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 16-22 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extremely drug-resistant TB.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 319,711 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 19 October, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 168,857 people have arrived in Greece and 145,381 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, when over 650,000 migrants and refugees had made the journey.
Italy remains one of the primary entry points for migrants coming to Europe and a transit country for those aiming to reach other destinations in Northern Europe.
Based on the official data of the Italian Ministry of Interior, 159,419 people have disembarked in Italy from January until 30 September 2016. Between 1 January and 31 August 2016, 18,537 children arrived to Italy by sea: 9 out of 10 children arrived unaccompanied (16,863).
The number of migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean fell to nearly 12 700 in September, down 40% from the previous month due to poor weather conditions, although the trend in the first nine months of this year remained roughly in line with 2015. Most of them were rescued off the Libyan coast. The total number of migrants who headed to Italy via the Central Mediterranean route stood at 127 600 in the January-September period of this year.
318,816 arrivals by sea in 2016
published 09:00 CET 18 October
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
Save the Children’s search and rescue ship, the Vos Hestia, is returning to Italy with more than 200 refugees and migrants rescued in two separate operations off the North African coast on Wednesday 19th October.
Sadly among them are the bodies of five people who perished before rescuers could reach the first boat in distress.
“We received a call to assist in the rescue of a wooden boat in distress” says Gillian Moyes, Save the Children’s team leader on the Vos Hestia.
Trends of Sea Arrivals
In the week from 10 to 16 October, 717 refugees and migrants crossed the sea to Greece from Turkey – a slight decrease from the 898 who crossed the previous week.
Safety, dignity and a better life. These are the main reasons people are leaving their homes as their countries are affected by conflicts, climate change and extreme poverty.
A small number of these migrants, including refugees, come to Europe with hopes of a new beginning. But what could have been a manageable increase of people arriving at Europe's borders has turned into a humanitarian shame: the European Union’s response is constantly creating new problems and causing unnecessary suffering.
Regional mixed migration summary for September 2016 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.
Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the caseload mentioned refers only to refugees or asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated.
ROME/ GENEVA, 18 October 2016 – Three newborn babies, two born on Italian Coastguard boats in the Central Mediterranean and one at port, are among the newest arrivals of refugee and migrant children in Italy, as numbers of children hit record levels, says UNICEF.
In the first nine months of 2016 more children arrived by sea in Italy than in all of last year. This year more than 90 per cent of the children travelled alone while in 2015 the unaccompanied accounted for 75 per cent. This year has also seen an increase of children from Egypt but most still come from West Africa.
18/10/16 Geneva - IOM reports that 318,816 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 16 October, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 168,689 people have arrived in Greece and 145,128 in Italy during 2016.
The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, when over 612,000 migrants and refugees had made the journey—more than three-quarters of them to Greece.
Deaths, on the other hand, are out-pacing last year’s totals by a significant margin. Today’s total of 3,649 is 532 more than were recorded through mid-October last year.
Italy has allocated 3.9 million euros for emergency interventions to support the provision of essential services to South Sudanese refugees and to the most vulnerable segments of the hosting populations in South Sudan and in the neighbouring Countries (Uganda and Ethiopia). Lack of food and assistance, compounded to precarious hygiene and sanitary conditions, determine a real threat of famine, epidemics and tension between the refugees and the local populations.
Trends of Sea Arrivals
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 9-15 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.
This briefing paper is the result of a joint effort by 12 national and international organizations operating in Greece. The aim is to explain the current situation for those stranded in Greece for over six months since the closure of the northern border and introduction of the European Union (EU) – Turkey deal.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 317,209 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 12 October, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 168,427 people have arrived in Greece and 144,950 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, when over 500,000 migrants and refugees had made the journey.
A l'occasion de la Journée internationale de prévention des catastrophes célébrée chaque année le 13 octobre, le Secrétariat de la Stratégie internationale de prévention des catastrophes des Nations Unies (UNISDR) a présenté mercredi, à Genève, un nouveau rapport sur l'impact des catastrophes naturelles dans le monde. Le document est alarmiste en raison du nombre de victimes de plus en plus importantes constatées depuis 1995, principalement dans les pays en développement, lesquels ne disposent pas de moyens suffisants, explique le Secrétariat, pour répondre à ces catastrophes.
281,740 Refugees and migrants arriving by sea to Europe in 2016 (as of 31 August).
3,169 Refugees and migrants estimated to have died / gone missing at sea in 2016 (as of 31 August). Compared to 2,776 during the same period in 2015.
163,734 Estimated sea arrivals in Greece in 2016 (as of 31 August) compared to 237,947 during the same period in 2015.
115,072 Estimated Sea arrivals in Italy in 2016 (as of 31 August) compared to 116,149 during the same period in 2015.
In 2016, more than 241,930 refugee and migrant children sought asylum in Europe. This is three times the number of children, who arrived by sea in Greece and Italy.