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24 May 2016 description

The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.

18 May 2016 description

Communiqué de presse

Copenhague, 18 mai 2016

Virus Zika en Europe : risque global de propagation faible à modéré à la fin du printemps et en été

Selon une nouvelle estimation des risques publiée aujourd’hui par le Bureau régional de l’OMS pour l’Europe, le risque global d’épidémie de maladie à virus Zika dans la Région européenne de l’OMS est faible à modéré à la fin du printemps et en été. Si ce risque est variable d’un point à l’autre de la Région, il est plus élevé dans les pays où les moustiques du genre Aedes sont présents.

18 May 2016 description

Press release

Copenhagen,18 May 2016

The overall risk of a Zika virus outbreak across the WHO European Region is low to moderate during late spring and summer, according to a new risk assessment published today by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. While this risk varies across the Region, it is higher in countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present.

16 May 2016 description

By Camille Roch, 12 May 2016, 12:38 UTC

How to present the challenges faced by refugees to a young audience so they can relate to someone else’s experience? If you’re a teacher and if you’ve ever considered starting a discussion on refugee rights with your class, you may have wondered this.

We found out how a Human Rights Friendly School in Portugal uses personal testimonies to draw a more complete image of what it’s like to be a refugee.

“We were settled, stable,” says Zacaria as he tells students about his life back in Syria.

11 May 2016 description

Executive Summary

Migratory flows to Europe: new dimensions to deep-rooted patterns

26 Apr 2016 description

Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147

21 Apr 2016 description

SUMMARY

From 1 January 2007 to 20 April 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 66 countries and territories.

Mosquito-borne transmission:

  • 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

  • 17 countries have reported evidence of Zika virus transmission prior to 2015, with or without ongoing transmission or have reported an outbreak since 2015 that is now over.

15 Apr 2016 description

The European Union is making its first contribution in 2016 to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) quarterly payment of social allowances. Around 119,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza will receive financial payments through the PA's cash transfer programme. This contribution, amounts to around €12.2 million and is funded by the European Union (€10 million) and the Governments of Austria (€1.5 million), Ireland (€0.7 million) and Portugal (€0.025 million).

13 Apr 2016 description

13/04/2016 - Development aid totalled USD 131.6 billion in 2015, representing a rise of 6.9% from 2014 in real terms as aid spent on refugees in host countries more than doubled in real terms to USD 12 billion. Stripping out funds spent on refugees, aid was still up 1.7% in real terms, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

16 Mar 2016 description

Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU is implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available unclassified data as of March 4, 2016.

24 Feb 2016 description

Planning and Preparation: In Thessaloniki, the municipal council announced that a funding proposal will be submitted to UNHCR for a total of 1,500 accommodation places for refugees.

Arrivals and Departures: On 23 February, the border crossing between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia reopened with a limited number of people allowed to cross after two days of closure. The border was again closed as of 05h30 on 24 February.

28 Jan 2016 description
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Press Release
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Member States' financial pledges since 23 September 2015, € million
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Member States' Support to Emergency Relocation Mechanism
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State of Play of Hotspot capacity
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Returns since September
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Accepted Member States' Support to Civil Protection Mechanism for Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 25 January 2016

27 Jan 2016 description

Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Wednesday 1/27/2016 - 11:33 GMT

Denmark and Switzerland on Wednesday joined a growing number of European countries to report Zika infections among travellers returning from Latin America, where the mosquito-borne virus has been blamed for a surge in birth defects.

"A Danish tourist who travelled to Central and South America was diagnosed on his return with the Zika virus," a hospital in eastern Denmark said in a statement late Tuesday.

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

23 Dec 2015 description

Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU has begun implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece, while efforts to increase reception and temporary shelter capacity in Balkan states continue. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available data as of December 14, 2015.

30 Nov 2015 description
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Member States pledges
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Civil Protection Mechanism

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 30 November 2015

The European Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.

23 Nov 2015 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 23 November 2015

The EU provides additional €10 million in support to UNRWA to keep schools open and to maintain core services for Palestinian refugees. Furthermore, Austria and Portugal provide €1.525 million through PEGASE in support to vulnerable Palestinian families.

12 Oct 2015 description

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

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.