Budapest, 11 February 2016
UNHCR urges Central European leaders to show solidarity with refugees ahead of the V4 Summit
The UN Refugee Agency is urging leaders in Central Europe to show greater solidarity with desperate refugees who seek sanctuary in the continent as war, conflict and extremism force millions out of their homes.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 25 January 2016
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
Total affected population: 1.3 million
Total affected children: 550,0006
Total people to be reached in 2016: 447,000
Total children to be reached in 2016: 298,000
2016 Programme Targets
Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:
ATHENS, 18 January 2016 (IRIN) - “Relocation does not work.”
With these words on Thursday, EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos finally admitted that the bloc’s September agreement to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from the frontline states of Greece and Italy to other EU states over two years has been a dismal failure. After the Commission revealed recently that only 272 asylum seekers had been relocated in the past four months, few could deny it.
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.
• 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.
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.
Paris, France | AFP | Friday 11/13/2015 - 19:27 GMT
Several EU countries have reintroduced border checks as Europe struggles under the strain of its worst migrant crisis since World War II, threatening to undermine the bloc's cherished passport-free Schengen zone.
EU President Donald Tusk warned on Thursday Europe faces a "race against time" to save the 20-year-old system, which is seen as one of the union's most concrete achievements.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is making a EUR 5 million contribution to the Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF) recently established by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). This is the largest donor contribution to date. EIB President Werner Hoyer and CEB Governor Rolf Wenzel signed the contribution agreement today at the CEB’s headquarters in Paris.
“The first responses of EU member states are coming in with regard to deploying police forces,” the State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Boštjan Šefic, told today’s press conference.
Assistance was offered by Austria, which has already sent officers, while others are expected from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and France, said Šefic. Slovenia expects other EU member states to do the same.
Ljubljana, Slovenia | AFP | 10/28/2015 - 16:38 GMT
by Nina LAMPARSKI
Austria said Wednesday it would build a fence along its border with fellow EU state Slovenia to "control" the migrant influx, in a blow to the EU's cherished passport-free Schengen zone.
Both countries have become key transit points for tens of thousands of refugees and migrants seeking to reach northern Europe ahead of the winter, and before more potential EU border closures.
Last week, Hungary announced that it was closing its border with Croatia.
With the Hungary-Serbia border already closed, this means that child refugees and their families who were using Hungary as a passage to their final destinations in Austria and Germany, now must join thousands of other refugees traveling through Croatia to Slovenia.
Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia are now under huge strain, particularly camps such as Opatovac on the Croatia-Serbia border.
What we’re doing
19 October 2015 – While visiting a humanitarian centre in Slovakia today where refugees have been accommodated by the Government, United Nations Secretary-General urged all leaders to show their “global solidarity and compassionate leadership.”
“I really appreciate the Slovak Government for establishing this emergency transit centre,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Gabcíkovo, a municipality situated on the border with Hungary.
19 octobre 2015 – En visite en Slovaquie, le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a appelé lundi les dirigeants européens à faire preuve de détermination et de générosité dans leur gestion de la crise actuelle des réfugiés.
Dans un discours prononcé à l'Université Comenius de Bratislava, la capitale slovaque, M. Ban a salué la contribution significative de la Slovaquie à l'action des Nations Unies, non seulement depuis son adhésion à l'Organisation en 1993, mais aussi bien avant cela, au travers de ses personnalités marquantes.
Source: Reuters - Fri, 16 Oct 2015 05:01 GMT
Some Syrians asylum seekers fall out of reception system
Misunderstandings common in overburdened Austrian camp
Austria sending some to accommodation in Slovakia
But they often fear they won't be allowed to return
Migrants can't pick and choose accommodation - minister
By Shadia Nasralla
Paris, France | AFP | Friday 10/16/2015 - 17:00 GMT
More than 610,000 people desperately fleeing war and poverty have reached Europe's shores in 2015, as the continent struggles with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, the International Organization for Migration said Friday.
Here is a look at six key phases in the crisis.
- Europe overwhelmed -
After some 1,200 migrants drown in a week in April off the Libyan coast, EU leaders raise the alarm and triple a budget for Mediterranean operations by the border agency Frontex.
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.
Few issues arouse such strong passions as immigration, where concrete economic and social challenges overlap with the fundamental concept of national identity. It is thus not surprising that Europe is having difficulty in coming to grips with the current refugee crisis.