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18 Aug 2017 description

AUGUST 17, 2017
FEATURE
By Alice Greider

During the peak of the European migration and refugee crisis, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants arrived in the European Union via the Western Balkans. In 2015, 600,000 registered at the Presevo camp alone, on the border of Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Key components of crisis management fell to non-EU states along the Western Balkans route, primarily Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which paradoxically were not consulted on broader, European-wide responses.

14 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia on 13 August was 4,705. Of those, 4,413, i.e. 94%, were accommodated in 18 governmental centres. (below chart refers).

  • UNHCR and partners received reports of 122 recorded collective pushbacks from Hungary, and 102 from Croatia, with many alleging to have been denied access to asylum procedures. Report of three pushbacks from Romania were also received.

10 Aug 2017 description

Key figures (October 2015 – 26 July 2017)

07 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia on 06 August was 4,688. Of those, 4,391, i.e. 94%, were accommodated in 18 governmental centres. (below chart refers).

  • The management of the Transit Centres (TC) of Adasevci and Principovac continued to reduce the number of residents housed in temporary emergency shelters, while around 400 men and boys remain accommodated in rub halls or tents in these two TCs or those of Sombor or Kikinda.

05 Aug 2017 description

Budapest / Geneva, 4 August 2017 — Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in towns, cities and beaches as record temperatures sweep much of southern and central Europe.

According to weather reports, south and central Europe are experiencing the highest August temperatures in more than a decade. The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in the Netherlands says this is indicative of a trend that has seen hotter summers become more common.

04 Aug 2017 description

25,392 Total persons relocated
17,457 Relocated from Greece (26% of 66,400)
7,935 Relocated from Italy (20% of 39,600)

04 Aug 2017 description

Extreme or very high danger in southern and eastern Portugal; southern and central Spain and Mallorca; southern Corsica and the Mediterranean region of France; Sicily, Sardinia and southern and central Italy; coastal Croatia; central Albania; eastern Hungary; northern and eastern Serbia; former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; central Kosovo under UNSCR 1244; parts of south-west Romania; south-east and north-west Bulgaria; southern mainland Greece and the Cyclades islands; parts of central Cyprus; central and south-west Turkey.

04 Aug 2017 description

Overview

Arrivals in the Mediterranean from 01 January until 30 June 2017 total 102,847 (Greece, Italy, Spain and Cyprus, including arrivals to the Canary Islands and by land to Spain). This compares to 231,075 for the same period in 2016. In the first half of the year, 9,286 persons arrived in Greece by sea (158,377 arrived during same period in 2016, a decrease by 94%).

03 Aug 2017 description

Protection

Information, identification and referrals of Persons with Specific Needs (PSN):

  • More than 75,700 translation services provided, mainly for authorities

  • Some 35,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants provided with information

  • Over 7,600 protection interviews conducted

  • Over 4,200 persons entered in the UNHCR Global proGres database

  • Over 1,500 PSN identified and referred to appropriate services, including 25 cases of gender based violence

01 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • For the first time in eleven months, the number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia dropped below 5,000: to 4,997 on 30 July (below chart refers). The number of new arrivals encountered by UNHCR and partners during this week, however, rose to 63 (as compared to 28 the preceding and nine the week before), mainly men from Afghanistan or Pakistan, including nine unaccompanied or separated children (UASC).

25 Jul 2017 description

Highlights and Statistics
- On 23 July, 5,203 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia.
- 4,899, i.e. 94%, were accommodated in 18 governmental centres, which provide some 6,000 hard-shelter places (below chart refers). Some centres, especially the Transit Centres (TC) of Adasevci and Principovac remained overcrowded, as they still used temporary emergency shelter such as rub halls and tents to accommodate refugees and migrants, including families and unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).

21 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• During the first half of 2017, close to 93,000 refugees and migrants arrived on European shores mainly through the Central Mediterranean Route - around half of them arrived in just May and June 2017. While barely one in six of sea arrivals this year are children, the number of unaccompanied or separated children (UASC) coming to Italy is on the rise with 11,406 newly registered UASC between January and June 2017.

20 Jul 2017 description

The situation

Forest fires started on Sunday, 16 July 2017 in the Adriatic coast of Croatia and Montenegro, as well as earlier last week in Italy on the slopes of the Vesuvius volcano.

17 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • On 16 July, 5,417 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia.

17 Jul 2017 description

Highlights

According to available data, in the first half of 2017, there were more than 100,000 arrivals to Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Spain (101,559). This represents a 58% decrease when compared to the same period in 2016 when 239,925 arrivals were registered. This is mainly due to the sharpe decrease in arrivals to Greece.

16 Jul 2017 description

Trends and key figures

Since 01 January 2017 until 30 June 2017, 102,847 refugees and migrants have arrived in the Mediterranean (Greece, Italy, Spain and Cyprus, including arrivals to the Canary Islands and by land to Spain). Arrivals by sea in this period comprised of 17 per cent children, 12 per cent women and 71 per cent men.

12 Jul 2017 description

The joint GICHD-UNDP study explores the links between mine action and the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs. It seeks to reflect the current understanding of the contribution and impact that mine action is having on achieving the 2030 Agenda in countries affected by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war.

The study also aims to provide guidance to policy and decision makers from mine action organisations, donors and particularly National Mine Action Authorities on how to: