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06 Oct 2015 description

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."

06 Oct 2015 description

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.

06 Oct 2015 description
report Save the Children

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.

05 Oct 2015 description
report European Union

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.

05 Oct 2015 description

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.

05 Oct 2015 description


  • 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.

02 Oct 2015 description

ATHENS, Greece, October 2 (UNHCR) -- The UN refugee agency said on Friday that refugee and migrant arrivals in Greece are expected to hit the 400,000 mark soon, despite adverse weather conditions. Greece remains by far the largest single entry point for new sea arrivals in the Mediterranean, followed by Italy with 131,000 arrivals so far in 2015.

02 Oct 2015 description

Italy - Tomorrow (3rd October), Italy’s Mediterranean island of Lampedusa will observe the second anniversary of a tragedy that took the lives of 368 migrants, who perished on 3rd October, 2013. Most of those who died had fled Eritrea and were attempting to sail to Europe via Libya.

01 Oct 2015 description

In southern Sicily, nearly one boatcarrying exhausted migrants lands every day. Last year, approximately 28,000 migrants arrived in the port of Pozzallo. Many of them were children. Said was 14 years old when he landed in Lampedusa without even wanting to. Terre des hommes (Tdh) took him in and helped him find a place in society.

01 Oct 2015 description

Refugee emergency in Europe: UNHCR appeals for USD 128 million

01 Oct 2015 description
report European Commission

Summary: 30 September 2015, Brussels - Days after the College of Commissioners presented a set of priority actions to be taken within the next six months to manage the refugee crisis, the European Commission has today made a first set of concrete proposals for the €1.7 billion of EU funding in 2015 and 2016 in order to address the refugee crisis – money EU Heads of State and Government committed themselves to matching last week.

01 Oct 2015 description

According to the Council decision on 22/09, 66 000 out of 120,000 persons will be relocated from Italy and Greece (15,600 from Italy and 50,400 from Greece). The remaining 54,000 persons will be relocated from Italy and Greece in the same proportion after one year of the entry into force of the decision.

ECHO contribution in the Western Balkans

01 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Soixante-dixième session
16e, 17e & 18e séances plénières , matin, après-midi & soir

30 Sep 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Seventieth Session,
16th, 17th & 18th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

The United Nations, notwithstanding its inadequacies and failures, was an indispensable “family of nations” that had nurtured countries in search of equality, peace and prosperity, the General Assembly heard today as it continued its annual debate.

29 Sep 2015 description

Missing Migrants Project is the only global database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants around the world. This info-graphic focuses on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region. #MissingMigrants