- UNHCR Syria In Focus - Issue 13 of 2015 [EN/AR]
- Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Security Council resolutions 2139 (2014), 2165 (2014) and 2191 (2014) (S/2015/698) [EN/AR]
- Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (A/HRC/30/48)
Appeals & Funding
- Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in 2015 PDF XLS
- 2015 Strategic Response Plan: Syrian Arab Republic
- Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015-2016: Regional Strategic Overview
- UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2015
- Guide to Giving (January 2014)
The average number of arrivals to Greece reached over 400,000 since the beginning of this year. The overall number on the islands remained high at 13,272 by 7 October due to the limited number of departures and slower registration, leading to a backlog. On 6 October, authorities started conducting registration of Syrians refugees at the First Reception Centre, in Moria, which will be the official hotspot on Lesvos.
Following heavy airstrikes on Bab Al Mandab, Dubab and Aden, some 2,231 individuals have arrived to Obock port and various transit points of Obock town since 27 September. Boats carrying passengers continue to arrive from Yemen
David Miliband, president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee, discusses the global state of humanitarian and development aid and offers recommendations for making relief more efficient and effective, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
7532nd Meeting (AM)
The Security Council this morning decided to authorize Member States for a period of one year to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya that they had reasonable grounds to suspect were being used for migrant smuggling or human trafficking from that country.
The United States contributed an additional US$ 21.1 million to support UNRWA efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in the region. The United States is the largest bilateral UNRWA donor, with this latest contribution bringing the total US contribution towards the 2015 UNRWA Syria Emergency Appeal to nearly US$ 97.5 million.
By ANDREW HIGGINSOCT. 9, 2015
STORSKOG, Norway — Pelted by hailstones and buffeted by an icy wind, Yasir Arslanuk, a 55-year-old Syrian engineer, his wife and two young sons wobbled across the border from Russia into Norway astride bicycles last week, the latest migrants to complete an improbable new route to Europe.
Read the story on the New York Times
Residents Say No Military Target Near Where 17 Died
(New York, October 9, 2015) – Apparent Russian airstrikes on Talbiseh in northern Homs that killed at least 17 civilians should be investigated for possible violations of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. Two local media activists and two first responders said that the September 30, 2015 strikes hit a residential part of town at a distance from any apparent military targets and that no combatants were killed in the strike.
Russia announced the beginning of its airstrikes in Syria on September 30.
This paper is the third in a series of five reports on workshops designed to broadcast and replicate good practices for urban refugee programmes. The workshops are the result of the Building Communities of Practice for Urban Refugees project funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM). A workshop has taken place in each of the five geographic regions. In addition to the workshops, there will be a roundtable event in a particular city in each region.
By Kristina Jovanovski
BUDAPEST, 9 October 2015 (IRIN) - Abdul says he fled Iraq after his father was killed by so-called Islamic State (IS). But now Abdul is in handcuffs.
The 18-year-old was caught by the Hungarian authorities crossing the Serbian border, which was sealed off by a razor-wire fence in September. He is being charged with breaking a new law that makes it a criminal offence to cross or vandalise the fence.
Less than a week after being detained, he is in court in the nearby town of Szeged, breaking down as he talks about his father’s death.
As civil war ravages Syria, the country’s men, women, and children have been seeking refuge in nearby countries as a means of escaping their harsh reality in their own home. With the record-breaking influx of refugees arriving in Germany in 2015, Tzu Chi Foundation has taken the initiative to assist the refugees and their families, mainly those living in Soest. Under the supervision of the German Government, governmental and non-governmental organizations like Tzu Chi set up service locations to take care of refugees, providing counseling and consultation services to the refugees.
Ankara - The country consultation was organized in preparation for the Resilience Development Forum which will be held on 8th and 9th of November in Jordan.
Representatives from Government of Turkey, international donors, UN Agencies, Private Sector and NGOs took part in country discussions in Ankara.
They discussed the impact and perspective of the Syria crisis in relation to making aid architecture fit for resilience, social inclusiveness and private sector engagement.
Greece - In the past week, IOM staff in the Greek islands have recorded a sharp increase in the number of newly arrived migrants and refugees to some 7,000 a day, in contrast with the approximately 4,500 a day recorded at the end of September. This may be due to expected worsening weather conditions.
GENEVA, Oct 9 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today appealed to the European Union to provide "massive support" to Greece to meet the needs of up to 6,000 refugees arriving each day as winter looms across Europe.
He stressed that Greek authorities alone were not able to provide the investment needed to provide shelter, translators and experienced screeners to receive refugees fleeing wars in Syria and other countries, over 400,000 of whom have arrived in Greece by sea so far this year.
The full implementation of this version of the HIP is subject to the adoption of the decision amending Decision C(2014)10012 final and the availability of the relevant appropriations.
AMOUNT: EUR 164 000 000
0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 10/9/2015 - 09:04 GMT
by Ljubomir MILASIN / Ella IDE
Greece was hit by a huge new surge in migrants as the United Nations Friday approved a European seize-and-destroy military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean.
The backing for EU navies to take action against traffickers in international waters came as the first asylum seekers were flown from Italy to Sweden under a hotly disputed relocation scheme to share the burden of Europe's migrant crisis.
Objectives and activities
In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, the world can reflect on real progress. Since 1990, thanks to the actions of millions of people around the globe, extreme income poverty has been cut by almost two-thirds, child mortality has fallen by more than half, and more children are attending primary school than ever before.
But these achievements tell only part of the story.
Hungary: EU must formally warn Hungary over refugee crisis violations
The Hungarian government has invested more than 100 million euros on razor-wire fencing and border controls to keep refugees and migrants out, triple the amount it spends yearly on receiving asylum seekers, Amnesty International revealed in a new briefing published today.
The European Union and its Member States must urgently scale up their responses to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe as winter approaches before more lives get lost, five major humanitarian organisations said today.
As another high-level EU migration meeting convenes on October 8, the organisations – CARE International, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Welthungerhilfe, International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC), and World Vision – called for a common and comprehensive approach that addresses root causes of displacement and prioritizes human rights.
Moria, Greece | AFP | Friday 10/9/2015 - 03:29 GMT
by John HADOULIS / Will VASSILOPOULOS
Inside the barbed-wire enclosure of Moria, Greece's main migrant camp on Lesbos island, a visiting EU leader learns for the first time how far exhausted Syrian refugees have to walk to begin their long journey to Europe.
"Sixty kilometres?" Austria's Chancellor Werner Faymann asks.
"Yes, six-zero," replies Zaharoula Tsirigoti, the head of Greece's immigration police.