There were almost 13 000 detections of illegal border crossings on the three main migratory routes into the EU in March. This is 10% more than in the previous month. However, the total number of detections on these routes for the first quarter of 2017 fell 70% from the same period of last year to 32 650.
12 April 2017 - In partnership with Greece's National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings, UNODC held in recent days two national anti-trafficking in persons workshops aimed at strengthening coordination of the different actors involved in the identification and investigation of human trafficking cases in the country.
Between January 2015 and December 2016, 183 aid workers were reportedly arrested, charged, detained, or imprisoned in 27 events, based on Insecurity Insight’s monitoring of open sources.
In September 2015, the EU agreed on a two-year plan to relocate asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy to other EU Member States. Under this plan, 66,400 asylum-seekers were foreseen to be relocated from Greece, and 39,600 from Italy. Nationalities that have at least a 75 per cent recognition rate at first instance across the EU (based on the latest Eurostat quarterly statistics) are eligible for relocation.
This entry posted by Stefania Imperia, Cash Program Officer, Oxfam in Greece, on 10 April 2017.
Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Apr 2017): 4,326
Total arrivals in Greece during Apr 2017: 318
Average daily arrivals during Apr 2017: 32
Average daily arrivals during Mar 2017: 49
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 23
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Apr 2017: 444
Dead and missing
272 dead - 152 missing (2015)
146 dead - 51 missing (Dec. 2016)
Switzerland - IOM reports that 31,993 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 9 April, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 172,774 through the first 97 days of 2016.
IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported yesterday (10/04) that over 2,100 migrants rescued last week have been brought to Italy since IOM’s last report. Among them were over 500 Bangladeshis and around 50 Syrians – the rest, mostly sub-Saharan Africans.
31,993 arrivals by sea in 2017 664 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 11 April 363,401 arrivals in 2016
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION 75TH MEETING (AM)
Speakers underscored a need to reframe the narrative surrounding refugees and irregular migration in the Mediterranean basin, as well as the importance of addressing root causes, as the General Assembly today took up the issue against the backdrop of a chemical weapons attack in Syria this week and an ensuing air strike by the United States.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 29,811 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 5 April, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 172,353 through the first 96 days of 2016.
Total arrivals by sea and deaths in the Mediterranean 2016-2017
29,811 arrivals by sea in 2017 663 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 07 April 363,401 arrivals in 2016
Scenario 1 Slight increase in migration via N Africa to EU
The political and security situation in Libya remains unstable and the movement of migrants from Libya to the Mediterranean continues largely unhindered. The slightly rising trend in arrivals to Italy continues, with an expected seasonal spike during the summer months as smuggler activity becomes slightly more organised. The number of people stuck in Libya remains stable. Meanwhile the number of returns and readmissions from (and to) EU member states continues at a very low level.
2,000 Estimated number of UAC currently in Greece based on analysis from referrals to EKKA (as of 3 April 2017)
1,382 Total number of places available in UAC shelters (filled, pending assigned cases as of 3 April, including 209 vacant places in the process to be filled)
952 Total number of UAC on waiting list for shelter (as of 3 April) including:
•184 in Reception and Identification Centers
•31 in protective custody Waiting list does not include referrals of unknown location carried out during pre-registration exercise.
Save the Children’s Tania Georgoulpi witnessed a very emotional moment between a father and son – both victims of war – at a refugee camp in northern Greece. Between tears, Barak described how his son is battling anxiety following the atrocities he witnessed in Syria. But with the help of Save the Children’s EU-funded education programme, Barak says his son Tarek* is getting better by the day and looks forwards to his daily classes.*
Exposed: Abuse of migrants by state officials on Europe’s borders
Violence, brutality and unlawful treatment by authorities on the Western Balkans route are a frequent occurrence, claim refugees and migrants in a new report today.
People fleeing war, persecution and poverty describe beatings, robbery and inhuman treatment at the hands of police, border guards and other officials. In many cases, people tell of illegal deportations with state officials denying them access to asylum procedures for those seeking international protection.