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16 Oct 2015 description

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Thursday 10/15/2015 - 09:14 GMT

by Fulya OZERKAN with Danny KEMP in Brussels

The EU's much-hyped deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants looked shaky on Friday after Ankara said Brussels had offered too little money and mocked Europe's efforts to tackle the refugee crisis.

Just hours after the European Union announced the accord with great fanfare at a leaders' summit, Ankara said the plan to defuse a crisis that has seen some 600,000 mostly Syrian migrants enter the EU this year was just a draft.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre

Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang

L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed

Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis

The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.

23 Sep 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 9/17/2015 - 12:20 GMT

by Danny Kemp and Lachlan Carmichael

EU leaders were to stage an emergency summit Wednesday on boosting aid and tightening borders to tackle the migration crisis, but a growing east-west split over a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees threatened to poison the talks.

Hours before the meeting, Hungary's prime minister rejected Angela Merkel's "moral imperialism" over the worst such crisis since World War II while Slovakia said it would dispute the refugee quota deal in court.

20 Sep 2015 description

Nickelsdorf, Austria | AFP | 9/21/2015 - 04:32 GMT

by Marianne BARRIAUX

Eastern European ministers were to meet Monday to attempt to bridge stark differences over their refugee policies, in an escalating crisis saw thousands of migrants shunted from one border to another over the weekend.

Several thousand finally entered Austria aboard crowded buses and trains on Sunday, while at least 13 refugees drowned off the coast of Turkey, the latest to perish as they try to escape conflict in their home countries mostly in the Middle East and Africa.

18 Sep 2015 description

Edirne, Turkey | AFP | Friday 9/18/2015 - 14:46 GMT

Several hundred migrants who have been blocked by police in northwest Turkey from crossing overland into Greece drew closer to the border Friday after the authorities briefly opened the route.

From their makeshift camp on the outskirts of the border city of Edirne the migrants -- mostly Syrian refugees -- began walking in the direction of the city centre, beyond which lies the road to Greece, an AFP photographer reported.

16 Sep 2015 description

9/17/2015 - 01:58 GMT

by Calin NEACSU with Eric Randolph in Tovarnik

Hungarian riot police fired tear gas and water cannon Wednesday at crowds of refugees and migrants desperate to cross the border from Serbia, while others carved out a new route and headed for Croatia.

Tensions boiled over at the flashpoint Horgos-Roszke crossing, where hundreds of furious people tore down the wire meshing separating them from Hungarian territory, and police clashed for hours with migrants, some of whom threw stones, sticks and plastic bottles.

15 Sep 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Brussels, September 16, 2015) – The response to the refugee crisis agreed by the European Union interior ministers on September 14, 2015, is largely focused on shifting responsibility to countries outside the EU, Human Rights Watch said today.

15 Sep 2015 description

GENEVA, Sept 15 (UNHCR) – Tragedy marked the Mediterranean again last weekend as two more boats capsized in Greek waters, killing 39 people, including 15 children and four babies.

The boats, which capsized on Saturday and Sunday off the coast of Farmakonisi and Samos, had Syrians, Iraqis and other people fleeing war and conflict on board and looking for safety in Europe.

28 Jan 2014 description

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

30 Jul 2013 description

1. Executive summary

The economic crisis in Europe continues to hit headlines. According to the last EU figures, 43.6 million of EU citizens find difficulties in accessing food on a daily basis, and trends show that the need for food assistance is likely to increase in the near future.

Over 26 millions of people were unemployed across the EU in April 2013, by 1.7 million more than in April 2012. Youth unemployment figures are particularly alarming, with peaks of 56 per cent in Spain and 62.5 per cent in Greece.

25 Jun 2013 description

Factsheet on Syria:

The number of people affected by this protracted crisis is estimated to be 6.8 million people.

Around 4.25 million people are reported to be displaced within Syria.

The number of refugees has now reached 1 683 901, with over 550 thousand in Lebanon alone..

The total humanitarian funding committed to the crisis is €682 million: €265 million from the EU and €417 from the Member States which includes in-kind contributions.

01 Oct 2012 description

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Sixty-third session

Geneva, 1-5 October 2012

Update on UNHCR’s operations in Europe

A. Situational analysis including new developments

In the first half of 2012, more than 154,000 asylum applications were lodged in the 38 European countries for which UNHCR compiles statistics. Some 122,500 of the applications were made in European Union (EU) member States. Europe continued to receive large numbers of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).