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12 Feb 2016 description
report European Commission

On 25 October, President Juncker convened a Leaders Meeting on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route to address the unfolding emergency situation.

The objective was to improve cooperation, step up consultation between the countries along the route and take pragmatic operational measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Leaders representing Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia agreed on a 17-point Action Plan.

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

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.

22 Dec 2015 description

Key findings

• The main current humanitarian concerns are the impact of selective entry procedures along the route, the increased shelter/NFI needs in the winter months, the situation of unaccompanied minors, and the unpredictability of flow and political developments that hamper response planning.

• None of the Balkan countries currently have the capacity and/or financial resources to address the full spectrum of humanitarian needs, making Governments, particularly Greece, reliant on external support for an important part of the service provision.

16 Dec 2015 description
report European Commission

On 25 October, President Juncker convened a Leaders Meeting on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route to address the unfolding emergency situation. The objective was to improve cooperation, step up consultation between the countries along the route and take pragmatic operational measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Leaders representing Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia agreed on a 17-point Action Plan.

03 Dec 2015 description

Foreword

UNESCO MEMBER STATES HAVE LONG RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIGNITY, FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, FOR LASTING PEACE.

01 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 1 December 2015 – Unpredictable border restrictions and harsh weather are compounding the hardships and challenges for refugee and migrant children and women who now account for more than half of all arrivals by sea.

From the beginning of 2015 until November, over 876,000 people arrived across the Mediterranean on European shores. The proportion of women and children has continued to rise since the summer. In June, it was 27 per cent children and women; in November it increased to 52 per cent.*

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.

30 Oct 2015 description

IOM Launches Updated Response Plan for Mediterranean and Beyond

Switzerland - IOM has released an update to its June 2015 response plan “Addressing Complex Migration Flows in the Mediterranean.” It includes a series of proposed interventions to be implemented through December 2016, some of which are already underway, others are still at the planning stage.

27 Oct 2015 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 27 October 2015

Progress following Western Balkans Route Leaders' Meeting

27 Oct 2015 description
report UN News Service

26 octobre 2015 – Le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, Antonio Guterres, a salué dimanche le consensus auquel sont parvenus plusieurs pays européens sur la gestion des réfugiés empruntant la route des Balkans.

« En tant que Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, il était vital pour moi que l'Union européenne reste une terre d'asile et que le caractère durable de la protection des réfugiés soit garantie en Europe », a déclaré M. Guterres lors d'une conférence de presse dans l'enceinte de la Commission européenne à Bruxelles.

26 Oct 2015 description
report UN News Service

26 October 2015 – As European leaders met this week to hammer out a 17-point plan of action on the Western Balkans migration route for refugees and migrants fleeing Syria and other strife-torn regions, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees commended the fact that a consensus had been reached.

26 Oct 2015 description

Ljubljana, Slovenia | AFP | Monday 10/26/2015 - 19:59 GMT

by Bojan Kavcic with Rachel O'Brien in Zagreb

European countries facing an unprecedented influx of migrants on Monday cautiously welcomed new EU plans to help stem the crisis, following an emergency mini-summit at the weekend.

The European Union pledged to help set up 100,000 places in reception centres along the route through the Balkans, seeking to defuse seething tensions on its southeastern rim as tens of thousands of migrants head to northern Europe.

26 Oct 2015 description
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Leaders’ Statement

The past weeks have shown that the challenges currently faced along the Western Balkans migration route will not be solved through national actions. Only a collective, cross-border approach based on cooperation can succeed. This is why President Juncker convened the leaders of the countries concerned and most affected by the emergency situation along the Western Balkans route.

25 Oct 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Sunday 10/25/2015 - 09:27 GMT

by Danny KEMP

European Union and Balkan leaders hold emergency talks on Europe's refugee crisis on Sunday amid threats from three frontline states to close their borders if northern EU countries stop accepting migrants.

The mini summit, called by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, groups the heads of 10 EU nations, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, plus the leaders of Albania, Serbia and Macedonia.

24 Oct 2015 description

10/24/2015 - 16:36 GMT

by Diana SIMEONOVA

Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia on Saturday threatened to close their borders if EU countries to the north stop accepting migrants, as European leaders prepare for emergency talks on the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said the three countries wanted a Europe-wide solution to the crisis but were not prepared to become a "buffer zone" for the tens of thousands of new arrivals.