Cameroon - Since the beginning of 2014, Northeast Nigeria has witnessed an increase in Boko Haram’s violent attacks, leading to widespread displacement in the country with a spillover effect in neighboring countries including Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.
In the Far North Region of Cameroon, an estimated 81,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 36,000 returnees have fled Boko Haram attacks.
Italy - Migrant arrivals in Italy have topped 20,000 for each of the last two months, reports IOM as 2015 reaches its midpoint.
Approximately 2,900 migrants were rescued at sea in the channel of Sicily in the last 48 hours. The operations have been carried out by the Italian maritime forces and by other EU ships patrolling the Mediterranean: two ships of the Irish and of the British Navy and the MOAS/MSF ship Phoenix.
Paris, France | AFP | Monday 6/29/2015 - 16:26 GMT | 321 words
France's top administrative court said Monday that border controls on migrants at the Italian frontier were legal and did not violate the Schengen agreement that created Europe's passport-free zone.
The court dismissed a complaint by three organisations in support of scores of migrants stranded at the border between France and Italy since mid-June.
FAO is supporting Government-led efforts to address food security and livelihood needs in six districts most severely affected by the earthquakes: Nuwakot, Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk.
Rome, Italy | AFP | Monday 6/29/2015 - 10:17 GMT
The Italian navy on Monday said it had begun efforts to recover the bodies of some 800 migrants killed in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean in April, as authorities rescued another 4,400 people making the dangerous sea journey to Europe.
The April 18 tragedy was the deadliest sinking in the sea between Europe and Africa in decades and sparked international calls for reinforced efforts to deal with the growing migrant crisis.
UNHCR notes last night’s decision of the European Council to relocate 40,000 people in need of international protection and to resettle 20,000 refugees. This is an important step along the way to finding answers to this crisis, but clearly much more will have to be done, including addressing root causes.
Greece - The Greek islands near Turkey's coast now rival Italy as the top destination for irregular migrants seeking entry into the EU by sea this year, signaling the shift from the central Mediterranean route to the Eastern route.
Some 61,000 migrants have arrived by sea to Greece this year, nearly doubling 2014’s full-year total of 34,442. During the current month of June, between 650 and 1,000 migrants are reaching the islands daily.
Commenting on the European Council meeting on migration, Aurelie Ponthieu, Migration Advisor for Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, said:
Carbonia, Italy | AFP | Friday 6/26/2015 - 03:26 GMT
by Ella IDE
Italy's wealthy north may have tired of asylum seekers, but in one of the poorest regions of Sardinia locals are giving everything to clothe and feed refugee families.
Standing amid piles of shoes, t-shirts, pyjamas and baby bibs, Susanna Steri describes how she had to ask the inhabitants of Carbonia to stop bringing donations for the 90-odd men, women and children from Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
Leaders at EU Summit must do more to resolve global refugee crisis
A sharp increase in refugees arriving on Greece’s Aegean islands is pushing an already faltering reception system to breaking point and is symptomatic of a failure by Europe’s leaders to adequately address the refugee crisis, warned Amnesty International ahead of the EU Summit which starts today.
Dakar / Genève, 23 Juin 2015 – Au vu du nombre croissant de personnes qui risquent leur vie pour rejoindre l'Europe, les Sociétés nationales de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge d'Afrique et d'Europe se sont donné rendez-vous cette semaine à Dakar pour discuter des moyens de renforcer le dialogue avec les principaux intervenants afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des migrants.
Increase Refugee Resettlement, Asylum Seeker Relocation
Source: Reuters - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:46 GMT
COPENHAGEN, June 23 (Reuters) - A refined product tanker owned by Danish shipping company Torm rescued more than 200 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday and took them to Italy at the request of the Italian coastguard, the company said.
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Source: Reuters - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:30 GMT
(Updates with 1,000 migrants rescued on Tuesday)
ROME, June 23 (Reuters) - Ships patrolling the Mediterranean have plucked more than 3,700 migrants from overcrowded and unsafe boats in the last two days, Italy's coastguard said on Tuesday.
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Ian Traynor in Brussels
Tuesday 23 June 2015 12.23 EDT
EU leaders have decided to create a new system of quarantining migrants in southern Italy and Greece to enable the forcible and swift registration, fingerprinting, expulsion, and, if necessary, detention for up to 18 months of those deemed to be illegal immigrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.
Rome, Italy | AFP | Monday 6/22/2015 - 15:45 GMT
One person was killed and another seriously injured when a rubber dinghy carrying migrants headed for Italy came under fire off the Libyan coast on Monday, Italian media reported.
Reports said one migrant had collapsed into the sea and drowned while another, a Gambian national, had been helicoptered by the Italian navy to hospital on Lampedusa, an Italian island located between Sicily and North Africa.
Italian prosecutors in Sicily have opened a homicide investigation against persons unknown.
Since the beginning of the year some 153 000 migrants were detected at Europe’s external borders. This represents a 149% increase when compared to the same period in 2014 when 61 500 migrants entered Europe.
In May the total number of detections rose by 26% in relation to April and reached 50 500. Considering seasonal trends, it is expected that the migratory pressure will continue to increase during the summer period on all routes.