"I only want peace and to live away from the Taliban - it's not important where I go. I want to stay here in Croatia. I'm tired of travelling"
By Lin Taylor
OSIJEK, Croatia, Feb 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At 16, Afghan migrant Ashkan Barak is already tired of life. For the past year, the orphan has been on the run - fleeing Taliban militants, paying smugglers to cross the Mediterranean, and avoiding detection in countries he never knew existed.
Author : Thomas Ruttig
The updated Country Report on Switzerland tracks recent developments in practice and case law governing asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention of asylum seekers and integration of beneficiaries of protection.
Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.
According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.
Author: Thomas Ruttig
By Irene Broz
Hotel Porin, a large socialist style hotel on the outskirts of Zagreb, serves as a reception centre for asylum seekers. It’s a large concrete building surrounded by a park. This time of the year it’s covered in snow.
The hotel is currently at full capacity, hosting more than 600 people. Some ‘guests’ are stranded there as a consequence of the EU and Turkey agreement to close all borders on the South eastern European refugee route. Some have arrived through the EU relocation scheme. Others have been returned from Austria.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,700. Over 6,500 (85%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. According to available data, most were children (47%) and women (16%), with 37% adult men. 82% fled three so called “refugee producing countries, namely Afghanistan (52%), Iraq (20%) and Syria (9%).
The number of arrivals by sea and land to Europe for 2015 exceeded one million on the 20th December, with the total number registered by the relevant national authorities standing at 1,046,599 according to IOM’s DTM system in coordination with relevant IOM missions and national authority partners. Of these,
20.2 percent were Afghans whilst 2.7 percent were Pakistani nationals. In data from January to the end of May 2016, the cumulative total of 220,796 arrivals included 19.5 percent Afghan and 3 percent Pakistani nationals.
The total number of arrivals to Europe by the end of December 2016 has been recorded as 387,739. This is in stark contrast to the 1, 046,599 arrivals recorded in 2015. The decrease in numbers of arrivals can be observed across many of the countries which saw the highest numbers of arrivals in 2015. In Greece 2016 brought 176,906 arrivals compared to the 857,363 recorded in 2015, a 79% decrease, while Italy saw a slight (16%) rise in numbers of arri-vals, from 155,842 in 2015 to 181,436 in 2016.
The European Commission (EC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched an initiative to increase disaster prevention in cities across seven countries and territories in the Western Balkans.
The two-year project, to be implemented by UNDP in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia, will equip municipalities to reduce the risks associated with flash floods, earthquakes, droughts and other disasters.
Average 30 cases a day of unlawful and clandestine push-backs into Serbia
“The police beat us, took our clothes and boots and then pushed us back.”
Aalem, Afghanistan, 12.
The EU-Turkey deal has spelled a deadlier land route for refugees crossing the Balkans, with children experiencing harsh weather conditions, dog bites and violent treatment by both police and smugglers as they cross mountains and forests in sub-zero temperatures.
Tracking Earthquake and Flood Risks across Europe and Central Asia to Enhance Disaster Resilience
A new publication released by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery examines current and future trends in terms of earthquake and flood risks for 32 countries across the Europe and Central Asia region.
Backlogs and brutal weather compound hardships facing stranded children
NEW YORK, 20 January 2017 – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses -- and even death from hypothermia, UNICEF said today.
The past year was a turning point in the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, marked by changing migration trends, more dangerous journeys and shift in the profiles of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe, including women and children. Moreover, in 2016 the number of unaccompanied and separated children crossing the Central Mediterranean doubled compared to the previous year.
(Budapest) – Croatian police are forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia from inside Croatia, in some cases using violence, without giving them an opportunity to lodge claims for protection, Human Rights Watch said today.
Rapport mondial 2017 : Les démagogues menacent les droits humains
Donald Trump ainsi que des démagogues européens favorisent l’intolérance et les discriminations
End Curbs on Media; Deliver Justice for War Crimes
(Berlin) – Governments in the Western Balkans should revitalize their efforts to strengthen human rights and create a rights respecting environment for all, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. Human Rights Watch documented human rights concerns in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo during 2016. Concerns about Croatia are included in a chapter on the European Union.
The requirements presented in this funding snapshot refer to the 2016 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan covering the period January to December 2016
- RRP requirements: $669,867,115
- Funding received: $476,716,831
% funded: 71%
*The funding level refers only to funding received against the Inter-Agency Appeal 2016
Severe winter weather and extreme temperatures as low as – 30 degrees Celsius in some areas are affecting much of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, including Turkey and Greece. The worst of the cold weather began at the beginning of January in many countries but in Poland, the impact of freezing temperatures was felt as early as November 2016.
The media has reported at least 40 deaths. Homeless people, asylum seekers, refugees in camps and IDPs in Ukraine are among the most vulnerable.