- Reference: 2016-164-EN
A new initiative from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support regions outside of Europe that are significantly affected by the refugee crisis has been welcomed by EU heads of state and governments meeting in Brussels today. Responding to a request by the European Council in March, EIB President Hoyer laid out how the EU Bank could step up its support and address the pressing needs of the regions with action to support growth, jobs vital infrastructure and social cohesion.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Some 26% of an estimated 300 irregular arrivals per day were encountered/assisted by UNHCR and partners near entry points, including 45% arriving from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and 55% from Bulgaria.
The number of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants resting in Belgrade every day rose above 1,000 with about half encountered/assisted in the city centre and up to 530 sheltered by the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (SCRM) in Asylum Centre (AC) of Krnjaca.
Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await the most disadvantaged children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia
GENEVA, 28 June 2016 — Children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are paying the price for uneven and unfair progress across the region – they are more likely to be poor and more vulnerable than adults, UNICEF said today at the launch of a new report.
In May 2016, TSF's 253-day mission at the heart of the European Refugee Crisis came to an end. The infographic below summarises this mission, focusing on connectivity provision in Serbia, Macedonia and Greece, as well as a 9-week operation restoring family links in the Idomeni refugee camp.
By Aleksandar Dimishkovski
When I first met Samira Azizi, she was overjoyed by the return of her mother with a three-day-old baby girl – the latest member of the Azizi family and Samira’s new sister. Her mother had just returned to the Tabanovce refugee and migrant transit centre, only four days after giving birth to her fifth child at a nearby hospital in Kumanovo.
Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration
At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe.
214.861 llegadas por mar en 2016
publicado a las 10:00 hs. (horario Europa Central) 24/6/16
1.011.712 llegadas en 2015
“In the past, we have witnessed a practice that differentiates people based on their nationality. Those coming from subSaharan African countries, for instance, are typically considered ‘safe’ and are thus issued deportation orders as soon as they arrive on the EU territory. In many cases, they are not informed of their protection possibilities, and the national authorities and European agencies present, thus effectively refrain from giving them opportunities to claim asylum.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
A number of events were organized in all sites to mark the World Refugee Day, on 20 June, UNHCR also opened a photo exhibition “UNHCR in Serbia: 40 Years of Assistance and Cooperation” in Belgrade marking the 40 years anniversary of UNHCR presence in the country.
Combined Monthly Europe Population Movement Operations Update
214.691 llegadas por mar en 2016
publicado a las 10:00 hs. (horario Europa Central) 21/6/16
1.011.712 llegadas en 2015
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.
Considering that “Europe’s panicked response to the refugee and migration crisis is crushing Greece between two brutal realities: the closure by ‘the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’ of its border with Greece and the imposition of the EU-Turkey Agreement in the Aegean islands”, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today concluded that “the first victims of the situation in Greece are the refugees and migrants”, of whom 46,000 individuals are blocked on the mainland and some 8,500 on the Aegean islands.
Key Figures Mediterranean
211,385 arrivals by sea in 2016*
2,856 dead/missing in 2016*
*data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 15 june 2016
The migration situation in the Balkans has evolved significantly since the beginning of 2016. The closure of the so-called Balkan route and the EU-Turkey deal led to new challenges for thousands of refugee children and their families who got stranded from one day to the next in Serbia, Macedonia or Greece.
“The closure itself has created an incredible psychological pressure on those people seeking for international protection”, says Martin Morand, responsible for Tdh’s emergency programmes in South Europe.
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.