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23 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Relocation plan to respond to emergency in Italy, Greece

  • Additional resettlement plan for 20,000 migrants

  • Quota system has proven controversial

By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, May 22 (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to propose next week that 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Italy and Greece should be relocated across the continent in response to what it considers an emergency situation in both countries.

22 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 21 May 2015 10:29 GMT

ROME, May 21 (Reuters) - More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. One body was recovered.

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20 May 2015 description
report Government of Italy

Italy has donated the Nepalese Government health devices for the hospital ofTrisuli and tents to replace schools destroyed by the quake

19 May 2015 description
report European Union

The Council has agreed today (18 May) to establish an EU military operation - EUNAVFOR Med- to break the business model of smugglers and traffickers of people in the Mediterranean. This decision, which is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge, will enable the formal start of the operational planning for the naval operation.

19 May 2015 description

Italy - Over 12,460 migrants arrived by sea to Italy in the month of May, according to IOM estimates. This brings the total number of migrants arriving in Italy since January 2015, based on IOM’s estimates, to 38,690.

After a few days without landings – presumably because of bad weather conditions – sea crossings have picked up again over the past week. In just three days (from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 May), some 3,500 migrants reached Italian shores.

19 May 2015 description

Aosta, Italy | AFP | Tuesday 5/19/2015 - 03:22 GMT

by Arman Soldin with Angus MacKinnon in Rome

With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores.

19 May 2015 description
report Government of Italy

A flight carrying a shipment of humanitarian aid from the Italian Cooperation left the UNHRD logistical base in Brindisi earmarked for the thousands of internally displaced persons of Cameroon and Nigerian refugees — UN estimates cite 74,000 — who have fled to northern Cameroon to escape the violence of the fundamentalist terror group Boko Haram.

The shipment includes essentials such as tents, emergency generators, water sanitising kits, water tanks and jugs, blankets, healthcare kits, hygiene kits, camp kitchens and provisions. The Italian NGO INTERSOS will handle distribution.

18 May 2015 description

18 May 2015 - The Mediterranean Sea is one of the main routes for the smuggling of migrants, an activity which generates billions of dollars a year for criminal networks. Along this route, appalling tragedies have been occurring almost daily, as vulnerable women, children and men place their lives in the hands of organized criminals in order to reach Europe.

18 May 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Monday 5/18/2015 - 17:08 GMT

by Bryan McManus

EU nations approved plans on Monday for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

The scheme backed by foreign and defence ministers in Brussels will involve European warships and surveillance aircraft gathering intelligence and then raiding boats to crack down on people smugglers.

16 May 2015 description


  • Two major earthquakes struck Nepal within weeks: a 7.8 magnitude on 25 April (epicentre Lamjung District, Western Region), followed by a 7.3 magnitude on 12 May (epicentre Dolakha district, Central Region).

  • A FAO/WFP food security assessment is ongoing. FAO is assessing agricultural damage in 6 severely affected districts: Nuwakot, Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk. The latter two were severely hit by both quakes.

15 May 2015 description

Hier, jeudi 14 mai, aux alentours de 9h, les équipes MSF ont reçu un appel du centre de sauvetage en mer de Rome les informant qu’un bateau de pêche en bois transportant 300 personnes était en détresse.

Vers 11h, l’équipe a commencé sa mission de sauvetage qui s'est terminée aux alentours de 18h. Au total, les équipes de sauvetage en mer de ‪‎MSFSea et MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) ont porté assistance aux 561 personnes entassées sur ce bateau.

14 May 2015 description

Antalya, Turkey | AFP | Thursday 5/14/2015 - 21:20 GMT


The European Union firmed up plans to crack down on people smugglers in the Mediterranean on Thursday as Italy said another 2,000 migrants were rescued at sea.

Germany said it was confident of winning UN Security Council approval for an ambitious EU naval military operation, part of a wider plan to stem the flow of people risking their lives to reach Europe from the shores of North Africa.

14 May 2015 description

Nepal Red Cross Society Rapid Response Team deployed in Charikot, the worst affected area, within 3 hours of Second Nepal Gorkha Earthquake -2015 om May 12.

At 16:00 hours of 12th May, 2015, Nepal Red Cross Society responded the Government of Nepal request to deploy 6 trauma specialists in Charikot area. Six stand-by paramedics from the UK and Italy flew to the worse affected area with the help of Government of Nepal. Nepal Red Cross Volunteer Dr. Komal Raj Aryal led the Rapid Response Team to Charikot.

14 May 2015 description
report Government of Italy

A flight carrying a load of 16 tonnes of emergency supplies (valued at 160,000 EUR) from the Italian Cooperation arrived in Kathmandu today.

13 May 2015 description
report European Commission
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Q&A on the European Agenda on Migration
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Frontex Triton fact sheet
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Communication on the European Agenda on Migration

Today, the European Commission presented a European Agenda on Migration outlining the immediate measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean as well as the steps to be taken in the coming years to better manage migration in all its aspects.

12 May 2015 description
report European Union
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Asylum decisions in the EU

Syrians remain the main beneficiaries

The 27 EU Member States for which data are available granted protection status to 185 000 asylum seekers in 2014, up by almost 50% compared with 2013. Since 2008, more than 750 000 asylum seekers have been granted protection status in the EU.

These data on the results of asylum decisions in the EU are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

More than 1 out of 3 persons granted protection status in the EU was Syrian

12 May 2015 description

Libya - A rising number of shipwrecks is happening near the Libyan coast as migrants continue to embark towards Italy aboard unseaworthy vessels. Many of the boats are intercepted by the Libyan Naval Coast Guard before they even can reach the high seas. This has increased the number of migrants in need of urgent assistance in various Libyan ports.

12 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Silvia Giannelli

AUGUSTA, Syracuse, Italy , May 11 2015 (IPS) - Not even a month has passed since over 700 hundred migrants lost their lives in their attempt to reaching the shores of Italy and the media spotlights have already faded on the island of Sicily, Italy’s southern region and main gateway to Europe.

Yet, the migration flows have not stopped.

Five days ago, on May 3, 300 people arrived in the port of Augusta, in the province of Syracuse, and among them were 19-year-old Ahmed and 22-year-old Mohammed.