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31 May 2016 description

Greece - IOM Greece has published a report based on interviews with 1,206 unaccompanied child migrants in Greece. Some 508 said that they would not consider returning to their countries of origin because it was their intention to reach a northern European country and 282 expressed the wish to return back to their country of origin. The remainder initially expressed willingness to return home but later changed their minds and decided to stay in Greece.

31 May 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 204,311 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 30 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

After a surge in reported shipwrecks and other incidents at sea during the past eight days, estimated deaths through 30 May this year have risen to 2,443 on all Mediterranean routes - a 34 percent increase over the first five months of 2015.

31 May 2016 description

204,311 arrivals by sea in 2016

2443 dead/missing published 10:00 CET 27 May

1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

31 May 2016 description

Highlights and Statistics

  • As a result of limited admissions by Hungarian authorities of 30 per day, the number of asylum seekers near the “transit zones” at the border with Hungary had grown to over 570 on 26 May, but with encouragement by authorities, UNHCR and partners to wait in better sites, again fell to 395 by 29 on May. 43% were children, suffering under the lack of sufficient shelter, sanitary facilities and other basic services.

30 May 2016 description

This week, health ministers from around the world are convening in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA). Among other public health topics, delegates will review and discuss the latest global polio epidemiology. The GPEI has set up a WHA-specific polio website, with the key documents that are guiding discussions.

30 May 2016 description

Experimental NGO offers chance for new arrivals to fulfil their potential, giving them access to online courses from the world’s top universities.

By: Josie Le Blond | 30 May 2016

BERLIN, Germany, May 30 (UNHCR) - Tuition fees, language barriers and missing paperwork mean most young asylum-seekers are unable to continue studying in their host countries. However, a fast-growing project in Germany aims to remove the barriers to higher education and give forcibly displaced people a chance to fulfil their potential.

30 May 2016 description

During the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva global leaders have reaffirmed commitment to ending polio once and for all.

Last week, global political commitment to eradicating polio was affirmed at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. During the polio agenda item, member states discussed progress made in the last year and the remaining hurdles that stand in the way of polio eradication.

30 May 2016 description
report Save the Children

Executive Summary

One-hundred percent of child refugees and migrants stranded in sites across Greece are out of school. For the majority of girls and boys, their education has been disrupted for far longer than their journey to Europe, and the time they have spent waiting in Greece. On average, children have been out of school for 1.5 years.

29 May 2016 description
report UN News Service

29 May 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the “invaluable partnership” between Rotary International and the United Nations, telling delegates gathered in Seoul, Korea, for the organization's annual international conference that Rotarians had been instrumental in working with the UN to defeat polio.

29 May 2016 description
report International Alert

New partnership promotes responsible reporting in Pakistan

International Alert is collaborating with Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR) to promote more plural, objective and ethical media reporting in Pakistan.

The partnership, which was marked by representatives from Alert and JDHR jointly signing a Memorandum of Understanding in May, aims to engage the media in Pakistan with citizens to promote and protect human rights, democracy and social cohesion in the country.

29 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

A delegation of Pakistani and Afghan former ambassadors, diplomats, and civil society representatives brainstormed strategies last week to help protect the rights of Pakistan’s highly vulnerable Afghan population.

28 May 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the country’s history, all the environmental samples for polio have tested negative.

A total of 40 samples, collected under the supervision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in mid-April from 14 cities, were analysed at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

A sample is deemed positive if the polio virus is found in sewerage water, which is the basic parameter to determine if anti-polio campaigns have been successful.

27 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats.

This issue covers the period 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

27 May 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 26 May 2016): 156,261

Total arrivals in Greece during May 2016: 1,159

Average daily arrivals during May 2016: 45

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2016: 122

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 60