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26 May 2016 description

(Hatay, 26 May 2016): Stephen O’Brien, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), called for greater assistance for Syrians in need, inside the country and across the region, at the end of a visit to Hatay in southern Turkey.

26 May 2016 description

By Scott Peterson

With more Syrians choosing to, or forced to, stay in Turkey, an already overburdened state bureaucracy is trying to accommodate a burgeoning urban refugee population.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — From the heart of this sprawling megacity to its overflowing distant suburbs, Syrians are finding lifelines in hole-in-the-wall service centers as they seek a way to Europe – or are forced to stop, exhausted often out of cash and out of hope.

25 May 2016 description

Arrivals and departures

In Greece, an estimated 126 people arrived over the weekend (21-22 May) in the northern Aegean (35 on Lesvos, 76 on Chios, and 15 on Samos).

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • By the end of April 2016, 121,603 vulnerable Syrians living outside of camps had been identified as eligible for the e-Food Card Programme. WFP continued to support approximately 155,000 Syrians through its e-Food Card Programme in eleven camps in Turkey.

  • WFP is working closely with its strategic partner the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC), in coordination with the Government of Turkey, to significantly expand assistance to vulnerable Syrians with a view to support up to 735,000 people in 2016.

24 May 2016 description
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WHO: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien

WHAT: Mission to Hatay, southern Turkey

WHEN: 25-26 May 2016

WHERE: Hatay and field visits

UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien will visit Hatay in southern Turkey from 25 to 26 May 2016.

24 May 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 191,134 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 21 May this year stand at 1,370 on all Mediterranean routes, which is 24 percent lower than last year’s total of 1,792 through the same period.

24 May 2016 description

Press release | Published: 2016-05-24

'Norway is entering into a multi-year cooperation agreement with Unicef, and will provide up to NOK 400 million for education in Syria and its neighbouring countries. This is a follow-up to the donor conference for Syria earlier this year. It will give Unicef greater predictability in its efforts to help children and young people,' said Minister of Foreign affairs Børge Brende.

24 May 2016 description

“Hungary can only support a European Union resolution that is aimed at reducing migration, but the EU’s proposal with relation to migration is more of a motivator for migration instead of being concerned about how to reduce the level of migration into Europe”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said prior to Monday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers.

23 May 2016 description
report European Union
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1.The Council stresses the need to further strengthen the work on the external dimension of migration policy and reaffirms its commitment to a comprehensive and geographically balanced approach on migration on the basis of the European Agenda on Migration, European Council conclusions and Council conclusions of 12 October 2015 and 12 May 2016 in full respect of international law and human rights. The Council recalls the steps taken by the EU and its Member States in integrating migration as a permanent and structural component of EU foreign policy.

23 May 2016 description
report European Union

The Council adopted conclusions on the EU regional strategy for Syria and Iraq as well as the Da'esh threat, outlining its priorities in working to achieve lasting peace, stability, security in Syria, Iraq and the wider region and to end the suffering of the people of Syria and Iraq.

22 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• In Syria UNICEF reached around 139,700 people in 31 hard to reach locations in April with life-saving interventions and critical services, as well as supplies for at least 94,000 beneficiaries in three of the 19 besieged areas.

21 May 2016 description

Since the beginning of 2016, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching over 791,000 civilians in besieged, hard-to-reach and other priority crossline locations with dire humanitarian needs. Many of these people were reached more than once. A total of 44 UN inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, reaching over 679,000 people. UNRWA has also delivered 25 convoys with multi-sectoral assistance to 19,000 people in YBB*, including thousands of residents in and from Yarmouk.

21 May 2016 description

A Syrian national who arrived on the Greek island of Lesvos has won an appeal against a decision that would have led to his forcible return to Turkey, underscoring the fundamental flaws in the migration deal agreed in March between the European Union and Turkey, Amnesty International said.