This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
By: William Spindler
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 15 June 2016
Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month.
Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken up to 13 May 2016. Overall, progress remains unsatisfactory since the Commission's second report, despite signs of increased preparation for future action: few relocations have taken place since mid-April, though the pipeline of future relocations has been strengthened.
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
The total number of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and in the Western Balkans is 53,941. For a more detailed look, please see the accommodation pages of Greece, fYROM, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
On March 18, EU leaders met with their Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmed Davutoğlu. They reached an agreement aimed at stopping the flow of irregular migration via Turkey to Europe. The main action points of the agreement are available here.
Flow Monitoring: As of 10 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 4,681 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 4 February – 10 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.
Pledges confirmed since 2013: 96,688
Additional places/visas granted under other forms of admission: 14,074
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 19,646
TOTAL places made available to date: 130,408
| Overview |
Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.
The Government of Liechtenstein has announced a contribution of CHF100,000 (approx. US$ 104,000) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This funding will support UNRWA’s regular programme to Palestine refugees living in the occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.
In late 2012, Liechtenstein provided support to WFP’s operation aiming at providing nutritional assistance to small children in DPR Korea. The contribution enabled WFP to reach nearly 100,000 young children for one month.
Lichtenstein's US$108,000 contribution was used to procure 174 metric tons of maize. Along with other ingredients, the maize was transformed into Super Cereal – a blended food enriched with vitamins and minerals - which was given as nutritional assistance to children in nurseries aged between 6-48 months.
15 January 2013
The fifteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review Working Group will be held in Geneva from 21 January to 1 February during which the next group of 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined under this mechanism.
EEA Grants, a funding mechanism supported by European Economic Area (EEA) members Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, has signed an agreement with IOM that will provide EUR 4 million to support NGOs in Greece that run reception centres for vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers, especially unaccompanied minors.
Continuing its support for Palestine refugees, Liechtenstein announced today that it will contribute USD 109,231 (100,000 Swiss francs) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
“We are grateful for this contribution to our core programme budget”, said Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA. “At a time of economic challenges – both for the Palestine refugees we serve and for our donors – Liechtenstein’s continued support is especially appreciated.”
21 December 2011, Jerusalem - Liechtenstein today announced its largest single donation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), with a voluntary contribution to the UN agency’s General Fund of US$ 110,742.
“We welcome Liechtenstein’s increased support for UNRWA through this contribution,” said Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA. “With our shared desire of improving the lives of Palestine refugees, we look forward to deepening and developing our relationship with Liechtenstein in the years ahead.”