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28 Mar 2017 description
report European Commission

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Budapest, 28 March 2017

Dear all,

I would like to firstly thank Minister Pintér and Minister Trocsanyi, for the excellent cooperation that we had today, and their hospitality.

We had good discussions this morning on the many different aspects of the migration policy in the EU and in Hungary.

Only a few days ago we, Europeans, celebrated the 60th anniversary of the European Union.

60 years of continuous peace, prosperity and stability – something that we should not take for granted.

28 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Top EU Official Should Use Visit to Press Budapest to Comply with International Law

Lydia Gall
Researcher, Eastern Europe and Western Balkans

Hungary’s new asylum law allowing for the blanket detention of asylum seekers, including some children, will come into force on March 28. It’s the latest of Hungary’s abusive laws and policies designed to make it difficult to seek asylum there, and unpleasant or downright dangerous for those who do.

24 Mar 2017 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 19-25 March 2017 and includes updates on influenza, Legionnaires' disease and rubella.

21 Mar 2017 description


6,860 Refugees and migrants arrived by sea to Europe in January 2017.

257 Refugees and migrants estimated to have died / gone missing at sea in 2017 compared to 361 in 2016.

1,393 Estimated sea arrivals in Greece in 2017 compared to 67,415 in 2016.

4,467 Estimated sea arrivals in Italy in 2017 compared to 5,273 in 2016.

20 Mar 2017 description


  • Until 28 February 2017, there were 13,439 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 9,101 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 48% increase). Greece has seen a 98% lower number of arrivals in February 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 2,611 and 125,494 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 17,479 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 28 of February 2017.

19 Mar 2017 description
report Guardian

Fear stalks migrants huddled along Hungary’s border

Behind a high metal fence topped with loose curls of barbed wire, the newly positioned blue shipping containers lined neatly along Hungary’s southern border at Röszke provide a glimpse of the new plans of the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, to detain thousands of asylum seekers, including children.

Read more on the Guardian

19 Mar 2017 description

“Hungary will stick to its migration policy because it is convinced that it is acting in a legally correct manner and the border protection system not only serves the security of Hungarian citizens, but that of all European citizens”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said.

17 Mar 2017 description

Germany - A new data briefing produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) highlights a 27 percent increase in migrant deaths worldwide during 2016 compared to 2015. The number of migrant deaths and disappearances recorded by IOM increased significantly in many regions of the world, including the Mediterranean, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America.

17 Mar 2017 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 12-18 March 2017 and includes updates on cholera, measles and Legionnaires disease.

15 Mar 2017 description
report Pew Research Center


Europe’s record for annual asylum applications was nearly broken last year, but the numbers trailed off considerably by the end of 2016 and fell short of the previous year’s peak surge in late summer and early fall.

13 Mar 2017 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean 19,522 arrivals by sea in 2017*

522 dead/missing in 2017*

Trends of Sea Arrivals

10 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 9 March 2017 – "UNICEF is alarmed by the adoption of a new law in Hungary that foresees the mandatory detention of refugee and migrant children over 14 years of age. We appeal to the President to treat all children as children first and foremost, before signing this new law.

“Detaining refugee and migrant children fleeing violence and persecution and seeking a better life is traumatic. It effectively criminalizes children and robs them of their rights such as education. The impact of this on any child, no matter their age, can last a lifetime.

09 Mar 2017 description

Border hunters will carry pistols with live ammunition, batons, pepper spray and handcuffs

  • Up to 3,000 volunteers to bolster southern border

  • PM Orban cites risk of new migrant wave from Balkans

  • "Border hunters" to reinforce police, army units

  • New law to detain migrants sparks UN rights concerns

By Krisztina Than

09 Mar 2017 description


  • Close to 7,800 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (or 6,613) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. The rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.

08 Mar 2017 description

Brussels/Belgrade: In recent months, MSF teams in Serbia have treated an increasing number of patients reporting widespread violence and cruel and degrading treatment allegedly perpetrated by Hungarian authorities at the Serbia-Hungary border. The international medical and humanitarian organisation MSF calls on Hungarian authorities to investigate and take immediate action to stop these brutal practices.

07 Mar 2017 description
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78 per cent
of people crossing the line of contact are concerned about long queues at checkpoints

47 per cent
of people crossing the line of contact are concerned about shelling

38 per cent
travel to visit relatives

26 per cent
are concerned about difficult conditions while queuing at checkpoints

8 per cent
of people travelling by car were unable to cross due to long queues