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08 Feb 2016 description

SHARJAH, 7th February, 2016 (WAM) -- The Big Heart Foundation, BHF, has pledged to donate US$350,000 towards two UNHCR projects to help displaced Syrian families and children seeking refuge in Lebanon and Iraq. The first US$250,000 will go towards UNHCR’s "Warm their Hearts" campaign that will provide winter aid to over 400,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, who are in desperate need of support and assistance.

08 Feb 2016 description
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Economic Effects of War and Peace in the Middle East and North Africa

08 Feb 2016 description
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LONDON, February 4, 2016—World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced that the World Bank Group will be tripling its commitment to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the next five years to nearly US$20 billion to address the consequences of conflict and to help countries recover and rebuild.

Speaking at the UK’s Supporting Syria and the Region conference, Kim said, “It is imperative that we rise to the challenge of the humanitarian crisis at hand, and that we do so in a way that supports development for generations to come.”

07 Feb 2016 description

Victoria Metcalfe, Marcus Manuel and Alastair McKechnie

As the conflict in Syria continues, its political, security, economic and social spill-over effects have intensified across the Middle East and beyond. The flow of refugees from Syria to its neighbours – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – has increased rapidly, with 4.28 million people registered in these five countries.

06 Feb 2016 description

Liban – En coordination avec les gouvernements du Canada et du Liban, l’OIM, le HCR et d’autres partenaires ont déjà réinstallé plus de 8 200 réfugiés syriens au Canada dans le cadre de son opération actuelle de réinstallation.

Le gouvernement canadien a annoncé sa décision de réinstaller 25 000 Syriens au Canada en décembre 2015. Les bureaux de l’OIM au Liban, en Jordanie et en Turquie ont tous participé aux opérations.

06 Feb 2016 description

Humanitarian Overview

Over 15 million people have been displaced due to conflict in Syria and Iraq.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented at least 260,000 Syrians killed in the conflict since it began in 2011. The UN reported at least 26,600 Iraqis killed from 2014-2015 due to acts of terrorism and violence.

89% of Syrian and Iraqi refugees remain in the region.

13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 4.5 million people living in hard to reach areas.

06 Feb 2016 description

Lebanon - IOM Lebanon, in conjunction with the Governments of Canada and Lebanon, UNHCR and other implementing partners, has moved over 8,200 Syrian refugees to Canada as part of an ongoing resettlement operation.

The Government of Canada announced their decision to resettle 25,000 Syrians to Canada in December 2015. IOM offices in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have all been involved in movement operations.

05 Feb 2016 description
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5 février 2016 – Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour les migrations internationales, Peter Sutherland, a souligné vendredi la responsabilité morale des pays européens d'aider les réfugiés qui se pressent à leurs frontières et a dénoncé l'érection de barrières et de barbelés pour les empêcher d'entrer.

05 Feb 2016 description
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5 February 2016 – The world is facing a political, economic, moral and social crisis as governments and communities struggle to provide effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people fleeing war, instability or persecution, the top United Nations migration official said today, calling for deceive multilateral action to tackle “the global issues lurking behind today’s vast movement of people.”

05 Feb 2016 description

Beirut (ICRC) –- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut and the Lebanese Ministry of Health today signed a memorandum of understanding that will set up a new hospital ward for reconstructive surgery for people with weapon wounds. It will also improve and expand the hospital's services, allowing people to get emergency care more easily.

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  1. Highlights
  • Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.

  • See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.

05 Feb 2016 description

Secretary Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $601 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria. This new funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to more than $5.1 billion since the start of the crisis. Secretary Kerry also announced more than $290 million in U.S. development assistance for education to Jordan and Lebanon.

05 Feb 2016 description
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In this issue of the newsletter, the project highlights the work done with municipalities, media outlets and NGOs in the fields of social stability and peace building.

05 Feb 2016 description

Brussels, 4 February 2016

The European Union and its Member States pledged today more than €3 billion to assist the Syrian people inside Syria as well as refugees and the communities hosting them in the neighbouring countries for the year 2016.

The European Union and its Member States pledged today more than €3 billion to assist the Syrian people inside Syria as well as refugees and the communities hosting them in the neighbouring countries for the year 2016.

04 Feb 2016 description

Syrian conflict, which has seen over 9 million people flee their homes, has affected thousands more in the neighboring countries. Though much has been accomplished to provide the host communities and the Syrian communities in need with necessary aid, there is still much that remains to be done.

A reservoir to improve water access security

04 Feb 2016 description

George Soros makes five-year commitment to train and deploy up to 1,000 paralegals to empower refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

LONDON—George Soros today said his Open Society Foundations would contribute US$25 million to train up to 1,000 paralegals to be recruited from among the Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon. The paralegals would assist refugees to obtain work permits, register births, and otherwise stabilize their lives.

04 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

257,250 households - Lebanese (15%), Syrians (79%), and Palestinian (6%) - were identified as economically vulnerable and exposed to cold and therefore prioritized to receive assistance in the Interagency Winter Support Plan for 2015/2016 that started in November. Due to their social and economic conditions, those families needed extra support to survive the harsh winter conditions.

04 Feb 2016 description
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LONDRES, le 4 février 2016 – Le président du Groupe de la Banque mondiale, Jim Yong Kim, a annoncé aujourd’hui que le Groupe de la Banque mondiale allait multiplier par trois le montant de ses engagements dans la région Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord (MENA) au cours des cinq prochaines années, qui approchera ainsi les 20 milliards de dollars, afin de faire face aux conséquences des conflits et d’aider les pays de la région dans leur processus de relèvement et de reconstruction.

04 Feb 2016 description

Le Premier Ministre Charles Michel s’est engagé aujourd’hui à la conférence internationale des donateurs Supporting Syria & the Region à Londres à donner, au nom de notre pays, 75 millions d’euros cette année et l’année prochaine et ce, à des fins d’aide humanitaire pour la région syrienne. Les moyens sont destinés à des actions humanitaires en Syrie et dans ses pays voisins, à savoir la Jordanie, le Liban et la Turquie. Dans aucune région du monde, les besoins humanitaires ne sont actuellement aussi importants.

04 Feb 2016 description
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4 February 2016 – An international conference on war-torn Syria in London today pledged a record $10 billion after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out three main objectives: raising $7 billion in immediate humanitarian aid, mustering long-term support, and protecting civilians.