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21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Backlogs and brutal weather compound hardships facing stranded children

NEW YORK, 20 January 2017 – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses -- and even death from hypothermia, UNICEF said today.

21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The past year was a turning point in the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, marked by changing migration trends, more dangerous journeys and shift in the profiles of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe, including women and children. Moreover, in 2016 the number of unaccompanied and separated children crossing the Central Mediterranean doubled compared to the previous year.

20 Jan 2017 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean
3,161
arrivals by sea in 2017
230
dead/missing in 2017

Trends of Sea Arrivals

20 Jan 2017 description
report Oxfam

As winter unfolds, migrants and refugees across Europe and the Middle East are encountering freezing temperatures. Many are surviving in tents or makeshift shelters with little infrastructure to support them. In Greece, Serbia, Jordan and Iraq, we are distributing essential items to help people brave this harsh winter.

Greece

According to the Greek Government about 63,000 migrants, including refugees, remain in Greece with over 15,500 stuck on the islands, where designated sites are unable to accommodate more than 8,000.

20 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Around 7,300 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants seeking were counted in Serbia. With new spaces in Obrenovac (see below), the number of sheltered refugees and migrants in now 17 government facilities has increased to 6,200 or 85 % of the total, while the rest mainly stayed rough in Belgrade city centre.

20 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Budapest) – Croatian police are forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia from inside Croatia, in some cases using violence, without giving them an opportunity to lodge claims for protection, Human Rights Watch said today.

20 Jan 2017 description
  • On 17 January, KIRS (Serbian Commissariat for Refugees) with the support of the aid community opened a new reception centre in Obrenovac to accommodate 225 refugees/migrants who were sleeping rough in the centre of Belgrade. Priority has been given to unaccompanied minors and vulnerable refugees/migrants. The relocation, conducted under the leadership of the government, was part of a joint effort to provide temporary shelter to the refugees/migrants who voluntarily expressed their intention to be temporarily relocated in the neighbourhood of Belgrade.

19 Jan 2017 description
report Save the Children

Nearly 2,000 refugees, including up to 300 children, are at risk of freezing to death, frostbite and hypothermia.

Trapped in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, children are sleeping in makeshift accommodation, in temperatures lower than -14C as they wait for access into Hungary.

The abandoned buildings where refugees and migrants are staying have high ceilings, broken windows, no heating, and no toilet facilities.

Keeping warm to stay alive

17 Jan 2017 description
report European Union

Today, the EULEX Head of Mission Ms. Alexandra Papadopoulou presided over a donation of €3.218 by EULEX staff to Kosovo Red Cross. The amount handed over to Prof. Assoc. Adem Nura, MD, PhD Chairman of the Kosovo Red Cross, was collected during a traditional charity event organized by EULEX contingents and volunteering local staff members.

17 Jan 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

Geneva, 17 January 2017

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

17 Jan 2017 description

Switzerland - The Western Balkans migratory route may largely be closed, but the number of migrants stranded in Serbia continues to climb. Latest figures show 7,500 migrants are stuck in the country, unable to reach the European Union (EU).

Now atrocious winter weather spreading across Central Europe is adding to their plight. The Serbian government has provided reception centers where IOM is working together with government officials. Over the past three months, four such centres have been established – the most recent in Divljana, near the southern city of Nis.

17 Jan 2017 description

The situation

Severe winter weather and extreme temperatures as low as – 30 degrees Celsius in some areas affected much of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, including Turkey and Greece in the first two weeks of January 2017.

17 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Around 7,300 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants seeking were counted in Serbia, of which 5,942 (i.e. 82%) were accommodated in 16 government shelters, many exceeding capacities (see below chart). Some 49% are from Afghanistan, 19% from Iraq, 10% each from Syria and Pakistan, 5% from Iran and 7% from other countries. 46% are children, 39% adult men and 15% adult women.

17 Jan 2017 description

285 illegal border crossers were apprehended on the territory of Hungary between Friday and Sunday, according to a statement by the National Police Headquarters.

According to the statistics published on the Police website, 78, 110 and 88 migrants were apprehended on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and were accompanied back across the Serbian-Hungarian border by police and border guards on duty at the border. 9 illegal migrants were apprehended within the 8-kilometre border zone and along other external stretches of the border.

17 Jan 2017 description

“Last year’s figures show that, although to a lesser extent than in 2015, the Hungarian-Serbian border is still under permanent pressure”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said.

György Bakondi emphasised: “There have been 1142 attempts to illegally enter the country along the Hungarian-Serbian stretch of the border so far this year, which is at least the same order of magnitude as last year, despite the cold weather and the fact that countries to the south are implementing more intensive protection”.

15 Jan 2017 description

SHORT NOTE 14 January 2017

Overview

Temperatures have dropped down to -20°C at night in Serbia since early January 2017 – way below the average low of -2°C. Even during the day, temperatures are sometimes below -10°C.

The refugee and migrant population has been particularly affected by the cold wave, due to poor shelter and NFI conditions, and low access to healthcare. There are at least 7,200 refugees in Serbia, with 80 to 100 arriving daily, and around 100 crossing onwards into other countries every week.

15 Jan 2017 description
report UN News Service

13 janvier 2017 – Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) a exhorté les gouvernements européens à faire davantage pour aider et protéger les réfugiés et les migrants de plus en plus vulnérables en cette période hivernale.

« Le sauvetage des vies doit être une priorité », a déclaré vendredi la porte-parole du HCR, Cécile Pouilly lors d'un point de presse à Genève, précisant que l'agence a renforcé son aide dans plusieurs pays, dont la Grèce et la Serbie.

Grèce : accélérer les transferts vers le continent

13 Jan 2017 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean
1,165
arrivals by sea in 2017
11
dead/missing in 2017

Trends of Sea Arrivals

Last week, 382 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea from Turkey, a small increase from the 373 that arrived the previous week. Most arrivals took place on Lesvos, Samos, and Chios. So far 393 refugees and migrants have arrived by sea to Greece in 2017.

13 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

End Curbs on Media; Deliver Justice for War Crimes

(Berlin) – Governments in the Western Balkans should revitalize their efforts to strengthen human rights and create a rights respecting environment for all, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. Human Rights Watch documented human rights concerns in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo during 2016. Concerns about Croatia are included in a chapter on the European Union.

13 Jan 2017 description

The UN Refugee Agency urges governments to do more to help and protect refugees and migrants battling freezing temperatures in Europe.

BELGRADE, Serbia – Thousands of refugees and migrants are grappling with freezing conditions as severe winter weather sweeps across Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Friday, calling on governments to do more to help and protect them.