The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia averaged 7,800. An average of 6,700 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. The others were staying rough in Belgrade city centre, in the North near the Hungarian border and in the West near the border with Croatia.
Save the Children’s Search and Rescue Ship, the VOS HESTIA, has carried out its first mission of 2017 bringing hundreds of refugees and migrants rescued from the Mediterranean safely to Italian shores. The group were one of the multiple rescues over the weekend – where an 8,000 refugees and migrants were pulled from close to 60 inadequate boats from Friday to Sunday. The Vos Hestia is once again operating under the coordination of the Italian Coast Guard on the route to Italy.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Fearing prolonged detention in Hungary before being expelled back to Serbia, more refugees and migrants tried to re-enter the EU through Croatia, now also Romania, while spontaneous returns to Greece through fYRo Macedonia continued. Three cases of collective expulsions from Hungary were reported during this week, as well as 109 from Croatia.
Conflict and Health 2017 11:6
© The Author(s). 2017
Received: 12 October 2016
Accepted: 1 February 2017
Published: 16 April 2017
Jovana Arsenijević, Erin Schillberg, Aurelie Ponthieu, Lucio Malvisi, Waeil A. Elrahman Ahmed, Stefano Argenziano, Federica Zamatto, Simon Burroughs, Natalie Severy, Christophe Hebting, Brice de Vingne, Anthony D. Harries and Rony Zachariah
Friday, April 7, 2017
April 7 marks World Health Day and this year the World Health Organisation is using the day to draw attention to global mental health concerns, including the devastating impact of the Syria conflict. Such an important moment should facilitate greater reflection by the humanitarian community in terms of preventing, limiting and responding to mental health impacts during war, and this conversation should also include legal assessments and applications.
The police action was launched after municipal authorities complained about incidents involving the migrants
BELGRADE, April 11 (Reuters) - Serbian authorities have detained 20 migrants in the north of the country while up to another 200 were rounded up and sent to a camp in the south, a government official said on Tuesday.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Fearing prolonged detention in Hungary before being pushed-back into Serbia, more refugees and migrants tried to re-enter the EU through Croatia and now also Romania, while spontaneous returns to Greece through FYR Macedonia also increased. Ten cases of collective expulsions from Hungary were reported this week, compared to nine last week as well as 35 from Croatia, compared to 56 last week, including one chain expulsion from Slovenia, through Croatia.
Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMIK, Zahir Tanin, Condemning Recent Threats of Ethnic Cleansing
This weekend’s statement by a senior Kosovo Parliamentarian, using hate speech to threaten ethnic cleansing, is unacceptable, and a cause for serious concern. I call on all responsible leaders to condemn this statement, and on the judicial authorities to undertake the necessary investigation of this incident and take appropriate action in accordance with Kosovo law.
Scenario 1 Slight increase in migration via N Africa to EU
The political and security situation in Libya remains unstable and the movement of migrants from Libya to the Mediterranean continues largely unhindered. The slightly rising trend in arrivals to Italy continues, with an expected seasonal spike during the summer months as smuggler activity becomes slightly more organised. The number of people stuck in Libya remains stable. Meanwhile the number of returns and readmissions from (and to) EU member states continues at a very low level.
Exposed: Abuse of migrants by state officials on Europe’s borders
Violence, brutality and unlawful treatment by authorities on the Western Balkans route are a frequent occurrence, claim refugees and migrants in a new report today.
People fleeing war, persecution and poverty describe beatings, robbery and inhuman treatment at the hands of police, border guards and other officials. In many cases, people tell of illegal deportations with state officials denying them access to asylum procedures for those seeking international protection.
PROTECTION AND SOLUTIONS
Information, identification and referrals of Persons with Specific Needs (PSNs):
Over 90,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants provided with information
Over 18,000 PSNs identified and referred to appropriate services
Over 900 interviews conducted, including over 200 pushback interviews
-More than 50,000 benefitted from translation services
Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASCs):
Highlights and Statistics
On 02 April, 7,720 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (6,593) were sheltered in 17 government facilities, while the rest slept rough in Belgrade city centre or close to the borders with Croatia or Hungary.
Mediterranean 28,378 arrivals by sea in 2017
905 dead/missing in 2017
Trends of Arrivals in the Mediterranean
From 20 to 26 March, 414 persons arrived by sea to Greece. Chios recorded the majority of sea arrivals (224), followed by Lesvos (72) and Leros (72). A total of 3,783 persons reached the Greek shores from 01 January until 26 March 2017.
UNACCOMPANIED REFUGEE CHILDREN AT EXTREME RISK IN THE BALKANS
An estimated 1,300 unaccompanied child refugees and migrants are at an increased risk of exploitation, violence and trafficking due to the restrictive border policies and inadequate social protection systems across the Balkans, 12 national and international nongovernmental organisations including the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children warn in a report released today.
Mediterranean 28,378 arrivals by sea in 2017*
813 dead/missing in 2017
Trends of Sea Arrivals
From 01 January 2017, 20,580 persons arrived by sea, including 3,369 to Greece (as of 21 March), 19,549 to Italy (as of 21 March) and 1,000 to Spain (as of 31 January). As of 19 March, 537 people have died or gone missing while trying to reach Europe by sea, compared with 5,022 in the whole of 2016.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
• On 26 March, 7,892 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (6,738) were sheltered in 17 government facilities, while the rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or close to the borders with Croatia or Hungary.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action: With this Operations Update no. 3, the Red Cross of Serbia is extending the timeframe of the operation until 30 June 2017. It is also reflecting the additional contribution received from ECHO by which the budget has increased to 3,303,742 Swiss francs. The number of target beneficiaries has been adapted to the current situation in country and increased from 196,000 to 307,600 people.
UNHRD is a network of depots around the world (in Ghana, Italy, UAE, Malaysia, Panama, Spain) that procures, stores, manages and transports emergency items on behalf of the humanitarian community.
Since the beginnings of the response operations to the European Refugee Crisis, relief items and support equipment have been sent to Austria, Serbia, Greece, and Turkey.