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25 Apr 2017 description

Summary of the appeal

On behalf of the Red Cross of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the IFRC would like to thank the Austrian Red Cross, the British Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross, the European Commission – DG ECHO, the Irish Red Cross Society, the Japanese Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross, the Red Cross of Monaco, the Swedish Red Cross, the Netherlands Red Cross including the Governments of Britain, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands and corporate and private donors for their contributions to this Emergency Appeal.

20 Apr 2017 description

Migrants find shelter in old rusting carriages on the outskirts of Greece's northern city of Thessaloniki.

THESSALONIKI, Greece, April 19 (Reuters) - It was Mohamed Khaleuf's third attempt to cross the Greek-Macedonian border hiding in a freight train and he had no plans to give up trying.

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19 Apr 2017 description


  • Fearing prolonged detention in Hungary before being expelled back to Serbia, more refugees and migrants tried to re-enter the EU through Croatia, now also Romania, while spontaneous returns to Greece through fYRo Macedonia continued. Three cases of collective expulsions from Hungary were reported during this week, as well as 109 from Croatia.

17 Apr 2017 description
report BioMed Central

Conflict and Health 2017 11:6
DOI: 10.1186/s13031-017-0107-z
© The Author(s). 2017
Received: 12 October 2016
Accepted: 1 February 2017
Published: 16 April 2017

Jovana Arsenijević, Erin Schillberg, Aurelie Ponthieu, Lucio Malvisi, Waeil A. Elrahman Ahmed, Stefano Argenziano, Federica Zamatto, Simon Burroughs, Natalie Severy, Christophe Hebting, Brice de Vingne, Anthony D. Harries and Rony Zachariah


11 Apr 2017 description


  • Fearing prolonged detention in Hungary before being pushed-back into Serbia, more refugees and migrants tried to re-enter the EU through Croatia and now also Romania, while spontaneous returns to Greece through FYR Macedonia also increased. Ten cases of collective expulsions from Hungary were reported this week, compared to nine last week as well as 35 from Croatia, compared to 56 last week, including one chain expulsion from Slovenia, through Croatia.

06 Apr 2017 description
report Oxfam

Exposed: Abuse of migrants by state officials on Europe’s borders

Violence, brutality and unlawful treatment by authorities on the Western Balkans route are a frequent occurrence, claim refugees and migrants in a new report today.

People fleeing war, persecution and poverty describe beatings, robbery and inhuman treatment at the hands of police, border guards and other officials. In many cases, people tell of illegal deportations with state officials denying them access to asylum procedures for those seeking international protection.

06 Apr 2017 description


Information, identification and referrals of Persons with Specific Needs (PSNs):

  • Over 90,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants provided with information

  • Over 18,000 PSNs identified and referred to appropriate services

  • Over 900 interviews conducted, including over 200 pushback interviews

-More than 50,000 benefitted from translation services

Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASCs):

03 Apr 2017 description

In response to concerns regarding increased numbers of refugees and migrants arriving at their borders, several European States, including European Union (EU) Member States, have constructed fences along their borders and increased border controls, including internal border controls within the Schengen area*.

03 Apr 2017 description
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Executive Summary


An estimated 1,300 unaccompanied child refugees and migrants are at an increased risk of exploitation, violence and trafficking due to the restrictive border policies and inadequate social protection systems across the Balkans, 12 national and international nongovernmental organisations including the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children warn in a report released today.

21 Mar 2017 description


6,860 Refugees and migrants arrived by sea to Europe in January 2017.

257 Refugees and migrants estimated to have died / gone missing at sea in 2017 compared to 361 in 2016.

1,393 Estimated sea arrivals in Greece in 2017 compared to 67,415 in 2016.

4,467 Estimated sea arrivals in Italy in 2017 compared to 5,273 in 2016.

20 Mar 2017 description


  • Until 28 February 2017, there were 13,439 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 9,101 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 48% increase). Greece has seen a 98% lower number of arrivals in February 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 2,611 and 125,494 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 17,479 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 28 of February 2017.

17 Mar 2017 description

Germany - A new data briefing produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) highlights a 27 percent increase in migrant deaths worldwide during 2016 compared to 2015. The number of migrant deaths and disappearances recorded by IOM increased significantly in many regions of the world, including the Mediterranean, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America.

16 Mar 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

In the afternoon of 6 August 2016, torrential rains caused tremendous flash floods in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, severely affecting inhabited areas and agricultural regions in Skopje and Tetovo. The rain’s volume was measured at a quantity of 97 l/m2 , accompanied by strong winds of around 100 km/h.

16 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The number of children on the Central Mediterranean Route is on the rise with more than 2,450 child arrivals in the first two months of 2017 (compared to 1,388 during the same period in 2016). Meanwhile, European countries registered 7,678 new first-time asylum claims by children (5,000 of them in Germany), while 25,080 children remain stranded in Greece and other Balkan countries.

03 Mar 2017 description

The requirements presented in this funding snapshot refer to the 2017 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan covering the period January to December 2017 available at http://reporting.unhcr.org/publications

Funding level*

RRP requirements: $690,935,678 Funding received: $70,527,450

% funded: 10%

03 Mar 2017 description


  • The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,650. 6,577 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 government facilities. The rest were sleeping rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.

28 Feb 2017 description


  • Over 7,700 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (6,614) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities (below chart refers). The rest were staying rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.

27 Feb 2017 description

Refugees and migrants face heightened risks while trying to reach Europe – UNHCR report

In a new report, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, details the impact of the increased border restrictions introduced in 2016 on refugee and migrant movements towards and inside Europe. It shows that people continued to move but undertook more diversified and dangerous journeys, often relying on smugglers because of the lack of accessible legal ways to Europe.

27 Feb 2017 description

A. Summary of the current situation

Migration trends

As of 8 February 2017, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe, including more than 9,000 to Italy. This is an increase for Italy of almost one third against the same period in 2016.