Vienna, Austria | Thursday 10/8/2015 - 08:57 GMT
Planned EU "hotspots" on Europe's outer borders to better deal with the influx of thousands of migrants are far from ready, Austria's chancellor warned Thursday after visiting one such site in Greece.
"In terms of timing and organisation, nothing has been thought through," Werner Faymann told Austrian public radio in an interview. "A lot more has to happen... There are gaps everywhere."
Italy - With reports surfacing from Libya this morning of nearly 100 migrant deaths since Sunday, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project calculates that 2,987 migrants this year have perished in the Mediterranean, or almost three quarters of the 4,093 migrants who have died worldwide so far in 2015.
“The Mediterranean remains the deadliest route for migrants on our planet,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in Geneva. “This loss of life is unnecessary, completely avoidable and absolutely unacceptable.”
Latest asylum trends and main countries of origin........................2
Five Years of EASO: Results and Perspectives................................4
EASO call for experts to assist in Italy and Greece.........................4
Kick-off meeting of the COI Specialist Network on the Ukraine....5
EASO publishes COI report on Pakistan.........................................5
Conference on Home Affairs Funds...............................................6
EASO reports to the European Parliament on the hotspots..........6
Few issues arouse such strong passions as immigration, where concrete economic and social challenges overlap with the fundamental concept of national identity. It is thus not surprising that Europe is having difficulty in coming to grips with the current refugee crisis.
No confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 4 October. This is the first time that a complete epidemiological week has elapsed with zero confirmed cases since March 2014. All contacts have now completed follow-up in Sierra Leone. However, over 500 contacts remain under follow-up in Guinea, and several high-risk contacts associated with active and recently active chains of transmission in Guinea and Sierra Leone have been lost to follow-up. There remains a near-term risk of further cases.
Today, as agreed by the EU Ambassadors within the Political and Security Committee on September 28, the EU naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean, "EUNAVFOR MED”, moved to phase 2 in International Waters.
After having achieved all the objectives of the first phase in terms of intelligence gathering, training and deployment, the Operation Commander, Admiral Enrico Credendino, stated the Force’s readiness for next stage.
Nota de Prensa 71/15
La Institución sigue ampliando además sus capacidades de acogida de solicitantes de asilo en España.
En total, más de 275.000 personas han recibido algún tipo de apoyo de la Cruz Roja en Italia, Grecia, Macedonia, Serbia, Croacia, Hungría, Austria, España y Alemania.
En lo que va de año, más de 499.000 personas han llegado a Europa en busca de una vida. Esto representa, respecto al mismo periodo del 2014, la duplicación en el número de llegadas al continente1. Los puntos de entrada son, principalmente, Grecia, Italia, España y Malta.
Neighbors Set to Meet at Summit Lack Capacity to Protect Refugees
(Brussels, October 7, 2015) – An European Union migration meeting set for October 8, 2015, looks set to focus yet again on shifting the EU government’s responsibilities toward refugees and asylum seekers to its neighbors, Human Rights Watch said today.
Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre
Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.
Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang
L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.
Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed
Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis
The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Tuesday 10/6/2015 - 17:13 GMT
The EU said a controversial programme to relocate 40,000 refugees within the bloc from overstretched frontline states would formally start on Friday when a group of Eritreans will travel to Sweden from Italy.
"First relocations within EU take place on Friday" following an agreement by interior ministers in September, the EU's home affairs office said in a tweet. "Eritrean refugees will be relocated from Italy to Sweden."
GENEVA (6 October 2015) – Ahead of a key high-level European Union meeting this week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on EU Member States to ensure that all discussions of migration policy are grounded firmly on the need to protect the human rights of all migrants.
Speaking ahead of the 8 October meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, Zeid expressed concerns about the continued security-driven agenda that appears to dominate the EU’s response. He raised particular concerns about the nature of the ‘hotspot’ approach.
Save the Children response to reports of UK downsizing search and rescue capacity of refugees at sea.
Monday, 5 October 2015 - 5:31pm
Justin Forsyth, CEO Save the Children, said:
“Last month, 159 people, including 35 children, drowned crossing the Aegean Sea, making September the deadliest month yet for refugees and migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece.
Today Frontex launched a call for 775 additional border guards to be deployed at the external borders of the European Union.
This is the largest number of border guards Frontex has ever requested in the history of the agency.
The officers are to assist mainly Italy and Greece in the registration and identification of migrants coming from Libya and Turkey.
GENEVA, Oct 5 (UNHCR) – The global refugee crisis is so great that the UN refugee agency and other agencies are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.
That was the bleak message of UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres, speaking to UNHCR's Executive Committee today.
In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, IOM is supporting the Government to prepare for the upcoming winter months, IOM is providing temporary shelters at reception points for the migrants and refugees awaiting registration in Gevgelija.
IOM has provided three rubhalls, 10 chemical toilets and 60 wooden waiting benches to the emergency camp in Idomeni, Greece to help address the immediate needs of migrants and refugees.