Italy - IOM reports an estimated 249,854 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 24 July, arriving mostly in Italy and Greece. The 250,000 total is likely to be surpassed in the next few hours as recently rescued migrants reach Italian shores.
The current refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian challenge to have faced the European Union since its foundation. Although the outcome of the referendum on 23 June 2016 was that the UK should leave the EU, the UK remains a full member of the EU, with all the responsibilities that entails, until the final withdrawal agreement is ratified. It is vital, both on moral grounds and in order to help maintain good relations with the other 27 Member States, that the UK Government should participate fully in EU action to resolve this humanitarian crisis.
249,854 arrivals by sea in 2016
published 09:00 CET 26 July
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
By Dr. Erna Rijnierse, an MSF doctor onboard the search and rescue vessel the MV Aquarius
Dr. Erna Rijnierse is an MSF doctor onboard the search and rescue vessel the MV Aquarius, which is run in partnership between MSF and SOS MEDITERRANEE. She gave the following account of a rescue operation in the central Mediterranean on 20 July, in which 209 people were rescued from two small boats in distress, and 22 people (21 women and one man) were found dead.
Italy - IOM reports an estimated 242,179 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 20 July, arriving mostly in Italy and Greece.
So far this year an estimated 2,977 deaths have been recorded, compared with 1,906 through 30 July last year. These figures do not include thousands of migrants and refugees rescued on the Mediterranean during the past 48 hours, nor the recovery of nearly two dozen additional corpses believed to be en route to Italian ports Friday morning (22 July).
Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 7/22/2016 - 08:23 GMT
by Mathilde AUVILLAIN
Italy is scrambling to find extra places for incoming migrants amid fears the failure of a European relocation plan may result in mass encampments.
Rome bowed to pressure from the EU at the end of last year and implemented a rigorous system to identify all arrivals on its shores in exchange for a deal which should have seen thousands of refugees relocated across Europe.
242,179 arrivals by sea in 2016
published 07:30 CET 22 July
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
240.884 llegadas por mar en 2016
publicado a las 10:00 hs. (horario Europa Central) 7/18/16
1.011.712 llegadas en 2015
Trapani, Italy | AFP | Friday 7/22/2016 - 12:14 GMT
Horror stories emerged Friday of the death of 22 migrants who drowned after they were crushed underfoot in a dinghy in the Mediterranean when panic broke out on board.
Red Cross workers held roses and stood in silence on the portside in Trapani, Sicily, as the bodies of 21 women and a man were carried off a rescue ship, placed in wooden coffins and loaded into hearses.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva hold talks
21 July 2016, Rome - The Mediterranean migration crisis and ways in which Italy's upcoming presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) can help boost efforts to achieve the international community's Sustainable Development Goals, topped the agenda during talks today between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
(20 July 2016) Today the MV Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel run in partnership between Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE rescued 209 people from two rubber dinghies in distress on the Central Mediterranean. The team also recovered the bodies of 21 women and 1 man who had died at sea.
So far this year more than 231,000 people crossed the Mediterranean. While the trend of decreased arrivals through the Eastern Mediterranean continued during the month of June, with only 1,500 new arrivals in Greece, some 22,250 people were rescued in Italian waters during the same period of time.
Trends of Sea Arrivals
Following the funding commitment announced by Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Paolo Gentiloni, at the Syrian Donor Conference on February 4, the Italian government has approved giving a total of almost 19 million euros in emergency aid. Most of the money - 14.7 million euros - will be used to finance humanitarian projects to be implemented by Italian NGOs operating in the region, not only in Syria, but also in Lebanon and Jordan.
Rome, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 7/20/2016 - 07:14 GMT |
More than 3,200 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean Tuesday in 25 operations, the Italian coastguard said.
One person was found dead during the rescue efforts, said the coastguard Wednesday, which coordinated the missions conducted by the Italian navy and coastguard, the EU's Eunavfor Med mission and NGOs such as MSF, Sea Watch and MOAS.
240,884 arrivals by sea in 2016
published 10:00 CET 18 July
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
Italy - IOM reports an estimated 240,884 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 17 July, arriving mostly in Italy and Greece.
So far this year an estimated 2,954 deaths have been recorded, compared with 1,906 through 30 July last year.
This Revised Emergency Appeal n° 2 seeks 9,495,715 Swiss francs, (increased from 2,775,269 Swiss francs) to support the Italian Red Cross to respond to the needs of 160,000 people (increased from 105,000) with an extended timeframe up to 31 July 2017. This operation focuses on the provision of basic food and non-food items; basic health care including First Aid and Psychosocial Support; hygiene promotion; Restoring Family Links (RFL) services, facilitating two-way communication with communities as well as strengthening the response capacities of the National Society.
The young man, a blanket draped around his shoulders, steps off the Italian Coast Guard boat that has just docked in Lampedusa harbour. He will be asked his name and nationality in due course but for now let’s call him Adam.
A doctor checks Adam’s hands and abdomen for signs of scabies, a highly contagious skin infection. He is then told to stand in line with dozens of other migrants rescued at sea and brought to this tiny island, Italy’s southernmost point some 113 kilometres from the Tunisian coast.
Turkey: Procurement of 2,000 NFIs kits containing 1,000 polar fleece clothes and 1,000 underclothes was finalized and handed over to the Turkish Coast Guards Aegean Reginal Command for rescued migrants, during the reporting period. IOM also provided insulation materials for the 12 tarpaulin tents in reception areas in Turkish Coast Guards’ premises in preparation for the summer.