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14 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

Pakistan has backed off threats to deport more than two million Afghans starting next month, but the refugees are still under intense pressure to leave and the UN is accused of complicity in alleged plans to coerce them back across the border into a war zone.

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14 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,700. Over 6,600 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities (below chart refers). The rest were staying rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.

14 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

1,214 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

3,318 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

8,300 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

39,151 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

82% of returnees from Pakistan (996 individuals) assisted this week

10% of returnees from Iran (325 individuals) assisted this week

Returns from Pakistan

14 Feb 2017 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights

  • Climate change, environmental health risks becoming greater causes of death

  • 6.3 earthquake jolts parts of Balochistan

  • NDMA holds national workshop on disaster risk insurance framework for Pakistan

  • 14 killed, over 100 wounded in Lahore blast

  • 3 FC personnel martyred in explosion in South Waziristan

  • NACTA warned about blast in Lahore

  • FIA to issue red warrant for Altaf through Interpol

  • 37-nation naval exercises begin in Pakistan

14 Feb 2017 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Feb 2017): 1,864

Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2017: 471

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2017: 39

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2017: 45

Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 13

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Feb 2017: 778

13 Feb 2017 description

As climate change brings more weather extremes and unpredictable weather, Pakistan's schools are adapting

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a two-week winter break, school in Islamabad started as usual at the beginning of January – but Shumaila Nelofar's two children did not go.

13 Feb 2017 description

Monday, 13 February 2017 16:43 GMT

Security in Pakistan has vastly improved in recent years but Islamist groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State still pose a threat

By Mubasher Bukhari

LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb 13 (Reuters) - An explosion near the Punjab provincial assembly in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 13 people and wounded 83 others on Monday, a senior police official said.

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13 Feb 2017 description
report European Union

In January, there were nearly 8000 detections of illegal border crossings on the three main migratory routes into the EU.

Central Mediterranean

4400 migrants reached Italy by sea in January, a drop of 16% from a year ago and of nearly 46% from December. Most of the departures occurred from Libya.

The main reason for the decrease in migratory flows last month was worsening weather conditions on the Central Mediterranean, which made it nearly impossible to make a sea crossing for a larger part of the month.

13 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.

13 Feb 2017 description

RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2016-17, UPDATED 19 DECEMBER 2016

Elibritt Karlsen

Law and Bills Digest Section

This Quick Guide contains official statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) from the resumption of offshore processing in 2012 until October 2016. The statistics contained herein include:

  • Cost of operating the offshore processing centres in PNG and Nauru

  • Total number of asylum seekers at Offshore Processing Centres

  • Number of asylum seekers at each Processing Centre

13 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• A new NRC/ATR report to be released soon highlights that the humanitarian community in Afghanistan must do more to improve access and meet needs in hard to access areas if it is to uphold humanitarian principles.

• UNAMA’s 2016 Protection of Civilians report reveals that civilian casualties last year hit a record high; with more children than ever before recorded as affected.

• We speak to Basia Haidari, a female aid worker for IMC in Kunduz, who tells us about the importance of having female staff to reach vulnerable Afghan women.

12 Feb 2017 description

Description of Disaster

Continuous heavy rains and snow fall has broken the record of many years caused widespread flooding across 3 districts of Balochistan from 17th to 22nd January 2017, Government declared the emergency in 3 most affected districts and demanded assistance for 60,000 people of affected in Balochistan. The Government also made and official request to PRCS for support of 6,000 families on 30 th January 2017.

12 Feb 2017 description

ICRC/MoFA – (Islamabad) Seven Pakistanis who were stranded in Yemen for more than a decade were repatriated and reunited with their families in Pakistan. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) facilitated their return at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan. The process of bringing them back to Pakistan was initiated by the Embassy of Pakistan in Sanaa.

11 Feb 2017 description

Islamabad, Feb 09, 2017: International donors highly appreciated the gains made by Pakistan to eradicate the deadly poliovirus and pledged to continue their support for “making polio a history.”

11 Feb 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Mixed prospects for 2017 winter grains following dry weather conditions in autumn

  • Slightly below-average cereal crop harvested in 2016

  • Cereal import requirements in 2016/17 forecast at levels similar to 2015/16

  • Wheat prices stable, inflation easing

  • Food insecurity on the rise

Mixed prospects for 2017 winter grains