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27 May 2016 description

26. May. 2016 by Rebecca Harms

The EU needs a proper strategy that allows migrants a legal form of access. The current situation of the camps in and around the EU is unacceptable. The issue of clarifying immigration regulations for the EU must not be put off any longer.

26 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The number of people arriving by sea to the Greek shores has sharply decreased since the beginning of April due to a variety of factors, including an understanding amongst refugee and migrant populations that the Balkan route is now closed, the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement, and increased border control operations at the Aegean Sea. There was an average of 119 daily arrivals in April compared with 870 daily arrivals in March which constitutes an 85% decrease.

25 May 2016 description

Arrivals and departures

In Greece, an estimated 126 people arrived over the weekend (21-22 May) in the northern Aegean (35 on Lesvos, 76 on Chios, and 15 on Samos).

25 May 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR and partners learned of 150 irregular arrivals: 93 from fYR Macedonia, 51 from Bulgaria and six from Montenegro.
  • The number of asylum seekers waiting to be admitted into Hungarian “transit zones” increased after Hungarian authorities’ halved daily admission from some 60 to some 30 asylum seekers. As a result, on average 418 asylum seekers, predominantly women and children, were waiting for admission in the open, without shelter or sanitary facilities.
24 May 2016 description

By Nichola Jones, IFRC

The closure of the Western Balkan route in February and the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal in March, which will see new arrivals in Greece and potentially returned to Turkey, has seen the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) shift its response to meet the changing needs of migrants.

Arrivals into Greece continue but have plummeted with a daily average of 47 people per day

24 May 2016 description

The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.

24 May 2016 description

“Hungary can only support a European Union resolution that is aimed at reducing migration, but the EU’s proposal with relation to migration is more of a motivator for migration instead of being concerned about how to reduce the level of migration into Europe”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said prior to Monday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers.

20 May 2016 description
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Highlights

  • In Greece, during the week of 9 May, IOM led an escort mission for 20 unaccompanied children (seven from Pakistan, six from Afghanistan, five from Syria, one from Palestine, and one from Egypt) who were escorted from the First Reception Centre in Lesvos to a new accommodation facility in Mytilene.

19 May 2016 description

Planning and Preparation:

A huge shortfall in funds for sheltering refugees is severely undermining efforts to tackle the biggest global displacement crisis since World War II. At the launch today of a new global campaign, called “Nobody Left Outside,” UNHCR emphasised that efforts to provide adequate shelter for refugees under its care were facing a half-billion-dollar deficit. Nobody Left Outside calls on the private sector to contribute funds for shelter solutions for 2 million refugees.

17 May 2016 description

189,414 arrivals by sea in 2016 1,357 dead/missing

Published 10:00 CET 17 May 1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

13 May 2016 description

188,075 arrivals by sea in 2016
1,357 dead/missing

published 10:00 CET 13 May
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 188,075; Deaths: 1,357

12 May 2016 description

Daily Report

Arrivals and Departures

In Turkey, between 10-11 May, media sources reported that 343 people were apprehended at Turkey’s sea borders for attempting to cross to the Greek Islands. They were reportedly of Syrian, Iraqi, Pakistani and Afghan nationality.

12 May 2016 description

Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Thursday 5/12/2016 - 11:50 GMT

by Peter MURPHY

On the Serbian side of Hungary's razor-topped border fence, the smell of burning rubbish hangs in the air, clothes hang on trees and the wait to get into the European Union goes on.

"We go to (the toilet in) those trees over there," said Amir, 17, one of a seven-strong Afghan family including two children and an exhausted elderly woman with a crutch, sitting on the ground in this squalid camp.