- UNHCR Turkey external update (31 Aug 2015)
- ALNAP: Strangers in Strange Lands: An Assessment of Arab Refugees and IDPs in Non-Arab Host Communities in Iraq and Turkey
- UNHCR Turkey: 3RP Monthly Update - Jul 2015: Basic Needs
Appeals & Funding
- Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in 2015 PDF XLS
- Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015-2016: Turkey
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (AM)
General Assembly President Urges Continuing Support in Absence of Solution to Palestinian Question, amid Broader Refugee Crisis
A total of 21 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2016 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials urged stable financing for the Agency against a backdrop of expanding crises in the Middle East.
FRAN QUARTERLY – ONE IN FIVE MIGRANTS ENTERING EU ARRIVED ON LESBOS IN Q2
Close to one out of every five migrants who entered the European Union in the second quarter arrived through the Greek island of Lesbos, according to FRAN Quarterly report prepared by Frontex.
The trend was even more pronounced among Pakistani migrants, with two of every five Pakistani nationals coming through the Aegean island.
Luxembourg, Luxembourg | AFP | jeudi 08/10/2015 - 18:33 GMT
L'UE s'est engagée jeudi à aider les pays des Balkans et les voisins de la Syrie, frappés par l'exode de réfugiés vers l'Europe, tout en leur demandant de coopérer pour partager le fardeau.
Press release 714/15 Justice Home Affairs Foreign affairs & international relations
1. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in flows of refugees and migrants towards countries neighbouring Syria along the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans route. The majority are persons in need of international protection. This is placing reception capacities of most affected countriesunder severe pressure, with serious humanitarian consequences. It poses significant challenges to border management and asylum systems, as well as security challenges.
Helping refugees suffering from trauma is not an impossible task
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC: UNFPA delivers 315,000 reproductive health services, distributes 211 reproductive health kits, as well as 20 Dopplers and ultrasound machines to health facilities serving 268,500 internally displaced women. It also reaches 16,800 women with gender-based violence related messages, and provides 26,500 gender-based violence related services.
Italy - With reports surfacing from Libya this morning of nearly 100 migrant deaths since Sunday, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project calculates that 2,987 migrants this year have perished in the Mediterranean, or almost three quarters of the 4,093 migrants who have died worldwide so far in 2015.
“The Mediterranean remains the deadliest route for migrants on our planet,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in Geneva. “This loss of life is unnecessary, completely avoidable and absolutely unacceptable.”
Michael Bowers, Vice President of Humanitarian Leadership and Response at Mercy Corps, testified before the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa hearing on the Syrian humanitarian crisis.
LESBOS, Greece — When the conflict in Syria began more than four years ago, Mustafa Alabi was a 17-year-old soccer whiz who had quit high school to sew clothes in his father’s workshop.
But the war soon consumed his life. The shop burned, and rebels occupied his home in Aleppo. Sheltering with relatives, Mr. Alabi rarely went outside, fearing the army would draft him and send him to the front line.
Then, like many before him, Mr. Alabi fled to Europe, where he landed last month: 22 years old, with a backpack, a ninth-grade education and little idea what to do next.
GENEVA, Oct 7 (UNHCR) – Brazil's Secretary of Justice Mr Beto Vasconcelos and Ambassador Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations Office in Geneva have signed an agreement with UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk to enhance and formalize cooperation on Brazil's special visa programme for people affected by the Syria conflict.
The agreement was signed on October 5 during a ceremony organized on the margins of the 66th annual meeting of UNHCR's governance body ExCom.
Neighbors Set to Meet at Summit Lack Capacity to Protect Refugees
(Brussels, October 7, 2015) – An European Union migration meeting set for October 8, 2015, looks set to focus yet again on shifting the EU government’s responsibilities toward refugees and asylum seekers to its neighbors, Human Rights Watch said today.
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.
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.
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.
European Commission - Fact Sheet
Brussels, 6 October 2015
Updated with the most recent data available on 6 October 2015
For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support. The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.
GENEVA (6 October 2015) – Ahead of a key high-level European Union meeting this week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on EU Member States to ensure that all discussions of migration policy are grounded firmly on the need to protect the human rights of all migrants.
Speaking ahead of the 8 October meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, Zeid expressed concerns about the continued security-driven agenda that appears to dominate the EU’s response. He raised particular concerns about the nature of the ‘hotspot’ approach.
European Commission - Fact Sheet
Brussels, 6 October 2015
This Action Plan reflects the agreement between the EU and the Republic of Turkey to step up their cooperation on support of refugees and migration management to address the unprecedented refugee crisis.
[Version handed over on 5 October 2015 by European Commission President Juncker to the President of the Republic of Turkey Erdoğan]