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24 Jul 2015 description

Krupanj, 24 July 2015 – Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic attended today the opening ceremony of the reconstructed road Korenita-Krupanj, which connects this municipality with Loznica.

In the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic and Charge d'Affaires at the EU Delegation to Serbia Jose Antonio Gomez, Vucic said that Krupanj has been largely rebuilt after last year's devastating floods.

21 Jul 2015 description
report BioMed Central

van der Veen et al. Conflict and Health (2015) 9:21 DOI 10.1186/s13031-015-0048-3

21 Jul 2015 description
report CIVICUS
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From Ebola to the bombing of Gaza, civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during the last year, but faces dire threats and a funding crisis around the world, says a new report.

“During the last year civil society was everywhere, doing great work often at the frontline of the world’s challenges, but at the same time having to stave off threats to its very existence,” said Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the CIVICUS Secretary-General on launching the organisation’s 2015 State of Civil Society Report.

15 Jul 2015 description

PRISHTINË/PRIŠTINA, 15 July 2015 - The preparatory technical working group meeting on durable solutions for displaced persons, organized by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, supported by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), concluded in a positive spirit in Prishtinë/Priština today.

14 Jul 2015 description
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International Annual Report 2014
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Facts and Figures 2014

The 2014 International Annual Report of SOS Children's Villages, published today, presents risk factors for family breakdown and positive impacts of family strengthening, along with programme statistics and financial results.

In 2014, SOS Children’s Villages International provided sustained care for more than 439,000 children, young people and adults through its Family Strengthening and Family Based Care programmes.

SOS kindergartens, schools, vocational training centres and social centres provided education and learning opportunities for over 206,000 people.

13 Jul 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

One thousand miles separate Syria and Serbia, but the desperation to flee their war-torn country is driving thousands of refugees from Syria, as well as some from Afghanistan and other countries to make the long and dangerous journey.

Their trek is a combination of boats, buses, trains, and walking.

13 Jul 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Monday 7/13/2015 - 14:32 GMT

Hungarian soldiers on Monday began erecting a controversial fence on the border with Serbia which is aimed at keeping out migrants.

"Works have begun on the construction of a section of the temporary border control fence," said a joint statement from the ministries of interior and defence.

The first fence section is being built on the outskirts of Morahalom, 180 kilometres (110 miles) south of Budapest and will run to 150 metres (almost 500 feet), it said.

11 Jul 2015 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — One thousand miles separate Syria and Serbia, but the desperation to flee their war-torn country is driving thousands of refugees from Syria, as well as some from Afghanistan and other countries to make the long and dangerous journey. Their trek is a combination of boats, buses, trains, and walking. Many land in Greece first. From there, they head north on foot, walking hundreds of miles through the Balkans to the European Union.

08 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

By Dan Nolan

BICSKE, 8 July 2015 (IRIN) - In recent months, Hungary has become a gateway to the European Union for tens of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers who have already journeyed through Turkey, Greece and the Balkans in search of international protection and a better life. But Hungarian authorities are doing their utmost to close off this increasingly well-trodden route.

07 Jul 2015 description

Balkans: Refugees and migrants beaten by police, left in legal limbo and failed by EU

Thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants – including children – making dangerous journeys across the Balkans are suffering violent abuse and extortion at the hands of the authorities and criminal gangs and being shamefully let down by a failing European Union (EU) asylum and migration system which leaves them trapped without protection in Serbia and Macedonia, said Amnesty International in a new report.

06 Jul 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Monday 7/6/2015 - 16:20 GMT

Hungary's parliament on Monday overwhelmingly approved the construction of a controversial fence on the border with Serbia to keep out migrants, under new legislation that also tightens asylum application rules.

The plans for the four-metre (13-foot) high barrier announced by populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban last month triggered concern both in Serbia and the European Union, which is struggling to control a massive influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.

02 Jul 2015 description

GINEBRA, Suiza, 1 de julio de 2015 (ACNUR/UNHCR) – La gran mayoría de las 137.000 personas que cruzaron el Mar Mediterráneo hacia Europa durante los seis primeros meses del 2015 huían de guerras, conflictos o persecución, haciendo de la crisis del mediterráneo una crisis principalmente de refugiados. Esta es la conclusión a la que llega el informe del ACNUR publicado hoy.

01 Jul 2015 description

Geneva, 01.07.2015

Mediterranean Crisis 2015 at six months: refugee and migrant numbers highest on record

01 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:40 GMT

Author: Reuters

BUDAPEST, June 30 (Reuters) - Austria, Hungary and Serbia called on the European Union on Tuesday to step up efforts to fight human smuggling through the Balkans and not just focus on southern immigration routes.

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26 Jun 2015 description

Commenting on the European Council meeting on migration, Aurelie Ponthieu, Migration Advisor for Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, said:

25 Jun 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 6/25/2015 - 19:29 GMT

Switzerland on Thursday authorised the extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric to Bosnia rather than Serbia, which had issued the war crimes warrant for his arrest.

Oric, who led Muslim forces in Bosnia's east during its 1992-1995 civil war, was arrested on June 10 in Geneva, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity against ethnic Serbs during the conflict.

19 Jun 2015 description
report European Union

Half are Kosovars, Syrians or Afghans

During the first three months of 2015, 185 000 first time asylum seekers applied for protection in the European Union (EU), almost stable compared with the last quarter of 2014 but up by 86% compared with the first quarter of 2014. In particular, the number of Kosovars rose considerably to reach almost 50 000. They represent the main citizenship of first time asylum applicants in the EU over the first quarter 2015, ahead of Syrians and Afghans.

18 Jun 2015 description

Skopje, Macedonia | AFP | Thursday 6/18/2015 - 18:36 GMT

Macedonian lawmakers on Thursday amended the country's asylum law in a bid to better cope with the thousands of migrants who have been pouring in the Balkan country, heading towards the EU.

The changes are designed to facilitate the transit of migrants, allowing them to register with the authorities and then within 72 hours either seek asylum or leave Macedonia, which is not an EU member.

18 Jun 2015 description

Focus on healthy and balanced nutrition

A front-runner in the race to end hunger, the region still struggles with malnutrition

Multiple trends are shaping the nutrition map for Europe and Central Asia, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s first-ever report on food insecurity and malnutrition in Europe and Central Asia, released today. The problems of food insecurity have changed away from that of caloric sufficiency toward the quality of peoples’ diets – a trend that will likely continue in this way.