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21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The past year was a turning point in the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, marked by changing migration trends, more dangerous journeys and shift in the profiles of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe, including women and children. Moreover, in 2016 the number of unaccompanied and separated children crossing the Central Mediterranean doubled compared to the previous year.

20 Jan 2017 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean
3,161
arrivals by sea in 2017
230
dead/missing in 2017

Trends of Sea Arrivals

20 Jan 2017 description
report Caritas

Italy is opening a humanitarian corridor for refugees from Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia with the support of Caritas. An agreement with the Italian government was signed last week.

The women, men and children will come from refugee camps in Ethiopia. Once in Italy, Caritas will help the refugees through the project “Protetto. Rifugiato a casa mia” (Protected: a refugee in my home) which is in its third year of helping house refugees with members of local communities in Italy.

20 Jan 2017 description

On January 17 the ECRE’s Asylum Information Database (AIDA) published an overview of the latest asylum trends revealing sharper discrepancies in the distribution of refugees across Europe, as well as persisting disparities in the recognition of international protection.

20 Jan 2017 description

In Numbers

275,095 people affected

3 districts affected

213,276 post Burundian influx

275,095 people in need of food assistance

Highlights

  • Italy has contributed Euro 200,000 to WFP’s refugee operation in response to WFP’s funding appeal.

  • Refugees continue to arrive into Tanzania at the rate of over 10,000 a month.

Situation Update

20 Jan 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 3,156 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 18 January. Over three quarters arrived in Italy and the rest in Greece. This compares with 32,317 through the first 18 days of January, 2016.

20 Jan 2017 description
report Mixed Migration Hub

ABOUT

  • MHub is undertaking field surveys with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers along key migratory routes to build up a body of data over time and to map country and regional level mixed migration trends.

  • This snapshot presents early survey findings of the profiles, intentions and experiences of those moving in mixed migration flows who have recently arrived in Italy in the last year.

19 Jan 2017 description

KEY FIGURES
8,428
Persons arriving by sea in December 2016.
181,436
Persons arriving by sea in 2016.
25,846
Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) arrived by sea in 2016.
5,096
Dead and missing at sea in 2016.
123,482
Asylum applications in 2016, including from sea and other arrivals.
45%
Average EU protection rate of top nationalities arriving by sea in Italy.
176,554

19 Jan 2017 description

Switzerland - UNHCR, IOM and 72 partners today (19/1) launched a new strategy and appeal to help respond to the situation of refugees and migrants in Europe in 2017.

The Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan aims at complementing and reinforcing government efforts to ensure safe access to asylum and the protection of refugees and migrants. It also aims to support long-term solutions and orderly and dignified migration management. Strengthened partnership and coordination will also be given priority in 2017.

19 Jan 2017 description

By Jens Pagotto, Head of Médecins Sans Frontières mission in Libya and its search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean.

The number of people who have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean has reached an all-time high and is becoming comparable to what Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is used to seeing in war zones. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) recorded at least 5,079 deaths last year.

17 Jan 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 2,876 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 15 January, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 23,664 through the first 14 days of January, 2016.

There have been 219 estimated deaths, compared with 91 during the first two weeks of 2015. This fatalities figure is considered low by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, which is investigating reports that surfaced over the weekend that would add at least 200 deaths to the total.

17 Jan 2017 description
report UN News Service

Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, s’est félicité de l’intervention des garde-côtes italiens qui, en collaboration de Frontex, l’Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures, ont porté secours à quelque 1500 personnes à bord d’embarcations confrontées à une mer démontée et à des conditions dégradées en Méditerranée ces trois derniers jours. Après le naufrage connu d’au moins une embarcation légère et surchargée au large des côtes libyennes, les autorités européennes ont repêché au moins huit corps sans vie.

16 Jan 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has praised the rescue of some 1,500 people by the Italian Coastguard in coordination with Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, from boats struggling in rough weather on the Mediterranean over the past three days.

15 Jan 2017 description
report Guardian

Life of forced prostitution awaits majority of the 11,009 Nigerian women who arrived on Italy’s shores last year, says International Organisation for Migration

Annie Kelly

Thursday 12 January 2017 12.35 GMT

The number of Nigerian women travelling by boat from Libya to Italy almost doubled last year, with the vast majority of new arrivals victims of sex trafficking and exploitation, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

15 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Rapport mondial 2017 : Les démagogues menacent les droits humains

Donald Trump ainsi que des démagogues européens favorisent l’intolérance et les discriminations

14 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 14 January 2017 20:08 GMT

Four people have been rescued but the survivors reported that more than a hundred were on board when the boat capsized

(Recasts to adds new rescue operation)

ROME, Jan 14 (Reuters) - At least eight migrants died when their boat overturned off the coast of Libya on Saturday but the death toll may be much higher, the Italian coastguard said.

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14 Jan 2017 description
report BioMed Central

Published in the Journal of: Conflict and Health (2017) 11:1

Authors

Anna Crepet, Francesco Rita, Anthony Reid, Wilma Van den Boogaard, Pina Deiana, Gaia Quaranta, Aurelia Barbieri, Francesco Bongiorno and Stefano Di Carlo

Abstract Background:

14 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:27 GMT

Migrants have tried to cross to Italy from the African coast, particularly from Libya, where people traffickers operate with relative impunity

CAIRO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Egyptian border patrol and coast guard forces stopped more than 12,000 people of various nationalities from illegally entering or leaving the country in 2016, the military said on Wednesday.

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13 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Special measures urgently needed to protect these vulnerable children from trafficking, exploitation and abuse

LAMPEDUSA, Italy, 13 January 2017 – Some 25,800 unaccompanied or separated children arrived to Italy by sea in 2016 – that’s more than double the 12,360 who arrived during the previous year. These children account for a staggering 91 per cent of all the 28,200 children who reached Italy’s shores in 2016 as refugees or migrants.