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04 Jun 2016 description

Strategic Assessment

The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.

11 May 2016 description

The new issue of FMR explores the ideas and practices that are being tried out in order to engage both development and humanitarian work in support of ‘transitions’ and ‘solutions’ for displaced people. What we need, says one author, is “full global recognition that the challenge of forced displacement is an integral part of the development agenda too”. FMR issue 52 includes 32 articles on ‘Thinking ahead: displacement, transition, solutions’, plus ten ‘general’ articles on other aspects of forced migration.

09 May 2016 description

The Kingdom of Sweden has announced a SEK 65 million (US$ 8 million) contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s Emergency Appeals for Syria and for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The generous un-earmarked contributions will allow for greater flexibility and improved efficiency in the Agency’s capacity to respond to the needs of Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria as well as for those in the West Bank and Gaza.

05 Apr 2016 description
report European Union

Summary

In 2015, Member States reported more than 1 820 000 detections of illegal border-crossing along the external borders.

This never-before-seen figure was more than six times the number of detections reported in 2014, which was itself an unprecedented year, with record monthly averages observed since April 2014.

26 Mar 2016 description

1. Highlights

  • The total number of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and in the Western Balkans is 53,941. For a more detailed look, please see the accommodation pages of Greece, fYROM, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

  • On March 18, EU leaders met with their Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmed Davutoğlu. They reached an agreement aimed at stopping the flow of irregular migration via Turkey to Europe. The main action points of the agreement are available here.

24 Feb 2016 description

LESVOS, Greece, Feb 24 – Europe is backing into an even greater refugee crisis by tightening border restrictions on the hundreds of thousands who have fled war and conflict in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.

That was the message of UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on his first official visit to the island of Lesvos on Tuesday (February 23).

23 Feb 2016 description

Sweden has announced an increase in its annual contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Programme Budget to US$ 40.6 million. This 15 per cent increase follows the past years growth in Sweden’s support for the Agency, highlighting its status as a consistent and valued partner in aiding Palestine refugees. In addition, Sweden’s support to the UNRWA emergency appeal will be announced later on this year.

12 Feb 2016 description

1. Highlights

  • Flow Monitoring: As of 10 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 4,681 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 4 February – 10 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.

  • See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.

05 Feb 2016 description
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  1. Highlights
  • Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.

  • See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.

15 Jan 2016 description

REPORTING PERIOD 14 - 20 Jan 2016

1. Highlights

  • Flow Monitoring: As of 18 January 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 2,700 migrants and asylum seekers. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi,
    Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 93%.

17 Dec 2015 description

East Jerusalem, 03 December 2015 – As part of their on-going support to recovery efforts in the Gaza Strip, the Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 2.5 million (SEK22,135,000) contribution agreement to fund cash assistance packages for displaced non-refugee Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

“The needs for adequate shelter in Gaza are still very high and Sweden is pleased to continue to support the most vulnerable families,” said Ms Ann-Sofie Nilsson, Swedish Consul General in Jerusalem.

06 Dec 2015 description

The Government and the Left Party today agreed to make an additional payment of some SEK 2 billion to development cooperation in 2015. The money will go to humanitarian aid, refugee and other similar organisations.

"I welcome this agreement. It is very positive for Swedish development cooperation and shows that Sweden takes responsibility and is leading the way in these times of difficult global challenges," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

09 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11702-PAL/2197

Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (AM)

General Assembly President Urges Continuing Support in Absence of Solution to Palestinian Question, amid Broader Refugee Crisis

A total of 21 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2016 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials urged stable financing for the Agency against a backdrop of expanding crises in the Middle East.

01 Oct 2015 description

Refugee emergency in Europe: UNHCR appeals for USD 128 million

14 Sep 2015 description

MORNING/MIDDAY
14 September 2015

High-level Dignitaries from Sri Lanka, Mexico and the United Kingdom Address the Council

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.

28 May 2015 description

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has announced a new SEK 40 million (US$ 4.8 million) contribution to the UNRWA Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory.

The Emergency Appeal addresses the humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem, through interventions such as emergency food and livelihood support for the most vulnerable families, and the promotion and protection of the rights of refugees and living through acute crises.

19 May 2015 description
report European Union

The Swedish State Secretary for International Development Cooperation Ulrika Modéer, who is currently visiting Palestine, announced today that the Government of Sweden will be making a contribution to the May salaries and pensions of around 68,500 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the payment of which is currently scheduled to take place in early June. The Swedish contribution will amount to SEK 40 million (c.€4.3 million) and will be channelled through the European Union's PEGASE[1] mechanism.

19 May 2015 description

East Jerusalem, 18 May 2015 – In the presence of State Secretary of Sweden, Ulrika Modéer, the Consul General of Sweden, Ann-Sofie Nilsson, and UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, Frode Mauring, signed a USD 3.6 million agreement (SEK 30 million) to support the resilience of Palestinians residing in Area C and East Jerusalem.

The signing ceremony marks the third phase of the Community Resilience and Development Programme (CRDP) implemented by UNDP, with funds from the Governments of Sweden, Austria, Norway and the United Kingdom.