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09 Oct 2015 description
report IRIN

By Kristina Jovanovski

BUDAPEST, 9 October 2015 (IRIN) - Abdul says he fled Iraq after his father was killed by so-called Islamic State (IS). But now Abdul is in handcuffs.

The 18-year-old was caught by the Hungarian authorities crossing the Serbian border, which was sealed off by a razor-wire fence in September. He is being charged with breaking a new law that makes it a criminal offence to cross or vandalise the fence.

Less than a week after being detained, he is in court in the nearby town of Szeged, breaking down as he talks about his father’s death.

09 Oct 2015 description

Greece - In the past week, IOM staff in the Greek islands have recorded a sharp increase in the number of newly arrived migrants and refugees to some 7,000 a day, in contrast with the approximately 4,500 a day recorded at the end of September. This may be due to expected worsening weather conditions.

09 Oct 2015 description

The European Union and its Member States must urgently scale up their responses to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe as winter approaches before more lives get lost, five major humanitarian organisations said today.

As another high-level EU migration meeting convenes on October 8, the organisations – CARE International, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Welthungerhilfe, International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC), and World Vision – called for a common and comprehensive approach that addresses root causes of displacement and prioritizes human rights.

09 Oct 2015 description

Rome, Italie | AFP | vendredidi 09/10/2015 - 03:00 GMT

Un premier contingent de réfugiés s'envole vendredi depuis Rome pour la Suède dans le cadre du programme de l'Union européenne sur une meilleure répartition des demandeurs d'asile qui affluent dans le sud de l'Europe, sur lequel les Européens s'étaient profondément divisés.

Les 20 réfugiés érythréens qui vont être transférés d'Italie en Suède dans la matinée sont les premiers sur 160.000 qui pourront bénéficier de ce programme de "relocalisations" inédit au sein de l'UE.

08 Oct 2015 description

Luxembourg, Luxembourg | AFP | jeudi 08/10/2015 - 18:33 GMT

L'UE s'est engagée jeudi à aider les pays des Balkans et les voisins de la Syrie, frappés par l'exode de réfugiés vers l'Europe, tout en leur demandant de coopérer pour partager le fardeau.

08 Oct 2015 description
report European Union

Press release 714/15 Justice Home Affairs Foreign affairs & international relations

1. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in flows of refugees and migrants towards countries neighbouring Syria along the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans route. The majority are persons in need of international protection. This is placing reception capacities of most affected countries[1]under severe pressure, with serious humanitarian consequences. It poses significant challenges to border management and asylum systems, as well as security challenges.

08 Oct 2015 description

Today the European Commission has detailed its support of €17 million to help Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia cope with the unprecedented refugee flows in these countries ahead of the High Level Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean-Western Balkans route taking place today in Luxembourg. This new funding is part of EU's overall efforts to deal with the consequences of the Syrian crisis announced earlier by the European Commission.

08 Oct 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Thousands of refugees have fled to Europe in search of safety. Alhamdulillah Islamic Relief has been on the ground across Europe to assist those arriving with almost nothing. Support our appeal today.

In their search for safety, some people are forced to make difficult decisions to attempt to reach EU member states. With very few legal and safe routes overland, many thousands of refugees are embarking on perilous sea journeys. Often making the trip toward Europe on flimsy and crowded dinghies, they are risking – and losing – their lives in the attempt.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Cruz Roja Española

Nota de Prensa 71/15

La Institución sigue ampliando además sus capacidades de acogida de solicitantes de asilo en España.

En total, más de 275.000 personas han recibido algún tipo de apoyo de la Cruz Roja en Italia, Grecia, Macedonia, Serbia, Croacia, Hungría, Austria, España y Alemania.

07 Oct 2015 description


  • As of October 2, the number of sea arrivals since the beginning of 2015 has exceed 400,000. Over 40 % of refugees who arrived to Greece by sea in 2015, arrived in September. The average daily sea arrivals during the reporting period was 5,500 persons a day, compare to 4,900 persons a day during the first two weeks of September.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Neighbors Set to Meet at Summit Lack Capacity to Protect Refugees

(Brussels, October 7, 2015) – An European Union migration meeting set for October 8, 2015, looks set to focus yet again on shifting the EU government’s responsibilities toward refugees and asylum seekers to its neighbors, Human Rights Watch said today.

06 Oct 2015 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Fact Sheet

Brussels, 6 October 2015

Updated with the most recent data available on 6 October 2015

For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support. The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.

06 Oct 2015 description


  • The average number of sea arrivals to Greece decreased and reached a low of 1,630 on 1 October due to the worsening weather conditions. Six shipwrecks took place off the coasts of Kos and Lesvos on 25 and 30 September, taking the lives of 2 persons. While some improvements in registration and reception were reported in Greece, the registration process continues to vary from island to island and accommodation still falls short of the needs.

05 Oct 2015 description

WHO/Europe, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, trained over 150 medical professionals and Red Cross volunteers in preparing and responding to the health needs of refugees and migrants at three 1-day workshops in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Between 3000 and 7000 people currently enter the country daily.

The workshops included group work and discussions about the situation in the country and the public health challenges it presents, such as hospital preparedness and the need for regular information updates.

05 Oct 2015 description


  • In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, IOM is supporting the Government to prepare for the upcoming winter months, IOM is providing temporary shelters at reception points for the migrants and refugees awaiting registration in Gevgelija.

  • IOM has provided three rubhalls, 10 chemical toilets and 60 wooden waiting benches to the emergency camp in Idomeni, Greece to help address the immediate needs of migrants and refugees.

01 Oct 2015 description

September 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen

  • Improved situations
    Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia

October 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic

  • Conflict resolution opportunities

01 Oct 2015 description
report Project HOPE

By Emilija Dukovski, Project HOPE’s Finance and Administration Manager in Skopje, Macedonia

Current situation

As the weather gets colder the number of migrants and refugees transiting Macedonia has not gotten any lower than before. The average number of people transiting Macedonia per day only couple of months ago was 2,000, and today the average is 4,000-5,000.