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28 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP Assistant Executive Director (AED) Elisabeth Rasmusson visited Tunisia on 24-25 May. During the visit, she met with the Ministers of Education and Agriculture to discuss the signature of an interministerial agreement to link school canteens to local agricultural production and revitalize school gardens.

  • Tunisian and Moroccan government delegations participated in a study visit to WFP Centre of Excellence Against Hunger in Brazil on 09-13 May.

28 Jun 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 222,291 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 26 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain. Deaths in the Mediterranean so far this year are 2,888, compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015.

26 Jun 2016 description

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Sunday 6/26/2016 - 09:31 GMT |

More than 100 migrants tried to jump the border fence from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Melilla Sunday, with 30 making it across, authorities said.

Irene Flores, spokeswoman for the local government, said a group of around 120 people from Sub-Saharan Africa stormed the six-metre (20-foot) high fence early Sunday morning.

"Only 30 managed to get through the whole system and get to Melilla," she said, adding they had gone to a local centre for migrants and refugees.

24 Jun 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

24 Jun 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

23 Jun 2016 description

In this issue

■ Special focus: Annual meetings in New York

The 10th Joint Consultative Meetings between the PSC and the United Nations Security Council were marked by tension over the agenda and diverse approaches to decisionmaking.

Funding and joint action to prevent crises dominated the open debate in New York on the roles of the United Nations and the African Union in peacekeeping.

The PSC wants African members of the United Nations Security Council to report to it on how they have worked together to defend PSC decisions.

23 Jun 2016 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean

215,380 arrivals by sea in 2016*

2,868 dead/missing in 2016*

* data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 22 June 2016

Trends on sea arrivals

Between 13 and 19 June, some 405 refugees and migrants arrived by sea in Greece. This is a slight increase from the previous week when 358 people arrived to the Greek shores. For the fourth time in the last ten days, there were 40-60 daily new arrivals to Samos.

21 Jun 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 214,691 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 19 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain. Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand at 1,020 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, although we remain almost two weeks shy of 2016’s mid-year point.

20 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • IOM will be providing a number of services for six newly established accommodation facilities in northern and southern Greece. These services will include: camp set-up; protection through the provision of communication facilities as well as direct assistance to vulnerable cases such as victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors; and, provision of medical assistance in coordination with Medecins du Monde Greece.

18 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • After the parliament in Budapest adopted a new law that allows the police to return asylum seekers that entered Hungary irregularly and were apprehended within 8 km zone from the Serbian border, the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy, Mr. Aleksandar Vulin was quoted in the media that “Serbia will not allow forcible return of migrants from Hungary or any other country to its territory” and announced that Belgrade will seek an explanation from Budapest.

18 Jun 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/COL/3295

Comité spécial de la décolonisation,
5e séance – matin
ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE
COUVERTURE DES RÉUNIONS

Le Comité spécial de la décolonisation a poursuivi ce matin l’examen de la question du Sahara occidental en entendant le représentant du Front Polisario, qui a accusé la « Puissance occupante » d’avoir « choisi l’option de la confrontation avec la communauté internationale, de mettre fin au processus de paix et de pousser la région dans la direction du pire scénario ».

18 Jun 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/COL/3295

Special Committee on Decolonization,
5th Meeting (AM)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
MEETINGS COVERAGE

The Special Committee on Decolonization continued its discussion on the question of Western Sahara today, with the representative of the Frente Popular de Liberación de Saguía el-Hamra y Rio de Oro (Polisario Front) calling for intensified efforts to resolve the 16-year-old dispute over the Territory’s status, amid strong and repeated objections to his participation by the observer for Morocco.

17 Jun 2016 description

La CTB publie son rapport annuel 2015

17 Jun 2016 description

Niger - IOM notes the shocking discovery this week of the remains of 34 migrants near the Algeria-Niger border which brings to 471 the number of deaths and disappearances recorded on the African continent this year by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project.

16 Jun 2016 description
  • The overall number of refugees and migrants in Greece, including the islands, was reported as 57 113 on 12 June.

  • On 13 June, evacuation began of informal sites at Polykastro, close to the northern border and the former Idomeni site. Around 300 officers took part in the operation to relocate a total of around 4 000 migrants from the makeshift sites into state-run facilities.

14 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Approximately 600 asylum seekers, predominantly women and children, were waiting their admission into Hungarian “transit zones” in the open at the border crossing in Horgos I and Kelebjia. The Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (SCRM) accommodated also up to 194 in the Refugee Aid Point (RAP) in Subotica.

13 Jun 2016 description
report CARE

This report on a CARE workshop on our work on resilient market systems in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region provides key discussion points as well as CARE’s emerging thinking as a result of the workshop.

The document houses the learnings and recommendations from the workshop held in Cairo in March 2016. The document does not represent a conclusion of CARE’s thinking in relation to resilient market systems but rather a step towards finalising a more solid framework for this work.

Background:

10 Jun 2016 description

Introduction

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) was founded in 1951, in the aftermath of World War II in order to assist displaced people.