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25 May 2016 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 5/25/2016 - 11:02 GMT | 216 words

At least five migrants have drowned off the Libyan coast after the heavily overcrowded boat they were sailing on overturned, the Italian navy said Wednesday, revising downwards an earlier death toll.

The navy said at least 550 people had been pulled to safety but added that the rescue operation was still underway and that the death toll could rise.

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).

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

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 191,134 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 21 May this year stand at 1,370 on all Mediterranean routes, which is 24 percent lower than last year’s total of 1,792 through the same period.

24 May 2016 description

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Tuesday 5/24/2016 - 09:51 GMT | 408 words

Workers on a Libyan oil tanker helped to rescue 135 people from boats in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, an AFP journalist said, hours after coastguards detained 550 would-be migrants headed for Europe.

Coastguards were alerted to people aboard makeshift vessels around 17 nautical miles (30 kilometres) from the western city of Sabratha, the journalist said.

The migrants were transported to a safe zone nearer to the capital Tripoli.

23 May 2016 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Tuesday 5/24/2016 - 19:59 GMT

Greek police on Tuesday transferred over two thousand migrants out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months

The operation began shortly after sunrise, and by evening police said they had put 2,024 people on buses to newly opened camps near Greece's second city Thessaloniki, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the south.

23 May 2016 description
report Government of Italy

The Foreign Ministry informs that the general purpose first aid kits donated by Italy and destined to the hospitals of Benghazi have been delivered today. The kits will be able to treat approximately 20,000 patients over the next three months.

The kits arrived in Tripoli, from where they were subsequently taken to Benghazi by land and were delivered to the local depot of the Health authorities, who will then distribute them to the various health care facilities.

21 May 2016 description

This week the Italian Development Cooperation (IDC) in collaboration with UNOPS announced a donation of two vehicles to the Italian NGO, Doctors with Africa, CUAMM

CUAMM has been supporting the strengthening of local health systems in South Sudan since 2007, helping to improve the delivery of basic and emergency healthcare services across the country.Dr. Dario Mariani, an IDC representative, attended the handover event in the presence of UNOPS Head of Programme, Richard Martin Schroeder, and CUAMM Deputy Country Manager, Paolo Ferrari.

20 May 2016 description

19 May 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, participated yesterday in the First Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference, organised in Rome by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in conjunction with the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

20 May 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 190,973 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 18 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 18 May this year stand at 1,359 on all Mediterranean routes.

Meanwhile, over 1,600 migrants have been brought to Italy since Tuesday.

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
  • As of 18 May 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

  • 46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

  • 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

19 May 2016 description
report European Commission

Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken up to 13 May 2016. Overall, progress remains unsatisfactory since the Commission's second report, despite signs of increased preparation for future action: few relocations have taken place since mid-April, though the pipeline of future relocations has been strengthened.

19 May 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Humanitarian groups are questioning Italy's ability to handle minors and victims of torture, as irregular migration from North African continues. Diego Cupolo reports from Pozzallo, Sicily.

Of the 142 asylum-seekers cooped up over the weekend in Sicily’s Pozzallo hotspot reception center - one of several in southern Italy - 120 were unaccompanied minors, some as young as 10 and 12 years old.

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.

18 May 2016 description

The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, concluded a two-day mission to Italy on Tuesday. Over the course of the visit, he met with senior government officials, parliamentarians, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local media to deepen ties with Italian institutions and raise awareness about the work of UNRWA and the current situation facing Palestine refugees.

18 May 2016 description
report European Commission
Press Release
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Communication from the Commission: Third Report on Relocation and Resettlement
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Annex: Relocations from Greece by 13 May 2016
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Annex: Relocations from Italy by 13 May 2016
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Annex: Resettlement State of Play as of 13 May 2016

European Commission - Press release

Relocation and Resettlement: EU Member States must act to sustain current management of flows

Brussels, 18 May 2016