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21 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Low public spending, ineffective social protection policies and programmes are hampering progress for children in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

GENEVA, 20 April 2016 — Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.

19 Apr 2016 description
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Technical Annex - Version 2

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2016/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 7 300 000

13 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • Over the reporting period (31 March –6 April) countries of first arrival (Italy, Greece, and Bulgaria) saw an average decrease of 33% in numbers of arrivals compared with the previous week. In particular, Italy saw a 59% decrease compared to previous week.

  • The total number of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and in the Western Balkans is 57,812. For a more detailed look, please see the accommodation pages of Greece, fYROM, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

30 Mar 2016 description

Highlights

  • The total number of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and in the Western Balkans is 56,578. For a more detailed look, please see the accommodation pages of Greece, fYROM, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

  • On 18 March , 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, please see page 9.

11 Mar 2016 description

PODGORICA, Montenegro, March 11 (UNHCR) – When his wife Aisha* and their four young children finally emerge into the arrivals hall at Podgorica airport, Yemeni lawyer Jamil* folds them into his arms and weeps for joy.

It has been more than four years since he fled for his life from Yemen and sought refuge in the tiny Balkan country of Montenegro.

24 Feb 2016 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Wednesday 2/24/2016 - 08:10 GMT

by Simon Sturdee and Philippe Schwab

Balkan countries along the well-trodden migrant path towards northern Europe met Wednesday to explore ways to stem the flow despite growing fears that tighter controls will spark a humanitarian crisis, particularly in Greece.

Athens has angrily protested at being excluded from the ministerial meeting in Vienna, sparking a tetchy response from Austria, underscoring the rifts in Europe over how to tackle the crisis.

18 Feb 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

4,611 people arrived on the Greek islands on 17 February which was a significant increase and represents the highest arrival rate since 9 January. UNHCR expects this trend to continue over the coming days, whilst similar weather conditions prevail

Between 1 January and 16 February, approximately 11,000 asylum applications were recorded in Austria (an average 230 per day). During the same period approximately 100,000 people entered Austria.

12 Feb 2016 description
report European Commission

In managing asylum and migration policy comprehensively, responsibility and solidarity must go hand in hand. The European Commission has a number of immediate and long-term actions to strike the necessary balance between taking responsibility and ensuring solidarity of Member States.

COMPLYING WITH THE COMMON EUROPEAN ASYLUM SYSTEM (CEAS) AND ASSUMING RESPONSIBILITY

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

19 Jan 2016 description
report European Union

Frontex publishes analysis of borders in the western Balkans for Q3

More than 610 000 illegal border crossings by migrants from outside the region were reported at the Western Balkan common and regional borders in the third quarter of 2015. This was more than twice the total number of such detections in the region since data collection began six and a half years ago (between January 2009 and June 2015).

15 Jan 2016 description
  • The beginning of 2016 did not see major changes in the winter trends of persons in transit on the Western Balkans route, despite the fact that there was a temporary sharp decrease some consecutive days due to bad weather conditions over the Aegean Sea. UNHCR reports an increase in the percentage of children among the people arriving in Greece.
  • With tighter controls at the borders along the Western Balkan route, the number of persons refused from entering because of forged documents or no registration documents is increasing.
15 Dec 2015 description
report REACH Initiative

The year 2015 has witnessed an unprecedented rise in the scale of migration towards Europe. **According to UNHCR, as of December 2015, there have been 921,713 arrivals by sea alone.** As countries of the European Union (EU) continue their discussions on how to better integrate the migrants, it is of utmost importance to build an understanding of the ongoing migration to respond to the current crisis and prepare contingency plans for future displacement towards the EU.

10 Dec 2015 description

BUDVA, Montenegro, 10 December 2015 – A three-day regional disaster risk reduction training course, organized by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, hosted by the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, was completed today in Budva.

Some 34 participants, representing civil defence, protection and rescue and spatial planning departments as well as representatives from six Aarhus Centres from Albania and Montenegro took part in a discussion gaining knowledge and exchanging experience on disaster risk reduction.

01 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 1 December 2015 – Unpredictable border restrictions and harsh weather are compounding the hardships and challenges for refugee and migrant children and women who now account for more than half of all arrivals by sea.

From the beginning of 2015 until November, over 876,000 people arrived across the Mediterranean on European shores. The proportion of women and children has continued to rise since the summer. In June, it was 27 per cent children and women; in November it increased to 52 per cent.*

01 Dec 2015 description
infographic UN Development Programme

Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)

Type: Base year based emission reduction target (economy wide)

Contribution to the international effort to avoid dangerous climate change is expressed in 30% emission reduction by 2030 compared to the 1990 base year.

26 Nov 2015 description

In Fiscal Year 2015, the United States has allocated more than $134 million for assistance to support the reforms needed to advance the Western Balkans’ integration with the European Union (EU) and NATO. This includes assistance to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, as well as security assistance to Croatia and Slovenia. U.S. assistance to the Western Balkans seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Accelerate rule of law and good governance reforms ($34 million);

30 Oct 2015 description

IOM Launches Updated Response Plan for Mediterranean and Beyond

Switzerland - IOM has released an update to its June 2015 response plan “Addressing Complex Migration Flows in the Mediterranean.” It includes a series of proposed interventions to be implemented through December 2016, some of which are already underway, others are still at the planning stage.

23 Oct 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Friday 10/23/2015 - 21:03 GMT

German will toughen up its asylum rules on Saturday, a week ahead of schedule, as it faces an unprecedented number of migrants arriving from Syria and elsewhere.

The new bill, adopted by parliament at exceptional speed, had been expected to take effect on November 1.

But it was published in the country's legal gazette on Friday, which means it will become operational on Saturday. 

16 Oct 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Refugees and migrants have continued to steadily enter Europe at levels not seen since World World II, primarily through Greece from Turkey, continuing north through Western Balkans and then onwards to Western Europe.

  • There is an urgent need to ensure children and their families are protected from the cold and rainy weather, improve child nutrition, and increase national capacities to effectively identify and address child protection risks and act in the best interests of children on the move.

15 Oct 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

The Bundestag is discussing new laws for refugees that will facilitate swifter deportation. But one proposal - setting up transit zones at the border - goes too far for the Social Democrats.

The head of the Social Democrats and Germany's deputy chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, rejected the proposal of setting up transit zones for refugees coming from across the border to Germany.