An Update on the Migrant and Refugee Crisis
Jurrian Kraak, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH, and Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in BiH, in the presence of Mr. Boris Jerinić, Deputy Minister of Defense of BiH, have signed the agreement on the award of 405,000 USD for the EXPLODE+ Project, allowing for disposal of 3,000 tons of chemically unstable ammunition, training for the Armed Forces personnel on the top-notch ammunition storage standards, and increasing of the weapon disposal capacity at TROM Doboj.
Paris, France | AFP | Friday 11/13/2015 - 19:27 GMT
Several EU countries have reintroduced border checks as Europe struggles under the strain of its worst migrant crisis since World War II, threatening to undermine the bloc's cherished passport-free Schengen zone.
EU President Donald Tusk warned on Thursday Europe faces a "race against time" to save the 20-year-old system, which is seen as one of the union's most concrete achievements.
Ljubljana, Slovenia | AFP | 10/28/2015 - 16:38 GMT
by Nina LAMPARSKI
Austria said Wednesday it would build a fence along its border with fellow EU state Slovenia to "control" the migrant influx, in a blow to the EU's cherished passport-free Schengen zone.
Both countries have become key transit points for tens of thousands of refugees and migrants seeking to reach northern Europe ahead of the winter, and before more potential EU border closures.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Sunday 10/25/2015 - 09:27 GMT
by Danny KEMP
European Union and Balkan leaders hold emergency talks on Europe's refugee crisis on Sunday amid threats from three frontline states to close their borders if northern EU countries stop accepting migrants.
The mini summit, called by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, groups the heads of 10 EU nations, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, plus the leaders of Albania, Serbia and Macedonia.
- Asesoría técnica será de importancia para Costa Rica en el abordaje integral de la sequía en las zonas bajo el decreto de emergencia (Pacífico Norte, Central y Alajuela).
San José, 20 de octubre, 2015. El país de Holanda manifestó su interés por apoyar a Costa Rica en temas relacionados con la emergencia de la sequía y las lluvias producto del impacto de El Fenómeno ENOS.
The Hague, Netherlands | Wednesday 10/21/2015 - 07:25 GMT
The Netherlands said Wednesday it registered a record number of asylum seekers in September as the flow of migrants to Europe, mainly Syrians fleeing war, continues to surge.
"The number of asylum seekers registered in the country reached a record number of 8,400 last month," the Central Statistics Office (CBS) said, adding that it was the highest number ever recorded since authorities started counting in 1975.
MALMO, 15 October 2015 (IRIN) - Sweden is experiencing a rapid rise in the numbers of unaccompanied refugee children seeking asylum there. In the first two weeks of October alone, well over 4,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in the country, bringing the total this year to 18,000, more than two and a half times the 7,000 that came during the whole of 2014.
Western Balkans - Refugee Crisis (ECHO, UNHCR, NGOs)
As the influx of refugees through the Western Balkans continues, the EU approved additional €17 million to support Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to cope with refugee influx. DG ECHO will manage €7 million out of this additional funding to address humanitarian needs; including health services, distribution of food, hygiene and basic non-food items for the winter, among other priorities.
Pledges confirmed since 2013: 96,688
Additional places/visas granted under other forms of admission: 14,074
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 19,646
TOTAL places made available to date: 130,408
The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Sunday 10/11/2015 - 20:18 GMT
New tensions flared in the Netherlands Sunday over the sensitive issue of taking in migrants, only hours after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte sharply condemned a "cowardly" attack on a refugee shelter.
Police were forced to intervene in the central city of Utrecht on Sunday when hundreds joined a rally organised by the far-right German PEGIDA movement, short for "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident".
Source: Reuters - Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:02 GMT
AMSTERDAM, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Saturday condemned an attack by masked men on a shelter housing Syrian refugees, the country's worst such incident since large numbers of migrants began arriving in Europe this year.
Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet.
New measures by central government will help local authorities create more housing in the short term for asylum seekers with residence permits. For instance, instead of selling its vacant buildings, the Central Government Real Estate Agency will offer to lease them to municipalities. They can convert the buildings into both self-contained and shared accommodation.
The Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Minister for Housing and the Central Government Sector to use the legal scope for social innovation, so that housing associations can manage properties that they do not own.
Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 10/9/2015 - 09:04 GMT
by Ljubomir MILASIN / Ella IDE
Greece was hit by a huge new surge in migrants as the United Nations Friday approved a European seize-and-destroy military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean.
The backing for EU navies to take action against traffickers in international waters came as the first asylum seekers were flown from Italy to Sweden under a hotly disputed relocation scheme to share the burden of Europe's migrant crisis.
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (AM)
General Assembly President Urges Continuing Support in Absence of Solution to Palestinian Question, amid Broader Refugee Crisis
A total of 21 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2016 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials urged stable financing for the Agency against a backdrop of expanding crises in the Middle East.
Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre
Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.