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12 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency reports that 53,386 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 10 May, with nearly 85 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with last year’s 187,970 arrivals across the region through 10 May 2016.

IOM Rome said, through 10 May, nearly 8,000 migrants or refugees have arrived in Italy, or nearly 1,000 men, women and children per day, a pace considerably ahead of both May 2015 and 2016. (See chart below).

12 May 2017 description

During the reporting week, repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan decreased by 9% compared to last week’s figure of 3,814. The return of undocumented Afghans increased by 2% compared to 5,653 individuals that returned between 23 and 29 April 2017. Chaman border remains closed since 5 May halting all cross-border movement including Afghan returns.

Some 94% (5,438 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance while 97% (3,361 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.

12 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

May 12, 2017 10:39 AM
Ayaz Gul

A suicide bomber has struck a convoy of an Islamic party in Baluchistan, in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 40 others. Most of the victims were activists with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), a religion-based political party.

Police say Friday's attack occurred in the town of Mastung, about 50 kilometers from the provincial capital of Quetta. The blast apparently was targeted at Abdul Ghaforr Haideri, the deputy Chairman of the Pakistani Senate, the upper house of parliament.

12 May 2017 description

53,386 arrivals by sea in 2017 1,309 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 12 May 363,401 arrivals in 2016

12 May 2017 description

LAHORE - In a last push to eradicate virus, Punjab is piloting a mobile application in seven districts of the province to identify and vaccinate children possibly missed in polio immunisation drives.

The mobile application has been developed by the Punjab Information Technology Board with the technical input of the Emergency Operations Centre.

The application, downloaded in a smart phone, has been given to the polio eradication teams in selected union councils of Lahore, Rawalpindi and five South Punjab districts.

12 May 2017 description

Author: Fazal Muzhary

Most of the 600,000 Afghans who returned from Pakistan last year chose to settle in the eastern border province of Nangrahar. This has put considerable strain on both health and education services. There has also been a boom in property prices, which has exacerbated land grabbing, already a major source of conflict in the province. AAN’s Fazal Muzhary (with input from Jelena Bjelica) analyses the local consequences of this mass return.

12 May 2017 description


Measles has claimed the lives of at least eight children in Balochistan’s Killa Abdullah district during the past week.

At least 40 other children are suffering from the disease in the Killi Habibzai and Machka area of the district, said Secretary Health Balochistan Asmatullah Kakar.

Emergency has been declared in the affected villages and anti-measles teams were dispatched to vaccinate the affected children, said the health secretary.

"Over 180 children have been vaccinated by our teams,” added Kakar.

11 May 2017 description
  • A major global polio event will be held this June at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta. Find out more.

  • Pakistan’s polio surveillance network provides a silent force behind eradication efforts. Read more.

11 May 2017 description

PESHAWAR: The internally displaced persons of North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday warned that they would march on Islamabad after three days if the authorities didn’t ensure their repatriation.

The warning was issued by the members of Dandi Darpakhel tribe, including students, after they set up a protest camp outside the Peshawar Press Club.

The participants shouted slogans for the early rehabilitation of IDPs.

11 May 2017 description


  • Wheat production in 2017 to decrease marginally from last year’s bumper level

  • Rice exports in 2017 forecast to decrease from last year’s high level but remain above-average

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour declined in April with new harvest

  • Localized food insecurity persists

Wheat production in 2017 to decrease marginally from last year’s bumper level

10 May 2017 description

State of the Field

In many countries, elections are a flashpoint for violence. Far too often, programs designed to prevent election violence are based on intuition instead of evidence, or efforts concentrate solely on logistical or technical support on election day. When prevention efforts fail and violence erupts, officials may respond with a counter-productive crackdown, citizens lose trust in the ability of government and the rule of law to protect them, and years of development efforts are reversed.


09 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency reports that 49,310 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 7 May, with the vast majority arriving in Italy and the rest in Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 187,569 arrivals through 7 May 2016.

Mediterranean Developments

IOM Rome reported over the weekend and into Monday that IOM field staffers at Italian landing points calculated a total of 6,612 rescued survivors from more than a dozen locations since last Friday. Over 190 migrants lost their life in two shipwrecks.

09 May 2017 description


5,781 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

10,148 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

51,001 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

120,133 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

94% of returnees from Pakistan (5,438 individuals) assisted

4% of returnees from Iran (415 individuals) assisted

Returns from Pakistan

09 May 2017 description

49,310 arrivals by sea in 2017
1,309 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 09 May
363,401 arrivals in 2016

09 May 2017 description


  • 7,219 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia, 84% (6,052) of which sheltered in 18 government facilities (below chart refers).

  • The Serbian Commissioner for Refugees and Migration (SCRM) announced plans to – within one month - transfer to governmental centres all refugee and migrants still squatting in Belgrade city centre. On 07 May, a first 99 men, including 10 UASCs, were relocated to Adasevci Transit Centre (TC).

08 May 2017 description

Sea Arrivals

30,617 in Q1 2017
171,132 in Q1 2016

361,709 in 2016
1,015,078 in 2015

Dead and Missing

836 in Q1 2017
732 in Q1 2016

5,096 in 2016
3,771 in 2015