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09 Oct 2015 description
report IRIN

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.

09 Oct 2015 description
Syria Version 2
Technical Annex - version 2

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


09 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


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.

08 Oct 2015 description
report European Union



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.

08 Oct 2015 description

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.

08 Oct 2015 description
report European Union

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 countries[1]under severe pressure, with serious humanitarian consequences. It poses significant challenges to border management and asylum systems, as well as security challenges.

08 Oct 2015 description
report Malteser

Helping refugees suffering from trauma is not an impossible task

08 Oct 2015 description
report UN Population Fund


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.

08 Oct 2015 description

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.”

07 Oct 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

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.

07 Oct 2015 description
report The New York Times

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.

07 Oct 2015 description

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.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

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.

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.