Almost 3/4 of migrants in "temporary" structures
Arrival of unaccompanied migrants has spiked this year
Italy seeking to expand shelter network to hold 150,000
By Steve Scherer
CALTAGIRONE, Italy, April 29 (Reuters) - When police arrested Lamin Darboe's father two years ago, the 16-year-old had to quit his studies and work on his uncle's farm in Gambia. Desperate to go back to school, he stole his uncle's bull to pay his way to Europe.
Greece - IOM reports an estimated 183,017 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through April 27. Latest fatalities stand at 1,244.
IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo said Thursday that 1,400 migrants rescued through last weekend have been brought to shore in recent days. Additionally, 237 migrants were brought to Italy’s Lampedusa island on Thursday night.
183,017 arrivals by sea in 2016
published 10:00 CET 29 April
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE, MICROCEPHALY AND GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME
As of 27 April, 55 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 42 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).
Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):
42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.
13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.
• Between end January and 24 April 2016, 54,635 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan, according to aid organisations.
• In Central Darfur, about 5,200 IDPs from Jebel Marra have been reported in the Fanga Suk area and Rokero town following inter-agency missions.
• A new report by SKBN CU says renewed conflict between government forces and SPLMN has led to significant internal displacement and increased humanitarian needs in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Rome, Italy | AFP | Thursday 4/28/2016 - 07:26 GMT
by Angus MACKINNON
Italy is to introduce the fingerprinting of migrants crossing the Mediterranean as soon as they are picked up by rescue boats, officials say.
The move could help to reduce mounting tensions between Italy and its EU partners over the large numbers of migrants who arrive in Italy but are not registered here and then travel on to northern Europe.
Based on Government data from June 2015 to March 2016
Total Arrivals in 2015 - Greece: 856,723 Italy: 153,842
Total Arrivals in 2016 (as of 31 March, 2016) - Greece: 151,452 Italy: 18,777
As part of a wider project to understand the profile and motivations of people migrating to the European Union, this factsheet presents key findings related to migration from Mali. Information presented here is based on interviews with key informants, who were asked to report on migration from their community. Findings presented here are based on a small, purposive sample of respondents in Gao, a key transit point for migrants passing through Mali, and should be considered indicative only.
In October of 2013, the government of Italy launched naval operations dubbed Mare Nostrum which has rescued over 100,000 people. In the first seven months of 2014, more than 87,000 people arrived by sea in Italy with most coming from the Syrian Arab Republic and from Eritrea. The European Union is committed to the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund which commits over $3 billion Euros over the next seven-year for improving asylum systems, reception modalities, and integration policies.
Arrivals and Departures
As reported by local media, a group of 35 people currently located on the island of Lesvos are expected to be returned to Turkey on 26 April as part of the EU-Turkey agreement. Greek media reported that the majority have expressed their wish to be repatriated given the present situation, which only allows for application to asylum in Greece.
Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147
Greece - International Organization for Migration reports an estimated 181,476 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through April 13. Latest fatalities stand at 1,232.
IOM on Tuesday morning learned of reports of corpses being retrieved off the coast of Libya near Garabulli, although it is not known whether these may be victims of last week’s shipwreck or from a different incident.
181,476 arrivals by sea in 2016
published 10:00 CET 26 April
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
Monthly trend report covering mixed migration to, through and from North Africa
About: MHub is the regional knowledge hub and secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, comprising of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensure the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.
Scope: This bulletin covers mixed migration trends in Algeria, Egypt,
Libya, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, Greece and Italy.
Arrivals and Departures
An estimated 181,450 refugees and migrants have entered Europe by sea so far this year, the majority of whom arrived to Greece (154,268). At least 1,261 people have died or gone missing as of 22 April.
Conditions of People
Rome, Italy | AFP | Monday 4/25/2016 - 14:50 GMT
by Angus MACKINNON
NATO is ten weeks away from launching a naval mission off Libya as part of a controversial US-backed plan to close the Western Mediterranean migrant route to Europe, officials said Monday.
The advanced state of preparations for the operation was revealed by Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti as leaders of the US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy met in Germany.
Their talks were due to touch on the migrant crisis and instability and Islamist infiltration in Libya.
Several sources estimate that about 500 migrants and asylum seekers may have lost their lives this week in the Mediterranean Sea in an unknown location between Libya and Italy. The vast majority of these people were nationals from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Valletta, Malta – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has resumed search, rescue and medical aid operations in the central Mediterranean Sea, between Africa and Europe, and conducted its first operation of 2016.
Due to the lack of safe and legal alternatives for people to flee and seek protection, the deadly stretch of water between Libya and Italy, which in 2015 claimed the lives of 2,892 men, women and children, is now almost the only way for thousands to reach European shores and it is already as busy as ever.
Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 4/24/2016 - 16:18 GMT
Hundreds of Italian demonstrators on Sunday faced off with similar numbers of Austrian police at the border between the two countries in the latest sign of tensions arising from Europe's migrant crisis.
The demonstration had been called to protest over Austria's preparations for a possible restoration of border controls at the Brenner pass in the Alps because of fears of a potential surge of migrant arrivals in Italy.