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07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

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.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang

L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed

Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis

The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.

28 Sep 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09:50 GMT

With one million people expected to seek asylum in Europe this year and governments arguing over how to cope, thousands of volunteers are taking to the Internet to offer refugees shelter free of charge.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet.

25 Sep 2015 description

NICKELSDORF, Austria, Sept 25 (UNHCR) – They stride, sometimes even stumble, over the Austrian border and into the picture postcard town of Nickelsdorf. Among them are women and children, many of whom have been travelling for days, weeks, even months. They fled their war-torn homelands, trekking across Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans.

Now, at last, another 400 refugee journeys are almost at an end.

23 Sep 2015 description
report European Commission

What is the European Agenda on Migration and what is its state of play?

Tackling migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The Agenda, adopted on 13 May 2015 put forward concrete actions to respond to the immediate crisis and save lives at sea, and proposed structural responses for the medium and long term.

22 Sep 2015 description

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Tuesday 9/22/2015 - 19:59 GMT

Three young Dutch start-up entrepreneurs have launched a website to find temporary accommodation for refugees fleeing to Europe, modelled on the popular Airbnb home rental site.

But on Refugee Hero, created in just four days and launched on Monday, no money changes hands.

Instead private individuals, and organisations such as churches, schools and mosques, can advertise how much space they can spare for free, and leave a contact phone number for migrants seeking accommodation to get in touch.

16 Sep 2015 description

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 18:08 GMT

The Netherlands said Wednesday it is preparing to set up a temporary centre close to Germany to house some 3,000 people as Europe's refugee crisis begins to spill over its borders.

So far unlike countries such as Hungary, Greece and Germany, Holland has been relatively untouched by the huge flow of migrants into the continent.

Although no figures were immediately available, Dutch officials told AFP the number of asylum requests has "dramatically increased".

15 Sep 2015 description

Horgos, SERBIA | AFP | 9/16/2015 - 04:49 GMT


A first busload of migrants arrived early Wednesday near Serbia's border with EU member Croatia hoping to circumvent a razor-wire fence erected by Hungary, as Germany's Angela Merkel called for an EU summit on the refugee crisis.

The group of 30-40 mostly Syrian or Afghan migrants disembarked at the Serbian border town of Sid after an overnight journey from the Macedonian border at Presevo, 500 kilometres (300 miles) to the south.

15 Sep 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Brussels, September 16, 2015) – The response to the refugee crisis agreed by the European Union interior ministers on September 14, 2015, is largely focused on shifting responsibility to countries outside the EU, Human Rights Watch said today.

15 Sep 2015 description

GENEVA, Sept 15 (UNHCR) – Tragedy marked the Mediterranean again last weekend as two more boats capsized in Greek waters, killing 39 people, including 15 children and four babies.

The boats, which capsized on Saturday and Sunday off the coast of Farmakonisi and Samos, had Syrians, Iraqis and other people fleeing war and conflict on board and looking for safety in Europe.

13 Sep 2015 description

Tunis, Tunisia: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dutch Embassy signed cost sharing agreement in support of the efforts to empower women in Libya. According to the Agreement signed today in the Dutch Embassy, the Netherlands Government will contribute a fund to UNDP/UNSMIL joint project which will be used to support the empowerment of women in the political dialogue process.

04 Sep 2015 description
report Salvation Army

AS European leaders seek to deal with what an EU (European Union) representative called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, The Salvation Army is responding across the continent, providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.

02 Sep 2015 description

In recent weeks, the upsurge of Syrians seeking asylum in European countries has overwhelmed existing capacity. According to UNHCR, as of July 2015 almost 350,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe since the conflict in Syria began, nearly half applying in Germany and Sweden and one third in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands combined.

16 Jul 2015 description

Reference: 2015-169-EN

The European Investment Bank, the world’s largest multilateral bank, and the Dutch government are joining forces in support of the water and sanitation sector. Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Lilianne Ploumen and EIB Vice-President Pim van Ballekom, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the margins of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) today.

08 Jul 2015 description

The Netherlands and the Philippines are to work more closely together in the fight against human trafficking. This was announced today by foreign minister Bert Koenders following talks with his Philippine counterpart, Albert del Rosario. The two ministers also discussed existing cooperation on maritime affairs and in the field of water management.

30 Jun 2015 description

The Netherlands government has said it supports the groundbreaking concept of forecast-based financing, intended to facilitate humanitarian action before disaster strikes and now being piloted in several African countries and planned for others worldwide.

The Netherlands becomes the second country after Germany to back the concept; other donor governments such as the US and the UK have also shown interest in the programmes being developed by the Red Cross in Ethiopia, Togo and Uganda, with technical support from the German Red Cross and the Climate Centre.

30 Jun 2015 description

Continuing violence by ISIS in recent months has created a large new flow of displaced persons. Over eight million people are in acute need of food, medicine and shelter. The Netherlands is therefore donating an extra €4 million to the UN for humanitarian aid.

The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, said, ‘The terror caused by ISIS, the refugee flows and the shortages of necessities have combined to create a grave emergency. This extra support is desperately needed.’

17 Jun 2015 description

Today, Ministers Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) and Melanie Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and the Environment) signed an agreement with the Bangladesh government and the World Bank Group, focusing on the sustainable protection of Bangladesh against flooding, and ensuring a sufficient supply of clean drinking water and improving sanitation. In addition, the Netherlands and Bangladesh will join forces in the fields of land reclamation and port development.