugees and migrants with specific needs, so that they can safely access services in an equitable manner.