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04 Sep 2015 description

Western Balkan - Regional Overview

• Currently Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia are transit countries for migrants and refugees trying to re-enter the Schengen area in Hungary.

• Due to the construction of the fence in the Hungarian southern border with Serbia, migrants/refugees may seek alternative routes: for example from Albania to Italy or through Croatia to the Schengen area.

ECHO involvement

03 Sep 2015 description

Damascus, Syria | AFP | Thursday 9/3/2015 - 15:37 GMT |

Iran submitted last month a peace plan to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to try and end his country's four-year war, a senior Iranian official said on Thursday.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian however told a news conference in Damascus that any initiative to end the conflict would have to recognize "the pivotal role of Assad."

The peace plan was submitted to Assad by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a visit to Damascus on August 12, he said.

01 Sep 2015 description

August 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations

Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen

  • Improved situations

Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka

September 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts

Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen

  • Conflict resolution opportunities

    South Sudan

01 Sep 2015 description

Tehran, 31 August – The Chair of UNHCR's Executive Committee (ExCom), Ambassador Pedro Comissário of Mozambique visited the Islamic Republic of Iran from 28-31 August 2015 accompanied by the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Mozambique to the United Nations in Geneva Mr. Juvenal Dengo and from UNHCR headquarters, Mr. Johan Cels, Head of the Division of External Relations, Governance and Partnership Service and Mr. Ayaki Ito, Deputy Director of UNHCR's Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific.

31 Aug 2015 description

Röszke, Hongrie | AFP | lundi 31/08/2015 - 00:07 GMT

par Csaba SEGESVARI / avec Serene ASSIR à Presevo en Serbie

Plusieurs dirigeants européens sont montés au créneau dimanche en faveur du droit d'asile des réfugiés au moment où des milliers de migrants progressaient sur la route des Balkans dans l'espoir de gagner l'espace Schengen.

27 Aug 2015 description

KABUL: Representatives of the Governments of the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan and Iran and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today in Kabul reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation, in safety and dignity, to end the protracted stay of Afghan refugees in Iran. The parties agreed that innovative approaches and enhanced outreach are needed in order to support the voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of Afghan returnees.

23 Aug 2015 description

Ali Asghar Ahmadi, Secretary General of the Iranian Red Crescent Society met with Syria’s health minister Dr. Nizar Yazig in Tehran on August 19th, 2015.

He underlined IRCS’s willingness to supply needed medicines of the Syrian people. “The Iranian Red Crescent is ready to cooperate in the fields of professional relief and rescue trainings, exchange of experience on the activities of youth and volunteers, disaster management and crisis, health and physical rehabilitation by using its high experience,”

19 Aug 2015 description

Kabul, Aug 19, IRNA – Iran and Afghanistan signed two cooperation documents on Afghan refugees. One document is about those who have residence card and the other about illegal immigrants residing in Iran.

The documents were signed by Director General of Foreign Citizens and Immigrants Department of Iran's Interior Ministry Ahmad Mohammadifar and Deputy Minister of Immigration Affairs of Afghanistan Abdul-Hajj Fazl Ahmad Azimi.

17 Aug 2015 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics

As at 31 July 2015, there were 2,015 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,842 in immigration detention on the mainland and 173 in immigration detention on Christmas Island. A further 878 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 28,890 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

11 Aug 2015 description

The family of a female Iranian asylum seeker, who was allegedly raped three months ago in Nauru, say the Federal Government has refused to allow her to be treated in Australia.

In May, 23-year-old Nazanin Bagheri left the Nauru detention centre to visit friends on the island.

She was raped as she made her way back to the family camp.

Ms Bagheri's brother Omid said following the attack, staff from medical provider, IHMS, informed the family his deeply traumatised sister would be sent to Australia for treatment.

11 Aug 2015 description

Tehran, Iran | AFP | Tuesday 8/11/2015 - 13:02 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Syria on Wednesday and discuss a "new plan" by the Islamic republic to help resolve the conflict there, his spokeswoman said.

Iran is President Bashar al-Assad's main regional ally, providing him with both financial and military support.

It will be Zarif's first visit to Damascus since Tehran signed a nuclear deal with world powers on July 14, and comes as part of a regional tour.

06 Aug 2015 description

Tehran, 2 August 2015 - The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in Iran signed a Letter of Understanding on Sunday, 2nd August 2015 to cooperate on a number of areas namely Child Protection, Education, Health and Nutrition as well as emergency preparedness, to assist Afghan refugees in Iran.

06 Aug 2015 description

Tehran, August 6, IRNA - The people of Japan has contributed 2,983,722 million dollars to UNHCR-Iran within the framework of the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR), a regional, multi-year strategy, supporting voluntary repatriation, sustainable reintegration and assistance to host countries. Japan donates $2.9 million to Afghan refugees in Iran

06 Aug 2015 description

Summary of WFP assistance: The governments of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), agreed upon a four year Solutions Strategy in 2012 to support voluntary repatriation, sustainable reintegration, and assistance to host countries. Despite efforts to facilitate the repatriation of refugees living in Iran, a significant number of poor and food insecure refugee households continue to require humanitarian support, including WFP food assistance.

04 Aug 2015 description

Unseasonable floods hit 16 provinces and 56 counties in the Islamic Republic of Iran in late July, leaving at least 23 people dead and 50 injured. The floods were triggered by torrential rains, and they caused great damage to the infrastructure of more than 140 villages.

22 Jul 2015 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

The situation

20 Jul 2015 description

Karaj, Alborz Prov, July 20, IRNA – At least eight people were reported to be killed on Sunday due to floods triggered by torrential rains in this northern Iranian province, a local official told IRNA on Monday.

Mohammad-Taqi Irani, deputy governor of Alborz province, said the Karaj river overflowed following heavy rain and thunder in Chalous road washing away 25 cars.

The flood caused serious damage to the area, the official added.