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29 Jul 2016 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 7/29/2016 - 20:27 GMT

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU's deal with Turkey on halting the flow of migrants towards the bloc is at risk of breaking down, in comments published Friday.

"The risk is big. The success so far of the pact is fragile. President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan has already hinted several times that he wants to scrap it," Juncker told Austrian daily Kurier.

29 Jul 2016 description

Turkey - On 27 July, IOM Turkey and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Istanbul launched a programme to help reunite up to 35,000 families in the region with a close Syrian relative granted asylum in Germany.

29 Jul 2016 description

Turkey - On 27 July, IOM Turkey and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Istanbul launched a programme to help reunite up to 35,000 families in the region with a close Syrian relative granted asylum in Germany.

29 Jul 2016 description

Context

Since the beginning of January until 31 May 2016, more than 75,000 Syrians made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first five months of the year to 156,823. During May there were 1,721 arrivals, of which 525 were Syrians.

Methodology

28 Jul 2016 description
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Facility for Refugees in Turkey: projects committed/decided, contracted, disbursed – Status on 28/07/2016

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 28 July 2016

The EU is delivering on its commitment to speed up the implementation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey bringing the total amount mobilised to more than €2 billion to finance actions in the field of health, education, socio-economic support as well as humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees

28 Jul 2016 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Thursday 7/28/2016 - 15:06 GMT

Migrant arrivals in Greece have inched up in the past two weeks after a failed coup in neighbouring Turkey, government figures show.

The average rate has increased to 90 people a day, compared to 30 before the attempted putsch, according to the data.

"For the moment, there is no concern on our part," a Greek government source insisted on Thursday.

"We are following the situation closely and are vigilant... this could be a temporary increase," the official told AFP.

28 Jul 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

State of Emergency Crackdown Accelerates

(Istanbul) – The Turkish government’s news media shutdown shows how the State of Emergency law is being used to deny the right to free speech beyond any legitimate aim of upholding public order today. The government ordered 131 newspapers, news agencies, publishers, television, and radio stations to close down.

28 Jul 2016 description

GENEVA / VIENNA, 28 July 2016 – Two top holders of media freedom mandates of the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today condemned the ongoing crackdown on journalists and the media launched by Turkish Government in the wake of the attempted coup.

28 Jul 2016 description

Key messages

  • The humanitarian situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate. As a result of military operations in Fallujah and Northern provinces of Ninewa and Salah al Din in May and June 2016, over 150 000 people have been displaced. According to the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq accelerated military operations in the Mosul corridor could increase the number of displaced in country by two additional million. Since January 2014, 3.4 million Iraqis have been internally displaced.

27 Jul 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

27 Jul 2016 description

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has established a free clinic for Syrian refugees in the Turkish city of Istanbul. It has received more than 10,000 patients in its first three months of operations.

26 Jul 2016 description

1,965 Syrian refugee and Turkish beneficiaries received Livelihoods training this month

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

UNDP: The glass bead, Turkish Language courses, and Foreign Trade course are ongoing with Gaziantep Municipality and the Chamber of Industry. The Gaziantep Chamber of Industry Vocational Education and Training Center Business and Operations plan was reviewed by its members, UNDP and Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce to improve sustainability of the center.

26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • Between the beginning of the off-camp programme in July 2015 and the end of June 2016, 130,000 Syrians received their WFP/TRC (Turkish Red Crescent) e-card. In addition, WFP continued to support 150,000 Syrians through its e-card programme in eleven camps in the south-east of Turkey.

  • WFP is working with its strategic partner the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC), in coordination with the Government of Turkey, to assist 585,000 Syrians living in host communities, by December 2016.

WFP Assistance

26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

26 Jul 2016 description

During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, many non-religious events may be rescheduled. However, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Turkey stick to set dates every month for aid distributions, and the date of this month, coming at the end of Ramadan, went ahead as planned. Around 3,000 households of Syrian families (about 20,000 people) displaced in Istanbul, rely on the monthly cash cards given by Tzu Chi.

26 Jul 2016 description

SUMMARY

The current refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian challenge to have faced the European Union since its foundation. Although the outcome of the referendum on 23 June 2016 was that the UK should leave the EU, the UK remains a full member of the EU, with all the responsibilities that entails, until the final withdrawal agreement is ratified. It is vital, both on moral grounds and in order to help maintain good relations with the other 27 Member States, that the UK Government should participate fully in EU action to resolve this humanitarian crisis.

25 Jul 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production decreased from last year’s record harvest

  • Higher cereal imports forecast in 2016/17, exports expected to remain stable

  • Aggregate food price index increases

Cereal production decreased from last year’s record harvest